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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Have been back for 5 days and missing Kefalonia terribly!
Everything about this holiday was perfect. Even 3 days of thunderstorms towards the end didnt change my opinion!
The flight with Thomas Cook was fine. Some people moaning about leg room, but ive been travelling since I was 18 (43 now!) and its always been that way on European flights! Where have these moaners been???
Kefalonia airport is so tiny! But very efficient and we were off the plane and on our coach with our luggage in less than 45 minutes! amazing!
The transfer was long and it was nighttime, but the coach was air conditioned and we got the chance to see some spectacular nighttime views of the island as The Pericles was the last stop. We were swiftly booked in (you have to leave one passport with reception for registration, can have it back next day) and in our room (105 below the ground floor). The room was typically Greek. Basic and we had a hand held teeny tiny shower. But to be honest we got used to it really quickly and it didnt prove a problem (and neither of us are small people)! Bed and pillows comfy! Room cleaned every day and always smelt so very clean!!
Breakfast again is basic, but it was fresh lovely and filling, bread, cheese, ham, cake, jam, marmalade, cereal, greek yoghurt and honey, urns of tea and coffee. Breakfast times are 7.30 to 9.30.
The hotel is very quiet and Stellios the owner runs a tight ship! the bar closes at midnight and clear by half 12. A good nights sleep is guaranteed!
The pool is lovely. Again, super clean, very cool and just what you need in the balmy heat. Vangelis runs the pool bar and is friendly. The food is at the pool bar is fine. Lovely tuna rolls! just enough if you are not someone who wants to trot around all day and just chill by the pool and read and relax. Bottles of water are 2 euros, lunch for two no more than 20 euros with a beer each. The beds round the pool are plentiful, but there are only about 8 really comfy ones. The rest are hard plastic.
The walk to the harbour and the restaurants is not too far. We always got a cab home again, for 5 euros it was worth it with full bellies!
Met some lovely people of all ages!
The restaurants on the harbour are plentiful. Our favs were (in order of preference) Faros, mermaid, dolphin and Adonis. We always finished the night with Cocktails in Captain Correllis in the square.
I will defo be going back. In fact i'd say 75% of everyone we met had returned time and time again! I even had a tear in my eye when Stellios waved our coach farewell!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank MariaTEssex
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Just returned from our first visit to the Sami and the Pericles.
We had been to Kephalonia before. Our Previous visit was to Lassi but we preferred Sami.

We would be happy to return to the Pericles. I really liked the typically Greek hotel.
Does Stellios ever sleep? he was around first thing, and last thing at night and any other time of the day we came in.
The room was larger than normal in Greece, with plenty storage and a SMALL shower.

All the communal areas and the rooms were kept spotless by the hardworking staff The seats could have been more comfortable but that was a minor complaint.
Breakfast was available between 7.30am-9.30pm there was plenty available with Bread you could toast, Jam, cheese, Ham, Hard boiled eggs, Yogurt and honey, Cake, Orange and Tea & Coffee. One of the better choices we have had in Greece. The hotel we stayed at last year in Kos gave us 2 slices of Bread with jam and Orange or coffee every single day so the Pericles was far better than that with no restriction as to how much you had.

A great pool area was open from 8.30am with a bar where you could get a great Greek salad or burger chips etc during the day.

I am not the best on my feet but the gentle stroll took approx 12 - 15 mins down into Sami depending on the time spent with the donkey across the road. We found the food great at all the tavernas on the waterfront. We often used the back way down to Sami that take a little longer but seems in better condition and certainly has less traffic.

We had bad weather on the last 2 days so used a taxi back from Sami which cost 6 euros.

Most people seemed to use the bar and or sit outside to end the evening with a nightcap or 2. As the bar was close to the rooms the bar closed at 12pm with the lights going out at 12.30pm. We found many people to be friendly with many returning several times to the Pericles which says a lot.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JohnSwin
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed at the Pericles Hotel for one week at the end of July and into early August. We booked our holiday through Thomas Cook who provided the flights and transfers to/from the airport. Sami is a beautiful part of Kefalonia, set on a harbour on the east side of the Island. The town centre is a short 10 minute walk from the hotel, but beware the lack of pavement for the first 5 minutes or so!

We arrived at the hotel mid-afternoon after an hour and a half transfer from the airport. The Thomas Cook transfer buses stop at many other hotels along the way, taking you on a sort of island tour before arrived at the Pericles, the last stop. We were greeted by the hotel owner Stelios who checked us in very quickly with his staff. We were put in the corridor to the right of reception, room 206, which caused us a few issues at night due to a drilling mechanical noise from underneath. This could be heard all the way down the corridor. The noise subsided for about 15 minutes at midnight only to return again. We spoke to Stelios on the hotel desk who moved us into a room in the lower levels of the hotel. Sadly this was a room with 4 single beds instead of the double room we had paid for, but we were tired and decided to settle. Stelios kindly moved us into another hotel room in the morning on the other side of the building, it was the only room left and, sadly again, had 2 single beds. We weren't prepared to ruin our holiday arguing for another day and night so we settled with 2 single beds instead of a double. Stelios I believe tried his best to accommodate us but be warned if you are put in the two hundred and something corridor, there may be a few noise issues late at night.

The hotel rooms were nice, 2 bed side tables, lamp, desk, air conditioning unit, and balcony. The bathrooms were also good with standard toilet, small shower, sink, and mirror. The bathrooms are giant wet rooms so a little spilt water from the shower will drain away and dry quickly. The bar area had a few selections of drinks, cocktails, and lager. Along with a few bar snacks. Breakfast is served in the morning from 7:30-9:30, very basic, orange juice, ham, cheese, yogurt, toast, or cereal. An omelette can be purchased for about 3 euros. Lunch can be bought from the pool area, with mainly salads, burgers and chips being served. The pool area is beautiful, lots of space, plenty of sun loungers and loads of room in the pool. There's a big pool which is very deep and a child's pool. Drinks are also served outside by the ever friendly barman! Dinner involves walking into Sami as the hotel doesn't do food in the evenings. This was a bit of a pain as it would have been nice to have at least one night where we didn't need to walk into town. The food in town is delicious. There are about 15 tavernas along the harbour, we tried to eat at a different one each night, we particularly recommend the Riviera which had the friendliest staff, nicest food, and best service. Other good restaurants we visited were The Mermaid, Captain Corelli's, and Contessina. The Dolphin was the only one that let us down after receiving burnt food and having to ask for the bill 3 times.

As you walk into Sami from the hotel you’ll come to a sort of T-junction, the main stretch of tavernas are to the right, keep walking past them and you get to Antisamos beach, it's only a small pebble beach but the sea is beautiful. Walk left and you walk past the harbour where the ferry to Ithaki docks, and further down there's a beach with sun loungers and umbrellas, which are 3 euros each for as long as you like. We spent a lot of the day here, occasionally popping into the sea for a quick cool down then back to the sun loungers.

Excursions can be purchased from the tour operator; coaches for these pick you up from the hotel and take you around the island with a tour guide. These are well worth doing, even if you pay a little bit extra it saves the trouble of renting a car and driving along the cliff roads to get to different towns around the island. Ithaki is also worth a visit; learning about the Mythology of Odysseus' Iliad is very interesting. Other places to visit on Kefalonia are the beautiful Fiskardo, Assos, Argostoli, and Lassi. All very different places with their own characteristics and hallmarks.

Sami is a beautiful town in Kefalonia; the hotel Pericles is a friendly, clean, and well run hotel. The pool area is perfect and brilliant for adults and kids. I don't think we'll be returning to Kefalonia, as beautiful as the island is, 7 days is just about enough time to see what it has to offer, and the Pericles hotel is a pleasant place to spend it.

Room Tip: Anywhere besides the 'two hundred' corridor!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank shayjakespeare
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Have just returned from Preicles hotel after staying two glorius weeks.The hotel was beautiful and clean, the showers was small but did the job,The breakfast was fine for the price we paid.All the staff from Stellios down was so polite and helpful.Will certainly return sooner rather than later.
So thank you Stellios for a wonderful relaxing holiday.
Evan Glyn & Meg from North Wales

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank evanglyn
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

My partner and I had a week in the Pericles back in July. I'm glad we hired a car as the coach from the airport takes a couple of hours.
We are not sure if we missed this vital information in any brochures but when we got there we found out the hotel serves no meals other than breakfast. They can do the odd toasted sandwich but thats your lot. So every meal was down to the harbour in Sami unless we were out and about.
The hotel lobby, bar and dining area were clean but quite dated and completely empty on our first night, in fact at most in the evenings there were one or two pwople at the bar which seemed quite expensive by the way. The rep organised a quiz night one evening and karaoke another in the bar but we avoided that like the plague... A bit too Benidorm for our liking!
Our room was clean but again a little dated and typically it was twin beds puched together to make a double so you have a big gap between thw two matresses. not great. The bathroom was just awful. We had no bath, just a shower and I have never seen a smaller shower cubicle in my life. The curtain was old and shabby and the rail was hainging from the ceiling by an old bath chain. The cubicle was so small the curtain was stuck to you and you had to peel it off to turn around which usually meant soaking the floor.
The good thing about the room was the air conditioning. You could have it on when you liked and it worked a treat.
Breakfast was typical bread, ham (slimy tinned stuff) and cereal, juices etc. Ok but the bakery just down the road was stunning so we used that for the rest of the holiday.
The pool area was nice and had great views of the hills.
Sami is nice and quiet. the restaurants lining the harbour are all ok but unfortunately the menus are pretty much all the same. We did have nice pasta one night but other than that it felt like the same menu and food made in the same kitchen no matter where we ate. As the Pericles has no restaurant facility it means unless you are getting out and about you are pretty much stuck with these restaraunts for lunch and dinner so got a little tiring.
kefalonia itself was a little too quiet for us but as we had a hire car we saw most of the island and Sami is a good place to locate yourself if you are going to do the same.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Frazer H
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