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“No frills with a bit extra!”
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San Giorgio
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 6, 2013

I have always found that you get what you pay for, so I was a little apprehensive as we arrived at the San Giorgio. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. We got what we paid for and a bit more. I had read the reviews about 'cardiac hill' and briefed my boyfriend that we were no doubt destined to find ourselves at the top of said hill and indeed we were! I was therefore not surprised when we were ushered into a mini bus at 12.30 at night (over 2 hours delay thanks to Thomson Airways) outside the hotel reception and prepared myself for the uphill journey. Sadly, one of our fellow passengers had no idea what was happening and was horrified at the gradient we found ourselves facing within seconds of leaving the front of the hotel!
Yes, the room did have an amazing view, but in no way did this make up for the Olympic effort required to get to and from it up that there hill! The room itself was quite big but basic. The bathroom reminded me a bit of a prison cell with its tiny window - a tad depressing! This however, was the no frills room we had paid for and we were more or less happy with it. The fridge was a nice touch. Sadly, ours didn't work and nor did the replacement. It was 38 degrees while we were there and thankfully the aircon saved us!
As others have said, it was a good 40 minute walk into town which we did only the once. It really is quite a trail to and from town. Take it in turns to pay the 5 Euro taxi fare either way!
We decided to hire a car for 3 days to see more of the island. Do get a quote from Greek Stones, we had no complaints about their comprehensive and friendly, not to mention amusing, service. The hotel receptionists will be happy to ring a couple of hire places for you.
I would have hired a car just to get me to and from breakfast to be honest, but we did venture out to Katelios, Argostoli, Myrtos Beach and up to the highest point of the island.
Breakfast in the hotel was a bit of a joke to be honest. There were approximately 20 tables for hundreds of people which equalled much standing around and pouncing on a suddenly vacant table every morning. The selection and quality of food available wasn't really worth the effort. The staff at the hotel were all incredibly friendly and obviously well accustomed to dealing with the Brits. We loved sitting around the bar of an evening and enjoyed some of the entertainment such as the quiz night and the Greek night. The little shop near the bar area was well stocked with water and other drinks so don't think you have to make the mammoth walk into Skala to get your bottled water.
Skala itself was really lovely. Having visited some of the other resorts, we knew we had made the right choice. The beach is outstanding. We walked almost right to the end where it was quiet and there was a lovely taverna for cold drinks. Sunbeds and a brolly were 5 euros for the day - we've paid more on some of the other Greek Islands, so that was ok with us.
There are plenty of restaurants in the resort, particularly on the main street in Skala. The Pines was ok, the Italian was nice but the best was the Scandinavian restaurant about half way up the main street on the left.
There is a lovely little church just off Skala main street, half way up on the right hand side. A nice haven for a quiet moment or light a candle in someone's memory.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel in lovely Skala. Would I return to Kefalonia, yes definitely, but would I stay at this hotel again, no probably not. I'd stay closer to the resort centre and in a slightly more upmarket hotel.

Room Tip: The clue is in the word 'cardiac'!
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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a wonderful weeks holiday at the San Giorgio hotel in skala, kefalonia. we went on the 27th of june and the weather was hot every day, about 30 degrees. What a really nice hotel. The staff were so friendly and helpful. the hotel had free airconditioning and we definitely needed it. the safety deposit boxes were 12 euros and you had to get the key from reception. The hotel was a bit out of town. But this didn't really matter because the hotel put a courtesy bus on about 6 times a day. You just had to book your place on it in the morning. We always managed to get a place. But it only cost 5 euros in a taxi to the centre. We went on a fantastic trip to the little island of Ithaki which left at 9:00am on a Tuesday and came back at 4:30 pm. It was with captain vangelis special cruises. It was 35 euros each. You can book it next door to the annassa hotel which is about a 10 minute walk to the centre. we also did the coach island tour with panem tours. This was a really good trip and we got to see quite a few places. It was 27 euros each. The guide was called esme and she knew a lot of information about the island having lived there for 22 years. This was quite a long day. They picked us up from our hotel at 7:45am so we didn't have time for breakfast. But we told the receptionist the night before and they did us a packed breakfast to take with us. The trip was quite a long day but worth it. We got back at 6:30 pm. We also managed to get the local bus from skala square to the capital argostoli. It leaves at 9:00am Monday to Friday. It costs 4 and a half euros each way and takes about an hour to get there. I think its about 20 miles away. Coming back, it leaves at 2:00pm from argostoli bus station. We managed to see 3 loggerhead turtles in the harbour while we were there. This was such a lovely island and I'm sure I'll definitely go back in the future. So if you're looking for a relaxing holiday, this could be the place for you with plenty of tavernas to choose from in skala. The only drawback was on skala beach there were quite a few rocks in the sea which hurt your feet. But a lot of the shops were selling special shoes to go in the sea with. Maybe if we had walked a bit further along the beach it might have been sandy in the sea. I would certainly go back to the San Giorgio hotel.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We've just got back from our second stay in as many years at the San Giorgio and we are definitely doing it again next year! This hotel and island is ideal for families and couples looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday. We love the fact there are 3 pools, so we can always find a spot for the day. Breakfast, while basic, is good with a range of choices. However it does become very busy at times. A 5 minute walk away are a couple of pretty little bays, perfect if you don't fancy the long walk or coach into skala. We personally don't like the beach at Skala (mixture of sand and shingle), so we would recommend hiring a car. While we don't often go to skala during the day, it is perfect for the evening, with such a wide range of restaurants to chose from. Our favourite is the Old Village. We went earlier this year to avoid the extreme temperatures of 35-40 degrees we experienced in August last year, but if you love your sun, it's great!

Overall a superb, relaxing hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Returned from our stay at the San Giorgio on 25/06/13 after a weeks Stay. Although we did have a room right at the top of a steep climb, the holiday was wonderful. After a couple of days we did request a move lower down but the rooms offered were not as good as the one we had. The room was large with good views. The week we were there was extreemely Hot but this did not spoil the Stay. All that people have said about the Hotel is spot on so i will not bore everone again. Main points for us were the Staff, big mentioned to our waiter Christopher who could not have done more for us. Secondly the food, We were Half Board and the quality and portions were Excellent. The prices were also good. In fact the whole island was good value. This was including places such as Assos and Fiscardo ( sorry if spelt wrong) the prices were the same although they were beautiful and a magnet for a visit. If your thinking of Kefelonia then consider the San Giorgio. It is very reasonably priced and in a good location to visit the Island.

Room Tip: Request a high floor lower down the hill, not a high room as you will get the top of the hill.
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Just back from a week at the San Giorgio. The hotel is situated at the top of a hill with a 45 minute walk into Skala (don't believe the reports of a 15 min walk, its 15 mins the the nearest supermarket which isn't even half way into Skala!).A fantastic hotel.....clean, friendly, professionally run but fun and relaxed. Spiros the restaurant manager is a lovely, funny, young man who makes eating in the restaurant a joy (as well as the lovely food of course). Christina lights up the breakfast room with her sunny disposition as well as being there in the evening to help out too. All the staff are friendly and accommodating, cannot do enough to help. The rooms and communal areas are clean and well looked after, bedding and towels are changed regularly (mattresses are quite hard.... be warned!), surfaces cleaned and floors mopped daily. The 3 pools are clean and well looked after with crystal clear water set in landscaped gardens with pool bar and pool snack bar. Thomson reps are there almost daily with trips to offer and advice. All in all the hotel is a great example of what a good hotel should be, we cannot wait to go back!

Room Tip: Lots of steps to the higher rooms but the views are better, rooms at the front in the gardens are be...
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Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Just returned home from our amazing holiday at st Giorgio, we stayed 20th June for 1 week, all flights and transfers were on time which was a great start on arriving to the hotel we had our luggage taken up to our room which was really helpful as it was so warm after a long transfer, we were given 402 which was a lovely room with a fantastic seaview and a huge balcony that spread round corner and we had a bottle of wine waiting for us, the room also had a lovely bathroom and even a bath which is rare in Greece!
The pool area was lovely, plenty of sunbeds spread over 3 pools never struggled to get a spot lovely views from the pool area also, bar had lots of drink choice and did had 2 happy hours a day with lots of cocktails, the hotel also runs minibus into skala on a evening we did use this a couple if times but the times were 6.00pm 6.30pm and 9.00pm didn't really suit us but we used it a few times taxis only 5 euro, we only managed to walk it 2 times with the heat and we are 22 and 23, skala it's self was little and lovely and lots of little hidden away bars out fave place to eat was the manor house, ( lamb in clay pot with baked cheese ) we did do bed and breakfast but it was a little busy and chaotic for us so offen didn't bother, we didn't really use hotel entertainment as balcony view was that nice we stayed up with a bottle of wine, hotel had a mini market and snack bar ( little pricey ) but not much choice as no other shops locally so we didn't mind, all the staff looked after us we felt valued, we did hire a car for one day and explored kefalonia it was lovely we did Sami, the lake, myrtos beach, and a few others,
Loved the holiday would maybe go back in the future but not straight away as so much of Greece we would love to see!!

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

First of all, we had a wonderful holiday in Skala. We picked this hotel on price, location and trip advisor recommendation. We were not disappointed.

We had a lovely room overlooking the sea and not too high up so we didn't have a problem getting up to it in the heat. I can however see why people mention the walk up to some of the rooms......it is high and steep.

The rooms are kept very clean by the cleaners and all the staff at the hotel are friendly.

We had a car throughout our two weeks and I would recommend this to anyone staying here.
First of all, Kefalonia is a wonderful island to explore and we had great times finding new and interesting places / beaches / tavernas etc. Some people suggest renting a car for just a few days when you are there. That’s Ok but if you shop around on the internet when booking your holiday you can probably find you can rent for your entire holiday for not much more that renting for a few days when there.

The other point about the car is the location of the hotel to Skala town (which is lovely).
It's a good 40 minute walk and while we like walking, not in the blistering heat and not if you just want to nip to the shops.
There is a shuttle from the hotel but I know it got busy and is quite restrictive on times.
A couple of times we left the car in Skala and got a taxi back at night then got the Shuttle in the morning to go to Skala and pick up the car.

And I know money can be tight, but its 5 euros in a taxi. Fellas, she might say she’s happy to walk but when your wife or girlfriend has got herself all dressed up and has her high heels on she really doesn’t want to walk for 40 minutes into town for dinner getting all sweaty!

We had a couple of days by the pool, not really our thing but was very nice. Clean and lots of beds. The guests in the hotel all seemed pleasant and there was no rowdy behaviour.

We ate in the restaurant only once. It was similar to most of the other restaurants we visited on our trip in that it was very nice albeit a little more expensive than elsewhere but certainly no problem if you do like staying closer to home.

I've seen a few comments about the breakfast. I thought it was OK. A little basic but that’s Greece. My only thought if I were to go back is that a self catering rooms would have cost us around £150 less and that buys a lot of cereal and coffee plus giving you the option to make your own lunch or dinner once in a while.
I think going forward, that will be my preferred option.

Will I go back here? Probably not but not because there was anything wrong with it, just because there are so many other places I want to go to.

Room Tip: As said before many times, high rooms for fantastic views but hard work to get to (if you have a car...
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Address: Porou Skalas, Skala 280 82, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#8 Family Hotel in Skala
#9 Romantic Hotel in Skala
Hotel Class:3 star — San Giorgio 3*
Number of rooms: 106
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