Hermes Apartments

Skiathos 37002, Greece
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9  / 10
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Room: 8/10
Service: 8.5/10
Value: 8.5/10
Cleanliness: 8.5/10
Location: 8/10

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Lovely apartments

"Great short transfer time to the apartments. Apartments were clean and mordern though perhaps a bit on the small side and would have liked the maids to change the sheets more regulary.

The complex was inhabited by some lovely friendly cats who we liked to feed everyday! Pool was standard, perhaps not enough sunbeds but lovely pool bar at the side - really nice meals there in the evening and noticeably cheaper than eating in other restaurants; we found the resort to be rather pricey (8 euros for a cocktail!).

The apartments were just off a main road with bus stop to Skiathos town just outside which was very handy - the ride is very cheap and doesn't take long at all. You can also take a ferry to the town from one of the 4 nearby beaches, this was a lovely way to travel (if a bit bumpy!).

Beaches were what you would expect from a small greek island, quiet, spacious and relaxing and there were 4 within a ten minute walk.

Unfortunately for us we didn't have great weather - rainy and cloudy! We couldn't believe our bad luck as the week before there had been a heat wave! Our rating for the apartments and holiday over all, despite the weather, pays testiment to how nice the apartment was and the resort.

  • Holiday details: Jun 2008, Self Catering, booked with Thomson
  • Good For: Beach
by asap
8 / 10

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Had a week in Kolios at Hermes...

"Had a week in Kolios at Hermes Apartments in September, we were blessed with beautiful weather and wonderful accommodation. The Hermes Apartments were very comfortable, extremely clean and furnished to a high standard, nothing was too much trouble for the very friendly staff.

We had all of our evening meals at their poolside restaurant because the food was first class, the chefs carbonara is to die for we had it twice (not on the same night).

The only downside for me was the very steep incline and steps to get to our apartment as there was no lift and we were on the top floor. I am not in my first flush of youth so I found it quite hard, but that is my only grumble, that is the only reason I have not given it a ten.

We would consider going back because of the lovely apartments and staff but we would ask for a ground floor room, but then saying that we would not have the lovely view that we had from our balcony. Great holiday would recommend.

by Wood
9 / 10

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Me and my partner had a great time...

"Me and my partner had a great time here. Apartments very nice and very clean.

Bar and food very good many a drunken night in the bar with Kristos and George!

Beach opposite good, but take the bus to other beaches.

Skiathos town was good with plenty of bars and restaurants. Weather just right, nice and sunny.

People very friendly and the shop by the apartments well stocked.

by marky
9 / 10

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Comfortable apartments spotlessly...

"Comfortable apartments spotlessly clean. These apartments are off the one and only main road at quite a steep incline, might be a problem for some people but not for us.

The bar and restaurant area at the poolside and pool area are kept spotlessly clean.

We hired a jeep locally on the end of the first week but there are buses and taxis all the time.

Sometimes the taxi drivers can become a nuisance if you need to catch a bus they do get a bit pushy. Bus fare - 1 Euro; Taxi fare anything from 3 - 5 Euros negotiable. Taxis have air con. Buses don't. Buses travel at a reasonable speed, taxis don't.

Skiathos Island is a reasonable size and well worth exploring even with two teenage sons. Get a map from the shop below the apartments (lovely and friendly stock almost all your needs).

The only difficulty we found was getting the lads out of the water, whether on the numerous beaches (all within easy reach) or the pool at the Hermes Apartments.

The weather in May was lovely and warm, the beaches weren't too crowded but some of the tavernas weren't open on some beaches, so you had to prepare yourself with plenty of food and drink if you were to stay on a beach all day. The sea was a pleasant temperature compared to the UK.

We'd go back again tomorrow given the chance.

by  I Am
8 / 10

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We went on holiday to Skiathos in...

"We went on holiday to Skiathos in Greece in July 2006 for 14 nights. My partner, my 2 year old son and I stayed at Hermes Apartments in Kolios which is just outside of Skiathos town. This was our second visit to Skiathos and we completely fell in love with it when we first went there so we had to go back again.

The apartments we were staying in were lovely, it was clean and the staff are very friendly. The maids would come every day to see if you wanted the room cleaning and would bring clean towels and sheets. We had a studio to sleep 2-3 and in the kitchenette everything was supplied such as pots and pans, plates and cutlery. Some nights we did stay in and cook our own food which was nice. There was a wood fire restaurant right by the swimming pool so some nights we ate there and the food was gorgeous, they had a wide selection of Greek food and some English. The frappes are lovely!

We love Skiathos, it is ideal for families and couples and there is nightlife but on the other side of the harbour so if you don't fancy going to a club or a bar the noise doesn't affect you if you are eating or just want to relax. The people are very friendly and they love children. I would definitely recommend Skiathos.

by C Danvers-Moore
9 / 10

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"We have been to Hermes 5 times now and cannot recommend it enough. We went this year after a break of two years to find the the whole place has been upgraded to a high standard- we liked it anyway but now we would find it hard to fault the accomodation. We stayed in the 3 bedroom apartment which was roomy and nicely furnished. Yes there is a fairly steep incline to reach the rooms but cannot see this would be a problem for any able bodied person young or old. In fact the rooms and pool location being fairly high only add to the views with pine trees behind the complex and the sea in front - fantastic. We like to eat in different places every night but have to say that the food in the bar is as good and as reasonably priced as any that we have found on the island. We have always found the staff friendly and helpful at any time of the day or evening, yes there are occasionally insects in the pool but what do you expect? Generally speaking the whole complex is one of the cleanest we have been to and the maid service is excellent. The only criticism we would make is that the noise from the bar can continue until the early hours but this is a personal dislike and has never proved to be more than an occasional annoyance. The double glazed windows provide fairly good soundproofing when required. Although we like to retire by midnight obviously a lot of people enjoy the bar atmosphere so fair enough in our book. We reckon the Hermes location is perfect on the island with lovely easy walks to Vrololimnos and Kolios beaches, both of which have friendly tavernas whilst about midway on the island between Skiathos town one end and Koukanaries on the other. The sea is clean and clear, the beaches are great, people friendly, almost non-existent crime - for a family like us what more could you want ( our kids 14, 12, 8) See you there next year."

by A TripAdvisor Member
10 / 10

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This was my first experience of...

"This was my first experience of Greece and for the whole 2 weeks I was never disappointed. As for the island well what a beautiful place. My partner and I have never felt so relaxed the people are genuinely friendly with no ulterior motives how refreshing.

Firstly though I would just like to say that the Hermes apartments are really lovely all the staff were wonderful nothing too much trouble just be careful what you say to christos if you ask for anything he hasn't got, you will find he has got it for you the next day. its has a real family feel to it. The resort is about half way down the island with a bus stop right outside and many beautiful beaches very close by. The only thing about the island is that it is quite hilly but it’s worth the effort. Many boat trips even sea taxis.

I hope to return there very soon and would love to stay at the Hermes again I feel I have left a lot of friends behind they just all make you feel like one big family lovely.

by  T Loney
10 / 10

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loved Skiathos, will be back someday

"We had a studio for 2 people, room 204, for the first 2 weeks of this season. Fixtures and fittings are of a good quality, beds comfortable, plenty of drawer storage and a double wardrobe with an electronic safe in the base, this is free of charge. A hairdryer is provided by the dresser. The bathroom was modern with lever taps. Even though there was a shower curtain, a luxury in Greece, this did not stop the floor from getting soaked, a bath mat was provided.Bath and hand towels were thick and fluffy. Linen/towels were changed 5 times in the 2 weeks.

In the kitchen area a toaster, electric kettle, grill/oven combination and full size fridge freezer were provided. A niggle we had was that the sink was big enough to bath a toddler but there wasn't a drainer, the work surface was tiny so making a simple snack wasn't easy. It would have been much better having a standard size fridge providing a useful extra worktop. There wasn't an indoor table/ chairs so any sitting had to be done on the beds. In the crummiest of studios we have stayed at previously there has always been a place to sit at inside.

There are 3 beaches within easy walking distance, Nostros, Vromolimnos and Kolios. Our favourite was Nostros because the taverna Nafsika did food and drink at good prices. Their toasties on Pitta bread at 3euros were a tasty lunchtime snack, large beers 2 euros and a litre house wine 6 euros. Sunbeds by the taverna were free, we always managed to get a couple no matter what time of day we arrived but this was the start of the season. The water taxi to Skiathos town is 2.50 euros from the jetty here. It is 1.10 euro on the bus from the apartments. Vromolimnos has the softest sand which is great for kids but there is a steep hill to climb there and back, plus there seemed to be more bugs here. kolios is the easiest to get to along a track or by the main road.

We did not eat at the Hermes as we like to go off site and feel as if we are "going out" . A lot of people did spend day and night there, each to their own. We ate many times at Johnnys taverna on the Kanapitsa road. The welcome was so friendly and the service excellent, food was good too. We tried Infinity Blue after reading about it but found it to be pretentious and not a relaxing atmosphere. They tried to take my plate away before I had finished my starter!! It wasn't busy so couldn't understand that.

We had a great holiday and would consider staying at the Hermes again.

Word of warning- when walking at night on the main road make sure you face on coming traffic and take extra care at bends. The local drivers are mad especially taxis. We nearly had an incident on our first night but fortunately we always face the traffic so managed to avoid an accident.

by swintontraveller
10 / 10

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Newly refurbished. Pool bar noise could be a problem!

"The Hermes Apartments would provide most people with a good base for a trip to Skiathos. They are located in the small resort of Kolios which boasts 3 lovely sandy beaches all within 10-15 mins walking distance, a well-stocked supermarket (conveniently on site at The Hermes) and one or two traditional Greek tavernas close by. There is a bus stop directly outside the accommodation which will take you anywhere along the coastal road which runs along the southern part of the island. There is only one main road and this is it, so it is near impossible to get lost. The bus runs approximately every 15 minutes and will take you to Skiathos Town in approximately 10-15 minutes where you will find a wonderful selection of bars, tavernas, restaurants, shops and even an open-air cinema (definitely worth visiting!). However, Skiathos, by comparison to some other Greek destinations is not a party island and, as such, Kolios resort remains true to that description.

The apartments themselves are modern and, in our opinion, slightly better than "basic" - i.e. even in the smallest studio you will find an electric oven, grill, toaster, electric kettle, pots, pans, cheese grater, bottle opener - in fact everything you might need to cook a meal if the mood took you! The maid service is excellent and is provided 6 days per week with towels/sheets changed every 3 days. Each apartment has a balcony with a table and chairs and most, if not all, have a partial sea view. The main drive-way up to the apartments from the road is very steep indeed and so will not suit those with mobility difficulties.

The facilities provided on site at The Hermes include a rectangular-shaped pool (big enough to swim lengths and surprisingly deep at one end) with around 20 comfortable sunloungers around it on a new, crazy-paving style patio. The taverna runs along the length of one side of the pool and extends out onto the patio where there is a large shaded area to sit and eat or have drinks. The pool bar has a good drinks selection. There is also a small children's pool and a games room (pool table and table tennis).

The staff, in our opinion, could perhaps have been a little more present around the bar and pool area. We would often find ourselves standing waiting for quite a while before anyone would appear. On one particular day the pool filters had not been working over night and the surface of the water in the morning was covered in wasps, flies, leaves etc. Four different people, including myself, politely asked for the debris to be skimmed off the surface with a net before it was actually done a couple of hours later. In the end, I had to personally stand there pointing out each insect to the member of staff with the net. Dramatic as this may sound, there was an overwhelming feeling of "so what" when we pointed this particular problem out. However, this only happened once, and on the whole everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves around the pool area.

The pool bar proved extremely popular with some guests in the evenings. There is no formal closing time and so the bar will stay open more or less as long as you would like it to. The music is a mixture of traditional Greek and more popular tracks and tended to get louder as the evenings wore on. This could pose a problem if you are a light sleeper. Most nights we would hear music, shouting and laughing until around 3am. Some times it bothered us and others we would sleep through. On one occasion we were kept awake for over and hour at 1.30am in the morning and so we decided to call the holiday company's (Thomson) 24 hour helpline. They were very efficient and helpful and managed to have the music turned down within about half an hour which was great. When there are so many fantastic bars on rooftops and cliffs with panoramic views and great music in Skiathos town, we were at a loss as to why you would want to spend every night of your holiday at the pool bar. However, this is merely our opinion. It would help enormously if the staff at the bar could try to encourage their guests to quieten down a little after midnight by turning the music down and asking for their cooperation rather than encouraging the noise, as often appeared to be the case.

Moving slightly away from The Hermes itself and on a more positive note, there are some wonderful restaurants to be visited in and around the area if you are a bit of a foodie. 10 minutes' walk from The Hermes heading away from Skiathos town (turn right out of the main exit from the apartments and keep walking until you see it) wil bring you to a cliff-top restaurant overlooking Kolios bay - "Infinity Blue". It's a steep walk up quite a lot of steps to get up there but it really is worth it if you can make the trekk. A good time to go is around 7pm as you will catch the sun setting. Prices here are very reasonable (3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of wine, water, bread and olive tapenade/garlic butter came to 60 euros) and the Beef Stifado completely blew me away!

Another good taverna is on Kolios beach - turn right and walk to Infinity Blue as above and then take a left turning down to the beach (it is clearly sign-posted). There is only one taverna so you cannot miss it. This really is a true find as the food is prepared to an exceptional standard and the prices are insanely cheap. Try the mixed cheese and fruit plate for dessert - 4 euros for a huge plate of local cheeses, fresh melon, nectarine, grapes and walnuts. One between two is ample and it was truly delicious.

In Skiathos town, "En Plo" is a lovely restaurant over in the new port. Staff are very friendly and the menu offers a good variety of dishes including the most amazing panna cotta with sour cherries. Really very good indeed.

by DazandBecs
8 / 10

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Nice accommodation - some shortcomings

"The Hermes apartments are located some 3 miles from Skiathos town. They are situated like many buildings in Skiathos on a steep piece of land. There is quiet a climb to the apartments. The entire complex has been refurbished and looks clean and modern. The rooms vary from studio apartments to 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. We had the only 3 bedroom apartment in the complex. The apartment had a balcony, living room, two bathrooms and a small living room area. This area contained a fridge, sink and electric oven. The apartment had air conditioning as do all the apartments. The problem with the 3 bedroom apartment was that the air conditioning cooled the living room but not the bedrooms which became very hot. The bathrooms were not equipped with shower curtains and the tiled floors became very slippy.

The swimming pool is very nice and provides a good facility for swimmers and sunbathers alike. The Hermes has its own Taverna located alongside the pool. The food is very good and reasonably priced. The noise that eminates from the taverna late in the evening is problematic when you are trying to sleep especially if the windows are open because the bedrooms are hot! The complex has a supermarket which will provide most things that you may need. The staff at the complex are fine and Kristos (the owner) is a gent. There is a pool table and table tennis table in a games room but you pay for their use.

The Hermes is located on a road that runs north to south alongside the eastern side of the island. The road is somewhat dangerous for pedestrians especially at night. The road does not have a pavement once it leaves Skiathos town. Apart from the main town dont expect to see other towns or villages as each place consists of a few tavernas, apartments and supermarkets.

The beaches near the Hermes are nice - Nostos is very pretty. The beaches compare favourably with any of the main beaches on the island.

There is a bus stop outside the Hermes which allows travel to Skiathos town or the main beaches for a cost of 1 euro. The buses become over full at the peak times - when people are leaving the beaches. There is a water taxi that travels to Skiathos town from Nostos beach for a cost of 2 euros.

Skiathos is a very pretty and green island and the people are friendly. There isnt a great deal to do above and beyond the pool and beach. Teenagers might struggle to remain occupied. A number of boat trips go from Skiathos town to nearby islands and beaches. The island of Skopolos is well worth a visit.

Skiathos town is an attractive town and a good place to visit for shopping or restaurants it also has a few clubs and a new gym/fitness spa (10 euros for admission).

by A TripAdvisor Member
6 / 10

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fantastic hermes apartments

"Just returned from two wonderful weeks at the hermes apartments, and sat here now wishing myself back there. We stayed in a studio room which was large and spacious with excellent facilities. Not that there's any need to cook when staying at the hermes, it has a wonderful on site taverna and delicious meals prepared by a great chef. The apartments are family run and by the end of the holiday the staff all feel like lifelong friends. The apartments are in close proximity to three beaches we preferred kolios and nostros and the bus service into skiathos town is easy to use. You must try the cushion bars at the end of the old port in skiathos the atmosphere is amazing. All in all a fantastic holiday for couples of all ages and we will definately be going back just as soon as we can."

by A TripAdvisor Member
10 / 10

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Hermes is a pure Delight

"Just got back from skiathos and the hermes apartments. Had to shed a few tears when we left. We had a 2 bed apartement to ourselves as we booked quite late- it was fantastic. Ample living area with 2 good sized bedrooms upstairs, However the pool area, bar, restaurant and, most of all the staff are what makes the hermes sooo special.The owner Kristos is fantastic and even rang when we got home to make sure we arrived safe, saying that the staff aren't pushy or in your face and will leave you be if you so wish. The food is some of the best i've ever eaten you have to try the village meat dish its an absolute delight.

My husband and i normally go further afield to long haul destinations and weren't sure how much we'd enjoy it but, skiathos really does have it all. The town is quite cosmopolitan great for people watching especially around the port area, the beaches are gorgeous and, the apartments were ideal. I can't imagine anyone could not enjoy skiathos its the nicest place i've ever been. We'll be going back to stay in the hermes many times in the future for sure!

by jennifer6879
10 / 10

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