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“A great second honeymoon 22 years later.” 4 of 5 stars
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Atrium Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Agia Paraskevi | Skiathos, Agia Paraskevi 37002, Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Agia Paraskevi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“A great second honeymoon 22 years later.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed at the Atrium in early September for 7 days. It was our second time at the Atrium with the first one being 22 years earlier for our honeymoon. We had always said that we would return when our children were old enough to leave at home, as we had such fond memories, and this trip did not disappoint living up to our expectations. The hotel really was much the same, though a little bit extended. We stayed in room 306 and had fruit and wine to welcome us back, with a nice note hoping we had a good stay. The views from our room were stunning and we both enjoyed sitting on the balcony and taking these in. There is a hill but that's why the views are so good. If you are reasonably fit you won't find these a problem and it helps to walk off some of that lovely Greek food on the way back up in the evening. The rooms are nice, simply decorated with a rustic Greek feel. Our bedroom was clean and airy and the air conditioning worked really well. Three things I would have liked improved were: a spruce up in the bathroom as it leaked and the shower is a bit dated; the beds need improving as not all that comfy - but we managed; more comfortable chairs on the balcony as it's such a good place to sit and relax. A big thank you to the cleaning service each day as our bedroom and bathroom was always well made up to come back to.

The pool is lovely with fabulous views from here and, apart from the poolside music, nice and relaxing. The pool could do with a bit more heating but once you take the plunge to cool off it's fine and was a welcome cool down after a couple of hot walks that we took. There is a bit of 'pool bed saving' going on, but there was always a space and a really nice peaceful area just behind the games room which no one seemed to use. The pool area is especially nice at night when they light it up with candles and it's a great place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Staff were attentive and there are plenty of them so you don't need to wait for service. There are lots of little places dotted about the hotel public areas where you could enjoy the views with a glass of wine in the evening or a cup of coffee from the breakfast buffet in the morning. I tried the buffet a couple of times and it was pretty good for continental breakfast.

We thought that the hotel was excellently located and if you are after a quiet hotel then this is definitely a good choice, as opposed to the Princess further down on the flat, which offered entertainment, if that's your thing. The Atrium is only a short walk from some really great restaurants: 'The View' which does an excellent calamari starter and has a nice bottle of house red; 'Platanias', one of the originals, which offers good service and a lovely kleftico; 'Kochyli', again one of the originals and run by the same man - Cristos - for over 25 years. This was our favourite as it brought back such nice memories and really offers great food and is really good value. Cristos saved us a roast lamb and home made mint sauce for the last night, we enjoyed a great bottle of wine and the walnut cake which is lovely.

Bus stop 16, just down from the hotel, takes you easily around the island with Skiathos town about 20 minutes away. Bus drivers and ticket sellers are great by the way, always seemed happy despite buses being full sometimes. The buses are cheap and do come about every 20 minutes. Taxis often pull up to the bus stops and offer you the trip for the same money as the bus fare at this time of the year. Our favourite beach was Mandraki which is a short hop to bus stop 23 and then a walk of about a mile through the pine forest. Well worth the walk as it is lovely and peaceful with beach beds and a simple taverna. The sea is so clear and warm and we enjoyed two lovely days there. All in all this was a great holiday and a really lovely hotel on an island, which I guess is still quiet enough if you go slightly out of the season when the crowds are less. We will be back and hopefully not in another 22 years.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed at the Atrium in late August / early September and this was our second visit to the hotel (and Skiathos). We were allocated rooms 307 and 305 (last year rooms 307 and 309) which all had full sea views. In our rooms we found a note from the hotel management welcoming us back and a bowl of fresh fruit. There was also a bottle of water and wine in each fridge (not sure if this was available to all guests). During our stay the rooms were kept spotless by a very friendly cleaner and the towels were changed every day even though we were leaving them on the rail hoping to use them more than once. We only ate breakfast at the hotel choosing to sit inside due to the number of wasps around the outside tables. There was always a choice of scrambled eggs, cereals, fresh fruit and pastries. On a couple of mornings bacon, fried eggs and omelettes were also on offer.

The whole site was clean and well maintained with some great views over the bay. The hotel offers a free safe in your room, free WiFi in your rooms and public areas, pool / beach towels for a 10 Euro deposit and these could be changed as often as you wanted.

The hotel is well run with friendly staff, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stunning hotel. The hotel itself is not fancy or over the top but has a genuine but subtle class to it. Yes there is a steep hill but this affords you panoramic sea views. The pool area is perfect extremely quiet with a bar that serves throughout the day. The location itself is perfect as it is not as busy as troulos which appeared to be very English. The hotel has a pool table and table tennis for those who get bored easily. There are numerous balconies and lounge areas to have a coffee/beer whilst taking in the views.

We stayed here for our wedding and honeymoon and there is nowhere I would rather have stayed. The staff are excellent and rooms kept spotless.

Mr and Mrs Smith

Room Tip: Junior suite well worth the extra!
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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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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Just got back from staying at the atrium..amazing hotel! Staff were so friendly and thoughtful and couldn't do enough for you..the food was lovely, they do BBQ every Friday evening, amazing selection and very tasty! Breakfast was also very tasty and a good selection..Poolside very nice indeed with comfortable sun loungers..the room was great, spacious with lovely view over the sea and part of the island..like others have mentioned you do need to be fairly fit to deal with the ramps and stairs but don't go there and complain if you don't like a few stairs as what do you expect with a hill sea view!! I arrived at the hotel in a taxi and my mobile phone had dropped out my pocket, I only realised once in my room, I immediately spoke to the night time reception man who phoned the taxi company straight away, he said he would call my room to let me know..literally 5 minutes later he called and found my phone in the car, he then arranged for it to be dropped off the following morning which it was..I have never been so impressed with this type of customer service and highly recommend this hotel!!!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Fine hotel! A great holiday. The rooms are spacious and everything is there. The view is gorgeous. A lot of stairs because the hotel is built against a mountain at, this does provide on all rooms sea view. There is a lift available. The food is very good and varied. The staff at the hotel is great, helpful and very friendly. I can recommend this hotel everyone!

Room Tip: Rooms have been refurbished and everything is there for a good stay
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

This review is in two parts, part one is about the hotel, part two about Skiathos. The Atrium is a lovely hotel just like the pictures and the reviews have shown however there is always more than meets the eye. We arrived in the middle of a hot afternoon and were not shown around or given a complimentary drink as others mentioned, we were not given any information about the hotel, surrounding area, gym, pool etc etc, although a porter did help us with our cases. There seems to be a "cliquey" thing going on at this hotel, " if the face fits" kind of thing. Hard to put my finger on it but definitely an air of double standards as someone had already noticed and commented on. Look closely and you will notice that things are frayed around the edges! The decking around the pool had gaps that adults and children kept trapping their toes in (ouch), the multi gym in the gym was positively dangerous, moving parts, trapped fingers, no pin to hold weights securely etc, shower curtains that are held up by those suction cups instead of being secured firmly. If you put a towel over the curtain rail the rail would fall off. The bath panel was held on by just two rusty screws, one in each corner at the top , so the bottom just flapped around ( no pun intended):-) The lift was out of order for a day or so and those with kids in buggies did struggle. The hill that keeps being mentioned is an absolute killer! It's actually TWO hills and the main reason why I probably won't stay here again. The skiathos princess is just down the hill, it's cheaper to stay and it's on the beach! That said, the majority of staff were great, hello to Kinga, she is a real star and always smiling and welcoming, others would avoid eye contact completely (some reception staff). The blonde haired girl at the pool bar was also very pleasant and friendly too. If you are unlucky enough to stay on the second or third levels you will have to endure the constant smell of cigarettes and alcohol! Where is this coming from??? Not what you want to smell every time you leave your room. The rooms are a little on the dark side too although nice and tidy, you'll need to put a few lights on.All in all it's a nice hotel with great views, good food, in a Bad location.
Skiathos is finally starting to change and I guess it was inevitable, I have been visiting Skiathos for 20 years so I can speak from a good viewpoint. There seems to be a different atmosphere now and I kept seeing far too many bottles of HP sauce and Guiness! Basically us Brits have discovered Skiathos and there will probably be an Irish pub/ bar there very soon. No offence to anyone but I want to get away when I go on holiday, I don't want chips, Guinness Luba and pizza. I want to meet people from around the world not from two streets away!
Thanks Skiathos it was great while it lasted but I have to find a new destination.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We've stayed here for 8 nights in June 2012. We were celebrating our engagement, and we were lucky enough to get a free upgrade from a sea-view double room to a maisonette (private pool included). The rooms are cozy and clean, the breakfast and dinner are very delicious and varied. Be warned! You might gain a couple of pounds, as you'll want to try every dish! :)
The hotel has lots of amazing places where you can sit and relax, have a chat or read a book. The beach is really close to the hotel. The staff is very friendly, nice and helpful. The overall experience was delightful. We strongly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Address: Agia Paraskevi | Skiathos, 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 Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Agia Paraskevi
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Hotel Class:4 star — Atrium Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atrium Hotel, specially designed by the owners (architects) themselves like a Greek monastery, is a distinctive and superbly decorated complex of 75 rooms, making full use of the beauty of natural stone and wood. Ideally situated on a picturesque hillside and above the magnificent sandy beach of Agia Paraskevi, affords spectacular panoramic sea-views from all rooms and lounges. ... more   less 
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