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Boutique Hotel Skamnos
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Arachova
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A great time in the off-season”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

This is an excellent hotel in the Mount Parnassos range. Wonderful service and a great location made our stay memorable. Summer is the off-season here and the elevated position provides cool walks and a respite from the summer heat.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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8 Thank ABC215
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kaloussa, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Mr & Mrs Osterlin it was fun to get to know you and we really appreciate the review you gave for our hotel! We try to offer best possible service to all our guests and specially to you as you came from so far away! Hope you had a perfect vacation in Europe! Write us your news. Regards Kaloussa
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2013

We stayed in this place only for one night and on the first week of April, so the hotel was empty. If you are on your way to Delfi and not on the season, maybe it's better to stay in the center of Arachova. However if you stay for few days and on the season, this is a great place!
Nice room with fireplace,balcony, good breakfast, great view and a lot of facilities. Abouve all, Kaloussa was very friendly and did all to meet our needs.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank shoresh_10
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kaloussa, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Dear family Soresh thank you so much for your nice comments. It was a pleasure to having you as guests in our hotel! I do hope to see you one day again either here or in Israel! Regards kaloussa
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Baar, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Boutique Skamnos hotel for one night, on our way from the Pindos mountains to Athens in early April 2013. The hotel is located in a quiet location, with great views of Mount Parnassus.
To begin with, the facilities were fantastic - room was large and comfortable, great view from the balcony, and warm feeling overall.
The thing that made this place stand out was Kaloussa, how welcomed us and took care for us. They even made us dinner when we realized it's too late to find anything open nearby.

Note that the location also means that in shoulder season finding a restaurant open might be tricky.

This is a great place to stay for visiting Delphi, Mount Parnassus and the wonderful Greek country side, only a couple of hours away from Athens.

We would love to come back!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank Nbhm
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kaloussa, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Dear Noam we appreciate your lovely remarks and we are eager to see you again for a longer stay this time! Hope everything is fine for you both! Regards kaloussa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2013 via mobile

The hotel was amazing!

I travel all the time, spending from 3-5 nights a week sleeping in different beds / hotels! For years my job has been 80% travelling, so I have stayed in big international chains, to luxurious resorts, to massive complexes, to remote boutique hotels.... Skamnos was of the best ever!

Although we went for the snowboarding adventure, we ended up spending one day just in the hotel! With an amazing breakfast area, where you feel you are sitting outside, an indoor heated pool overlooking the valley, billiard room, gym, massage room, spa, sauna and cinema... we had to explore the hotel too.

Our room was very roomy, with a fireplace, a balcony looking onto the mountain tip with the lifts... We were greater with the free grazing horses and the hotels 5 month old puppy jumping around.... What a free feeling we were embraced with!

The hotel was the closest to the slopes possible... Just a short 10 minute drive...! The main village was also close by and with lots of tavernas just minutes away.... Good times were also possible to find in other nearby villages!

Winter, snow fun on the slopes!
Summer, mountain bike downhill fun!

The hotel management was incredibly friendly and knew exactly when to get involved and when to just let us get on with our day... The service was amazing, the rooms were very clean and the heating was always on!

My boy friend and I are not Greek, yet we choose to live in Greece and commute abroad for work. Our weekends we explore Greece and Skamnos is on the list for many more return trips....

Skamnos is one of the few hotels in the world we will go back to with huge excitement!

  • Stayed March 2013
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10 Thank KarinaFreckle
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kaloussa, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Karina we just want to thank you so much for the sooooo nice things you wrote about us and the hotel! You were both truly lovely! I know we are going to see each other many times and I wish you till then the very best.
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Munich, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2013

We were a multinational group of three families, based in Munich, with eight children in total and we stayed here for five nights in the winter season (weekends not included). Ideal location for reaching the ski resort quickly, and as a starting point for short excursions to Delphi, Arachova, Galaxidi and Agoriani. Both parents and children enjoyed our stay here since the excellent hotel facilities (swimming pool, billiard room, projection room, fireplace lounges) offer the possibility for a plurality of common activities. The manager of the family run hotel, Kalousa, is a person who has travelled and lived in various places around the world and knows very well how to make guests feel like at home combining the Greek hospitality with a high standard of professionalism. We'll definitely come back, either with the whole family or without the children!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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10 Thank Dimitris V
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kaloussa, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Dears thanks a lot for having you as guests. You were one of the best teams we ever had. Hope to see you next year for more trekking instead of skiing exercises. Regards to Munich! Kalousa
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Athens, Greece
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2012

This boutique hotel offers all the ingredients for a romantic escape - superb location (right next to Arachova and very close to the parnassos ski resort) - comfortable warm rooms & nice facilities (incl. an indoor pool & a billiard room) - and most important of all, the people here are always very friendly and eager to help - a truly unique boutique hotel experience!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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9 Thank Dimitris00
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skamnos, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 5 February 2013
Thank you so much for your nice statements. We are eager to please our clients so that they are not living Greece (winter and summer) and are willing to travel and get to know beautiful places!
We wait to see you in Spring!

So long
Kaloussa
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Athens
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2012

We stayed here for just one night while not on high season (so I can't tell how this would be during snow period when Arachova will be drawn in visitors). I loved it, it's some kms away from the village but it's so worth it, you wake up in the morning to face the forest, while Arachova is not so... foresty as a village itself.

The room 101 was beauuutiful, spacious and clean, nicely decorated, there were two balcony doors with different views (corner room), the courtains were blocking the sun completely which helps you sleep deeply the next morning after a night of great food and tsipouro. The mattress felt a bit hard at the beginning but it proved ok, we slept like babies. There was a small tv and a small refrigerator. Nothing really bad to say about the room in general except the walls' insulation, hence one star less than excellent which I understand is a bit strict of myself: We could hear the next room's guy snoring, no kidding, probably their bed was exactly on the other side of the wall but, wow, it was like he was in our room - this was annoying but really after 5 minutes we got used to it and lived like usual, maybe after that he was more annoyed than us.

The breakfast was ok, not much of a variety but everything was good, I had some of everything that is: boiled egg, bread (great) with cheese and ham, some delicious small cheese pies, jam and butter, I think there also were cereals. They made fresh coffee according to my appetite which I think is not usual (while some hotels have this filter coffee and that's it) and it's great. Excellent small outside balcony (just two tables) allowed us to enjoy our coffee in the fresh mountain air, just enjoying the view.

There is a swimming pool, we didn't have time to enjoy since we stayed just for one night. There were summer slippers in the room provided from the hotel in order to use in the pool. It seemed lovely from our balcony but I didn't also see anybody else using it, too bad.

People were friendly, the guy at the reception was helpful when we asked for a restaurant recommendation and they also allowed for a few hours delay for our checking out.

Last note just because I was trying to find water in the night while I shouldn't have: you will not find a bottle of water in the room but be informed that you don't have to run to the village for water, since the hotel has spring water running from the taps, you can drink and enjoy from the bathrooms tap as well.

Overall I enjoyed staying here very much, I wish I will be back sometime.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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15 Thank K_Maria_Athens
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kaloussa, Manager at Boutique Hotel Skamnos, responded to this review, 26 November 2012
Thank you so much Maria for your long statements. Actually we try to do our best offering the highest possible service to fully adequate price. You had an extra strong offer so we do think that the variety of our breakfast was good enough, not to mention that most of it as you also know is bio which is hard to find in our days and if so very expensive. It is also obvious that hotel rooms are impossible to be 100% isolated. There is a wall and a door which is the border to your room so I had the same experience 3 nights ago as I was in Saloniki with a very modest spa hotel. Besides this we loved your comments and we will try to be better for our clients!
Wish you the best
Kaloussa
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Property: Boutique Hotel Skamnos
Address: 0, Arachova 32004, Greece
Region: Greece > Central Greece > Boeotia Region > Arachova
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Arachova
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique Hotel Skamnos 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel SKAMNOS, is at 1,220 meters, at the north-west edge of the small village Arachova, ideally placed for reaching the region's most important tourist spots. We offer studios with fireplace for 2-4 people, connected double rooms, standard double rooms, deluxe rooms and three amazing lofts with electronic-fireplace. All rooms are facing either the ski resort of Parnassos mountain or the valley side of Livadi and Paliovouna mountain. All rooms have central heating, satellite TV-channels, minibar, telephone, FREE Wi-Fi, and excellent views with balcony. It's an inviting place, with 19 cosy bedrooms. Inside, it is not overly decorated, but with wooden floors, walls painted in soft colors and nice country style furniture everything looks warm and appealing. ... more   less 
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