Brilliant location for all the family to relax!
Hotel Pericles is basic, but clean and comfortable. What more do you need? The staff and rep were all welcoming and informative. They were always available and on hand to awnser questions. We had two large joining rooms. Plenty of space and clean. Our room was located on the ground floor. We had a small terrace like area with a table and chairs. This was very convienient as we could take a shortcut to the swimming pool, even though the view from the room wasn't great.The pool was fabulous, surrounded by mountain views from all angles. There are two pools varying in deph, which made them ideal for all ages. As others have mentioned, there is a back path to Sami, and a main road route. They were both intresting walks. It was a 20 minute journey to Sami harbour front. The 'dolphin' restaurant is worth going to, especially on a Saturday night, as there is traditional greek music, and ceromnies parade past. Also, the staff are kind and will awnser any questions you have. We hired a car for 4 days through avis, at a very reasonable price. Using this, we travelled to: AntiSamos beach, Lassi beach (the best beach on the island!), Myrtos beach ( Captain Corellis mandolin was filmed here) and the Dragostini caves and Melissani underground lake. All in all, a fabulous family holiday, that children aged 9 and 8 thouroughly enjoyed!
September 1, 2014
Great holiday again
Really enjoyed our third stay at the Pericles Hotel. Wasn't quite as quiet as it has been as we didn't realise it was a half term week. Although quite few children, most of them were well behaved and a a pleasure to see (especially the large family group).
Nina as always was very helpful, Stelios is lovely as is Kevi at the pool.
The people in Sami make this holiday as they are so friendly and welcoming. We especially enjoy Il Familia, the Mermaid and the Riveria for breakfast. All give great service and lovely food.
I also enjoyed riding this time at Conny's Bavarian Stables. Went for a lovely trek on mountain tracks overlooking Sami. Lovely Hafflinger ponies which are as good for experienced riders as they are for beginners. It takes about 40 minutes to walk to the stables from the Pericles through very pretty villages.
The hotel wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but we like it and the people. It's always a very relaxing holiday.
June 8, 2014
Very relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings
The Hotel Pericles in Sami, Kefalonia is the perfect place to spend a relaxing break, especially if you want peace, beautiful surroundings and a base from which to explore this fantastic island. The owner, Stelios and his team will do everything to ensure you have the holiday you want, fantastic people! Don't come if you want a 'Costa' type holiday. Visitors we met at this hotel have been coming for year after year (this was our second visit and it had all the 'magic' we discovered the first time). You must rent a car for at least a few days to see the many splendid locations, if you possibly can. There is no bus service to speak of. The restaurants on the harbour front are excellent and great value. We will be back, i,m sure.
June 23, 2013
Very relaxing location in Sami Kefalonia!
The Pericles is in a stunning location. The rooms are basic but comfortable and very clean. Stellios and Nina are very helpful and friendly. Other members of staff are not very friendly and reluctant to smile. The pool area is lovely and the food at the pool bar was very nice.
The best food we had was down on the harbnour at Pizza Tereze. There is a good selection on the menu, it is very relaxing and the service is excellent.
Sami is a beautiful location with some lovely walks but was very quiet. We would go again but later in the season when busier.
June 13, 2013
Basic hotel in a nice location
I stayed at the Hotel Pericles with my Mum in September 2012. We were quite disappointed in the hotel but it was all we could find last minute. When we arrived our room overlooked the car park and suffered from traffic noise all night as the hotel is on the main road out of Sami. We asked for a different room the next day and were obliged with a room towards the back of the hotel so had less traffic noise but more bar noise but that was ok as the bar closes at 12am. The hotel is next door to a farm so at 4.30am every morning the cockerel started up which set off the dogs, which set off the donkey across the road! This cacophany lasts about an hour and then things go quiet again. I would recommend ear plugs if you are a light sleeper like me!
The basic Greek breakfast had no variety whatsoever from day to day and was very boring even though a cooked breakfast could be purchased. We felt that a few small changes could make the experience a bit nicer. First impressions count - the manager was quite gruff on our arrival and we were left to lug our bags up two flights of stairs which is not what you want after a long journey. Cleaning was a bit slapdash and fresh towels weren't provided as often as we would have liked.
On the plus side, I was pleasantly suprised that we weren't as far from the town as some of the reviews made out - only about 10 mins walk along the main road and there is a lovely walk between the neighbouring houses which takes you into Sami via a back road (spot the Captain Corelli vehicles rusting in the field). The pool was lovely (if freezing) and there were plenty of loungers with always a lovely breeze coming off the mountain. The best feature of the hotel was definately the pool area.
There's not much to do in Sami, hardly any shops to speak of, very quiet with no bars that we could see but that didn't make any difference to us. A car is a must as there are many beautiful places near to Sami eg Myrtos Bay, Fiskardo, Melissani Lake, Assos, Antisamos Beach, which would be impossible to get to otherwise as there is NO public transport. We hired one from the rep and I think we would have gone stir crazy without it.
I wouldn't go back to Sami or the hotel again - there are too many other lovely places to go in Greece - but it's fine if you want a really basic hotel and to do nothing but sit by the pool. One couple we spoke to had been back to the same hotel 20 times, go figure!
October 16, 2012
A wonderful family holiday in Kefalonia
We had a lovely family holiday at the Pericles Hotel in Sami, Kefalonia. The staff were superb, the location was stunning. We will definitely be returning
October 11, 2012
Excellent holiday in Sami
Stayed here a few times now and despite wanting to visit elsewhere keep getting drawn back. It is a small hotel set in an area of fantastic scenery,the staff in the hotel are warm and friendly, the local people are terrific and each time we return we feel like we are visiting family. The hotel is in an ideal situation to be able to walk if you are average walkers to alot of the islands tourist attractions, if you want bikes are available to hire from the village center or if not hire a car. There is a bus stop out side the hotel but have up to now had no reason to use it..It is about a 20 minute walk into the town which i admit could be abit much for someone with walking problems but taxis are available. Think like most places visited on holiday it is up to the individual to try out and make their own judgement,all i can say is i recommend you try it at least once.
October 11, 2012
ideal for what we wanted as a break for freedom and tranquility
would reccomend and we are returning in 2013 for another break.
October 11, 2012