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“Nice Hotel if you like walking” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Ziakis
Certificate of Excellence
English Midlands
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel if you like walking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed here for 2 weeks at the end June/beginning of July. Having read the reviews we were prepared for the climb up to the hotel from the town, As seasoned walkers, we didn't find it too bad but we always came the longer way round. There is a steep way and a very steep way back up the hill. unfortunately the nearest route into the town centre is the steepest and best avoided.
we also hired a car for a week (Zeus car hire) which made getting to beaches a bit easier.
There are 4 tavernas within easy reach if you don't want to go all the way into the town. The Anaxis is very reasonable and quite near. There is also a tavern at the Finas hotel which does a 3 course meal for E8.90.
The hotel was a bit bigger than we usually used and the pool area could get a bit rowdy with younger people messing around. I think it's a matter of luck as to who is at the hotel when you stay there, as our second week was much quieter.
We used the main town beach most of the time. You can walk there in about 20 minutes by using the 'goat track' and then cutting through the Lindia Thelassa hotel. There is a sign in the hotel which says the nearest beach is 800m. It might be if you can fly! This beach is also quite small and gets very full early on.
The main beach is also quite narrow and can get full. There are sunbeds at E8 for two - you get charged the same irrespective of what time you arrive. There isn't a lot of space for sitting on your own towels until you get into the town.
Pefkos is not a big town and relatively quiet. There are a few bars and about 40 restaurants. I thought the prices were slightly more expensive than other places we have visited, especially the house wines. For the past couple of years we paid E6-7 for a litre. Most places in Pefkos charged E11-13. The exceptions were the Anaxis and the Finas hotel, where it was E7.
The Philosophea is very good, if pricey, with fabulous sunset views and the Enigma also serves good food and isn't as expensive as it looks. However, we really never had a bad meal and there is plenty of choice. You won't go hungry.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and actually appreciated the walk back in an evening to digest the large meals. The hotel is clean and comfortable and is reasonably priced. The one exception is the 'added extras'. Aircon is E55 a week and the safe deposit is E20 a week. You can buy a safe for less! However, this seems fairly common now - a cheap price but you pay through the nose for add-ons.

Room Tip: There are some with a fabulous view over the town at the front of the hotel. Avoid those in the main...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Overall, enjoyed our stay here. We arrived very late (~4am local time) so there was a bit of confusion with getting to our room and not having air con the first night.
The pool area is lovely and we never had a problem getting a sunbed no matter what time we wandered down at.
As everyone else mentions, getting back to the hotel is a trek since it's at the top of a hill from all the restaurants and the beach. We got in the habit of walking down then getting a taxi back up (5euros) which wasn't bad.
Also rented a car (would recommend Marathon!) for a few days which helped us get out and about a lot easier.
I wouldn't say the location of the hotel is a negative point as you get good views and away from all the noise of being too central.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

This is a nice hotel, but I don't quite understand the rave reviews. The rooms and grounds are very clean but the rooms are slightly dated, saying that I do know this is standard for Greece. The bathroom is a let down. The views from our room 302 was amazing though and we were given a 2 bedroom apartment which was a added bonus as we only booked 1 bedroom. The hotel is on top of a big hill which was fine but very exhausting walking up and down each day especially in the 50 degree heat that we had when we were there. I can't say we had any problems with the hotel at all and yes the staff do work extremely hard. The older man on recepetiob though is very grumpy and quite rude at times, massive language barrier, granted I no very little Greek but he knows almost no English and just shouts in Greek when you try ask him a question. Even booking a taxi proved difficult and got shouted at for that! I do think they should reconsider his position as front of house. The swimming pool area is clean and nice but the pool is freezing. We ate at the snack bar a couple of times and had no complaints. Nice hotel with nice views on the top of a very steep hill especially with a pushchair. I would stay here again but would hire a car.

Stayed June 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

We arrived at the hotel full of great expectations with all these great reviews. We entered the reception only to be met with a very stroppy looking reception staff who just told a group to follow them, pointed to our hotel room and walked off. Great first impression. We put it down to the fact we were late arrivals due to late flight and coach transfer. The room itself was basic, very dated, clean to an extent. What u would need to get by for a week- few plates, 2 cups, 2 glasses. A hob and kettle that had seen better days. The shower was fine bit of red dirt (seen in pic), beds were fine bit hard with two sorry looking hard pillows and a few stains that wasn't our own. We also found an ants nest by the window so the floor was crawling with ants but not sure if a few crawlers is usual in such a hot country? Woke up to stunning views, as we had booked a sea view, the only saving grace of the hotel. We thought in the light of day things would be different. We avoided the pool as crowded with lots of rowdy people most topless. So we thought we would walk to Pefkos Town, the lady which I believe owns the place was very helpful and even though she had very little English flagged us down to help us with directions and we was very grateful. She was very pleasant and the cleaning staff were wonderful and friendly. Pefkos is quite a trek from the hotel- what ever u do bring some good shoes and prepare to walk. But a taxi to and from is 5 euro each way which can mount up but is worth it, as the hotel feels very closed off from everything. With about 25-30 mins walk to Pefkos Village. In the evening we chose to get a taxi, we politely asked the man at reception is he could possibly ring a taxi, he looked like I asked him if I could take his kidneys. Eventually rang one. Shop is useful but expensive. Few bits like biscuits, tea etc. Air con is expensive but needed 55euro for the week. 20 euro for the safe for the week. We had very noisy neighbors next door, few youngsters that had music blasting and laughing, screaming and talking through out the night, very loud. For few days, so we had no sleep. We told the reception and she called them, unfortunately this did nothing in fact they turned the music up louder. Not the hotels fault but feel they knew the guest were loud and should have told them to leave. Couldn't help but think throughout the whole trip this holiday would be perfect if I booked a different hotel. Disappointing at best.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank belda2010
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We arrived late due to a 2hour delay flight and a transfer coach driver who hadn't a clue where he was going (even taking us down the wrong side of a dual carriage way!) Unlike other guests who arrived in the early hours and were greeted by Stella , we had to knock them up which made us feel uncomfortable . We could not make a drink as we had no water or milk so went straight to bed. We were in room 514 in the main building which was near the bar and was on occasions quite noisy . Yannis the barman is no doubt a worker and a very pleasant man who also makes the snacks during the day around the pool . The hotel is kept lovely and clean and the pool is gorgeous . We hired a car from Zeus car hire and could not fault them 21 euro's a day . The restaurant's in Pefkos are superb , Artemis being my favourite the food and medium red house wine gorgeous . Don't usually do the busy beaches but Pefkos main beach was lovely but it was only the beginning of June ! Sunbeds 8euro's for 2 with umbrella. Had fab holiday .

Room Tip: Ask for a upper floor room but not in main building .
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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West Midlands
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We spent the first two weeks of June 2014 in Rhodes at the Ziakis. We arrived in the middle of the night and Stella was at reception to greet us and show us to our room. We had room 410 and when we opened the door it was just like the pictures on the website, so we were really pleased! The next morning when we opened the curtains, the view was beautiful, overlloking the bay of Pefkos.
The whole place is really clean and the pool is fantastic. We managed (just about) without air conditioning, but I think if you holiday any later than early June you will need to factor in the cost of aircon (I think around 60 euros per week) but it will be worth it as you won't get bitten by mosquitoes while you sleep!
We must mention Yannis who runs the pool bar and also the hotel bar in the evening. The man works like a Trojan! He without doubt cooks the best pool-side food we have ever eaten on a Greek island - the chicken salad was lovely as was the gyros.
We walked down to Pefkos to eat each evening and the goat track makes the walk a lot quicker! We didn't use the goat track on the way back as it was too dark, and a little too rocky to risk without a torch. We did resort to a taxi back up most evenings - it is 5 euros (minimum fare) but worth it when you're hot, sticky and full of yummy food and wine! We did not have a bad meal while we were here, but we tend to stick to restaurants that provide Greek food, we're not into burgers, pizzas, etc - we can get them at home! We would recommend 'Smile Garden' restaurant on the way down to Pefkos, 'Three Little Pigs', 'Pefkos Restaurant' but the one we liked best was in a side street called 'Lambis'. Really good food, lamb kleftiko was the best in Pefkos. During the day there is a bar right on the beach called 'Lee Beach bar' which is really good. We also went to Lindos on the glass bottom boat, which was a lovely day.
We had a lovely relaxing holiday at Ziakis and would definitely recommend it. Yes, it is up above the town, but if it wasn't you would not have the spectacular views! Not ideal for people with mobility problems as Pefkos is also hilly, but hey, there are plenty of Taxis! Nothing bad at all to report - fantastic place, well above the Greek 'norm'!

Room Tip: 410 had a lovely view, so 408, 406 would too.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Diane J
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Colne, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

We keep going back twice a year ,it,s like going home ,lovely and clean ,friendly and your treated like family , most guests are returnees ,even the pool is cleaned daily by Alberto the cleaners are spot on, Yannis is the best ,Stella always goes the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay as do all the Ziakis family, only came back yesterday ,missing them already. The way you are treated is from the heart .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Heather O
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Property: Hotel Ziakis
Address: Pefkos 85107, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Pefkos
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Pefkos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ziakis 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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