This hotel is simply lovely, the staff are friendly and helpful, rooms are above the average standard and really nicely decorated, cleaned daily with fresh towels/sheets every three days and ours had a huge bathroom with bath and shower! Free air con, hairdryer in bathroom, stunning balcony area, cant fault it really! (if you like a kettle in your room and your not self catering though take one with tea and coffee as there isnt any, there is a decent fridge though and they leave chilled glasses and water in there for when you arrive). I would also add if you cant do steps ask for a room on a lower floor, we asked for that and had around 30 steps to reach our room, we had a beautiful garden terrace covered with flowers so gave up our sea view, but some rooms had over 100 steps to reach them, so not ideal for everyone.
The bar (one outdoor open during day and one in open during evening) and pools (all three!) are all great (cold fresh water pools) but lovely for a cool down. Plenty of sun loungers and fabulous views out to the turquoise blue sea! The hotel has a snack bar that serves meals during the day, reasonable prices from around 3 Euro for a Souvlaki (a pitta bread kebab with chicken or sausage and salad and dips) upto around 6 Euro for a fresh salad, they also do toasties, cooked breakfast, burgers etc and each day a 'special' which is usually worth trying!
Evening entertanment was ok, they had a 'Greek Night' which was a very good Greek trio playing traditional music (Dont expect plate smashing or dancers as such though) and a Kareoke night if you like that sort of thing.
The hotel restaurant is worth a visit of an evening, good food, good choice, lovely views out to sea, expect to pay from around 4 Euro for a traditional starter such as giant beans or cheese pies, but for prawns etc could be upto 10 Euro, it was 8-10 Euro for a traditional Greek main such as Mousakka or Kleftiko and upto around 15 Euro for fresh fish and steaks. Desserts around 5 Euro and very nice house wines around 7.50 Euro a bottle. All in three courses for two with wine came in at around 45 Euro in total. Breakfast was ok, toast could be made, usually had scrambled egg or beans and sauasage as a hot dish, cereals, breads, yoghurt, fruit, ham and cheese and juices, teas and coffee's served from 8 to 10 each day (gets busy later in day).
Its around a 40 minute walk to the town of Skala, though there are a few hotel bars and restaurants worth trying along the way, its not a hard walk at all, we did it a few times but a taxi (which reception will call on request) is only 5 Euro each way and there is a bus that runs from the hotel, free of charge a few times a day, although the times it goes could be better in evening (one at six, that returns at nine) but none after that (and it books up pretty fast with limited space).
Skala is a lovely, peaceful Greek town with some lovely restaurants and the odd bar, I would highly recommend 'Avra' which is next to the '9 Muses' hotel, whos traditional yet modern Greek food is hard to beat (again around 45 Euro for 3 courses with wine and Id reccomend the Kleftiko!), and the cocktail bar attached to this serves a Daquiri cocktail to die for! Would also recommend the Captains bar for drinks and something a bit more lively (as lively as its gets anyway..which isnt very but suited me fine) which is up the lane towards the main square, and also find the Aquarius restaurant, its next to a Chinese and an Italian on the front just up from the sea but the food is DIVINE, and very reasonable, Id recommend here the sea food, garlic prawns and warm pitta bread to mop the butter was dreamy to start...and the fish, chicken and lamb mains were beautiful, very reasonable here, we paid less than 40 Euro all in, and I would say its a must to visit!
Skala has some nice sandy beach the closer you get to the town so if you like the beach and sea its all there, it has a few shops, supermarkets and souveniew shops, the usual really, but all in all a lovely little town!
We went on a few trips through our Tour Operator Thompson, looking at the info boards in the hotel reception it looks loike most operators offered similar trips, and I would say the best was the 'Discover Kefalonia' tour, it takes you all over the island and you also visit the stunning underground Melissani lake where you get a boat ride into the most magical looking sparkling blue water and the Dragarati caves (lots of steps), it also takes you to the charming and sleepy village of Assos and for lunch in the cosmopolitain harbour of Fiskardo, there are more shops here, you might get to see some very nice boats too! Its just a lovely day, costs were around £39 Euro for an adult. Also if you hire a car or go on other trips its worth visiting the Metaxas vineyard and also the Robola vineyards (you can pick up some bargain wines in both!). Argostoli has some great shops and museums and there are some beatuful churches you can visit. If you get chance go up to the St Georges castle as well, stunning views and just below in the town there is a little cafe, not sure of name but it has a yellow front and is at the top of the village hill, they make their own cales here and their carrot cake and cheesecake and divine! Also try the feresh peach juice and the coffee here..mmmm mmm.
Anyway to sum up, I loved this hotel and I love this island, I have visited Kos, Corfu and also Zante and this is my fave (though Corfu comes close and this place doesnt have the same 'old' Greece feel due to the earthquate in the 50's demolishing most of it!). But Id recommend it to anyone! Anyway hope this was helpful! :-)
- Also Known As:
- San Georgio Hotel Apartments Greece/Ionian Islands - Cephalonia