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Nirithes Studios and Apartments
Ranked #11 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Skala
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great potential sadly undelivered”
Reviewed 19 September 2010

We love Skala having been there 3 times previously staying at the Aeolos on the sea front. We booked the Nirithes last minute as we could not get in the Aeolos and the First Choice brochure review seemed okay. On arrival it seemed as though the place was deserted but were soon met by Napoleon (the owner?) whose welcome was warm enough. We were shown to our first floor studio (room 108) which was spacious but very basic. The views however were lovely. Immediately we noticed that the cleaning regime for the hotel was very basic, all the cleaners did was empty the bins with no cleaning of floors, bathrooms etc. The comments in other reviews about them just walking into the room without knocking are very true. Beware! The fixtures and fittings in the bathroom were falling off the walls and there was mould on the tiles and shower curtain. We asked the owner to repair the shower and a very poor attempt was made at this as the shower head soon fell off again. As we were self catering we would have liked some facilities for preparing food but again this was very basic. Comedy comment from Napoleon - ' if you want more toilet rolls you'll have to come down to reception as the Albanian cleaners don't replace them'. The pool and bar area were nice though with great views. The walk back up the hill from Skala is tough in the heat especially when you're carrying the shopping. This hotel has great potential but it seems the owners are letting it go into disrepair by apparently running it on a shoestring. Shame as Skala is such a beautiful place! We will be back there but not to the Nirithes.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

Booked late for the Nirithes aprts and after reading reviews of previous travellers I was very aprehensive of staying there and had fingers crossed. We stayed in room 305 one bedroom apartment which was spacious but very basic in furnishings. No complaints about the cleanliness and I was prepared for the cleaners coming in without knocking. Apartment was cleaned with fresh bedding and towels after 3 days and bins in kitchen and bathroom emptied every day. The hill into town was a killer during the day so we decided to go onto the beach after having breakfast which we catered for ourselves. We hired a car for 2 days which gave us the opportunity to visit other parts of the island. Don't buy excursions from the holiday advisor as they are cheaper in town. I am afraid our advisor was less than honest with us when our booking for a boat trip on the Sunday went wrong and even threatened us with not letting my partner off the island. Will be definately returning to Kephalonia but not to the apartments as they are too far out of town.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Barry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

I really couldn't fault this place, we booked last minute and hoped for the best but were pleasantly surprised. Nice big rooms, good powerful shower, always plenty of beds by the pool and not too far from the main stretch. People whinge about the hill, but it isn't that bad at all. Our only complaint is that the maids were a pain on our last day and kicked us out of the room before our checkout time so we left with a sour taste in our mouth.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2010

It was my sixth visit to Skala, I love it there. First time at Nirithes though and wont be returning there! Although the apartment was spacious, it was dirty, the sofa bed was covered in dust and hair as was the floor. The bathroom was filthy, mould growing on the tiles in the shower, orange bacteria on the shower curtain, foul smell from the toilet and drains and the toilet never flushed properly. The maids do the bear minimum and dont even knock your door, they just walk in without warning. The food is not good at the pool so you have to go out for lunch which is a trek, ok going as its down hill but coming back in the mid day heat is no fun. I had a ground floor apartment which was not good as you can hear everything above you, even people going to the toilet! The pipes and plumbing noises also wake you up to early.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

The bathroom was dirty and made the whole room smell very damp,the owner napolion lets his poor mum do all the work from 9:00 am until 2:00am in the morning she makes food and tends bar wear is he? The cleaners never did any sweeping or moping of the room in the 2 weeks we stayed,this place could be a gold mine in the right hands he cant be botherd!!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

Basil napoleon fawltys most famous line to his guests. Napoleon being the owner of the hotel is a top bloke, with a great sense of humour. Nothing is too much trouble for him or his mum to make sure you have a good holiday. We have got no complaints at all, the pool and patio was lovely, always lots of sunloungers and space around. I loved the location because we had fantastic views of Zante and after an excellent meal and a good few cocktails in town carrying Jim and Stacy back up the hill kept me fit. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

After booking our recent holiday then we came onto Trip Advisor & read several reviews warning about the hill !!! It's not that bad, but in the peak of the days sun it can get a bit hard work !
In general the apartments are pretty basic, offering basic kitchen equipment (no teatowels, cloths or washing up liquid though) & a long list of rules on the back of the door. I'm putting some of the sillier ones down to translation, but didn't start off on the right footing ! Also if anyone in any other apartment did anything then you knew about it... the plumbing system sounded like it was right next to your ear in the mornings !!
But on the whole they were pleasant & the hill did get easier as the week went on (in fact I quite liked it after a stodgy greek meal.... good to walk it off a bit)
I wouldn't particularly recommend them as would have been nicer to be closer to the sea & all the restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Nirithes Studios and Apartments
Address: Scala, Skala 490 84, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Skala
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Ranked #11 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Skala
Number of rooms: 23
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