We have just returned from a 2 weeks stay at the Zeus and we will endeavour to try and cast a balanced view on the resort and hotel.
Firstly, when we took a stroll into Kefalos on our first night we thought we had made a terrible mistake. There are very few bars, supermarkets, but there are a number of fine restaurants. The one which stood out for us was the Argo where the food was wonderful and portions just right. We also ate at Hippocrates, which was a close second with enormous portions, Marias, Syrtaki, and Antonios although we cannot recommend the latter. When we ate their we found the food quality inferior and prices higher than others.
We would not recommend dining at the Aussie BBQ restaurant. We have only walked out of a restaurant once and this was that occasion. We ordered our meals, which included a garlic bread starter, and were still waiting for this some 50 minutes later and the restaurant was certainly not busy.
We appreciate the resort is described as quiet but there was a distinct lack of activity and people in the resort itself and we are certainly no party animals!
However, we can honestly say what the resort lacked the hotel certainly made up for, and we concluded we intended to use the holiday as a 'chill out' break and this proved to be the case. The Zeus is, probably, the most friendly, and clean, hotel we have stayed in during our visits to Greece having been to Skiathos, Crete, Corfu, and Kos on a number of occasions.
Maria, Zac. Manos, Nico, and Sonja all go out of their way to ensure your time with them is thoroughly enjoyable. From the moment you step foot inside the hotel you are made to feel welcome.
The rooms are cleaned daily with linen changes every 2nd day and we found any requests for minor repairs are dealt with swiftly. Breakfast is basic i.e. bread, jam, marmalade, coffee, tea, and juice but you can purchase something more substantial for a reasonable cost e.g. 2 eggs on toast for 2.5 euros.
The pool area is kept spotlessly clean with plenty of sunbeds and their is a small children's pool. Having said this we do not feel this is a family style hotel, ok for toddlers but not any older. Many guests seemingly return to the hotel on a regular basis which is testament to the service provided.
We stayed in room 219 and it would appear rooms with an 11-20 on the end get the sun in the morning and 00-10 the afternoon. Air conditioning was available to rent at 5 euros per day and was a must, even at the end of August. Safety deposit boxes could be rented for 25 euros for 14 days.
There was a Greek night arranged every Tuesday evening with the food being cooked by Maria and there were many empty plates!! Andy, the rep, arranged a quiz after the food and there then followed Greek dancing taught by Manos and co.
People make reference to being disturbed by banging doors during the night and we must say we did experience this. However, we attributed this to people simply returning at the end of a good night being unaware of how noisy they are after a few too many beers and it certainly did not spoil our holiday.
Maria has a wonderful team around her and would seem to have loyal customers who value the service they provide and we can understand this. The unsung heroes have to be the army of cleaners who seem to do everything from attending the rooms to serving breakfast and always with a smile on their face. We would like to give a special mention to Sonja who was attentive to our needs throughout our stay and had a very dry sense of humour!! The hotel and resort are probably more suited to the more mature customers, shall we say, and we are in this bracket but the family make everyone feel they are part of the family regardless of age.
All in all, we would certainly recommend the hotel to anyone but not necessarily the resort. If it is a quiet holiday, with an excellent hotel you are after, then look no further.
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- Also Known As:
- Zeus Hotel Kefalos
- Zeus Hotel Kos/Kefalos, Greece