We have just returned from our 2 week stay at the Athina through Thomas Cook. For £550 for a fortnight including flights in July it's hard to fault! We loved the holiday, and Makis was a very welcoming host. He remembers everyone's names and his family are also charming (special mention for his lovely Mum!).
When we arrived, we were given a drink and a choice of rooms, and chose what I think may have been the best room in the whole hotel! It was on the second floor on the corner of the building with a huge wrap around balcony, and a side sea view.
Having air con included was a huge blessing as it reached over 30 most days we were there. The room is the usual basic Greek room, for the price that's absolutely expected. The use of the facilities at the neighbouring 5 star is a great bonus.
There is a little beach with free beds by the hotel, and the pebbly beach on the 15 minute walk to Sami is huge and good for swimming (you might want to buy shoes as the sea is also pebbly). Perfectly adequate for a couple of days relaxing; if you want to do more than stay by the pool it's best to hire a car though.
There are 3 tavernas nearby and we also ate at the Ionian Emerald one night, which was lovely. The Karavomylos taverna has the best view I have ever seen from dinner! Sami is also walkable - I highly recommend To Rahati which is next to the Spathis bakery and on the front road, but without tables by the harbour - a Greek meze restaurant where all the other diners were Greek - we loved it.
Breakfast is basic but fine, if you fancy a change the bakery is 2 minutes away and does a mean chocolate croissant!
We would definitely return. If you enjoy real Greek atmosphere, peace and quiet, beautiful sea views and a good base from which to explore the island it's perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Athina hotel is a 3 Stars hotel and apartments accommodation complex in Kefalonia (Cephalonia) Island in Ionian Islands of Mediterranean sea, ideal for travel, tourism, Vacation, accommodation and lodging resort as well. The Kefalonia (Cephalonia) Hotel & apartments complex is located in Karavomylos village near to Sami town region and to the awarded Antisami beach, Melissani Lake and Drogarati cave which are some of the most attractive sightseeing of Kefalonia(Cephalonia) Island and Greece and Greek Islandsin general confession. Talking about lodging & accommodation in Kefalonia(Cephalonia or Kephalonia) island Greece and its hotels, apartments, studios, rooms & resorts, a travel destination within Ionian Islands Greece, who's those that haven't ever heard about the Cosmopolitan, famous and deep-Green island in Mediterranean Sea where the most Hollywood Stars continuously and fanatic spending their holidays there... ... more less
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- Athina Hotel Sami, Ionian Islands, Greece