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.
We've been to this hotel 5 times previously, and we've just gone again this year since the changes, and it really has lost its authentic charm. To me it feels like they've tried to go go for this corporate, white washed walls style, but the reason it had so many returning customers is because it wasn't that. I used to love that the main reception felt like you were stepping into someone's home, it just isn't that anymore.
It also feels like since they have gone all inclusive, if there is an opportunity to charge you for something, they will. And there are tip jars absolutely everywhere.
The food isn't that bad, you can find something to eat at every meal time, do you end up leaving some of it because it isn't all that tasty? Yes. But you won't go hungry. The main thing about it is that the hotel is cheap, it used to be cheap previously because it was small and friendly, and now it's just cheap cutting corners cheap. Your never going to get 5* buffet on the price they charge you for this hotel, just keep that in mind. I've read some of the other reviews about the food and they do make me laugh, yes it isn't brilliant, but I'm not quite sure what they are expecting for the price. I can't comment on dinner but the breakfast buffet used to be nicer previously.
p.s it says in the door formal dress for dinner but it's clear that isn't in force.
Plenty of pools space, there is no towel reserving here as long as you get up at a normal time you'll be fine to find space!
Rooms haven't changed, they have new TVs but there isn't much signal on them so we didn't use it. We were in room 317, wifi worked okay in this room. Our air con wasn't working on arrival hotel had fixed it after dinner.
SKALA & OUT
Skala is a lovely town, but it appears this hotel going all inclusive has had a detrimental effect on the town. But definitely try and go out a few times into the town, the food is so much better.
We took a taxi into argostoli which was about 55 euro each way, just for a change of scenery. It was really nice, a lot of nice restaurants and shops, we bought all of our holiday 'tat' from here.
Hotel does a free shuttle into skala, taxi is around 5 euro.
ALL IN ALL
If you've been here before don't come back again, if your coming, don't have high expectations, remember this price you paid. A week all inclusive for 500ish quid is very cheap!
This used to be a adults hotel that wasn't under the adults only band, It's clear due to the price of the hotel and the all inclusive aspect the clientele has changed too, personally I used to love the quietness and the few kids that used to be around. But now it's changed, a lot of families and young children, that isn't for us.
We won't be coming back again and it makes me sad to say that it's the last time we will be visiting this hotel. I hope they do switch back to B&B.
Janine S, 186334
More of a workout than a holiday!
Arrived at the San Giorgio on June 12th 2016 as a party of 3 (2 and 1) with one in a wheelchair. We booked through First Choice who dutifully messed up our booking so when we arrived at the hotel we ended up with rooms at opposite ends of the hotel, more about that later.
We had done the requisite research before we booked and knew it would be difficult for someone with mobility problems but thought we would take a chance as it had many good reviews.
Firstly I would like to give a shout out to Pefanis car hire, we picked a Ford Focus up from the airport for a very good price of 180 (Â£140) euros for the week. Remember to book online from the UK for the best deals.
We arrived at the hotel at 10:45, tired, thirsty and hungry. One would expect at the very least a welcome drink instead we were dispatched to our rooms at opposite ends of the complex. Nobody bothered to tell us that there was some snacks and drinks in the restaurant.
The hotel is built on the north face of the Eiger and the slopes in the promotional picture gallery do not do it justice, I know other reviews have alluded to this but I just wanted to emphasise it if others are contemplating booking but are worried about the mobility issues.
The first room I was offered (147) is way at the back of the hotel and I was transported there with the hotel pickup truck. The room was clean, quite spacious, had a nice balcony but was at the opposite end of the hotel from my travel companions. Having not been offered any refreshments at the hotel we drove into Skala for a well earned beer.
The next day we asked at reception if they could find us rooms in closer proximity which they dutifully obliged and put us into 112/113 which suffered from severe sewerage problems. They told us it would be sorted so we agreed. My room had a hessian curtain that let in every ray of light so another trip to reception resulted in the odd job man fitting a black out curtain whilst I was out. On return to the room the door had been left wide open and the patio door ajar. Another trip to reception only to be told that they would look into it, aka do nothing.
The rooms are adequate and cleaning staff are very friendly, as are almost all staff in the hotel. The restaurant is above the reception and offers basic options, you won't starve but you will be not spoilt for choice either. Breakfast is 8am to 9:30am, the main bar does not open until 10:30am as does the pool bar. Lunch is 12:30pm to 2pm and dinner between 6:30pm amd 9pm. The restaurant operates a formal dress code for the evening meal which is not adhered to strictly.
The hotel does not offer cocktails as part of the AI package, drinks are of the local variety and pretty rubbish. I did find the red wine quite palatable.
The hotel has 3 pools and a child's pool, we only used the pool adjacent to the reception area. The pool was surprisingly warm and not too busy. There are NO pool towels and you are discouraged from using the room ones.
There is limited entertainment at the hotel, quiz night, traditional Greek night and karaoke.
The hotel runs a courtesy bus into Skala which is 3km away and costs 5 euro by taxi. If you get back to the hotel after midnight then you will have to find your own way to the top of the hotel as the courtesy transport stops at midnight.
On reflection I would not return to this hotel, the steps and slopes are just too much for me. The hotel has only been AI since May and are still feeling their way, I would prefer that they feel their way at their own expense rather than mine.More
Russell S, 681385
We've just returned from our first holiday in Kefalonia. We were a bit worried about the hotel after seeing the negative reviews before we travelled. However, we were very pleasantly suprised when we arrived!
All the staff are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The hotel, pools and grounds are so well kept and so clean. Our room had a large double bed, shower and bath, hairdryer, fridge, and balcony with table and chairs and fab sea and mountain views.
It seems most of the negative comments were about steps and the poor quality of food. The hillside situation of the hotel and amount of steps is well documented. We asked for a room low down and thats what we had. The food is buffet style (as with all inclusive hotels). Breakfast could have been improved if they used British sausages and bacon, but you don't expect that overseas. The lunches and dinners on most days were lovely, other days less so but that was due to personal taste not quality of food. The salad bar was awesome. White wine, local bacardi and beer were very drinkable.
We used the free bus to Skala most days, and also went on the Premier excursion. The local bus to Argostoli to see the turtles shouldn't be missed. The island is so beautiful.
Overall a fabulous holiday where we had a great time and met some lovely people. Can't wait till next year!!More
We booked the San Giorgio at skala through thompsons as a last minute holiday at the begining of June 2016. We had read some good and poor reviews. Our experience was positive. We enjoyed our stay there very much. The staff were lovely, the food was very good and the location was ideal. We had to change our room after two nights because of a blocked drain. We were given a superior room immediately with a lovely terrace. Never having been to the Greek islands we were impressed by how beautiful Kephalonia is We took two trips with thompsons: premier and Ithika, and can thoroughly recommend both. We hired a car for two days, arranged by the reps, and enjoyed travelling around the island. The only thing I would suggest to the San Giorgio is to serve more fish dishes please: it was mostly meats ( all of which were good). The rooms are very comfortable and the hotel facilities excellent. All inclusive was new to us and we liked it! The domestic staff work very hard and our room was cleaned spotless daily. The restaurant staff were helpful and friendly as were the bar and reception staff. We used the hotel shuttle bus to Skala a couple of times and found this to be a great service. We intend to return. Thank you to the San Giorgio staff and the Thompsons reps for helping us with a great holiday. Carolyn and John Hall from Durham UK.More
Great holiday at a great price!!
We love Kefalonia, especially Skala and have stayed in other hotels in the area. We wanted a quiet escape and we got a very good deal on this all inclusive holiday through Thomson. We usually pay more for bed and breakfast! The hotel is beautiful, small italian style villa/apartments built into the hillside and kept spotless by the very friendly staff. We were allocated room 247 which was close to the top of the complex but with breathtaking views!!! I think the majority of rooms have a sea view. We never took the complimentary lift up or down but it is always available. Just ask at reception. We are not young people but this hotel would not suit people with mobility issues.If you let the hotel know you would like a lower room just send them a friendly email before your holiday starts. The room was very spacious with a huge comfortable bed.I thought the food was fine considering the price we paid.There seemed to be a good selection of meat, fish and chicken and a good salad bar and there was always at least two vegetarian choices.The outdoor terraces which surround the restaurant offer amazing sea views. I have been to hotels with better entertainment but there are hotels in Skala that offer live music most evenings.(Hotel Annassa and Makis and Nine Muses). 'Hollis' plays at these three hotels in Skala and he is a great act to watch. He doesn't fail to get the audience dancing. The hotel shuttle bus into Skala operates a return service every half an hour until 9pm and is a great service if you don't want to walk into Skala.We went out to watch Hollis one evening and it was only 5 Euros for a taxi back!! All in all this is a lovely hotel with great staff and for the price we paid we cannot complain about anything. In fact we have booked to go back with the family in July! Thank you San Georgio and we are looking forward to our return visit.