Marietta Studios - (Accommodation in Skala)

Hugh P           

Just returned from a week's stay at the Marietta. The place was clean and comfortable, but basic. It was originally posted as being four-star by the web-site through which we booked the holiday, but this was reduced to three-star-plus on confirming by telephone. In reality, the Marietta falls fairly and squarely into the two-star bracket by any meaningful U.K. criteria. Bed-and-breakfast apartments have no fridge, kettle, air-conditioning or T.V. The wall-mounted radio did not work in our room. The en-suite bathroom was a tiny affair with a shower, sink and loo, separated from the bedroom by a flimsy door that nevertheless needed the strength of Achilles to lock shut. The standard of decor was, nevertheless, clean and fresh, and a pleasant balcony with a clothes drying rack was provided.
The breakfasts provided at the poolside bar were adequate - tea bags or instant coffee, with a choice of fresh yoghurt and honey (yummy) plus toast and jam, or a cheese and ham sandwich (doorstop variety), or two boiled eggs(tiny). Bizarrely, on an island ankle-deep in unharvested oranges, the orange juice appeared to be made-up from a packeted powder-mix!
The pool was very nice, and beautifully kept, with a smaller children's pool at one side. The poolside bar served snacks during the day, and cocktails in the evening, but was sometimes spoiled by distorted canned music, or by pandering to the lowest common denominator with a diet of football on Sky Sport television.
Barking (or rather howling) guard-dogs from neighbouring properties at night were a little bit of an annoyance, but no reflection on the hotel itself as this is no doubt a feature of the island as a whole.
The delightful, but tiny, Skala village is only a couple of hundred yards away, with the pine-tree bordered beach at the foot of the main street.
All-in-all, the Marietta Apartments are a pleasant, well-run place to holiday, as long as you appreciate that the accomodation is fairly basic. Think two-star rather than three-star and you will not be disappointed. If you go for bread-and breakfast, remember that the local restaurants are quite pricey, and since you will have no facilities for storing or cooking your own food this will add considerably to the cost of your hoiday.

Greekstones - (Car Rental on Kefalonia)

Hugh P           

Nice people, good service! We hired a little Fiat Seicento with a full lenghth electric sun-roof which was ideal for touring the island.

Flamingo - (Restaurants in Skala)

Hugh P           

In our view this was the best restaurant in Skala, beautifully decorated, with that nice half-inside - half-outside feel. The food was excellent, and the tables well separated from eachother, with well-trained attentive staff. I confess to being a great cat-lover, but don't necessarily want hordes of them beseiging my table while I'm eating. The Flamingo was the only restaurant we visited which was effectively cat-free.

Mi Abeli Restaurant - (Restaurants in Skala)

Hugh P           

Definitely one of the three best restaurants in Skala. If it's full, try the Flamingo next door which is equally good.

Ta Pitharia - (Restaurants in Skala)

Hugh P           

In our view, this is the best place for food in Skala, although The Flamingo beats it for elegance of decor and service.

Mikelatos (Scandinavia) - (Restaurants in Skala)

Hugh P           

I don't understand why this place has been rated so highly! The tables were crammed close together so that the waiters, and diners en-route to the loo, were continually squeezing past during the meal. Additionally, our table appeared to be on the main cat highway between the restaurant and a dusty old cellar screened behind some plants but nevertheless visible. The prices were high, but the menu contained a large proportion of pizzas, burgers and chips which attracted large, noisy, disfunctional families.