Gonatas Hotel
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Address: Agia Effimias   28081    Greece
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Age: 35-49 from Wolverhampton,
Reviewed on June 2, 2012

"Lovely people, excellent location"

Rate:  5 Stars

Arrived at the hotel to a greating that can only be compared to that of a long lost family member(not been before), Sonia and Nicky were great as they welcomes us took us to our room and made us feel at home straight away. The room as with many in greece was basic, but that was not an issue to us, it was always cleaned and very tidy as was this small hotel in all areas. The location was just what we were looking for. Its always nice to wake up and see beautiful views across the sea with mountains in the distance

There is a small swiming pool and an areas whwre you can get some simple snacks, buit it was always nice to eat breakfast looking over the island with the blue skys sea and mountains in the distance

The hotel is just on the edge of the village.The village was a short and very enjoyable 10 min walk(that was a slow walk) where there was a number of good places to eat and relax as you watched the people and yatchs across the small village harbour.


The village does not have a bus service, it does have a few taxis though. so it depends on how you like to spend your holiday but we decided to rent a car for a few days this gave us the combination of a relaxing hassle free break and the chance to see some other parts of the island.

In the and around the harbour there are a number of tavernas that you can get good food at resonable prices we tried most of them at one time or another and found spiros to be a good choice for variety and service. Another was on on the road as you leave the village towards Sami it was called "the local" at first we were not sure if we would try it, but in the end we gave it a go and found the meal to be good and the menu slightly varied those in the main square.

Whilst in the main square it is also good fun to watch the local dogs there is one in particular that comes complete with a bell and a neckchief a small thing that likes to chase cars asa hobby (not sure what made him choose the car as some did not get the treatement) it was strange to see this small thing trying bark and nibble the tyres

All in all the island is great and relaxing the resort is just the place and the hotel was fantastic

Room tip: try for the first floor you will get a better view

Stayed at May 2012

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Age: 35-49 from paignton,
Reviewed on July 18, 2012

"First Class"

Rate:  5 Stars

I can`t say anything that has not been said already.
This is a small family run hotel at its best,Clean tidy and one of the most friendly places we have stayed

Stayed at July 2012

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Age: 35-49 from HEREFORD,
Reviewed on August 1, 2011

"Great Location"

Rate:  5 Stars

Recently stopped at the Gonatas, really clean and tidy, friendly owners and staff. It`s rated as a 2 star but deserves 3 or more. Having looked around the island Agia Effimias seems the best area, couple of nice beaches/coves on the doorstep and a short drive to some must see places. Hired a car from a small place in the village and got a much better deal than through the tour company. Onl;y niggle {and you need to keep this in perspective} no kettle in the room and the breakfast is a bit basic, but I would recommend the place above most other places we`ve stopped.

Stayed at July 2011

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Age: 35-49 from england,
Reviewed on June 11, 2012

"A family run hotel"

Rate:  5 Stars

I know this review is nearly a year late but we have just come back from Kefalonia again yesterday ( June 10th 2012) and popped into the Gonatas to visit Nikki, mumma, Sonia and Sophie.
During August 2011 we stayed at this lovely hotel for a month and got married in Assos. Nikki decorated our room gave us wine, chocolates and flower petals all over our bed. Nikki couldnt do enough for us and made us feel like one of her family.

We love this hotel and will go back again for our first anniversary this August as I can not recommend this hotel enough to anyone.

Stayed at August 2011

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Age: 50-64 from northampton,
Reviewed on June 15, 2012

"Lovely hotel and what a location!"

Rate:  5 Stars

This is a special hotel. Family owned and run and it shows. Have been reading all the other reviews so I won`t repeat at any length. Location, cleanliness, clean towels every day, staff (family), graceful building/pool area, beautiful gardens and welcome are all 5 star plus. We were in a side room on the first floor; it was great, slightly more cozy than others but the benefits were a private balcony and the rural surroundings, as well as a side sea view, we visited our chicken neighbours every day. The location is really something, and so well placed for a most wonderful beach directly opposite (hard to believe this now we are home) and the local tavernas. Although the very good Paradise Taverna is literally on the doorstep do try others - it`s too easy, like us, to consider the Taverna as part of the Hotel and not move around! If like us you like fruit and a Greek Yoghurt to start the day, do as we did, buy it in and enjoy along with the more than adequate breakfasts provided. As we had been out in the car every day we only lunched there once and it was really good and very reasonably priced. If you have mobility issues, the short "climb" to the hotel from the road may be an issue to explore further, one way and another quite a few steps. Very Highly Recommended really for all other than perhaps children as it is a quiet peaceful hotel with nothing specific for them. The island itself is stunning, we love it and a hire car is a must to really enjoy it, we hired from the Village - Star Villas - very good and a nice couple who own it. Aghia Efimia is a great location, it has a village feel and has real shops for real people with just a few tourist ones thrown in for good measure. A great holiday!

Room tip: We enjoyed our first floor side room with views of the mountains as well as a side sea view. If you...

Stayed at June 2012

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Age: 50-64 from Tetbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 21, 2011

"Great hotel for a relaxing holiday"

Rate:  4 Stars

Overheard on a boat trip – “The Gonatas is absolutely awful” – this by someone who definitely wasn’t staying there! Like most family-run hotels in the Greek Islands it is basic, but extremely clean. Bedrooms were cleaned every day of our 14-day holiday and bedding and towels were changed every other day. A full-size fridge in the room is really useful. The family who own it are really friendly and yes, the breakfast can be a little boring but Nicky bakes fresh cakes every day which is a nice touch. There is plenty of room around the pool although the sun-beds could do with mattresses but it is a 2-star hotel and a very good one at that.
The resort is laid-back and relaxing and the centre is a 10-minute ‘holiday stroll’ away. We paid between €28 and €35 for a two-course dinner which included a litre of the house wine. Have to say we weren’t disappointed with any of the restaurants we ate in and especially liked Finikas (which has a nice bar upstairs overlooking the harbour), Spiros and Carena which had a smaller and slightly different menu from the others and was excellent. All the restaurants were giving complimentary puddings, either pastries, fruit or ice-cream and Carena a half-litre of wine per couple.
We hired a car through Star Villas who were very helpful and a little boat from Boulevard Boats for the day - a cool box and parasol is also included. We also took a boat trip to Ithaca which is a really lovely island – reminded us of Paxos.
Assos is definitely worth a visit as is Anti-Samos Beach which has a fab beach taverna and free parking. Just remember to take beach shoes as the beaches in the north are pebbles and the Gonatas doesn’t have hairdryers! Would certainly return to the Gonatas.

Room tip: Ask for a first-floor room with great views over the bay.

Stayed at June 2011

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from Lichfield, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on June 9, 2012

"gonatas great"

Rate:  4 Stars

great time at gonatas - lovely peope and great location - fab holiday

Room tip: front facing

Stayed at June 2012

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from Diss, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 16, 2012

"12 Days in Paradise"

Rate:  5 Stars

Have just returned from our second holiday at the Gonatas. Feel part of the family as everyone does who returns year after year. Thank you Nicky, Sonia and family for your care. We really appreciate it. Had a lovely room, long balcony, stunning sea views. Can`t get enough of that view. Stunning.See you very soon.

Room tip: They`re all good!! If you have a side view you can pick your own lemons to go with your Gin and...

Stayed at July 2012

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from Crowborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 14, 2012

"No better place to holiday !!!"

Rate:  5 Stars

We have just returned from yet another wonderful holiday with Nicky, Mama, Sonia and Sofia in the Gonatas Hotel. I cannot praise this hotel highly enough, it is spotlessly clean, relaxed, friendly and of high quality. We love the Paradise Beach Restaurant where the food is of the highest quality and Nikos provides top class lunches at the 2nd taverna on the left going towards the town from Gonatas - thoroughly recommended. Anyone who wants a fantastic time in a very special place DO NOT HESITATE to stay at Gonatas - we will be back next year for sure !!!!!!

Room tip: All rooms are great but the higher ones offer a better view

Stayed at July 2012

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