I'm planning on Island Hopping in August (apparently the craziest time to do it) with my girlfriend and we were trying to find out how much a room would be on an island?I know this is quite a vague question so sorry in advance. We are planning on doing quite a budget trip and were looking at spending 30euros for a double room max. is that crazy?
Thanks for any help and any tips. I've read that you can book rooms upon arriving on an island off the ferries. does anyone know how reliable this is and the cost one would expect to pay(i've read some people say they got double rooms for 25 euros and I found a hotel in Athens for 30euros)?
Different islands, very different prices.
Corfu is amongst the cheapest of the bigger islands, whereas Kos, Crete and Rhodes (to name just three others) are generally quite a bit dearer.
Athens has some very cheap hostels, all within a 20 minute walk from the railway station. Prices are not much more than about €12 a night per person. As for hotels, you're looking generally at a rock bottom price of around €32 a room. That's per room, not per person. Even at that really low cost, you'll get something more than 1/2 decent. There won't be any need to book in advance. I've done Athens during peak season and never had to look far for a room. Not bad prices at all for one of the World's most famous and visited capital cities.
One tip.... It's a city that never sleeps - that's referring to the endless traffic. Try and get a room away from the roads if you can - or you'll get very little rest.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2009, at 02:44 by Redpaddy ]
Thanks for the reply. I've been looking through my guide on Greek islands and it seems that on most islands you can get a double room for around 30/35 euros, is this right? Do you think we'd be able to find cheaper rooms if we used domatia on the day as oppose to booking actual hotels/hostels?
We've only really planned on spending a few days in Athens, either side of out travels as this is where I flights are to/from. Asides from that, we hoped to go to a few big islands but see quite a few small ones.
Thanks again for any help!
Dan, you're unlikely to save too much on the day if you travel in August as that's the month that most of the apartment/room owners know that they'll be able to fill up. You're also running the risk of not being able to find a cheap room at all in some of the more popular places. Having said that, 30/35 Euros per night does sound like a realistic accomodation budget to me. Note Redpaddy's advice about prices, some islands are certainly dearer than others, it's worth doing a bit of research re where your money will stretch further - you'd be screwed on Mykonos or Santorini, for example.
Yeah I thought that about the islands like mykonos and santorini... think for those places we'll book in advance, especially as they have quite good prices online for rooms.
hopefully 30 euros will be sufficient, we're certainly willing to give it a shot!! thanks for the additional advice magykal1. any other tips you could give on island hopping?