Just got back from a fantastic week in Skiathos. Beautiful island and a great hotel and would definately go back.
Having read some of the less positive reviews for this hotel, we were a little unsure to begin with about what to expect, but looking at the Mandraki website was enough to sell it to us and give it a try, and we weren't disappointed.
From the minute we arrived we were greeted outside by a member of staff who showed us to the reception and then onto our room. The staff overall were very friendly the whole week, and very accommodating to any questions we had.
The hotel was lovely, set in very nice landscaped grounds which were tended by gardeners every day, the pool was clean and adequate size for the number of guests. Koukounaries beach is only a short 5-10 min walk away from the hotel, and is one of the best on the island, while the more upmarket Banana beach, with its chiq beach bars and sun loungers is about a 20-25 min walk away.
The hotel bar wasn't as expensive as some other reviewers have suggested, a small draught beer (250ml) being €2 and a large (500ml) being €3.50. Perhaps they have revised their prices recently. They also do a good range of snacks for lunch, but do expect average hotel prices for these, which is fair enough. Elias restaurant on the top floor of the main hotel building is open each evening and looks onto the lovely grounds. The food here was very good and the staff were attentative, but slightly more expensive than the average local tavernas although hotel guest do receive a 10% discount.
Our recommendation / top tips:
– If you get a cooler day, and don't want to hire a car, try hiring a mountain bike from the Mandraki Hotel (only €5 for a day) and cycle through the amazing pine forest to Mandraki beach, and then follow the dusty coastal path stopping at some others long the way and end up at banana beach. Beautiful scenery.
– The Big Bad Wolf restaurant (don't let the name put you off), right next door to the Mandraki is a great local taverna that does food and drink at a very reasonable price.
– Bus ride from Mandraki to Skiathos town is only €1.80 one way and takes about 20 mins.
– Boats trips that leave the harbor each day travel to other beaches / islands, and are a great day out. Book direct for a cheaper price than through your tour operator.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Plunging into the woods and from there, into the heart of the sea - a relaxing holiday in the Greek islands. Walking through the Koukounaries beach and parklands, 200 metres from the hotel, is a memorable experience. Some other beautiful beaches on the northern part of Skiathos Island, Greece, are the beaches of Mandraki and Elia’s, after which we have named this Skiathos luxury boutique hotel and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandraki Village Boutique Hotel Skiathos/Koukounaries