This family-run hotel has 2 big pools. It’s just a short hop from Skala’s beach, shops and tavernas.
People love these pastel-coloured studios and apartments, and surrounding olive trees. They also love the 2 big pools, and the restaurant for breakfast and evening meals. The owners of this hotel reckon over 60% of their guests are repeat visitors.
You’re far enough out of town to relax, but close enough that you can drive to town in less than 10 minutes. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus that’ll get you there. Plus, there’s a shingle cove 5 minutes away.
This hotel is part of our 3T favourites range until April 2017.
This place serves up buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll find a choice of hot and cold dishes, as well as desserts, ice-cream and fresh fruit. You can get branded ice-cream for a little extra. Afternoon tea is served at the poolside from 4pm to 5pm, this includes cakes and sweets. From 9pm to 11pm, there's à la carte service.
My friend and I stayed in the first week of this hotel going AI. We were guinea pigs, there is no doubt. This changed to AI this year and we felt that Thompsons should have had experienced people in the hotel to check what was happening. They know what expectations holidaymakers have on AI and from that point of view the hotel cannot be blamed. The staff tried to change things as they were mentioned and actually although cold we loved the food. We both would have liked to see more Greek dishes but then that is what a lot of English don't want. The staff were amazing and so friendly. The view from our room 316 was brilliant and the resort gorgeous. I hope that they can get all the problems sorted out because we would love to visit again.More
Wonderful week in Kefalonia
My friend and I stayed at the San Giorgio for a week (12th-19th May). We had booked the hotel for a cheap but cheerful getaway for my friends birthday, and we definitely made the right choice!
Firstly, I have read (and we heard!) quite a lot of people complaining about the food at the hotel...we did not find this to be an issue. The buffet section is quite small, and, being honest we ate out almost everynight (through choice, not necessity) but in my opinion unless you are very hard to please, you are unlikely to go hungry at the San Giorgio. The only improvement I would suggest is to offer more traditional Greek dishes, but overall very, especially taking into consideration we only paid Â£380 for a weeks AI!
AI drinks options are limited, but every drink I had, I enjoyed (I was mostly drinking the wine). It would be nice for bottled water to be included on this, but that being said it is cheap enough to buy from the supermarket....also it would be nice for the AI drinks to carry on until midnight, 11pm seemed a little too early. However, we made sure we stocked up on drinks from the shop in town (very reasonable) and then could spend the rest of the evening relaxing on the balcony with a glass of wine, enjoying the wonderful view.
Our room was number 150, the furthest up the (very steep!) hill you could get, and proved to be a bit of a trek. The benefit of this though is the incredible view, and if needed the hotel provides a bus service until midnight to take you up. The rooms are basic, but clean, and the beds are a little hard but I have found this to be the case in most places I have stayed in Greece, the exception being when I went 5*, but I definitely paid for the comfort!
All public areas of the hotel are kept clean and tidy, in fact the cleaners appeared to never stop! Pool areas are spacious, and we had no issues with getting sun loungers.
Skala itself is a very nice little town, I heard some people saying that it was not lively enough for them, but after all it is not intended to be a 'party' destination. I am 31 and my friend 28, so we like a few bars to go around but nothing too mad, and found this resort ideal. Captain's Bar was a particular favourite, lovely little place with fantastic cocktails. We sampled a good handful of Skalas restaurants aswell, and found them all to be of a good standard, but our particular favourites were The Pines and Flamingos.
Fairly lengthy review I know, but in summary I feel that the San Giorgio is a great hotel, especially considering the price we payed to stay there, and the fact that they are new to AI. Don't be put off guys! More
A long trek from the smallest airport.... but worth it.
Arriving on an evening flight, at the tiniest, hottest, least air-conditioned, one toilet with no paper, Airport, I have ever had the 'privilege' to arrive in- and then been loaded on to a bus/coach that took you through every village - yes including the tight narrow streets; passing mountain goats, rickety old sheds and half built properties, overgrown gardens, abandoned or burnt out cars in fields and the odd Lemon tree, I thought I'd really landed in some off grid island somewhere and expected to see gorillas about on horses, with a whole new subculture of their own.
However, arriving at night at the all inclusive San Giorgio Hotel, and watching the travellers in "the know", hitting the bar for the all inc drink; before they had even checked in - I realised I was in the right place.
The following day after a good nights rest, saw us rising to a lovely place with views over the sea to die for.
The hotel itself was modern and spotless. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient in every way. All meals were held in an airy glass bi-fold doored room that was opened depending on the weather out side, though you could sit outside overlooking the views if needed, all teamed with efficient waitresses who cleared the place and replenished items that had been emptied. The food was usually hot with plenty of choice though I felt that the lunch meal was nicer than the evening, in that the food suited my personal tastes. Mixed Salads, pasta and of course Chips came with most meals. They were tasty and a twist on traditional Greek food, which we enjoyed. The reception area/bar was open and held the 'entertainment' which was a rousing 'Greek Night , A magician and Karaoke whilst we were there.
The pool beds in the main part, nearest the hotel were covered with towels, laid down at dawn or earlier, and the place was -as far as we saw- only full of Brits. However there are three pools that are surrounded with beds- if lazing and drinking all day is your sort of thing with spotlessly cleaned toilets nearby (with showers).
We ventured out most days, as although we went all inclusive, It's not our sort of thing to take the Full advantage of the all inc facilities, by not budging away from the hotel, in order to get 'your money's worth', In fact quite a few people ventured out. The courtesy bus to Skala runs every half hour, though it's best to book it on the morning you want to go in the reception, and, if required the time you wish to come back . Although Taxi's cost 5 euros. Skala village itself is a long pebble beach edged by hotels and small restaurants. The 'town' itself is merely one road up hill about 300 meters long, with a kiosk and a church and a few souvenir shops, interlaced with the odd cocktail bar or taverna. Not overly commercialised at all - which in my personal opinion was good. You can eat a Chinese/Indian/ McD's at home- why would you want to eat one on hols?.
Personally I don't think this is a great place for disabled or the walking restricted as the hotel itself has been practically carved out of a mountain. More to this can be found in other reviews.. i.e the amount of steps... buns of steel etc etc.Also the surrounding area is very rustic; dirt tracks with not many pavements, coves with walkways that would send Indiana Jones into a sweat, and steps everywhere. If you want to just hit the beach or are physically challenged, I would recommend the Hotels on the flat closer to Skala town. Also, I don't think this is the sort of place for young adults or groups of 'Hens/Stags' as it's not 'party town' - thank goodness. We had lovely weather for the whole time we went in May, and I would definitely consider it as a place to go if I was looking to go in May again.More
Lovely hotel but rubbish AI
Overall we had a lovely holiday and enjoyed ourselves, but this was only when we decided not to bother with the hotel food and drink and ate out in Skala mostly. I understand they have only just started doing all inclusive so hopefully this will improve over time but at the moment it is very poor.
Lovely views from virtually all points of the hotel. Warning - there is a VERY steep hill leading to some room but the benefit of this is fantastic views. We were about half way up so not too bad a walk up the hill, and there is a minibus to take you up the hill if you need it.
Everywhere was clean and pleasant surroundings. The hotel is really lovely, I have only positive things to say about it (except our bedroom but more on this later).
Both pools were really lovely and no problem getting sunbeds. However after the first day we went to the beach at Skala everyday as we found it to be much quieter and really lovely.
Location is great on a hilltop overlooking the sea. A few little coves straight down from the hotel with crystal clear water and we had it to ourselves. A 40 min walk into Skala or the hotel puts on a free minibus. Otherwise only 5 euros in a taxi.
The staff were all really friendly, polite and helpful. Everyone always had a greeting when you passed them, including the cleaners. 10/10 for this.
The selection of drinks in the AI was very restrictive, only local spirits, beer, wine or soft drinks. The local coke and fanta was watery and flat, beer and spirits were fine. wine was ok. No cocktails, no juices (only cheap cordial type juice), not even bottled water! all served in cheap plastic glasses, even in the evening. Ok during the day by the pool I get it but in the evening I would like to drink out of a glass.
The food was limited. Normally a couple of choices each of meat, carbs and veg. But not a lot of local choices. I do not want to eat badly battered fish in Greece! or fish fingers! There was a lovely salad bar though, Because of this we ended up eating and drinking in Skala a lot of the holiday and after the first day spent every day on the beach. Very disappointing.
I was also disappointed by our room. It wasn't terrible but a bit pokey and dark and not high enough for the famous great sea views. Also a little dated but very clean.
After eating at the hotel towards the end of the holiday I got food poisoning, probably from the meatballs either not being cooked properly or because everything was left luke warm for hours.
The hotel will put on a continental early breakfast if you need to leave early for a trip, but we discovered that all this means is bread and jam! no croissants, meat, cheese, cereal etc. that you would normally incluse in a continental breakfast.
Overall I loved the hotel itself but it was let down by the all inclusive package. It seemed to try to cater for the all english guests and not have the traditional food which most guests would like when they visit Greece. With a few tweaks it could be great but needs to sort this out.More
great hotel second visit!
hi me and my other half re-visited the san giorgio last year in july we had a better time 2nd time round due to having nicer room with view of sea lovely pools and bar area and it has posh new reception now! i think they were going AI this season not sure how that will go but good luck to them anyway,More