Hotel San Giorgio  

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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.

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Based on 575 reviews

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  • 167Rooms

Food & Drink

Self Catering

Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and waiter service dinner.   

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2 outdoor pools

Take your pick from the 2 sea-facing pools. Bordered by lawns and spacious terraces, it's the ideal place to lie back on a sunbed.

International restaurant*

For breakfast and dinner. Sample a variety of regional cuisine and international dishes. With waiter service provided for the evening meals.

Greek night

Step into the local culture, enjoy the live music and dancing, and take part in a Greek night. This takes place most evenings during high season.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with air-conditioning, TV, telephone, fridge, minibar and a hairdryer. With 2 or 3 beds, 3rd bed is a sofa bed or chair bed suitable for an adult.

double room

Double room sleeps 2 with air-conditioning, TV, telephone, fridge, minibar and a hairdryer.

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Nice resort, but get the right room and note the wifi issues.

Stayed here early September 2014. Really friendly staff, nice spread out resort, good facilities and plenty of poolside areas. Make sure you request a room higher up the hill than the resort level itself. The original rooms around the restaurant/pool area are older and in need of renovation. They are also too close to the noise of evening entertainment etc. Despite being attracted by the nice looking rooms on the Thomson web site, our room 205 was old, small, dark and in need of major investment. We managed to change rooms after 2 nights which saved the holiday! We ended up in room 155 at the top of a very steep hill, but worth the walk for the quiet and the great view. Beds are rock hard!!! If you can't live without wifi, stay elsewhere! Although the resort claims to have free wifi in the main reception and pool area, it just doesn't work. Too weak a signal and too many people trying to use it. The breakfasts were OK but simple. They rotate the main morning dish (boiled eggs, Greek salad, scrambled eggs) every three days. Otherwise, all other food remains the same apart from a couple of the small pastries. We didn't stay for dinner as there are so many wonderful tavernas in Skala which have great food at low prices. The resort is 3km (40-50 minute walk) from Skala centre. But offers a good, regular mini-bus service into the village. Taxi's required after 9pm but OK at 5 Euros. Final tip, if you can hire a car, do so. There are so many wonderful villages and small beaches within 20 - 30 minutes drive. Also, if the weather is poor in Skala, being at the foot of a mountain range, chances are a short drive away to the West or Eastern side of the island and you will find sunshine. Kefalonia is a wonderful island and there are still very many small rooms/studios in secluded villages, but if you want a more inclusive resort, San Giorgio is a good option.More

inthetravelbusiness, London

The personal touch

Deal of the Century! That's what Mandy and I got when we booked online to stay in the San Giorgio Hotel in Skala. The Greek island of Kefalonia is in the Ionian Sea and is probably one of the sweetest, least spoilt and most lush of the Greek islands - add to that the fact that it's only two and a half hours from Gatwick and you can't not go there! When we booked our holiday, we looked at the reviews on Trip Advisor and nearly every review was positive. More than that though, virtually everyone was either going to go back again or already were - now that's a recommendation if ever I read one. So, as you can imagine, we were eager to see if the reviews compared with the 'reality'... When we arrived at the San Giorgio, after dropping all the other new arrivals off at other hotels en route, it soon became apparent that we were a little way out of town but we had read of the free bus service and it did look walk-able (comfortable shoes an absolute necessity). The other thing that was immediately obvious was the fact that this hotel has been built in a terrace style, up the side of a serious hill, which eventually becomes a proper mountain! There is again, an internal transfer system from the 'ground floor' to the rooms higher up the hill but frankly, after a few goes at the climb the burning sensation in your calf muscles does start to ease up... After 14 nights at the San Giorgio I can tell you that the hotel is spotlessly clean, the staff fall over themselves to help you, the rooms are very good and constantly being improved, the views are excellent, the pools are spot on and the food and drinks prices compare so well with the restaurants in town that it is almost not worth the effort of trying somewhere different. This all must sound too good to be true and I guess, to all intents and purposes it was a pretty brilliant Med holiday hotel. I do, however, have one gripe. I did wonder if this me being my normal pedantic self but after talking with some other guests, I don't think I'm entirely alone in my disappointment with the breakfasts. I am fully aware that breakfast was combined in the price and that it was described as a Continental Breakfast. I have stayed in many, many European hotels and eaten many, many Continental Breakfasts and this was not one of the best. This is sad, as everyone at the hotel is trying so hard to make it perfect and to be let down by something so fundamental as giving guests a good choice in the morning is almost a crime. The choice consisted of: 1 x type of processed cheese 1 x type of reconstituted meat 2 x type of cereal 4 x different types of chopped fruit 1 x Greek yoghurt 1 x small type of round roll 1 x SMALL type of pastry 2 x types of jam 1 x honey The bread, that only really worked as bread, because when toasted the crust could see off anything but the sharpest knife and had a good go at lacerating the inside of your mouth. Each day, there was an additional item. Sometimes this was hard-boiled eggs (Hallelujah - something to eat) or scrambled egg (strange taste, having been cooked in olive oil, but hey...) or Greek Salad (Feta cheese, cucumber and tomato - FOR BREAKFAST!) or hot-dog sausages (we only saw this once, thank goodness). I did ask, on one of the first mornings if it would be possible to have something cooked and I was told in no uncertain terms NO. The translation of the response worked out to something like, "It's pot luck, you get whatever comes out and that's it!) Every and I mean EVERY Continental breakfast I've had previously, has had a selection of cheeses, a selection of meats, a selection of breads, a selection of yoghurts and the opportunity to order something cooked if, in fact it wasn't already there! I tried the toast and on about three occasions I had hard-boiled eggs. Twice I had scrambled eggs and the rest of the time I just settled for coffee. On the penultimate day, I actually went to the pool restaurant at 10 o'clock and had a full breakfast which cost me 8 Euros - worth every penny but it did mean hanging around until 10am when we normally have been out and about for an hour by that time. I imagine lots of you reading this will say, "What's the fuss? That sounds perfectly fine to me." You know, I'm sure for lots of people it would be but I'm not lots of people and there are a few others that I think would agree with me. For a hotel that is trying so hard to get it right and succeeding in so many areas, this is disappointing... Anyway, in conclusion, I would heartily recommend this hotel. I'm certain we will go back at some stage and hopefully by then they will have improved breakfast and installed some stair-lifts! I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at San Giorgio and an especially big thank you to Dave, our Thomson representative at the hotel, who really, really looked after us both. One last point, which you should really take note of if you intend to go to Kefalonia for a holiday. The check in staff at the airport are overly zealous when it comes to weighing luggage. They will weigh all your luggage, including your hand-luggage and if it is over weight (5kg for hand-luggage) they will charge you 16 Euros a kilo!!! Take a light-weight bag for your hand-luggage as the one I used weighed nearly 4 kg when it was empty!More

Rich3591, Jersey, United Kingdom

Even better than last year.

We were so impressed by our first visit last year, we returned. Nothing negative to report, and all the positives can be found in my initial report in September last year. One bonus this year was the Mini bus from Reception to the Rooms at the higher end of the Hotel. Some times we walked back up the hill, but it made things a lot easier after the 'first class' breakfast, or on a return from the 'Night Out' at either the Hotel entertainment or in Skala. Talking of the Hotel Entertainment, the Staff put on Greek Dancing and Singing on a Wednesday, and Saturday night. On both nights, and the occasional other night, a young Greek lady (20s) and 'backing' male musician were first class, and kept the clients and Staff well entertained. All the Staff, from Management, to the Cleaners were lovely, friendly, pleasant, and helpful. New Reps. from Thomson Holidays were on Site this year, and as per last year did a first class job of looking after everyone. The rooms, called basic by some, were lovely, and far superior than rooms we've stayed in, in other hotels, always kept nice and clean, with plenty of bed sheet and towel changes over our two week stay. Look out for special people, like Spieros,(Owner), Sophie and Dessie, (Reception Staff), Mikos, and Christina, (Dining/Breakfast area), and Antonio, the 'Internal' mini bus driver, as well as the other drivers of the Hotel Mini bus. In fact all the Staff deserve a big thank you for helping to make this Hotel such a great place to spend a holiday. The weather could have been a lot better, the second week, than was the usual, but that aside it was a great holiday destination. BevandFras.More

bevandfras, Keighley, United Kingdom

"High on a hill in Room 262"

Yes we were very high on the hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea and Zante, in fact the road up to our room was 500 metres from the reception. However this provided us with an idyllic situated balcony with the only sounds being the cows in the adjacent field that continually walked around all night with their cowbells jangling. To write about the hotel would only be repeating what all the other guests have commented on such as breakfast and the cleanliness of the rooms. Yes the San Giorgio is 3km from the centre of Skala but with the frequency of taxis and the hotel minibus it is never a problem to find other bars, beaches and restaurants. We prefer to stay in properties with guests from other countries rather than a “Brits Abroad” hotel. At times it felt very much that you were in a bar in the UK with the usual entertainment from Karaoke to Quiz night. Surely when you visit another country the idea is you experience other cultures rather than fly to Kefalonia and carry on as if you were in the local pub. The Thomson Representative felt everyone was his mate when clearly I had never met him previously, more professionalism wouldn't go amiss. We ate in the hotel twice during our holiday and both occasions were completely different. On the first occasion the experience, food served and the staff were exceptional. However on the second occasion we were sat next to other guests who only wanted to shout across the restaurant to other guests about their holiday. This completely spoiled the meal, and though no fault of the San Giorgio staff we were very disappointed with the evening. Hence we continued to visit the village and experience the other restaurants of which there are many. During the holiday we hired a car to remain independent and visit the islands many villages, attractions and numerous beaches scattered around Kefalonia. This provided some interesting driving especially when returning from Mytros Beach along the mountain road into Argostoli. Just outside Sami two dogs were stood in the road and on slowing down assuming they would move they both started jumping up the car doors, bonnet, biting the tyres and refusing to move. It was only when sounding the horn that they eventually relented and moved off the road. Whether they attack all the cars that drive pass them remained unclear but they were not happy with us. This provided an interesting conversation with two other guests back at the hotel recalling memories of other animal’s that have chased cars we have been in the past. Namely a bull elephant so two dogs were not too bad. Overall we had a great holiday and the positives far out weighed the negatives. Kefalonia is a wonderful island to enjoy the Greek hospitality. Would we stay at the San Giorgio again probably not for the reasons highlighted above. In our opinion perhaps the owners of the San Giorgio should try and attract other foreign holiday companies to visit to overcome the all British feel.More

Schnauzer123, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Room with a view

We have just returned from the San Giorgio after a two week, enjoyable visit. We had a second floor room (219) with a balcony facing the sea looking towards Skala and Zakynthos. This meant that we had a lot less steps than most rooms. We could actually get to the restaurant and reception with virtually no steps by a slightly longer route. The location also meant that we had a little less noise from the regular Karioke/entertainment nights. The room was very clean (as was all of the hotel) and had been updated fairly recently. Reasonable storage, comfortable queen bed and a good sized bathroom with bath/shower. We found the breakfast more than adequate and better than a lot of Greek hotels that we have stayed at. The restaurant food was very good and prices were on a par with those in town. Their Kleftico has to be one of the best we've had. Bar prices were high but similar to a lot of Tavernas in Skala. We found that alcohol was cheaper in the Tavernas higher up the main street in Skala. The staff were all very friendly, all spoke good or very good English and were very helpful. I needed the dentist on our third day and they got me an appointment and arranged taxis within minutes of enquiring! All Thomson reps were very good and on hand twice a day. The only real downside with the hotel is the distance from Skala. We would recommend booking your places on the mini bus early each day as it is always full. Extra runs are not made no matter how many people may want to use the service. It is a 30-40 minute walk into Skala but there are a number of Tavernas which are nearer; we would recommend Old Times and Nautilas. Day trips are expensive but car hire is reasonable and the roads are very quiet compared with the uk. There are very few buses but it is possible to get to Argostoli which is worth a visit for the Turtles, shops and ferry to Lixouri.More

AntonTorquay, Andover, United Kingdom

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