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.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Costa Hotel Skala
- Costa Hotel Cephalonia