I have just come back from a superb one week holiday with my daughter, staying at the Irinna Hotel. My friends have stayed in Kefalonia for the past three years and had recommended the island highly.
The hotel was fine for us and we have no real complaints at all. The food was ok and was of the self service buffet variety, although not too varied from day to day. The staff serving drinks were efficient and friendly. The eating areas were clean. Our room was basic but nice enough, and all bedding was made on a daily basis and changed a couple of times during our stay. Rooms have air-con which was essential as the weather was lovely and hot while we were there. Also we had a smashing view of the airport to our right which was great when the planes were coming in to land, they fly right over the hotel, very low, Tuesday is the busy day, the rest of the week was fine with only a few. The pool side trees and bushes rustle excitedly once a plane has flown over. You can go on the roof of the hotel to get an even better view, quite spectacular!
Outside, the pool area was great, large freshwater pool for all to enjoy and a smaller shallow kiddies pool. Loads of sun-beds, chairs and parasols were available by the pool. I think we beat the real summer rush, as the schools break up about now so the place may fill up a bit more from here on in. A taverna is on-site for lunches if you like, otherwise itís a ten minute walk up the road from the hotel to the nearest place to eat. Also a raised pool side mini bar is on hand for that early afternoon cooling glass of lager. The main hotel bar is air-conditioned and is open all day till about 2am. The barman is a bit of a cocky so and so but was ok I suppose. Big television in foyer was available. We were lucky enough to be on this holiday when Greece won the Euro 2004 footy so there was a great atmosphere going on in the hotel on the big night and the boys done good so everyone was happy.
Svoronata itself is quiet, we got a taxi into Lassi, 6miles up the coast (10 Euros each way). We met up with friends for a meal. We hired a car from Greekstones, up the road from the hotel. Cost was 114 Euros for three days. This was the best thing we could have done as it allowed us to tour the island. Think this was money well spent as we were able to visit such lovely Kefalonian locations such as Sami, Poros, Fiskardo, Assos, Myrtos Beach, Skala to name but a few. The roads are fine and some of the views are quite stunning, I took a shed load of photos whilst there and they will be a superb memory of our holiday on Kefalonia.