We had a great week’s stay at the San Giorgio hotel in early June. It's a really lovely hotel with fantastic views, great food, friendly staff and lots of space – there’s three pools plus a children’s pool, and loads of sunbeds – finding somewhere to sit was never a problem and one afternoon we had the entire main pool to ourselves! There is also a tennis court plus table tennis and a games room, a book library in the reception area and evening entertainment several nights a week (Greek night, Jazz night, quiz night, karaoke, etc.).
We had emailed Reception in advance to ask for a room on one of the lower levels and were given room 207 near the pool by reception, the bar area and mini market. This was perfect as it was only a few small flights of steps down and then up to our room, and our balcony was always in the sun and despite not directly facing the sea we still had a sea view. I took a walk up to some of the higher rooms one day and whilst these seem bigger and with great views the huge amount of steps were a bit of a challenge in the heat of the sun, so we were very happy where we were!
We spent most of the week chilling out at the hotel with a few trips via the shuttle bus (which runs several times a day and in the evening) into Skala, which is a lovely resort with lots of bars, restaurants, shops and a huge beach. We booked our round the island trip via Panem (located half way up the main street on the right hand side) and were really impressed – the tour was much cheaper than with Thomsons and the rep was fantastic, a fountain of knowledge who made the day really interesting and enjoyable. Highlights were the wine factory, Melassini Lake and Drogarati Caves, Fiskardo, Assos and the view of Myrtos Beach. The coach driver was also exceptional and handled all the winding roads very well – rather him than me!
Breakfast at the hotel was spent sitting outside on one of the small balcony areas, and whilst there wasn’t a huge range of cooked breakfast items I thought the choice was still good. The wonderful Greek yoghurt with fruit and honey became a daily occurrence for me and there was also cereals, toast, rolls, pastries, ham and cheese and either sausage and beans or scrambled eggs each day, plus tea, coffee and fruit juices. We also enjoyed several nice lunches at the snack bar (omelettes, sandwiches, salads, burgers, etc.) which was very friendly and efficient. Having placed your order and then going to the bar for a drink, your order was usually ready as you returned to your table. The mini market was perfect for mid-afternoon icecreams and the bottled water was also very reasonably priced.
Happy Hour twice a day was good for cocktails and the wine and beer were really cheap. We ate at the hotel restaurant three times for dinner and always really enjoyed our meal. The waiters, restaurant manager and Christina who also worked at breakfast time were all really friendly. Other hotels we’d recommend are Old Times (the best meals of our trip) and Nautilus (really cool setting in a boat and great fish and seafood) which are both a 20 minute walk from the hotel on the way into Skala, and the Mikelatos Family restaurant and El Greco in Skala itself, plus Captain’s Bar for a fab range of cocktails.
To sum up, this was a wonderfully relaxed week in the sun, in a lovely, spacious hotel with stunning views. It was also excellent value for money, and I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
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- San Giorgio Hotel Skala
- San Giorgio Skala