Just back from a weeks holiday from 21-28th July 2011 at Pekfos Beach Hotel. I went with my 13 year old son and arrived at the hotel around 5am. (Booked through First Choice). The coach trip from the airport is approx an hour and a half and on arrival had a friendly welcome by Andy on reception, and on request the air con was turned on immediately. Air con is 55 Euros per week, which seems a little steep however it is necessary in July and August so best to budget accordingly, rather than do without. It is effective though and really keeps the room very cool. You cannot pay on arrival if arrive late at night, but it will get switched off at 12 noon the next day if not popped down to pay the fee before then. We stayed in a superior studio up the hillside, there are steep steps but not excessive and a car lift is right next to them if needed with cases etc. (no good for very elderly or disabled though, but there are rooms around the pool which would be suitable, but still the odd steps everywhere).
The room we stayed in 127 had a really good sized balcony and not overlooked by anyone, but some are. Rooms are a good size with good lighting and plenty of mirrors and the bathrooms are light and airy. Rooms are cleaned every day apart from a Sunday.
The hotel facilities include a beach bar which is well shaded to get out of the midday sun for a bit of lunch and service is very speedy and the variety of food is good, from Greek omelettes, all day breakfasts, salads, hot dogs burgers, wraps etc. Connected to the beach bar are an open plan internet room and a pool room with air hockey. A must with teenage kids. There are 2 main pools, the top one being far busier plus a more relaxed one several steps below, there are also 2 small shallow pools in-between for young children. You do need to get down there before 8.30-9am to get your towel on for a sunbed, but they do empty during the day so it was never a problem getting a sunbed on any day when we were there.
The nearest beach is about an 8 minute walk away and wasn’t too crowded at all when we were there. The sunbeds on the beach are 4 Euros per person for all day and can leave your stuff and go for lunch without any worries, but of course can just take a towel etc and enjoy for free. The sand is lovely white and soft and the sea is great but it is a little stony and rocky for the first foot or so, but not really a problem.
There is a convenient Laundry next to reception, where you can wash, dry and iron clothing for 8 Euros with all cleaning fluids included and might be handy for a 2 week stay.
It was too hot to go on any day trips when we were there, but there are plenty on offer in various places near the hotel, so you don’t necessarily need to book in advance. I’d suggest see how you go when your there.
The surrounding area around the hotel has a plethora of supermarkets and restaurants and bars so everything is on the doorstep. It does come to life more of an evening as in the daytime it is quite sleepy and restaurants mainly empty but maybe that changes in August. However it does not become a raucous noisy place in the evenings and you can keep the kids (no matter what age) out till very late if you wished. For younger children there are lots of play areas and games rooms for slightly older all along the main strip. A lot of the bars and restaurants in the area have free all day swimming pools/sunbeds with no pressure to eat/drink there etc, but of course the idea is that you would.
Entertainment: The hotel provides a BBQ and karaoke night on a Friday and a Quiz night on a Sunday.
Eating out: As mentioned you are spoilt for choice as there are so many to choose from and there is a mix of Greek and English and pasta dishes in most places. Nostalgia, the hotels restaurant and cocktail bar offers a 10% discount between 6-8pm, however it is slightly more expensive than others in the area so it kind of negates the discount. However it is good, we never had one bad meal when there, and the roof top restaurant is lovely on a balmy evening. Enigma restaurant opposite the hotel is very good, we ate there on the last evening and the quality of food is very good and would recommend that. For a traditional Greek atmosphere, I would suggest Dana Dana which is on the dusty road down to the beach, this is a family run restaurant and has the real Greek feeling and occasional plate smashing and worth a visit.
Prices are not much different than UK, an example lunch menu is hot dog and chips and a soft drink and a Greek salad and a glass of sangria will cost around 14 Euros. Dinner for two including starter and main and a couple of soft drinks and wine cost around 30 Euros.
Summary: It is a very British area, so if this is your thing, then it will fit perfectly I didn’t hear one foreign voice at all, it was a bit too anglicized for my liking but I know this is what a lot of people want The staff all speak good English or are actually English in some cases. It is great for families and couples; it is not the place for singles really. It is very hot in peak season and factor 50 for kids is a must. It is a friendly and very relaxing place to be, I could have done with an additional week but was a little too hot for my son and a week was enough. On the whole a lovely holiday, but not for real Greek culture if that is what you’re looking for. However thumbs up for Pefkos Beach Hotel and the key word is relaxation.
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