We stayed for a week in July and was met by a family run hotel who were always open to any queries we had.
The room was very basic and we asked if there were alternatives due to poor view from room. Unfortunately the hotel was full and they could not move us. Yet it did meet our needs as a base.
The hotel itself was very quiet. We saw some other guests at breakfast - which, whilst the same everyday, was pleasant enough. The hotels own fruit, which they grow on the grounds, bread, cheese and ham, cerial and yog, tomatoes and eggs...usual continental.
The pool is lovely. Salt water made it feel silky smooth. You can ask for a towel and sit there all day if you like. The bar is near by and has undercover tables too which is nice to escape from the rays for a while. Whilst the EURO is an absolute killer the hotel does offer a few snacks. I would recommend joining everyone for the Thursday BBQ. Forget any idea you have about BBQing as they have a proper BBQ. The food is tasty and plentiful, served with a smile and cooked by Greek men drinking beer - a home from home at times!
The pool area was also quite quiet and one can really read a book or have a glass of Mythos with no bother what so ever!
As for location - it really is ideally located for those who want to see all of the island. I would recommend a car as a basic must, not only for the sightseeing, but also to make getting back and forth to the hotel easier as it is a little off the beaten track. Although I was informed by a fellow guest that a taxi to Argostoli cost them 6euros one way. It depends upon the purpose of your trip I suppose.
Other reasonable places to eat include 1. Oscars (turn left from hotel and not too far before the main road to Lassi) - dancing waiters and a 15 euro BBQ menu. Nice people. 2. Sto Pisito (also turn left, just after Oscars and before main road to Lassi) is a little more expensive but very nice. Good service, complimentary melon and just on the sea front. 3 and 4 are on the same fanari road (this time turn right towards Argostoli, past the lighthouse - which incidently is around the corner from the hotel) include the place where they house the waterwheel (hiden in the toilet!!!) can't remember its name (a jug of very reasonable red wine, some olives, dipping oil and bread was less than 10 euros and pleasantly enjoyed on a wooden table near the lapping lagoon) and one further up - Vinaries, which we went to on our first night (lots and lots of food for 30 euros and good service with a warming Greek smile.
Yes, we had a brilliant time!
So - in conclusion: Hotel is at the cheaper end and if you're not expecting 5* you should enjoy. Everyone is nice and polite and will help if they can. Yannis seems to work around the clock and is a lovely gentleman. It was my birthday when we were away and reception felt nothing of surfing the net for me to see if anything was on locally - we saw some Greek dancing, mandolin playing and then went to an open air cinema! You can also use their computer with internet access for a small fee. The place is clean and bright and, even though is in need of a general overhaul (some cracked tiles in the bathroom for instance), the basics are offered.
Can I also suggest that before you travel - just general observation of Kefalonia - you stock up on bug spray and cream. This is expensive in Greece (most over 10 euros) and iscertainly needed in the hot weather.
We loved this holiday so much that we will return next year for two weeks instead of one!
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