This small hotel is so popular and its TA reviews are so good that you would be forgiven for wondering if the reviews are too good to be true. The simple answer is “no” - it really is a great place to stay for a quiet relaxing simple Greek holiday. Run by a family, everyone is very friendly and delighted to have you stay. We chose a standard room and were lucky enough to get one at the rear of the hotel overlooking the pool (we could watch the swallows dive bombing the pool at dusk for flies) with the most wonderful view of a nearby bay a few kms away. Although the room was small, it had air conditioning, tea making facilities, hair dryer, TV (one Greek channel), phone, fridge, enough hanging space etc.
The swimming pool is large going to 2.7m at the deep end (with a very small separated shallow section for children) and goes into shadow later in a summer afternoon. The sun loungers have gained mattresses this year which is a significant improvement to comfort. Since we were last here, the hotel has expanded with some “superior” rooms in a new building (all seem to have great views and are said to book up very early) and also approached the 21st century with free wifi. Unless you are sitting adjacent to the router with a cold beer, the signal strength is poor and it works somewhat intermittently – near to the router, it is very good indeed.
Food in the Taverna attached to the hotel is simple, fresh, varied and very Greek and the continental breakfast now sometimes includes bacon and eggs, sausage rolls and fresh fruit and yoghurt if you ask for it – the bread is always fresh, it is collected from the nearby bakery early every morning. We ate there most lunchtimes and most evenings and our bill for the week including beer and wine came to only €186.
The hotel is not suitable for anyone who finds steps difficult because there are no lifts and the village is an easy 20 minutes uphill walk from the port. The island has a fairly active wasp population but we have never been stung by then, just annoyed and mosquitoes are active throughout summer evenings (rooms have very good fly screens) so repellent is essential.
The village (which is also the island's capital) within which the hotel is situated is an example of a perfect Greek village. There is one other taverna there plus a number of very small shops. Since the advent of austerity, the ferry service to the mainland has been reduced and there are only two boats a day from Vathy (one too early for those on holiday and the other mid afternoon) and about six from Spilia which is 1 hour's walk or a ride on the somewhat erraticly timetabled island bus. There is also a return evening boat to Leftkas but the times seem to vary according to the day and the month.
If you come here on holiday then your entertainment options are probably restricted to: early or late walks through the Greek countryside with plenty of conversations with the aged population, walking to one of a number of beaches for swimming etc, taking the ferry to Nydri (not much there to entertain a discerning traveller but the ferry ride is great), hiring a motorboat to go around the coast or chilling out at the hotel. It is not the place for anyone seeking night life, beach parties; traffic fumes, straight roads for fast cars or the 21st century. Personally, I would not recommend it as a venue for families with very young children but I am sure there are plenty of TA readers who would say otherwise. The last time we came was in July and there were lots of energetic teenagers staying at the hotel with their parents, hence our timing of June this year.
We thought long and hard about the comments from an earlier reviewer who described the hotel as “cliquey” and came to the conclusion that it certainly can feel that way, simply because so many guests come back time and time again and therefore become members of George's extended family (as we now seem to have done). You then have to ask yourself why do guests return and the answer is easy - it really is a very good place to enjoy a simple, quiet Greek holiday if you choose the right time of year. If you let the comment (although somewhat true) put you off coming, then you will miss out on a great place. Our advice is “come and join George's family!”
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- Meganissi Hotel Lefkas
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