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Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Vasilias
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Great Ayton
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“Just what the doctor ordered”
Reviewed October 7, 2010

the hotel is up a hill - we had a hire car from the airport and it was simple to find. Modern boutique style hotel, fab pool and views are magnificent. The bedrooms were modern, clean and all the balconies were private. we had a view over to skiathos. the drive to skiathos town is only 10 easy minutes then loads of lovely restaurants and bars to choose from. we ate in hotel on our first night and the service and food were very good.
We just loved the quiet, and were there just for 1 week R & R, so used the private beach which had been hit by bad storms, but had it to ourselves most of the time.
The manager was keen to ensure all went well and was visible - even collecting plates at breakast when it got busy. All the staff were friendly and helpful without being 'in your face'

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

Chose this hotel purely for its location and it didn't disappoint! Stunning breathtaking views out over Skiathos town. THATS WHERE MY PRAISE ENDS!
The rooms are extremely dated and shoddy, given this hotel advertises itself as 4*. We all know Greek standards of stars but even by those standards it failed miserably. Our room only ever had a cursory clean in the entire week of our stay. Under the beds were very dusty and covered in hair. No CD players as advertised. The bathroom taps broke repeatedly and the bath was unusable.

We booked half board but had to complete a menu choice each evening straight after eating a very poor dinner. Our 1st night we were given the Al La Carte menu (Pretty poor food) only to be told we shouldn't have had that food. Very loudly for all to hear, and told we should have filled out a menu choice earlier in the day.Most embarassing! The menu hardly varied day to day so gave up on it and ate out most evenings.

The shuttle bus was infrequent and always full with only one trip being made, thank goodness we had a car!
Breakfast was a typical Greek buffet affair but very poor! The staples i.e cereals, jams etc were never cleared away and left on the buffet table until the next breakfast. Often containing wasps! Coffee was poor and always cold! Hot breakfast was made up of mostly eggs fried, boiled, omelette and something else that I couldn't quite fathom!
The pool area was inadequate and as the hotel was barely half full there never seemed to be enough space or sunbeds.

The owners never gave the impression of wanting to speak to us and often took over along with their family the prime seating areas around the pool, bar and lounge.

With the exception of one or two staff the majority were rude surely and very poor at their job.

Bar prices extortionate! 8 euros for a whiskey & coke! Cheapest bottle of wine? 24euros?

The owners maybe an architect and an interior designer BUT!!!!
A beautiful canvas to start with but the owners have tried too hard to be something its not and can never be. Too much 'Faff & Fancy' not enough attention to details such as cleanliness and service.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Athens
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2010

This is a great hotel with amazing views, lovely rooms with attention to detail, and above all great staff! Very nice breakfast, great food in the restaurant and great service in all areas. You will be amazed with the pool view and the relaxing ambience of indoor and outdoor areas! Great value for money....
Congratulations to George and Anastasia from the reception desk for their professionalism!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thessaloniki
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

Room are just ok, but the view is perfect. Found this hotel from the internet and turns out to be a very good choice!
One tip, dont miss the restaurant!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Athens Greece
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

Unfortunately, I didn't read the reviews before booking it. The hotel is a disappointment, since it doesn't match the website pictures.
Yes, cleaning is on a daily basis, though it is restricted only on making the bed and changing the towels. The floor and furniture are not cleaned though, and we have sand on the floor.
The furniture in the rooms is broken, the drawers have holes, the shower is sad and the worst thing of all are the sheets of the bed! They do not fit, and you can see a mattress they have placed to make the bed more soft, which undoubtedly has never been cleaned!!!!
Well, apart from the indoor lighting of the room which raises questions "why?", everything else is ok.
The breakfast room is pathetic, though its veranda has exceptional views - this is the only advantage of the location. However, nowhere in the website, is it stated or clearly explained that it is situated on top of a stiff cliff.
My advice: If you value your money, don't spend it in this hotel. If the prices of the rooms were about 65-75Euro, I would totally recommend! However, this is not the case. With these rates, the 4stars and the website, your expectations are higher and unfortunately not met.
However, the staff is polite and helpful, for what its worth it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bucks
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

My wife and I have visited this hotel over the last 20 years - visited not stayed in. We have seen it in many incarnations but none more beautiful than in its present form. A young architect/engineer and his wife have transformed it from a run-down family hotel into a lovely boutique hotel. Their master-stroke was to move the pool a hundred yards to the very edge of one of the most spectacular views on this lovely island; dinner around the pool by candle-light is especially wonderful. You will need a car but frankly you do at nay hotel in Skiathos if you want to try the many beaches and tavernas.

But....

The quality of the food doesn't quite match the owner's high opinion of it and with the wine is priced at the very top end. This may not bother you. But there is something else you may find a very big drawback indeed. They have started having weddings - only on Saturdays, only in June and September - at the moment. We don't mean quaint country weddings they're mega-watt, screaming drunk weddings until 5 a.m. You may get free drinks in compensation but you won't get a wink of sleep. Our advice is to check whether they're having one during your stay then either back off or demand a free night.

If you can live with this, though, you'll stay in a very pretty hotel indeed.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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united kingdom
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Reviewed July 10, 2010

if you.ve read any bad reviews, take no notice, have just spent the most fab week there, fantastic hotel, fantastic views, great food, rooms cleaned every day, staff fell over themselves to help you, can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel
Address: Vasilias Beach, Vasilias 37002, Greece
Location: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos > Vasilias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Vasilias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Upon a small hill with a panoramic view of the Aegean sea, a hotel in Skiathos with an exceptional personality is waiting for you combining the comfort of a grand resort with the personal services of a boutique hotel. A series of all-white cottages with red-tiled roofs lies in the 15 acres of a green garden just a few minutes from our private beach dusted with white sand and lapped by turquoise sea. Kivo, one of the top hotels in Skiathos, is characterized by its elegant decoration, artistic mood and idyllic meeting spaces. ... more   less 
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