We chose Theodora because we wanted clean, simple self-catering accommodation with a pool which was close to a nice beach; Theodora ticked all the boxes for us. We travelled with Cosmos and were dropped off at the bottom of the hill on the main road so it's a 5 minute walk (mostly uphill) to Theodora. We had already read reviews so we were prepared for the walk, not a problem. On arrival, the Cosmos travellers were welcomed by Maria, her family and Maggie, the English lady who works there. We collected our cases (which had been delivered separately so no need for us to drag them up the hill with us, thankfully) and Maggie gave us our room numbers.
The apartments are simple but spotlessly clean. We did not intend to do any cooking, although you are provided with two electric rings, our main priority was to have a full-size fridge with freezer compartment for our drinks! We stocked up on alcohol (beer is cheap but spirits are not) from the nearby supermarket!
The beds are very firm and take a bit of getting used to, but we often find this to be the case in Greece. The beds have blankets on them, which we immediately removed as it was so hot that the lovely clean sheets were more than sufficient. There is air conditioning at a cost of 5 euros per day, plus a safety deposit box in the wardrobe at an additional cost of 10 euros for a week. The air con is well worth it!
Patio doors open onto a small balcony (we were on the middle floor of 3) and ours had a pleasant view of the lovely, well maintained gardens, although I believe the top floors have a sea view. There was a hair dryer in our room, which is unusual for self-catering, but I had already brought my own. Yes, as others have said, the bathroom is small and the shower is a bit of a nuisance because it is mounted on the wall at a very low height so if you're over 2 foot tall, you'll need to hold it! This was hard work whilst washing my hair, but not a huge problem so I wouldn't whinge about it. The water does overflow in the absence of a shower curtain, but again not a major issue for me. Unfortunately, I did have 3 or 4 cold showers during the course of the week as the hot water seems to run out when guests return during late afternoon/evening.
The cleaning staff do a wonderful job and everything is well taken care of, they even dried our dishes from the draining board which we didn't expect at all. You have to supply your own washing up liquid and are only supplied with a couple of toilet rolls, but this is often the case with self catering. There is a full size kettle, and it would have been good to have also had a toaster but this is just our personal preference. There is a wall-mounted TV which we never used because we can watch TV at home when it's raining!
The pool area is very pleasant and we were always able to get sun loungers even in July. There is a nice atmosphere and it's lovely to sip cocktails in the nice little bar area on the comfy seating and chat to visitors and staff alike. Kolios Beach, in our opinion, is nicer than Aghia Paraskevi. It is quieter, with only one row of sun beds, and has good facilities. We ate twice at Infinity Blue which is at the end of the road Theodora is on, so is very handy and one of the nicest places we visited. The view is fantastic (see separate review). We had our best meal at The Final Step in Skiathos Town - just amazing! (see separate review).
We would recommend the Island Hopping Trip to Skopelos and Alonissos, both of which are beautiful places with lots of photo opportunities.
One word of warning about the local buses on Skiathos - if you go in high season many of the peak time buses are packed full and you end up having to get taxis so the transport system isn't quite as good as it could be. The buses are old and many are not air conditioned so it gets unpleasantly hot and crowded on there, with no regard for health and safety with doors left open and people's faces pressed against the windscreen!
Skiathos itself is a gorgeous island and although we make it our policy never to visit the same destination twice (as there is so much of the world waiting our there) Skiathos does tempt us for a return visit. The scenery is stunning, the standard of restaurants is extremely high and there is so much beauty around you with fantastic blue sky...... what more could you want? Theodora is the ideal base from which to explore and, for us, was perfect for our needs.
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- Also Known As:
- Theodora Studios Hotel Kolios
- Theodora Apartments Skiathos
- Theodora Apartments Hotel Skiathos
- Theodora Studios Skiathos/Kolios