The Ionian Emerald hotel is certainly one of the best hotels on the island of Kephalonia. It is immaculately clean, ideally located, spacious and welcoming. The staff take a little while to warm to you (maybe that was just me), but if you engage with them the warmth is genuine, as opposed to corporate. This is a family run hotel that is a cut above the normal Greek hotels. It is a five star hotel, but if you are well travelled do not expect the same international five star package. It is certainly Greek five star, and I do not mean that to sound condescending, but it lacks some of the finesse you might find in other european destinations. However the pricing reflects this and I felt that it was value for money.
I did not see all the rooms and so I could not comment accurately, but our superior room was well appointed. On reflection I would ask for a room with a shower, as opposed to a bath; the rooms with baths have only a shower attachment, which was not the best. Every room has a balcony with a sea view - this is not just brochure speak. The pool was absolutely lovely and the sun beds were sumptuous. A matter of yards from the pool is the beach, which is small (stones) but nevertheless a great spot to watch the fishermen come and go. The water is beautiful and the views magnificent. Especially welcome is the sea breeze, which remarkably seemed to arrive at about lunchtime every day.
The hotel has a number of tavernas close by, which offer great value, and the town of Sami is a ten minute walk along the well-lit and pleasant costal path. The town offers a multitude of harbour front restaurants.
The communal areas of the hotel are modern and spacious and the bar is very well stocked.
I would happily return to this hotel; we travelled in early September 2011 and the temperature was in the top twenties, low thirties, just right.
One other thing I would mention. We hired a car via the hotel, which was a lot cheaper than any other source. We paid 30 euros a day for an air-conditioned Ford Fiesta - no extras!
I have tried to be fair in my assessment even though I am sure many would disagree. This is a beautiful hotel and I would happily recommend it. It far exceeds many of the other Greek hotels I have stayed in, but as I have stated it would not meet the same standards as some of the other five star hotels I have experienced elsewhere in the World.
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