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“perfect relaxing holiday”
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San Giorgio
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Skala
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York, United Kingdom
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“perfect relaxing holiday”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

stayed at san giorgio 8th - 15th august 2013 in self catering. We had rooms 126 & 127 overlooking the pool with a sea view. rooms were kept clean & could benefit from a lick of paint to bring them up to UK standards. Saying that, they were large & more than adequate for our needs. Walked in to Skala & back a few times and found a patisserie on the right hand side of the road (about half way between hotel and Skala). It had the best home made ice creams, 10 flavours & cost 1 euro each. Little rocky cove over road from hotel was ideal for snorkelling. Ate out every night and the food was very good , as was the cost. We ate at pitta boso (very cheap),
aquarius, apostoli & one other i cant remember the name of. It's the one on the left hand corner at the bottom of the main street. Our favourite was Apostoli. food was superb. we booked the discover kefalonia cruise on skala beach rather than through thompsons & enjoyed it. Saved 29 euros each by doing so. You should hire a car and discover all the island. seeing turtles in sea at Argostoli was good & there are some lovely unspoilt beaches. If going to Myrtos beach get there early as it gets packed & parking is a nightmare. Yes san giorgio is on a hill & out of town but knew that before booking, it still was a fantastic holiday & would go back there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the San Giorgio in July 2013, had an absolutely amazing week. We stayed in a room near to the top which has absolutely stunning views. I was worried after reading the reviews that it would be a horrible walk to the top but it really was not bad at all! The location is a bit far from the town, around a 30-45 min walk however we walked a couple of times, in the evening was very nice, a good temperature and was very pretty watching the sunset whilst walking into town to get dinner, however recommend getting a taxi during the day as the heat around 3pm for that walk was unbearable. Taxi service is very decent and not too expensive. Unfortunately had an incident where medical help was needed for a few visits during the week, if anyone is worried about having an accident then do not worry as the doctor was very helpful and kept an eye for the entire week! Much more helpful than the English doctor we saw before we went out... We had a couple of days out using panem tours... Found in skala town, would highly recommend! Saved around 100 euros through them rather than booking through Thomson!!! Very good value for money too, visiting main sites in kefalonia. Overall we had a really good holiday, loved the San Giorgio and its staff and we look forward to visiting again sometime in the future.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We loved our week staying at the best hotel in Skala with our bestest friends. The staff were great, especially Christina always so friendly and helpful. Hiring a car is a must to see this truly wonderful island.
We will be returning hopefully next year.

Room Tip: The higher the better for beautiful views, good exercise walking up the steps. The picture is taken...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We booked this on a smart deal and had a choice of 6 different hotels all pretty average looking. This hotel wasn't in the deal but something happened that meant we got put there at first I was a little pessimistic but after watching everyone get dropped off at very secluded, dingy hotel apartments we rolled up at San Giorgio hotel, we'd landed in my opinion one of the best looking hotels in Skala this was soon confirmed. Very helpful staff, pleasant atmosphere. The food & service there is probably the best we received in Skala. Minutes away from secluded beaches. About 10 minutes away from Skala in taxi, 30 minute walk. If you tend to stay in the hotel more that's fine, it has many sun loungers and 3 different pools a lot of entertainment throughout the week. Amazing place for a nice quiet trip away!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hyde, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Me and my boyfriend visited San Giorgio from 6th August to 13th August 2013. Having reread reviews on here, I would say they are very accurate. Kefalonia is a beautiful holiday destination. San Giorgio is overall a good hotel, bar the steep hill and breakfast. We were surprised with how big the hotel was when we arrived. We were expecting a smaller hotel from the pictures we had seen on here.

We arrived at San Giorgio late on the Tuesday night. After getting off the transfer coach, our bags were taken to our rooms. However, this was not made clear! We had no idea how they would know which suitcases were ours and whether they would leave the bags in the room or outside the room. This was frustrating as we were very hungry and eager to go to the hotel restaurant! I also wasn't happy with luggage being left outside the room. We were taken to our room which was right at the top of the "cardiac hill" as mentioned on here. The baggage arrived about 20 mins later. Phew! Being fit, healthy and only 23 and 26 years old we thought we would be fine with the hill- but it really was very steep. It prevented us from going back to our room during the daytime. We found ourselves out of breath when we finally reached our room! If considering San Giorgio request a lower level room!

The room itself was very spacious. Towels and sheets were changed every other day. The cleaners came everyday. We had a sea view which was a nice surprise. There was an infestation of ants in one corner though! We bought some croissants from a bakery one night to have for breakfast the following morning. We left them on the table overnight and found them infested with ants in the morning!

The restaurant food at night was absolutely fantastic. The lamb chops and pork soulvaki were excellent. The best food we had on the island! However, the breakfast left a lot to be desired. There was fruit, greek yoghurt, cereal, (warm!) milk, bread, cheese and ham. There was a choice of hot food, e.g. scrambled egg or beans everyday. This did not look particularly appetizing. There was a toasting machine which kept me happy.

The hotel is a 40 minute walk from Skala. This isn't a problem as the hotel provide a courtesy bus every hour or so. Make sure you book the bus through reception in the morning as the more popular times fill up. It is 5 euros back in a taxi.

In Skala itself we would recommend Captains Bar for cocktails. They were amazing! We also enjoyed eating at Sirrocco and found Pittabozo a great lunchtime stop.

Overall, San Giorgio had a great atmosphere, the pools were lovely and we had an amazing holiday!

Room Tip: Avoid room 151!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

me and my wife booked 2 weeks at the san Giorgio from 30th jul-13 aug 2013 we had read the reviews and looked forward to our holiday we arrived after 5pm and our bags were taken to our room we had asked for a sea view overlooking the pool when we got in the room the view was exactly what we asked for , stunning. we stayed in room 225 there is a steep hill to all rooms fromm 200 upward but the view is worth it we did see accommodation just inside the entrance to the hotel grounds there was still a hill but not as muchm we ate mostly in the hotel the breakfast was a bit repetitive but Spiros(restaurant manager) is looking into changes but to be fair it was the food you get while on holiday anywhere the evening meal is not a buffet but waiter service we were half board and we were shown the half board menu and a normal pay on the day menu and we were told we could order on the pay on day menu and pay the difference this we did most nights the service was first class thank-you Christo Cristina all the staff and Spiros.the hotel reception girls were great and could not do enough to make you're stay an enjoyable one thanks dezzi and sofia the bar was well run and the staff very good and at reasonable prices also there is a snack bar by the pool for afternoon snacks with good food at good prices and well run run.there was entertainment on most nights, quiz, greek, jazz, karaoke nights all run to a great standard the hotel runs a mini bus into skala starting at 10 in the morning till 9 at night. some mornings we had breakfast in the pines restaurant on the main strip, good food at good prices. we also had meals at the apostel restaurant which is by sallys bar to the right of main street. we went on 3 trips, discover kefilonia and the sun cruise were booked with Thomson(a bit expensive)both were good but the sun cruise was great we also went on a day trip to ithica island booked with etam in the town and saved 22 euros compared to Thomsons price ,this was also a great day out. all in all a great holiday made better due to the hotel staff and fellow guests and finally not forgetting the maids who cleaned the room daily and changed towels bedding when needed so to all of the staff and management thank-you and if I haven't mentioned you I am sorry.we don't usually go to any-where twice but we think when we are planning our holiday for next year it has a good chance of being the san Giorgio again it was that good.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Stayed here for a week, room 120. Family of 4, we had a great holiday. 2x very large double beds, one in bedroom other pullout in living room. We were self catering, but ate out most evenings. Overlooked pool and the sea. Hotel sorted issues quickly, we were missing a cork screw. I spoke to reception they phoned the on site shop and by the time I had walked the 20m to the shop, the assistance was standing at the door to give it to me. The hotel provides a good courtesy mini bus in and out of the town, Skala which is handy. Both hotel receptionists were very friendly and helpful. Hotel is only a few hundred metres from the rocky coast with lovely shingle beaches, fantastic for snorkelling, the water is so clear to observe the fish and underwater rock formations.

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Property: San Giorgio
Address: Porou Skalas, Skala 280 82, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#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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