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“Relaxing week?” 4 of 5 stars
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Kamari Bay Hotel
Kefalos 85301, Greece   |  
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Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Kefalos
Oxfordshire, England
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Relaxing week?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed here in July and decided it was going to be a relaxing, do nothing holiday and that was exactly what it was. We stayed in one of the rooms out the back but on the ground floor. We had two fans in there which was nice when at night it was slightly cooler and you could position them blowing on your body. The rooms themselves are typically greek. You dont move too much in the shower as the curtain sticks to you and its not long enough to stop the water going all over the floor - hey - thats Greece for you so I am not complaining whatsoever. The pool had a great snack bar and the staff were always friendly. The food was a good price at the snack bar too and portions good.

If you treat the staff with respect, they treat you the same. There were some nice places to eat within walking distance. Had a great stay and thoroughly enjoyed it and would definately stay here again!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Before the holiday we looked on this site and were slightly worried after reading peoples reviews. We didnt know if people were being picky or if the hotel was as bad as it seems! well i can say now people are obviously too picky about things. i dont know if people have been at the wrong hotel, as me(21) an my girlfreind(23) (normal,not stuck up people) had a great time here. staff are very freindly an helpfull and would do anything too help you. rooms are basic without fridge but you dont go on holiday to sit in your room. the people that go are normaly returning from being before but after a day or two they make you feel part of the family.(as long as you dont avoid them or be ignorant to them).we go on holiday to relax not for partying an the bar at night is ideal for this. everyone speaks away like you have known them for years and tony(the barman) at the bar is helpfull and enoys a laugh with you. rooms are kept clean an floors swept and cleaned every morning with new towels every 2nd morning.the pool area is great nice an quiet an due to the resort being so close to the beach front it is ideal for nipping to the shops or restaurants easily. yes breakfeast is just a bread roll but you cannot let this fault this holiday it takes 5 minutes to nip for a full english breakfast for 5 eurosat the beach front. a great holiday an i see why people go back year after year. so dont read some of these reviews an worry what your in for, we coudnt believe what some people had wrote when we arrived. once again very good holiday and would sure go back

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Room - Typical box room with twins and plenty of storage space for clothes for 2. Shower was tiny and in need of some updating. Cleaned daily (sheets changed about 4/5 times in 2 weeks) except Sundays. Warning - we were in Rm 109 and I was a little concerned that there were old copper water pipes cut off about12 cm above floor level, these were in the bedroom, bathroom and outside the door. Although next to the walls I cringed to think what would happen if someone slipped (especially kids) and fell on these. We put a chair etc over these. Hairdryer but no fridge. Air Con 6e a night. Safe Desposit also available. Check out is 12.00 but we kept the room till 8pm for an extra 25e. They may try and charge you another 6e on top for the "additional" air con, dont pay it. Seems a bit of a tip for the receptionist.

Pool Area - Excellent large clean pool with separate kids pool. Pool bar selling snacks and drinks. Recommend the BLT sandwich at 2.50. Plenty of padded sunbeds and no blaring music.

Bar - Only went in on first night and it was like the scene out of American Werewolf in London were everything stops and everyone stares!, seemed very quite (even when busy) you felt that you had to whisper and it is non smoking.

Beach - Within 100 yards or so but pretty grubby with fag ends/litter, also very gritty and stoney. Wear suitable footwear on the beach and in the sea. Sunbeds are usually owned by the sea front cafes/bars and are free to use if you buy a drink or something to eat.

General - There are a lot of older people return to this Hotel and obviously have built up their own relationships but everyone was very friendly towards us and liked a good natter. Despite previous posts absolutely no problems with Manager, couldnt have been more polite and enjoyed a chat and laugh. Biggest disappointment was the quality of food available at the Resort, we have been to most Greek Islands and this was def the worst for quality and choice. Couldnt recomment anywhere but the best we had was at the Golden Fleece, also Pizza place next to Aussie Steak House was Ok . Beer ranged from 1.5 to 3. PLease note that if you are thinking of picking this hotel for the breakfast - DONT. It is in name only unless you consider a breadbun or piece of dry cake on a Sunday as breakfast - Lots of excuses given for this usually around the cost but havent stayed at a hotel that has offerred less in the way of choice or quality of breakfast.

Sum Up - Probably one of the better hotels with a big pool in the Bay area. Not for kids, better for couples or small groups of "older" folk. Forget the idea of breakfast!! Make sure you take the mozzie repellent and if in Rm 109 make sure those pipes are covered.

Room Tip: Rooms are offerred with sea view some ar good others you would have to have the neck oif a giraffe.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

A cheap hotel, and you get what you pay for. The room was adequate, that's about the best to say of it. The bathroom was grimy, and bare electric wires were visible in there. The mattresses are incredibly hard, it was impossible to get comfortable on them so sleeping was difficult. The pool is a decent size and seemed well kept, but the area around it wasn't kept very clean and some rubbish around the area was not picked up during the whole of the week's stay. Breakfast is minimal, to say the least. They alternate between a single bread roll one day and two slices of toast the next, served up with two pats of butter and a single portion of jam, a glass of diluted orange juice and a single cup of tea or coffee. If you want a room with air conditioning you will have to pay an extra 6 euros a day for it, and should you want to keep your room until 8pm on your day of departure you will be charged a further 25 euros for that. On the plus side, the hotel is very convenient for the beach and tavernas nearby.

Room Tip: "Rooms with a view" don't really qualify for that title - all rooms look out onto scru...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

A nice hotel in a great location. Not a hotel for kids. Friendly people and ideal location for the local bars and restaurants. Plenty of places to eat and drink as well as the pool bar for drinks and snacks during the day. Pool is ideal and the weather was fantastic. Will definitely go back again.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We returned from our stay at Kamari Bay in June( Frits Carol Ian and Margo), although this was our first time there we have been coming to Kefalos for many years.We were a little unsure what to expect having read some of the reviews, but nothing could have been further from the truth.
Yanni the owner was very friendly and polite as were all his staff except for Toni the bar man he was a real scream you just had appreciate his dry Brooklyn sense of humour.We couldn't recommend this wonderful family run hotel enough.Just remember if your looking for Five Star then book five star. Anyway we've booked up again and are all heading back this this September.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

If you are an animal lover and stying at the Kamari Bay Hotel please consider helping the 2 feral cat colonies on the road at the side of the hotel (opposite "Better than Asda") the first lot are in the vines growing just behind the childrens playground. The other group by the big fig tree almost opposite. They desperately need your help. Local people don't bother with the cats and over the winter they will either starve to death or be poisoned. If you feed them now they stand a better chance of survival. The situation is very sad. I had to move a kitten from the road one evening. Please don't be fooled into thinking that the cats you see in Greece get by and are tolerated by local people. More often than not they aren't. Please also consider one of the many charities helping Greek animals.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kefalos 85301, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Kos > Kefalos
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kefalos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
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