We had a last minute change of accommodation (through Thomas Cook) as our chosen hotel had decided to close a week earlier than our booking. Our feelings were similar to a previous reviewer-that the tour operator shouldn't have taken the original booking. Anyway,we were desperate to go back to Skiathos, having visited before, so we approached this change as an opportunity and booked into the La Piscine with an open mind.
The welcome was, as described by other reviewers, pleasant and booking in was simple and speedy. A relaxing (complimentary) drink by the pool is a nice touch and a good way to start the holiday. Our cases were taken to our room, which was a reasonable size, overlooking the pool. We were disappointed that it didn't come with the private balcony that our original booking had (not good Thomas Cook). The room was simple but very clean and the beds were extremely comfortable. The bathroom had everything we needed but it felt a little dated. Again very clean.The public areas had a bit more character with arty murals and large colourful art work and huge comfy seating areas.
The air conditioning was an experience. We too had the spiel about the eco friendly policy of it being centrally controlled... In essence it didn't cause us an issue, the receptionist was always helpful and by the middle of the week was switching it on for us as we walked through reception on return from our evening out. Thanks for that. I don't agree that having to scrabble around in the dark, find the phone, make a call, disturb your other half etc when a simple hop out of bed to do it yourself is the best solution. That said we had no major issue with it.
The hotel and staff go to great effort to create a candle lit romantic atmosphere in the evenings. The pool area looks amazing. However, all illusion was shattered for us by noisy English guests drinking late into the night and loud music from the bar. Had this not been the case we probably wouldn't have bothered with the aircon and would have just slept with the windows open-which is our preference. The general rowdy drinking did dampen our experience of La Piscine to an extent (enough to make us not go back). When we stayed the hotel was no more than a quarter full.Had it been busier,with similar clientelle,it would have been unbearable. We tend to spend all day out and about and we prefer to eat in local tavernas so this really only caused an issue when we wanted to sleep (or eat our breakfast in peace when the drinking, shrieking,etc continued !).
For us the breakfast was actually pretty good. Although the choice didn't change there was plenty on offer,lovely Greek yogourt, decent coffee,cereals,bread, meat,cheese and a range of cooked items. However,there is room for improvement. We expect fresh orange juice (or at least something resembling it-cartoned juice would be fine). Reconstituted 'squash' is not acceptable in a 4 star hotel. We also echo other comments, previously made, that the breakfast buffet really cries our for a better selection of fresh fruit. These two small improvements would have made the breakfast perfect for us.
So,it is a mixed review. The staff were helpful,polite and always asked if we'd had a good day etc. Special mention for the chap in the bib and braces who every morning pottered around the pool setting up the sunbeds and towels and similarly dismantled it at night.The hotel is well located just outside the town and has everything that we needed. It's design means that most rooms are centred around the pool. So if you're not a party animal or you're a light sleeper this probably isn't for you. We enjoyed our holiday and overall our experience of La Piscine was a good one.
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Thank you for posting your constructive review here on Trip Advisor.
We are glad to know that you were pleased with your check-in experience as well as with the size of our rooms, comfortable beds and cleanliness in the hotel. A special thank you for mentioning the kindness and politeness of our staff members. Of course we were sorry to read that you were not fully satisfied with your overall experiences at the hotel. Your kind comments are positively taken on board and will be reviewed accordingly.
Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to be of service in the near future.
With kind regards,
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La Piscine Art Hotel****
Philian Art & Design Hotels
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