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“Only go if you get it cheap” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sands Hotel
Ranked #6 of 79 Hotels in Lefkada
Certificate of Excellence
Rochdale Lancs
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Only go if you get it cheap”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

Sands Hotel has basic, typicaly greek accomodation. Nice position you dont want to be in the centre its too noisy, nice bar, lovely pool which is cleaned by the owner. We stayed for 2 wks in Sep 2011. The weather was brilliant with the exception of one day when there was a storm. The rooms at the right (looking at the hotel) overlooking the mountains are probably the best as the road at the front can be noisy. There is a nightclub across the rd at the front that can be noisy if you stay at the front. However we discovered that these rooms are given to people who had been going for many many years zzzzzzzzz The rooms are allocated according to when you book. Late deals get the rooms without a view when the hotel is full. So if its your first time you wont get the sea views at the front. The rooms on the left have no views. The rooms have a bed 2 kitchen cuboards with 2 rings for cooking 1 frying pan 1 pan enough crockery & utensils. The shower is a square in the corner of the small bathroom with a curtain. Some rooms have shared balconies or a very small private balcony. The rooms are kept clean with plenty of toilet paper.The towels & sheets are changed twice a week. The towels are are well worn and very hard and rough. The tues BBQ cost £18 and you get the choice of one piece of meat. the rest is all you can eat. A good opportunity to try lots of greek starters. Then there are shots afterwards and the owner does the greek dancing, he is not a happy chap if you don't drink or eat in the bar. There are much nicer hotels in Nidri. I don't know what all the fuss is about. I only booked the Sands because I got a very cheap deal.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Beverley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2011

For the price the hotel is very good value accommodation. Clean and well maintained bedrooms although for peace and quiet it is best to have rooms at the side or rear.Pool and sunbathing area is good although we ofen used the beach across the road where the views are beautiful and there are some good tavernas. Bar area is ok. We tried the full english which was fine but not as good as some other reviewers consider. Otherwise the food was ok but nothing more. I was disappointed on one lunch when I asked for bread with my greek salad to be given 2 slices of "sunblest".. We also asked for 2 smoothies and were given crushed ice with strawberry syrup mixed in- no fresh fruit around. Location of hotel is good- across from a good beach and far enough away from the town to not be affected by its noise but just a short walk away for meals etc. Laertes, the owner, is perfectly friendly ....provided you continue to use his bar and buy his food , less so if you do not . He is however efficient. The Greek night is ok but nothing special.All that said I would go back there. It is very good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank steveh188
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Nottingham
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2011

Greek hotels are basic! Typically square rooms, hard beds, somewhere for the suitcase and a shower can be enough for a hotel to rise the ranks on Trip Advisor.

How does the Sands fair and does it deserve the high praise?

On the whole very good. Its a lovely small friendly hotel on the edge of Nidri, requiring just a short walk to the taverns and shops.

The rooms do lack the comforts that perhaps a first time visitor to Greece would expect, examples:
- The bed was hard.
- The room didn't offer an armchair to relax in.
- The shower did have to be held by hand above your head etc.
- The balconies are shared; ours had one table and two chairs for three rooms, another words one couple could use it at a time. Accordingly we didn't use them much.

However this is Greece, I opened my review explaining what the standard is in Greece. I wasn't expecting much else in this department.

So why the great reviews of this hotel?

The hotel is kept spotless.
Its ran by an enthusiastic, hard working friendly host who will have a bit of banter and spend the time - if you wish, or leave you to enjoy the sun otherwise.
The food on offer at the hotel while basic (don't expect any Lamb Kleftico etc), is superbly cooked.
The BBQ night is absolutely excellent - even if you're vegetarian - again superb food, good music and a host thoroughly having a good time.
The bar prices are reasonable even with the strong euro... 2.80 euros for a 500 ml bottle of Amstel.
It’s close to the beach.

Have no concerns booking this hotel. Its one of the best on the Island within this budget range. The rooms are basic - we apparently got one of the smaller box style rooms - but the host, cleanliness and other facilities excel this hotel above the rest - it deserves to be #1.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank rich83
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LIVERPOOL
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

Just returned from the sands 23rd sept 2011.There were 6 of us staying here and we had a fantastic time.Laetris the owner is a very hard working man and he puts everything into his 24 hour working day to make your stay perfect.The bar-b-q is not to be missed the food was fantastic and he also does a great english breakfast,The poor area is very nice and the hotel is very close to the shingle beach and water sports.Will we be going back to this hotel??? OF COURSE 10/10.....ta lar Isle off man !!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Neil1963
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wolverhampton
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

Just got back from the sands, great location on the edge of nidri a short walk to the centre, great value for money, nice for a two star, kept clean, beds were hard though and we were placed in the smallest room, more like a broom cupboard, room 101, However all other rooms were nice enough we were just unlucky to have this room, would go bac again But in a different room, apart from this no complaints

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank clarev123
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

As a family of three we stayed at the sands hotel on july 7th, hotel is clean, staff kept very busy cleaning. room good for greek standards. i would recomend to any one. pool great never busy nice friendly people. As said in previous reviews I must mention Vic the rep, what a change to see a real rep instead of a teenager. knows his job inside out and loves it.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank susan B
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

comfortable and clean rooms, super swimming pool. Laertes is a excellent host, he does a really good strawberry cocktail. We will visit again and recommend the place to everyone

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank jackie m
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Additional Information about Sands Hotel

Property: Sands Hotel
Address: | Nidri, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Lefkada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 79 Hotels in Lefkada
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Sands Hotel Lefkas

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