Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Skiathos Palace Koukounaries
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
Dont accept a NON UPDATED ROOM.
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.