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Skiathos Princess Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Agia Paraskevi 37002, Greece   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Agia Paraskevi
Gloucestershire England
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“Fabulous Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Skiathos Princess The accommodation was lovely, we had a junior suite, it was so spacious and modern with lovely sea views
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis so the only meal we had was the breakfast buffet which provided a wide choice of hot and cold food and lovely fresh juice.
Any negatives? The hotel is popular for weddings, and sometimes the hotel can be taken over by large groups of guests who can be very loud. The hotel can also be invaded by wedding guests not staying at the hotel putting their own towels down on the sunbed. This didn’t really interfere with our hols thou
The hotel is by bus stop 16 it’s just a 1.60 Euro ride into town to enjoy the lovely places to eat in Skiathos town, we ate at 1901, Marias and also To Palouki plus many more
As has been said, the busses can get crowded so get off at bus stop 4 going into town and walk down Papadiamanti St to the front, passing lots of lovely shops on the way
Whilst in skiathos we hired a quad bike, definitely the best way to explore the island, so much fun finding lots of lovely deserted beaches
I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. This is our second visit to Skiathos, last year we stayed at the Troulos Bay Hotel that was awful!
.But we thought it was a very good hotel. And the staff was fantastic. And we would go back

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rustington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband & I had two weeks here and unfortunately I was not in the best of health as my back went into spasm, the Hotel and our rep: could not do enough for us, after reporting to the Reception and our lovely rep:we had a doctor within 20 minuets. I was able to walk about after a few days and we made the most of our holiday.This Hotel is perfect great food freshly cooked English as well as Greek the gardens were a delight we can not fault this Hotel one little bit...These other reviews cannot have been in the same place or just plain fussy....

Room Tip: All good rooms well presented and clean
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The gardens and beach are gorgeous. However we were very disappointed with our very dated room, it was described as a suite, trust me it wasn't. The bathroom was dreadful and the shower on the wrong wall over the bath was downright dangerous. We couldn't sleep if the aircon was on as it was so very noisy.The breakfasts were adequate. We heard some people say that the drinks at the bars were expensive, we thought they were good value for money. There isn't any security and while the private beach has signs that the loungers are for the use of hotel guests only, this was regularly ignored. There were girls constantly trawling the beach looking to give "massages" they were clearly untrained, if the examples we saw of their technique was anything to go by. The hotel were informed of this and were in agreement that it shouldn't be allowed (the hotel have a full spa service of their own) but nothing was done to deter them. Having said all of this the fabulous, friendly staff can't be faulted and the hotel deserve the 5th * for them alone.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The main draw when choosing the Skiathos Princess was the private beach and a great beach it is. The umbrellas are quite close together - they could improve the beach experience by losing a few of the umbrellas and thus allowing guests to spread out a bit more. The beach waiters / waitresses were a great addition.
The beach restaurant (Pr. Ammos) was great - fresh fish daily that you could select.The staff were very attentive, and the food was delicious.
We stayed in a deluxe double room which was on the top floor, allowing great views out to sea. The only slight drawback was the noise from the buses going past as the door to our room was max 20 metres from the road; however, the air conditioning helped drown this out and it never stopped us from sleeping. The TV was a bit ancient and the available channels quite disappointing but then again, we weren't there to sit around and watch TV so not a massive problem.
Apart from one dinner at the beach restaurant, we ate out ever night so can't review the restaurants. Taxis from the hotel into Skiathos town and old town varied from 10-12 Euros each way - definitely worth it. We would often see hoards of people watching full buses go past, who knows how long they would wait for the next one to come along!
Overall the hotel could do with a little TLC but we would definitely return. The WIFI was very sketchy and that definitely needs to be sorted. Also, don't ask the hotel to book you a taxi as the drivers are on "island time" and also cheaper just to hail one (although if there is a spare seat you may end up sharing with others along the way!)

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We received a week's stay (half-board basis) as a wedding gift and thus were able to take full advantage of all of the facilities at Skiathos Princess. However, as our visit occurred in September, which is the end of their annual tourism season, our experience might not be typical.
First, we were pleasantly surprised at our sleek check-in and that our room/suite was BETTER than the online descriptions and photos. The noisy A/C was cancelled out by the very comfortable bed. The horrible old analog TV with worse reception and channel selection similarly was cancelled out by the extensive wardrobes and dual facility en-suite.
Second, the staff were warm, welcoming, interactive, and genuinely pleased to serve us at every interaction the entire week. This is no small feat, given that they work 12-hour days, 7 days a week, for 6 months straight! Some of their skills need polishing (in particular, wine pouring, from all of them), but this didn't greatly impact our stay.
Third, the food in the buffets was fresh, plentiful, mostly tasty, and with reasonable variety for a resort. The carvery is excellent; the desserts mostly miss-able. The real secret is to apply the dinner credit to a meal in one of the two restaurants (Italian or grill): better atmosphere and better food for almost the same money. Try the mushroom ravioli in truffle sauce or the seafood risotto. The main problem with all of the dining is the awful wine list. It features Greek and organic wines to the exclusion of other, vastly better options, and has a limited (if reasonably priced) by-the-glass selection. Moreover, the only sparkling glass options are a sickly-sweet Asti or a Moet that costs nearly as much as a bottle does at retail. A major failure of the week.
Fourth, the non-dining facilities are a good attempt but need improvement. The gym is small but up-to-date, although there was no obvious studio nor a locker room. The watersports rentals were adequate if effortful to arrange. We really enjoyed Stand-up Paddleboarding - but this would have been much better had the instructor not left the resort a month prior! The main embarrassment in this category is the spa. During my body treatment, I was given zero- to minimal explanations, which resulted in me waiting in the cold post-shower until I ventured out to nudge the staff. An "express" manicure took over 45 minutes and wouldn't have included cuticle tidying if I hadn't insisted. In addition, it started bubbling within 24 hours. The "spa" pedicure had nothing spa about it and actually gave less service than my local salon; worse was the bench made of tile that I had to perch on the whole time! The only spa products that I wanted to buy were out of stock because of the season end, and they didn't even sell the lovely shampoo and body wash that feature in the guest rooms.
Lastly, the hotel claims to be the only 5-star on Skiathos Island. Unfortunately, this is not true as the Princess is resolutely 4-star; however, it is obviously the best on the island. If one's expectations had been at the right level, then this property would have met them.
My primary recommendation to the hotel would be not to scale back on staff, supplies, and services just because the presumed peak of August has passed: prices in September are still high - too high for what you provide - and those guests deserve the same quality.
My main note to future guests is that although the hotel presents itself as the height of luxury, the reality is that it is a very good hotel, which has a majority clientele of older, and package-holiday guests. You might choose to avoid this, or you might consider it a mark of quality: either way, be prepared to share your escape in this way.
Overall, if we were to return to Skiathos Island, we would likely stay at the Princess for all of the above reasons, and hope for improvements in order to keep its 4 stars and endeavor to earn a 5th.

Room Tip: The noise from the bar (more live music than voices) is loud even through the glass sliding door, so...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Enjoyed 2 superb sunny weeks at beginning of September. I can only reiterate what previous guests have reported in that it is hard to fault any aspects of the hotel. The staff were particularly friendly and helpful which helped to make the holiday. Good access to other parts of the island using bus service from outside hotel 1 euro 60 to anywhere. Food very good in A la Carte locations and buffet very good most of the time although some times more Haut Canteen rather than Haut Cuisine but we could always find something good to eat. Meze particularly good.

Room Tip: Some sea view rooms give you a glimpse of the sea rather than a full view and get sun early. Non sea...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SOUTHAMPTON
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

.....hotels you would wish to find on a beautiful island coastline. We spent two weeks there and it is worth itemising each plus point. In our experience the following points were true for our stay there -
(1)Location...on the beach side of the main south-coast road, so from your room you can stroll down to the beach or walk to the bus-stop for the service into Skiathos town without crossing the main road. It is about 20 mins by bus either to the town or to the Koukounaries end of the bus route. There are two supermarkets nearby, on the opposite side of the road to the hotel: one is opposite the hotel entrance, the other (better stocked one) a short walk down the road towards town.
(2) Beach....Alternatively called Paraskevi or Platanas beach: if you face the sea there is a wide expanse of beach to your left, with first the hotel's sunbeds then public ones, a couple of beach kiosks/cafes, a lifeguard post and a water-sports hire station. The view across to the left looks onto the wooded slopes of the Kanapitsa peninsula, and to your right, beyond the sunbeds is a stretch of sand, with, amongst the bushes towards the far end, a nearly-hidden path which leads up to the main road and an excellent viewpoint down onto the whole bay. Climb it in late afternoon for the best photos of the beach and bay. The beach is sand and shelves gently into deeper water....there are no rocks or sea-urchins underfoot.
(3) Beach Bars....you can go from your sunbed to the Pr Ammos beach restaurant and take drinks away, have lunch there or use the toilets situated to the right of the bar counter. Better to buy coffee from there than the awful "nescafe" from the nearest kiosk. By the pool there is another bar/restaurant, from where the staff will deliver drinks to your poolside sunbed, and also serves excellent meals from a different menu to the Pr. Ammos.
(4) Systems....you will be given "towel cards" at check-in which you swap each day at the Pool Bar for towels, and cards will be returned to you for next day's use when you leave used towels there at the day's end. There are plenty of sunbeds, so there is no need to rush to reserve one, unless you want one by the water's edge, and even these are not usually filled until well after breakfast closes. You can walk in swimsuit and bare feet from your room to the sea along brick and tiled paths and boardwalk.
(4) Staff.....plenty of young and friendly waiters/waitresses with varied degrees of facility with English, but they combine efficiency with a warm and cheerful attitude to guests. They enjoy conversation with guests and add the hotel's relaxed and informal feel. The "Maitre'D" staff also have a warm greeting for guests at every mealtime.
(5) Dining....whether you opt for buffet or a la carte, the standard of food is very high in variety and quality, though there may be items not to individual taste, as with any food selection. There are plenty of vegetable -based choices to please vegans, excellent breakfast eggs and omelettes, and at least three flavours of Greek yogurt. Desserts seemed mostly chocolate-based, but all very good. When we were provided with a packed lunch, they contained fruit, biscuits and baguettes which were fresh and substantial.
(6) Rooms....If you stand facing the sea, rooms on your left will get late-afternoon sun, those on your right will have morning sun. those in the centre block will have midday/afternoon sun. Rooms on the highest floors will have the best views, whether of garden or of sea. Decor is in cool shades of turquoise and deep brown on off-white backgrounds. Balconies are spacious and equipped with two chairs and a table; balconies have wooden louvre doors for ventilation, tinted glass doors for light, gauze curtains for privacy and thick interior curtains too. Air conditioning is easy to control by a bedside switch. There is plenty of drawer/ wardrobe space and a silent fridge. The baths with over-bath shower fittings are somewhat narrow and the taps and screen seemed to obstruct access into the bath, but water flow and temperature were easy to control.
(7) Public Areas....the hotel facade is low-key, of pale stone, but inside the reception/lounge areas are spacious and comfortable. The roof-line of the entrance to the main lounge area is rather cluttered with ventilation ducting and spoils the 'sea view" from some rooms, but all lounges are comfortably and pleasantly furnished. The pools are of medium size: each section of the hotel complex is placed among areas of lawn and greenery.
Any faults? All very trivial....room door hinges needed oiling, balcony doors did not lock, some balcony chairs were somewhat worn and frayed, and a "medium" size robe seemed very small.
If you are allergic to cats, be warned that you have to pass by a group of them each time you walk to the main lounge doors, but if you like cats, you will be happy.
To sum up, the hotel is really first-class, in ambience, location, quality of staff and service.

Room Tip: The centre bock has the best sunshine.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Agia Paraskevi 37002, Greece
Location: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos > Agia Paraskevi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Agia Paraskevi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Skiathos Princess Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With direct access to the beach, a selection of 5 restaurants and its majestic gardens, but also the quality of a Santikos Hotels member, The Skiathos Princess Hotel is everything you would expect from a Family Beach Hotel. ... more   less 
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