Rated 5 out of 5 by AGE2BFREE 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by SarahF 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Florencia 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by tanboy 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
Rated 3 out of 5 by Di13 It was ideal for what we wanted -
We did enjoy our holiday but breakfast was a bit tame, boiled eggs every morning, toast. no imagination.
But saying that, i would go back because it was close to the port and Kefalonia is so beautiful.
October 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ellie Pericles & The Donkey
Basic but clean and what I would expect from a Greek 3 Star. Went with my daughter in July 2012. Breakfast fairly typical. Nice spot about 15 mins walk from Sami port. Please feed the donkey who lives opposite the hotel if you don't he will make it known. For a great meal go to Familia just along from the main square, you can't miss it. For bike/quad bike hire VERY resonable go to Sami Moto, ask anyone they will tell you where it is. Kefalonia is brilliant, loved it, will go back DEFO
September 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Bugface It's all Greek to me
Sami was very relaxing and there was a good selection of resturants and cafes along the harbour. The beaches were a slim shingle beaches but were not busy at all.
The walk to Sami main centre and to the beach was just long enough...any longer and it would have been too much. You can walk the back way past farms which is a good way to the bach, but looked like it would have been dark at night. For the town we walked along the road which was quicker. There is no pavement this way and is a little dangerous!
The restruants along the habour did a good selection, but it was dissapointing that a lot of their vegetarian meze came out of a tin! (such as the Okra, Stuffed Vinesleaves and the Big Butter Beans)
We did one tour with Thomas Cook which was the Sami Island tour. I would really reccomend it as you get to do everything you could want on the island and it is really good value for money.
The other tour we did was done independently, there is a little wodden looking boat that is in Sami harbour. This takes you to the island of Ithica and several isolated beaches on the island. We also stopped at a few villages on Ithica were, the food was more fresh and not out of a tin. I would recommend this, as it was cheaper than Thomas Cook's tour to Ithica and it left from Sami (the one Thomas Cook does, you have to get a bus to a different port, then from what I gathered from what the rep told us, you get a boat to Ithica then the bus takes you around the island.)
The rep will tell you that you can walk to the Castle and Monistry in Sami in 20mins....DO NOT BELIEVE THIS! I don't know where excatly the walking route, we ended up on the car route. It took us an hour and a half to walk to the castle (which is just some bricks as it no longer stands or resembles a castle) the monistry was further up and we were so tired, hungry and without water in the mid day heat, walking the hour and a half back to Sami was enough.
There are two beaches in Sami. The one that is out left from the hotel had sunbeds and was only 6 euros for two sun beds and an unbrella. The one to the right is more pebbled and no sunbeds, but is very beautiflul. We found that most people in the hotel stayed round the pool though.
The hotel staff were all very nice. Breakfast was just bread, cheese, ham, orange juice, cornflakes...that's it. But that's all you needed really.
We didn't have much of a view (the main road and the donkey opposite) but we didn't stay in the room much. We didn't get a double bed and everytime we had a shower (in the smallest shower in the world, we managed to flood the bathroom. But it's so hot, it dries very quickly in Greece. The aircon, is good, but doesn't do much. Apparently it is only meant to be on between 5-12 but found if you put it on before 12 it would stay on all night.
I would recommend this to other couples. I wouldn't families, as I saw a lot of 'teens' looking a bit bored in the eve haha.
August 20, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Manchesterpeeps Great place and hotel
We have Been to this hotel before 9 years ago and it doesnt seem to have changed its still a nice comfy typical Greek hotel, Nothing fantastic or fancy just how we like it. Rooms are clean beds and towels changed regular. The pool area is fantastic with shaded areas and is very relaxing with a pool snack bar which serves basic food but ok for the price.
The location is great about a 20 min walk down to the lovely town of Sami which has some great places to eat at night and some nice relaxing bars to sit in after you have stuffed your face. another nice thing is not to many shops !!
The only let down was my luggage lost for 4 days by Thomas Cook airlines The rep at the hotel (Linda) was great and kept me upto date every day But on my return home Thomas Cook so called customer services fobbed me off with a copy & paste reply to my mails and said it was to do with the airline not them i flew with Thomas Cook Airlines !!!! and they wont try and keep me as a loyal customer for the last 10 yrs by offering me any help towards my next hols so firstchoice here i come
August 11, 2011