We have just returned having spent two weeks in september 2004. Stavroula,michael and the wonderful maids went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. We had a great time. The apartments were basic but spotless and sheets changed every other day and cleaning superb, daily. For a truly relaxing holiday you could not wish for a better location or apartments. The tavernas were superb, aquarious and the manor house the best of all. Scenery spectacular, and skala beach wonderful, plenty of space. Will definitely return here.
Just returned from two weeks staying at the Marietta Studios, we had room 15 which had a big balcony and over looked the pool. It was basic but what more do you need, well a kettle, luckily we did take a travel one.There was no air conditioning but fans can be hired on a daily basis, reception has safety deposit boxes, also you can change travellers cheques etc there also. There is an ATM machine on the high street and as of Tuesday was still working.The staff are all very helpful, the pool is cleaned daily and there are plenty of sun beds. Only 5 mins from the beach and the town centre, where there are plenty of places to eat, The Pines being a favourite. If you want fab cocktails check out the Captains Bar where Tina and Monica will look after you. Overall very good holiday.
Wondeful place to stay Stavroula the manageress was more than helpful and michael the night bar man was lovely we were there october 2001, cannot say enough about this place sheets were changed six times in the twoo weeks we were there, hired a car went to sami, assos and myrtos beach which was beaufiul. If you stay here you will have a lovely holiday. Skala has loads of tavernas, zorbas, the loft and the garden restaurant food was brilliant. If you go have a wonderful time
We stayed in these apartment in October 2001, we had a duplex apartment at the back of the hotel we were there when the footbal was on. I have to say that the rooms were cleaned every day and the sheets changed at least six times while we where there, we went to Zorbas for our night out joseph was brilliant with the kids and went to te Loft owned by billy and Les it was a brilliant holiday the best, the hotel was lovely and Stavroula the manageress was always on hand if we had a chance, and michael behind the bar was excellent we had a really good 2 weeks there and are going back in May, you could do no worse that stay at the Marietta its a lovely place to stay. Hiring a car i think is a must and if you get a chance go to the beautiful Sami (captain correllis mandolin was filmed there, and another beautiful village called Assos. Kaminia beach just up the road from the hotel (a bit of a hike if you walk,so hire a car) is really safe for small children. All in all a wonderful holiday would highly recommend the Marietta.
I am taking my one year old daughter, is the baby equipment available? are there nappies and baby food? could anyone recommend any taverns which cater for babies?
Just returned from two weeks at the Marietta. Very impressed with the studios. Linen and towels changed twice weekly. Rooms basic but very clean. All staff extremely helpful. Nicely situated, ten minutes walk from town with lots of tavernas to choose from for evening meals etc.
My boyfriend (24)and I (29)stayed at Marietta studios 16th - 23rd Sept 03. Studio cleaned everyday, linen changed once a week, really nice pool with plenty of sunloungers, food also good from poolside bar. 5 minutes walk into town, not much longer to the beach, no pavement though so gets a little hairy walking around the bend in the road. On the beach 2 sunloungers with parasol 7 euro's this seems to be a standard price as visited a couple of other nearby beaches. Not very impressed with the food in Skala though we visited a number of different restaurants searching for a Greek Meze and seafood, but found them all very samey and nearly every meal we had was served with Chips! never did get a Meze. We hired a jeep for 3 days (103 euro's) so visited Kateolis, Poro's, Sami, Argosti and Lourdas the beach at Lourdas is really nice. Visited Mellisani Underground Lake, well impressed for the 5 euro's each we paid to get in. Mytros beach is also worth a visit but bewarned it is very stoney, but great for snorkelling.
As for the barking from the wandering dogs, yes we heard it, only on the first night though, after that I think we'd drank far to many cocktails to notice !!
Just returned from Skala,Loved everything about the island.Marietta Studios ideal location.5 minutes walk into town.A couple more to the beach.Had no probs with barking dogs or traffic!!
just come back from the Marietta. people running it are very pleasant, michael is so nice. rooms are basic, beds only changed once a week, pool is spotless, not so the pool changing area and loos. lovely walk into skala but as someone else said, no pavements! nice orange tree in a field though... if michael reads this site, tell us more about this ghost, how could he perform with the guard dog barking all night. local cat population is not a problem and the tortoises in the garden outside reception captivate the children. would go again, the village is lovely and the beach fab.
Iam going to the Marietta studios in June with my husband and 12 month old daughter. I would like to request a room in advance for us, so i would like to know which of the double bedded studios would be best for her (we are concerned about the balcony's). I would also like to know what the walk is like to the beach/centre-will a push chair be ok? Also do we need to take all our baby food/nappies etc with us.
We have just come back from a lovely holiday at the Marietta. The rooms are fairly basic but cleaned every day and the shower was very good. The pool and pool bar are great and the staff very helpful. The safety deposit boxes and changing of travellers cheques were really convenient. Having a car is useful but a word of warning - we found that if it rained hard overnight the roads flooded and driving was a nightnare! We got trapped between 2 mudslides!
I didn't stay here, but visited the pool bar for lunch a few times and found the [English] lady, who ran it during the day, to be very friendly. Also, the guy who looked after the pool, Kristos, was clearly a true Kefolonian, as he was extremely generous [I am not going to give details, as it will encourage others to make requests]. I was very touched by his small act of kindness and that is exactly the kind of thing that may make me return to the island.
I found that rooms were shabby/basic and that the pool side toilets were worse, the location was not too bad ( i like to walk). I think the place could have had a nicer atmosphere and i would definetly warn anyone from going bed and breakfast ( its an assortment of pieces of bread or a 1 euro discount of a "full" english) the pool was nice though.
Very nice pool and a good standard of cleanliness. However, the appartment was shabby and more basic than we had experinced before. Having a balcony that overlooked the drive we enjoyed a fortnight of barking dogs, demented roosters not forgetting Kefalonia's equivalent of the M25 traffic every night! Skala is delightful and the beach is one of the best that we found on the island.
This was our second stay at the Marietta,it is very well kept and the staff are all friendly. The pool is excellent and the bar staff lovely. It is just far enough from the centre of Skala to be peaceful. We recomend it to people with small children though it is a trek to the beach.Not realy suitable for people with walking difficulties.
We stayed at the marietta for 2 weeks and we had a lovley stay there. The pool was nice so was the bar.it was about a 10 minuite walk to the main town up hill. Mike the night bar man was a lovely guy he was very friendly(if you read this mike hello! and the picture of me and you is good!) be comeing back to skala next year but i think we will stay more near to the town.
we didnt stay at the apartments but used the pool everyday as we didnt have one. pool was v good and poolside bar. only short walk into town 5mins
I am staying at the Marietta studios in Skala in August with my two children (12 & 14). Any comments on the studios or ideas for us to make the bst of our week in Skala. I have rented a car.
By the way! We discovered there is a bank in Poros with an ATM machine so although we took euros and travellers cheques - which we cashed at the Marietta - we also got some cash there too. We heard on our return trip that it's apparently 'pot luck' as to whether the machine has been filled with cash or not - we were lucky it seems! You do however, need to have hired a car as Poros is approx 15 mins drive away from Skala!
Although approx 10 mins walk from Skala it wasn't a bad location although you need to be wary of passing traffic when walking on the road, specially at night, as there's no pavements! Our room was clean but basic with not a lot of sound proofing so we often heard our upstairs neighbours in the morning. Michael, the night barman, was very friendly and knowledgeable about all local things and was easy to chat to. Only blot was the poor cleaning of the pool side ladies loo - it wasn't done very frequently. Don't think we'd stay there again - a more central location in Skala will probably be our next choice.
We have just returned from a well rested holiday in skala(last night)the hotel rooms are clean but basic,I would recomend that if you are visting the marietta that you take extra towels with you as they are only changed once a week. The pool is excellant and the hotel is within a short walking distance from skala town.I would like to say a big thank you to airtours rep Lorraine for the fantastic job she does and all the great pointers she gave us.I would also like to say the 3 island cruise is a great day out and well worth the 54 euros cost,take plenty of suncream!
No banks in skala I'am afraid,but changing travellers cheques or sterling is very easy,you can exchange with the hotel you are staying at Marietta I believe, or their are several places in the main street in skala which do exchange currency or cheques and all are upto date exchange rates. So don't worry!. Although crime in Skala and the rest of Kefalonia is very low (only one Policeman in Skala,with no car)its usually best to take the bulk of your money in travellers cheques, to be on the safe side.I hope you enjoy your holiday,buy Mike a drink for me a kamakazi is favourable.Yamas
Are there any banks in Skala?! we're wondering how easy it is to exchange currency, like, are travellers cheques the best things to take? We leave on 21/5 so a quick reply would be appreciated!
About five to ten mins walk, not far, but it is along the main road out of Skala but its not that busy.Say hello to Mike me and tell him to ring me (he is the night barman)if hes still there. P.S. ask him how the ghost is?
We're going to Skala in 2 weeks for the first time, so it's interesting to see what other people think of the place. Can you tell me roughly how far are the Marietta Studios from Skala town centre? Short or long walk?
One of the biggest hotels in skala,excellent swimming pool and bar,Michael the barman was aspecially nice, family run hotel.