We travelled to Lefkas for a week at the end of September/beginning of October and stayed at the San Nicolas. We travel to Greece a lot and rarely out of season (or nearly) but more about that later.
We received a warm welcome and were shown to our room which was lovely. Spacious, high ceilings, generous balcony overlooking the bay. Not very much in terms of storage space so those traveling heavy and staying for 2 weeks may struggle a bit in finding place for their belongings but for us it was fine. I agree with a previous review in that tea and coffee facilities would have been a nice touch not least (as someone else has mentioned) because there is a sign in the room that guests should not bring in their own beverages etc. I felt that the hotel is trying to attract a certain clientele who, I expect, might find this notice a bit insulting? Just a thought.
The hotel is pricey - coffee at €5, cocktails at €9 or so (another reason why the notice in the room is a bit cheeky!) and the menu prices for the restaurant, although pretty enticing, were pretty expensive. We would have eaten there had it been a little warmer in the evenings because the outside seating area is beautifully placed and the view amazing.
The pool area was quiet and well maintained although the pool was ice cold! So we didn't spend any time around it. Rather, we spent our time at the jetty area at the bottom of the resort (it is on various levels - good access with lifts) which was lovely. Peaceful, generous amount of beds and the sea was absolutely perfect. There is a beach bar for drinks and food and Arriti, the best member of staff there in my opinion, will make up drinks and deliver them to you.
Breakfast was great - big choice. Always fresh fruit, yoghurt, meats and cheeses, cereals, bread, Danish pastries, cake, juice, tea & coffee. You can ask for eggs and bacon if you would like and again, Arriti was there to attend to everyone in an efficient and lovely way.
There was one chappie serving drinks at the pool bar who didn't seem to take to us at all or maybe he was just unfriendly to everyone - we didn't manage to get a smile out of him once no matter how hard we tried, including leaving tips... You clearly can't win 'em all! So we gave up and didn't go to the pool bar after the second time.
The resort is small and beautiful. It was winding down for the end of what we understand to have been a very busy (and long) season. As I mentioned above, we normally travel to Greece in season and so this was quite unusual although not entirely unexpected. Quiet, few people about. It has it's advantages but the atmosphere was a bit lacking - not down to the place, just the time of year. Our favourite taverna was Molos - family run, super friendly, delicious food at hugely reasonable prices. We were there one evening when we had a huge thunderstorm and they secured everything and we all had a lovely evening together!
We drove around the whole island one day and fell for Syvota as well. Nidri was fun - much more buzzy and a vast choice of bars and tavernas to eat at. We liked it a lot. You do need a car to get about because although we did see local buses, I am not sure if they come down the narrowish windy roads down to Mikros Gaios.
So, in summary, if you like quiet, do go as the season is coming to a close and the San Nicolas is a good choice for r&r in style. Be prepared for Mr Unfriendly though...! Thanks to Arriti who is a complete hunny and who works so hard, for making our stay special and also to the hotel manager who was lovely to us.
We will be back to the island again - for sure although we will probably go for 2 weeks self catering. Not a reflection on the hotel at all, just personal choice.
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