The staff at this hotel are what make it special. The bar staff are all very friendly and helpful but the receptionists really go the extra mile - always willing to recommend a local restaurant and make reservations for you. This is well worth doing, both to ensure you get a table and because in every case the restaurants then insisted on providing a complimentary desert.
The hotel is about 10 minutes' stroll from the sea front down narrow roads but this means that it stays quiet in the evenings, which is what we wanted. The pool area is lovely, lots of comfy padded loungers and umbrellas and the pool itself is great for proper swimming (i.e. it's a sensible shape and depth rather than just being pretty to look at!) Bar staff are friendly and helpful and happily bring you drinks to your lounger. there are large sofas in shaded areas out of the sun but still outside for when the heat is too much and the hotel has a large selection of english books to borrow whilst you are there. WiFi access around the reception area is free and there is a computer terminal you can pay to use.
Other guests were mainly "older" couples (we're in our 30s and felt pretty young) and a few families with small children - there were no kids clubs so most people with children must stay elsewhere - this meant the pool stayed quiet and you didn't get woken up late with people getting back from the clubs!
There are some niggles with the hotel. The breakfast was extremely basic (eggs, bacon, sausage, bread, cheap cereal) and would have been much improved with some fruit or yoghurt. We also didn't particularly like the restaurant food when we tried it, although lots of other guests did seem to enjoy it so that's just personal preference.
The air conditioning is under the control of reception and you have to ask every time you want it switched on, which is slightly annoying. It is worth specifying if you'd like it to be on all night - if you don't it turns itself off around 2am with a loud beep which meant I woke up in the night and then had a very stuffy room in the morning. If you ask for it to be switched on all night there is no problem with this, but they won't volunteer it.
The only other slight niggle is that the music around the pool can be quite loud during the day and there isn't really anywhere else to sit - again, this is personal preference and the application of my own iPod solved the problem!
All in all, the niggles are slight and didn't detract from a very nice hotel
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- Also Known As:
- La Piscine Art Skiathos
- Hotel La Piscine Art