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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