La Piscine Art Hotel
Travel Blogs from Skiathos
... in the three phrases that we learned years ago, on our first Greek adventure, we have now made a new mission to learn a 'phrase-a-day'. We've moved on from; good morning, evening, night and thank you, and can fluently roll out; a table for two, what a great meal, 1/2 liter of white wine , another 1/2 liter of white wine, and ask for the bill. Yet to master is ; "Can we come onto your yacht"and "Keep that screaming child quiet while I'm sleeping". We're working on these ...
When we arrived to Skopelos it was 9:30 at night we drove straight to our hotel we are staying there for 9 nights the first few nights we really tiring. We went to a tavern like nearly every night but one we had a BBQ. We go to the beach and pool every day we some times have lunch at the hotel. We come back home on ...
We had a very comfortable and interesting train ride through green rolling hills and Greek villages to Volos in transit to the pretty island of Skopelos . We didn't have any great expectations of Volos but were pleasantly surprised by this charming port city. Our hotel, AegIi, was in a renovated Art Deco building on the water front promenade or 'hora' opposite the quay, overlooking an array of yachts. The first thing we noticed from our balcony was a quaint little ...
... reacting already :) maybe I'll tan here!!! (Hahaha). I just tried retsina for the first time and I didn't really like it ... It tasted a bit like white wine mixed with floor polish!! Not that I know what floor polish tastes like... You get the point. Retsina is a white wine fermented (maybe the wrong word) in pine barrels, so it absorbs the pine resin. Thanks for the recommendation Ryan but I'll be leaving that one to you! It turns out our accommodation is on the other side ...
... to visit Agii Taxiarches Monastery which is 1,300 years old. It was a solid hours walk which is the only means of access. You can let yourself in and enjoy the serenity high in the mountain over looking the sea.
At 9pm we headed to Alexander's for a spectacular evening meal at the captains table over looking the other dinners under two huge lemon trees. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Piscine Art Hotel Skiathos
Great pool, terrible singing!
We stayed here as a large family party in August and were very pleasantly surprised by the overall standard of the hotel and the staff.
The rooms were cleaned daily, the pool was clean and spacious with lots of sunloungers.
The location of the hotel was spot on - the town in easy walking distance.
Breakfasts weren't great though - beware of the orange juice!
Staff were very friendly and helpful. One in particular, takes great pleasure in doubling up as an evening entertainer - not good. Earplugs are recommended.
The biggest surprise was the general cost increases of things since my last visit. This is no longer a cheap place to go on holiday!
Perfect Wedding Venue
My daughter was married in Skiatos on September 22nd this year. My husband and I plus about 16 other guests stayed at the hotel. The management and staff were wonderful and couldn't do enough for us. They put on the wedding reception and it was absolutely perfect. I would reccomend the hotel to anybody. A special thank you to our cleaner, she was a star!!!
Definitely the best hotel in Skiathos
We have just come back from Skiathos. We stayed to La Piscine Art Hotel. This hotel is a real art. Nicely decorated spacious bedrooms with TV, hairdryer, aircondition (that you can't control unless you contact the reception to turn it on/off, and set the temperature you want), spotless bathroom, sofa, pool view, safe, quality soaps/shower gels/body creams etc. Things that are not easy to find in any Greek island hotel. The swimming pool was very clean with comfortable sunbeds with their own clean towel. At night the swimming pool area was very cosy with candles everywere, nice music and excellent food and drinks. You could relax there either in the morning under the sun or at night under the candle lights. Very comfortable, cosy lobby with paintings everywhere. Everything there was very tastefull. The staff was very helpfull and very polite. The Hotel is very well situated just 5 minutes from Papadiamantis street which is full of bars and restaurants. I highly recommend it!
Relax at the piscine palace
la piscine palace beautiful, people friendly, breakfast as fresh as they come, help yourself enough variety.pool lovely, nice cushioned clean sunbeds and towels, none of this reserve your bed at 6.30am staff remove towels from reserved sunbeds. Hotel rooms spotlessly clean, bathrooms are lovely, cleaners couldn't do enough. Reception area comfy and smart, just a short stroll into town, really nice places to eat close by, barbecue night a must. We travelled as a family, mum and 3 daughters all over the age of 30, lovely place to stay and relax.staff really friendly definately go back,couldnt fault this hotel.
MOST IMPRESSED - LA PISCINE HOTEL
My wife and I stayed at the La Piscine Palace for the last two weeks of July.
We were informed that Skiathos was a small and quiet island but Skiathos Town was reasonably good for eating and drinking. To our great surprise we found the Town to be lively and populated with a good number of bars and excellent restaurants, I'll name some of the better restaurants later but now onto the Hotel.
The Hotel was only built in 2003 and as expected the rooms were nicely decorated and spacious with our balcony looking over the Pool. The Hotel is very well situated just 5 minutes from Papadiamantis street which is full of bars, eateries, shops and side streets. The new and old ports are not too big but consist of restaurants, cafes and of course drinking establishments. The club strip which is left of the new port/marina would be of particular interest to the 18 to 30's age group with bars supplying various ranges of music and 'trendy' designs.
The pool at the Hotel was clean and well maintained with free towels distributed, the sun beds being the most comfortable I've ever laid on. The staff were very pleasant and helpful from the management team down to the chamber maids. Breakfast consisted of various cereals, yoghurts, bread (toaster available) meats, cheeses and if you required a hot breakfast, bacon and eggs were available. I thought the Wednesday BBQ buffet was of a good standard and value for money.
A very nice Hotel well situated and at close proximity to a very impressive and lively town.
The most impressive restaurants we attended were:
Old Port Jailhouse
The above two appear to be everyone favourites supplying excellent and varied food.
Calypso Italian Restaurant
Another highly rated eatery, try and get on the balcony on the second floor overlooking the new marina.
This is a very nice eatery open throughout the day, its basic Greek fare but all the food is cooked from fresh and the staff and management are extremely friendly and courteous. Its situated off Papadiamanti Street, head towards the top of the street and do a right near the police station and the school.
P and G Rogers MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
Stunning Views but Isolated
My five friends and myself went for a lads holiday in August 2004 and found this hotel quite nice and pleasant.
The views are amazing from the poolside and the beaches nearby are stunning. Make sure you go to Banana Beach for a fun day out although you do get quite hot walking to it.
We booked a room with a larger balcony overlooking the sea which in reality was not really worth the extra £150.
The only downside is the location of this hotel especially if you plan on going into town each night. Its about a 25 minute taxi ride and can cost quite a lot if you travel each night.
Skiathos is a must though!
Stayed at the Piscine Palace in September 2004 for two weeks. The hotel is virtually brand new having opened in May 2003.
The hotel itself is beautiful and very tasteful. Rooms were exceptionally clean, air-conditioned and included the usual added extras that you normally don't find on package holidays!!
The hotel staff were very polite and extremely helpful in terms of ensuring we get the best out of our holiday and what skiathos had to offer.
The food in the hotel was superb, we only stayed B & B but we did have lunch there once or twice.
As for the island I would definitely come back for another visit. Although the island is very small there was lots to see and do - always a new beach to find. The beaches on the island vary from pebbles and shingle to powdery, sparkling white sand that is as good as the carribbean.
Koukanaries is a great beach but always busy so if you want somewhere quieter we found Aghia Eleni, Cap Eleni, Kanapitsa and Xanemos (although at the end of the runway!!) to be worth a visit and fairly quiet.
Hiring a car or a moped is a must if you want reach some of the more remote beaches.
The town of Skiathos is very busy day and night but not overly commercialised. We found some great tavernas and restaurants among the huge maze of tiiny cobbled streets and particularly liked Marias Pizza - If you like italian food that is authentic then this place is for you. we also liked the Jailhouse (great steak),and The Windmill (a climb out of the port but worth if for the views).
The bars in skiathos town near the old port are very chilled and serve great cocktails (quite expensive). There are lots of new bars and clubs on the new port, they were not so busy as the busiest part of the season was over however it wasn't what we looking for - more for the teenage holiday makers!
We didn't manage to get off the island to visit neighbouring alonissos and skopelos but that will be on the agenda for a future visit.
If your an animal lover you must visit the Skiathos Dog Shelter. Its located in beautiful countryside and you can walk the dogs between 10am and 2pm. Well worth it, we went twice.
All in all I would recommend Skiathos to anyone it was a warm and welcoming place and the hotel was probably the best hotel I've stayed in, in Europe.
Below Par Service
If you like a hotel to double up as creche for the managers children then this hotel is for you. If they are not stood at poolside screaming and crying they are whizzing around the poolside on bikes nearly taking your toes off!. I agree the hotel sunbeds are the best i've laid on in a long time but the noisy kids spoil the atmosphere of the place. When they do start crying the owners don't try to subdue them they just leave them. The pool is as cold as the Artic ocean. A popular pastime at poolside is to watch newcomers faces as they take 10 mins trying to get in. Go to the beach. The sea is a lot warmer, trust me.(and safer for anyone with a heart condition!)
The 3 Reception staff, Vanja, Maria and Alexandria are very friendly and were a delight to talk to. Any request was undertaken without any fuss and are a credit to themselves. The Breakfast waitress is also very attentive and friendly but whose name escapes me. The rest of the staff are miserable and unfriendly. After numerous "hellos" and " good mornings" to which a reply was not forth coming we gave up. The whole fortnight we were there we never saw the miserable barman smile once. Trying to make any conversation with him is impossible as it was plain to see he wasn't the least bit interested.
Breakfasts could be better. The Orange Juice has never seen an orange, i think it just refers to its colour. The scrambled eggs could be used as skimmers to bounce across the pool water. If you dont like coco pops, muesli or the greek substitute for cornflakes then thats the cereal section out of bounds. If you like toast with bread then you will be disappointed as they don't have any, only baguettes cut into pieces.
The towels for around the pool, if you haven't got your own, are not on display anywhere and we wasn't asked once if we would like one. Infact we didn't know that service was in operation until a few days before we left.
The rooms are nice and fairly well maintained.
Cleaning is done daily to an adequate standard and clean sheets are put on at regular intervals but not the top sheet/duvet. I dropped a peach stone on a top sheet 3 days into the holiday and it was not washed out or changed before we came home 11 days later.
The weekly Barbecue is good if you like your meat cold and undercooked, quite a few complained about that. All in all the actual hotel is very pleasing to the eye but unfortunately looks aren't everything or are they?
Beautiful Hotel, Highly recommend
Have just returned from 1 weeks stay at La Piscine Palace. Hotel is lovely, very very clean, beautiful decor with lots of original oil paintings around hotel and in rooms. Staff very welcoming. Special mention for Louise the breakfast waitress who could'nt have been more friendly if she tried. Lovely bathroom with toiletries and even a small bath!! - very unusual for Greece!! Sunbeds actually have cream cushions on that make sunbathing much more comfortable, also they even give you towels to use around the pool! This hotel shines out due to its attention to detail. Location is excellent just a 5 - 10 minute walk to the main street. This was our third visit 3 years in a row to Skiathos, once you've been you fall in love with the island, would stay again without hesitation.
La Piscine Palace Hotel the best
We stayed at the La Piscine Palace Hotel, Skaithos in July 2004. I can honesty say that for Greek hotels this beat the lot, staff great, rooms great, the pool side again great the whole thing was fab. Hotel was within easy walking distance to Skaithos town so had plenty of places to eat & drink. It was so good we have already booked for next year.