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“Lovely hotel, beautiful Sami, Lovely Kefalonia” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ionian Emerald Resort
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Sami
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Sutton, Surrey
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel, beautiful Sami, Lovely Kefalonia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stayed in (Rm302) at this lovely hotel from 14-21st July. I cant say more than other reviews, the hotel is clean, rooms are great with nice views across the pool and the beach, the staff are great, Yannis 1 and 2 were great in the pool bar, always looked after you very well, sorry I didnt get the names of the other staff but they were all great as well. I celebrated my birthday (the big 50) while there and we ate in the hotel restaurant, we were a little disappointed with the meal as it was warm as opposed to hot food and the breakfast offerings were also warm unless you had the omelette freshly cooked for you. This was only a small gripe as everything else was great.

We ate in a few restaurants, our favourite Ill Familia, fantastic grilled king prawns, mussels, sardines I could go on it was all fab. We also ate at the taverna across the road from the hotel not sure what the name was but this was very good and one turn right out of the hotel and just up on the left hand side opposite the lake also very good.

Will definately return to Kefalonia was blown away by the beautiful island and the people, must be one of the best in Greece.

Room Tip: I think you wont have a problem with any room all have views and are great
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

We have had a great stay in this hotel (Rm 304). Everything about it was great. The position was fantastic, pool area great, and to our surprise the hotel actually had a restaurant worth staying on the premises for in the evening. Kefalonia itself was lovely, and Sami (a short walk away) had a range of good value eating establishments. The only disappointing aspect was my son (who had an ear infection so couldn't go in the pool proper) and myself being told we couldn't play a quiet game of mini tennis in the children's pool because it was too noisey, despite there only being a handful of guest around the pool (and the fact we were not making a lot of noise). When a eight year old cant go in the pool its bad enough, to then be further restricted ended in tears on our last day.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank chris y
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

What a welcome surprise this place is. The rooms are spacious and well cared for. The air conditioning was so quiet you could easily leave it on at night. The pool is big enough to just swim whilst others "play". The food is really good with a variety of choices, particularly at breakfast. The icing on the cake however is the wonderful, welcoming attitude of all the staff that we encountered, nothing was too much trouble for us.
As to the situation, there is a short walk into "downtown" Karavomilos or a very pleasant 20 minute walk along the seafront into the main square of Sami, the nearest town of note.
One bit of advice is to hire a car, although you wouldn't be hamstrung without one, you'll see so much more with one.

Room Tip: From what we could see they're all good.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Have just spent a week at the hotel. The rooms were spacious and well presented. All the public rooms and the pool area were spotless The view over the bay was fantastic and the staff could not have been more helpful. A really great holiday.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the sea.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

Probably the nicest hotel we have ever stopped in whilst visiting many Greek Islands. Lovely staff, Great food if not a little expensive, superb pool and never a problem to find a sun bed. All the reviews seem to capture our thoughts . This place comes HIGHLY recommended by my wife and I.
Great thanks to Yannis down at the pool Bar, Hard working, very friendly and helpful.
We may yet return.

Room Tip: Most rooms are well situated , top level gives a better view of the bay and fabulous scenery
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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75 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

This is a very well kept hotel with a super pool area and great breakfast. Everything is clean and well taken care of. I highly recommend this hotel and its sister hotel, the Athena, which is right next door. Also this hotel is very close--walking distance-- to the Melissani Caves.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bernalgirl
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Crewe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

We had two weeks here in the middle of June, having been to the Sami area three times before we knew what to expect and it was as always lovely. Our last visit to Kefalonia was in 09 and the Hotel was just being built, we vowed at some point to give it a try. Big mistake! not going sooner that is!! I could write pages on the cleanliness,the food, the luxury fittings, the excellent pool area and sunbeds but most have been well described (as very good) in earlier posts. I will sum up the hotel with a simple "best we have been to in Greece" (we have been many times).
All of the staff are very hard working, helpful and very friendly (typical Greeks). Special mentions to Makis and Elena the owners who made us feel so very welcome.Nikos and Maria at breakfast we very attentive and always happy to serve you your needs as were "Laki" in the bar and Yannis in the pool area. Maybe it says alot about me but "top dog" was also Yannis at the pool bar, what a lovley chap! It seemed the bar was under used maybe people found it a little pricey. I feel we made many new friends.
Be Warned We Will Be Back !!
Graham & Penny

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank GrahamECrewe
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Property: Ionian Emerald Resort
Address: Karavomilos | Sami, Sami 280 80, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Sami
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Sami
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ionian Emerald Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ionian Emerald Hotel is a beautiful hotel in Karavomylos Sami in Kefalonia, offering a high standard of hospitality, in an environment where warmth and fine taste surround the guest from the moment they enter the hotel. This luxurious 5 star hotel in Kefalonia has panoramic views of the sea and the port of Sami. The exemplary service of Ionian Emerald Hotel & Resort will offer you moments, with exclusive amenities and facilities. The luxurious accommodation, with views over the Ionian Sea, the direct access to Agia Eythimia, lake Melissani, cave Drogkarati and other beautiful beaches, make it the ideal combination for magnificent holidays. Ionian Emerald Hotel & Resort is the ideal choice for a luxurious stay, whether you're on the island for business or pleasure. With its impeccable services and facilities, in this family-run hotel you will experience the ultimate relaxation and tranquility. ... more   less 
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