We've stayed about 6 times now and many visitors are repeat bookings. Beautiful airy rooms (8 studios and one gloomy basement apartment)though some have two balconies and are much to be preferred. Stunning views at the back over countyside especially in the evening. Traffic noise is very minimal despite brochure comment - great fun watching drivers negotiate the poorly sign-posted junction. Irene the owner is friendly and helpful though has limited English but very patient with our broken Greek. She and her daughter keep the rooms unbelievably clean and linen is changed twice a week. Son Dionysos mooches round but not as good with the remarkable fruit and vegetable garden as his father Dmitri who seems to have disappeared a couple of years ago. We are unable to go in 2002 because of illness. Can anyone let us know which company Irene is with for 2003. Tony Farson and Kath Jones.
Definitely the best food in Katelios (though we once had one spectacular and untypical dud - some very dodgy prawns)and well worth the hike up from Kato Katelios and the poor view. Lots of dishes not to be had elsewhere and varying daily specialities and some nice touches with free appetisers. Can get very busy and service can suffer but usually poly endaxi! Don't miss the family photos inside and the stories of the flight from Smyrna in 1923. Also see if there are any of the original menus around with the photos of the opening night and the blessing by the priest. The Greek night in 2001 was pretty disappointing but may be better now - best in the Elleniko. Tony Farson and Kath Jones
Our most visited taverna on the planet and probably the most relaxing taverna in the galaxy. So many times we hiked to the beach past the rocks, stopped off for the excellent and genuinely big beers and then lunch and then more beers, then..... Victor is a great character - as every ex New York cabbie should be - and salesman and regularly plied us with free beers - but the quality of the lunches - get the sardines whenever they're available - meant the place sells itself. We found it very quiet in the evening but day time was our regular mode. We checked out the rooms too. They looked really great but we just couldn't drag ourself away from Katelios. Tony Farson and Kath Jones.
Just an update from an earlier comment. Irini still the main contender for quiet but well located accommodation with stunning views. (Doumas to be avoided as part of a growing "complex" - unless you like that kind of thing !) Visited in 2003 - and delighted to see beautiful new furniture. Towels could do with replacing, though. Irini still working her heart out for her guests and we'll be there again in 2004. Agree please feed the kittens !!
Surprised to see comments about the service. We were hugely impressed by the number and attentiveness of staff even when it was busy, and had intended to post to that effect even before reading others' views. Food has gradually improved and was excellent in 2003 and am glad to see the beef stamna praised. Only taverna in Katelios that doing it and not to be missed, though do not expect to return to the UK (or wherever)without adding a few kilos ! Music fans will be impressed by the CD collection and Gerry may let you choose when he retires to the bar late on. After several years in Katelios the Elliniko is now our all round favourite taverna.
Great to be back in 2003 to see a few changes: easier to get to now the road has been surfaced to the end, and Victor has invested in some swish furniture (up on the terrace) and a new terrace roof. Ignore the posers' places on the way and head for the best food and real Greek hospitality it town.
The guy who worked in Sirenes (and other places) was probably Stuart. Stuart got himself into some very serious trouble, we heard, and the locals made it clear he was no longer welcome. Whereabouts no longer known. Seemed OK to me, but the allegation was not at all nice. Sorry. PS Service in the Sirenes seems to run on slow or stop.
We have been to Katelios many times and have always enjoyed staying at the Irene apartments. We are due to go again for 2 weeks on 24th June. Can anyone tell me if you can still hire electric fans from Marinos? Anyone booking for the Irene should reqest either room 7 or room 8 because the 360degree views from both are magnificent.
Kath Jones(UK) 17/06/04
Didn't realise Irini surfed this site ! Visited again summer 2004 and beautiful new fluffy towels have appeared, so all possible requirements met (see previous post). Also very smart new french doors installed on to the balconies with - we kid you not - double glazing. Staggered to hear from Irini (if my fractured Greek is right) that Dimitri is 80 this year. He still keeps his extensive fruit & veg garden immaculate. Was slightly surprised and honoured to be embraced by this reserved and proud man 10 minutes after Greece won the European Cup, but I guess that was a once in a lifetime event ! Irini says Dionysos is working in the wine trade in Athens but puts in an appearance from time to time. Booked again for '05 - of course ! Tony Farson & Kath Jones.
Visited again in July 2006. Up to the usual very high standards and nice to meet Dimitri and Irini again. Great holiday despite torrential thunderstorm and hillside fire starting to edge a little close for comfort.
Very sorry to say after visiting Irini 11 times over about 14 years she will not be with an English tour company in 2008. She has decided to go with Dutch Tui - she showed us her contract with much regret. She decided partly because of the continuing low rates from English companies but mainly because Thomson's are now expecting all accommodation owners to be computer savvy and handle communications with the company and room allocations etc via email/internet. When you are a nice old Greek lady of 67 you may not want to go to Argostoli every week for computer training from scratch. Thomson's are generally hugely reducing their rep support to clients and accommodation owners as part of increasing margins on holidays. Families travelling to Skala this year were dropped in the square and given a hand drawn map and told to find their own way to their accommodation, just what you want with suitcases, buggies and young children, having caught the 0600 flight from Manchester.
New for the 2007 season and expanded in 2008 as doing well. No relation to Jerry's Elliniko, as Jerry is one of the commonest names on the island, after the patron saint, Gerasimos.
I'm afraid after praising Victor to the skies here several times we have finally fallen out with him for the same reason as others. After welcoming us on our return in 2009 he flatly ignored our order and brought us the lunchtime fish special. It was a very good fish special, but not the sardines we had ordered. We haven't suffered this before and had always thought he treated us well. He knows we have recommended him on the Net and we have been very frequent visitors in the past - possibly our reduced rate may be why he decided to rip us off. The homely food, views and ambience are still good but buyers should beware.
Tony & Kath