Stayed at the Samaria Pension last week. I have to say, Agia Roumeli / Samaria Gorge was one of the highlights of our trip, and the room we had at Samaria, with a big balcony looking out to the sea and the mountains was, for the price, an absolute steal! We had our ritual happy hour drink on the balcony each evening to watch the sun set before dinner.
The owner is a big personality, and makes you feel extremely welcome as his guest. Unfortunately the guest/host relationship involves an immense amount of pressure to eat at his restaurant. After he "caught" us eating at another restaurant one evening, his demeanour completely changed and we never again experienced the warmth he showed us on the first day.
If his restaurant had been overwhelmingly good, we may have been happy to eat there every meal. Unfortunately it wasn't, and we found much nicer food elsewhere. Creeping around town at meal time, feeling guilty and nervous about getting 'busted' again put a negative tinge on the whole experience. Out of a weird sense of loyalty we did eat breakfast there every morning, which was repetitively underwhelming.
In summary, honestly, the room was brilliant, but if I were to go back I would stay at Calypso. I can't vouch for the rooms, but the food in the restaurant and the staff are top notch.
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