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Victoria Nikos Apartments
Ranked #63 of 192 Speciality Lodging in Skiathos
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

First visit to Skiathos although years of holidays in the Greek Islands. We stayed up the hill which is very steep but staff took our cases and our groceries on their mopeds. Not a problem if you're fairly fit and there are steps and lights anyway. Room really large with lovely views from large balcony. Spotlessly cleaned every day except Sunday. Star of the place is Phaedros who runs the bar - relaxed and fun and made everyone feel at home. We made friends from the beginning and the Quiz night is a must!! The BarBQ was massive. Only had one other evening meal which was fine but the salad at lunch time wasn't that great (I'm sure a one off). So much choice of tavernas and fresh fish.

Swimming pool could have more atmosphere - shame the pool bar was closed and the garden looked a little neglected but plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. We spent more time on the beaches. Really easy to get around on buses but get pretty packed if going/coming from Koukounaries late afternoon.

Had a fab relaxing holiday and on the whole a very friendly place to stay where you get the feeling many guests revisit time and time again and get the same warm welcome.

Thanks for a great holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Let's talk about the hill. We stayed in apartment 30 which is right at the top of the hill. I'm 31 in reasonable shape and had no issue with the hill. I admit that it is very steep, but think of the goodness it does for your legs/bum!
A couple of nights I chose to take a walk down to get a couple of beers from the shop and walked back, no major issue really.
We did opt for air conditioning in the room at 5 Euros a day, made the prospect of the hill more appealing I think knowing there was a cool room waiting.

We arrived at 8pm on day one so just went to the Victoria bar for food and drink. Really impressed with their Tzatziki and pita (Actually found that it was the best place that we came across for it). With all meal orders you get a free 500ml beer or glass of wine. The souvlaki here is great. The bar staff here are lovely and very friendly, they also give excellent advice on the island.

Day 2 - we found the pool loungers to be full (there is about 10) so we walked up the road (towards Skiathos) and about 100m on the right (across the road from a super market on a road fork) there is a pool bar. The pool is really clean and you just need to buy a drink to use it (Bottled water is fine). Here they have around 50 loungers with huge wind up umbrellas and there were 2 other people there. It's a bit hidden, but lovely.
They also have a good book collection on the way to the W/C and I just leafed through a few books on the lounger. Mostly English fiction books. Remember seeing a Danny Wallace book and Dawn French diary. Had lunch here, Tzatziki was served with toasted bread. Greek salad was excellent.

Day 3 - Hired a 125cc scooter from across the road (Sixt) for 36 Euros for 2 days. Was brilliant value and meant we could go to more remote places. Drove to Kechria (Little Paradise) beach up towards Kastro. This beach was incredible. We spent 3 days here and ended up getting engaged here. http://www.skiathosinfo.com/tour/kechria.htm
The sea is warm, still and crystal clear. The taverna on the beach prides itself on having the freshest fish and menu changes daily depending on what is delivered/caught. There are amazing wooden umbrellas made from vine leaves and around 20 loungers on the beach and a large grassed area for sunning.
Ate at Ratatouille in the evening. Very sweet and quaint restaurant where you need to be aware that the portions are huge and great value. We were full by the time our main came and it made it less enjoyable. The food was very good and got complimentary melon after the meal.

Day 4 - Played tennis in the morning. The equipment was 8 Euros from the shop for hire and the lovely chap didn't mind that we'd lost 2 out of 3 balls due to the foliage around the edge of the court. 1 court is unplayable as it looks burnt in the middle. The other is fine although the lines are faded and in the bright sun you really need to bring an umpire or hawk eye system as line calls are impossible to see!
Went to a taverna on Troulos beach for dinner. Didn't write the name down but it was 1st on the left as you walk towards the beach. Had Greek salad and calamari. Food was good and cheap as well. It did stand out how much frozen food was as most meals had (fr) next to. My partner thought it meant fresh so watch that as it did say below that it meant frozen.
The olive paste that came with the bread was superb.

Day 5 - Paradise beach again on the bike. Had fried Gavros (small fish) and Greek salad. The fish were as fresh as can be and the day was just amazing again. This is the best beach I've ever been to. It is also quiet.
Should mention though that the road to this beach is a dry dirty track with loose rocks on and deep gouges around tight turns. It is fairly hard work on a scooter (especially with 2 on) and my hands hurt by the bottom from squeezing the brakes for 10 minutes solid.
Villa Rosa was the evening venue. Had a fresh bream at the owners recommendation. It was stunning. The owner was incredibly welcoming and talkative, he gave us some great tips on the island. This was the best value for money meal we had due to the excellence of the Bream. cost around 30 Euros for large bream, Greek salad, small carafe of Rose and 4 Zambuca shots. Highly recommend this.

For the last 2 days we just repeated the best things we'd found. More paradise beach and visited Skiathos and the Evangelista monastery where we bought some wine made by monks and saw some amazing wood carvings in the chapel. The sculptures look like they would take a lifetime to create!

In summary, if you are at the top of the hill then you don't hear the road and you definitely have air conditioning (not sure about further down). If you have a scooter you can make it up this hill but it takes some practice and is a bit of an art. If you do get a scooter it is worth getting lots of water and using the bike to scoot it up.
The hotel staff take your luggage up the hill and take it down on your last day.
I also never experienced anyone laughing at me for walking up the hill, so don't go there imagining that the staff are ready to giggle at your expense.

The room cleaners are lovely. They clean the rooms every day (except Sunday) and mopped and brushed the floor and changed beds/towels. The towels were sculpted into holiday scenes on our beds. Was a lovely touch and one day had a boat scene and a heart on another. It was towel origami!
The rooms seem freshly decorated, all kitchen utensils were new and there was a big under counter fridge.

The shop at the bottom of the hill provides all you need. Milk, cleaning products, bread/cereal, water, beer, wine, cheese/meat and treats.

The bar doesn't accept cards but you can pay your bill in the shop. I did this on a Visa Electron and it worked out quite reasonable with the bank taking £1.50 and an exchange rate of 1.101.

I will return here. This is the smartest budget accommodation that I've ever been in.

In the end we hired the scooter for 5 days as it was a brilliant way to travel around and only cost about 8 Euros for a full tank which lasted 3 days.

Thank you Victoria Nikos!

Room Tip: Rooms 26-30 have new A/C systems for 5 euros a day. Absolute bargain.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank JellyFoot
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Rooms as you would expect for the price and actually well placed for the beach. Just a great shame about that hill as the staff and bar / taverna are great. Pool itself is nice and clean, but poolside is a bit tired. Unfortunately, as the main south island road / bus route is below the accommodation, these apartments are not exactly peaceful. The sound of the traffic is amplified up the hillside somewhat, but having said that, it's not completely offensive. All in all, pretty ok, but that hill is a killer!!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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4  Thank BlabyLoiner
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

stayed here and constantly thought about the climb back to the apartment.words can not express how steep and how far you have to climb every time you go up the 130 odd steps to your apartment.The staff never walk it(use mopeds to go up and down) and find it funny that the holiday makers have to.Not our idea of a relaxing time.Having said that staff were friendly and it is located very close to the beach although road you have to walk along to get to beach can be dangerous-no paths and fast drivers.skiathos is a fantastic island and there are easier places to stop.

Room Tip: Dont stop in the apartments up the hill
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

We stayed in the maisonettes which some reviews have been very critical of but found this slightly quirky accommodation to provide an ideal site for local amenities and the beach. Wonderful green and peaceful view from the balcony, good cleaning and tidying service and with the mini-market and bar/ restaurant each being 30 seconds from the room it makes for a stress free base for exploring this small island. Yes, the orange and yellow decor, steep wooden steps to the sleeping area and somewhat cramped bathroom are not what you'd expect from the Ritz but then you are not paying 5 star prices, nor spending long periods of time in the room. Car valeting at the adjacent vehicle hire and petrol station premises is pretty constant but is undertaken within normal working hours, not before 9 or after 5 - they certainly give the cars and jeeps a good going over so if you wish to hire from there your vehicle will be clean at the very least!

Bar / restaurant staff are very friendly and helpful (English-Greek connection), local beach at Troulos is 5 minutes walk away and excellent. Should you wish to take advantage there are easy walks in the fields, hills and forests direct from the apartments.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ronnie080
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

we stayed at the Victoria Complex masonetes which had everything you need and very comfortable. We had a pool view which had great views of the mountains too. The bar, petrol station and shop are very close and have everything you need.

the standards of service and cleanliness were high. the staff friendly and really look after you well, The food at snack bar at the complex and the family owned nector and ambrosia taverna were consistently excellent. fedros- a great bar man with cocktails to die for and chat to entertain.

we were sad to go and like many others who visit the Victoria complex we will be back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank crossmanwarriors
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

My partner and I have both been to alot of places in the world... but Skiathos is far the prettiest place we have been.

The victoria complex was a brilliant place to stay... A bus stop right outside the apartments... A brilliant bar where you can get a drink anytime in the day from 9am until whatever time everyone leaves the bar at night! The staff are really friendly and always there to help, they just became like a second family! The food was brilliant , their homemade Tzatziki is to die for. You can get any snacks in the day and again they are faultless! If you need any info about where to go on the island or how to get there you can just ask at the bar as they know most things about the island. If they don't, you can be sure someone at the bar will as its always full of people who come back year after year. The fact that half the hotel is full of people who come back year after year should say a lot!! The location of the hotel is fantastic and we were realy glad that we were not in Skiathos town as we were not far away from there, but were really close to the beach in Troulos, which when its 40 degrees is pretty handy!!

All the usual holiday facilities were excellent. The swimming pool and sun beds always clean and plently of room.

Our room was large with a nice bathroom, cleaners came in everyday and left it completly clean and made a good job everyday! (even made our towels in heart shape) Again the cleaners were lovely and would always stop for a chat with you whatever time of day. The only minor note with the apartment is that the hill to the apartments is fairly steep, but don't let that put you off in any way unless you have trouble walking.

The resort is fairly small but you can get about really easily and its only 5 or 10 minutes to get into the town which has a lot of great places to eat, although the restaurant owned by the complex (across the road from the bar) is extremely good. Troulos beach is also a very good beach and we much preferred it to Koukanaries which was far too busy. Troulos beach also has wooden sunbeds with proper cushions for hire with a parasol for 8 euros a day (thats 2 sunbeds and the parasol for that). Well worth it compared with most of the horrible plastic uncomfortable things you normally get. The water is really clear and the snorkelling is good at either end of the beach.

Skiathos town is very nice and classy with some serious yachts in the marina. We ate at a different restaurant every night and can honestly say we didn't have one 'average' meal anywhere which was a first for us as you expect that you may occaisonally pick a duff one every now and then. The food was seriously good everywhere, but the best one's we found in the town were down near the end of the new marina near the nightclubs away from the old marina. 40 euro covered a bottle of wine, a bottle of mineral water, 2 starters and 2 mains (swordfish etc, not a budget meal). The restaurants are all built over the waters edge down at this end, so you get some really nice views at sunset.

Jay and Lauren

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Troulos, 370 02, Greece
Region: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos
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Ranked #63 of 192 Speciality Lodging in Skiathos
Number of rooms: 6
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