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 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 get branded ice-cream for a little extra. Afternoon tea is served at the poolside from 4pm to 5pm, this includes Danish cookies, cakes and sweets.
We have recently returned from a 2 week trip to Skala on the island of Kefalonia and were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the San Giorgio Hotel for its last year before it goes all inclusive in 2016.
We stayed in room 243, amazing views and only 138 steps to climb! The staff at the hotel were amazing from the receptionists, restaurant staff, bar staff, mini bus drivers to the cleaners. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them.
We had no problem getting a mini bus place into Skala and you could either get the hotel bus back or a taxi for 5 euros. You could also walk which takes about 30 mins but it is a beautiful walk.
Food at the hotel was excellent and we ended up eating at the hotel about 4/5 times. We did a boat trip with Captain Vangellis which was an amazing day out and we hired a boat from Dolphin watersports on the beach for the day which cost 110 euros plus fuel) which was 45 euros. We had an amazing time and found a fantastic secluded cove to have lunch.
I last visited Skala 21 years ago and apart from the hotel spread along the seafront (21 years ago there were none and now there are about 5 over a 2km distance so nothing major) Skala town has not really changed at all. Still has an amazing friendly, traditional Greek feel to it!!!
Must do places include Fiskardo on the North of the island its just beautiful and the lake at Melissini.
Places to eat Old Times which is about a 15 min walk from the hotel, Flamingo and Sirocco were really good too. We went to Apostolis which was very good, Makis was good but it is the only restaurant we felt rushed in. Also had a beautiful first night meal at Galero just off the main street. You cannot visit Skala without going to Captains Bar where its Yammas Time all the time, amazing cocktails and no problem with taking children in and also Metaxa Beach Bar which plays some fab chill out sounds during the day and some kicking music late at night, also do Prosecco a 4 euros a glass! Food there is also very good and can recommend the burgers!
All in all would go back to Skala tomorrow but not to San Giorgio due to its new all inclusive status. Such a shame as most people we spoke to had been going there for years and said they won't go next year when it changes to All Inclusive, hopefully Thompson will realise that they've killed the golden goose and have a change of heart at some point.More
MandandJezza, Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
We stayed at the San G on the 6th August for 2 weeks. Although we have been a few times before, this time we went for our honeymoon :) This was definitely our best stay at the hotel for a number of reasons....
We stayed in room 406 which was gorgeous (and my favourite of all the rooms we have stayed in!). Not right at the top but wonderful sea views all the same. Rooms cleaned everyday to a high standard.
We were meant to be B and B but actually only bothered going for breakfast the once, although that was not because we found the food that bad... we just don't like the whole buffet, crowded thing! Although it has been previously stated how 'awful' the breakfast is, there are perfectly nice simple options available (toast, rolls, cereals, cake, croissants, yogurt, juices, tea and coffee)... and to be honest who goes on holiday just for the breakfast.
Pool areas are all excellently maintained. During our first week we found the pool blissfully quiet and would stroll down at 9am/10am to find hardly anyone even down yet! This changed a little on our second week with the arrival of a large party who LOVED to reserve loads of sunbeds from around 7:45am! Despite the hotel's efforts in asking guests not to reserve sun beds (signs clearly stating around the hotel), it still happened. What was most annoying was that actually out of all the beds reserved, only a couple were actually ever occupied! I felt sorry for those guests who came down later on in the day and could not find a sunbed, only many with towels thrown across them (not actually being occupied!). I really don't think this is down to the hotel however, just the silliness of individuals.
Staff at San G are all amazing! The chef and Anna in the snack bar provide lovely food during the day and all bar staff are always chatty and friendly :) This year I also discovered just how well equipped the hotel shop is... my phone charger broke on our 3rd day and I was able to buy a new one in the shop for just 20euros. Lady in the shop is also lovely. Reps this year seemed much friendlier and professional than they have done in previous years too :)
Although the hotel is a little out of Skala, it really isn't a problem. San G have really improved their shuttle service and now have loads of time slots throughout the day when the bus drives guests in and out of Skala. Usually we were able to book onto the shuttle of our preferred choice but if we couldn't, we always managed to get on to the shuttle either half an hour earlier or later. It was great as previous years we have done much more walking in and out! Taxis are also only 5 euros!
In all the years we have stayed at San G we have always felt so at home. It deeply saddens me to say that we will probably not return again and this is because the hotel is going all inclusive only, as of next year. Unfortunately this is just not for us as we love Skala and eating in the excellent tavernas there. We wish the hotel all the best for the future and will definitely visit should the all inclusive only option change! xxMore
Just come back from San Georgio, nice clean hotel ,we'll run establishment, we usually stop down in resort, but this was great, full of families all friendly also staff very nice.
Breakfast a different story not wonderful.
Suffering post holiday blues now.
Thanks to staff.More
Martin L, Worcester, United Kingdom
Our first package holiday for over ten years, we travelled with children aged 9,11,12.
Excellent time. Beautiful hotel, stunning views, clean rooms. The evening menu in the restaurant is the best we experienced in the area, the Lamb kleftico is out of this world at 9 euro, my husband had this three nights in a row!
Hotel staff so helpful as our son had an accident on the first day and had to have stitches in his leg, we had a free taxi to the doctors. The Thompson reps were excellent too. Thoroughly relaxing time, the snack bar is outstanding, it opens at 10am , so for the hotel breakfast haters on here, a full breakfast is available for about 3-4 euro. The Gyros for lunch is immense at 3 euro. We will be returning, try it you will not be disappointed!More
657welshfamily, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Only Breakfast Let It Down.
This was my sixth stay in Kefalonia, the first to Skala since 2000. Despite the numerous hotels and apartments that have been built the village still retains its charm.
The main building which houses the reception/restaurant is very modern having recently been refurbished. The restaurant has good views and on a clear day you can see the mainland and Zakynthos.
Our room was very spacious, clean and rather modern.
As others have said the breakfast was very disappointing and is what lets the hotel down. However as we were half board we ate in the hotel every evening and the meals were first class. The hotel do a different take on the typical half board buffet style you normally get and allow you to order off a menu. We were treated to lovely Tzatziki, Kefalonian Meat Pie and Klefitko. The deserts were also to die for and in our 7 days we did not have a bad meal.
Apart from the lady who worked in the onsite shop who was rude and more interested in her phone the staff were all first class and nothing was ever too much.
Despite the breakfast and the fact that it is going All Inclusive we would return to the San Giorgio.