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“The Big Village with a Big Heart” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Big Village Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Skala B&B and Inns
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“The Big Village with a Big Heart”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We finally arrived Late on the Sunday night of 25th August, after being delayed in Newcastle for 4 Hours. Napoloeon, The Manager was still waiting for us and was extremely helpful and Chatty. We talked about our Children while he showed us to Our Rooms. We stayed in one of the Studio`s, The room was very clean and spacious. The bathroom was a big size, Two sofa`s on either side of large living area. which also had two pull out beds underneath. The Rooms were cleaned every day and the Cleaners were friendly. The pool area was well maintained and Makis the barman was always around to talk to. The location of the Hotel was Brilliant. 5 Minutes walk from the beach and say 10 Minutes from the main street. There ar numerous Restaurants situated within at least a 10 minute walk. Highly recommend Socrates, Pikiona, Makis Grill, Pas Palis. For Drinks I would recommend Akri, Veto`s Bar, Metaxa, Sally`s Bar and The Captains Bar.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

A great centrally located hotel great for the beach 5 minutes walk ! (10 if your chatting and stopping on the way ) bars all within in five minutes , restaurants ! Too many to mention but as we have visited skala 15 times are favourite is and will always be Socrates located straight opposite the BV Dimitri and Dennis are stars ! Rooms cleaned everyday while we were here! Breakfast sparse but what we expected ! Free wifi ! All in all would visit again !

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rookeee
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Reading
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We were 2 adults and 2 kids (13 and 10) and comfortably fitted into one standard bedroom. Clothes storage was just the one wardrobe....not really enough. Room was large enough that we could live out of our cases without getting in each others way.

We were ground floor (almost sunk below ground level) with a large patio. No view.....but by the end we liked the privacy and large space it gave us to drop all the beach stuff each night. Also had an outside tap that came in useful.

We were one of the few that hadn't been to the Big Village Hotel under previous management. So while others were disappointed......it seemed ok to us. New management aren't exceptional.......but exactly what we expected for Greece. No worse than anywhere else i've stayed across Kefalonia, Corfu, Crete and Thassos.

Room cleaning wasn't every day.....but enough. Breakfast was poor....but we expected it.

My main issue was the location. Slightly up the hill, just 10 minutes walk from the beach - but having seen some other hotels directly on the beach, we wondered why we hadn't booked one of them. By the last day i'd decided i preferred being on the hill, closer to the main strip of bars and restaurants. Made us feel like we'd covered a little more ground.....made it feel like we'd come home after an evening on the beach. if we'd been at the beachfront Tara Hotel (which looked nice) - not convinced we'd have moved much more than 50 metres over the 10 days.

The pool bar was well run......probably the highlight of the hotel. Makis the pool bar manager was the most enthusiastic member of staff at the Big Village Hotel. The pool was ok......did seem, get a touch cloudy, but none of us became ill after swimming in it.

Our kids preferred another nicer pool by the each.....you could get access if you bought drinks there. Though i suspect the waitresses preferred Greek custom to ours - we dragged out our 10 Euros worth of drinks. Be prepared to spend a little more money if you want a smile as well as the pool.

Skala as a resort grew on us too. I couldn't see what made people come back year after year. I think its that it has a little of everything.

Room Tip: Bottom floor views not so good......but the large terrace was great compensation.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Ellajosh
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Level Contributor
68 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Have visited here many times over the years. The hotel remains clean and tidy but the pool area and bar have gone downhill this year. By the end of our stay the pool was cloudy and our feet filthy from walking on the patio that doesn't seem to get cleaned from one day to the next. The plants round the pool are all dying as they don't get watered and the outside toilets could do with a good powerhosing and disinfecting. Shame as its such a lovely location and the staff are very friendly and helpful, if just a little bit inept. Come on, clean up the pool and get back to your old standards.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

My previous experiences of Greece are of family-run small hotels in Skiathos, Halkidiki and in 2010 the Makis Hotel in Skala. In each case you knew exactly what you were going to get - clean rooms with basic decor, a very basic breakfast and lovely people running the hotel. Having read the reviews of the Big Village I was expecting another family affair, but things have changed over the last year. This is what I could make of it !

The owner (who also runs the Galaxy supermarket up the hill in town) and his wife are now divorced. She ran the Big Village with her sons and has now gone. The reception is being manned by a great bloke named Napoleon who also has another hotel in town. The bar and pool are looked after by Mikey who lives around the corner but at a conservative estimate works a 15 hour day. The breakfast and cleaning are done by two ladies. That's it, there is no-one else.

These 4 people are doing a great job of keeping the place going - we had 3 x towel and bedding changes in the 2 weeks we were there and the pool area and room were very clean with the bonus of having a glass shower cubicle. We had one of the 4 "suites" with 2 single beds in the main room, a fridge, kettle, TV and loads of furniture and a galleried upper floor with a double bed and loads more storage space. I can't fault it. I think you'd struggle to self-cater here as there are no plates, cutlery or cooking facilities but it didn't bother us. My one minor criticism would be that Mikey is trying manfully to get his bar up to scratch but isn't quite there yet, though there are plenty of other places nearby for snacks and cocktails. The Akri bar around 100m away is worth a visit just to hear Jenny the lovely hostess speaking Welsh !

I'll also add that in contradiction to a previous review we loved the Pikiona Bar. It's on the beach next door to the Makis and has had 2.2 million euros spent on it to create a restaurant / bar / pool used by locals and tourists alike (you'll see familiar faces like the "Captain" with his kids there) The music isn't as intrusive as it was in 2010 when it was mainly a teen hangout, so when you can't see the water at the Big Village for inflatables and water pistols it may be worth a look.

Room Tip: The 4 suites have 2 aircon units in each room so will cost you 8E per night - well worth it though.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Enjoyed our recent visit very much. But it has gone downhill slightly since the previous management moved on since last summer. Cleanliness is definitely an issue especially the outside pool area toilets. But the same can be said as in previous reviews, Mikey at the pool bar is a star! Nothing is too much trouble and he really does his best to be welcoming and to make your visit as pleasant as possible!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris M
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Kendal, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in this hotel for a week and I have to say that it was really lovely the only problems I had was clean towels, the mould around the shower basin, the breakfast was the same thing each and that the air conditioning wasn't included in the price. The man behind the pool bar was a true legend gonna miss him! The receptionist Napoleon was very nice too.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank xsellize
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Property: Big Village Hotel
Address: Skala 28086, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Skala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Big Village Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Big Village Hotel is located in a quiet spot five minutes stroll to the shore and a couple of minutes walk into town. The pretty peached colored accommodation provides double, triple and quadruple rooms and offer continental breakfast, swimming pool and pool bar. The pool is surrounded by a terrace decked out with sunbeds and umbrellas, in the pool bar you can find delicious snacks and drinks. ... more   less 
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