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“Nice but pricey!!”
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Villa Costa
Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Skala
Certificate of Excellence
Hertfordshire
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Nice but pricey!!”
Reviewed October 7, 2007

Having just returned from a week at the Villa Costa, which we had chosen based on trip advisor reviews, it has been interesting to read the latest reviews which far more accurately sum up our view of the hotel. The hotel is lovely - not really a hotel, but a house with a large back garden, pool and a purpose-built eating area/bar. The rooms are not huge but are well furnished and large enough for the limited amount of time you spend it them - but the bathrooms are tiny, with a shower cubicle, toilet and sink area, definitely not enough space for two to get ready.

We are beach lovers and were very disappointed in the beach opposite the hotel - a mix of very sharp sand and shingle made it uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. The sunloungers had seen better days which made the 5 euro charge very steep. Thankfully the pool area in the hotel is nice with very comfortable loungers - but beware, the pool isn't heated !

As a previous reviewer has already mentioned - breakfast is very disappointing. There is no self-service and the choice is very limited and portions small.

Mario, the owner, makes no secret of his aim to provide a high class boutique hotel for "discerning" guests. He has spent considerable effort in ensuring that the quality of the food and drink is high but, as stated in previous reviews, this is spoilt by the pressure applied by both him and his manager Spyros in persuading guests to eat in and in their choice of menu. Other guests staying there at the same time as us chose to eat out at poorer quality restaurants just so they could choose from a menu themselves !! It is very disconcerting to be told at breakfast what you are eating at dinner and you do need to be strong and stand up to the pressure to be able to chose for yourself ! By the end of the week it almost became a game to see how far into the day you could get avoiding the dinner question! I guess we could have eaten out but the choice of alternative restaurants was poor - generally tavernas with photos of food outside (not really what we had in mind !).

Of course, being "guided" into a dinner choice off-menu means that you have no idea of its price ! Then there is the wine ! Contrary to our previous perceptions, Greek wine is excellent - but pricey ! Mario takes a lot of time in recommending a suitable wine to go with your dinner - but you do need to ask the price !

At the end of the day, we had a lovely holiday. It cost us more than we had expected but we had great company with other guests staying there, the weather was fantastic (apart from one day) and we had a really lazy, relaxing week. Mario's mother made some wonderful baklava for us to bring back - thanks Katerina !

The brochures don't warn you that Cephalonia is an expensive island so if you are expecting a cheap week in the sun, this island is not for you.

Stayed September 2007
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Salisbury
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Reviewed September 30, 2007

We have just returned from a one week stay at Villa Costa. The hotel looked lovely and was kept spotlessly clean throughout. Our room was great and the food was easily the best in Scala. Despite all this, at the end of our week's stay we were glad to leave.

The generally relaxing atmosphere is spoiled by the constant pressure from the staff to have dinner at the hotel every night - you feel you have to explain yourself if you aren't going to be there for some reason. The enjoyment of the food was hampered by pressure to have particular meals (the most expensive) and plenty of expensive wine. Relaxing at the bar was hard with Mario pushing you to try his most expensive drinks.

Villa Costa would be wonderful if it were not for the relentless pressure to account for your movements and, in short, to spend as much of your money as possible. I hope Mario and Spiros will learn to chill out and leave their guests to do whatever they want on their holiday, and thereby turn Villa Costa into a really wonderful place to go.

  • Liked — The room and the hotel itself
  • Disliked — Being told what to eat and drink every night
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Wales, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2007

Just returned from a very enjoyable stay at Villa Costa. This small intimate family run boutique hotel has to be one of the best hotels in Scala. From the moment you enter the hotel through the big white gates you experience a little bit of luxury while admiring the lovely pool, gardens and quiet exclusive atmosphere. There is a small pool side decking area with wooden sun beds and comfortable cane furniture for sunbathing and relaxation. When we visited the hotel in September 2007, the pool area was extremely quiet, usually had the pool to ourselves for the majority of the day. Pool towels were always placed on the sun beds in the morning. The cleanliness of the hotel is excellent throughout, rooms are cleaned a minimum of twice a day. Rooms are rather small but décor and facilities are excellent. Flat screen television, DVD, bathrobes & slippers, tea & coffee and the usual minibar, safe & air conditioning.

The setting for breakfast overlooking the pool is lovely. Shame the quality, quantity and variety of the food does not live up to the same standard. Breakfast is waiter service, portions are small and variety is very limited. By the end of the week, felt like not attending breakfast as it was virtually non existent and very boring unless you paid the additional charge for a wider menu selection. For example, expect to pay an additional charge for a cooked breakfast or an omelette. Considering the expensive price of the holiday, felt this was unacceptable. Found the staff to be generally friendly and helpful but on occasions there was pressure to eat in the restaurant. Unable to comment about the standard of the evening meal as we ate in local restaurants but fellow guests generally thought that that the quality was good but very expensive. Suggest you ask for the price of any food and drink before you make a purchase. Prices are generally not advertised – wonder why! If you decide not to eat in the hotel restaurant, just be firm with the owner and decline the offer.

Hotel is located in a very good position in Scala, very close to the sand and shingle beach, which is accessed across the relatively quiet main road. When departing, have to vacate your rooms by 10am, there is no courtesy room facilities. As we had an evening flight, the management allowed us to keep our room until 2pm, which was appreciated. Flights from Cardiff with First Choice Airlines were very good, experienced no problems. Recommend Sovereign holidays, representative Veronica was very friendly and helpful with a first class service on arrival and departure. In summary, very good hotel just watch the prices.

  • Liked — Hotel Grounds, Pool, Rooms & Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Breakfast & overall value for money
  • Stayed September 2007
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kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2007

i found the owner ignorant , spiros pushy and wanted you to stay in the hotel and so did the owner ! mario could be a rip of as he always got spiros to sell you the most expensive bottles of wine and always got you on the specials and they were very expensive ! i always say pay for what you get you only live once but mario is a money grabber and very good at it and very cute ! i bought him level and lemon until i found out it was 10 euros a shot 5 later he still never bought one back ! he only takes will never buy back because like he says only rich people go to his hotel !!!!!!! yeah we all work hard but dont like being ripped off !!!!!!! so all im saying is go with a big pocket of cash or a large balance on your credit card as you will need it !!! just to add dont go out as you have to tell them how long you will be and they will stay up and wait for you !!!!!!!! and expect them to be in a mood the next day as they want your money and dont like you to spend out of the villa costa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! overall bad experience !!!

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — spiros and mario
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Costa
Address: Scala Beach, Skala 490 84, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Skala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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Costa Hotel Cephalonia

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