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.
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- Also Known As:
- San Giorgio Hotel Skala
- San Giorgio Skala