47 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Can't wait to go back
"We spent 2 wonderful weeks at the San Giorgio & enjoyed every minute. The room was 75 steps up, but worth the excercise for the fabulous view!! The rooms were very clean & all the staff friendly & helpful. Our power went in the room one morning, which we reported to reception. By the time we got back from the beach, it had been fixed & roses put in the room as an apology. Very thoughtful. The restaurant was OK as you could upgrade at a small cost. Try the Sirocco restaurant in Skala. Food wonderful & the owner Andreas provides his own entertainment. Go there & you'll see what I mean!! Probably best to hire a car so you can enjoy all the pretty little villages & great beaches.
We had the added benefit of our rep Ed. Always smiling & helpful.
Already looking to book for a week in May next year. Can't wait!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 15th of October 2007
"Having read all the reports on this hotel it became clear that you would get a good hotel with clean rooms and friendly staff and that is just what we got. Having paid for breakfast as an option with Portland (Â£4.00 each per day) it became clear that this was poor value. Not the hotels doing though as they provided a typical continental fare of serial, bread for toast, bread rolls, cheese, ham, yoghurt, fruit, butter, jam, honey, coffee and fruit juice. Eggs could be purchased as an extra at three Euro's each or omelettes for five Euro's. A full English breakfast was available in many tavernas in Skala for only four Euro's which included toast, fruit juice and coffee or tea.
The Hotel itself is lovely with great views from the rooms, we had room 117 which is one of the lowest with a splendid view of the sea and hillsides.
The beach at the bottom of the hotel is just a little shale cove which is quite good for swimming and snorkelling.
The restaurant is very good although lacks atmosphere and is quite overpriced for a three star hotel. A better option especially if you have hired a car is to tracel into either Poros or Skala where there are some fine eateries offering good food at very competitive prices.
On reflection the San Giorgio is a very good base if you have a car to enjoy the surrounding area as the local transport is pretty iffy after 21:00 other than taxis which will cost you around 5 Euro's a trip which mounts up as the week goes on. Full marks to the San Giorgio and it's hard working staff and the very pleasant young rep, Ed who always has a smile."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of October 2007
Take the boat trip!
"Stayed here for a week with Thomsons. The hotel was very nice, very clean, the staff, especially the waiters, were great (they put on a couple of nights in the hotel) and the 3 pools, which were always spotlessly clean, meant a lot of relaxing.
There's a courtesy bus to nearby Skala where you can eat/go to the beach and if you want to stay out late, the taxis are cheap. Take a Vangelis boat trip as well, we went to Ithika, which was excellent. I'd highly recommend the San Giorgio for a relaxing holiday!"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of October 2007
Good value hotel
"Stayed at this hotel in Sept and was pleasantly surprised at the facilities provided by the hotel, there were 3 swimming pools (very good for a 3 star hotel), hair dryer in the room which was also a good size. We had a sea view (which is a must) as on a clear day you can see the neighbouring islands and sailboats going past. The hotel is a 30mins walk into the town of Skala but the hotel does offer a free bus shuttle service, so you can try the local beach (pebbly). Lots of good restaurants if you don't want to eat in the hotel but if you do, the hotel restaurant is of a very good standard and on the pocket as well!"
- Travel date: Tue 9th of October 2007
"we are a couple in our mid twenties and spent a week at this hotel! had a great time! Absolutely no complaints whatsoever, it was exacly what the brochure/ website said it was.
Lovely room, nice pools- loads of good grub to be found nearby. we didn't venture to any beaches nearby as we were happy enough around the pool but we did visit some further away beaches on day excursions which were beautiful!
Just mind the roads at night time- very poorly lit, we did walk it a few times but its much safer to just get a taxi down the road for a few euros!
You will love san giorgio and kefalonia i'm sure! we can't wait to go back!"
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of September 2007
"Stayed at the lovely San Giorgio last month for a week! Had a fab time and are really sad to be back so soon! Where we stayed it has fortunately not been affected by the fires, although further in and around Skala you could see evidence of the fires, however not too much -it is all still lovely. Was really pleased with our hotel as soon as we saw it, we were the last lot to be dropped off at our hotel by the coach, and from the hotels we'd seen nearer Skala, I felt it was nicer then most of the others- lovely views, not crowded, three good sized pools and never too busy! Our room was right at the top but we were given a lift up in their shuttle and all our luggage was brought up and into our rooms. The room we had was big and the view from the balcony was gorgeous, from what we saw most of the apartments all have lovely views over the sea and/or pools. The walk up to our apartment was a bit of a trek but you burn off all those drinks and dinners! We noticed they tended to accommodate older residents at the lower end of the hotel which makes sense, someone not very fit or with mobility difficulties would really struggle! The rooms were always cleaned to a very high standard and the bathroom has a bath and shower.
We never made it to breakfast but the food from the snack bar and from the restaurant was very good. All reasonably priced.
The pool we went to (you have a choice from three) was always quiet sometimes there would only be us and another couple by the pool which was great! However we were there just after the kids went back to school and it was just coming out of season.The evenings got busier and there would be a quiz, Greek night or Karoake throughout the week. The bar staff were a good laugh and we met some lovely people. Good cocktails at the bar and yes George is the best bar man in the world!!
Would definitely recommend hiring a car as the hotel is a bit of a walk from Skala and the road is not lit well at night, it was also brilliant to explore the island at your own pace. We went to Myrytos beach and it was beautiful, be careful with children though as the waves were massive (about 7' !)and they sent my boyfriend flying!!And he's a big rugby player! Ask at reception for advice on a hire car company as the one suggested by Thomson was nearly double what we paid. The hire company was called Greekstones based in Skala and they were excellent.
The weather was good in the mid to low 30's, not too hot!
We went and ate in Skala a few times had lovely meals in The Pines, Aquarius and Penelope's which is in the shape of a boat on the road from our hotel into Skala...very romantic setting, friendly staff and excellent food. Would have loved to have stayed another week :( definitely would stay here again.
Fabree and Lauren if youre reading this please email us I have lost the peice of paper I had your address on! Hope you enjoyed your last week! (Malaka!!) he he! Get in touch! contact me at [email protected]"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of September 2007
Dodged the summer fires
"The Hotel is about 3 kilometres outside Skala, it is very quiet during the day as most guests go out travelling. The hotel has 3 pools and plenty of sunbeds. The rooms are all air-conditioned (essential) and very functional and clean. We had a great week there, whilst had planned to eat out, the restaurant served great Greek food and is very reasonably priced.
Cephalonia is a great island too, a pity that they have had countryside fires, but the San Georgio with it's own power and water, kept running. We will add this to places to return to."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of August 2007
Great hotel...shame about the Brits enclave!
"There is no denying that this is a great 3* hotel and really should be a 4* judging by the classy and well-kept public areas, rooms and swimming pools. Wicker chairs with comfy cushions, neutral tones etc and very relaxing. Room we had was 501 and although up quite few steps it was the best in the hotel for views and being on the top floor we had an open roof space with gorgeous beams, we loved it. The furniture is basic but good quality greek basic, very quaint. Huge beds well we shoved our two singles together! After all those steps you don't need the gym and hey you CAN have that gorge choccy cake in the restaurant!!!!
What lets this hotel down is the distance from Skala and the BREAKFASTS!! It is a good 30-40 min walk into Skala and in the heatwave we had a couple of weeks ago at 45 degrees no joke. There is admittedly a courtesy bus but it takes the spontaneity away a bit I feel. The breakfasts are really basic-no fruit but tinned fruit twice a week. Croissants twice a week. Milk tasted watery and the muesli was very poor. BUT HEY IT WAS ADEQUATE.
I was slightly disappointed in the hotel also from a "greek experience" point of view. At times it felt very corporate and sterile and was heaving with Brits so it didn't feel very Greek to me. And the staff although obliging had no "joie de vivre" really and I got the impression we were just another customer... Must admit though the food and service in the restaurant were brilliant and we ate there quite a few times as a result and when we couldn't be bothered going into Skala. SkalA itself is lovely and really Greek, it comes alive at night on the square-recommend the Pines and Flamingo and also just down the road from the hotel is a lovely Greek traditional taverna called Old Times not very well advertised. We had a great meal there-actually saw "Mama" cutting the herbs for our meal from the garden-how fresh is that!!! AND they gave us a compilmentary Metaxta -I think that is the spelling- at the end of our meal. Do try it-it isonly a 10 minute walk down from the hotel on the right hand side.
Few snippets-Fiskardo is over-rated -too commercial and too many fat cats and posers.
Sami is beautiful and we saw the house where Nicholas Cage stayed when filming Captain Corelli.
Argostoli the capital is a must-do go to the folkore musuem-v. interesting and if you go on the bridge that the Brits built in the 1800's you may be lucky like us to see George and his mate the resident loggerhead turtles-it made our holiday think they are so beautiful
Ithaka-simply beautiful and how Greece used to be in many ways-dolphins follow the boat out of Sami and we were lucky to see them too.
Snorkelling-there are threee coves just down from the hotel 2 opp the Porto Skala hotel but the best is opp the Pegasus bay just down from hotel. Saw huge shoals of fish only metres from the shore."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of July 2007
"Having never been to Cephalonia before we were unsure what to expect, however after reading reviews we decided that San Giorgio was the ideal place for a romantic, relaxing honeymoon. It lived up to all expectations! The hotel was cleaned daily, the pools were clean and the food in the hotel was fantastic, in fact so good we ate there everynight for the whole two weeks. If I had to be really picky there were ants in our hotel room on arrival, and the complimentary wine that was supposed to be in our room was left in the next door apartment by mistake. However the ants were killed and we did get a bottle of wine given on the house the next night when we went to the restaurant for dinner. I must also mention the staff, they were all friendly, polite and made a real effort to make everyones holiday enjoyable.This hotel is ideal if you want a peaceful holiday. Early season there is only entertainment on a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night Wednesday being Greek night (which was quite fun after a few bottles of Rose), a Karaoke on Friday night and a live band playing 60's, 70's (and obscure 80's!) on the Saturday. We were told by the staff that the entertainment becomes more regular as the season progresses which makes sense, but I suppose it depends on the holiday you are looking for, if you want a holiday with more night life Lassi or Argostoli may be a better option. I would definitely recommend the 'Discover Cephalonia' trip as you will see the whole of the island and the Onassis Cruise is also a must and is a great day out. If you prefer ,the beach is a 15 minute walk down the hill or you can get a free bus that runs every few hours into the main village. If you like walking a visit to Old Skala is an experience not to be missed, this walk tells the story of the earthquake and also allows some great photos of the views from up in the mountains. However, make sure you wear sensible shoes and allow time. (My husband and I got very lost and I had blisters for days as I wore flip flops) As well as Old Skala there are a few supermarkets where you can buy nearly all essential items and food ,along with some great reastaurants and bars for drinks, lunch or dinner. La Luna and The Pines served lovely food and all are reasonably priced. I would recommend Skala to anyone that wants a quite, relaxing holiday and will definitely be going back in the near future maybe to celebrate a wedding anniversary!"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of July 2007
"Returned from san gorgio hotel in Scala , Kefalonia Thursday.
Have been to Kef. before, in Lassi at the meditaranee Hotel.Loved the island so much we wanted to go back.
San Gorgio excellent for a 3*.Peaceful,clean,the most beautiful views over the sea and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Went bed and brekkie. Room had a decent hairdryer and fridge but no kettle.You can hire kettle from reception if you want.Self catering i think you have one.
2 pools both good for adults or children,very clean and well maintained.Room basic but clean and comfy.No signal 10 mins each way from hotel for some reason, so couldnt use mobile there and only two channels on tv in rooms.Used land phone in room very quickly four times and ended up with Â£40 phone bill! so be warned!
Breakfast basic and boring,cereal,toast,rolls,cheese and ham.Twice a week tinned fruit and twice a week croissants.Tea/coffee and squash, but we knew this when booking.You can have cooked but pay extra even on bed and breakfast.Ate there twice in the evening, food fine and reasonable price but preferred eating in Skala town as you get the good feeling of being in Greece rather than in an ordinary restaurant.Ate at the Pines as you walk up the main Skala street,three times,very good,and once at the Old village nearly opposite, i had a veggie penne which was to die for! and once at the Ship (which is a ship on the side of the road nearer to san Gorgio)once.That was ok but prefered the others.
Average europe prices nowdays we are finding.Hired a car prior to going on the internet Â£130 for the week.
Distance from hotel to the best part of skala beach and main street was 3.3 kilometers which is too far for us twice a day!Parking easy, park anywhere!!
Drove to Porous for brekkie one morning,10 mins up the road.Drove to Argostolli,the capital and Lassi just past there, which has better beaches than Skala,for the day.Also drove to Sammi (Captain Correlli ?)which is lovely and Egia Efima which is also lovely,peaceful and very Greek.
Husband really enjoyed driving over there.Up mountain roads, never meeting another car, no roundabouts,traffic lights and parking wherever you want!!wonderful scenery.(he normally hates driving anywhere) We visited Fiskardo,Messassini Lake,Gerominous Monastry,Boat cruise,Assos,Myssos beach etc on our last visit with the Thomson tours and i really recommend them if you havent a car.It showed us the wonderful island and thats why we returned and "did it ourselves" this time. It was just the start of the season last week and the weather was wonderful (although the week before we were told,it rained) and it was peaceful and quite and the weather just right..
We would go back to san gorgio although i prefered Lassi beaches, but with a car you can go all over in a day.
You must do the tours to appreciate the island, or hire a car and copy the tours as these are the best things and places.
Lovely holiday (apart from phone bill!)Very good hotel,wonderful island."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2007
"We stayed recently at San Giorgio . Plus points. Staff really helpful, , rooms cleaned every day, friendly. Mini bus free , but restrictive on times of day. Scala brill, Kefelonia beautiful, eating out excellent choice of venues and good value for Money. Must try. Old village Mickalados, old times,and flamingos. You will not be disappointed. Food is to die for
Must try Captain Vangelis excursions great value for money. Lovely days out. We went on Ithaca Island Tour fantastic day out .
Downside. 30 min into Scala ! ( no way. ). More like 45-50 Minutes . Then walk up hill, and then steps to apartment.! Exhausting in heat , and we like to walk. So not complaining unnecessarily .
Bathrooms need a little bit of t l c. In some rooms
Thompson s. Trips a bit pricy, we were disappointed with our premier island tour , for the difference in cost. - did not think it was value for money.
And ants a lot of them
Overall - We really enjoyed our. Stay at San Georgio , and Scala , But think we would have preferred to be a little nearer to center .
They may consider putting on a extra mini bus , later in the evening. To give people a bit more choice . I would not like to be there in July , August (Again my choice)
Hope this helpful.
- Travel date: Thu 12th of June 2014
"Just got back from San Giorgio Hotel, Kefalonia. It was by far the best holiday i've ever been on! We had an apartment as there was three of us, and we were quite nervous because there are no reviews on the apartments, just hotel rooms! We had absolutely no reason to worry as our room was fab, couldn't fault it in anyway! The only thing that was annoying was the amount of steps to our room but when we got up there all the walking was worth it as our view (and room) was amazing. This is a 5* hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 8th of June 2011