The hermes is the ritz compared to 90% of the hotels and apartments in kefalos and probably kos. People who visit greek islands accept the buildings are usually slightly run down, you rarely get a shower curtain, floods in the bathroom and having to pay for air con but the many more positives make up for these little obstacles. The hermes has been renovated within the last few years and the rooms are basic, but new and spotlessly clean, (shower curtain now included) . There is a hairdryer and a fridge, I believe kettles can be rented, as can fans. Air con is 7euros per night, yes it seems steep but they are all at it and without it dont expect to sleep if you go betweeen june and august. Just returnded from 42 degrees during day and 30 at night. I have stayed at the hermes 6 out of 7 times in kefalos, and it would always be my first choice if the price is right, however unless you get a deal, it often comes in more expensive than other hotels in kefalos, but u do get what u pay for. Diane and Sebastian run the hotel with their kids nick and katerina who work extremely hard and are always friendly and sincere! The family speak great english, especially nick and katerina who live in new york half the year. The pool is a great size, one of the biggest in kefalos and i have never found it dirty, well fenced baby pool. In all the times i have been i have never had a problem getting a sunlounger, however this time (high season) there were many geusts going as eary as 2am to lay towels down and many laying towels and only coming to sit on them later in day... The pool bar staff will help if you have problems, just ask and nick will take the blame for moving these buggers towels..the price of drinks at the pool bar are in line with soft drinks on the island, water is the cheapest at 0.50 .. food is well priced and the hermes burger is a must for the hungry man or woman... also if you like tuna, try diana's tuna .. it is to die for.. so good they often run out half way through day, but she is usually in the middle of making more... the woman can cook!!! only been to the bbq and all you can eat buffet once, but they were both very good and a good opportunity to try traditional greek food which diana will tell u all about. The hermes rent cars too and i belive their prices are good. we rent quad bikes every time, they are the best way to buzz around the island, manolis are 14 euro a day, 12 if you take them for a week... Katerinas usually a bit more expensive and seems to have older bikes but she does have the bonus of having a shop right next to the hermes, which saves the awful walk up and down the dreaded hill.... it doesnt look bad at all, you would never believe how awful it is to walk up in the hear and takes about 10-15 mins.... get a bike or stay in the hotel... or take an oxygen cylinder.
I have eaten almost everywhere in kefalos so here are a few favourites..:
The Golden Fleece -along at harbour end of beach, speciality pasta..woaw!!! the freshest pizza and pasta ever!!! huge portions though!! great prices and lovely staff.
Sydneys- middle of beach front.. dont be put off by the young trendy appearance.. they do the best steaks i have evr had... evry time i have one its even better than the last... go on a thursday or sunday and get a table for the live singer, he is awesome!!! the hypnotist wasnt there this year but he may return and if he does, well worth seeing.
Scorpios-- middle of main road.. indian they do best... but also chinese and mexican... super duper, we usually go at least twice a week...the owner is greek/australian and very friendly.
Argo - on the beachfront left of better than asda and bravo bar... best for fresh fish..
Sebastians ( not sebastians2) harbour area.. in front of golden fleece.. have a full english there.. 6 euro but you get huge plate, toast and eggy bread side and coffee or tea and big fresh orange all in price... u can even switch ur coffee and juice for a coke if your like me and often hungover..
HIppocrates-- first time this year, we heard it was very good and it is... the owners were lovely and the food great.. nice and clean inside too.
The Riverside- on main road... closer to road out of kefalos.. lovely wee cafe/taverna... ran by an english lady Debs, real friendly and relaxed, and the lovely Jules one of her staff, they will tell you anything this kefalos guide doesnt..lol... The dolphin bar-- main road.. heading out of kefalos... lovely pool bar, ran by manolis with the help of his lovely lady sanya.. pool is great there and free to use so long as you buy a drink.. it is a nice quiet pool and the loungers are fairly new and have pillows.... treat yourself to a dolphin hotdog yummy yummy!! .. or a frozen cocktail... drinks here are a bit pricey biut they are of better quality than your cheap beer in the bravo bar. Paradise beach restaurant.. visit paradise beach, take kos town bus or rent a bike.... 10 min ride from hermes... u can walk into sea and see the bubbles from the springs on the seabed, there is also an inflatbale waterpark 4 euro per day, its not a water park reallly, its a huge iceberg in the sea, trampolines in the sea and a few other things but it certainly good for kids and adults with kids minds... u do need to be fairly fit to get up the iceberg... the iceberg challenge is put to any kos newbies in our family. if you have lunch in the paradise beach restnt ... try an ice-cream frappe and the chefs salad is awesome too.. the german man who runs the place is lovely too.... kos town is worth a visit, chek bus times tho... i prefer to go late afternoon and get the 9pm bus back... any medical people will be intrested in seeing hippocrates tree there. im just back and im going again in 2 weeks, once u have been to greece, spain and the canaries seems so inferior.. the greek people are so genuine, caring and they love kids, they remember you and ther is no hard sell on anything.... the only place that may happen is the DUTY PAID shop...DO NOT GO THERE!!!! rip off merchant!!! tries to tell u the cheap toilet water in boxes on shelves is real... he must think we are so thick!! and i tolerated him before but this year when he charged me 6 euro for four ice-poles i almost collapsed!!!! yeahhh thats about £5.60 for 4x sticks of flavoured water.... il never be back , he owns the shop across the road too so be careful there too. better than asda is a supermarket down on beach front which many people use but id avoid it if you can... the owner is a con-man and rips people off by renting places to them and not keeping to his end of the agreement.. for example will sell you someting for your place and when ur gone in winter he'l take it out and use it somewhiere else... then tell u it broke whilst u were away, tough luck.... best of it is...He is the MAYOR of kefalos... ha ha ha ha corupt i think.... woaw this is the biggest review ever... well done to anyone who gets to the bottom and is still awake...
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