We made the mistake of ignoring all the bad reviews and are now very much regretting this - and having just arrived back we feel really deflated and disappointed.. We went on a half board basis and the waiters (staff in general) are so ignorant that we ended up eating out most nights. I think another review mentioned that they appear not to like english people. The hotel is certainly not 4 star - it's very tired and dated. We stayed in a Modern room - and this was just about acceptable, very basic - but definitely nothing special. Don't be fooled into thinking hotel has a private beach - it's open to everyone - and therefore it's unlikely you'll get a sunbed. Drinks in the hotel are extortionate - we happily like to spend money on holiday and are certainly not tight with our money - but coupled with the rudeness of the waiters the prices leave a real sting. Plus points? Ok I have to be honest the views from the hotel are fabulous - but hey you've seen these on the hotel website - don't waste your money staying there to see them - if you're desperate, just walk into the hotel one night - they don't control visitors and would never know if you just sat around the bar enjoying the views. Other tips - don't share a taxi in the resort - it's only the taxi driver than wins - he just charges each couple the virtually same price - he may reduce by a euro - but he just gets double fare for the same trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Skiathos Palace Hotel is built on a hillside, overlooking “Maratha” beach and one of the most widely known beaches in Europe, the famous “Koukounaries” beach (both beached are awarded with the “Blue Flag”). Situated only 10kms from Skiathos Town and set in a pine forest at the north-west corner of the island, the hotel's pool and restaurant areas are offering views so spectacular that they will take your breath away!The hotel has 249 rooms and 9 suites, all with air-condition, private bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, 3-channel music, mini-bar and balcony. Skiathos Palace Hotel offers many facilities such as 24-hours reception, safe deposit boxes, currency exchange, swimming pool, tennis court, indoor-lounge bar, poolside snack-bar, room service, mini market, car/motorbike rental office, Wi-Fi access, children's playground, baby sitting, laundry service & parking.At the beautiful beach of Koukounaries under the hotel, all water sports are available. The hotel offers indoors and outdoors dining. The main restaurant serves American breakfast and the best of European and Greek cuisine. At the roof top grill restaurant “The White View” you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view and taste the famous greek “taverna style”, with delicious barbecue, other local dishes and exceptional sea food. For relaxation and sunbathing, guests may choose between the large outdoor fresh-water pool and the famous “Koukounaries” beach or the peaceful “Maratha” beach, which is organized by the hotel.The hotel's conference and banqueting facilities are ideal for those who want to combine fun and relaxation of a resort with creative, organized conferences. The five conference rooms are located on the premises of the Skiathos Palace Hotel and can be equipped with all technical requirements. The hotel is constantly renewing its services and it was awarded the international certificates ISO 9001:2008 (hotel services), ISO 14001:2004 (System of Environmental Management), ISO 22000:2005 (System of Food Safety Management) and the eco-labels “Green Key” and “Travelife”. You are invited to enjoy the exceptional standards of hospitality and service for which Skiathos Palace Hotel is noted: Management and team of highly trained professionals will be delighted to satisfy your every wish. ... more less
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