In English archondissa means "lady". I accidentally stumbled upon this hotel on the internet, while looking for a good location for an event. The photos of the colorful garden, full of hydrangea flowers immediately won me over.
It was the perfect choice and even after visiting many other hotels it still remains my favorite one on the island. I love it for its position by the sea, for the peaceful vibe, for the green surroundings, the flowers, for the sounds of nature at night or early in the morning and last, but not least for the wonderful people who own and manage it.
Archondissa Boutique Beach Hotel is located on the northern shore of the island, in a quiet area covered by lush vegetation. It is 16 kilometers away (approximately 20 minute drive) from the harbor of Kamariotissa.
The hotel has 5 double studios, 5 triple studios and 5 apartments for 4 and 5 people.
Most of the rooms are traditionally decorated and are different from one another. They are bigger compared to other hotels in Samothrace. Large terraces overlook the garden and have either side sea view or direct sea view. In my opinion it's really worth paying a slightly higher price to enjoy the direct sea view.
Archondissa is an aparthotel so, besides air conditioning and fridge, each room has a fully equipped kitchenette. Although you could in theory cook your own meals, it would be such a shame to miss the delicious food the restaurants of the island have to offer.
For an additional fee the hotel offers breakfast. This is served on a terrace, to the right of the reception building.
The garden is one of the highlights of Archondissa. It is located between the hotel and the beach and it is lush, green and full of flowers. To the right tall trees and a gazebo will shelter you from the sun, while on the left there's a a volley net.
In the center there's an alley bordered by flowers that takes you to the shore. Once you get there turn your back to the sea to admire the hotel with the imposing Mount Saos as a background. Mountain and sea only a few steps away...
There is a pebble beach, as almost all the northern beaches are.
The hotel offers free sunbeds and a few sunshades. The water is relatively shallow but aqua shoes are a must.
Archondissa is a family business. We became friends with Polina (who speaks very good English) from the first moment we met. She is always smiling, always ready to help. Her parents were also nice and welcoming. Hotel Archondissa is my home away from home in Samothrace.
Go 2 kilometers eastwards and you'll find the beginning of the Fonias valley trail. Further away, where the road ends, you'll stumble upon the the wild beach of Kipos (15 minutes drive from the hotel).
In the mood for a cultural visit? Go to the ruins of the Byzantine Monastery of Christ, which is nearby.