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.
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