Our fifth visit to the island, usually staying in the Troulos area, but enjoyed the change of location and the local beaches, Kolios beach being our favorite, as it was calm and clean, sunbeds and a brolly 8 euros and a basic but acceptable taverna, serving a small selection of hot food and sandwiches.
Hermes would have got the five stars had it not been for the slight problem when we arrived, we were shown to a room which hadn't been cleaned and still had shoes and toiletries belonging to the previous guests. I had e-mailed and requested a view, which this room (304) did have, but we then had to move to a ground floor room which they were very apologetic for, saying it was a mistake by the cleaners not preparing the original room. They offered to change us the following day, so it just meant a bit of inconvenience not being able to unpack and get settled straight away.We are pretty layed back so just accepted it was a genuine mistake and didn't let it spoil the start to our holiday and it was worth changing for the view of the sea and the hills and the sun going down.
Hermes provides a good location with an excellent restaurant, good value for money and staff were attentive and service good. The hairdryer never worked as the socket was hanging off the wall, but I had taken my own and just plugged it in to another socket and we gave up on the safe and just locked things in our case.Air conditioning good and free.
Hired a Jeep whilst we were there and visited the dog shelter many times to walk the dogs and burn off some calories! Loved Elani Beach and Big Banana and visited Kastro again which is very interesting, if a little rugged (take decent walking shoes, not flip flops).
Favorite place to eat is Lynhari which is behind the school, you do need to book as it is so popular. Also liked Stathis Lia which is a five minute walk down the road on the left from the Hermes, fish was fabulous and at 13 euros a bargain, service was very chilled but we were not in a rush and enjoyed the break in-between courses. Infinity Blue as good as ever and Harry from Troulos Hotel is now working there to our surprise, as he has been at the Troulos Bay Hotel forever!
Word of warning - Rock and Roll Bar in town charge 10 e for a small bottle of Mythos, justifying by saying you get one free! Cocktails start at 14 e and shorts 12 e. Lots of other nice places to drink without paying over the odds. Albatross on the main street worth a visit and Portabello still good value.
If you decide to hire a Jeep before you go, just be aware that George Rent a Car (behind the school) says on the website 'insurance included' so what seems like a cheap deal isn't, if you decide like us to upgrade to fully comp insurance at an extra 8 e a day, there was also a 650e excess which made for nervous driving. With hindsight I should have checked when I e-mailed him for the details if it was fully comp and what the excess was, lesson learned. Another couple at the Hermes got one through the Thompson rep and had no excess and fully comp and actually got a better price. George rent a car took our credit card swipe and signature, saying it was for the insurance but they didn't give us any paperwork saying we had paid for fully comp insurance, so am a bit dubious as to how they processed this.
Will be returning again next year, as this is a beautiful island with lovely people and although we have traveled to other European destinations, we always get drawn back to Skiathos. Would go back to the Hermes to eat, but found the beds very hard on the back. Room cleanliness was great though and we had three changes of bedding and towels in our 10 day trip, so no problem with that. Good value for money and good location earned it four stars.
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- Also Known As:
- Hermes Apartments Kolios
- Hermes Apartments Hotel Kolios
- Hermes Apartments Skiathos/Kolios