San Giorgio Hotel - (Accommodation in Skala)

Kelsey W           

JUST GOT BACK FROM 2 WEEKS IN KEFALONIA ON 26/5/05. STAYED AT THE SAN GIORGIO IN SKALA, IT WAS THE BEST HOTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED IN.  WE WERE ALLOCATED A ROOM QUITE HIGH UP, BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH IT AS WE HAD THE MOST FANTASTIC VIEWS FROM UP THERE OUT TO SEA, UP THE MOUNTAIN AND OVER SKALA. THE FLOWERS AROUND THE TERRACE WERE BEAUTIFUL.  THE STAFF AT THE HOTEL WORK VERY HARD TO KEEP EVERYTHING RUNNING SMOOTHLY. IN A MORNING WHEN WE WENT DOWN FOR BREAKFAST THERE WOULD BE A FEW PEOPLE CLEANING SWIMMING POOLS/LOUNGERS ETC, THERE WOULD BE A FEW GARDENING AND TIDYING. CLEANERS WERE BUSY AND THE STAFF IN THE RESTAURANT MAKING SURE THERE WAS PLENTY OF EVERYTHING.

WE HAD CLEANER DAILY, SHEETS & TOWELS CHANGED EVERY OTHER DAY, FRESH CUT ROSES IN THE ROOM - WE WERE REALLY WELL LOOKED AFTER HERE. THE ROOM WAS LOVELY, THE BATHROOM ESPECIALLY NICE AS WE HAD A BATH & SHOWER. HAIRDRYER IN THE BATHROOM WITH LARGE MIRROR. THE AIR CON WAS GREAT EVEN THOUGH WE DIDNT NEED IT THAT MUCH AS IT WASNT TOO WARM ON AN EVENING.  THE TV WAS GOOD AS WE COULD CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST EACH DAY!  JUST THE 2 NEWS CHANNELS BBC WORLD & EURONEWS. ALSO HAD A TELEPHONE WHICH WAS FAIRLY CHEAP TO USE. THE TERRACE WAS LOVELY WITH A MODERN TABLE & CHAIRS AND A LOVELY ROSE GARDEN. IT WAS REALLY NICE ON AN EVENING TO SIT ON THERE WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND ADMIRE THE STUNNING VIEWS.  ANOTHER THING THAT WAS AMUSING WAS SOMETIMES YOU COULD HEAR THE JINGLES OF THE GOATS BELLS AS THEY CAME BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN FOR THEIR TEA!  IT WAS A NICE SIGHT. 
 
THE POOLS WERE GREAT, AND THE NICE BASKET WEAVE LOUNGERS WERE VERY COMFORTABLE. 
 
I WOULD SAY THE SAN GIORGIO WAS A LITTLE BIT TOO FAR AWAY FROM SKALA, BUT WHEN WE ARRIVED THEY HAD JUST GOT THEIR NEW COURTESY MINIBUS WHICH THEY RUN ABOUT 8 TIMES A DAY TO AND FROM SKALA, THIS IS GREAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO RECEPTION AND COLLECT A COUPLE OF FREE TICKETS FOR THE TIMES YOU WISH TO TRAVEL.
 
I WOULD SAY THIS IS THE BEST HOTEL IN GREECE AND I INTEND TO KEEP GOING BACK THERE. IT WAS THE MOST RELAXING HOLIDAY
 
THE FOOD WAS FINE IN THE HOTEL, BREAKFAST WAS BASIC - MOSTLY I JUST ATE TOAST & JAM AS I WASNT KEEN ON THE MILK/YOGHURT ETC. TIP. PUT YOUR BREAD THROUGH THE TOASTER TWICE TO ENSURE IT TOASTS ENOUGH AS IT ISNT VERY HOT! WE ONLY ATE IN THE RESTAURANT ONCE FOR OUR EVENING MEAL WHICH WAS NICE - THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND THE FOOD WAS GOOD. ONLY PROBLEM WAS THE RESIDENT BIRDS! MY PARTNER WAS BUSY TUCKING INTO HIS MEAL WHEN A BIRD SAT ABOVE HIM AND POOPED ON HIS HEAD!!! I FOUND THIS MOST AMUSING OF COURSE!!
 
WE BOOKED OUR HOLIDAY THROUGH THOMSONS AND OUR REP CHRISTINE WAS GREAT - SHE WAS VERY HELPFUL AND FULL OF INTERESTING INFORMATION.  WE WOULD OFTEN POP DOWN INTO RECEPTION AFTER BREAKFAST AND CHAT TO HER.
 
WE HIRED A CAR FOR A WEEK FROM CBR (WHO WERE VERY HELPFUL) WHICH WE WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE GOING TO KEFALONIA, NO NEED TO PAY THE EXTORTIONATE EXCURSION PRICES WHEN YOU CAN VISIT THE WHOLE ISLAND AT YOUR OWN PACE.  THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE.  I THINK WE DROVE EVERY ROAD ON THE ISLAND IT WAS GREAT.  THE SCENARY IS VERY VARIED AS THE ROAD FROM POROS TO SAMI IS LOVELY WITH SOME SPECTACULAR VIEWS, BUT THE NORTHERN ROUTES ARNT QUITE AS INTERESTING. AGOSTOLI WAS GREAT FOR SHOPPING.
 
ST THOMAS BEACH WAS THE BEST WE FOUND AS IT WAS SMALL AND VERY QUIET WITH 2 SMALL BEACH HUTS. SEA WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND CLEAN AND THE BEACH VERY CLEAN TOO.  BUT YOU CANT REALLY GET TO SEE THESE PLACES UNLESS YOU HAVE A  CAR.  MYTOS BEACH WAS FANTASTIC AS WAS PETINI BEACH. ANTI SAMOS WAS ALSO A GOOD FIND AS IT WAS A PEBBLE BEACH BUT VERY QUIET TOO.
 
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