San Giorgio Hotel

Accommodation in Skala

   
Markus C          10/10

click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge 

 
 
 
 
 
I cant believe there have been no further reviews since 2008. We stayed at The San G in July 2012 and I have to say that everything was just as good if not better than we imagined. The staff were amazing, so friendly and nothing was too much hassle for any of them. Sofia, Makis (Senior & Junior) and our rep Tessa were absoloutley amazing people.
 
The Hotel was spotless and the room service impecible. Our view was stunning but then from nearly every angle you had amazing sea views. The 3 pools were immaculate and always had plenty of spare sunbeds.
The food on site was lovely but you also had plenty of local bars / taverna's to choose from as well.
 
I would normally never visit the same place twice but I would go back tomorrow if I had the chance. I really do miss this place and would recommend to any couples looking to relax and recharge the batteries.
There is plenty to do in Kefalonia but I would suggest a car as most places are quite far and being honest get a car anyway so that you dont miss most of Kefalonia's beauty. What an amazing Island.
 
What an amazing Holiday!! We miss you San G

Tom C          7/10

Stayed sept 08,would give hotel about a 7/10,very clean,food nice but limited menu,breakfast not so nice only went once,stayed in room 301,good position overlooking pool,about 45 min walk into town which i quite enjoyed but you can take courtesy bus,staff were polite but not over friendly but might be as it was end of season,one of the woman behind reception very unhelpfull,overall would stay there again but would try elsewhere first. 

Ian W          8/10

STAYED IN ROOM 145 FOR TWO WEEKS IN JULY 2008,NOT THE BEST PLACE TO STAY,A BIT TO FAR OUT OF TOWN AND IS BUILT ON THE SIDE OF A REALY STEEP HILL/MOUNTAIN.ROOMS WERE VERY CLEAN AND TIDY BUT THE FURNITURE IS LOOKING A LITTLE TIRED,BEDS WERE COMFY AND THE AIR CON IS FREE,SHAME OUR ROOM WAS ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND THE PEOPLE ABOVE SEEMED TO LIKE DRAGING A CHAIR ACCROSS THE FLOOR AT 1.00 A.M.THIS HOTEL IS VERY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

Jim P          9/10


hi
just returned after our fourth stay at San Giorgio,got to thank sonia, franscesca,makis and all other staff for a great stay,all worked thier socks of to give us two weeks of want we wanted!
The Island has suffered due to the lack of rain, not as green as normal, and fires are a big problem at the moment.
All very much the same in and around Skala, clean and all taverna and bars still trading well.
Special note to all red blooded "persons", Maria is back working BB'S, got to be the best person in the world!!!

Eating out.
La Luna    below par   4/10
Mi abeli    always to busy could not get a seat!!
Scandanavia.    great 8/10.
Galera    great 9/10.
Flamingo     great 9/10.
Manor house    this years favourite, visited twice 10/10.
squawkj@aol.com


John H           

For some unknown reason my comments about the San Giorgio only received an average rating. I can catagoricaly state that the whole complex and everything in it is more than excellent. 

Diana K           

Hi John

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the San Giorgio.  I have been visiting Kefalonia (Skala) now for the past three years and this will be my 6th visit to the island and to the San Giorgio.  I go back again in May 2007.
I love the place, I can honestly say it is my second home. The rooms are spotless and the staff are so fantastically friendly and accomodating, you cannot fault the place.
 
Bravo San Giorgio!
 

John H           

I don't care what anyone else says, the San Giorgio is the best in Skala if not in Kefalonia. We have just returned from two weeks, which was our third visit in as many years. The whole complex is second to none, right down to the maids who do a fantastic job both on the rooms and around the pool complex, right upto the owners Sonia and daughter Francesca who are on site most days from first thing in the morning and then organising Greek dancing/Karaoke in the bar til late into the night. Just about to book up for next year, so might just see you there. 

Karen S           

we went to san giorgio in may 2004 and it was the best holiday i have had, we went walking every day to the town and the people were very friendly even the sheep and goats walking along the rd, the staff were absolutely brilliant one of the maids used to make pictures with my sarong if i left it on the bed.  we went into the town in the evening but always ended up back in the bar which was good fun breakfast was good and the whole holiday was excellent value for money

Lin T           

We have just returned from a glorious week at the San Giorgio Hotel, we travel quite alot and this has to be one of the best hotel's we have ever stayed in, the view from our room (no 73) was simply stunning, it was one of the best views we have ever had from a room before, the cleanliness cannot be faulted and the staff are all friendly, our room was cleaned every day and some of the little "extra touches" left by the cleaners would always make us smile when we got back to our room at the end of the day, (if you stay there you will know what I mean!) Yes it is slightly out of the resort centre but they do have a courtesy bus and taxi's are only 5 euros, however if you do decide to walk it will take you about 40 minutes, it is a very pleasant walk along the coastline and you can explore the little hidden coves along the way and stop for lunch on "the boat" which is about the halfway mark :0) We met at least two people who had stayed there before and I know that this certainly won't be our last visit either. I would highly recommend a resturant called "Symposium", the food was delicious and they have a pianist and singer most nights to add to your evenings entertainment! Yes I would recommend the San Giorgio Hotel to anyone :0)

Dean S

My suggestion is do not organise any car hire through the tour agents as this is an extremely expensive way of hiring a car. I have just arranged a weeks hire for €145 inclusive 7 days hire.

Laura D           

 
my boyfriend and i have just returned from Kefalonia. we are 21 years old and we had an amazing time. the San Giorgio was fabulous.
 
i disagree with some of the comments that have been made about the staff at the hotel.  We found them to be very polite and a lot of fun.  they welcomed us on the day we arrived and were so lovely to us for the whole two weeks that we were there.  the bar men were very cool and lovely too.  we came to be good friends with them all and i only hope that we will go and stay there again one day.
 
the beach (cove) near the hotel was beautiful and we enjoyed the events in the evening at the hotel.  the events were quite tame i.e. kareoke, so dont go if you are expecting the party lifestyle of ibiza! but we loved it.  just make the most of it and drink some oozo and tequila!
 
it reachd 43 degrees when we were there so we were very happy with our tans by the end of the holiday.
 
i would recommend the hotel to everyone.  do not be put off by the walk into skala. its really not that far, and to be fair it is not as if you have got much else to do in the day. so make the most of the coastal walk- or, as we did, hire a moped for a few days and get around that way. very fun! try and drive to sami and poros if you get the chance-less touristy than skala.

Dean S           

Further to my last entry we have just returned from Kef, and the San Giorgio which was as good as before, if not better.

The additional pools (3) and poolside space is fantastic, well thought out and a real plus, without any more apartments (yet) so that you can enjoy the additional space and pool type and surroundings to suit. 
 
Like us we met a number of peolpe returning, as they had enjoyed this location so much, and didn't want to take a chance elsewhere.
 
I thoroughly recommend the San Giorgio to all!
 
Best regards and have a happy holiday!
 
Dean Saunders

Dean S           

We are just about to return to the San Giorgio for the thid time, and from the comments on this site it sounds as great as ever.

A new and additional pool should be great, with the friendly staff and fantastic surroundings I really can't wait.
 
I will of course update upon our return though just in case! 

Graham T           

click to enlargeWhat can I add to what Kelsey Said Before... Everything was Excellent, The Staff make every effort to make the stay memorable and treated us like part of the family, We came home on the 2nd of June 2005 and want to go back now! We had an sensory overload of some of the best views in the world I could not fault this place.  The birds do feed from your hands and the flowers views are stunning.... As before if you want further info contact me also... Christine the Thompsons rep is from Stoke, so its nice to hear booook and looook
Oh I hired a car from Eurocar (via Thompsons in the Hotel) and bumped the wall...worried all night and in the morning told the Hire guy..... He said "your on holiday its covered so dont worry...bring it back sunday and thats that"
My two Teenage girls were so sad on returning home, as the staff all spoke and made them part of their family.
"California" (ask KIRI the waiter) Hello Makis.
The picture was the view from our balcony

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.
 
IF ANYONE WANTS ANY INFORMATION ON KEFALONIA ID BE HAPPY TO HELP TAZJAZBAG@HOTMAIL.COM
 
 
 
 

Deborah S

WE ARE ABOUT TO COME FOR OUR 2ND VISIT. CANT WAIT THE HOTEL AND STAFF WERE THE BEST. WE LOVED THE ISLAND SO MUCH WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT MOVING THERE PERMENANT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. WE HAVE TRAVELLED GREECE FOR 18 YEARS, THIS HOTEL IS THE BEST WE HAVE STAYED IN.ALSO THE PEOPLE OF KEFALONIA ARE THE NICEST WE HAVE MET & WE HAVE MET SOME NICE PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS. WELL DONE TO ALL STAFF AT SAN GEORGIO THANK YOU

Peter H           

We have just returned from a week’s self catering holiday at the San Giorgio with Olympic Holidays and had a most wonderful time. The accommodation was very clean, we had regular maid service and the facilities were excellent, though we were fortunate to have an apartment on the lowest level. We had a problem with one of the blinds, which we reported mid morning on the first day, by the time we went back at lunchtime it had been fixed. The best thing about the Hotel is the pool areas, with more than enough comfortable lounges for all, while we were there, there were so many spare lounges it was a major decision of where to sit. The snack bar at lunchtime was excellent and the help yourself salads were perfect for lunch.
The restaurant was reasonable, however as we were self catering we had to reserve a table in reception, though on the first day when we arrived in the evening, they fitted us in. Generally the standard of the food we had on the three occasions that we eat at the hotel was good.
I would agree with others that the Hotel is a bit out of town, it is a good 40 minutes walk, though a pleasant one along the coastal road (we wouldn’t walk back at night though) and we had no trouble with the taxi drivers (cost 4 Euros).
You must go to the little cove near the Hotel, about 50 yards along on the road towards Skala, down some steps. Take goggles and snorkel to see the many fish there. Once we found it, we went swimming there most days.
The only criticism of the Hotel and Kefelonia itself is that compared to other Greek Islands, the people are not so friendly, others who we spoke to agreed with this.
However we would definitely go back again

Amanda            

Just got back from the apartments and we had an amazing relaxing time our apartment was high up which was a bonus as it was so peaceful and the views were brilant. the main beach isn't that far and the taxi people were really nice and it only cost 4 euros each way which is worth it if you don't want to arrive at dinner looking windswept.
if your feeling adventurous don't go to the main beach, at the bottom of san giogio lys the sea and their are lots of private coves with steps leading down to the sea, snorkelling was fab and we had our own cove the entire day and watch the sunset, very romantic well worth it!! Can't wait to go back!

Karen M           

hi kerina we to are going to kefelonia on the 23rd sept staying in skala but we are not sure of accomadation till we get there it is one of three and the san giorgio is one of the 3,we have been to zante already this year in july and wanted to have just a week away and frinds went to skala and loved it,the greeks are very friendly and we love the slow pace of life.hope we get to say hello.

Bert            

I know that there is a Jim that works in Scandinavia Bar

Philippa M

Staying at SG in a weeks time, and just been reading some of the comments on these pages, and starting to worry a little about how far away the beach is?!! The brochure says 'beach opposite hotel' which i took to mean reasonably close, but is it a fair walk?

Thank you

Philippa M

my boyfriend and i are going on holiday, staying at the san giorgio apartments. We would like to know if anyone who has visited the area knows of a local gym?

Kerina M

hi,going to san georgio apts sept 23 this year,booked a low floor room.just wondered where to go for a good laugh,we are in our late 20s. also anywhere romantic to go for my wedding anniversary.id like to know what the staff are like.what the weathers like that time off year.any tips would help and about all really!!never been to greece before only turkey.anyone going there at the same time join us for a drink.

Rhys K           

Hi,
We stayed at the San Giorgio in Skala from 26-07-04 to 02-08-04. I would definitely recommend the SG to anyone who likes the quiet life. Skala is a GOOD 40 minute walk as mentioned in previous comments and the Taxi service is unpredictable to say the least. Look out for the Taxi driver whose only words of english are "Please close the doors gently" because he's a rip off merchant !. Also on the topic of taxis, be aware that they finish at midnight or 1am. This we found out while looking to go back to the San Giorgio after one too many cocktails in Cafe Veto about 2:30 am. Your holiday Rep probably won't give you this very important info as all they want to do is sell you overpriced boat trips and such like !!

As mentioned in previous posts, the Hotel is superb. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean and the service from the staff around the complex is excellent.

Skala village is fairly quiet. I don't think there are any nite clubs as such, but Cafe Veto can be nice and lively. Neros bar up from the Kiosk is an excellent bar to chill out in. Totally different atmosphere and decor to any other bar you would see in Greece. Staff are really good and friendly. Well worth a visit !!

Restaurants are nice and reasonable. about 40 euro for a meal for 2 and a bottle of wine. Best ones I visited and can still remember the names were "Flamingo", "Ta Pitharia" (excellent greek restaurant).

The only bad thing I found about the Hotel was the fact its a bit too far to walk to the beach in the midday sun. There are some nice coves nearby, but if you like the beach, it can be a bit hard to motivate yourself for the walk there and back each day. In saying that though, we were there during the high temperature month.

Hope this info helps as I read the posts before I went and they were all fairly accurate.

Rhys

Louise B

Are there buses running close to the San Giorgio - into Scala or any other towns?

Thanks