Skiathos Princess Hotel
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Not even close to a deluxe hotel
We have booked the hotel through a local travel agent. we have requested and paid for a deluxe five star hotel. From the first minute we walked in to the hotel we realised that we have been deceived. The rooms of the hotel cannot be rated higher than those of a two star hotel. The cupboards had no doors. Eventhough we have requested a double room we got a room with two single beds put together. It was impossible to sleep with the air-condition on since its noise was louder than that of an airplane's engine. That was by far the biggest deception I have ever experienced. There was no information at all in the room regarding the hotel facilities, no room service, no do not disturbe sign. After the pool bar was close around 6:00 pm you could get nothing to eat (snack, ice-cream, sweets). The worst experience was during our last day. Since we were flying from Skiathos late at night we requsted a late check out that were willing to pay of-course. Instead were asked to vacate the rooms at 12:00 pm with the excuse that there were no maids avalable in the afternoon to clean the rooms (The rooms were still unoccupied by the time we left the hotel at 21:00).
Eventhough the pool are is OK and the beach is lovely I wouldn't suggest this particular hotel to anyone of you.
Me and my family just came back from Skiathos Princess hotel.
It was a wonderfull stay especially for my childrent. This hotel is the perfect destination for the very tired parents.
The big garden is really relaxing for everybody, chilldrent can play around ant parents can relax, drinking a coffe.
The staff is really wonderfull and helpfull with everybody.
The beach wich is in the front of the hotel is sandy and very clean.
We will come back!!!
Our arrival at Skiathos Princess was heavenly, we were greedet by a warm, friendly professional staff who gave us a tour of the hotel. Our room was bright, airy, clean and so well decorated. The beach restaurant is really wonderfull and the beach just perfect.
We enjoyed very much all the beauty treatments and massage.
The views were incredible! The sunsets! this is the place to see them.
We promise that we will go back.
If anyone is thinking Skiathos, think Skiathos Princess, it's the place to stay.
Accommodation does not rate one star
This hotel should never be described as five star more like zero star. - on arrival we were shown to our `junior suite` - horrendous, reminded me of the YMCA or even more of a school dormitory. There were bare mustard yellow and white walls with no pictures. Two small rock hard beds, the cupboard had no door, the drawers were out of the ark and there was a thick cord separating the bed area from what was meant to be the sitting area like a boxing ring. The balcony had plastic seats with no covers. The worst room I have ever stayed in. The management were totally useless, once you collected your key that was it till you handed it back. No information at all in the room, nothing not even the usual `bible` - no room service it was awful. How can I describe the food suffice to say we ate in once. Breakfast was O.K. except the fruit selection was red melon, green melon and woolly apples. The selection of cold meats etc. was fine as was the scrambled egg but the whole impression was that of a bakery, there were endless cakes, pastries, apple pies, most extraordinary it looked more like a tea shop. Dinner was inedible - everything was stone cold, cooked in oil, tasteless and disgusting - everyone complained and a lot went out every night. The puddings were horrid endless artificial cakes and jellies, yuk.
Such a shame, the pool area is lovely, the beach is so close and beautiful. The lounge area nice but empty cos everyone went out. I feel they should not have guests to stay in the rooms as they are at the moment, it is totally unacceptable and I shall be writing to the tour operator as my husband and I felt cheated out of what should have been a lovely holiday. DON`T GO THERE - Go the the Magic Hotel very near.
Just arrived back from this accomodation which has 5 stars on the wall outside. This hotel has lovely public areas and pool area, but the rest is a total shambles. The rooms were so shabby I could have got on the first plane home, ours did not even have a shower curtain so on the first night water was sprayed through the entire room and when this was metioned to our rep at the Welcome Meeting she said that shower curtains were not always supplied in Greece, what on the supposedly best hotel on the Island I should hope not. But the grief didn't stop there, the food served in the dining room was horrendous. We had booked 2 weeks half board as a special treat after the recent marriage of our son, how I wish I hadn't I ate once in the restaurant in the evening and could not eat there again all the hot food was cold and totally inedible. Only the bread and salad in my opinion was fit to eat. My husband tried to eat there twice more but he also said it was cold. It was also like queuing up for your school dinner as you were not allowed to serve yourself the "hot" food!!! The first week we were there we weren't even allowed in the Dining Room and despite the cool temperature outside that is were guests had to eat breakfast and evening meal. In the end we ate out every night at quite a lot of additional cost, despite having paid alot of money to stay there in the first place. I have already wrote to our Tour operator to voice my concerns. Would never go there again and need another holiday to get over the utter disappointment of our holiday.
Not really a four star hotel
I tarvelled to this hotel having lived on the island a few years ago.I was aware of the lack of quality accomadation on the island and as i was taking our new baby with me i thought this place would be my best bet.
The pool area and public rooms were excellent and also the position of the hotel was great.
What let this hotel down was the total lack of management.It was as if you collcte you room key at the start of your holiday and were just left to sort anything you needed out on your own.I asked for an iron to borrow but was told they did not have one in the whole hotel.The rooms were very dated ours had a cracked mirror in the bathroom.The water in the bathroom was sometimes full of sediment.There was no information in the rooms about the hotel-times for breakfast,usefull numbers e.t.c this just added to the feeling that you were on your own.Saying this the cleaners were excellent.
One day sitting by the pool they decided to test the sprinklers and soaked everybody i told the pool bar staff who said they had been told to turn them off.We moved away to new sunbeds on the other side of the pool and they turned on the sprinklers there and soaked us all again! Only in Greece!
Apparently the rooms are being refurbished in the winter-they need it.Lets hope the managment gets refurbishe also!
We still had a great holiday as Skiathos is lovely but this hotel is i n a great position and has great public rooms and pool area but in my view it really needs some hands on management.
Lovely island, hotel disappointing
My husband and I have just returned from a week at the Princess hotel in Skiathos. On first impressions the hotel is lovely, the reception area is immaculate and the gardens are beautiful and the path leads right on to the beach. However, we were disappointed with the rooms in particular the bathroom, as the bath was covered in soap scum, there was limescale on the showerhead and was not clean in my opinion. We did move rooms but the only one available was the room next door which was a slight improvement but not 4 Star by anyones standards. However, we decided to just forget about the room and start enjoying our holiday, but the disappointment did not stop there. The food served for dinner was buffet style and was not all that good. They served fresh bread and the salad was quite nice, but the hot - sorry warm dishes were not what you'd expect from a Four Star hotel, and the dishes all seemed the same after a couple of nights, so we decided to eat out even though we were half board. We ate out in Skiathos town which was lovely, and the tavernas by the old port serve excellent greek food as well as international dishes. We would go back to the island as it was a very pretty island but we wouldn't go back to the hotel until they finish refurbishing the rooms which apparently they are going to do this year, and of course unless they improve the food.
My Mum and I have just returned from a week at the Skiathos Princess. Before we went, I asked if it was possible to be allocated a room that had a separate shower cubicle as my Mum is in her seventies and cannot climb into the bath. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite which was a massive room with twin beds, and a sunken lounge area with lounge chairs, table, TV and uplighter - all fully tiled areas. The bathroom was very large, marble from floor to ceiling, separate shower cubicle with curtain, bath, loo, bidet and bath. The showers were very high up on the walls (designed for 7 ft men) so you had to unhook the shower spray to wash. For Greek standards, the bathroom was very good. The hotel stands in beautiful landscaped gardens and is only a stones throw from the beach and the Taverna which belongs to the hotel and does lovely lunches. The food in the hotel: breakfast was lovely, lots of choice but not too hot. The evening meal which started at 7 pm had lovely fresh bread, great choice of salad bar, usually two soups and a variety of hot dishes. Everything was great, but the hot dishes all seemed to taste the same and were not terribly hot. Also, the first 4 nights didn't have any fish dishes. All in all, the hotel is immaculately clean, the staff are polite and friendly and the location is excellent. I do feel, however, that the smaller hotels offer a much personal service.
The beach location!
I have been now the 4 time with my family on this lovely island!
Direct flight from austria! Nice harbour village!
the hotel has direct acess to the sea!
my daughters loved to eat in the taverna the fresh fish.
service professional, helpful and welcoming
roomsize with balcony on a 5 star level
we will be back next year
Nice location , 1 minute walk to good beach. Hotel looks great in the brochure and is indeed clean and well presented. The only downside is that there was no atmosphere in the hotel. The food was ok but despite paying for dinner , ended up going out most nights. The hotel is located such that you need to hire a car or get used to using the regular buses to Koukanaries or the other way into town. Great Iguana Bar across the road and supermarket.
Ask for an upper floor as we had ground floor with a glorious view of a bush!!!! Not comfortable to sit out where we were so get 2nd , 3rd floor ideally with proper balconies and at least a view.
Went to Palace Hotel (Sister hotel) the year after and found this more like a hotel atmosphere and nearer to Koukanaries.
Lovely island ! 3rd visit now.
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