Maria Anna Hotel

Accommodation in Lourdas

      
Philippa B

We have booked an inland view room with Olympic Holidays (arriving this Sunday 14/06/15) as this was all they had available. Is it possible to request/ upgrade to a sea view room?

Lyn P          10/10

 
We went back to this hotel at the end of June for the 3rd year and once again had a wonderful holiday on this beautiful island.  Jenny, Gregori and Peter were as lovely as ever and the Mousaka we had (made by Grgori's fair hands!) was the best we have ever tasted.  This family can't do enough for all their guests which is why we love going back (something in all the years of foreign holidays that we have never done before).  Rhianon the Olympic Rep is the best rep we have every experienced and she makes all her guests feel special. 
 
Olympic's web-site is odd - one minute the hotel was not being shown for next year - the next minute it is available.  Have to say last year we booked in Nov for the following June as thought the price would be better the earlier we booked - checked the prices for the next few months and could actually have saved money if we had booked around April so be warned!

Kate W          10/10

We have just returned from stunning Kefalonia and already want to be back there..well didnt want to leave really!!! We had a fantastic time at the Maria Anna,Jenny and Gregori cant do enough for you. We had one of 3 ground floor rooms but it had a sea view and was level with the garden. I think there are only 4 rooms that do not have sea views. Lovely clean pool with sun beds,brollies and sea views and also a pool bar.We hired a car and visited most of the island although didnt get to see Ithaca...good excuse to go again.Drive to Lixouri and Xi beach then take ferry (with car/2people for 8.10 euros back to Argostoli)runs every 30 mins approx. 

 Plenty of good places to eat.. Inopolis on the corner by hotel has wonderful views and if you travel with Olympic, the reps meeting is held there and you get a 15% discount card. Rhianon the rep is a gem, well done girl.There is a BBQ on Saturday night at the hotel for 12 euros which is well worth the money..plenty of meat,potatoes tzatziki and salad,followed by a quiz...which we won with Adam and Karen..(Hi you 2) On Mondays Jenny does a free meal for guests who have stayed there...thank you jenny and Gregori...we had a wonderful time.Stunning views  and plenty of places to visit...we went to Dragaroti caves, Mellisani lake, Rombola winery(buy it at the airport...its cheaper) St Gerasimos monastery (paintings on ceiling are beautiful) OOOOOHHHHHHH just GO and ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!We loved Kefalonia and the Maria Anna!!!!!

Lyn P          10/10

 
We have recently returned from 2 wonderful weeks in Kefalonia, staying at this hotel for the second time.  This year we were lucky enough to have a top floor room and the views are just wonderful to wake up to every morning.  The hotel have installed air conditioning since our last visit which was well worth paying for as the temperatures were very high for mid June.
 
Grigoris & Jenny, the owners, make everyone welcome and along with their son Peter and Lee who works for them they all make sure that all the guests are happy and nothing seems to be too much trouble. (Grigoris makes a wicked cheese/bacon omelet for breakfast at no extra charge!)
 
I would just like to add that we had almost been put off going to the Maria Anna last year after reading Linda Freestone's comments on this site (I'm glad we chose to ignore them).  Imagine our surprise when during the first week of our holiday the lady in question turned up to stay at the hotel so what was all that about!!!!!!!!  Ah well some people just enjoy complaining I suppose whereas we just make the most of our 2 weeks away from work!
 
Rhianon the Olympic Rep is an angel and we enjoyed lots of chats about the island with her and Martin from CBR - thank you both so much.
 
Wish we were back there now (especially as at the time of writing it is raining hard outside the window)!!

Lynn C

i just wanted to add that to get the most out of your hoiliday and see all the island has to ofer you must hire a car  it works out cheaper and you have a fun packed day

Lynn C          10/10

hi all my new mates !! well all the people i annoyed while staying at maria anna hotel lovely hotel and nice people who run it nothing was too much trouble for them the earth shaked for me too ha ha will definetly go back you know who you are we had a good week and a good laugh love nuty lynn xxxx.

Price S          9/10

 We have just enjoyed a last minute girlie week here and after the initial shock that Lourdas was quiet and peaceful - we had a fantastic time, after all, a holiday is what you make it. 

With a great view and fantastic staff the Maria Anna was a pleasant surprise!!  We did the BBQ quiz, grew bionic legs after walking down to the beach each day and drank plenty of local wine each evening at the pool side bar!!  As it was a small hotel, we got to know all the residents and Polly kitten very well. 
 
I'd definately come back here again.  So 'Hi' to Lee, Gregory, Jenny and Polly, thanks for making the earth move for us with those exciting - but scary earthquakes ha, ha. 
 
Maybe we'll see you all again one day.  We loved Kefalonia and both came home with Kefa-mania!!
 
Have a great summer guys, keep cooking those yummy omelettes.
 
Best wishes to you all 'The Sarah's' xx

Luke G

Can i just start by saying never better. Ive been going to kefalonia specifically Lourdas for 11 years every year and im still only 18.

Linda F

  Mmmmm ????!!!!! Now then, where do I start???  Just returned from the Maria Anna Hotel in Lourdas.

To say it was basic is very true, I quite like watching Fawlty Towers, but, not too keen on staying in a place just like it. I will explain, you see, I like clean sheets and clean towels, well towels of any description would have been useful. To get clean sheets I used to strip the bed myself and put them outside my room, we also paid the maid a few euros for clean towels (they were hand towels) but they were better than nothing!!!
Not keen on plugs hanging off walls and chip board for wardrobes and shelving to put your undies on (kept getting clicked) A nice warm shower seemed too much to ask for, I know it was hot, I did understand that, but its nice to have hot water to get a lather with your shampoo!!! A spike from the floor near the balcony obviously designed to close the doors on had to be avoided at all costs, as it did cut one of the guests feet.
Anyway enought I hear you say, but, I must go on!! We put up and shut up with this until the last day of the holiday which was in fact my Birthday.  I was refused some ICE because I had not bought a drink at the bar, I pleaded and eventually got some.
BUT ............ the straw that broke the camels back completely and utterly was ..... we went to the room to have a shower before going out for my birthday meal and there were no towels, my Husband popped down to Reception to ask again for them to be told .... there are no clean towels in the hotel, can you not use one of your beach towels!!! We did, we had to, they were packed at the bottom of our suitcase ready for travelling home the next day???!!!!
I rest my case.  Linda Freestone 

Joseph K           

This place is awesome!

Just spent 2 weeks there with my partner and we had the best holiday ever. The location is amazing, with a sea view from the balcony each morning. This view is continued when relaxing around the pool and looking down the mountain to the ocean.
The staff were friendly and accomodating. The Greek owner and family were there most of the time and, as with all Kef residents, were welcoming and personable. They allowed us to borrow a parasol from reception when we visited Kinali beach (you must go there). The bar staff were great, Geordie Lee and a few Eastern European girls...
Breakfast was fine and the snacks served at poolside bar were just enough. .
Thoroughly recommend this place.
 
BBQ is a must too!

Sarah T           

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 what was a worrying for?? ive just got back and that was the best holiday ive had in years!! deffinatly go to the hotel if you are planning to go to lourdas. the staff at the hotel are amazing and so helpful. the rooms were basic but clean and bed sheets were changed everyday. the pool area is clean and the water was always clear. the bar meals are simple but filling and cheap. the drinks are also cheaper than bars around the resort. try "the greek island taverna" or "la mer" or "afrodites grill" for evening meals. this is a quiet place and the bar is only loud on a monday and thursday night- monday being cocktail and pool party night and thursday is the quiz- you dont have to take part in these and the music cannot easily be heard from all room, maybe one or two at the most. try and book a room with a sea view. it is amazing.

overall a brilliant holiday and i would deffinatly go back to liurdas and the maria-anna hotel. thank you to all the staff and people around lourdas for making this such a wonderful experience!

Sarah T           

Hi. i am going to the Maria Anna Hotel in three days with my family. i have just read the comments made by the two girls which claim to have been sexually assulted. can someone please put my mind at rest asap and assure me that their stay at this hotel had no trouble of this kind or any kind at all. please please put my mind at rest! thank you

Claire T           

Hi there everyone,

We have not long come back from the Maria Anna Hotel in Lourdas.......
It was absolutely lovely!
 
I have been reading some of the comments on this web page and am quite honestly discusted by what I have read. How sad do you have to be to submit such rubbish!
 
The hotel was brilliant, and the view from our balcony was fantastic - breath taking.
 
We were meeted outside the hotel by Ross, who, can I just say is one of the friendliest people we have ever met. He made our stay comfortable, homely and welcoming.
 
The room was clean and tidy, and the maid came in daily to change sheets and towels. The floors were clean and the bathroom was spotless.
 
The pool was extremely clean and the poolside bar was fabulous. There was a wide choice of food at lunch time and wide selection of drinks (generous measures!!!!!!)
 
Everyone at the hotel was helpful and friendly.
I would like to mention Anna.......She was there during the day, until about 4.30pm when Ross took over, and she served food at lunch time, served the breakfasts, and managed the Bar.
 
Ross mainly looked after us, giving us advice on when to visit on the Island and what Tavernas to eat in..........and at night back at the hotel, we had a fantastic time, drinking and laughing.
 
There are lots of lovely restaurants close to the hotel..................The pink restaurant on the corner by the hotel !!!!!!  Casa Del Blue (The blue restaurant) and the orange restaurant!!!
 
 
I would strongly recommend this accommodation as it is all of the above, and more.
The staff are brilliant and the accommodation is in a great location and is superbly kept.
 
 
Ignore all rubbish left on this web page and give it a try......
 
 
Claire Theobald and Gregg Hackers
Kent

Lorne J

Do thay have safe deposit box's at the maria ann hotel as we are visting soon

Michele T           

We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Maria Anna and had a great time. Last year we had stayed at the property next door and were very surprised to see Anna who last year worked behind the bar next door, was now working at the Maria Anna. Both Anna and Ross are so helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them. Gregory the owner is also very friendly and cooks a mean barbeque! The rooms are quite small but very clean. They have fridges but we did not have any tea making facilities. This is not really a problem as the bar sells tea and coffee as well as the usual and great food. The only down side to this hotel are the vines which cover the outside of the building, especially the balconies. They are not difficult to remove as my hubby pulled some down with his hands. I did mention it to the Olympic rep so i hope she will pass that on. Anyone going to this hotel will have a great stay, but you do need a car if you are going to make the most of the island. One thing the rep didnot mention was the risk of jellyfish. My hubby got stung in the sea on a beach near the airport. They are not harmful but he said it was quite painful for a few hours.

John S

I would be interested to know if the Maria Elena Hotel in Lourdas has air-con facilities availaible in the rooms as I will be there from June26 this year for 2 Weeks!

Wyndham J           

Michele,we had tea/coffee facilities in our rooms,and only half of the rooms face the sea,my kids were in the room above us.Ask for a sea facing room on the top floor and you won't go far wrong.Enjoy,it's a cracking place(i'm green with envy),Wyn Jones.

Wyndham J           

My family and i stayed at this hotel in July of 2004,for 2 weeks and had a wonderfultime,my daughter of 17 made good friends,with Ross the young guy that works there,my 2 boys 14 and 11,had a great time,Lana is a lovely person "the greatest russian i know",which was what i referred to her as.Gregory is a smashing bloke,Jenny his wife,lovely too,and Panayoutis their son(nicknamed Frankie,by my boys),played together with us in the pool all the time,the hotel was fairly basic but very clean,the rooms were cleaned every day,beds made,the pool was clean,the guests were english in the main,and easy to befriend as it wasn't over crowded.The breakfast was o.k. a little basic and repetetive,but filling and did the job,the overall atmosphere was very laid back,and nothing was too much trouble,we were there the night Greece won Euro 2004,Gregory broke out the beers,what a night,great memories,a beautiful island,hire a car there's plenty of it to see,i would not hesitate to go back,my kids said it was totally unlike Florida the previous year,but they enjoyed Kefalonia more.(the reason i've posted so late,is we've only just discovered this site)

Michele T           

We stayed at the property next door to the Maria Anna last year, but this year we are going to the Maria Anna. Can anyone tell me if there are tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms?, and also do all rooms have a sea view? We really loved Lourdas and cant wait to go back. Any idea what the temperature will be like the first 2 weeks of july?

 
Michele

Rob            

You get what you pay for! This is not a luxury hotel and doesnít promote itself as such. It should be judged on that basis.
The Maria Anna and the staff provided every thing we expected and more. Lana was a helpful and enthusiastic Manager.
Canít comment on what has gone on before but there was absolutely no problems at the hotel when we visited Sept 2004.
The poolside bar was great, food pretty good, plenty of drink choices.
The view from the room was superb. The room was reasonably clean - well the maid scared us a bit!
The bar got a little noisy some nights but overall was relatively quiet considering people were on holiday and out to enjoy themselves (which we certainly did).
There are plenty of good restaurants in the area, and also four supermarkets that were very handy. We liked the Le Mar best for the quality of the food although the service was better in some of the other Tavernas
A couple of tips:- Mind your step! Several people went a*se over t*t, tripping on badly maintained roads or on the walks down tracks to the beaches. Also BIG tip - the water closets in the rooms 'trickle' which you can hear during the quiet of night, which can be annoying - the trick is to turn off the water to the cistern buy turning the tap on the feeder pipe. (Just donít forget to turn it back on again in the morning!)
We would recommend this as a cheap holiday destination.

Rob E           

You get what you pay for! This is not a luxury hotel and doesnít promote itself as such. It should be judged on that basis.
The Maria Anna and the staff provided every thing we expected and more. Lana is a helpful and enthusiastic Manager.
Canít comment on what has gone on before but there was absolutely no problems at the hotel when we visited Sept 2004.
The poolside bar was great, food pretty good, plenty of drink to choose from.
The view from the room was superb. The room was reasonably clean - well the maid scared us a bit!
The bar got a little noisy some nights but overall was relatively quiet considering people were on holiday and out to enjoy themselves (which we certainly did).
There are plenty of good restaurants in the area, and also four supermarkets that were very handy. We liked the Le Mar best for the quality of the food although the service was better in some of the other Tavernas
A couple of tips:- Mind your step! Several people went a*se over tip, tripping on badly maintained roads or on the walks down tracks to the beaches. Also BIG tip - the water closets in the rooms 'trickle' which you can hear during the quiet of night, which can be annoying - the trick is to turn off the water to the cistern by turning the tap on the feeder pipe. (Just donít forget to turn it back on again in the morning!)
We would recommend this as a cheap holiday destination.

Karl &           

We have just returned from a fantastic week at the Maria Anna Hotel. We would like to thank both Lana and Ross for making our stay such a pleasure. The pool was a good size and not too crowded. the rooms are small and would certainly benefit from a ceiling fan, as they do get very hot at night. We enjoyed all the food we had and a different meal of the day is described on a blackboard in reception each day at very reasonable prices. The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis. The atmosphere is very friendly, and as all the guests are English, making friends was very easy. The relaxed setting of the pool bar was enjoyed by several guests from neighbouring apartments, but at no time was it overcrowded or rowdy. Please disregard comments from last year, as all the staff and owners are new. If we were to return to Loudas, we would not hesitate to choose the Maria Anna...Recommended.

John C           

We stayed here on a late deal, and do not wish to stay here again, the place was old and in need of refurbishment. we give this place 4/10 we did visit next door the Antoneer and the Fiona which both had swimming pools. We liked Lourdas and will come back, we did our drinking in the Muzes Bar and Astra, and we tried most of the resturants.

Tanya            

What a fab little hotel, clean rooms, nice seaview balconies, fridge in the room and permanent hot water for your showers! The pool and pool bar is a great little place to be day or night, serving good food at any time and the breakfast here is good. Lana is a fantastic hostess and basically runs the hotel. The hotel is in a good location close to three supermarkets, two bars and about eight restaurants at the top of Lourdas. The trek to the beaches downhill is ok but coming back is a bit of a struggle even for the fittest in the blazing sunshine! On the road down from the hotel is the goat-track which takes you the prettiest and most scenic route to the beach as it does provide a little shade and a natural spring at the top to drink once you've arrived there! I would definetly go back to Maria Anna. Everywhere/everyone gets bad press at one time or another so it's not unusual to hear bad things after all everyones opinions are different. Also, The management at the hotel has changed since last year. Excel airways are fine so are Olympic, however we had little contact with the rep as we didn't want to do any tours etc. Only one word of warning, for your flight home, when you arrive at the airport, we had to queue to check in, outside the airport, in the blazing sunshine for 50 minutes as the airport is tiny!!

Christina P           

I thought it necessary to add my comment to this site after almost cancelling my holiday to the maria anna hotel because of the comments i read after booking it. Can i firstly say, i am so glad i DID NOT cancel. Obviously after reading this site i was, shall we say anxious, but decided to give it a go and find out for ourselves. i was more than pleasantly surprised. The accomodation was perfect, beautiful views, a clean, well sized pool, a bar with snacks, the maids came in every day, a choice of breakfasts, friendly and helpful staff; everything we could have wished for!!! I never even heard of anyone called Yannis!

The beach is absolutely gorgeous, a bit of hike but definately worth it. I would recommend hiring a car from CBR (only book when you get there as it is on the main road and booking through Olympic was a bit of a hassle). The Island is only small and you could easily travel the whole place and see so many different beautiful places.

The best restaurant we found was the Oinopolis, right next to the Maria Anna Hotel. There are lots to chose from on the main road but we found this one to have the best food, prices and service (all the restaurants get very busy after about 8pm so if you don't want to wait for your meal eat earlier).

Please do not go off the bad things that have been written on this site, this a great family run business with many qualities, see it for yourself!