Just returned from Skiathos which is a beautiful, green, and unique Greek island. We stayed at Muses Hotel for a week in the end of August 2012. We didn't expect the luxury as after spending fortune in June in Santorini where we got married, this time we went for a budget hotel. And we weren't disappointed at all! This is not the first time where we stayed at a three star Greek hotel so we knew what to expect. The room was very basic but there was everything what you need while you are on holiday. The only downside was the very tiny bathroom. The toilet seat is just next to a very tiny shower. We are both quite slim but sometimes we struggled with the space. The room is fitted with a fridge and air con. However it's not for free (a fridge €3 per day; air con €5 per day). Frankly speaking, the a/c should be for free as in winter we don't charge tourists for the heating (or maybe I'm wrong). The room was cleaned every day and the sheets/towels changed twice during our stay. The area around the hotel was nice and cleaned as well. The breakfast was very basic and we were quite disappointed that we couldn't get typical Greek breakfast. I mean fresh vegetables, fruits, olives or Greek cheeses. We go to Greece twice a year and we visit different islands, and every time there is a good choice of Greek food. Anyway, like some of the other guests, we brought our own tomatoes or fruits for breakfast and we were content:)
Having read some of the reviews I was concerned about mosquitoes. But luckily, I was only bitten three times while we were dining out! There were no mosquitoes in our room and to be honest with you, I didn't spot even one! I don't do creams or lotions against mosquitoes so even without that protection I wasn't bitten. My advice is to keep the windows closed while the light is on at night.
The beaches were the most beautiful I've ever seen! Shining golden sand, clear like crystal sea, and pine trees in the background...Amazing!
We visited Skaithos town very often by bus as the public transport was excellent and really cheap (€4 return per person).
We went twice for a boat trip to Skopelos and Alonisos (one with Nicholas and another one with Kasandra). Skopelos is a beautiful island that's why we visited it twice as two hours is not enough for exploring its beauty. Both trips were cheap (€10 and €15) and well recommended.
Dining out - the best food is served at Hera Taverna at Muses Hotel. We dined there 5 times and every time we were absolutely delighted! The chef is just marvellous! Whatever we had it was so tasty and fresh. Prices are reasonable as well although you have to be aware that Skiathos is a very expensive place comparing to other islands (even Santorini!). The staff was always friendly and smiled although they work very hard. For a change, twice we had dinner in Skathos town but we were let down. The food was tasteless.
Overall, we had a fabulous holiday and we are looking forward to coming back to Greece again!
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- Also Known As:
- Muses Hotel Skiathos/Koukounaries