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“very clean, quiet hotel, with friendly owner.”
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Anthoula Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Kefalos
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“very clean, quiet hotel, with friendly owner.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2011

we arrived at the hotel around 10pm & were greeted by Anthoula, who gave us a choice of rooms to view. The closest amenties being down the hill, meant we'd go hungry the first evening as we just wanted to settle in, however Anthoula very kindly made us toasted sandwhiches despite the food area being closed, to which we were very greatful. The rooms were very clean & the maid came daily (except sunday, her day off) & kept up the excellent clean standards.
There are no self catering facilities, except a kettle, spoon & 2 mugs, this didn't bother us as we always eat out.
The hotel bar closes at 12pm (earlier if no one is using it), Anthoula is very strict on the time so as not to disturb other clients. (a little disappointing for us as we usually sit up drinking & talking till about 2pm)
The pool is open during the day until 7pm & there is a pool bar which serves food up until approx 4.30pm.
Most of the hill is not too bad, its only really 25% of it that can be a bit of a killer but Anthoula does do mini bus trips for this at various times, i believe these stop about 10pm though.
I can't comment on the mini bus or the breakfast as we didn't use either.
We walked the road to the left of the hotel going down to the harbour (as less busy) & walked back up the hill (usually quiet at the times we returned), when we got close, we used the steps just passed the bike hire place, to cut a few corners on the hill, & these come out directly opposite the hotel, & it'll take you 5 minutes to get your breath back.
The hill itself takes about 20 minutes, so does the road to the left, & if you walk up hill to old town thats about 20 minutes as well, its all do-able, i'm an unfit 50 year old & I can do it.
We found a couple of bars down by the harbour that were open late till about 1.30am & even one supermarket that stayed open late, after 12pm, there is also a gyros place open late here for food.
Kefalos itself was unusually quite for this time of year, but we found enough to keep us occupied as we only stayed for a week, don't go if you want night clubs, we didn't see any.
We hired a car & explored the island, near to kefalos was Magic beach, which was nice & quiet & you can drive the car right up to the beach, the prices of sunbeds vary, kefalos beach was cheapest 5 euros for 2, Magic beach was 6 & Sunny beach was 7 & the road is a little bit more hair-raising here. The camel restaurant at the cliff top here was very nice, & 'one' food portion would have been more than ample for the 2 of us.
We travelled independently so didn't get the usual tour rep welcome speech, so unsure how much they were charging for trips. We did a trip over to Nissoros, which we got from a place along the harbour road, only sails on certain days & cost 18 euro per person. We were lucky enough to see dolphins on this journey.
When we got off at nissoros, you have to pay another 8 euro each if you want to go on the bus trip to the volcano, the shop we bought the nissoros tickets in doesn't tell you this & their sign is a bit misleading as it gives the impression of being an all in trip.
We ate at different places most evenings & found the best food was along the harbour road, the 'stop off inn' was nice & very reasonably priced, I had a 3 course meal here for about 9 euro.
Every one was friendly at the Anthoula & some people were regular customers returning each year, the pool was very clean & had a childrens section, shallow & deep areas that were clearly marked out ( perfect for swimmers & non swimmers).

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2011

Third Time to kefalos,
Firstly I am a pretty well travelled person when it comes to the med I have visited several greek islands, and none compare to Kos,

The hotel Anthoula is family run and provides that authentic none to fancy greek hotel experience. Anthoula who works tirelessly night and day to keep the hotel in spotless condition is keen to welcome you, even though she has probably been up all night welcoming guests arriving at all hours. Kefalos is a great place to travel, you will find most holiday makers return to the resort because of its natural beauty, relaxed surroundings and friendly and welcoming locals. The locals are ultra relaxed which might take you a while to adjust to, for example waiting for your bill or service in some locations can take a while. it is just part of the relaxed lifestyle. The hotel is in great condition and is not architecturally fancy although the pool area is set onto a raised deck over looking the mountain below and surrounding hillsides, there is always plenty of sunbeds available around the pool and a snack bar attended to by anthoula and her family. The location is halfway up the mountain between the old village and the new resort at the bottom. The village is a great place to spend lazy afternoons particularly the cafes (the cafe on the corner as you enter the village is owned by the most friendly and welcoming people you will meet). Kefalos beach is ok slightly shingly in places if you want pure white sand take a ten minute bus ride to Paradise Beach where you will find crystal clear waters and lots of tourists. The beaches at this end of the island are the best you will find and exploring them is a must, most will be deserted apart from you and a few. I recommend getting a quad bike for at least a few days and using that to explore the immediate surroundings, you can get up to and around the airport and some of the other towns with quads, traffic on this side of the island is very calm and will often stop on a roundabout to give way. Not quite as crazy as some of the greek islands. There are several hire centres we always use yani from trust tours which comes with the added bonus of free beach beds at paradise beach. you will find beaches on the north side are very windy and rugged but still beautiful with colder water whilst the opposite side has quite calm waters, We particularly recommend beach paridiso which can be accessed through a 30 minute quad ride taking the left fork main road through the old village across mountainous terrain and past a beautiful chapel and down several stony dirt tracks (suitable for quads and 4x4 only). You might find some nudists on this beach though due to its seclusion. a chap runs a shack on the beach where he sells cold drinks just what the doctor ordered. the beach is sign posted once you get to the chapel. Don't worry if you get lost you may just find another beautiful beach. There are some great places to visit like an old fort and a nature reserve with peacocks and turtles all within 30-40 minutes quad ride and all for free. I wouldn't recommend the hotel for people with walking difficulties or the infirm, as stated before there is a shuttle bus but most will prefer to tackle the mountain after a few ozou and lemonades and a fine dinner in one of the many abundant tavernas all serve delicious simple greek specialities, only ever had two bad meals in 6 weeks of dining out for lunch and dinner. Take a visit to Kos town for a bit of culture. Catch the bus or drive both are easy enough, great shopping especially for silver,

A word of warning stay away from Kardmamana unless you want an 18-30 party town. One disappointment is the lack of people using the bar, some hotels have a better following and atmosphere at night.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2010

The Anthoula probably merits a higher star rating. It is excellent. Nothing fancy you understand but first rate if, like us, you just need a hotel as a base and somewhere to relax. Clean, tidy and with a very pleasant pool/poolside...no shortage of sunbeds!
It's a stiff climb back in the evening. Anthoula runs a free bus shuttle several times a day but as the last return is at 10pm you'll almost certainly decide to miss it and relax over your evening meal.
There is traffic noise from vehicles negotiating the hill and the hairpin bends just below the hotel. But if you get a room at the front the view along the sweep of the bay makes it worthwhile.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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south wales
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

Arrived in middle of night - room key left on reception desk. Had to figure out how to put lights on ( key fob put in slot near lights, but no note to tell you so). Small room but spotlessly clean with sheets & towels changed daily (except Sun). Our room was next to Reception which could be noisy early in morning - people not thinking to keep their voices down. The whole hotel & gardens were picturesque and everything was well-kept. The pool & surrounding area was very clean, quiet & relaxing. The bus that Anthoula runs to the beach was very welcome and I don't think we'd have stayed there otherwise, as the walk to & from the beach is a good 15 mins. The view from the hotel is fantastic. Only two critisicisms - the breakfast was very basic - yes I know it's continental but a little bit of variety wouldn't have gone amiss, such as some fruit or yoghurt to go with the roll, cheese & jam every day, although you could have had other things if you'd paid for them. Also, although we didn't want a hotel with entertainment laid on it would have been nice if some holidaymakers had had a drink at the bar in the nights, as sometimes after being on the beach all day, we didn't want to go back out but didn't want to stay in our room all night either. We tried it once, but were on our own. Saying that though, we'd far rather it be as quiet as it was, rather than noisy & hectic. Anthoula & her family work extremely hard to keep the hotel in tip-top condition.

We knew it was a quiet resort when we booked, but were unprepared for exactly how quiet it was when we had our first stroll to the beach (Kamari Bay). It seemed quite desolate in the beginning - we were there in early Sept. so don't know how much busier it is in Aug. Lots of the bars/restaurants were quite empty - the food was lovely everywhere and very reasonable - 6 - 7 euros for a main meal with generous portions. The waiters/waitresses were all very pleasant and didn't hassle you unlike in Kos Town where they're a bit more 'in your face'. After a while you get used to the peace & quiet and it's nice not to have to queue for seats and the sunbeds on the beach are plentiful.. The best beach is the little one near the harbour (a nice walk down the road at the back of the hotel). Sandy, quiet and you can go out for a long way and still not be out of your depth. We enjoyed our day on Paradise/Bubble Beach. The bubbles are an experience. The Three Island Cruise was really enjoyable. A visit to the Hot Springs at Therma is a must although you have to catch a bus to Kos Town then a local bus out to them. There are 3 or 4 places where you can book excursions in Kamari Bay which work out cheaper than booking with the Reps. All-in-all a very pleasant, relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2010

Arrived at the hotel and had a warm welcome from Anthoula. Our room was basic but very very clean. Beds comfortable - we even had two pillows each. The location is very peaceful and set up on a hillside. Anthoula runs a minibus to and from the town several times a day, if you dont fancy the walk. However, walking back up only takes about 10 minutes. A torch may be advisable to take at night if you decide to walk back, as the street lights are not always on.The pool area is spotlessly clean and very quiet with no shortage of sunbeds and umbrellas. The pool bar is open from about 11am till about 5pm. Food is of a good quality and reasonably priced. Breakfast is served at the hotel too. This is quite basic, consisting mainly of roll, butter, jam, orange juice, tea or coffee. However, for about 3 euros you can have egg and bacon or an omelette etc. We hired a car from Dimitris which can be found if you turn left out of the hotel gate and head down the road towards the harbour. Kefalos town itself is very quiet even in August. Plenty of places to eat/drink. Would recommend the Opa Opa bar on the beach front for cocktails. Also would recommend Sirtaki on the beach front for eating out. Lovely food. All food and drink is reasonably priced. The island itself is quite small. The best beaches are definately in Kefalos, especially Sunny Beach. Nice and quiet with a taverna for lunch. Camel beach down a very steep gravel slope which we had trouble getting out of to get back up! Kos town is lovely, with plenty of places to eat and shop. Mastichari is also a lovely fishing port with lots of lovely restaurants. Zia is worth a visit too. Its a mountain village where people go to see the sunset. It also has lots of places to eat and plenty of shops for gifts. Would recommend hiring a car and seeing the island yourself. Its not a big place. The organised trips can work out to be very expensive. All in all Kos is a lovely island, with friendly people. Will definatley be going back.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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sheffield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

just got back from a week in Kos and stayed at the anthoula hotel in kefalos. the hotel is very clean and the pool area is beautiful with lovely scenery. It was very quiet and was lovely to soak up the sun around the pool. The hotel is set on a hill but there is a bus service down to the harbour. there are also some steps which are easier than climbing the hill! there are no taxis in kefalos so we rented a quad for three days which was brilliant. we went all over on it and found some beaches and tavernas around the island which had we not have had the quad we wouldnt have found. Overall we had a great time at the anthoula the breakfast is very simple but nice. the prices in greece seem to have gone up quite alot but thats with the euro. great place to go defo recommend.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2010

Just returned from two week holiday at this hotel, and although a little basic, was really impressed by the cleanliness, the pool and the general setting of the hotel, and of course Anthoula herself (she appears to work non-stop morning to night - including running a mini bus service between hotel and the main strip)! The swimming pool was fab, relaxing and clean, and in a amazing setting - its the first time I have shaded from the sun under olive trees - also there was always plenty of sunbeds. Anthoula also provided food/drinks around the pool area - greek salads, omlettes etc which was nice when you wanted a lazy day! Breakfast was bread, cheese, jam and juice, and to be honest, I was a little shocked that you then had to pay for tea/coffee to go with it - so we tended to have tea in our rooms in the morning and then go to Manos down the road which did the most amazing breakfasts for between 3 - 5 euros and free top-ups of tea/juice/coffee. There were plenty of good places to eat generally in the Kamari bay area (and a few awful tourist traps), try Marias and the One Stop for fish and lamb.

Try the trips out to Nissaros (volcanic island) and the 3 islands trip, but make sure you shop around for the best deals, as prices can vary widely.

If you are looking for a chilled out holiday on Kos, I would definately go to Kefalos and this hotel!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Anthoula Hotel
Address: Kefalos Area, Kefalos 853 01, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kefalos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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#5 Romantic Hotel in Kefalos
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Hotel Class:2 star — Anthoula Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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