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Trapezaki Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Trapezaki
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2009

The Trapezaki Bay Hotel really does live up to its promises.
The excellent website made booking simple - even down to choosing your room from the virtual tour.
The friendliness of the hotel team started from our arrival at the airport and continued with the welcome from Nikos and Sophia at the hotel.
Our room was very clean and comfortable with everything we needed.
The pool area had plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas so no hassle at the start of a relaxing day by the pool.
We ate at the hotel most days with a good choice of excellent food. There are also tavernas and restaurants in Trapezaki Beach and St Thomas Beach but be ready for the uphill walk back from both.
Kefalonia is beautiful. We took an organised tour but you probably need to hire a car if you want to see the whole of the island.
Nikos and Sophia made us feel that we were special guests and made us very welcome to what is also their home. Their attention to all the little details really makes the difference.
We had a superb relaxed holiday. We'll be going back soon..........
Tony & Angela

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

We made a last minute decision to take a weeks holiday before the end of June and we were very fortunate to find the TBH whilst surfing the internet. The exceptional comments from other guests are, for the most part, fully justified. To be collected from and returned to the airport is the ideal way to top and tail the holiday. Niko is a genial host who keeps a careful watch over all aspects of the day-to-day running of the hotel and has clearly inspired all his staff to make every effort to ensure that time spent at the TBH is as enjoyable as possible.
The hotel is in a superb location, with stunning views across the Ionian Sea towards Zakynthos. The area surrounding the hotel is largely undeveloped and in consequence it is a perfectly peaceful place to stay.
For anyone who is reasonably fit and who enjoys walking there are beaches (Trapezaki Bay and St. Thomas) and tavernas ( try Gefiri or Crystal Palace, both on the road to Lourdas) within 15-45 minutes on foot. Walking in the area does however involve some rather strenuous uphill/downhill exercise. If this is not your cup of tea, then hiring a car (which Maria will arrange) is advisable. Driving on Kefalonia is not a stressful experience.
We were struck by the number of guests who had had multiple stays at the hotel (one couple was on their ninth visit). Many of the other guests enquired of us how we "discovered" their secret. We were surprised at this curious devotion. Perhaps this is why there is such a reluctance by previous contributors to impart even the slightest suggestion of any criticism of the hotel. There are imperfections. Perhaps the most important relates to night time comfort. The mattresses are, shall we say, rather firm. To be fair to Niko he did supply my wife with a foam mattress topper which made sleeping possible. There were several other guests who would have liked something similar but there are only a limited number of these bed toppers available. If you value a good night's sleep I would suggest you make this arrangement with the TBH in advance of your visit.

The food is good, but not exceptional. Niko has Anglicised the breakfast (bacon, baked beans, fried eggs etc) but disappoints with some of the more basic items. Fresh fruit juice and a wider variety of fresh fruit would be a welcome addition to the breakfast experience. The dinner menu is limited in its Greek dishes, and it therefore acts as an incentive to seek out other local eating places. The only variation was a barbecue on Saturday night (not especially cheap at 28 euros pp) and it proved to be identical to the food served on the other evenings except it was cooked outdoors rather than indoors. This was our first experience of Kefalonian wine and even if we return to the island we will be steering well clear of it. Niko's house wine (poured out of plastic containers) is an interesting but never to be repeated experience.
Would we return? If we were to visit Kefalonia in the future, yes we would. The few negatives are hugely out weighed by the many good things about this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2009

Niko and Sofie are rarities in the unfortunately shrinking family run hotel business. It's no wonder they have numerous repeat visitors as their exceptionally authentic charm accents the natural beauty of the area surrounding their beautiful hotel. The rooms are spacious, spotless, and all have a view so alluring we found just sitting on the balcony left us breathless. The breakfast is just right to get you started for a day of lying on a beach or walking thru endless tree lined roads allowing a further escape from the dreaded routine we temporarily left behind. What they offer is priceless but what you pay for their unmatched hospitality is next to nothing. Our friends had told us to stay close to Argostoli since this is the only place where things are "happening" in the evenings. We rented a car and from the TBH to Argostoli was an easy 15 minute ride so having the best of both was really very simple. However, if you choose not to rent a car, there are plenty of tavernas with fine food in the area. If you do rent a car, have Niko and Sofie arrange it as the price we received was outstanding. If you don't come away from the TBH in a state of complete relaxation you should seek therapy.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank DanOwe
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

This was a last minute trip and we were so fortunate to find the Trapezaki Bay ..It is a superb hotel with beaches within walking distance. A family run hotel with the emphasis on ensuring guests are 100% happy throughout their stay. Superb food and comfortable rooms.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank BoltonSunflower
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Reviewed 9 June 2009

On arrival the welcome was exceptional. A delayed Thomas Cook Flight (very uncomfortable), Late evening arrival, made no difference to Nicko and Sophia, who immediately provided us with a hot meal, together with a very warm welcome. The hotel is spotless and the gardens immaculate. Very restful surroundings, nice pool, and pool restaurant and bar open all day. Hire a car, and Maria the receptionist is very knowledgeable of places to eat, and better still the best tavernas to visit around Kefalonia. This was a first time visit for us, but most other visitors had been at the hotel three, four, six. and up to ten times previously. Some even visited twice a year. As new comers arrived they were greeted by the proprietors and staff like old friends. This hotel is home from home, and cannot be faulted.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Patsy-Lil
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Reviewed 1 June 2009

Great location. Family run hotel. A warm friendly welcome from Niko, Sofia and their team. Clean, well run hotel. Excellent food in restaurant (try the fish soup!). A peaceful, relaxing stay. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank YonderRoad
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Reviewed 26 May 2009

Our stay at the Trapezaki Bay Hotel was everything we expected.. and more. From the welcome at Kefalonia Airport with private transport by a member of the Hotel staff right through our 2 week stay where every need was catered for and nothing was too much trouble for owners Niko, Sophia and the whole of the Trapezaki Hotel team. It was like staying in someones home yet so relaxing, luxurious peacefull and tranquil. We booked our return for next year before we left as, it would appear, do most of the Hotel's guests. Can hardley wait for May 2010.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Trapezaki Bay Hotel

Address: Trapezaki, Kefalonia, Trapezaki, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Trapezaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Trapezaki
Price Range: £61 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 33

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