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.
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- Hotel Ziakis Pefkos, Rhodes