We have just returned from a two week holiday to Skiathos staying at the Alkyon for the fourth time. We love the island and if you know what to expect from the Alkyon before you arrive then you will not be disappointed.
We took two very special friends with us on this visit which was their first trip to the island and prepared them as best we could for what to expect in terms of rooms and particularly the bathrooms in some of the rooms. Despite two emails asking the hotel if they could allocate high floor rooms we were given rooms 220 and 221 on the ground floor which are at the very back of the hotel. Both rooms were very basic as expected but the bathrooms were old and in desperate need of refurbishment. The bidet in room 221 was not even connected to the plumbing, this was noticed after our fiends had used it and the floor became flooded.
The corridor to the rooms was always dark during the day time and both rooms had balconies which were overgrown with foliage making the rooms dark even in the brightest sunshine so were not used for anything other than drying clothes.
The breakfast was the same old menu with the only change being sausage or bacon on alternating days so you kind of get fed up with the same old thing each day.
Luckily we had prepared our fiends well and they new what to expect from the alkyon's facilities so we were not disappointed. The hotel has the best location in town and the views from the breakfast terrace are amazing it makes eating any breakfast a pleasure. The staff are so friendly, they can't do enough for you. The rooms are always clean with fresh towels every day. The communal areas are really nice, the toilet facilities in the restaurant are very modern and new which is a nice change from the room facilities we had.
We did say that we would never go back after out last visit but in comparison to the other hotels in town and elsewhere on the island you can't get a better location in our opinion and this makes up for the poor bathroom facilities in some of the rooms. All in all we only spent around two hours a day in the room after a day on the beach or out on quad bikes exploring the island before spending the night in town to eat at the fabulous taverna's so it wasn't too much of an issue for us.
We will be going back to Skiathos again next year and after looking at other hotels will no doubt be returning to the Alkyon again next year and hopefully more rooms will have been refurbished and the bathrooms brought up to standard.
We all had a great holiday and the Alkyon was a big part of making that holiday for us and our friends.
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