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“Idllic setting & Chilled Out stay”
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Hermes Hotel
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Kefalos
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Idllic setting & Chilled Out stay”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We have just come back from a week at the Hermes Hotel and had a wonderful time. The hosts Diane & Sebastan were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble, they always asked how you were and where you had been that day and seemed genuinely interested. The room was very clean and all the staff were friendly. The view from the balcony was lovely looking out over the bay. We had some lovely meals out in the evening and drinks at the beach bar, Santa Barbara's was my favourite but there were so many to chose from. We booked a trip to see the sunset in Zia with the local travel agent on the beach road and it was well worth it. I would definetly recommend the Hermes Hotel although air conditioner is a must as it gets very hot, I wouldn't be able to cope with the heat any later in the season. The walk down to the beach is quite pleasant as long as you are careful of the road. I would definitely hire a quad bike or buggy if we went again just so we could explore the other beaches. Although the buses don't run very frequent they are reliable and we went on a bus to Kos town which was well worth a visit, also got the bus to Paradise beach which was fabulous. The sea is so clean and crystal clear and is perfect for swimmng even for someone nervous like me. Thanks again Diane who saved me from being completly penniless when I left the key to the safety deposit box in the box with all my holiday money in, very trustworthy. We did have a problem with the shower leaking but once we mentioned it to Diane it was fixed within the a couple of hours. The breakfasts were basic if you were on B&B but it was adequate for us as we don't like eating a big breakfast. All in all I wish we were back there now.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

hill top location so not so good if you have trouble walking , friendly bar staff etc , a resonable choice for breakfast and very clean well equiped apartments . some apartments have a big patio area ideal for families as it has run around space, the only down side to those is the way the windows open it makes it not ok to leave open during the night (while awake obviously)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2014

I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in this wonderful hotel last July - the whole experience from start to finish was one that I will never forget. Not only is the Hermes located on a slight incline, providing beautiful views of kamari bay, but the pool is large and clean, and provides a great base should you want to spend the day lounging there. The staff are all pleasant and friendly, Effie (their daughter who worked at the pool bar) was always keen to talk and really took an interest in every guest. It's these small details that sets this hotel apart from others - the whole ambiance of the place is one of calm tranquillity, and I felt very at ease. The rooms are basic, and you do have to pay for air con - but any hotel like this in Greece's recent economy needs to fund itself somehow, so I think this was reasonable. The breakfast is also basic, but we found that cafes and restaurants all over Kefalos were very reasonably priced, and we often payed 15 euros for our whole meal for 2 people!
The Hermes provides the perfect location for exploring the island - I would recommend hiring a quad bike or scooter as this allows you to see all of the beautiful beaches and churches and views which can be found round every corner. We did take a trip to Kos town, which was definitely worth the hour bus ride - but I much preferred the atmosphere of Kefalos. It is a small, picturesque village which really felt like a slice of the true Greece. Anyone wanting utter relaxation at a great price, please go and cherish every second at this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a fabulous holiday we had in Kefalos, Kos with our brilliant host and proprietor of our hotel- The Hermes, the ever smiling helpful Diana and her husband Sebastian and their wonderful team of staff who made our stay in Kefalos a memorable one.

Right from the very start of our arrival to our Hermes hotel, we straight away felt like it was a home away from home. We arrived late in the evening, tired and weary from our journey, to the warm greeting from Diana. As we entered our room we were treated to a lovely view from our balcony which overlooked the Bay, the town and the silhouette of the hills surrounding the scene. It was also very beautiful to see the view in the morning sunshine.

The room was very clean and we were pleased to see there was a small fridge, compared to our stay in a hotel in Kafeloina where you have to rent a fridge to store food. We had a sofa situated near the balcony to sit down and relax and watch the scenery with a book after a day out at the beach or town. In the evening, before retiring to bed, we sat outside our balcony with a nice cup of coffee to view the night lights of the town and the millions of stars, unaffected by the light pollution we are so used to in the UK, twinkling high up in the sky. We enjoyed the cool breeze at the close of the day.

My wife and I were treated each morning to see how beautifully our beds were made. The light linen blankets were folded like a giant butterfly on our beds which was amusing and a delight to see. The floors are mopped every day and our entire kitchen sink kept neat and clean ready for our next use of making tea and coffee or light meals and snacks.

The shower and toilet are very clean and all out towels changed daily. The only slight downside of the shower/ toilet is when you shower, the water overflows right outside the door. The remedy to that is to lay a towel across the floor along the door. That stops the water from flowing out of the door. It was no big deal for us and that didn’t stop us from enjoying our stay at the hotel, and our lovely room with a view from our very own balcony. What a treat it was.

Breakfast is very basic and gets served at 08:00am. Don’t expect anything fancy unless you are willing to pay more for a good full English breakfast. I can assure you that you will never going to miss your Full English fried breakfast in Kafelos, because, the moment you step out of your hotel and wander down the 15-20 minutes’ walk into town, you will be ‘shocked’ to see a WHOLE row of eating stalls and restaurants along the entire street, tempting you to step in to try their Full English Fried Breakfast served all DAY. You can eat to your hearts content and never miss a full English breakfast.

Hermes Hotel is situated in an ideal location, a close walking distance to everything; the shops, restaurants, Tavernas, car hire, grocery, gift shops, the beach, the seafront, bars, etc.

If you want to buy quick groceries to take to your hotel, without having to walk long distance, just wander down the hill and pass the petrol station on your right hand side and immediately around the corner is a grocery shop run by a really nice man called Nicolas. He is able to understand and speak Basic English. We became good friends with him and he was helpful when we needed to know what buses to take to visit places or the local surrounding area.

Diana and Sebastian will also able to help with all the buses and timetables to visit interesting places in Kos or nearby place of interest. You can also hire a car from the hotel. Nicholas the barman who works at the hotel- better known as ‘Nick’- also has great information on the local area. He is a really nice bloke.

If you want to explore the local village, its best to start off early in the morning before it gets too hot. You can take a wander up the hill to the village just behind the hotel with breath-taking views of the Kefalos Bay looking down from the hill. As you reach the very top of the hill you come into the village and there are many lovely coffee shops and restaurants. There is one coffee shop at the very corner overlooking the Bay with a charming young man by the name of …yes! you have guessed it –Nicholas or Nick. Nick, who served us fantastic pancakes and awesome Kiwi fruit juice, says that he is the only genuine Nicholas of Kefalos. Another great personality which is his strongest PR to get customers into the shop. He does it well.

It looks like, one thing you can be sure of is that the men of Kefalos, their names are easy to remember just call them Nicholas, Nico or Nick.

In the evening, there are many lovely seafood and Greek food restaurants along the seafront for you to enjoy the evening with your loved ones. We tried different ones each evening and they all taste very good and enjoyed the company of the friendly locals who served us the meals. We then took a nice quiet stroll along the beach front after our meal to enjoy the cool evening sea breeze and slowly head back to our hotel.

If you are interested to be a part of Thomas Cook tour guides to see places of interest in Kefalos or enjoy a day out of Island Hopping excursions, you can meet with Thomas Cook Representative Andy, a very helpful and friendly guy and he will help you organise visits to places of interest. You can contact Andy at the Hotel itself.
You can join the Thomas Cook excursion trips even if you did not book your holidays with Thomas Cook. Andy will be able to help you with any info and prices for the various trips they organise. The prices for the trips are reasonable and not expensive.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trips with Thomas Cook during our stay at the Hotel even though we didn’t book our holidays with Thomas Cook. We went Island Hopping, visited a live Volcano and walked on the crater of the Volcano.
On our last day of our stay, we took a bus right outside Hermes Hotel to Kos City. We wandered around the city visiting places of interest, had a lovely lunch in front of the harbour. We then visited Hippocrates first medical hospital built in 300 B.C. Incredible site to visit. A must for all who visit Kos to see this incredible famous building.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Kefalos and I want to say Diana and Sebastian made sure that our stay at The Hermes, is a pleasant one and that we were made to feel at home rather than in a hotel. You are well taken care off by this couple. We will definitely come back to Hermes Hotel again to stay and meet up with Diana, Sebastian, the staff team and the many Nick, Nico or Nicholas of Kefalos we have met.

We very much enjoyed Kefalos, strong in hospitality, its beauty and its lovely and friendly people.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bollington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

I stayed here in the Hermes during September. What a lovely hotel, helpful and welcoming staff. Stylish and spacious rooms. The pool makes this hotel with its stunning views across Kefalos. There is also a bar pool serving great snacks during the day. I cant wait to go back someday very soon!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed my two-week stay in the Hermes. The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. I had to climb 63 steps from the pool up to my room but the view was worth it! ...Kefalos and the bay looked stunning from my balcony every morning! Spectacular! Breakfast is very basic but plenty of delicious coffee to wash down the toast and jam! The room, which was cleaned every day, was comfortable and well-appointed.
Although I prefer the beach, the Hermes has a great swimming pool which is big enough for a proper swim. (There are lots of beaches to choose from)
It is a bit of a walk down to the beach and tavernas but I personally enjoyed the walk, even at the end of a night out! I would go back to the Hermes in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: Higher rooms have a great view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
335 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Our second trip to the Hermes, and was still as good as two years ago.
Diana, Sebastion, Spiros have been joined by Nico and Katerina....Then to round things off Nick , Diana & Sebs son arrives !!
The hotel is very clean and has had alot of work done on it wich was noticable.
Breakfast is a no frill affair, but you can add to it what you want from an additional pay menu.
The hotel pool has plenty off free sun beds, and a snack bar.
The hotel bar at night can be busy or quiet..It just depends who's is there..
The owners and staff are very friendsly and nothing is too much trouble.
The hotel is located a walk away from the beach and up a steep hill and this may not suit everyone , but it suited us..!!
Thank you all again !!!

Room Tip: Block 4 is closest to the bar !!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hermes Hotel
Address: Kefalos 85301, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kefalos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kefalos
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kefalos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hermes Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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