Just come back from a week in White Rocks Bungalows. Had a fantastic week, really quiet and relaxing holiday. The grounds and rooms were all clean and maintained to a good standard. The pool area was clean with lovelly views of the sea. The views all round the grounds were fantastic, lots of shady areas to relax as pine trees all round the grounds.The evening meal was ok, but not the best I've had, so we opted for lunch which was better, I really enjoyed lunch overlooking the beach and out to sea. I wouldn't recommend this hotel for young children so many places for them to climb you will be grey by the end of the week!
This hotel definately has the best location in Lassi and out of the 4 times I have visited it is the best place so far. The private beach is nice and the sunbeds are free, any other beach you are paying stupid prices. I stayed in one of the bungalows which opened onto a garden. The pool is OK and very clean but I never spent much time by the pool with so much to discover! Loved the breakfasts but wasn't keen on the evening meals as I like a chioice so I ate out every night.
Just returned from a wonderful week at White Rocks in Lassi (18/09/04). Excellant hotel and would definately stay there again and we loved Kefalonia so much that another holiday there is a must. We stayed in a sea view room in the main hotel. The staff were all excellent and worked very hard to ensure everyone is looked after to the highest standard. The cleanliness of the hotel was superb and the towels and bed linen changed daily, very soft and smelt of fabric conditioner (always a bonus - like home from home!!). The food was also superb with dinner consisting of 5 courses. Well worth it.
We hired a jeep and toured the whole island and can certainly say that Lassi is the best resort we thought from the places we visited. The beaches in Lassi are probably the best although Myrtos beach was also spectacular and a must see.
The capital of Argostoli is also worth a visit and only 5 euros in a taxi from white rocks. Quite good for shopping and great sales going on too. Sitting in the main square enjoying dinner and watching the world go by was very relaxing. Had a great meal in La Gondola (Italian) 3 courses for 2 people with drinks for 42 euros. Back in Lassi, Zorba's was also a excellent night out with a greek themed night running three times a week. The greek dancing is great fun to watch. So simple bar was probably the most livliest bar in lassi and we enjoyed a few too many cocktails in there, dancing the night away.
The weather was great too with temperatures in the low 30's. Quite cool early morning and on a evening but by 11a.m it's scorching.
We travelled with Argo holidays and found Diane the rep from Argo at the white rocks excellent. Not that we really needed her as the hotel is so efficient. Would most definately travel with Argo again and stay at White Rocks. Perfect relaxing week away. 10/10. Amanda & Lisa.
Returned yesterday,01-08-04 from White Rocks after a wonderful week. Stayed in Bungalow 36, which on arrival, late at night, seemed a little ordinary and basic. However, in the morning, on opening the doors and shutters to the balcony, the sea view, blue sky and brilliant sunshine brought the beauty of the place to life ( and made us glad we'd paid extra). Possibly bungalows 32-35 would have had a slighly better aspect? Rooms were exceptionally clean and we were pleasantly surprised that we saw few insects indoors- perhaps one or two big black ants- and no mosquitoes at all.
Looked at a few other hotels in Lassi and on the west coast and belive that all in all this is the best.
my boyfriend and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the white rocks, and we had a wonderful time.
i would say the best aspects of the hotel are the location, the beaches and the food. even though it was peak season when we were there the hotel never felt over crowded or uncomfortable. the hotel is very clean throughout, and although the rooms were pretty basic they kept cool and sheets and towels were changed daily.
we stayed in the main hotel and not in a bungalow, and we had a land view room which was situated on a fairly busy road (traffic noise wasnt a problem for us, but could be for some). we saw the view from one of the sea view room, which would have been an added bonus.
we would definately go back
Idyllic Location overlooking the best family beach on the island (wide beach) also a tranquil private beach and picturesque pool/bar within hotel grounds.
Typically Greek friendly helpful staff made us feel really welcome, The Fantastic food and service at the restaurant exceeded our expectations.
Our Description to friends at home was of a Greek version of "Sandals" (but without drinks included)
We couldn't fault it and will be returning again next year !
Special Thanks to our friends Stelios and Peter.
WE HAVE JUST BOOKED TWO WEEKS IN A SEA VIEW BUNGALOW AT THE WHITE ROCKS AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPT. CONCERNED ABOUT THE MIXED REVIEWS FOR THESE BUNGALOWS ARE THEY WORTH IT OR IS IT BETTER TO STAY IN THE HOTEL? WE HAVE ALSO BOOKED CAR HIRE ANY VIEWS ON THE BEST PLACES TO EXPLORE?
First stay at White Rocks about to happen early July although this isn't the first trip to Kefallonia. We've booked a sea view bungalow thinking it would offer a little more privace/peace than the main hotel. Is that a good move and does anyone know if they vary at all? Are the bungalows any larger than the hotel rooms? Help would be much appreciated.
Never stayed there but stayed in Lassi and all I can say is that the approach route to the Airport is directly over the Hotel
Which bungalows are the best to stay in. And what are there numbers? Also is the picture of the room in the Lunn Poly Brochure one of the Hotel room or Bunglaow?
I am staying at the White Rocks this September and have booked a bungalow. Can someone give two room numbers for two garden bungalows that have fantastic sea views plenty of sunshine and near to the beach and have good size balconys.
Are the bunglows better then the rooms in the Hotel.
Can anyone tell me if the picture of the room in the Thompson brochure is of the Bunglaow or on of the main rooms Hotel?
After booking a holiday with Thompsons through Lunn Poly to Kefalonia,our third visit twice to White Rocks Hotel, my husband was diagnosed with a condition which mean't he had to have gluten free food; dilemma do we cancel the much needed holiday or take a chance he would be able to get his meal requirements Thompsons could only put in a recommendation for the special meal requirements,we went ahead with the holiday.Spoke to receptions Manager on our arrival about the above, we cannot praise the Chef and his team highly enough for their care and thoughfulness, with my husbands meals nothing was to much trouble for the Chef or dinning room staff, the hotel was completely full at the time,we can only say thankyou to Maria Rose and Terry,for making our holiday complete, not forgetting the house keeping staff. Incidently we just asked the dinning room Manager if we could have a table outside on the balcony not a problem
Spent two weeks at the hotel - returned 10/10/03.
Hotel rather old fashioned.External appearance rather stark and harsh.The exterior looks like a concrete built prison. However it gets better once inside.(Although the passageways to the rooms in the hotel were dark and dingy).The rooms were clean but in need of refurbishment.We booked a sea view -room 305- it did have a good view but other people we spoke with sea views moved to the bungalows, as there was no sea view only pine trees.Do book a sea veiw as the rooms facing the the road are noisy.The interior and exterior are in dire need of modernisation. The hotel was built in 1974 and is in a time warp.I suspect the owners keep it that way as alot of their clients are regulars!
On arrival be nice but firm to the old maitre'd. otherwise he will give you a poor table in the dining room. Tell him you want a table on the terrace as you have a bad heart and the heat in the dining room will kill you ! (I saw elderly people fanning themselves in the dining room !)
Breakfast is buffet style - not very exciting - no changes in our two weeks. Tea/coffee/fruits juices - waiter only service - slow and you have pester them for seconds! Evening meal is ok -(you only have a very limited choice)-waiter service only.The same meal is repeated again the next week and becomes boring so occasionaly go to reception for lunch tickets which again is nothing to write home about.
The good news is that the staff are friendly. The hotel is certainly not an A class but the grounds and the views make up for it. The private beach is a waste of time - it was at the end of September-strewn with boulders and not much sand. The public beach beneath the hotel is very good. The next beach along - the long beach is even better - decent loungers and brollies. It has a good restaurant and has toilets.
The evenings can get boring although there is a piano bar! Once a week they bring in an octogenarian by ambulance to provide music !Take a taxi to Argosoli (5 euro). Nice bars, restaurants and relaxing.We did not hire a car. Some of the roads are not for the faint hearted ! Would recommend the organised tours.
Yes - we did enjoy our holiday!!Had some good laughs !!
Just returned back on the 21st September. Had a very enjoyable holiday at the White Rocks and every aspect of the holiday was excellent! The Hotel was spotlessly clean throughout and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We were one of the fortunate ones to dine outside on the terrace, and the food was fantastic, the choice was good and they catered for all tastes. The swimming pool in my opinion was the best part of the hotel, it was very clean and peacefull with breathtaking views across the ocean. We could not fault the hotel at all (And we are well traveled with high expectations). Anyone wishing to stay in Lassi must stay at the White Rocks. Thankyou also to Justin the Thomas Cook rep, he was very helpful and knowlegable. Austin Bird and Sarah Houghton
We have just booked a holiday to the White Rocks hotel for Sept 2004,and have been very interested in all of the varied comments,we have booked a bungalow with a sea view and are a bit concerned as they don,t seem to be very highly recommended,we would be glad of any further info on them as we might be tempted to change to a hotel room with a sea view.many thanks.
I spent one week at the White Rocks Hotel during the start of September. I know the Greek islands quite well, therefore I was expecting something pretty basic, which it was to a certain extent! The foyer of the hotel looked like it hadn't been redecorated since Saturday Night Fever was out in the cinema, but saying that it was extremely clean and taking the size of the hotel in to account, the cleanliness remained like this throughout.
Once again, the rooms were basic, however kept spotless and sheets were changed daily.
The hotel was like a samll village, the walk from the White Rocks beach to the main beach was almost magical, expecially in the evening when everything was lit up.
The hotel dining area was ok, this is only if you managed to get a table outside, which will remain your table until you leave, you have to be nice to the waiters for this on your first night though!
Breakfast was alright, cerial, fruit etc.. We ate dinner at the hotel on the first night and it was truly the worst meal I think I have ever eaten. I felt like I was in a school canteen. The food was all frozen, even the chips! This was dissapointing because the Greeks are famous for their fresh foods. That was the last and only night we ate there. We then just swapped our eveing meals for lunch, which were salads etc.. things you can' go wrong with really! I just couldn't understand people who chose to eat in the resturant every night and would not explore the exquisit resturants on the island, just because they had paid for an awful meal!
Lassie is the local village, which has some nice resturants, the Olive Press is worth going too. Agostoli is only a 10 min drive, so its worth going there to eat most nights. There is a good selection of resturants and bars. It is a beautiful layout and very cosmopolitan. Excellent jewellery shops.
I had a wonderful holiday and wish I could have spent more that a week, as there is so much to see on this island!
Returned from Kefalonia on Sunday 14th Sept and had a fantastic time. My best friend went out there to get married and most of our party stayed at White Rocks. There isnt much that I can find fault about my only major problem was that I was the only single person (therefore only needed room for 1).I got the worse room you could get, so if anybody is offered room 204 when they get there asked to be moved, the laundry is based underneath the room and it starts at about 7.15am till about 3.30pm and does sometimes stay on longer. However I asked to be moved and found the staff extremley friendly and very helpful and they moved me as soon as they has a spare room. Nothing was too much trouble. Food is good although if you are staying for 2 weeks the menu does tend to get quite boring, but the portions are good. They offer a lunch ticket in exchange of your evening meal if you want a meal out - I highly recommend the Monte Nero - this was where the wedding reception was held - the food was brillant with lots of it - you have to go just to try the meatballs. Yum Yum!!. Would reccomend that you hire a car that way you get to see so many pretty sites.
If going to Argostoli look out for turtles they come right up to the harbour wall.
I would go again and if you are thinking of going then White Rocks is a good hotel to stay at.
We have just returned from a trip to kefalonia, staying at the White Rocks Hotel. We had an excellent time. The hotel was lovely and the staff extremely pleasant and helpful. The food was delicious and the meals enormous, also, the hotel is situated a short walk from the centre of lassi and so if you fancied going out for a meal there are some lovely restaurants there where you could eat. The hotel was right on the beach which was good. There are two beaches belonging to the White Rocks, one a private beach for guests only and the other beach which the public can go to. We spent most of our time on the private beach as it was closer to the hotel and a little cooler. the White Rocks Hotel was a lovely place to stay, all the rooms were clean and air conditioned. We couldn't fault it! I would also recomend anyone who is visiting Kefalonia to go on some trips around the island. There are so many beautiful places to see. However, if you're going on a coach tour dont forget your travel sickness tablets as the roads are very twisty!
We went to White Rocks and stayed in the bungalows in 2002, with a semi-sea view, but right next to the pool! It was my first time in Greece and it was our honeymoon, we couldn't have picked a nicer place. The hotel has a private beach that always has sun beds free. There is a little snack bar near the pool, the food is not that great but its just snacks. We stayed on halfboard and found the food great, our waiter was really nice, the fact that food did sometimes take a while did not bother us cos we were on holiday! On halfboard you can ask to swap dinner for lunch just tell them in the morning and its self service and the dining area has amazing views of the main beach in lassi.
Our room was pretty basic but clean, AC was fine bit old, but we were hardly in the room really, we got a fridge with a mini bar in the room and ended up just getting some drinks from the supermarket and keeping it there. I can imagine that the rooms in the main hotel can get quite noisy as the hotel is huge!!
The resort centre is only about a 10 minute walk away, but a killer walk from about 10am cos its soooo hot! Taxis to Argostoli are easy to find and its about £2.00 and they run all night so its ok to go clubbing! There are plenty of restuarants and pub/clubs in Lassi, but its not a loud resort, we were totally relaxed the whole time.
The hotel is on a cliff face so after a day in the sun it gets tiring walking up the staircase back to the hotel! But anyways we had a great time would recommend it to anyone. I'm so jealous of anyone going there now ;-)
Does anybody know whether you can swap your evening meal for lunch if you go halfboard???
We've just returned from the White Rocks hotel in Lassi. We had an inland view room, which we found to be noisy even in the middle of the night! The decor was very basic, lighting was poor. The air conditioning was pretty old-fashioned, was not particularly effective, and was noisy. The safe in the room was very handy, however. 3rd floor corridors were really dark and depressing, with bare lightbulbs hanging, half of which didn't even work.
The hotel has a great location, with stunning views. The pool is very nice, as are the beaches. Plentiful supply of free sunbeds!
The food was good- when it came! the waits between courses were sometimes incredibly long because it's all silver-service. The vegetarian options got very boring. Lunches are nice, and you do have the option of swapping your evening meal for that instead. Lassi has some very nice tavernas etc.
Staff were generally very helpful, with the exception of a cleaner who smoked in my room and left ashes in my sink....
You have to use steps to get anywhere, in and out of the hotel.
Overall a very pleasant hotel to stay at. Stunning location boasts a private beach, stunning sea views (although many views are obscured by big fir trees!), and the relaxing 'corner' bar to see the sun set with a chilled cocktail (5 euros a pop, fairly reasonable).
Breakfast is nicely varied, cereals, fruit and fry up options ensure a two week stay doesnt become too boring for choice. 7/10 Watch out for 'nick nack', a nick name I personally gave one of the staff. She's short, very industrious and tended to get in my way every time I went up for a cheeky second plate of bacon. If you have seen the James bond movie 'Man with the Golden Gun' you will know what im talking about. "Mr SCARAMOUNGA"!!!
Dinner consists of a four course meal which is more than ample. Did notice vegetarian options are quite limited, some nights the only main course option of two being pork or chicken! That will be just the carrot soup and a roll for a veggie then! 8/10
Tips, hassle the white haired guy (main waiter) on your first night for a decent seat. By this I mean a seat outside. It will be yours for the duration of the holiday, you will have a very nice view. If you get stuck inside it can be a little uninspiring.
Give the corner bar a visit, superb views nice cocktails
BIG big tip, do not book a room facing the road. Opt for the slighty pricier 'sea view' rooms. A little extra but well well worth it. My room faced the busy main road, and was bloody noisey! Note 'sea view' rooms as mentioned earlier do not guarantee a sea view, due to the many tress on site, but at least road noise will be a minimum.
If you change travellers cheques at recption, note they will take 1 euro commission for each cheque
In conclusion, i strongly advise you stay at the hotal - but please make sure you dont book a room near the main road, you will regret it, trust me!
The hotel was very clean unfortunately we could not get a sea view, despite this the noise was not too bad. Like other people we found you have to have been there for at least 6 years to qualify for a balcony room. The head waiter seemed to be constantly making comments under his breath after he had shown people to their tables this caused us some amusement which was just as well as the delay between courses was unbelievable, on the last night we arrived at 1740 and paid the bill at 2100. This is a great pity as everything else is absolutely perfect
Just returned from two weeks in the White Rocks. The hotel and grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The bedrooms were typical of a Greek hotel - one quibble - the air conditioning was not very effective and quite noisy. The majority of the staff were wonderful -they appear to be able to retain the same staff season after season. Particularly wonderful were the reception staff, the staff in the pool bar, the housekeeping staff and the female staff in the dining room. Others - in particular the staff in the main bar took efficiency to the point of rudeness. Nothing specific but you just got the impression that by ordering a drink you were making their lives difficult. Two of the waiters in the dining room were unwilling to engage in any form of conversation with us. This could be because on the first morning at breakfast my fried asked for tea. The waiter confirmed he would bring it but it was more than 20 minutes later when it arrived - in the meantime he had gone round partically the entire dining room with coffee, juices and even brought tea to the people at the next table but ignored my friends "excuse me". When the tea eventually arrived there was no apology but a comment about how busy he was. The other waiter started wearing glasses one evening a few days after we arrived. When I was signing for the wine I commented on this and he said "Yes, now I'm very busy". We didn't let this lack of courtesy spoil our holiday. As I said a wonderful hotel, most of the guests have been coming for years, very few children, gorgeous private beach, fabulous breakfasts but the evening meals were not all that great (one evening the choice for the main course was between beef and grilled salmon. I had the beef the previous week and decided to have the salmon this time. I saw salmon being brought to other tables but when mine arrived the plate was put down and the waitress said "fish". The fish was some sort of fresh water fish like perch and bore no resemblance to salmon. If I had been told that the salmon was gone I would have selected the beef rather than this overcooked, vile tasting fish. If you want to go this summer try to get a bargain and don't be put off by travel agents telling you that the hotel is fully booked all season - tourism on the island is down about 40% and Panorama (part of My Travel) have cancelled their packages after 31st August.