13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A Wonderful holiday
"We have just returned from a very relaxing week at the Anassa. We received a wonderful welcome by all. The setting of the hotel is fantastic with the pool overlooking the beach. Everything is spotlessly clean.
We had a mid day snack at the hotel every day and the food was beautiful. This place is wonderful!!
The village centre which is about 5 minutes walk away hosts a vast array of restaurants where the standard of food is wonderful.
If you are looking for a perfect greek holiday then choose the Anassa and you will definitely not be disappointed.
We booked directly with the hotel and the contact we received was excellent even down to booking a taxi for us upon our arrival at the airport."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
"We have just returned from Kefalonia after staying at the Anassa hotel for seven nights. We booked the holiday directly with the hotel via the internet and by email, and used Thomsonâs for the flight which took about 2 hours 55 minutes. We had two rooms due to a last minute booking. The two rooms we had were over looking the pool and above the bar area with great sea views. Both rooms were very clean and tidy, the second room was slightly bigger than the first, the first being the Master suite the second being the Master room. The rooms had free air conditioning, and we also opted for clean towels every day at a cost of 10 Euros for the week and we also had a safe deposit box at a cost of 12 Euros for the full seven days. We had a fear of the rooms being noisy being over the bar area, but not at all they were very quiet, even on busy evenings (BBQ night and other entertainment evenings) good sound proofing must have used when constructed. Our holiday was made even more enjoyable by the owners and their friendly willing staff, nothing was ever too much trouble for them, and they always did it with a smile. The complimentary breakfast was a basic buffet, cereal juice etc; we found it to be adequate for our needs, others might not. The pool area was very clean and tidy and there were plenty of sun loungers, but be aware itâs seem to be common practice for hotels in Skala to let non residences use the pool facilities, as well as hotel residences which can make things a little cramped for space at times, but this was very rare, but may be a problem in high season. We would definitely return to both Kefalonia and the Anassa hotel. The area of Skala is a smallish place but has an abundance of restaurants and Bars, we found Sallyâs bar the cheapest for drinks. We didn't have a bad meal throughout our stay. The Pines was probably our favorite restaurant, but the others weren't far behind with very little to seperate them. Score out of ten for the holiday 8.5 to 9. Would we go back to Skala and the Anassa hotel ? A resounding yes. We hired a car for the seven days we where there, it gave us more freedom to explore the Island. We found a few nice places to visit, although there isnât a lot to see. The highlight of our trips was to Myrtos beach which is probably a 1 hourâs drive from Skala, the roads are not the best Iâve driven on, but then having said that thereâs not a lot of traffic either."
- Travel date: Fri 27th of July 2007
Could be so much more...
"....it could be first class, if only they ran it slightly differently.
Firstly, I should point out that we rarely travel short haul, tending to favour the Far East (Thailand, Malaysia) or west coast USA, but we'd got fed up with flights lasting 11 hours plus, so chose Kefalonia upon recommendation.
My wife and I have just returned from a two week stay at the Anassa, again, choosing it on recommendation, rather than from a brochure.
Upon arrival we were greeted with a free drink, so far so good. Hercules and the other chap on the bar were polite and friendly throughout our stay.
Other first impressions were favourable, with a pleasant room and lovely pool, overlooking the beach.
However, things soon turned somewhat sour. Perhaps it's because we are used to staying in a better class of hotel, but having to pay an additional charge for air con was annoying (the proprietor telling us to set it not lower than 22 degress was obviously an attempt to save electricity...).
Breakfast was continental and varied little with a ridiculous voucher/coupon system of which they did not seem to have enough, maid service poor - they'd make the (very hard) beds, change the towels, proceed to leave the patio door open and fail to wash glasses and cups.
Speaking of glasses and cups, what sort of hotel provides a kettle, but fails to provide even the basic tea and coffee making items?
Of greatest annoyance though was that in common with many of the other sea front hotels, the Anassa seemed to welcome non guests to the pool (presumably to spend money at the poolside).
This wasn't a problem during our first week with mostly adults using the pool, but during the second week, quite the opposite was the case. The same rather large family group appeared and proceeded to monopolise the pool, quite noisily. In addition to this, at the weekend the pool seemed to be populated with relatives of the staff, leading to a lack of sun loungers for paying guests.
In short - look elsewhere if you are a couple who are after a nice quiet break, you may get this at the Anassa, but equally you may not...."
- Travel date: Fri 13th of July 2007
Not as good as previous reviews
"My parner and I stayed here for our honeymoon and we were happy with our stay but Im sorry to say that it was just OK. Nothing special in our opinion. The hotel is getting very busy with two uk tour operators now booking in mainly English holidaymakers. There was not enough room at the pool for all the people who were staying - mainly due to a new development out the back of the hotel. The movie screen was broken (this was a big selling point for us when we first booked). The Rat Pack singer is TERRIBLE and hes on 4 times a week - he doesnt stop until 1am, so bring ear plugs. Other nights have a tour operator run quiz night, she comes round each table selling scratch cards after the quiz, which is about as entertaining as being bitten by the midges. The air con was Â£40 extra which we had to shell out for on arrival (despite being on honeymoon!). The staff are lovely but overworked. Scala itself is getting a bit too busy now, head to some other smaller coastal villages for a more personal friendly greek touch. My advice to the hotal would be go back to basics, dont book as many people in and therefore ensure that all your guests feel looked after as your previous reviews have indicated - i mean come on, how much does it cost to book a crappy cabaret singer? Surely you could ditch him and use the money to fix the movie screen?"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of July 2007
More, More, More!
"Having just returned from a 2 week stay at the Anassa, we are just about to book again for next year.
The holiday started off with a complimentary drink...cant grumble at that!!!
We found the hotel very good, clean and excellent service. The staff were lovely, extremely helpful and very friendly!
Also met some very nice people, who we hope to keep in touch with.
The restaurants were very good, especially 'The Pines', where the toilets are to be seen!!!?!!"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of June 2007
Location, location, location
"We stayed here between 24th May and 7th May and can confirm the other high opinions given on this hotel.
The location is superb, right opposite the beach but only a five minute walk from the main village. The frontage of this hotel is the most impressive of alll the beach side hotels with a lovely infinity pool overlooking the sea and a friendly bar / restaurant with similar views.
Most of the rooms were behind the main hotel and almost all enjoy some kind of sea view although not as good as the view from the pool and bar. The rooms were all clean, well furnsihed and looked recently decorated. The only downside is the size of the bathrooms - very small with a tiny shower cubicle and no bath.
There is a varied entertainment at the hotel with singers, barbeque nights, quiz nights and a drop down cinema screen over the pool for film nights. Very good as I say but the same singer booked twice week over the fortnight can get a bit much.
The resort of Skala itsef is very pleasant, plenty of tavernas and a few bars but still small enough and pretty enough for a relaxing holiday. Do try Sally's garden bar near the church for a great selection of cocktails away from the main crowds at the cheapest prices in Skala.
Overall a great inexpensive hotel in one of the best resorts in Kefalonia"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
Queen of Skala Hotels!
"Ok, lets start off with a few facts:
Anassa in ancient greek means "Queen", per our fellow
greek, the owner George Klonis.
George and my father grew up in the same little mountain village of Pastra, nearby, where a lot of skala hotel people hail from.
George K and his wife Effie (Photinie) are truly wonderful, hardworking, affable people who love their hotel and conversing with the guests. Their son Spiros designed the hotel, and it has nice architectural touches, from the regular rooms to maisonettes to the pool and new third building in back (we left the day it was "blessed" by the local orthodox priest - cool!)
I am not british, but we americans just smiled and tried to blend: we only suffered during 'Quiz night' as the trivia was all from the UK! not to worry, it was fun. Every night, the hotel schedules activities from Sunday night 'movie night' shown on the big screen over the infinity pool, to greek barbeque night, to a local crooner singing the oldies (Harrison Grice; quite nice). Just remember to put on bug repellant at night.
The maisonettes are a great value, with a loft bed, and smaller cot below, double sinks in the bathroom, and quite clean. Yes, room service every day incurs a fee, but you don't need it and its more 'green' that way. The rooms were clean, had remote control AC (a must!), and a nice new LG 26-28 inch LCD TV; however, it got air signals only, no pay tv or movies. you are on vacation, so don't expect to watch movies all day!
The pool was clean and beautiful ; many guests clearly enjoyed sitting at the infinity edge chatting while watching the mild street traffic go by, and people watching was fun too. The beach has small pebbles, and don't kill your feet like the beach at Poros does. The beach is about 200 feet away. Umbrellas were 6 euro per pair per day. And there was drink/ sandwich service on the beach. The water got deep quickly, so keep an eye on the kids...
The guests are on average older (brits), and very pleasant; if you are british, you will love the place. The town center is full of restaurants, bars, and cute shops, and not overdone; some authentic greek town is left and within an easy 10 minute walk. The 'Pines' restaurant in the town center has a truly fresh, greek breakfast menu that we enjoyed EVERY day, at noon!
There is no restaurant proper, but you can get hot food there on the limited menu. People have many choices within easy walking distance (ie., the 9 Muses hotel is right next door, with its Aoelian restaurant). Interestingly, as we are Greek, we learned many of the local restaurants are staffed by (nice) Romanian and Albanian servers whose English is sometimes better than their greek!
In short, this is a great value. We only stayed 5 days, but imagine you could get used to 10 days of this, unless you are a teenager needing loud music and late nights. Go to Rhodes or Mykonos for that.
We envy the brits who can fly direct charters from the UK to the small airport in Argostoli, a 40 minute drive away from the hotel.
As long as the Klonis family and our own cousin Hercules work the Anassa hotel, you will get treated with respect, and get service with a genuine smile. That's pretty rare most places these days. We got to know the cleaning staff and some of the bar staff and cooks; all good people. Really.
Philip, Suzanne, and daughter Allison
Newton, MA, USA"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007
Try this hotel, you will not be dissapointed
"Second trip to Skala for me and the wife. First time at the Anassa. So good we have booked again for 2008. It's simply lovely, the staff are great, very warm and welcoming. The room was good, cleaned everyday. There is a pool, a bar, food during the day. I can reccomend this place to anyone who wants a relaxing holiday. There are several theme nights, BBQ night, Greek dancing. They have a massive screen and show films and football. You dont need to go out anywhere if you don't want to.
The owners of the hotel were lovely. We had a small problem getting at our cash, the owner offered to lend us some to tie us over. The breakfast on offer was brill.
This is a definite 10 out of 10. See you next June."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of June 2007
"My wife and I stayed at this hotel in May 2006 we were the first to stay in the new suite.
The location and layout of this hotel is perfect. The staff are pleasant and friendly without being overbearing and the hotel has a real family feeling. We noticed that a lot of guests were traeted like old friends by the family that owned the hotel. The location is ideal, directly opposite the beach and just a few minutes stroll from the restaurants in Skala. I can definitely reccomend this hotel to anyone seeking a quiet and relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of October 2006
"If you read the reviews, they do not tell quite all the story. Hotel location is excellent and the reception, pool, bar areas very smart. The rooms are well equiped but a tad small and with a few niggles. To provide a kettle but no tea, coffee etc. is a bit mean and the air con. is extortionate at 40 euros a week, it costs more than all the energy costs for my 5 bed home! The single pillow provided is like a sandbag.
The owners are very friendly, not so sure about the British staff who seem to favour the regulars. The buffet breakfast is a joke - a coffee jug left to go cold, cornflakes or the cheapest muesli you can imagine (like horse feed), no fresh juice (although there is a juicer in the bar), one bowl of fruit, two overworked domestic toasters - I could go on but the point is they could do much better.
The bar was given over to big screen football 4 nights out of 7. the other 2 we had the barbecue (indoor grill) complete with YMCA, Timewarp and Grease mega-mix until the deliberately loud guests left near 2am when clearing up started with more noise. The cabaret night also ended with much noise, sounded like a Saturday night in Glasgow (apologies to Glaswegians). The owner parked his powerful pick-up truck under our window and woke us every night setting off in the early hours (4am once). Why he can't park it out front escapes me.
All in all, if you are an insomniac, into your footie and like boozy nights with a clique of regulars who bake by the pool by day and drink in the bar by night, then this is the place for you. Otherwise self cater or try Muses next door."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of October 2006
Studios/apartments are great
"Stayed at the Hotel Anassa in September 09. The bathrooms in the studios/apartments have all been modernised to an incredibly high standard, featuring power showers in an enclosed frosted glass cubicle and double wash hand basins. Beds are firm, there is plenty of cupboard and wardrobe space, adequate kitchenette with toaster and large kettle, and a large hairdryer, as well as TV and telephone if needed. Air con is at an additional cost. The rooms were kept spotlessly clean. The Hotel is situated across a small road from the beach, which is clean and very long. The swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable sunbeds and there is a small bar serving drinks and food until 5pm. The staff are helpful and on arrival you are given a free, refreshing drink, which is very welcome. We asked for a high floor and got one, which we were grateful for as some of the ground floor apartments - set in the gardens - seemed a little dark, due to being directly behind and separate from the main body of the hotel. This was the only downside to the Hotel Anassa. It is beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean and very stylish."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of September 2009
A basic hotel. The bedrooms are clean -...
"A basic hotel. The bedrooms are clean - the beds are firm. The towels and linen are changed just twice weekly unless you elect to pay 30 Euros extra to have your towels and sheets changed on a daily basis. There is no bath, just a shower in each room. No toiletries are provided. The TV in our room had no reception. You have to pay if you want to use the safe in your room. You also have to pay 6 euros per day if you want to use the air conditioning in your room. There are no tea or coffee facilities in the room except for a kettle. The breakfast consists of muesli, tinned apricots, thick white bread, hard boiled eggs, thin sliced cheap ham slices, processed cheese slices. They provide PG tips tea for breakfast. The milk is fully pasterised and tastes quite horrible. There is coffee at breakfast which has an acceptable taste. You can get a 20% discount on a full english breakfast if you are a staying guest. There is a nice pool and bar and most of the staff are friendly."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of October 2008