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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Atrium Hotel Skiathos/Agia Paraskevi