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Myrtia Hotel
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

My partner and I stayed at the Myrtia Holiday Village in June 2011. The very good points are the location, the management and the pool area. The appartment itself was very basic, extremely old decor and gave a very poor first impression. we decided to make the best of it and spent as little time as possible in the appartment. Skiathos town was magical, we ate twice at a taverna called "Cuba" and found it to be gresat value for money, some of the harbour front bars, cafes and restaurants charged over the top, for instance a milk shake was six euros, one euro for the milk and five for the location I guess.
As for the Myrtia.....No, we would visit Skiathos again but look for somewhere better.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jazzfinger
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed at the Myrtia (Summer Village Apartments) for two weeks and totally enjoyed it. We are a couple in our late 30s/early 40s and needed a destination offering a mix of relaxation and adventure. Myrtia is a small group of apartments set in pine trees about 400 meters from what is arguably the best beach in Skiathos. It is also 100 meters to the main road on the island where you can find a couple of supermarkets, the bus stop and a small choice of bars and restaurants which again are some of the best on the island.

The Apartments

The apartments are clean and tidy. The best appear to be on the second floors as they seem bigger and I guess more expensive. The bathroom is very basic and the shower curtain WILL stick to your bottom each time you use it. There is also a basic kitchen plus utensils which were just right for what we needed. Our Cleaner was Albanian – lovely lady and we left her a tip when we left. The Reception area was ok, there are some books that previous residents have left behind etc . Myrtia has a really nice quiet pool with cold beer at E3/pint. There is also a tennis court and a table tennis table. There’s no need to towel reserve the loungers either – plenty to go around although I noticed some people doing that.

Getting Around

Myrtia is 150 meters from bus stop 23 (Koukanaries Beach East) and the penultimate stop before the end of the bus route at the legendary Banana Beach. Buses seemed to leave every ten minutes during the day to Skiathos town. The trip will take about 25 minutes and set you back E2. We went against safety advice and hired a 50cc moped @ E10/day and it really made the holiday. We were able to travel on the roads on the north of the island (dirt tracks) but the bike will not be enough for many of the northern roads where you will end up walking along side it on some stretches. Some form of transport i.e. 4x4 will open up a whole new holiday for you if you can travel on the roads in the north. Please be careful there was a vehicle accident while we were there.

Koukanaries.

Great restaurants on the main road near Myrtia – Big Bad Wolf, Captain Michalis, Strofelia all at around E7-10 for a main. Three nice bars – my favourite was Agustera. You also have some of the best beaches here (Koukanaries – a lively beach for all - check out the Thalassa beach bar area for chilled music and beer) , Banana Beach (commercial) and Elini (best for sunsets).

Things to Do

We took a day cruise to the nearby island of Skopelos which takes you to the Mamma Mia church and the town of Skopelos. If you have a 4x4 or bike visit the Kastro – a rocky peninsula that the entire population of Skiathos lived on when the current town was abandoned. On a Friday experience the planes flying in and out of the airport from the road at the end of the runway. Have a cocktail in the Rock and Roll bar in town (happy hour 7-9:30) or take the dogs for a walk at the Skiathos dog shelter (10-1). Our favourite beach was either Koukanaries (great vibe) or Kestria in the north (peaceful).

Negatives

There were a disappointing number of 'additional charges' on arrival that we didn't expect from a reasonably expensive holiday. For example: E10/week for a safe (we felt we had to go for this), E40/Week for air con and charged internet access (available in reception but don't bother use the wifi in local bars if you have laptop or phone). The pool bar was also a bit pricey (E2.90 for a lolly which was 50c more than the local mini market) and the restaurant prices/atmosphere didn't seem to compete with local places in Koukanaries we went to. Also if you are on a lower floor and there are kids above who like dragging furniture across the floor then be warned that sound WILL go right through you. The hotel also did not respond to three emails we sent before the holiday.

TIP: Transfers - for flexibility taxi from airport to bus stop 1 and the bus driver will put your luggage in the hold for you. This will save you money - you need stop 23. On the way back do the same in reverse. Taxis will also try to poach you from bus stops - haggle.

Overall the hotel is great - you will have a great time.

Room Tip: The best one is on the second floor overlooking the pool. Rooms preallocated no negotiation.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank martingoesabroad
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

The hotel located in a very nice green area and in very good location. The pool area and bar is very nice and clean. There are many books available in the reception area, guests were leaving them so now anyone can borrow them.
Internet WiFi is not available in the rooms, maybe only in reception. They offering to use old computer in reception, 3 euro per hour. We used to go to the nearest bars to have a pint and use the internet there. Most of them have free WiFi internet you only need to ask for a password.
Safe is in the room, 10 euro per week.
Air conditioning is 40 euro per week but not needed as room never goes very hot even in July.
Cleaners coming every day to mop the floor and empty the bins. Towels and bedding are changed few times per week.

There are many tavernas and bars along the road towards banana beach. The one we used to go is Laluna, near of a first supermarket and another one is Agustera next to the second supermarket. That one is very lively at night with a good atmosphere. On a day time this small bars offering TV shows to watch, so we seen Formula One BBC in one of them.

In the room is a small fridge, 2 rings cooker, small kettle, toaster and other kitchen things such as mugs, different sizes of plates, knife, small fry pan and souse pan. In a bathroom you will find shower attached to the wall which is rare for Greek hotels.
Would be a good idea to bring mosquitoes killer with you. We didn’t see any ants in the room but mosquitoes were bothering us at night.
Also need to bring few adapters. We had only one and was a problem to charge mobile and laptop at the same time if we need it.

Taverna in hotel is good quality food but it is the same price meals as on the main road, so we never used it. Draft beer is 3 euro pint. Meals are between 8-15 euros.

There are two small shops outside of the hotel, to the right on the main road. Prices are a bit too high compare with UK. Tea Tetley 40 bags is 3.30euro, Worcester sauce 3.15euro, Philadelphia light cheese 200g 2.50euro, butter 250g 2.50euro. Might be cheaper to go to the town supermarket, bus number 3.
There is also a butcher and fish market in the town.

Room Tip: Room on the first floor would be the beast.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AngelikaUK
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

Just back from the Myrtia (booked with Thomas Cook) - had a very nice and relaxing stay with the family - the public areas (swimming pool, Taverna and tennis courts) were good and better than I'd expected, plenty of sunbeds to go around, very quiet and relaxed atmosphere around the pool, ate a few times in the Taverna and perfectly OK, in fact I preferred it to the other places in Koukounaries as it was quiet (not by a road unlike the others), reasonable value (Eli'a's looked nicer but was priced accordingly) and the kids could play (table-tennis, basketball, football, tennis) after their meal - though our room was not as nice as I thought it was going to be (basic Greek Island). Plenty of insects around (guess that is part of its forest setting) but only a few bites across the week, so no problem there. Went to Koukounaires beach (10 -15 min walk) which though commercialised was still beautiful and had a nice vibe - preferred it to Troulos beach (bus stop 21) where the sand was a lot grainer - also walked over to Banana Beach to see what it was like (loud and youthful - effectively the antithesis of the Mytia) - did a few trips into Skiathos town at night on the bus (€2 for an adult each way - the fare charged for kids varied with the conductor - last bus back is ~12.00/12.30) - we enjoyed eating in Alexandros Taverna (€55 for the 4 of us) in the lanes behind the Old Port, typical Greek food and Greek musicians made a great atmosphere and for Skiathos, very reasonably priced, though you will probably have to queue to get a table for these rasosns - also enjoyed Li-Lo (€75 for the 4 of us) and Italian restaurant that over looked the Old Port with wonderful views onto the harbour and great food and service. We took an island tour by boat to Alonnisos and Skopelos, which we booked down on the harbour (€40 for 2 adults and 2 kids compared to €131 Thomas Cook were charging) - Skopelos town is lovely, its like Skiathos town without the commercialised parts.
Overall we had a great week, I don't as a rule "go back to places" but Skiathos might be an exception - it is very green, very pretty, has a lovely town with character, good selection of restaurants and has lovely beaches, there are plenty of Greeks holidaying there so you still feel you are somewhere different - bit like the best bits of the French Riveria without the crowds and the prices (though its still not cheap) - Enjoy, we did.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank TrickieDickie_8
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Just had one week at Myrtia and would highly recommend it. The apartments were basic as Greek apartments tend to be but it was spotlessly clean. The pool area was lovely with plenty of sunbeds, although we mainly walked to the beach (approx 10 mins) which was soft powdery sand with crystal clear water. We mostly ate in the local tavernas or in Skiathos Town but did use the Myrtia one night and the food was great - I had the lamb shank which was melt-in-the-mouth. Only slight issue was that it felt a bit like a creche (despite being out of school holidays) so don't go there if you want a romantic evening meal. The track was an experience in the dark but also quite fun in a spooky sort of way! Def need to remember your torch! Would recommend Muses and Captain Michaels, not so keen on Strofilia as it seemed too busy for them to cope and the food wasn't hot when it was served. We would definitely stay in Myrtia again if/when we visit Skiathos again. PS we never saw a single wasp :-)

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank DeniseReay
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