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“THE WORST STAY OF OUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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Achladies Apartments
Ranked #106 of 193 Specialty Lodging in Skiathos
Reviewed August 14, 2011

My boyfriend and I were extremely displeased with Achladies Apartment and the overall service as well. Let me begin by saying that the minute we arrived in the room, our bags still in hand, she insisted we pay her the full amount of our 6 night stay, keeping in mind that we had already provided a generous down payment. Pavlina would listen for when we arrived , then would come running out to ask my boyfriend for the rest of the amount, every day for six days. Also I was told that I would have to empty my own trash and provide my own toilet paper. In addition, the towels and the bed sheets weren't changed during our stay there which was 6 days. It appeared that the room was never swept or moped because of all the dust and sand. The light in the bathroom barely worked, there was no shower curtain causing the bathroom floor to flood every time we took a shower, no t.v. no air conditioner apart from a fan that when turned on sounded like an airplane taking off. And to save the best for last, our checkout time was 12:00 in the afternoon. At 5 minutes before 12 we left the room only to find Pavlina waiting outside the room. She quickly ran inside to make sure we didn't destroy anything and then she came running after us to say goodbye.
Overall this was the worst stay of our life !!!!! And we recommend to STAY AWAY FROM ACHLADIES KARVOUNIS APARTMENTS!!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank greekpapa
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nickkarvounis, Owner at Achladies Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2011

From the behalf of Achladies Apartments we are completely surprised with what this young girl from Patra wrote about us. They where very friendly to us and never complained during their stay or when we said goodbye to them when they left. This is clearly a set up review with false accusations . As any can read from the other reviews we mostly have repeat clients coming to us almost every year and some for over 25 years. We already have many from this summers new clients that have booked to stay with us for next summer. We are sorry to see that some people have nothing better to do than to make a profile with a single review only to lie about our apartments.
Kindest Regards
Achladies Apartments & Karvounis Family

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Reviewed July 23, 2011

We stayed at Achladies Apartments. We are not sure it warrants it's Lonely Planet, not so recent recommendation any more. Firstly, what is right and corresponds to descriptions: Beautiful garden, Very near it's own beach, Very good renovated apartment on ground floor. Excellent basic taste, the rooms we cannot fault. However, visitors should be aware, and this is not mentioned anywhere, nor is there a warning,that from street level to ground floor level it is 96 steps! (No Lift) Consider this carefully as you will be doing this at least twice a day and with luggage it is only for people who want to go through a sadistic fitness drill! Also, and this is probably the worst point, the apartments are not serviced at all. Lip service is paid to daily emptying of the bins, which was not done consistently, and that is it. How one is supposed to keep the bathroom dry and clean with only one floor towel provided for a week is a mystery to us. We had to resort to using the cleaners mop and an initial investment at the supermarket for air freshener, toilet paper (only one roll provided),soap (none provided). Also the kitchen is hardly equipped,for example no corkscrew and dubious looking cutlery. We should add that the garden, though beautiful has it's "wildlife". The turtles goldfish,birds etc great for the kids. But the screaming cats at night were something else. No sleep. Friendly owners, without a doubt, but unaware of how miserly their approach to no servicing at all comes across. We had no change of towels or sheets for the week we stayed there.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Andrews28
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

This is the third year on the trot that we have stayed at Achladies Apartments, run by Pavlina Karvounis and her family. We had the same apartment, which is a twin room and balcony, separate small kitchen and a shower room. We have plenty of room in the apartment and lots of wardrobe room, which my wife likes. The sun is on the balcony in the morning, great for breakfast and has gone by late afternoon, so we can cool off in the late afternoon. There is a partial sea view from our room and this allows us to see when the water taxi, the ideal way to travel into Skiathos Town in the evening, is on its way to the beach, a few minutes walk away. As always, we received a warm welcome from Pavlina and caught up with what had been happeing over the past year. We keep saying we will try other places but cant help returning to Skiathos and in particular, Achladies Apartments. Looking forward to 2012 and returning again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank StokeyB
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Reviewed December 22, 2010

Achladies Apartments is a lovely place to stay right on the beach. The rooms have a little kitchen and a fab balcony. The balcony was so nice - it had a lovely sea view and was nice to sit down and have snack/drink. It is handy to have the apartments right beside the beach, because it got very hot during the day and we could head back to the room to cool off. We loved the beach - it was never too crowded and we were there in the peak season.
Every evening we got the taxi boat into Skiathos town which was great too.
We will DEFINITELY return to Achladies again - everyone was so friendly, especially Pavlina, her lovely daughter and her son who worked on the beach. Thank you so much :)

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank pinkirishangel
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

We spent two great weeks at Achladies Apartments in Skiatos. The rooms were very nice, the garden is just beautiful (tortoises and parrots, red fishes and butterflies) and it shows the love Pavlina and her family put into it. They are very easy going and make you feel very comfortable.
The beach is at the end of the garden, on a little bay where you can find tavernas and the extremely useful boat bus to the city. People are nice and kind, and at that time it wasn't overcrowded.
Impeccable solution as base to tour the beautiful island, or just enjoy of the crystal waters down the path.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank andreaLz
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

We first went to this bay nearly 25 years ago on our honeymoon (different hotel - zero stars but great people) We discovered the apartments by accident, fell in love with them, and booked our first holiday when our son was about 18 months old.
We've been back about twelve times since, and the kids (now 18 and 21) still want to go back..
Alex and Pavlina, their children and grandchildren make you feel part of an extended family from day 1. The beach and taverna are at the bottom of what has to be the most beautiful garden on the island, along with a regular small ferry boat to and from Skiathos town.
Still my perfect holiday!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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4  Thank stevburns
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

We have visited beautiful Skiathos 7 times and on the last occasion stayed at the Achladies Apartments and without doubt this was the holiday we enjoyed the most. The apartment was spacious and clean and the view from the balcony amazing. Beach, taverna and supermarket are only minutes away but the location is so quiet and the beautiful gardens give such a feeling of peace. Pavlina and Alex are the perfect hosts and spare nothing to ensure that your stay is perfect. Without doubt we will return but only wish we had found this hidden gem sooner.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank robertshaw186338
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Address: Achladies Bay | PO Box 24, 370 02, Greece
Location: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos
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Ranked #106 of 193 Specialty Lodging in Skiathos
Price Range: $492 - $495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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