Lovely hotel, ideal location... Skiathos has a bus route along the coast that starts at Stop 0 (Skiathos Town) and goes to stop 26 (Koukounaries Beach) - this hotel is at stop 16 so it’s always only a 10-15 minute trip to the end of the line in either direction. We stayed in the town last time so wanted to try a beach this time around. The hotel is right on the beach unlike most. The beach is sandy with clear waters - really lovely. It's not as busy as other beaches too although not really quiet - there are a selection of water sports available. Also, there are several tavernas/bars in Aghia Paraskevi which is ideal (Iguanas bar over the road attracts a bit of life, and we loved the little white taverna down the road - come out of hotel, turn right and cross the road - it's on the left opposite the Kohila Taverna - try the stifado, lush!). Ideally situated over the road is a supermarket too. Could not fault the location one bit.
The hotel itself is lovely/pretty - mixed reviews on here so here is my take on it... Some say it's not 5 star and they are probably right if you have stayed at 5 star places in other countries (for example Thailand - immaculately lavish over there). For this reason I'd rate it a 4 or 4.5 star. However, having been to Greece several times I would definitely say that in Greek terms it IS 5 star. It was really nice staying somewhere in Greece where you didn't have to worry about anything as it could be sorted, whatever your worry. We had a normal room overlooking the gardens and it was fine. In room safe, towels (free use of beach towels too), shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser and shower gels replenished as soon as you opened one, hairdryer, room service, mini bar, TV, robes, slippers, etc... see their website for everything included. Rooms cleaned daily. Our bed was rock hard and we couldn’t get the TV to turn on – we contacted reception and they sorted both straight away – excellent service. If you want a sea view you need to make sure that you have a room number in the 300’s/400’s although you will also have a view of the top of the restaurant/pool bar buildings. Also make sure that they are the ones nearest to the beach as from what I could see the ones furthest away might not have the best sea views (restricted). A couple we met had upgraded and weren’t happy with what they got in comparison to a normal room. Think about how often you will be on your balcony to determine if a sea view is really that important.
FOOD: For a half board hotel we enjoyed the food. No complaints. 3 places to choose from: The Mediterranean Buffet, The Asian (Chinese) A La Carte Restaurant and the Grill a La Carte Restaurant. All very nice but we did miss going out to Tavernas so would book B&B next time as prices in the Tavernas weren’t as expensive as last time we were in Skiathos 6 years ago. Breakfast was great – huge selection from pastries/cakes/hot stuff/hams and cheeses/ cereal/ coffees/ smoothies/ pancakes and omelettes at the live cooking station/fruits/yoghurts – fantastic!
OTHER STUFF: The staff were wonderful, especially the restaurant staff - so lovely.
We didn’t use the spa or gym. Spa prices were more than in the UK. There is free wi-fi in part of the hotel. The pools were great – a children’s pool and an adult’s pool plus a warm whirl(ish) pool – there was a pool bar and a beach bar (oh, and as hotel resident’s beach beds, table and parasol were free on the beach).
We did an Island hopping trip to Alonissos and Skopelos which was nice (go up to the old town on Alonissos – beautiful, and the Kastro area of Skopelos Town). We also did a day sailing on a yacht which was fab and we visited the Mamma Mia beaches and Church (which I loved!).
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the hotel/Skiathos, etc – happy to help (I’ll put on as many photos’ as I can of the hotel). Hope this review helps – we will more than likely return to this hotel and almost certainly return to Skiathos again and again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With direct access to the beach, a selection of 5 restaurants and its majestic gardens, but also the quality of a Santikos Hotels member, The Skiathos Princess Hotel is everything you would expect from a Family Beach Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princess Hotel Skiathos
- Princess Skiathos
- Hotel Princess Skiathos
- Skiathos Princess Hotel Agia Paraskevi