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“A curate's egg” 3 of 5 stars
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Sacallis Inn Beach Hotel
2.5 of 5 Inn   |   Kefalos 85301, Greece   |  
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Ranked #4 of 12 Kefalos B&B and Inns
London
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6 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“A curate's egg”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Having literally just got back from the Sacallis I can say that the harshly negative reviews are unfair; however the glowing reviews certainly don’t reflect the hotel I stayed in. Like the proverbial curate’s egg, this hotel is indeed “good in parts”. The problem is that it is not so good in others.

The location is great, right on the beach and with a pool. It is near several good restaurants and the Oasis supermarket run by the wonderful Popi. However it is also located a good 25 minute walk from the harbour area where most of the restaurants are. If you are elderly or have walking difficulties this could be a problem; for the rest of us it’s fine other than in the heat of the day.

The family and all the staff are helpful, friendly and very hard working. Even their dog, Aragon, is keen to be your friend although personally I fell in love with his pal Filimou, a setter cross from the windsurfing station nearby.

When we arrived, we had a problem with the shower and although they told us how to get it working successfully, on the second day the whole showerhead and tap attachment had been unexpectedly replaced with a brand new one.

The food in the beach restaurant (we didn’t try the Asian one) is very good, although it is more expensive than some comparable restaurants nearby.

Now for the bad points:
I have no problem with repetition or with Continental breakfast and I am certainly not someone who seeks out an English breakfast at home, much less when on holiday. However, the breakfast is pretty dire to say the least (and this was the opinion of every other guest I spoke to). The coffee is, quite simply, dreadful (I have only once had worse coffee at a hotel and that was surprisingly, in Italy.), the “juice” is weak and not very nice. The “ham” is Spam and the cheese not great either. The bread is only French sticks. What makes it seem particularly bad is that the food you pay for, at the restaurant, is very good, so why isn’t the breakfast? Like several others we went out for breakfast, adding around €15 a day to our costs. The breakfast needs better coffee, an urn of hot water so people could have tea, better juice, a toaster, two types of bread. I have stayed at many Greek hotels that offer scrambled eggs as well, that would add a lot to the selection here.

The rooms are small – we had 110 but it does have a good size balcony. I appreciate we only sleep in these rooms but there wasn’t much room for our stuff, especially if one of you is untidy!
The bathroom was average Greek and not that small but there was no plug in the basin and again I was told that was the case in some of the other rooms. The water was cold in the mornings (up to 11.00am) due to it being solar heated. It is however possible to produce warm water by the use of an emersion heater and I feel this is something that should be done. I don’t expect to get up early on holiday but I do expect to at least have a wash in more than slightly lukewarm water when I do get up, especially if that is after 10.00am! In the evenings there was no problem with plenty of hot water.

With regard to other criticisms already made, it is common in about 90% of three star hotels in Greece to charge for air con; I’ve occasionally had to pay for a safe; however I have never had to pay for a fridge – hotels either provide them or they don’t. The fridge we had looked as if it needed a damned good clean and frankly it was hard to tell if it was working or not in view of the fact that every time we left the room we had to take the key card which turned off the electricity. It’s also become the norm over the last number of years to charge for sunbeds on the beach (all beaches in Greece are public) but hotels usually provide free sunbeds for their own guests.

I don’t want to sound too harsh but feel a realistic review of the Sacallis is needed. This COULD be a really super little hotel with a bit more attention to certain areas. It’s ranked as a three star and a basic three star is exactly what it is. As long as you don’t expect any more then you shouldn’t be too disappointed. I was looking for a cheap deal this year but under normal circumstances would pay a bit more and stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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brighton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Really surprised with this hotel. Yes, it is right on the beach. Any closer and you'd be swimming in your sleep. Lovely views across the bay including the tiny island with the little church and actually saw dolphins swimming out there one morning. Travelled at the end of April just before the season started so everything was quiet and peaceful. Room was of a much higher standard than I expected and was cleaned every day except sunday which was amazing. Stamatis and his family are lovely hosts. When he arrived, he said he just wanted us to be comfortable and that's exactly what we were. Comfortable, relaxed and happy. Great food in the restaurants. Highly recommended for a low budget break on a beautiful island.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

To Stamatis, Angela, Petia (who I didnt get chance to say goodbye to and thank) , all the rest of the family and staff especially Paragon who gave my wife and I plenty of execise playing fetch a good pat and a well deserved stroke many many thanks for a wonderfull holiday.

If you go on holiday to Kos and stay in Kefalos and are looking for the place to stay then look no further there is not one bad thing that can be said about this hotel the staff the location or the welcome you receive and the service you get while staying there.

My wife and i stayed here for a week starting on 8th June 2013 and from the moment we arrived the hospitality was obvious and this was at 4am in the morning Stamatis greeted us with a smile as wide as the bay and a manner that was as warm as the sun that shone later in the day.
our room (104) was excellent, clean, tidy with a nice view across to the mountain at the far end of the bay from the balcony which was a sun trap in the afternoon.

Food from any of the restaurants is 1st class and tastes wonderfull do try the Asian restaurant especially the duck dishes.

DO NOT MISS A WEEK HERE even if you are staying eleswhere the go to the barbacues drop in for a meal you will go back.

Stamatis sorry it took so long in putting in my review but work commitments, Shirley and I will return if for me only to torment the staff and play ball with Paragon.
Thanks for the room on the last day
Again many many thanks to you all
(Petia, Keep singing little bird you brough joy to our day)
Ken and Shirley Hewitt
Shirlken

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Just had a week at sacallis inn. What can I say. The location is brilliant, Stamatis, Angela and all the staff are lovely, the rooms are really clean as is the rest of the hotel and swimming pool.. The two tavernas , Antonios and the Asian restaurant serve the best food in kefalos. Ignore the sign outside the Aussie barbeque taverna, the service was mediocre at least and the food lower than average. Ok if like everything with chips, which I don't. They profess to be the number one eatery in kefalos. I wouldn't even put them in any league.

Travelled to kefalos with my work colleague Marie and we both agree the sacallis inn is a little gem. It's only downside is the breakfast selection. It's not very appealing, most guests , British and other nationalities brought their own food in. Really helpful supermarket just one minute away. The oasis. Stamatis is aware of the comments and is looking to make some adjustments . A toaster would be good!

Bus services are very prompt for Greece and drivers always pleased to help. Paradise beach is 10 mins away by bus and costs 1.60 euro each way. Another little gem for this area. The beach outside the hotel has lots of stones and shingle on the shoreline, but ok if you wear those rubber shoes windsurfers wear. Paradise beach is all sand.

A trip to kos town also a must. Try also the myths coffee bar and taverna by the harbour. Great cakes with coffee etc and taverna next door is very good. Added bonus of free wi fi!

It was very quiet whilst we were in kefalos, but we like that. Evenings were well spent at the dolphin rock cafe. Great cocktails and music all with free wi fi.

Summing up I thoroughly recommend sacallis inn and would definaely go back there. If only to see if breakfast has improved!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Durham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Returned wed booked for next year thurs, says it all really but for anyone thinking of paying a visit its very good value for money, the half board is set menu 3 starter choices including home made soups which are excellent, 2 choices for main, you can select from the restuarant menu if you fancy a change and you get 10 per cent discount, the food was delicious the whole 2 weeks we were there, all the staff are brilliant and make you feel very welcome, the setting is idylic right on the beach with stunning views, the rooms are spotless, decor very modern, they are small but really you are sleeping there not moving in!, balconies are good size and quite private, yes you pay for fridge if you need one, and yes you pay for sunbeds on beach but I can honestly say we have travelled all over greece and have always paid so cannot see the problem, if you break down your holiday cost the flights take the lions share and what the hotels get is very small so to find somewhere like this for that kind of money makes sacallis a rare gem and they deserve some praise for the way they run it, we chose to go with the positive reviews and I am so pleased we did, cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

just returned after a week at the hotel, as always good food, clean room, excellent position of the hotel - literally on the beach and not forgetting the pool, what more do you want. Staff very friendly and nothing too much trouble. if you are a female single traveller, this is the place for you, and three menu's to choose from, Chinese, Asian and of course Greek. this is my fourth visit to the hotel in two years and I cannot fault it. as i always say you only get out of a holiday what you put in, be polite, friendly and you will be respected for that.

Room Tip: rooms facing the road get the sun most of the day and get very warm, rooms facing the sea obviously...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Returned again to this gem of a hotel for some more sun, sand, sea and super friendly service.

‘Hotel’ is not really the right word because it is more than that; there is a friendly beach bar and patio snack bar, a beachside swimming pool & lounging area, 2 brilliant restaurants (one traditional outdoor Greek Taverna, one new indoor luxury, but not expensive, Asian Restaurant) and, of course, the comfortable small hotel itself complete with glorious sea views.

All of these facilities are excellent but the thing that makes this an extra special place is the friendly service of the Sacallis family and staff which pervades throughout all of the above areas. Then of course you can also step straight onto the beach - perfect!

We never tire of returning here having stayed many times for the last 20 years. It just feels like home but with all the above added extras.

Room Tip: Almost all of the rooms have a sea view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kefalos 85301, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Kos > Kefalos
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Kefalos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sacallis Inn Beach Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sacallis Inn Beach Hotel its 100% renovated and it is located on the magnificent gulf of Kefalos opposite the island of Agios Nicolas. The warm breezes provide fantastic conditions for windsurfing and other sail sports. We also offer a pool, sun beds and umbrellas The Hotel combines excellent accommodation and service with traditional Greek Dodecanese hospitality, making your holidays unforgettable. The Sacallis Family promises you Memorable Holidays! ... more   less 
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