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“Excellent restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
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Troulos Bay Hotel
Troulos Bay, Greece   |  
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Ranked #21 of 91 hotels in Skiathos
Lancashire
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

We visited Troulos Bay Hotel restaurant on 3 ocassions whilst on holiday in Troulos. It was by far the nicest food, view over Troulos beach especially when the sun is setting it is very picturesque with the aqua blue sea and pink sky and the nicest waiters. They are all very friendly, pleasant and efficent. They always made it feel a very special ocassion and the menu was far more resonably priced than any meals we had in Skiathos.

We would highly recommend the spaghetti carbonora or the snapper fish both delicious and huge portions. If you prefer a relaxed romantic meal or have a young family like we do I would recommend staying in Troulos rather than the rip off prices of meals and taxis to Skiathos. It is very rushed in Skiathos and very busy.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Shepperton
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16 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

This is a lovely hotel and sits right on the beach at Troulos; about 30 yards to be exact. The beach itself is clean, sandy and shelves gently into the sea. The sunbeds in front of the hotel are owned by them and are generously spaced so you don't feel as if you are sitting on top of your neighbour.

The hotel is clean and comfortable with a good bar and restaurant; the food is particularly good for Greece. The staff too are very friendly and engaging.

The hotel is being refurbished and although we had an old room, it was still very clean and overlooked the sea as most of them do. Do not bother to pay extra for a sea-view as we didn't but got one anyway. The shower room was good and even had a shower curtain; a rarity for Greece. Rooms are cleaned every day and all rooms have a fridge too.

By next year the whole place will have been refurbished and we are going back already. They have a lovely, brand new pool with a lovely patio area and we found it a lovely way to freshen up after a hard day on the beach.

If I were to find anything wrong it s not with the hotel but with the clientele who are not young. We are in our mid-forties and were the whippersnappers of the hotel. This does mean that the bar shuts early, usually before midnight.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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southport
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2009

My wife and I stayed at The Troulos Bay between 10th - 24th July 2009. We did a lot of research and booked nearly 12 months ahead with First Choice Holidays. The holiday was to celebrate an important birthday for my wife and we wanted it to be just right. We asked for a room on the upper floors with a sea view and paid the extra. Unfortunately First Choice made an error in the booking and gave us a ground floor room (of which there are several) without a proper sea view. This did not appear to be a problem just for us as a family who had also asked for upstairs sea view rooms were booked into the two ground floor rooms either side of us. That being said, we decided not to let it spoil the holiday. The location of the Hotel could not have been better, right on the beach with the restaurant having fantastic views (unlike the room!) There are a few bars and restaurants in Troulos and I would recommend The Victoria just along the main road. The food was quite good on the half board and just about worth the extra money that we paid for it although it was a bit repetitive in the second week. The bar was very relaxed and there is no entertainment despite the First Choice brochure saying there was live entertainment twice a week. It does shut promptly at midnight! The staff were very helpful and friendly. The beach is really nice with the advantage that you can use the sunbeds next to the pool for free and then swim in the sea if you prefer that to the pool. We visited a number of beaches using the regular bus service which were all excellent.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Walsall
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17 hotel reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

We thought after finding a little gem in Corfu last year, we would not be so lucky this year but hey presto, we did it again! We went to Troulos Bay Hotel 22nd May-3rd June this year and had a wonderful holiday. We last stayed in Skiathos in 1992 at the Skiathos Palace but wanted a smaller hotel this time. Skiathos had not changed much in 17years! and we did not have to land in Thessaloniki this time on the return flight which was better! The location is perfect, the hotel menu is second to none and the staff are all friendly. On arrival we were allocated a nice room but we wanted to move up higher to get a better sea view, this was changed straight away. From Troulos Bay you can walk to Koukounaries beach or catch the bus, the bus service is very good for Greece and very reliable and cheap. It is so easy to go into Skiathos Town. We did a boat trip which takes in the Mamma Mia beach, although there are better beaches, but it has to be seen if you are a fan. Its a great day out to Skopelos. We had a lovely meal in the Windmill in Skiathos Town which is well worth the climb for the fantastic views. We were half board at the hotel, but on this day we could take lunch instead. The food at the hotel was excellent and we didn't eat out any other time. There is not much to do in the evening around Troulos so we used to go into town every other night. Other things we would suggest is climb up to the clock tower in Skiathos Town for the great views and also from Troulos Bay visit the monastery and the dogs home. The beach is just a few steps away from your room, it really is a little bit of paradise. Could not fault it at all, and we hope to return one day in the future.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

This was our 6th stay at the Troulos Bay Hotel. It is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday. We have loved coming here and be reunited with other couple who come at the same time of year most years. We had a great holiday. However, this year there is a "but". We were very surprised, on arrival, that the hotel has undergone some major renovations. All the rooms on one wing of the hotel have been totally gutted and re-styled with improved shower and washing facilities, and now includes a hair drier (although no shaving plug). And the room itself has new flooring and furnishings throughout. The beds have softer mattresses which is a bonus. As before, there is also a small fridge and safe. Overall, a big improvement on the previous decor. The biggest difference though is the appearance of a new swimming pool in front of the refurbished wing. It is not huge but useful and there is only about 10 sets of sun loungers and umbrellas. The whole of the lawned area between the hotel and the beach has been landscaped and access for the infirm is better. All this you would think is a vast improvement (further renovations of remaining rooms is planned for this coming off-season). To anyone coming to the hotel for the first time I'm sure these changes will be well received. However, to my mind, at least, the hotel has lost a bit of its charm and am slightly worried that the reputation of the hotel as a great place for a quiet and relaxing holiday for, let's say, the older folks will be eroded. Almost certainly, future holiday costs through the travel agents will be considerably higher and perhaps push away some of the returning holiday makers. I have heard prices of £1000 for two weeks bed and breakfast discussed - this is too high when you can consider other resorts/islands at all-inclusive rates which are similar. However, you are paying for the rather special position of this hotel right on the beach. Another niggle, is the hotel menu - this does not appear to have changed over the years we have been going. It is good value but there are better restaurants within walking distance providing a wider and more imaginative range of dishes, of a higher standard, for only a little more. I hope that this hotel will be revamping their menu along with the facilities in order to compete. I'm sure there will be others who disagree but overall, despite the refurbishment and the continued excellent staff, the Troulos Bay Hotel is loosing some of its appeal.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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leicester
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

Skiathos is a pretty, relatively unspoilt island and Troulos Bay Hotel is ideally situated on the beach.The views were wonderful and it's perfect for a relaxing holiday. if you don't want to travel far, there are several good tavernas close by offering traditional greek food at very good prices. We particularly liked the Paradosi which served a two course meal with a litre of very nice wine for 9 euros each, and they presented us with a liqueur after we paid our bill! A nearby small supermarket supplies any basics you might need, and the owner also runs a fast food place next to the hotel which did a great 'gyros' of pork or chicken, tzatziki and salad for 2 euros - an excellent cheap lunch if you are on a tight budget. Having said that, the food at the hotel was imaginative and plentiful ,although breakfast could have been better - no fresh orange juice, processed cheese slices and ham (spam?),boiled eggs, and DIY toast.
The welcome surprise for us was the addition of a pool, built over the winter so not yet mentioned in the brochures. It was perfect for popping into the sea for a swim, showering off and avoiding paying 6 euros a day for beach sunbeds! Skiathos town is 15 minutes on the bus and worth a visit, although not cheap.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

Just returned from Troulos Bay and we will definitely return another time. The hotel staff were really friendly and helpful. Rooms, although basic, were really clean and towels and sheets were changed every other day. It is ideal for a restful holiday although young teens might be bored as there is not much for them to do. The view from our room and the dining room was beautiful as was the beach. The sea was crystal clear and ideal for small children (a snorkel is a must as there are lots of fish). Only annoying thing was that the shower on the beach was pretty intermittent and seemed to get turned off at 3.00 p.m.

The local bus service was brilliant, every 15 minutes, although rather overcrowded at peak times. Skiathos Town is only 20 mins away by bus and shops and restaurants are plentiful (great food at The Windmill restaurant) or you can just look at all the luxury yachts. Lovely island.

  • Liked — Location and scenery
  • Disliked — Cooked breakfast only every other day. The alternative was pretty tasteless.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Troulos Bay Hotel

Address: Troulos Bay, Greece
Location: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Skiathos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Troulos Bay Skiathos
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