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The Magnolia Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Katelios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 21, 2013

I can honestly say that I don't think I can praise this hotel enough. We were so well looked after from start to finish.

Our room was lovely and a good size with a beautiful shower room (and proper flush in the loo). There was air conditioning, a safe and a fridge in our room and it was cleaned every day. We went on a B&B basis and there was plenty of variety for breakfast to choose from.

We didn't spend a great deal of time at the hotel during the day as went off to explore the island on a moped but the pool area was lovely and quiet and again very clean. The bar could get quite lively (but not too loud) in the evening especially when Hollis was performing, the service from the bar staff was fantastic.

The hotel is based about a 15 minute walk to the main part from Katelios and were there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. We ate several times at The Lighthouse and we found the people there friendly and welcoming, the food was lovely with plenty to choose from on the menu. There are a couple of shops in the village but for more choice you would need to go into Skala a few miles away.

We wanted a quiet and relaxing holiday and it was amazing. The island is beautiful and we found some lovely quiet beaches to lie back and enjoy for sun with crystal clear waters to dip into when it got too hot. The hotel is without a doubt the best that we have stayed at in Greece and we would highly recommend it and definitely book to go again.

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4  Thank Lynn A
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stayed at the Magnolia 6-13th July after a very disastrous encounter with Thompsons cancelling our holiday a few weeks before, upon recommendation from friends (krista and Nay) thank you. Ektor the owner could not do enough before hand to try and find us flights and sort our holiday, even down to the transfer, on arriving at the hotel we found Ektor had to go back to Canada, which was upsetting as we wanted to thank him, but his family made our stay exceptional, the rooms are lovely, (take your own tea and coffee) the pool area excellent, very quiet, but when the nephews arrive late afternoon then a little music goes on which is great as sometimes its toooo quiet. We stayed HB the food was lovely, the service great, a litre carafe of wine was 6 euros. All staff and family are so hard working.
We walked to Jerrys which is a 5 min stroll along the main road at lunch time, the food and staff also amazing, we sat in their shaded gardens away from the sun, lovely to watch the world go by.
When we did the 10 mins stroll to the beach, turn left when you reach the beach as the sunbeds and beach are much much better, also please visit DREAMS as Christine and her hubby are amazing the cheesecake is to die for. Katelios is an amazing little place so unspoilt, lets hope it stays like this, looking forward to going back next year. THANK YOU EKTOR for all your help and amazing stay.

Room Tip: I should imagine all the rooms are lovely
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4  Thank Tracytp1
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

After having a stressful year and a few holidays that were not as good as advertised in the brochures I relied on reviews on trip adviser to find a holiday that resembled what the brochures
showed.
After just returning from a 14 night stay this was everything and more than we expected.
The rooms were superb, the Family and staff were so helpful nothing was too much trouble for them, they could not do more to make your stay perfect.
We have already booked a 14 night stay in June 2014
Cant wait to get back.
Phil & Jan Court

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6  Thank Phil C
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

My husband and I have just returned back from a lovely holiday at the magnolia. The owner was there to greet us and they were always around if you needed to speak to them. The hotel, pool and rooms were spotlessly clean. There was a lift to the 1st floor and where the steps were, the floor was none slip especially around the pool area. There was only one thing that was abit misleading. In the brochure it said that there was tea and coffee making facilities. So we thought ,(that's great) Tea every morning when we get up in the morning. WRONG. They only provide tea and coffee for the 1st night. After that you have to supply your own. Good job I took my own tea bags.

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally as good. All rooms face away from the pool so it is quiet.
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3  Thank Carole B
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We were warmly greeted by Nota then taken to our room by Julia, who explained all the amenities to us.
No door keys needed, no charge for the safe or air-con but the biggest *plus* for us, as far as the room was concerned, were the fly screens !
No worries about pesky insects creeping or flying into the room......not that we saw any outside of the room either !
The pool, loungers and pool bar were delightful...although, on a minor note,
flowers and potted trees / plants could have added colour.
All staff were very friendly and happy to chat.
Hollis and the Filoxenia evening were fantastic and a real must-do !
If you look up the meaning of filoxenia it will tell you exactly what the owners of this hotel feel about the Magnolia
Katelios is a lovely Greek village and the food at the local taverns is delicious.
.......if you're still pondering about booking a holiday at the Magnolia Resort, ponder no more.....book it now ;)

Room Tip: All rooms face away from the pool area ensuring a private feel to your balcony
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4  Thank holidayjunkie35
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed last week of June & first week of July, traveling with Thomas Cook. Private taxi transport meant we had a quick and hassle free transfer from the airport. Weather was great - and not so hot to be unbearable. The hotel lived up to our expectations; a lot of thought went into the design and the overall finish of the buildings and fittings is first class. Our ‘standard’ rooms were really comfortable and beautifully decorated. As previously mentioned the air conditioning, mosquito screens and key coded doors all helped make the stay relaxing. The maids work hard to maintain high standards and it’s a pleasure to return to find a spotless room with fresh towels and clean sheets. This was our first holiday in Greece and so we probably didn’t actually appreciate the “bathroom plumbing” as much as we should have– plentiful hot water and flush toilets just like at home  I think it deserves its 4* rating.
The pool area is spacious and well equipped -plenty of good quality sunbeds and umbrellas so you don’t need to worry about trying to reserve beds (even when the hotel is full!). We appreciated the pool towel service - changed as and when you need. Do remember to bring you own beach towels as you shouldn’t take the pool towels off site.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and the family who own the property really do try to make guests feel welcome.
Most reviews mention the staff who are all really good and do their best to ensure everyone has a good holiday. Few have mentioned Pavlos who works tirelessly in the restaurant? He was friendly, professional, witty and a huge asset to the Magnolia – he has an amazingly positive attitude and speaks near perfect English. We all thought he was fantastic and certainly helped make our holiday so memorable.

As we were traveling with our 2 grown up daughters we had chosen half board basis which worked well for us whereas the majority of guests seem to opt for B&B. The Restaurant looks over the pool and has opening glass walls which were ideal – you can choose to eat alfresco or inside.
Breakfast was simple but plentiful and the staff always trying to please – what was lacking was fresh fruit? We had initially wondered if there was a shortage on the island – but that isn’t the case. The hotel will provide an individual fruit basket pre ordered but for additional cost.
Quality of food in the restaurant was very good, homemade and tasty – the only comment would be that on a half board basis a little more choice would have been welcome and additional charges for bread and butter or a scoop of ice-cream seemed unnecessary? The desert choice was limited but tasty – probably not a problem for a 7 night stay but a challenge for 14 nights. The 'live music' night hosted on Friday evening was a huge success – very reasonably priced at 14Euros per couple with salad/garlic bread followed by either a fish or meat platter ( both of which were excellent!¬)
The bar area is tastefully decorated and happy hour was ever popular – although it actually covered limited drinks each evening. Local wine and beer is really good and reasonably priced.
We took one organised coach trip of the island which was good value and then hired a car for 3 days – we recommend that you do as the island is easy to navigate and well worth exploring.
I was one of the few guests who made use of the gym? Adequate equipment considering the size of the property and mostly I had the space to myself.

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Try the milkshakes in the bar during the daytime – they are AMAZING and certainly owe something to the Canadian influence of the owners!
Do bring supplies of tea, coffee, toiletries and sun products ( the latter seemed to be significantly more expensive than in the UK).
The local supermarket is small but well stocked and the room fridge large enough for milk, water and drinks.
The entertainment programme is limited but we thoroughly enjoyed each of the ones we attended
This is a peaceful and calm hotel – perfect for reading and relaxing – do not expect lots to do!
We had an excellent holiday at the Magnolia and would highly recommend it!

Room Tip: All of the rooms seemed to be of excellent quality :-)
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We have just returned from a two week stay at the Magnolia Resort, and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. When we arrived we were welcomed by Ektor and other members of the family and immediately felt at home.Our suitcases were taken to our room and we were given a clear explanation of how the safe, door key pad, air conditioning etc worked. Incidentally there was no local charge for the safe or the air conditioning.
Throughout our holiday the family were around at all times of the day, never intrusive but always ready to give you a wave or engage in conversation. The whole resort is extremely clean and well decorated, the pool area spacious and never any problem finding a sunbed.
We were there on Bed & Breakfast basis but had a few evening meals in the restaurant, these were well presented & very tasty. All of the staff in the resort were courteous, polite and very hard working. We enjoyed walks in the lanes around the hotel and once again the family were most helpful in directing us.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and hope to return again soon.
Val & Jeff P

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Val P
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Address: Katelios 28082, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Katelios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Katelios
Hotel Class:4 star — The Magnolia Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnolia Hotel provides 4 star luxury and comfort at reasonable room rates. We have 50 rooms modern rooms, that have just recently been designed and built. Each and every room has air conditioned comfort, the security of a safe, the convenience of access to wifi internet, and television. Spacious bathrooms with many amenities, Large balconies to enjoy the glorious weather that is Greece. Clean rooms are not the option but are the norm. A beautiful pool awaits you in the center of the hotel, beyond simple beauty this pool is large and functional, as a kids pool is available. Easy access to a well stocked and stylish bar is just steps from the pool area; A few more steps and you will be enticed by the delicacies prepared at the rosebud bistro. The Rosebud Bistro is staffed by a trained Chef and his staff. The amenities, facilities, and aesthetics of Magnolia resort rival anything any other 4 star hotel may offer in the Mediterranean, what will set Magnolia apart for her guest is the attention given to customer care. The Stroutzas family has been in the boutique hotel business for over a decade, and has been in customer service for over 30 years. We want to make your stay pleasurable, and to leave you with great memories. ... more   less 
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