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“What an own goal !!!”

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Livadaki Village Hotel
Ranked #14 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful week in Skala and stayed at the Livadaki Village Hotel. We were apprehensive about its location before we went but on arrival we were really surprised and pleased to find such a lovely hotel in a perfect setting - lovely grounds, wonderful pool with superb views over Skala. Our room (number 6) was really lovely - it was described as a partial sea view but had a great vista overlooking the gardens and countryside. Everything was lovely and clean - the towels were really fluffy and white and changed every day and the bedding was also changed regularly. The walk into Skala was quite lovely - it was so nice walking through the countryside and certainly downhill it only took around 10 minutes at the most to get into the town. Yes, it was hot walking back in the afternoon but never too much trouble. The pool area was lovely and relaxing with nice beds and being an infinity pool had great views.

The reason for my statement "own goal" is the way the way the hotel lets itself down with the abysmal breakfast - absolutely no effort, thought or imagination in the way the food was presented. Yes, it was pretty basic - that wasn't the issue. It was the frugal way in which the food was presented (a couple of slices of tomatoes on a plate, a few slices of processed cheese, packet ham and cheap sliced bread, powdered orange juice and no water to drink unless you paid extra). What a ridiculous way to let this otherwise perfect hotel down.

Skala town was so enjoyable and the island overall was absolutely beautiful. We would recommend taking the Panem coach tour around the island and hopefully meet their wonderful guide Esme who made the trip so memorable with her vast local knowledge and personality.

We loved the Captains Bar in town and also Georgious restaurant (not sure of the spelling) near the church in town.

Room Tip: We loved room 6 not sea view but nice views
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5  Thank sanford303
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Service - Sophia the hotel owner offers excellent customer services and is very helpful with any query you may have, nothing is too much trouble for her. Lots of hotels could learn from Sophia’s excellent friendly polite and helpful attitude towards her customers .

Value - the hotel is excellent value for money. You can pay twice as much for a hotel on the sea front and not see the sea , all the rooms at the hotel have a sea or partial sea view which is much more spectacular than the view of Skala beach.

Sleep Quality - the beds are very comfortable zzzzzz :)

Cleanliness- I could not fault the cleanliness of the hotel , towels are changed every day if you leave them in the shower and bed sheets every other day, all room was cleaned to a high standard and so are all the communal areas of the hotel.

Location - Perfect location Skala can be a little bit noisy and after a pleasant stroll in or out of Skala its was lovely to return to the peace and serenity of the hotel. Don’t let the idea of the hill put you off unless you have severe mobility issues the pleasant stroll down to skalais is very scenic and relaxing. If you appreciate old school good manners and impeccable service you will love this hotel.

Rooms - rooms are bright and cheery , bathrooms are adequate for your requirements whilst away bed linen and towels are lovely and fresh and white o complaints what so ever.

Restraint the hotel food is fine and always served by polite friendly curious staff.

The gardens of the hotel and the pool area are also maintained to the highest standard.

This small intimate hotel is the perfect place to stay in skala much better than most of the places on the sea front where you pay double the price.

Sophia has also written a book called The Promised Journey which you can purchase from the hotel reception and t is an amazing read.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Barney01Leeds
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Really liked the hotel , we were unlucky with our room and had no sea view,asked to upgrade but as we were there for 2 weeks it wasn't possible. Our room was kept clean but we had to pay the extra for safe and air-con. Stunning view from the pool area and the breakfast really is the worst I have ever experienced - they charge 1 euro for a boiled egg.Everywhere is kept spotlessly clean Yes the hill is a pain- not so bad at night after a couple of drinks, but a killer during mid day. I would return to Scala but to a hotel on the flat.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Juleswales17
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed for a week at the beginning of July. Yes the hotel is on a hill you don't get magnificent views for nothing! The hill is fairly steep but not long and should be doable for most people of average fitness.

We paid extra on arrival and was allocated room 112 which had a double aspect and a sea view. The room was nicely decorated and had a high vaulted wooden ceiling. The bathroom was fairly small but ok.

We thought that we could do without air conditioning but it was too hot and with all the windows and doors open we could hear guests in the bar at the hotel next door so we paid for the air con which was 45 euro's. Sophia the owner is very pleasant but please be aware that she only accepts cash given the state of the Greek economy.

As others have said the breakfast is basic but he staff were wonderful with a cheery Kalimera each morning when we walked in.

If you can get over the hill issue then I would recommend this hotel.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
4  Thank Kay M
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I would also like to mention that the safe in the room is chargeable at a massive EU20 per week and that is a charge not a returnable deposit, and also possibly the only place in Skala that charges for Wi-fi! EU10 per week! The big question is would I return and the answer is a big fat YES!

Room Tip: Room 101 is excellent! double bed and probably the best view of all!
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3  Thank martin1057
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stunning hotel with gorgeous views, v clean staff were lovely, skala beautiful & walk v manageable, hired a car for 4 days saw a lot of the lovely island, Lourdas beach a gem! Room 20 v below standard were poor relation to the hotel! Tried to pay to upgrade but no other rooms given free air con to try to dull noise of bin lorries, coaches directly behind our room which was separate to other building poor furniture & below standard bathroom! We moved patio set as didn't want to sit below large electricity mains cleverly hidden by parasol & screen got better view of sea, should have been told in sub standard room .

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank nicg1969
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Just back from a week at Livadaki Village Hotel and enjoyed it very much indeed. The rooms are clean, fresh and perfectly acceptable for this level of hotel. Set at the top of a little hill overlooking Skala the hotel provides a peaceful place to relax and/or use as a base for moving around the beautiful island.
Plenty of space to sit on sunbeds or at tables in the pool/patio area. Very helpful management and there is always somebody around to help.
I am not sure that the hotel has yet quite got to grips with clients' expectations regarding food and drink. The breakfast is decidedly boring and a bit of a let down. Exactly the same fare every day tends to disappoint and send people down the hill for a "proper" breakfast now and then. With just a bit of imagination like a change of cereals and eggs on offer without extra charge this place could be remarkable.
Skala is a nice place to holiday, still quiet for the most part with a wide choice of restaurants. The beach chairs and parasols are EU5 a day hire for a set. We found the best most relaxing part of the beach to be the far end closest to the village. The hill down to the village is not too daunting in either direction but should you not feel up to walking back after a heavy meal, a taxi costs EU5.
We thoroughly enjoyed both the island and the hotel. With just a little more thought about the food offers and perhaps bundling in the air-conditioning rather then charging for it separately, I would have given the hotel 5 stars.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank dustyboy_11
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Address: Skala | Kefalonia, Skala 28 082, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Hotel Class:3 star — Livadaki Village Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Livadaki Village Hotel is located near Skala, (900 m.) on top of a hill, away from noise and traffic, yet close enough to reach the beach on foot(600 m.). It has been built in grounds planted with olive trees, flowers and vegetables, with great views of the Ionian Sea and the mainland. Its architectural style brings memories of the traditional atmosphere of old Kefalonia, while it offers all modern facilities.There are two suites, and 23 twin/double rooms, 7 triple rooms, with sea view or garden view balconies or terraces, nicely furnished, beds with anatomical matresses, satelite TV, direct dial telephone, internet access, fridge, air con, WC, shower.Lounge with great views, satelite TV, Bar, snack bar, reception, free WF, library. Extended verandas where breakfast is served in the morning, snacks and drinks later on. Breakfast is continental buffet style.Pool with great views, with children's section and jacuzzi, with sun beds and parasols around.Parking Area.Small, picturesque chapel on top of the hill,with great views, nice for marriage ceremonies ... more   less 

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