Booked this last minute and we got a really bargain price as we have been to Skiathos before but stayed further along the island.We arrived at the hotel and first impressions are it as previous reviews a great location and a clean hotel with friendly staff.We were given room 408 and when we entered the room on the top floor to the side of the hotel it looked like a crime scene. The shower curtain was tatty and dirty and the shower unit only fit for a very small person when connected. There was a mix of different paint colours on the walls,telephone socket hanging off the wall and in all the room needed a complete refurbishment but the A/C was new and free. The breakfast was ok with coffee the usual paint stripper so bring your own as there is hot water and hot milk.The day rotates on small hot dog type sausages or fatty streaky bacon with scrambled eggs so bring some HP to mask the taste. Fresh bread,ham and cheese, croissants and jam look the better option or a good breakfast is 5 euro across the road.The hotel is near to the bus stop 1 and ideal to go to all the beaches on the island which we did as the hotel pool area is small and compact but you do go to Skiathos to see the beauty of its beaches and not to compare mosquito bites.There is noise at night from the nearby nightclubs which attract artists and this goes on till the early hours which you can hear in your room so if you are a light sleeper bring some ear plugs.We hope the development does not continue to the right of the hotel as more clubs will change this island and attract more of the younger party generation and not as it is currently a beautiful unspoilt haven. Restaurants there are plenty and great value with good food and we did not have a bad meal over the week so places like Sofia's and the Last Step in Skiathos Town worth a visit from our visit and other people we talked to. Overall we love the island and will be back as the beaches (Stop 10, Stop 15 with the two geese who come for bread,Stop 19 and Stop 24 then walk along the track through the forest to Mandraki) are superb and some of the best in the Greek islands. Would we stay at the Alkyon again well yes but hope its a different room but we only paid lest than £300 each for the week and it did the job we wanted it to do as a great base to see the island.
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