Hotel Skiathos Palace Koukounaries

, Skiathos, Greece
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Hotel Skiathos Palace Koukounaries

5 star

Rooms: 223

Koukounaries Bay - Skiathos - 370 02 - Greece Hotel Website | | 2427-049700/6
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2/10
The island is perfect the hotel...
Submitted by: Bogdan in 25/08/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Romania
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We stayed in the hotel 1o days. A group of 4 families who know very well the hotels in Greece. The island is perfect for holidays, hotel position is just like in pictures, but rooms are horrible ( classic rooms). Smells like mold and the walls of the bathroom are wet. Too bad! No more than two stars hotel. I will never come back!
1/10
Awful
Submitted by: Jan in 27/08/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The standard rooms are awful. The carpets in the bedrooms are stained and very dirty, vacuumed only twice a week, air conditioning struggles. The furniture is chipped and upholstery stained and the beds are the worst I have ever slept in.
2/10
Mr Rigsby eat your heart out
Submitted by: Debbie in 29/08/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We stayed at "the palace" for two weeks this august. The steep steps and incline up to the hotel were blooming hard work (no oxygen supplied) for a middle aged, unfit, mum - tho my kids found it okay. We found the reception areas, pool and dining areas very pleasant indeed. The corridors were dark and dingy and need of an overhaul. We stayed in a standard room (described by our tour operator as 3/4 star????). However the 80's decor, avocado bathroom suite and stained toilet seat and carpet were more a relic from the tv show rising damp !!! The room were cleaned daily by our surly maid who got very irate when we were in residence when she wanted to clean..... We did get a glimpse of a few of the superior rooms which did look excellent - modern and well equipped. The breakfast was buffet style and fab. My main concern was that as a single parent eating out in koukanaries in the evening was unsettling was because the walk back is pretty isolated and dark. Koukanaries itself is quite limited buy nice all the same. I would happily return to skiathos again but not to the skiathos palace - the public areas are all nice and shiney but our accomodation was poor. I also found the smoking constant, smelly and vile (i would love to have seen the restaurant have a non smoking area). All the non uk tourists seemed to have a fag constantly lit! We coincided with the greek annual holidays and all the greek residents seem to smoke. For an avid smoker, with mountain goat like tendancies who can afford the upgrade - go for it - you will have a ball!! For those who dont want ash on their watermelon ... Yo um get a lot less than you pay for.
4/10
The Curate's Egg
Submitted by: Paul and Deirdre Bolas in 24/07/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
After climbing the 95 steps up from the road and entering the hotel the first impression is of a dark dingy unkempt sparsely furnished lobby area and you wonder whether you have arrived in a four star A class hotel. You know you haven't when you approach the reception desk to be confronted by a unsmiling surly young woman who is more interested in her hair style than providing any kind of service. No welcome no good information (incidentally no hall porter or baggage carrier and not even a lift in any part of the hotel) and by the way you can't book in until after 2pm. After that terrible start matters did improve for the executive room we had booked was 'all that it said on the can' although the panoramtic view from the balcony was rather spoilt by the continuing noise of traffic 50 feet below. We left it late to eat on the first evening which was a mistake for we ended up with the left overs but therafter we found breakfast and the evening meal invariable very good with excellent choices to suit all tastes but alas not a menu in sight. We found the uncontrolled use of mobile phones and no designated smoking areas a continuing irritant. The wine at 30 euros a bottle is poor quality and overpriced - we found ordering by the glass a cheaper and more acceptable option.
Apart from the pool and restaurant area which are delightfully positioned (with not a 'reserve' towel to be seen on the loungers at 9 o'clock in the morning). The other facilities offered are minimal - the only unadvertised entertainment was a two peice band tucked away in a quiet corner of the terrace on the Tuesday evening.
Overall there is a singular lack of joined up management in this hotel each department seemingly doing its own thing. Staff to customer relationships need a very serious overhaul and there are areas of health and safety and basic hygiene which would not pass muster in the UK. However, we love Skiathos it has so much to offer and despite the shortfalls at the hotel, we came home feeling happy and refreshed, although we would probably seek another place to stay next time round.
1/10
General view
Submitted by: Timms in 06/07/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type:
This hotel needs to start looking at their gloomy corridors, filthy carpets and outdated furniture and bathrooms, the staff can be very surly and unhelpful. This hotel can not be 3+ it is more like 2 stars and that is generous! We will never stay in this hotel again!!
8/10
Fantastic Hotel
Submitted by: Anne Stubbs in 05/08/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Stayed here on numerous occassions. Superb position next to the beach. Great breakfasts.
Good for the whole family. My daughters aged 16 and 20 love to visit the Island and find this hotel very good. Friends of ours have been back every year for the last 15 years!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Skiathos Palace Koukounaries

Great pool

from Globetrottter
The hotel is in a great location with fantastic views southwards over to the island of Evia, and close to the best beaches on the island - Koukounaries, Maratha, Banana. The building is a large place on several floors, but with no lifts. Our rooms were perfectly clean and tidy, sheets & towels changed every day. The decor throughout the hotel was rather dated, and the carpets were in need of renewal in places. However, the pool area was magnificent - a large, deep swimming pool on the roof overlooking Koukounaries bay, with plenty of comfortable sunbeds & umbrellas. Free beach towels are available for hotel guests. The pool bar offers excellent, but relatively expensive (for Greece) snacks & drinks. The main restaurant is next to the pool terrace, where a good buffet breakfast is served. Breakfast consisted of a wide choice of fruits, cereals, breads, cold meats & cheeses as well as full English breakfast. Always plenty of waiters on hand, and the staff were friendly. The hotel has its own beach close by - Maratha - with free beach towels provided (although you still have to pay a small charge for use of the sunbeds/umbrellas on the beach). The hotel provides a courtesy mini bus down to the beach, and also into Skiathos Town at nights (although seats on the mini bus to get to town are limited and have to be booked in advance.) If you can't be bothered to use the public buses (which are good), then you probably need to hire a car. Our overall impression was very favourable and we'd have no hesitation in going back to this hotel next year. However, if you're expecting a luxury hotel, then you may be a little disappointed, as it's in need of updating in places. The air conditioning in our room, for example, worked OK but was very noisy; the hotel shop was poorly stocked, and the bedrooms were spacious, but basic. The view from our room, and from our table at breakfast, however, made up for all the small shortcoming! There was quite an international feel to the place, with lots of different nationalities staying there.

Best Hotel. Best Resort. Best Beaches.

from jurassicspark
On the 16th June 2006 we started a two week stay in Skiathos. We are glad we made the trip. The Hotel was superb. The room was immaculate, thanks to our maid =xania. The staff were all generally very helpful and pleasant. always a yasoo or kalimera. The Hotel shuttle bus was ideal, due to the elevated position of the Hotel. The bus made regular trips in the day to the Hotels beach (maratha) and the excellent Koukounaries beach. It also made three trips a day to Skiathos town 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. The local bus service is very frequent, every 20 mins. e1.40c single Bus stop 20 (maratha) to either bus stop 4 (acropolis) at the top of town or the terminus on the port. There are some really good places to eat. Jimmys Taverna at Agia Paraskevi (bus stop 16). Nectar and Ambrosia at Troulos (bus stop18). Also the following in Skiathos town. Walking up Papadiamanti Street (ie: the main street) from the port. Dinos Restaurant on your left. Then on your right 5metres off the main street Dionossos Restaurant. Then saving the best till last. At the top of Papadiamanti Street. Twenty five metres to the right. The ASPROLITHOS RESTAURANT. There is another good restaurant if you are celebrating a special occasion like i did. Fathers Day. This is the Windmill Restaurant. Well worth the trek

Fabulous

from A TripAdvisor Member
After I had booked for the Skiathos Palace I read some trip advisor reviews which really worried me. But my concerns were over the moment we arrived. For a 3/4star hotel in Greece this was very very good. Yes it it is dated but very clean. The staff were excellent, breakfast was very good with a huge choice. Dinner was plentiful but we preferred to use tavernas. The stunning rooftop resturant, which we did also eat in, served excellent food with very professional service. Everything the travel agent told me was correct. The steps to the beach are high and steep but the courtesy bus was available if needed. The bus to Skiathos town was there if needed. The views are spectaular. Everyone in the hotel seemed happy. The beach and pool were excellent. The local bus service is very good and frequent. I Hope this helps someone.

Beautiful Views

from summer_sun2006
My husband and I have just returned from Skiathos Palace after a fabulous two weeks. After reading the reviews before we left I was panic stricken. Oh my God wasps for breakast etc., Don't belive it, the hotel was brilliant. The views from the pool were exceptional, but we only stayed pool side for one day, simply because the beaches were so lovely. If you walk down the steps from Skiathos Palace turn left and stroll down to Maratha Beach which is a stones throw away from the hotel. Lovely beach clear blue water fish swimming around your feet. The only down side to the hotel was the food, they clearly need to sack the chef, and meals were very expensive. Don't mind paying if food was good, but very very basic and tasteless, very limited menu. Pity beacuse we would have stayed at the hotel most evenings. We upgraded on arrival to a superior room, which was well worth it, large balconywhich opened on to a wonderful sea view, which brought a lump to my throat every time I opened the doors. Pool side bar staff need a little encouragement to smile, but I think we cracked it after about eight days. I would definatley return to Skiathos Palace, but not for a few more years, as there are so many more places to see, and we are not getting any younger. Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!

what a view

from kelly7786
In august 2004 we spent two weeks in the Skiathos Palace Hotel, it was two weeks of gorgeous views and gorgeous weather, with remarkable beaches. we have travelled several of the Greek islands, and this had by far the best beaches, the water was crystal clear, the sand n shore had no traces of litter, and it was easily accesible. if you travelled around the island, by bus or hire car (we did both) thier about 15 smaller beaches, but none were as idyllic as Koukounaries. as for the hotel, breakfast was amazing, it had everything you could want, from chees bread and fruit, to bacon sausage eggs, and several diferent fruit juoces, as well as tea and coffee. the pool was fresh sea water, so you didn't get that nasty chlorine smell. and the rooms, although slightly dated were cleaned every day, and beds made, and towels changed. as it is elevated their a shuttle bus that runs from it to the beach, but it is a five minute walk bown a set of steps at the front of the hotel. if you've never been to Greece befor i would insist you go here because it is by far the best place i have ever stayed. i went with my family, but this year am returning with my partener as it is suitable for families, and couples alike.

Wasps for breakfast

from A TripAdvisor Member
The resteraunt area of this hotel was overrun with wasps hovering everywhere. The setting is beautiful, but be prepared to climb a lot of stairs to get down and up from the beach. There are no elevators. Because of the wasps, I would not buy any included meals with the rooms.

Loved the beach

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was quite old fashioned. We had a lovely room with a fantastic view of the beach but we could not enjoy the balcony because there was absolutely no shade all day. They need awnings or umbrellas on all the beach facing balconies. The hotel was extremely clean, the cleaning staff were excellent. The waiters were not particularly friendly.

There are 138 steep steps to the beach, so not for the faint hearted! The beach was fantastic but very crowded, the facilities on the beach were excellent.

Try to travel before 1st July because it is the start of school holidays in Germany, France, Greece and the States, not only crowds on the beach but the prices go up.

Dilapidated condition, terrible rooms

from Soller2
We booked a room for 2 nights in the hotel. On getting to our room, we were shocked by their condition. The carpets were mouldy, beds old with broken / ultra soft mattresses (my guess is they were from the 60's).

We left the hotel withing a half hour of checking in. We had to pay a one night penalty for checking out prior to our scheduled departure date, but it was worth getting out of this hell hole.

Skiathos Palace proved to be a big disappointment

from Riris
My husband and I went to Skiathos island for a weekend during July 2005. We had previously reserved a double room in Skiathos Palace, which according to its website, is an A class hotel, very luxurious. The price of the room was 95 Euros/night.
When we reached the hotel, we discovered that it was a very old building that had not been renovated since its construction, probably near 1960.
There were no elevators, although rooms were located on 1st and 2nd floor.
We had to walk for 5 minutes through dark and smelly corridors to reach our room.
Our room was very badly decorated, it smelled really bad and the carpet was dirty. We knew we would not have a sea view but did not expect to have a view on a back wall!
The only thing that was really nice was the breakfast and the view from the pool.

Very Good

from holidaygirls
My sister in law and I have just returned from a great week in Greece.The hotel was near Koukounaries beach.Our room was very basic,but clean of a good size,serviced twice a day.The hotels greatest selling point is the roof top pool and its great view.Good sun loungers ,pool bar ,large umbrellas,with helpful staff.Shaded childrens play area,but no shallow end in the pool for them.4 metres deep at one point.We had a lovely breakfast open air,huge selection of fruit ,breads,eggs,full English!Lots of steep steps to the beach,but managble.Short walk to a selection of small tavernas and small shops.On the bus route to Skiathos town.Every 15 minutes 1.40 euros great fun!

Top Local Tips for Skiathos

Bus is fab Bus is great - seriously - dead cheap and really efficient. Right outside hotel and drops off in centre of town for equivalent to a pound. Taxi is good too - they stop like curb crawlers looking for a lady of the night and haggle a price, we got them for between 6 & 10 euros all the way into town!

SKIATHOS PALACE Dont accept a NON UPDATED ROOM.

Buses Don't bother with the taxis, the buses run regularly and are cheap. They may be overcrowded at times but the drivers and conductors are invariably cheerful. They will often drop you outside your hotel rather than running up to the stop, particularly at night.

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  • Address: Koukounaries Bay - Skiathos - 370 02 - Greece
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