My wife and I will be staying in the Lassi Hotel at the end of August, can anyone tell me whether fridges\air-con etc, are available in the hotel rooms and if so what the cost is. Also what's Kefalonia like pricewise. Is it expensive\cheap\average etc? Where are the best places to visit ? Any recommendations at all would be apreciated. Thanks.
We returned last friday after a fantastic 2 weeks in Kefalonia. This hotel is ideally situated for exploring Lassi, the rest of the island, and is near to Argostoli the capital(Taxi 4-5 euros). It is also close to a number of beaches the best by far being Makris Gialos. Breakfast is a basic affair, and became a bit monotonous after a few days, if you don't like bread or Madeira cake then forget about it. We stayed in a hotel room which was cleaned daily, had air con(extra 6 euros per day), safety deposit box (10 euros per week) but alas no fridge, although there is a communal fridge available in the hotel. I'd recommend a studio or apartment. The sunset views are also excellent.
My only faults about this hotel were firstly the attitude of the staff at the swimming pool, who I found to be a bit rude and not very friendly, someting I never have experienced in previous visits to the Greek islands. Secondly in my opinion there were also too many rules at the pool (i.e. no diving, no jumping, no glasses or bottles allowed around the pool, wash off sun creams before entering the pool, snack bar only open between 12-3.30pm..etc). Lastly we also found the bar a bit on the expensive side in the hotel. There is a weekly quiz night there, and music once or twice a week also. Not a very lively bar to be honest.
What can I say...by far this is the best beach on Kefalonia, best facilities, best sun loungers, best beach bar..Costa Costa (excellent chillout tunes and regular afternoon DJ also), and best swimming, waterports also available closeby. Normal sun loungers cost 7.50 euros for two, but try out the wooden ones with the soft cushions as a treat, they cost 12 euros but believe me after ten days lying on them it was worth every cent. You'd expect a lt of posers on this beach, but to be honest there were only a few. Best beach I've been to in Greece so far!!!
We hired the Jimny from Budget rental on the which we found to be the cheapest after trying several of the others. Definitely the best way to see the island. We hired it for 3 days, travelled 350+ KM's and saw everything North and South. Power steering, and compact enough to handle easily on the mountain roads. Definitely recommended.
Maybe I missed something here, but I think that this beach has been hyped up far too much. We arrived early(11 am) before the hordes and did have a swim which was OK, it does get deep very quickly and there are lots of stones. Curiously there were also about a dozen goats on the beach that day also. It might be the most photographed beach but all I can say is that the best thing about it is probably the views from the road above to Assos. Makris Yialos is Lassi is by far a superior beach.
Be warned, arrive early to avoid the big queues waiting to get down to the lake. We arrived at 11am, and had to wait about 15 minutes in the cool dark tunnel that leads down to the lake. The entrance cost was 5 euros. There are about 5 boats that take 10-12 people at a time around the lake. Some of the oarsmen are chattier than others, and one or two sing. The one we had explained the history of the lake in great detail in Italian & English. Well worth seeing. Bring a camera.
I thought that the Cave was fantastic even if there is over 120 steps to get down to(and up from)it. The entrance fee was only 3.50 euros as far as I can remember. The stalacmites and stalactites were excellent, and there are a couple of spectacular raised platforms within the cave created from the formations on which you can take some excellent photos. The walk back up to surface level though will have you gasping for a cool drink.
Nice bar, good location and surroundings. From what I could see it was probably the liveliest disco bar in Lassi during our 2 weeks there at the end of August. We found it a bit pricey, and the drinks(spirits\cocktails) were not very strong.
Sirtaki is a nice restaurant and the food is quite good, although I find it disappointing that most dishes are served with rice chips and frozen veg! It seems to be busy most nights but in particular Mondays & Thursdays when a group of local musicians are playing and singing. The prices are fairly OK too. Check out the new Sirtaki garden bar next door, it's pretty cool and set amongst lots of olive trees.
After reading some favourable reviews of Sto Psito we decided to try it out. When we arrived it was fairly empty, and after reading the menu we figured out why. I have to admit it was pretty poor from a selection & price and service point of view, in fact so poor we got up and left without eating. My advice is to give it a miss and not bother walking out the extra distance to it.
I found that Nefeli is a bit overrated to be honest. The meal that we had was unspectacular and the service quite poor. The waiters also used wireless communications to send the orders to the kitchen, not really required in my opinion for a restaurant that size. There are much better eating options closeby...Phaedra, Monte Nero.
We visited the restaurant just off the main square, and I have to say we were unimpressed considering the good reviews we had read previously. The service was very poor, the food not great, and the prices a bit higher than average which is to be expected considerig the location. All in all a big disappointment.
Assos is definitely a place to visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts on the Island. Picturesque, quiet, and currently unspoilt by mass tourism. A nice shingle beach, and sea front Taverna complete the setting. Also check out the elderly local man that sells honey under the trees near the car parking area.
Great views on the winding round down to the beach, parking can be a bit tricky though when you arrive although there are some car parks which everyone seem to ignore. Facilities are at a minimum as regards food\drinks and there are sun loungers available for hire. The beach is a stony shingle affair, but who cares, by the time you reach it you'll be so in need of a refreshing swim you'd walk over hot coals to reach the sea.
We drove from Lassi, and it was worth the trip. Fiskardo is everything already mentioned below and more, it seems to have a flamboyance and character about it lacking in some of the other resorts. Maybe it's because it was untouched by the earthquake in '53. Your holiday will not be complete without a visit here.
Fantastic views from here, it is worth a visit if you have the time although it still seems to be under restoration. There is no entrance charge. Combine a visit here on the way back from a trip to the nearby Robola winery.
Lassi is definitely the best place to stay with regard to facilities and beaches, and it's also a great base for touring the rest of the island. There are lot's of restaurants, bars, car hire outlets, and 5 or 6 supermarkets where you will find everything you need. In addition Argostoli is a short taxi ride or 3km walk, where you will find the main shopping street on the island (Lithostroto) and many more shops, restaurants, and bars.