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The poor 4 star Skiathos Palace
5 Star View - 2 Star Rooms - 1 Star Service.
This is a dated and tired hotel. It may "tick" the quantative boxes for 4 star status (TV, phone, minibar etc) but qualitively it certainly does not. The standard rooms, many with a badly interrupted sea view, are so poorly appointed and generally down-at-heel that a humble Travel Inn puts it to shame.
There are no lifts and so be prepared for lots of walking and stairs to negotiate within its sprawling set up via dark and dreary corridors. The very steep driveway down to the main road or the steps through the foliage (the latter is mostly unlit at night) make this unsuitable for those who are unsteady on their feet or lack mobility.
With a toddler in tow I was particularly concerned about the non-safety glass fitted in the large patio door leading to the balcony and also the ease with which mine could open the push-button operated front door handle which lacked any other securing clasp or lock.
The air-con sounds like there's a cement mixer in the room, the furniture is heavily worn white MDF circa 1972 and the avocado green bathroom suites with orange flowered (cracked) wall tiles are not retro-chic, just ancient. The hotel has a penny-pinching feel about it typified by the tiny little toaster in the dining room for breakfasts. You better enjoy queueing if you want toast as this pitiful little device needs 5 runs to slightly brown the bread!
The staff are pretty well all miserable, surly,inattentive, discourteous bordering on rude and generally unhelpful.
Prices for generally poor food is scandalous as is the case with drinks at the bar. We ordered 4 coffees and were charged €10 for 4 Nescafe sachets and a pot of hot water. Later €36 at their Maratha beach hut for 4 sandwiches and 4 small cans of beer! The view from their "prestige" White View grill is spectacular, sadly the slow service and burnt-to-a-crisp food was not. Their claimed "regular themed nights around the pool" seems restricted to the Saturday night barbecue which is well presented and quite varied.
On the plus side, the view is superb from the attractively furnished pool area. The children's play area is spacious and well-equipped though again some of the plastic climbers have broken, jagged edges in a couple of places. Breakfasts offer a good spread and choice. The rooms are a reasonable size despite the shoddy fittings. The shuttle bus service to the lovely Koukanaries beach is excellent, running every few minutes from late morning to late afternoon.
Would I recommend it to you? No. And I have NEVER bothered to write up a review such as this in my life!
I really think people give Skiathos Palace Hotel a hard time without really any need. Yes the corridors are a little dated, but how much time is spent in each corridor during your holiday?
The rooms, yes although a little basic, were certainly not run down, dirty or unsafe in any way. It makes me wonder if people who have written some of the harsher reviews on this site have remembered that Skiathos is in Greece, not Marbella or Milan.
A great hotel in a great location. Divine pool area and grounds. FAB breakfast buffet and freshly caught fish each evening on the rooftop restaurant should you decide to stay for dinner.
Can I just add that I did not see one wasp while breakfasting or at any other time during our stay.
Skiathos town itself is beautiful .. quaint, picturesque and tasteful.
I can't wait to go back!
I've just returned from a week's break at Skiathos Palace and felt that I should write something about it. O.K the hotel is old(over 30 years) but if you travel round Skiathos and Greece generally all hotels are like the Skiathos Palace as no renovations are done.(Owners may not have the money to do it if you consider that they only work for 3-4 months) This is not the point the point is that you go on holidays to enjoy yourself, you are not going to buy or rent their rooms! Anyway I was allocated a nice suite interconnecting with my parents with a great view of the pine forest and beach. It is so nice to sit on your balcony and admire the view and the sunset. I work in hotels so I understand that things are not always fine and problems can occur. I booked the Skiathos Palace and I was so worry after reading the review but as I said as soon as I arrived I was so glad that I've booked it. Spaces rooms, old but clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food at the hotel, nice but expensive. Well the whole island is expensive as they need to import everthing from other parts of Greece but their beaches and scenery is A class. All my family enjoyed Skiathos and staying at the hotel.
Should have taken notice of poor reviews
I visited this hotel for a week in August 2006 with my family. It was a late booking and I was aware that there were a number of poor reviews about the Skiathos Palace. I was choosing between the three better hotels on the island and decided on this one because of its position. It was a mistake.. . . . . . . . . ....... This hotel has a lot of problems. It is not like a 4, or a 5 star hotel. It has some poor staff attitudes. Two star bedrooms. Inadequate air conditioning in the hotel and a potentially dangerous paved patio area. . The Princess is only a few minutes drive away and is a typical 5 star hotel.
Best Position - Who cares about green suites!!
US - In our 30's - sensible and love sunbathing on the beach and eating amazing food & drink. this was top! We don't do hotel pools or loud music at any point on holiday.
We stayed here for our honeymoon following a stay for two nights in a very expensive & luxurious hotel in Rome.
Fair enough the corridors are well moody and the bedrooms and bathrooms are like 70's dark green city but it has theeee best position in the whole island. It's all about location to beach and restaurants. BEST THING EVER - THE MAN IN THE SKIATHOS PALACE MINI BUS FOR FREE LIFTS!!
Staff - absolutely fab if you needed anything and didn't hang around like cheesey staff pretending to be your best mate.
View - had a sea view which was blinking amazing, looking out onto Maratha beach. So what the veranda was out of date - a bottle of top wine and some olives and it was heaven!
MARATHA BEACH - amazing. There from 9 - 5 every day - no posers, just professional tanners of all shapes and sizes (loads of whities like me so I didn't feel too lilly). Great - not too many moaning kids because it is a fair trek to the beach (not far at all - just bloody steep) so no pensioners either. You can swim to the next cove beach which is deserted apart from occasional naked
bather with either a professional deep tan or nervous and burnt bottom! Bar on beach expensivish - go the supermarket the night before on way home from restaurant and stock on bottle of water/fruit/fresh sandwiches/pastry.
BANANA BEACH - bit cr*p after the trek - wouldn't bother twice.
Koukinaris Beach - ok, but crowded as everyone thinks its a big beach so must be good. Too many water sport tho so is noisy.
TOWN CENTRE - boss food everywhere from the little tavernas. FAB one with meat on spits, dead cheap and amazing!
RESTAURANTS - Don't bother with the 'POSH' Windmill, it's all beef wellington and rack of lamb - ERM IT'S GREECE! Erm, walk towards Kouks beach and go to the shabby Captain Michaelis restaurant (looks like shabby wood shed). Top greek food and it's cheaper than McDonalds (including hosue vino in tin cans!).
Back to the hotel - get over it being out of date - the bathrooms are cleaned immaculately every day - a sure sign of blinking good service!
Great hotel, great service!
I wonder what everybody is complaining about. The hotel was absolutely fabulous - service was great, the food really delicious and the view is fantastic! The staff is very friendly indeed. The maid came twice a day. The only negative thing we found was that some paint peeled off here and there and a bit of maintenance was required. But all together one of the best hotels we have ever been to!
Run Down and nearly out
We have stayed on Skiathos many times and have friends who live there permanently and thought we would go back and visit them. Though the Palace has had mixed reviews we booked to go there as we know the island well.
Firstly the staff are wonderful, particularly the barmen, Nico and Costa, full of fun and information. The service we received from the rest of the staff was also very good.
However on the down side was the fact that the hotel was meant to be a 4 star it would only rate 2 stars elsewhere. The superior rooms where at most standard (even by Greek standards) and the standard rooms would struggle at the lower end of pensions.
There was a considerable amount of wasted space, the reception, for size would beat most 5 star hotels. There was a lovely piano bar and lounge which was never open, several conference rooms locked off and long corridors going nowhere in particular.
We met people who have stayed at the Palace a few years ago and they said how run down it now was.
When we left several gangs of builders arrived and two blocks had been closed to allow renovations for next seasons 'invasion' from Italy, Deputy Managers quote not mine.
In terms of position the Palace has wonderful views and a really good sunset panorama as it it situated at of a very steep hill or at least 97 steps up from the road. Oxygen masks would be needed by the less fit
Would we stay there again ...no as there are other better and cheaper hotels on the island.
Great pool, shame about the rooms/corridoors
This hotel is a real mixed bag. It classes itself as 4 star and some of elements of it are definitely worth 4 stars but others are only worth 2 stars.
First impressions on arrival are good - a clean and smart front entrance and helpful staff on reception. However when you make your way to your room you realise why a lot of people have been unhappy. The corridoors are dark and the carpet is filthy with stains. The dark wooden pannelling isn't very welcoming at all. The rooms aren't much better and are rather stuck in the 1970's. Our balcony had a redundant wasps nest in the corner and one of the beds had been boken and cheaply repaired.
However it's not all bad news. The pool and pool-side bar are fantastic and offer stunning views of the bay. This really is worth 4 stars and the wooden pool-side furniture is a bit more classy than your standard plastic loungers and there's even a hammock!The breakfast choice was very good and the setting by the pool very pleasant. The food at the restaurant is very average and the snacks at the pool-side bar are a bit overpriced but convenient if you don't fancy the 10 minute walk to the main resort.
If you go at the beginning or the end of the season be warned that the on-site shop is closed. If you need to have internet access they have wi-fi but no actual PC so bear that in mind. It's probably not ideal for elderly people or families with small children as there are steep steps up to the hotel from the beach (although the hotel to provide a shuttle bus service to the beach and Skiathos town).
Overall we had a nice stay there. If the corridoors and rooms had a bit of a makeover it would make a big difference. But the pool and the view are stunning and the staff are friendly so I wouldn't say 'don't go there' I would just say 'don't expect a 4 star room'.
FANTASTIC LOCATION for RELAXING.
Had I seen other reviews before travelling, I might have cancelled ! However we really enjoyed the location and friendly service. Low season, this is a great place. True it's a 60's hotel, but there are + & -'s . Fantastic location for pool overlooking sea & mountains. Staff could not be more friendly. Low season only A'la Caree meunu but Ok. We had a Standard room, just refitted - it was great with sea views. DONT take an older room as these are very dated, with carpets and bathrooms that should have been scrapped 10 years ago. No good for disabled as there are no lifts. Hotel is on a hill, so bit of a hike or taxi to Tavernas. Nice seculed hotel beach. Hotel will be fine once the remaining (most of them) are re-fitted.
Overall, we loved the location & was glad we did not cancel. !
The Curate's Egg
After climbing the 95 steps up from the road and entering the hotel, the first impression is of a dark dingy unkempt sparsely furnished 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 an unsmiling surly young woman who is more interested in her hair style than providing any kind of the 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 panoramic 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 wity the left overs but thereafter we found breakfast and the evening meal invariably 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 constant 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 piece 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 with each department seemingly doing its own thing. Staff to customer relations 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.