We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Ionia in Skopelos, and really didn't want to come home. Contrary to the last review, we found the staff - all the staff - to be helpful, friendly and willing to go 'over and above' for us. Free air-con too.
The premises are clean and tidy (although the rooms are a little dated but typical of Greek islands) and the pool was fantastic - larger than average and plenty of space around for sitting in the sun or relaxing under the shade of a huge tree there. It was cleaned early every morning and was usually quiet for most of the day.
The bar by the pool served a fairly limited but adequate selection of drinks but had toasties, sandwiches and ice-creams if you didn't want to leave the pool area.
The hotel is a 5 minute walk from some lovely restaurants - try Anna's for something a bit special, or Alexander's or Platanos for typical Greek dishes. We found the restaurants facing the harbour were quite basic but fairly pricey.
It's a good idea to rent a car for a few days as the island's easy to explore. A few of the roads can be steep and winding, especially on the drive to Aghios Ioannis, the Mamma Mia church (a bit disappointing too). Stafilos beach is only a 10 min drive away from Skopelos Town - it's down a steep hill and it's a quiet beach with sun loungers and a small drinks stand; a mix of sand and shingle.
Further along the coast is Agnontas, a village with a small pebble beach but lovely and peaceful with a couple of excellent seafood tavernas on the beach. The sea's lovely to swim in here. Kastani beach, the 'Mamma Mia' beach, was easy to find from the coast road and was busy and popular with music playing all day and decent snacks and a bar. The one to visit if you like a livelier place but the sea was a bit rough when we went.
Overall, we'd recommend Ionia for a holiday provided you expect a good quality Greek hotel rather than 5 star luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In green Skopelos can Even when staying in the town of Skopelos to feel the magic of the emerald island. The amazing country with its traditional architecture, hospitable residents and easy access to the beauties of the island, ideal for an unforgettable holiday. The old part of Hora, 150m. from the port we chose to build the IONIA Hotel. Built in traditional style, on four levels so that all rooms have views of Chora. It is fully renovated in 2007 and features 47 rooms with spacious verandas, bathroom, air (cooling-heating), refrigerator, TV, pool, breakfast room, bar, snack bar, lounge, TV and parking. The impeccable service and traditional hospitality will make your holiday unforgettable! ... more less
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