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“Nice, quiet, but high.”
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Eleni's Village
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Nice, quiet, but high.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

The Elenis Village apartments and studios are high on a hill overlooking the sea. The place is laid-back, things don't happen straight away all the time, but this is Greece, you're on holiday. There isn't a reception as such, just go to the bar and tell them who you are. The transfer bus can't even get there and your cases are dropped off later outside.

We stayed in number 22, which was a studio for two people. The room measures around 7 x 3.5 meters, and half of this is taken up by the bathroom and kitchen areas.

The bathroom has a basin, a sunken shower area and toilet, the whole room was tiled and is what I'd call a wet-room. It was adequate but the fastidious might be looking at the grouting.
The kitchen has the usual Greek Basic self catering set; the small two ring free-standing hot-plates, a small sink, kettle and fridge. There's just enough plates, cups, bowl and cutlery and a few other kitchen tools. I cooked spaghetti bolognese one night, but that might be about the limit in there.
There are twin beds pushed together to make a double, the beds were comfortable and clean, as is the whole place. It was cleaned most days we were there and the sheets and towels changed at least twice. There is a small television mounted on the wall opposite the beds showing twelve channels of Greek TV through a snow-storm plus a Euronews channel in English.
We paid for the air-con and the room-safe the first night we were there, the cost of these were 40 and 10 Euros per week respectively. I didn't quibble over either, the price seemed reasonable and the air-con was a must in order to get any sleep.
Even though this was a ground-floor apartment, there was a small balcony which stands around a meter over a lawn, and it had a little table and a couple of chairs. The views from the room are OK, you see a lot of neighbouring hillside, and the sea was to the left; it was nice to wake up to every morning. The previous occupants had fed the two local cats, and these made a point of coming to look for food all the time we were there. We have a cat at home so didn't mind too much, they were easily shooed away when not wanted.
I ate in the pool bar a couple of times during my stay, the food I had was tasty and well prepared, and was on a par with most other meals I had during the two weeks, no complaints there. There isn't a huge choice but it's only a tiny place.
Others have mentioned the walk up from the beach. Yes, it's very steep and not for any that don't like to walk on a regular basis, but I saw people get fit over the time they were there, so if you're willing to do it, it is possible. There are about 30 steps to get to the main road (the bus route) from Elenis, then a short length of steep road, and then another load of steps (I counted them but I was happy and relaxed at the time, say 60-80) if you go through the Acladies Apts gardens coming out at the Paradise Taverna on the beach. The beach is clean with good sand, the usual sunbeds and umbrellas and some water-sports. The water taxi to Skiathos Town also goes from here, 2.50 euro one way.

Altogether, it was pleasant stay and I would go again. The only downsides for me were the distances from the beach and from Skiathos town, but you can't have everything I suppose.

Room Tip: Personally, I wouldn't have a room near to the pool, I like things a bit more private and quiet...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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March, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

This was our third visit to Achladies but our first to Eleni's Village. We had an excellent holiday, despite me only giving the complex 3 stars. However, in fairness, Eleni's Village is average in terms of its amenities and services.
The cleanliness and general maintenance of the place is very good but "basic" is probably the best word to describe it.
Eleni's Village is located up a short but quite steep hill from the road at bus stop 9, accessed by 38 steps (yes, I counted them!)
The apartments and balcony are a decent size but some rooms have much better views than others. We were in Room 14 and, although you were able to see the sea, the room overlooked the shower rooms and a few orange trees.
There were basic cooking facilities in the kitchen (a kettle and a 2-ring electric hob unit) but apart from a cup of tea in the mornings, we ate out each day so we didn't really need anything more.
The bathroom had a shower, sink and toilet and great care is needed after using the shower, as the floor was extremely slippery afterwards!
To get to Achladies beach, there is a very steep hill to walk down which doesn't seem too bad; until it's time to come back again!
There are supermarkets down the road at bus stop 10 which are quite well stocked and had everything we needed. Walking back to Eleni's with bottles of water, milk etc can be a challenge as the road, again, has a steep incline. To be fair, the first supermarket offers free delivery but we didn't take advantage of that, so our suffering was of our own making! You could, of course, also get the bus from stop 10 back to 9.
We hired a car for one day during our holiday as there were a few things we wanted to see and do a little further afield and, in hindsight, we would have done so more often; just to avoid the walking and the hills a little.
Most of the people working at Eleni's Village were excellent; approachable, friendly and helpful. Kostas in particular arranged the car hire for us and found out the cost of taxis etc. He also recommended good restaurants and things for us to see.
There were quite a few repeat visitors who were also friendly and helpful and evenings in the bar were nice, as there would be just a small group of people and we were able to have a chat and share experiences etc.
In giving Eleni's Village an overall rating of 3, I feel a little mean as we had an excellent holiday. However, the rating reflects the general standard and it is worth noting that "average" is perfectly acceptable! And I would return there, as well as recommend it to others; as long as you don't have any mobility issues.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 2 weeks in July. We were greeted at the bar with a warm welcome and escorted to our room. The room was good and had an amazing sea view. We could even see the sea from our bed. It was superb.
The hotel is up a few steps from bus stop 9. We're no fit folk but only about 25 steps. The gardens are beautiful. The bar has a good menu and staff are happy to do food that's not on the menu. Again, fantastic views from pool bar. Swimming pool small but fine to cool off and abit of swimming. Kosta behind the bar in the evening in fantastic and really made our holiday. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The hotel is down a steep hill to the beach. To avoid the steep hill on your return, just walk to the opposite end and walk back up as the hill is less steep or another close beach is available by walking through kasandra bay hotel a few mins walk away and the beach is at the end.
There is a water taxi which takes you into town every half hour and costs 2.50 euros each way pp.
the hotel is in a fantastic location as you can walk into town, takes about half hour, or you can get bus around island. Skiathos is beautiful and would come back again and again.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

Skiathos is a beautiful island and the area at bus stop 9 or 10 is quiet but has a great beach. The food served at the tavernas in Achalaides was terrific although not a great deal of vegetarian selection unless you stick to salad and starters. Don't let this put you off though. Lovely water taxi into Skiathos town and we never had any trouble getting a bus either and they were reasonably reliable and very regular. Eleni itself is on an elevated site which gives the most astounding views over the water but the down side is the very steep hills and steps every time you step out of the complex. Well worth hiring wheels of some kind. The owner and his staff - all named Costa were most helpful and lovely people. They were more than happy to arrange delivery and pick up of cars, bikes or quads to your door. As was the local supermarket as they delivered your groceries to your apartment door and believe me that is essential if you don't have a car as the hill is very steep. The apartments all have good views and it was never noisy. All clean and comfy. The pool was super but if it is busy there may be a struggle to get a bed. The pool bar serves very good quality food including full breakfasts and evening meals maybe a bit limited in choice but good for an occasional lunch or quiet evening meal. The Rose Garden was my favourite near bus stop 10 just down the hill a bit. Well worth trying other areas however and we were delighted to find lovely tavernas at bus stop 16. All in all if fit do not hesitate or if you can afford wheels go for it and you will not be disappointed. Mary & Bill fromScotland

Room Tip: The room with best view and the most privacy is room 5 and Costa advises you call him and request a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We stayed at Eleni for two weeks, very attractive gardens and accommodation, nice little pool, did put towels out some days cuz only 15 sunbeds but usually found people were out exploring the Island and different beaches so could always get one. Indeed, we went to lots of nice beaches, Koukanaries (bus stop 26) and our own lovely beach in Achladies. We are reasonably fit between 40 and 50 - quite a few steps and steep hills so not for the faint hearted. This resort was just perfect however. Few lovely restaurants. We had rooms 11, 12 and 19 and were clean and comfortable. The taverna on site was just perfect as was KOSTAS (he made our holiday - nothing was too much trouble). Skiathos Harbour was just breathtaking, we used to take the water taxi from Achladies Beach for 2.5 euros single journey and get the bus back (bus stop 9). Highly recommend the Mamma Mia trip and trip to Koukanaries Beach. We also highly recommend a restaurant at Green Park Apartments bus stop 16 - best restaurant on the Island. We met some lovely people at the Elenis - cant wait to go back there again one day.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

You need to be resonably fit to stay here. It is up a steep hill or 28 rough steps. The rooms are quite roomy with all you need. Pillow was a little stiff but bed ok. Very friendly staff and the meas available in the bar/cafe were quite good- not restaurant- but ok. Bus stop on the road at the bottom of the steps. nearest beach walkable down a very steep hill there is an alternative route back up some steps and the main road. The swimming pool is small but well ooked after from 1 - 2 metre in depth. Not much for children but ideal place to stay for the money.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

Eleni Apparments are placed high on the hill side at Achladies so they capture the cooling seabreeze of a summer evening, laden with the rich sent of the pine forrests and olive groves.This was most welcome on our visit last July when the average temperature was 42 degrees. We have just gone back found the owners were just as welcoming. The rooms are good greek accomadation which were kept lovely and clean.The pool bar was very priced and the food was good.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Eleni's Village
Address: Achladies, Skiathos Town 370 02, Greece
Region: Greece > Sporades > Skiathos > Skiathos Town
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Hotel Class:3 star — Eleni's Village 3*
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