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“Welcoming family run hotel in a beautiful location.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Anthoula Hotel

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Anthoula Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Kefalos
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“Welcoming family run hotel in a beautiful location.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We booked the hotel because we wanted a budget holiday, in a quiet resort, in a clean hotel & one with a great pool for the children. Which is exactly what we got!

Some of the negative reviews appear rather harsh since this is a 2 star hotel & if you want more amenities, a better breakfast etc you have to pay more!! Really if you're used to toast, coffee & juice in the morning then the breakfast is ample! However, you can buy a cook breakfast if required.

Anthoula and her family are wonderful, really friendly, and go out of their way to be helpful. In fact all the staff do. We arrived at 10.30 pm and on request Anthoula happily provided food, from the pool bar menu. All which we can recommend!

The location is wonderful in the mountains, with a much needed breeze on most days. We easily either walked to the old town or to the beach in the evenings (the hotel does have a free bus to the beach). Agree with the positive comments re Santa Barbara and the Memory cafe. Would also recommend Aphrodite (excellent local dishes) and Sydney.

We only did one trip to Nisyros since we really came for a pool to relax by & keep the children amused. The pool is fab, quiet with plenty of sun lounges & a lovely bar area.

We met several people coming back for 2nd visits and would happily do the same.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

The hotel is set up high on the mountain side, our room 25 at the front had a lovely view of the bay and sea below. 3 of us- mum and two teens were a little squeezed in their but didn't spend anytime in it other than sleeping. The room had a fridge and kettle. Essential for keeping fruit and drinks cold. The beds and pillows were hard and once we mastered the air con (5 euros a day) we slept ok. The breakfast was disappointing and we skipped it after first day! Choosing to have something from pool bar at 11 when it opened.
All staff lovely and the whole hotel and grounds very clean and pretty.
Everything outside the room was lovely. The garden and pool really pretty and comfortable and inviting. Anthoula's shuttle back and forth from beach and hotel was a god send!
The beach - mostly shingle. I recommend beach swimming shoes. Water crystal clear with lots to see. Snorkles cheap enough and worth it. Lots of beds on the beach are free if you eat or drink in the restaurant they are in front off. And you can Swim to the reef or the little peacock island.
We ate out every night . Hotel bus takes you down at 7pm and back at 10pm.. so plenty of time.
We recommend Sydney bar and grill- Santa Barbara -captain johns - stamatia in that order. Avoid rainbow !
10 days was just enough. The boys didn't really have a huge amount to do. Good job they love the water! And it was very very hot every day.
Friends stayed at Athenoula down the road. Their room bigger but no fridge and pool set up no where near as pleasant!
We had a good time but glad to be back on a comfy bed!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

I booked this place on the back of reviews on here and got what I expected. Very nice, quite basic, family run hotel with a wonderful pool. The view from the breakfast terrace is stunning. This is a great base in Kefalos, set slightly up the hill. I don't know if it gets noisy by the beach at night, and didn't want to find out on this holiday. Anthoula was very welcoming, and we were given a studio, with a small kitchen, having booked just a room. This was a great bonus for us. There were some small niggles, these did not bother us enough to report them so the staff did not have the opportunity to rectify them, but given they were generally helpful and attentive i'm sure they would have tried. Our toilet seat was not attached to the loo, the hot water in the shower was gone by 7pm, and we could not get the free wifi in the lobby working. The only problem which did impact our stay was the fact that the beds are two singles pushed together, I had expected this from the reviews but usually this means 2 divans, which is not a problem. On our first holiday together, not being able to cuddle up to my partner properly was a bit miserable.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Just got back from a relaxing 2 week break, the resort is quiet and sleepy with a handful of restaurants/bars scattered all over the resort.
The hotel has a lovely clean pool but be warned despite the heat it is rather cold.
There is one cleaner for all the rooms who workes extremely hard and is very friendly.
I highly recommend the Memory Bar for cheap cocktails/beers the owners are very helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: ask for room at the front of the hotel for sea view
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Had a lovely relaxing 2 weeks at Anthoula hotel in Kefalos. Situation near the top of the hill with fabulous views.

Hotel was very clean and staff welcoming. Rooms are basic with fridge, tv, kettle and hairdryer. The cleaner came into the room on a daily basis and did a superb job (so much so we gave her a well-earned tip on departure). The pool bar serves snacks 11am-5pm which were good quality and reasonably priced.

We hired a car from Manolis Car Hire at €35.00 and they provided a child seat at no extra cost.

Took the boat tour to Nissyros to see the Volcano but felt it was overpriced for what it was.

A visit to Paradise Beach to see the bubbles is worthwhile but the sun beds there are €8 euros for two and if there are 3 in your party they will charge an additional €5 euros on top, but all the other beaches were charging €5 euros and let you have 3 beds for that price! No matter what time you get to any beach you can always find plenty of free sunbeds.

Recommend a visit to Empros Thermi, for the thermal springs the water gets to 40 degrees and is a fabulous experience but it does smell a bit.

Also if you vist Plaka to feed the peacocks (who will take food from your hand) remember to take some food for the many stray cats located in the picnic area and visit the turtles too who come right out of the water to eat.

A visit to Zia is a must, it’s a lovely village up in the mountains consisting of shops and restaurants with pronominal views.

The best restaurant we found to eat was Argo on the sea front and for very cheap drinks we recommend the Memory Bar also on the front. The best crêpes we found were at the Zenith Bar in the village.

If all your party want to each together at the same time then avoid Captain Jacks, they also can’t get the drink orders out prior to the last person in the party finishing their meal which is probably why it has a complaints book as you enter!

If you want a quiet, relaxing break then we recommend the Anthoula Hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

we have just got back from a 2week stay at hotel Anthoula and what a fantastic hotel it is.Anthoula and her family do all they can to make you feel very welcome,which makes for a very relaxing holiday.The hotel is very clean and our room was adequate for our stay.We spent a lot of our time during the day by the wonderful pool,again this is well maintained,there are snacks and drinks available at reasonable prices.the hotel is set on a hill side but don't let this put you off,infact we found it a bonus giving you fantastic views of the bay below.Anthoula provides a free bus service several times a day up and down to the sea front.If I had to say anything negative about our stay it would be the breakfast,we were there for 2 weeks and every day was the same,a bread roll jam and cheese,you can have a choice but you do have to pay for it.That aside we had a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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wells, Somerset
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

Great hotel and value for money despite its low star rating. Anthoula welcomes everyone with a warm smile and can't do enough for you. The rooms are great, some with studios comprising kitchenette and dining. At the top of the hill in the old part of town and secluded and unspoilt. Pool is wonderful and no fighting for sunbeds. Breakfast very basic but ok. If you want entertainment don't choose this hotel as it is so peaceful it is almost unreal but a fab place for total relaxation and the pool bar offers variety of food and cold or hot drinks. Anthoula will give you a life into town if you want one and is always on hand to help. Deserves a much higher star rating but we got a bargain break which was just what was needed.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Anthoula Hotel
Address: Kefalos Area, Kefalos 853 01, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kefalos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kefalos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Anthoula Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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