Marietta Studios

Accommodation in Skala

   
Gerald P          8/10

We stayed here in 2007. Everything was fine, though some neighbours were very noisy and the sound insulation between the studios was poor - not an issue the owner could really have dealt with. We were going back this year, but found better accommodation in Skala - I'm not telling you where, otherwise you'll all book it!

...... and by the way, I agree entirely with the comment "The pool and grounds are superbly maintained. For those of you who have problems with goat bells, cockerels and barking dogs try Blackpool !!!!!!" Not to mention the man in the truck with the tannoy, but that's all part of the scene! Skala is brilliant - we just hope it doesn't grow too large.

Carole P          9/10

Have been to the Marietta twice this year once with a friend and once on my own.Had a lovely stay both times and would recommend it for a relaxing stay ! The apartments are clean and the staff friendly.The pool and grounds are superbly maintained.For those of you who have problems with goat bells,cockerels and barking dogs try Blackpool !!!!!!

Trudy B          1/10

WE STAYED HERE 0CTOBER 2008

SHEETS CHANGED TWICE A WEEK.
NOT FAR FROM THE CENTRE OF SKALA.POOL IS FREEZING AS IT IS NEVER HEATED.HENCE NOBODY WENT IN THATS PROBABLY WHY IT LOOKED TO GOOD.
10/10 FOR THE BAR MAN PETROS.........WHO MADE OUR STAY
THE OWNER IS A VERY MISERABLE MAN AND PUTS A BLIGHT ON EVERYTHING.
DID NOT LIKE THE GUESTS ENJOYING THEMSELVES OR DRINKING IN THE BAR ON SITE.
IN FACT WOULD NOT GO THERE AGAIN AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMED TO THOSE WHO WANT TO ENJOY THEMSELVES.IN FACT IT REMINDED ME OF THE ADVERT FOR A SAGA HOLIDAY.

Sue H          7/10

 
Stayed at Marietta Studios, September 2008, my husband and myself. There was a heat wave, with temperatures of 35 - 40 degrees.
 
Marietta Studios are in a good location, only a short walk from the town of Skala and the beach.
 
We had a large 3 bed studio with a view of surrounding hills. Not all the studios have air conditioning, but we were fortunate to have this. However, it was expensive, but due to the heatwave, necessary.
 
Self-catering facilities were very basic - two ring 'cooker', fridge, crockery, cutlery and two saucepans. No kettle or toaster. Has to boil water in saucepan to make hot drinks.
 
Safe deposit boxes are available, but are not in the rooms. They are in reception which is only open from 08.00 - 13.00 & 16.00 - 22.00
 
Stayed sunday - sunday. We were told at welcome meeting that bed linen and towels would be changed twice weekly (a charge would be made if you wanted them changing more frequently) - in fact, it was only changed once.
 
Accomodation varies greatly - some rooms very small and do not have air conditioning.

Paul S          8/10

Excellent value for money, very clean and tidy all round, pool warm and cleaned every morning, staff friendly, and location good for beach and town, we would stay here again. 

Susan W          9/10

Hi,
We stayed at the Marietta last year and booked through Airtours.
 
Hope you get booked, and enjoy your stay.

Tracy P

can anyone tell me what travel agent i wood book with for these apartments

Maureen T          9/10

I must say that prior to my holiday i had read some of the commnets about the marietta and was a little apprehensive, to say the least . My concerns were soon put to rest , my first impressions of the marietta was how noce and clean it was , basic accomadation but hey who spends time in their room anyway !!

A very well run place , friendly staff , nice pool area and just far enough out of the centre of Skala to make shopping and a good night out enjoybale without too much noise late at night ( or early in the morning)
 
I would agree with the comment about the two ring hob but hey improvise and who wants to cook on their jollies anyway .
 
A great place to stay, would go again , highly recommended

Suzanne C          9/10

Have just returned from the Marietta, and i couldnt really fault it! We had a lovely holiday, the hotel was only a short walk from skala town and our room was nice! Everywhere was nice and clean, pool nice (but a tad cold - even though you needed it to cool down because of the heat!) and the staff really friendly! There were a few families there, although no kids entertainment. The only thing was the kitchenette only had a two ring hob, although this was more than adequate as we ate out most nights!

Overall, highly recommended!!!!

Lynsey H          9/10

Don't pay any attention to the comments below!!!

This is a lovely apartment complex, just a couple of minutes walk into to Skala centre, lovely friendly staff, spacious clean apartment and a brilliant pool, would not hesitate to reccomend this to my mum, and she is REALLY picky!!

Alan S           

Following two excellent holidays at the Marietta last year we returned only to be disappointed with the overall level of service (with the exception of the receptionist, Stavroula). The bar is relatively expensive (& lacking atmosphere !) & the room service was, compared to last year, poor -  the beds were never made, the appartment floor was rarely swept & the room furnishings appeared "tired" & could do with some attention.

Kate            

 We have just returned from kefalonia where we stopped at the Marietta Studios.

The rooms were basic but suitable for our needs as we didnt spend much time in it. Other people have commented about noise but we found it very peaceful we heard no barking dogs or goats bells. The pool was cold but it was ideal for hot days and most of the time there was not many people in it so you have it all to yourself and sunbeds were always available. I would definately return to these studios again for many reasons location, cleanliness and facilities.

Dawn H           

We didn't like staying here at all.  The rooms were smelt of damp and were requested a high level room and was put in room one !!!   Also you are kept awake at night with the sounds of dogs barking every night.  We had to wear ear plugs just to get some sleep.  The only thing that was nice about it was the lady who ran the reception.

Eve P           

Whilst we liked Skala I wont be returning to the Marietta Studios, I thought the owners were unfriendly and unreasonable. Abruptly shown to our room on arrival, no 'hello how was your journey?' Despite the pool being empty much of the time we were not allowed to use lilos, the rep had told us that two or three would be ok but that was not the case. The pool area was nice but very crowded and the toilet block by the pool was very dirty. The rooms were adequate, bed was hard and the self catering facilites did not include kettle, only two ring hob and fridge. Often kept awake at night with the sound of barking dogs and people coming in late. Skala is full of Britsh tourists and it felt quite commercialised. The tavernas bring the courses out fast so not quite the place for drawn out meals. Only one ATM luckily for us it worked fine.

Claire B           

Just come back from staying at the Marietta Apartments in Skala. We were self catering and had a large 3 bedded room with a balcony over looking the apartmenys below and the hills in the distance. The room had a fridge and two ringstove , clean cutlery and china, no toaster, grill or kettle, we made do with the pans we had, to make drinks.
There is no A/C but you can hire a fan, although I thought a litttle over priced. On recommendations made on this site I took earplugs and managed to get sleep, there are dogs barking, goat bells clanging and cockeral crowing, but thats greece, its the way it is, its it character.
Everything is kept clean and tidy, with lovely scented gardens and a pool, which our daughter loved to go into after a day on the beach, everyone was very friendly and the rep does not keep you long at the welcome meeting.
Perfect for those that have children.

Susan P           

 you will find to atm machines on in main street at bottom by pines on round corner by pharmist you have great holiday ive been 4 times and going oct 06 there is very low crime rate the people are excellent  go to sorroco for a meal and captains bar for coctail and paspalis for  a meal

Graham S           

Very good pool v clean one of the best i have seen room cleaned daily food at the bar good down side the drinks are expensive if you have children ie 2.50 uros for a tin of coka cola all in all v good and recomended to all

Scott R           

I stayed at the Marietta in june 05 and found it very warm and freindly.The pool was clean although i never swam in it but was a nice setting for a pint or two before heading to town for a meal .The rooms were basic and mine was on the bottom floor at the side of the path everyone uses to get to their rooms but  it didnt bother me as sitting outside was a good chance to have a natter with folks , and adopt the resident cats . The staff are local and as most greeks very nice people . One point to remember is you can buy a fan in town cheaper than it is to hire one . The pool side bar closes at about 12pm if its quiet . The location is about a five min walk down the main road which has no path , but the road is never busy . Overall Good

Richard P           

We have just returned from Skala, what a beautiful Island, the Marietta was a very nice hotel, quite clean and in a good location.  the only downside is that it was full of British Tourists, first time ever that I've not heard another language around the pool.    

Alison T           

This is our second time in skala and would deffinatley go again.  The Marietta is a friendly place to stay and tucked away from the main road its only a 5 minute walk to where all the bars and resturants are if that.  It is very clean and the facilites are very good, although we ourselves did not use the pool area there was always towels on the sunbeds for reserve, we used the pool at the eleanna just across the road which is owned by the same family.  The pool here is lovely and there is always plenty of sunbeds and sharon will see that you are well looked after, as for being pricey as read for a comment for the eleanna 3 euros for a large beer is not all that pricey. I would deffinalty stay at the marietta again but maybe hire a fan as it was so hot at night.  There is a reception for those who are enquiring and if i remember right the do hire safety deposit boxes, and also look after the cases before the coach picks you up.  Overall i think the Marietta is good value for money.

Lyn I

i agree with the comment made below about the fan hire.we were in skala last week aug/1st week sept '03 and although the fan made little difference in the 1st week,we noticed that as soon as sept arrived,it cooled alot in the evening making it more bearable at nights and the fan certainly helped. if you can,keep it on all day...enjoy

Alison T           

IN REPLY TO THE QUESTION OF FAN HIRE, I VISITED KEFALONIA IN 2003 AND I AM RETURNING AGAIN THIS YEAR, I THOUGHT HIRING A FAN WAS A GOOD IDEA AND FOUND ON THE MAIN STREET THERE WERE PLENTY OF FANS FOR HIRE FOR A FEW EUROS, BUT TO BE HONEST ALL THEY DO AFTER A WHILE IS BLOW WARM AIR AROUND AND I FOUND LITTLE BENEFIT. HOPE THIS HELPS

Joan B           

I am going to stay at the Marietta, B & B in September with my daughter.  I was wondering doe anyone know if you can hire fans for the room as noticed there was no air con.

J Barnes 

Boogie68 L           

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The Marietta appts don't seem to have changed an awful lot since the last posting last year. There is still no kettle in the room although it remains clean. Not quite sure to what extent the cleaners do, other than wash the floors, put out new towels and linen for the guests to make their own bed. However, the appts are nonetheless clean and the accomodation adequate and very basic, expected for Greece. Our only bug bear was that the cleaners aren't the quietest and given the flimsy front door, if you're fortunate enough to stay on the ground floor or one up in the early room numbers, then your greek language skills will no doubt improve as you can hear everything they say from 8am through to 10.30am. We mentioned this to rep who brought it to the attention of the hotel owners and this seemed to work....Initially...Thereafter we just gave up and bought some ear plugs and drank a few more el vinos. If you go this time of year, beware that your room is not near a birds nest...The noise from 4am is awful...Hence the need to earplugs.

Right that's the bad stuff out of the way. The pool was fantastic and the best part is over the other side where the morning is in the shade then you get the whole afternoon in the sun. There is none of this towel on beds first thing in the morning which is great. There are plenty of beds and a lot of room. The pool bar is nice and is run by friendly staff who always make time to say hello and talk to you. The menu is ok, food is good quality.
The location is about 5 minutes into the centre of skala which is great as it means you get to walk off your dinner before going to bed.
 
We would definately recommend this place to others (out of bird breeding season) as it's great location, clean and feel very secure and welcomed by the staff.
Skala town is a really nice to place to eat, and the restaurants are of good quality. The bars are also nice, though we did favour Sally's Garden Bar becuase it was friendly and the drinks seemed to be cheaper than elsewhere. Other places we went to were Captain's Bar. This was an interesting place, the cocktails were superb, though at 5 Euro a go was a little expensive to do every night, plus the music wasn't all that there.
Best pizza we had was in La Luna done on the sqaure. Even the takeaway pizzas were excellent. We had one really awful meal and that was in La Pitatha, also known as the Greek Taverna, just next door to a church in the high street. The staff did try to rectify it, though the second serving was just as bad. Perhaps we chose the wrong meal that night as it's always busy in their.
THe best beach has to be the Kamina beach for golden sand and gently shelving and it's right next door to the skala's beach give or take a 1hr 30min walk. We took a car there being lazy, but it was well worth the visit as are plenty of the other beaches.
We also went to eat in Katelios just 8km away, and this was great. Ate at the first restaurant and had a great meal.
Overall, a fab holiday, bit shattered but great. (oh, forgot to say, take money with you as there is one atm and was out of order for two weeks we were there!)

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.