Porto Skala Hotel - (Accommodation in Skala)

Jed W           

We've just returned from two glorious weeks at the Porto Skala Hotel. Place was very clean, staff were more than helpful, food was very good. Although some might think it's location is a bit far out (2.5/3 km from Skala centre) it was never a great problem. My four year old daughter cried when she had to leave Vladi the Barman, and I cried when I had to say goodbye to Stella (sorry Boris).

On the whole an excellent place to stay in Skala - one downside, the general prices in the bars and restaurants had increased quite a bit this year, but that's the Euro for you.

Can't wait to go back.

C.B.R.(Avis) - (Car Rental on Kefalonia)

Jed W           

We hired a Suzuki Jimny for 7 days. Service was excellent from Makis Pefanis and the chap from Bradford (sorry didn't get his name). The price was right, the attitude was right and the package was excellent. Pick-up and drop off back to Porto Skala, by a young guy who remembered me from seven years before.

I've hired cars and bikes from Makis over the last ten years and never had a problem with him.

Drogarati Cave - (Places to Visit on Kefalonia)

Jed W           

Well what can I say. After a twenty year break what a disappointment the caves were. They had totally caved (sorry) in to tourism and had the 'ship them in ship them out' mentality. Gone were most of the 'tights, either vandalised or cut off to avoid the compensation culture. A flat concrete path had been bulldozed around the caves instead of letting you meander through the rocks, and the centre completely removed to allow concerts to play. I also remember a few more natural phenomena the last time I went but I think they too were removed so as to fit in more people.

The cafes and the pool area, again pandering to the tourist - just leave it alone, I don't want a plastic ciggy lighter with a naff logo on the side.

Lourdas Beach - (Beaches on Kefalonia)

Jed W           

Lourdas is one of the best beaches on Kefalonia, not too sandy, but the pebbles are smoother here than at Skala, so don't hurt your feet as much. Had three concecutive days here, two extemely calm one a bit choppy, but still the warmest water I've ever swam in.

The backdrop to the beach is spectacular. Dark Pined covered mountains and the odd pastel covered villa dotted around. Plenty of tavernas, but one of the best is the grape vine covered one by the vegetable gardens and mini-mart.

Drogarati Cave - (Places to Visit on Kefalonia)

Jed W           

The previous comment was about how to turn a fantastic natural phenomena twenty years ago, into a high turnover tourist attraction in the persent day.

If you liked it now - it would have blown your socks off twenty years ago.

Symposium Restaurant - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W           

The new restaurant is called 'SYMPOSIUM'.

It is probably the best reaturant in Skala at this moment.  The service is excellent as is the food.
 
It's a shame Lucky House has gone but this is a more than worthy replacement.

Avra - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W           

The Aeolos is a very pleasant place to have a meal, be it at lunchtime or in the evening.  The staff, led by Christos, are all very attentive and polite.  We ate here three times this year and everytime was just perfect.

Avra - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W           

Screwed up the ratings on the previous post!

Porto Skala Hotel - (Accommodation in Skala)

Jed W           

We stayed for the third year running at the Poto Skala in August of this year.  For a family with two kids it is probably one of the best places to stay in Skala.  You would be hard pressed to find anywhere else with the size of pool, secure grounds at night, and some of the most pleasant staff in the whole of Kefalonia.

 
The food is very good for the style of mass buffet catering, but don't forget they are dealing with several different nationalities, each with there own requirements for breakfast and dinner.
 
I was pleased to see they had got rid of the Mickey Mouse Porto Skala money and had introduced a sytem of signing for everthing.  Just sign and add your room number, but do check your receipts when you check out, mistakes do happen.
 
All of the staff from the cleaners to Stavros the manager are incredibly pleasant and I would like to feel we have made some long term friends over the years (Ivan, Sandy, see you soon).

Klimatis Restaurant - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jed W           

Third year running with a visit to Klimatis.  Yana remembered us (always a nice touch) and gave us a hug the day we left.  The food was as good as ever and the service excellent.

 
It's worth a visit if only to see Carmen the waitress, stunning, petite, Greek Godess!

Marabou - (Bars in Skala)

Jed W           

We arrived in Skala at 12.30 pm one Sunday night in July.  The supermarkets were closed but we knew we could get something to eat at the Marabou.  They did us proud with omelettes all round wine and beer, when we left the waitress gave us a big bottle of water to take back with us.

 
It's funny that this was the first place we visited on our holidays and the last.  The Marabou has been around for years - long may it remain.
 
 

Aquarius - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W           

We ate here three nights out of fourteen.  You can't fault the service or the presentation, my only critisism would be that they are trying to be too European with the menu.  Great setting and very attentive staff, Kostas, Andreas and the owner Gabriel were very pleasant. Not at all expensive compared to some!

 
Well worth a vist.

Apostolis Taverna - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W           

Excellent welcome from Tolos and Yianni.  Food was very good quality, choice of baked potato or salad with your meal not the mandatory chips.  Swordfish was excellent, souvelaki and special lamb chops also.

 
I think it's always nice when you've been to a place a few times and the staff make an effort to be friendly and give you a warm welcome.  It was not over priced at all, perhaps because it's not on the main drag.
 
Will definately be back.

Nirithes Hotel - (Accommodation in Skala)

Jed W           

Hello Napolean, Dina and Mum,

 
We stayed at the Nirithies the last week of July first of August and had a really good time.  The rooms were spotless and cleaned every day.  The room was large compared to some we have stayed in and the facilities excellent.  We only had one problem, our toaster broke on the first morning - I told Napolean straight away and when we returned that evening he had left a brand new one still in the box!
 
I found Napolean to be extremely pleasant, not intrusive at all.  He left you alone to get on with what you wanted to do.  Not like some places in Skala where if you don't feel like joining in, you can be made to feel unwelcome.  We have two kids and when we returned in the evening it was just nice to sit on the balcony and have a drink while to kids got to sleep, I didn't think there was too much noise from the bar at all and it did get quite busy.
 
My only complaint would be that there was perhaps too much chlorine in the pool - but then I'm super sensitive!  We loved the surroundings and the views from the balcony down to the sea and up towards Old Skala.  My son and daughter loved the new kittens and were quite sad to leave them (my daugter left food and instructions to another kid on how to feed them).
 
All in all a nice place to stay.

Nirithes Hotel - (Accommodation in Skala)

Jed W

Hello Napoleon,

We stayed with you last year, and in reply to your comment below I would like to apologise for the very rude behaviour of you English guests.
 
I can't belive anyone would react to you in such a way.
 
We always found you to be very genuine and helpful with any problem that occured (we only had a broken toaster and you dealt with that right away).
 
We will be in Skala in August and look forward to coming up the hill to say hello to you, Dina and your Mum.
 
 

Zebra - (Bars in Skala)

Jed W  (August 21, 2007)        10/10

The Zebra is one of the friendliest places to go in Skala.  Nickie and Katie are the nicest two barmaids around.  It is very nicely set out and furnished.  This year they have had two live groups late on.  Sean Middleton - a solo performer and Mamacocco - a sort of Jazz, Soul, Fusion band.

 
We love the place and the people, and were extremely sad to have to leave on our last night.
 
See you next time girls! Love to Amit.
 
Jed, Sue, Jack and Molly.

Symposium Restaurant - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W          10/10

We ate here three times this year and to be honest they were the best meals we has all holiday.  The surroundings have been described as 'goldfish bowl like' but this is quite frankly untrue.

The service and standards of the waiting staff are above anything else on offer.  Immediate glass of ice water on seating, clean cutlery with every course and polite, smiling attentive service.
 
The food is absolutely knockout.  My only gripe is that Christos the piano player/singer sounds a bit like he's lost his goat on the hillside and is in mourning!
 
A definate 10/10.

Old Village Restaurant - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W          3/10

We went here only one night of our stay this year.  While the staff are friendly and the welcome is pleasant the service was abysmal.  We waited nearly an hour and a half for three pizzas and pasta.

The main man would not admit that he had forgotton to place our order even after several reminders.

Nice surroundings with an interesting story but the service was the pits.  We won't go again.

Nero - (Bars in Skala)

Jed W          10/10

Super Duper, friendly, great host.

 
Nothing else to be said, it's your and your pockets loss if you don't go to the Nero Bar.

Starlight Hotel - (Accommodation in Skala)

Jed W          10/10

We satyed with Rita for the third time in August 2008.  The previous times had been in the early 90's and she hadn't changed a bit.  Same old welcome and very pleasant with it.  This time we went with our two kids 12 and 9.  She remembered us from 1995 when our son was a baby and she had bought a cot and toys for his pleasure.

We really enjoyed our stay with Rita this year and found the hotel to be very clean and the rooms spacious.  We had a wrap around balcony where we could look over the mountains and the sea.
 
The breakfast was adequate and the morning welcome from the two girls and John was always pleasant.
 
We always take people as we find them and John was in no way pushy or over friendly.  Just the right balance.  I think that most people that return to the Starlight are treated as friends and nobody ever tries to put demands on you.  I regularly went down for ice from the bar and it was given unreservedly.  I certainly don't think you need to 'keep an eye' on anyone.
 
We would return again as I feel that the welocme we would recive would be friendly and most genuine.

Manolis - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jed W          10/10

Great restaurant for basic well cooked food.

My son had a Pork chop the first night and Kostas told him he wouldn't eat it all.  When it came it filled the plate and then some!  He ate it all and Kostas held his arm up and smacked him on the back so hard his teeth nearly came out.  Then it was free ice cream for the kids and another free kilo of wine.  I don't think I ever left this place in a straight line.
 
Like others have said, great food but basic menu, but extremely well prepared and great service from everyone.
 
When we return it WILL be our first port of call.

Paradise Apartments - (Accommodation in Skala)

Jed W          8/10

We stayed at the Paradise in mid August.

The location is fine just up from the Galaxy supermarket on the right. The rooms were quite spacious and had a decent hob, utensils and fridge.  We were on the ground floor in apartment 5, not the best of veiws looking out onto the septic tank or the back of a shed, but you only sleep there.
 
The shower was one of the best we've ever had, never cold and powerful enough to get rid of all that sand in those awkward little places!  Dennis the owner was pleasant enough and passed the time of day occasionally.
 
I would recommend these apartments, but make sure you get first or second floor for a bit of a view.