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Lefkimi Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   | Kavos, 49080, Greece   |  
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Ranked #184 of 431 hotels in Corfu
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“Make sure you know what you're looking for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We have just got back from 10 days at Hotel Lefkimi in Kavos, Corfu. Overall, the hotel is perfect for what you need in Kavos - it's right on the strip, clean (the cleaner arrives daily), the staff are polite (everything you read about Aris on this website is absolutely true, he literally held our trip together for us and I don't know what we would have done without him).

The accommodation itself is basic - the beds aren't the comfiest, the pillows are lumpy and the shower is a stool in a square frame with a plug hole. Effectively, the bathroom is a wet room. The only 'self-catering' facilities are a fridge - no hob, appliances or work surface, so be prepared to eat out every day because, with the exception of storing the odd yoghurt and some drinks, the fridge won't help you out too much. But all rooms have a balcony and enough power sockets/draws/shelves/etc for storage.

The hotel is LOUD. Everyone stays up all night and sleeps all day. It's also worth flagging that all of the other residents were all between 17 and 20 years old (with no exception) and were clearly on their first holiday away from home. Alcohol flows like water and there isn't any consideration for other people staying in the hotel. You WILL need earplugs - we bought some silicon ones and they were great although 10 days with plugs in your ears does get a bit much after a while!

We had a fairly negative experience on the first night when a bottle of vodka was taken from our fridge. We'd only bought it 4 hours before and had left our room door and balcony securely locked. We don't know who took it and would hate to accuse - but feel we should document it as a faithful account of our stay as it did happen and it did concern us, to the point where we had to lock all of our valuables that couldn't fit in the safety deposit box in receltion (i.e. iPod dock, GHD straighteners, hairdryer etc) away everytime we left the room.

The strip deserves its own section in this review, as it truly a sight to behold - and not necessarily in a good way! The music plays ALL night (incidentally it's the same 10 tracks on a loop so make sure you favour the top 10 when you leave the UK!). The bars themselves are interesting - fairly bare, open fronted and not many frills. You will be persuaded to drink watered down drinks as part of crazy deals - e.g. '5 euros for 2 drinks and 3 shots'. If like us you had a fairly decent tolerance, it is nigh on impossible to get drunk on the crap they sell you. Needless to say, if you're after anything authentically Greek, DO NOT GO TO KAVOS. It is a chavvy, young and single-minded club central but without the class - it kind of reminded us of Ibiza's poor relation. Sex, drugs and alcohol are the sole priorities and you cannot walk anywhere down the strip without getting pounced on by 'PRs' trying to get you into their bars, either by force or exortion. No one there is older than 21 either, so if you don't want to get a serious age complex, don't go.

Once we acclimatised to the above, we managed to find some nice people to socialise with, mainly staff. We spent our days on the beach at 'Heaven' bar where they have nice big cushions which you can sunbathe on. They also do great food at very reasonable prices - a full english breakfast was 3 euros and really nice pizza was 6.50. Our evenings were either spent on our balcony, in Rodneys (an alternative bar with live guitar and singing) or (if we'd made it there in time), Fresh and Chaplins. These were literally the only bars which catered for the anti-Kavos crowd, so if you find yourself in a sticky situation like we did then find these places and make friends with the staff. They are the key to your happiness! Terry's Taverna did nice Greek food - a welcome change compared to the melee of fast food on the strip (McDonalds rubs shoulders with KFC and Subway). But even that was slightly touch and go - wherever you are, you can't help but feel the influence of the strip on the bars, restaurants and clientele.

On health and insurance - firstly, take antihistamines before you go. There is a new strain of mosquito in Kavos which literally ate me alive (70 bites on my legs alone!), to the point where we had to go to the private doctor for jabs, creams and pills. But once again, Aris was amazing at sorting it all out for us.

Secondly, MAKE SURE YOU ARE INSURED - we booked through 118118 travel and despite having 'insurance' clearly paid for and marked onto our documents, it later emerged that this was only insurance for if the company went bust, not for any medical emergencies. So double check this when you accept your deal!

So to conclude this fairly lengthy review, Hotel Lefkimi is basic but perfect for what you need. Kavos on the other hand is pretty extreme. But providing you know that Kavos is what you're looking for, go no further than Lefkimi - it will serve you well and you'll be perfectly positioned to enjoy the 'delights' of the strip!

Good luck and enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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Truro
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

I've been back from kavos a week and i am already missing it so much, the part i miss most is the hotel! The lefkimi is in an ideal location, in the middle of the strip..meaning you can stumble back every now and again to do your make-up/use the toilet/pick up anything you forgot. The hotel bar (tango bar) is a great place to start your night, we pre-drank there every night drinking two cocktails and 3 jelly shots for 5euros and you can sit outside and watch the strip get busy..then head over to the clubs which are just opposite. The pool is always busy and buzzing, with music playing all day and lush food at the pool bar..you get to meet loads of new people. basically, its the best place you could stay!! dont listen to the bad reviews, they must be from families..as the hotel is only really suitable for 17-30year olds (if you want to sleep do not stay here!) The best part of the hotel are the staff, they are literally some of the nicest people you will ever meet! Every single one of them came to say bye to us when we left and they all looked after us so much during our stay.. for example when my friend was beaten up one night by 4 greek men, Aris (the receptionist) made sure he was okay and checked up on him regularly during the night..he even talked to the managers of the nightclub to try and find out who it was. WE MISS THE STAFF SO MUCH if you stay here please tell Aris that Jane and Calum say hi and we miss him!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Truro, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

There are VERY few complaints i can make about this hotel.. It has one of the best locations in kavos, being right on the strip and a 5 minute walk from the beach! The hotel is kept so clean and tidy and all the rooms are very nice. The bathroom is ideal and most of the balcony's have a nice view of the pool. The atmosphere at the pool is excellent, as they play music all day (sometimes with songs different to those that you will hear a thousand times on the strip). They serve wicked food and drinks, which aren't too dear as well. The hotel has a strict policy for breakages considering the fact that 100% of the guests staying when I went were rowdy drunk 18-30s, but as long as your careful you will be fine (i had to pay ten euros for new sheets after i cut my ankle) However, whilst all of this is fantastic.. the best part about the Lefkimi hotel is without a doubt the staff. I work in a hotel, and have never met a group of nicer people. Obviously as all the other reviews say, Aris is an absoloute legend. But the management run such a tight ship and make sure you have a fantastic time. Seriously i can't understand some of the reviews for this place. It's mint.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Kavos is an amazing place for young groups/couples!
Don't expect to go and have a relaxing holiday because you wont!
The Lefkimi has a perfect location and is in the middle of the strip - we had a room at the back of the hotel and couldnt hear any noise from the strip at all!
We arrived at 7am and were shown to our room and made Tea and Toast (not the most amazing breakfast but perfect for when you're coming back from a night out and need a snack before sleep!)
All of the staff in the hotel were lovely and made every effort to make your stay enjoyable.
Upon arrival we were given advice about the local area and this really helped us enjoy our stay!

Air conditioning and a safe are worth getting for the price.

The beach isnt as bad as everyone makes out, but would recommend staying away at night - stories of gypsies attacking people (not sure how true this is!)

All in all a fantastic holiday and would definately recommend staying at the Lefkimi if you are looking for a cheap/clean base in a lively resort!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Lefkimi is in the ideal location, right in the middle of the strip!!
Its clean, very basic but has everything you need. Nightlife is amazing and something different to do each night. its a 5 minute walk to the beach, loads of water sports and activities to do.
Waterpark is ok though a little far to travel to especially with a hangover (hour and half).
All staff in the hotel are really nice and polite and verysecure and doesnt let strangers in.
Cant wait too go back next year and hopefully stay out there!!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hastings
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

hotel lefkimi was a very basic hotel. it is good if all you want to do is sleep there.
the shower was crap didn't work that well and there were ants coming from the drains in the bath room. no t.v .
the staff were friendly and always nice. the breakfast was extremely dissapointing, all it was is 2 peices of toast and tea/coffee.
we travelled to kavos late may and when we arrived it was dead. there was only 7 bars open as the season had not properly started yet. had we known this before we proberly would have gone late next month.
even though there were hardly any tourists there when me & friend went out we had really good nights...

so overall kavos was a wicked holiday and we would definately come back and would stay in lefkimi again !!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

I went to this hotel at the end of september- start of october, thinking it would be the end of season parties.. BIG MISTAKE. Think i seen 4 other english couples in the full week i stayed here, only 3 other couples in the hotel when we arrived, they left 2 days after we arrived - there was only us and 1 other couple in the full hotel.. pool to ourselfs which was good though. Hotel is basic as what ya would expect from a 2 star (although we got told off a travel advisor it was a 3)..

Good if you dont need to stay in the room other than having a shower and getting ready. Shower is crap, it drizzled out and was freezing, bathroom got soaking as theres no curtain..
Ants in my room, got bitten at least twice every night.. But pool area is nice and clean.
Hotel workers and managers argue an shouting every day!!
Beach is minging, dogs and there crap all over.. RATS on the streets.

I would deffo come back with a bunch of friends and i WOULD stay in the Lefkimi again as its in a perfect location.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | Kavos, 49080, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#38 Best Value Hotel in Corfu
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Hotel Class:2 star — Lefkimi Hotel 2*
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