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“Good, but basic”
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Archontia Studios
Runcorn, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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“Good, but basic”
Reviewed 6 May 2011

The rooms come with a very basic hot plate.
The shower has nothing to hold it to the wall and the water heater (a tin container on the roof - very good idea!) runs out of hot water every now and again, but as it's so hot, a cold shower is nice.
The food served in the on site bar is fantastic, the milkshakes are brilliant and made in-front of you.
The owners are always about, really nice and genuine people.
The swimming pool is nice. (There was random children in the pool at times, however)
Some reviews note the steep hill leading up to the hotel, it is not really steep enough to warrant moaning about unless you have a disability, then most of Kefalos is a no-go.
The beach is a very short walk away.
Shops are a very short walk away.
The rooms are very, very, very hot at night and there is no air-conditioning, but it is a budget hotel so can't be expected.
Overall a very good hotel and recommended.

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  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2010

my husband and i stayed at the Archontia studios and were more than satisfied with the accomadation which is run by a small family who were very kind, nothing was too much trouble for them, the surrounding area isn't full of clubs and bars, but if u want a relaxing holiday we would certainly recommend it here.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Manchester UK
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2009

Me & my wife have just returned from a week stay at the archontia apartments, and to summarise it was a really nice relaxing break, and good value for money.
The apartments are in a great location, about 10 mins walk to the beach & bars, the views are amazing, we stayed on the first floor in room 19 and had panoramic views from the balcony of the whole bay & village, the apartments are spotless clean and simple but comfortable and would recommend them.
Kefalos itself is very low key, it was very quiet with tavernas having just a couple of people in, and the beach too was quite desserted, it depends what your after but we found the tavernas not very authentic, the only greek meal offered was mousaka and kebebs, after 1 week we had enough, the beach is not great either, its quite pebbly and could do with a really good clean up, along the beach is many half built buildings, so its not very pleasant to sunbathe next too.
We hired a quad bike - 30euros for the day, that was great fun and we went all around the island, kos town is very nice and like what traditional greece should be like.
The locals were very friendly and very helpfull, but I'm not sure how long kefalos can survive as a tourist resort! - the people have got heart but the place has no soul.
The sun shone everyday and for just a three and half hour flight kos is a great holiday destination, we will return but probably stay at Lambi or Marmari that are more traditional and have lovelly sandy beaches.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Great Britain
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Reviewed 22 June 2009

The couple that own the block of 20-or-so studios are Greek, and don't speak very much English. But they are very friendly and do as much as they can to make it a pleasant stay.

We stayed in number 10, which over looks the "local" side of Kefalos, the pool and a church. The rooms were cleaned and maintained every other day, and the lady cleans and makes the beds brilliantly! Will post some photos!

The rooms are just basic, two or three beds, small kitchen, bathroom and a balcony. You have an electric hot plate, a kettle and all cutlery is supplied. The bathroom is basic, a toilet, shower and sink. There are some reviews saying the shower is hard to use etc. we found it easy to use, just using the tube and holding the shower head. The water was always boiling hot when we used it and didn't have any trouble with it being cold.

The beds are very comfy and the room is most suitable for two people.

Some people have complained about the walk up to the studios, it's not very steep, we were expecting it to be a mile long and straight up by some of these reviews. It takes a few minutes, and if you're fit and healthy is very easy.

The studios are located up the hill about halfway to "local" Kefalos, and a short walk from the beach.

There is no air conditioning, and there are 3 European electric sockets. You can hire a fan for a week for only €15, this means you can shut the shutters and doors with no mozzies coming in and keep it cool. The cost covers the electricity.

All in all we would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2009
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Staffordshire
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

Like other reviewers I would agree that the accomodation, whilst basic, is spotlessly clean and well maintained. Owners were pleasant and accomodating. Nice quiet pool area close to bar with no battles for sunloungers. I went with my (late teens) daughter, but the apartments are also suitable for couples. Not suitable for families with young children or disabled in view of the steep walk up from the roads and no lifts in building. Also if you are a little larger than average you might find the bathroom area little too cramped for comfort.

  • Stayed July 2008
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1 Thank Stargazer09
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wigan
1 review
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Reviewed 17 July 2008

Excellent holiday both enjoyed it.Denise is a star and looked after us well.Met a nice couple from Lincoln but they did drink a lot which isn't that difficult the appartments are clean with all the basics.The hill going to appartments is steep and would not suit people with trouble walking but nothing bad to say of service,pool or staff actually considering retiring there next week and only 44 if i could.Never met anyone in two weeks who had a bad thing to say.Old George is so funny and his drinks are a good measure they put mine to shame its the only holiday i have actually felt depressed when going back home.Actually thought twice about putting a review on website if more people hear how good it is might not get in in September.

  • Liked — position,staff and cleanliness
  • Disliked — plastic chairs but no great hardship,mosquitoes just get pugin and sprays
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2008

Just returned from our first visit to Kefalos and stayed at these studios. Typical greek accommodation, try to get sea view room on top floor if possible as views over bay are amazing. Pool area with bar attached, run by the lovely Denise during the day, breakfast 4euro, and then salads, toasties etc available. Old George who runs the bar at night gives VERY good spirit measures for 3euro and will stay open until last person goes to bed. Family live on site - very friendly and welcoming. Kefalos bay area short stroll down hill (2 mins) and there is a wide range of bars and restaurants, enough to try somewhere new each night. Our faves for drinks was Bravo and One Stop for food. Prices very reasonable ie pizza/pasta 4euro and large mythos 1.5euro (cheapest greek resort we've been to by far). Flew with Air Malta, delayed on both journeys, although slightly more legroom than other holiday charter airlines, screen overhead show route, speed, distance etc.
Overall a laid back, relaxing resort, very quiet and recommended for couples wanting to "chill out" in the very hot sun!

  • Liked — no children!
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Archontia Studios
Address: Kefalos, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kefalos
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Ranked #41 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Kefalos
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Hotel Class:1 star — Archontia Studios 1*
Number of rooms: 10
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