I can only compare this property to those of similar ratings as I am world-wide travelled and my expectations are always harmonised with the local culture. I have travelled throughout all parts of Greece so base my review on experience of similar:-
The good things:-
Very helpful and accommodating Reception staff.
Deluxe Ocean view rooms are just that - deluxe with all the mod cons, fluffy towels and power showers, kept very clean. Beautiful views of Kassandra Bay.
Overall cleaniness of hotel is excellent.
Location - if you just want a nice little beach for a swim and not much else.
Bus top - directly outside hotel so convenient for visiting other parts of the island.
Pool & Beach towels provided fresh every day.
Free wifi - 2 pc screens available at any time for guest use.
The not so good things:-
The bathroom floor tiles create a VERY slippery surface as they are the same tiles used on the walls - very pretty but are not suitable for the floor (which will unavoidably get wet). I would advise to step onto a floor towel when coming out the bath/shower and make sure the floor does not get wet.
Alot of steps & slopes (not always with a hand rail) - so ditch the heels for Fit-Flops! Certainly not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or the elderly.
Bar & Restaurant Staff - limited understanding of English, mainly young female waitresses some of whom gave me the impression they were doing me a "favour". Service - generally appalling - one occasion I was totally ignored when standing at the non-busy bar.
Prices - fair to expensive. House wine by the glass is local and not the best. I did find some very nice local wine outside the hotel.
The hotel has evening functions which take up the best eating areas of the hotel which are then closed off to remaining hotel guests. This happened on 3 of the nights I was there so I am lucky I did not book half board as those who did were told they could only sit in the "breakfast canteen and at a specific time"!
Breakfast - limited offerings in self service style (nothing cooked whilst you wait). Hot offerings ranged from scrambled or fried eggs, plain omlettes and undercooked fatty bacon. Other offerings were pastry based, cheese filled. Cold buffet was some local cheese, cucumber, tomatoe. Limited cereals, plain yoghurt only and fresh apples (bananas only on request). Self service tea & coffee machine. Not a "good morning" from staff!
Evening Entertainment - none!
The hotel public rest rooms are not very private - they are joint male/female - ultra modern in design athesetically pleasing but use toilet divides which are frosted/tinted glass and means you can see the outline of people in the cubicles - say no more!
If you want a kettle in the room then you need to ask for it as this is classed as a special request.
Slope and steps to beach area very steep.
Children use both pools freely despite there being a special "childrens area" so not for those wanting peace and serenity.
Generally an unhospitable and rather "impersonal" ambience about the whole place so not ideal for the solo traveller, like myself. The Reception staff are a real credit to this hotel but most of the time I felt like the invisible guest.
I was considering this hotel for a business conference but the conference rooms do not have natural light.
- Also Known As:
- Kassandra Bay Skiathos
- Kassandra Bay Hotel Skiathos/Vasilias
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury 5star hotel in Skiathos, Sporades islands in Greece. Overlooking the beach of Vasilias, Kassandra Bay is situated among olive and pine trees that add to the scenery a relaxing aroma. Recently renovated, the hotel is lavishly decorated with bright colours, whilst the rooms offer amenities that help embody the feeling of being at home. ... more less
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