Traditional good looks and stunning sea views go hand in hand at this peaceful, hillside retreat.
Surrounded by pine trees and flowers, The Skiathos Blu has a hilltop position providing perfect vistas of Janeira Bay from most vantage points.
There’s a stairway with 350 steps that lead down to Tzaneria beach, where you'll find a bar* and taverna*. This is also the launching point for water taxi rides to Skiathos Town, which is around 10 minutes away.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Serving up exotic cocktails and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
This place serves up a varied buffet platter for breakfast and dinner.
A good-sized pool, framed by sunloungers and parasols.
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Main Building Double Room with Mountain View and Balcony
Bungalow with Garden View and Balcony
Just to let you know, there are steps leading from the main hotel building to the bungalows.
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Excellent Hotel, Amazing Week in Skiathos
The Skiathos Blu is an excellent hotel. Many people are writing in their reviews about the large volume of steps that are present at the hotel. Islands like Skiathos have hills and such hotels with steps on Greek islands are common. The steps really didn't affect our stay at all as we were located in the main hotel, which is situated at the top of the steps. Equally there is a minibus that will take you to the bottom of the steps, or back to the top at the hotel. This runs throughout the day until about 20:00. If you were to use the steps then there are quite a lot of them, and therefore if you have mobility or health problems, then this may become a consideration. The hotel had a really relaxed atmosphere, the food on offer was very good and the staff were very helpful. The Thomson rep in the resort was extremely helpful, and it is clear that he is an experienced rep. The hotel off a drinks package whereby you can get 300 euros worth of drinks for 240 euros if you pay at the beginning of your stay. We did this and felt that it actually worked out pretty well. Once we were checked in we were really pleased with the room. It followed the consistency in modern decor found throughout the hotel and had all that we required including TV, Fridge, Wifi etc. We really liked the island and would have no hesitation returning, or staying in the Skiathos Blu. However just for the sake of change next time we would also consider staying in Skiathos Town. Although the hotel is perfect for a relaxing quiet week, I would equally try something different like a week in a busier area. For me the hotel would become perfect if a few more little restaurants and bars were to start popping up in Kanipitsa, just to add some variety. That being said access to other parts of the island is very easy from the hotel as the bus route is situated at the bottom of the steps. If you plan to explore other parts of the island the location is pretty central. One final thing I would highly recommend is one of the Thomson boat excursions.More
We visited skiathos blue hotel at bus stop 12 +13 .the hotel was lovely and spotless.the staff were great and the food was ok.plenty to choose from.but theres a big issue with the steps.360 of them from beach to reception.we went for a rest.but were shattered when we got home.the man would take u down on the shuttle bus and he was great.but stopped at 8pm. The track wasnt working.which tomson didnt tell us about which would have saved all those steps.apart from that its a great place.we rented a scooter then a jimney to see all the places xMore
Marie K, 190919
Quirky but overall excellent hotel - don't miss it!
Recently returned from a week here. Very relaxed. Would go again. It is an old hotel which has been refurbished to a very good standard. The main fabric features interestingly stone floors. ACCOMODATION We stayed in a bungalow and it was clean, well-fitted and the bed was so comfortable. Small balcony - can seat four easily if you bring chairs from your friends' gaff as we did - with no view other than the myriad trees which grow around the bungalows, shading the balcony nicely. The rooms in the hotel are similarly equipped / laid out but are smaller. Room has a small fridge [essential for that water / wine / beer stock] and a safe - this is the standard 4-digit code variety and is FREE - ours was free in every sense because it was just sitting on the wardrobe shelf, not bolted to the wall. Hotel fixed it by sending a man down with a glue gun to stick it to the shelf [on the last day, 5 days later, it had still not set and I doubt it ever will! BAR Very good. Service friendly and excellent. BUT they ran out of Ouzo THREE times - it became a joke. "Ouzo and Orange before it runs out please" Backgammon sets available. FOOD Was excellent! We were told by another holidaymaker that the food was limited and quite ordinary. Unless she diets on Lotus Blossom and Honey of the Gods, she could not be further from the truth. There was plentiful variety and it was not the fodder served up in the 1200-eat-at-a-time restaurants you find in All-inclusive hotels in the Canary Isles. We ate differently every night - I have never tasted pork, lamb and beef so good in my life [sorry, dear]. The chef was always at hand and his staff were marvellous. This was all the more satisfying as the restaurant was quite small [100 covers maybe, 50 outside] and had an intimacy that was very pleasing [see earlier comment ref all-inclusives]. If you sit in the same area, each day, it is likely you will befriend a waiter - ours was Bill [yes, I know, a Greek called Bill] and he served us our own pot of coffee and hot milk without being asked after two days - otherwise, they float round pouring cups individually [bit slow at times and clearly why some others have complained about slow service]. In my view, the staff were second to none. POOL Very nice, clean pool accessed by steps at one end. Well-served from the pool bar - midday snacks very resonable - massive club sandwich 8 Euros. More than enough sunbeds - not a single German towel in sight - and a covered bed area for those needing to get out of the sun. Pool towels are FREE and can be changed after a couple of days at Reception. SITE It's a hill. There are hundreds of irregularly spaced steps of varying height - a Swiss mountain goat would need to watch where it was going! Easy to descend, a pain to climb. There is a funicular railway / lift but it was out of service when we were there [looks like it has been for a while tbh]. Thankfully, there is a courtesy bus operating until 8pm from the bottom to the heotel entrance. We were lucky - in bungalow 3 in first row below pool. BEACH Seen one beach, seen em all. This one features the Pure Avaton Beach Bar [10% discount for Blu clients]. Sunbeds are bookable but the operator is as twisty as a rattlesnake. We booked fro reception, specifying beds 3 and 4 [front of the rows of seats, directly onto the water - when we arrived, said snake told us they were already reserved and he had not heard from hotel. Booked with him personally for Monday, specifying the beds we wanted and shook hands. Come Monday, same story, exact same excuses. Reminded him of the handshake and he remebered and offered to move others. We declined and left. The real story is that they have block sold those beds to people coming on a boat trip from another island - they are never available!!! Take snake repellent. This beach features a jetty from which it possible to catch a water taxi into Skiathos Town [4 Euros] - don't confuse it with the trip to another island which leaves at the same time! Overall, our first real holiday in Greece - had a disastrous one in Corfu years ago - and it was a real treat. As I said, would definitely go to the Blu again .... as long as we can ensure a bungalow at the top......More
David M, 798070
Brilliant week, lovely and quiet hotel
My girlfriend and I recently spent a week in Skiathos Blu and had a fabulous and relaxing break in Skiathos at this hotel. We booked half board through Thompson and meeting with Mark the rep at the airport and being transferred to the hotel was all very efficient, under 30 mins, and we were greeted with a glass of bubbly overlooking the bay and surrounding forest on arrival. Due to big coaches not being able to drive up the steep hills to the hotel your luggage is sent in a separate van, but it arrived just after we did. Check in was quick and easy and we stayed in one of the bungalows about half way up the hill (No.87). The bungalow was clean and nicely decorated, not huge but not small either. Flat screen TV (didn't turn it on so not sure what channels were available). The bathroom was clean and the shower was really good and powerful. Sink outside the bathroom with a mirror. A separate long mirror next to the TV (seen some reviews saying there were none). Bed was large and comfortable and ample storage for 2 x 20KG cases and contents.. The balcony was fairly large, and the furniture was decent (2 chairs and a wooden table). Due to the hills each room is on a different level which makes the rooms feel very private. Wifi in the room was good (i streamed the Mayweather McGregor fight on my phone no problem!) The stairs....it was the only thing that slightly worried me when booking, but they were fine, unless you are in seriously bad shape. About 5 minutes walking to/from beach or hotel, it wasn't that bad at all, and I've had back surgery recently and still have a bad back with arthritis. We used the guy in the van once as he was there and were going from beach to the pool (all the way up the stairs). There was a lift, but it wasn't working. To be honest, i would have felt a bit embarrassed using it being 35 years old. felt sorry for the staff carrying our cases up and down, shout out to that dude! You can see parts of the bay/sea, but the bungalow rooms are set within gardens/trees so the view is mostly blocked.. no big deal. The staff were all lovely, but had one bad experience as mentioned in the below review, the guy on the front desk was rude when requesting towels, so i went and bought some instead (20 euro! - the island is not cheap!) but luckily didn't have to deal with him again. The lady also working on the desk was much nicer. We were really impressed with the food, selection of 'english breakfast' type options at breakfast, (egg, bacon, sausage etc.) and 2 x toasters, selection of breads, you can't select anything to cook to order, but they have every type of egg you could want, and never waited more than 2 minutes for food to be replenished. Pancakes, french toast, yoghurts, fruits and cereals. All nice and plentiful. The staff could be a bit quicker or aware of guests wanting coffee, or just make it self service. The juice was rank, but that was the only negative. Evening meals were also lovely, and we only ate out in town once ('1901' highly recommended) with usually a selection of 4 mixed salads, a carvery station (beef, Lamb, chicken) , and maybe 10-15 of other various options such as tuna burgers, stuffed cabbage, lamp chops, fried fish with tartare sauce, pastry stuffed with spinach etc. 5 large lumps of lovely cheese and a huge selection of deserts every night. Also a plus is breakfast and dinner both open 7-930 (i've been to other where you only had an hour for each). We usually drank a bottle of house red/white with dinner which was 10 euro and not too bad. We chose the hotel as we wanted to relax so were not bothered about having nothing within walking distance in terms of nightlife/bars/restaurants. The Greek night was OK in the hotel, and we got the boat into Skiathos town from the beach for cocktails on 3 nights (The Bar, Rock and Roll on the steps and Coachella Bar in the port) . The boat is 4 euro each way and runs every hour or so and takes 15 mins from the beach. There is also a small supermarket on the road between the hotel and beach. We had lunch (wraps and crisps) from the pool bar once, it was nice, but quite expensive for what you get, and there isn't a great selection, but the 2 girls working there were very nice and helpful. We also had lunch on the beach at the restaurant/bar which again was lovely. (top tip - there are two menu's - the second which we never got given has a lot more and better food options) but it was also expensive - 33 euros for chicken salad, club sandwich and 2 small beers) The 10% off offer had been stopped as of 22/08. You can also hire sun beds on the beach which were nice for 10 euro but we didn't bother. Would also recommend a trip to Tsougria Island which is 10 euro return and the boat leaves from the beach at 1030 and 1130 and returns 430 and 530. The island and beach is uninhabited, but its lovely and had a small restaurant and crystal clear water. About 20 mins on the boat. This was our second trip with Thompson and had a really lovely and relaxing week, and would definitely return to Skiathos Blue. Thanks!More
Amazing views but a little isolated
The hotel itself is amazing! Gorgeous views over the sea and mountains. The rooms are modern and comfortable. I would recommend staying in the hotel rather than the bungalows for better views. The pool area was clean, no issue for sunbeds at all. The restaurant had a wide variety of food always something for everyone, especially on the Greek night! There was a carving chef every night that served up freshly carved meat also! Dinner time snacks weren't the best but alright, I would recommend going down to the beach bar which you get 10% off when mentioning you're staying at the hotel! Amazing food and atmosphere down there. Special thanks to the bar staff fotini, Maria and pandelise who couldn't do enough for you and were very friendly! Also thanks to the manager who was always around if you needed him and was a very nice guy! Our Thompson rep mark was also really helpful, helping all guest whatever the issue. He also does 2 quizzes and a disco in the evening at the hotel which is good if you do not want to go out as there isn't much entertainment otherwise. The guy on reception however could learn to be a little more polite when dealing with simple requests such as change of towels or checking the balance on the room as we found him to be quite rude! The hotel it quite isolated with only a couple of bars/restaurants in walking distance and these are all situated down 350 steps ... which you have to walk all the way back up to the hotel! This is the one major issue with the hotel. The beach is also down these steps. There is a lift but it was broken whilst we were there. There is however a lovely man who can take you up and down in his minibus for free provided by the hotel, this was a god send however it stops at 8pm. Only minor other issues with the hotel is they didn't seem to have enough pool towels for guests, pool towels are provided however if you wanted to change them you had to hand them back and wait for them to be cleaned as they rarely seemed to have spares ready for you. Also the maids tend to come later in the day sometimes around 7pm when I was in the shower or getting ready to go out, so this meant some times we turned them away. Also we was left a few times without bath towels for our room, so had to use hand towels as even when we rang reception they didn't seem to come in time for our shower. On the whole really nice hotel, lovely staff and food! Drinks and cocktail selection upstairs is good, lacking a bit at the pool bar but this wasn't a problem. Thankyou for your hospitality! We had an amazing stay at skiathos blu!! More
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