With the way a lot of Greece has become commercialised catering for mass tourism over the years it was a refreshing change when we came across this gem of a property 10 years ago in the peaceful village of Spartia, just a stones throw from some of the islands top beaches. We've since tried other places but always end up coming back to Residence Poseidon.
The owner Vangelis is incredibly welcoming as are the 2 brothers, Spiros and Christos, who run the bar this year. Wendy, who has been there a few years now is also excellent. As one of the previous reviewers commented, the food at the bar is mainly designed for the British Tourist, BUT they are quite happy to make greek dishes, you just have to ask!!
The rooms are cleaned daily and they have a laundry service as well where they will also do your ironing at an extra charge!!
The centre of village is a 5 minute walk and is very quiet, but that's the attraction, there is an excellent village taverna, Cavo Liakas, who serve a large range of greek dishes including the daily specials which are special because they are not on the standard menu and change daily! Their Moussaka is the best I have ever tasted. By the beach (a 20 minute walk downhill) are a few other restaurants, 2 specialising in fish, 1 in an apartment complex which has a good range of greek dishes.
Most of the beaches in the south of the island are sandy and gently shelving. The beach at Spartia is small and sandy, but there are no facilities. If you want a beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars etc its a 10 minute drive to the closest one and a number of beaches close by have Blue Flag awards.
St Georges castle is excellent for views and history and the Kastro cafe bar just outside the entrance does excellent lunches and breakfasts with fantastic home made cakes and deserts.
Further afield is Fiskardo, Assos, Melissani, Drogarati and lots more so you won't be bored on this holiday. I would recommend a car though as without 1 you will need to rely on public transport which is not that reliable or organised excursions.
I love Kefalonia and Residence Poseidon is, in my opinion, an excellent property and I will hopefully be coming back for many years to come!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Residence Poseidon" A' Class, 4 stars, is set in spacious and picturesque gardens, a five minute stroll from the village square and fifteen minutes from the nearest sandy beach. The seventeen air-conditioned studios, apartments and one villa have recently been refurbished and are divided between three buildings. Each has a private balcony or terrace with sweeping views across the valley and Mount Aenos - those on the first floor also face the sea beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Poseidon Hotel Spartia