47 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"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
Quality and nice to be out of Skala
"Returned to San Giorgio for a second year running and was not disappointed again. Everyone is so friendly, from bar staff to reception and cleaners and great care is taken on tendering the grounds gardens.
We went B&B this year which was cheaper than self catering last year though was ok if a little un-varied though did us fine and filled a hole for the day although understand why some reviewers didnât like this.
Evening food at Giorgioâs is good and again ate there a couple of times again though noticed a price increase this year compared to last which is not the same for the main Skala strip restaurants where youâll find food 5-10 euros per couple cheaper for a meal and these prices have virtually not changed since last year. If you like your beer stick to Lowenbrau as this is 2.50 euros for a large, Mythos has increased 0.50 to 3.50 for a large!!!
Yes, San Giorgio is a little out of Skala (40 min walk) but personally we find this an asset as its in own little world and a best kept secret away from the town and in any case has a free mini bus service which is useful though could imagine a nightmare in late July and August when it gets busy with kids. There are also a few little coves within minutes from Giorgioâs to chill out and do some great snorkling if you like your fish and swimming without the hassle of going to Skala. Make sure to take some bread to feed them!!
We hired a car again with Pefanis and although most rave about Greekstones we found that for an extra 3 euros we had fully comprehensive where as Greekstones are 3rd partyâ¦.something to be aware ofâ¦â¦â¦
One thing we noticed which was a shame is that last year at the very end of Skala beach by the rocks there were loads of little sandy coves though due to rock slides during the winter months all these coves have disappeared and have now been swallowed up by the sea. You now have to wade chest deep to get the sandy beach around these rocks.
Still nothing rivals Captainâs Bar in Skala for a laugh with George and Sallyâs Garden Bar, Veto, BBâs and newly opened Metaxa on the front are ok too.
Food as ever is all down to individual taste and found as last year Sirocco and Galera are still very very good. We found a little nugget called Pantheon this year too which is next to the pharmacy where the food is superb, staff very humble and very cheap if lacks a little atmosphere. Aquarius is also a new one we tried and liked a lot. Why people still flock to the likes of Pines and Symposium is still beyond me though I guess different people like different things. We love it and never thought we would say yet again we will be returning for a 3rd visit next yearâ¦.
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of December 2010
Exceeded all our expectations!
"Booked last minute with A J World Travel (Kirkham, Lancs) - the agent did all the work and found us (myself and girlfriend) several good deals for our requirements and modest budget: quiet and interesting with walking, snorkelling and guaranteed sun for a week. This one sounded the best value so we went for this rather than pay Â£100s more for only slightly better-sounding.
After booking I looked up the San Giorgio on Google Earth and review sites like this and was impressed, but the hotel and the area look far better in real life. As the transfer coach dropped off at all the other hotels on the very picturesque 2-hour ride (San Giorgio is the end of the line but the trip was enjoyable), there were some we were glad not to be at, some that looked very nice, but the San Giorgio was by far the best! Well worth the wait.
The first thing to say about the hotel is that it is built next to the sea on the side of a hill, hence the stunning panoramic views from just about everywhere. We were at the top of one of the furthest-away blocks, 130 steps and up a long drive leading from the coast road, so we came away fitter than we arrived! However, we had one of the best views from our balcony (see pics), and the only noise in the evening was the cicadas and goatsâ bells from the adjoining hillside.
The self-catering apartments are behind the hotel and higher still, but you can drive up. We didnât have a car, but even if you do, youâll still have to do some walking and stair-climbing, but even the stairs are nice.
Secondly, the San Giorgio is not in Skala itself. Itâs about a 40 minute leisurely, fairly flat walk along the coast road into 'town' proper, though you pass several restaurants along the way, including the trireme-shaped 'Penelope' which we liked. The hotel ran a free minibus to the outskirts of Skala several times a day, but usually we walked.
Everywhere on the hotel site is finished to a high standard in local stone and marble, classy and oozing quality, not just the elegant communal areas. The reception staff were helpful and spoke good English. Our room was excellent, and exceeded our expectations, particularly as it had a (well-hidden) fridge which we werenât expecting but were very glad of â apparently all the rooms have them. It also had aircon, though we didnât use it, and lovely open beams and rafters. There was a thoughtfully-provided drying rack on the landing and no shortage of high pressure hot water for the shower, despite being so high up - clearly a well-designed establishment. The room was serviced every day.
Self-service breakfast was fairly good and included a basic hot dish (scrambled egg or beans), luncheon meat and cheese, lovely local sesame-seed bread (and a nifty continuous toaster), fruit juice, tea, coffee. The best part was the restaurant itself â very stylish, marble and glass, partially al fresco and it too had panoramic views.
We had a couple of meals in the hotel restaurant and thought it was pretty good and no more expensive than comparable ones in town.
We didnât use any of the hotel pools, though they looked very attractive â we went snorkelling instead. There were three secluded, rocky coves within a very short walk of the hotel entrance, but only two were visible from the road, meaning we had the third to ourselves once we discovered it (by swimming past and working out where the path was). The sea was a mixture of swirling hot and cold, like sliding in a bath when youâve just topped up, due to inland cold water filtering out of the rocks and mixing with the sun-warmed sea. There were plenty of fish to see, though not particularly varied or colourful â TurunÃ§ in Turkey was much more interesting for example, but very relaxing all the same.
Skala itself is pleasant and has a reasonable variety of restaurants and shops. We picked up windfall lemons for our G&Ts! We walked up to the ruins of old Skala, more for the walk than the destination, but made the mistake of expecting the one taverna en route to be open mid-afternoon on the way back, instead of stopping for lunch. Lovely views, and flora and fauna. Our favourite meal was on our last day at an unlikely-looking touristy place right on the beach at Skala â fantastic setting and surprisingly good food; grilled octopus was a plate-sized tentacle!
We went on one of the excursions, a glass-bottomed boat ride from Argostoli to a beach barbecue and green mud-bath, which was fun, and we sunbathed near a fresh turtleâs nest. If you fancy cycling, Skala would be a good place to rent a bike. One of the lovely Olympic reps (Elizabeth/India) cycled everywhere and she was helpful too, even though she wasnât 'our' rep.
The only (minor) fly in the ointment was the airline Thomson, which failed to provide the vegetarian meals my girlfriend requested, and has yet to refund their cost. The standard meal wasnât much cop either, Iâd give it a miss next time.
Overall it was one of the best holidays either of us has had.
- Travel date: Mon 20th of September 2010
A few problems for us
"This was our first time to Kefalonia and San Giorgio hotel was well reviewed so me and my friend were very excited to be going here. The location was a little further out from town thatn we had hoped compared to the other hotels we passed but it was very secluded which was nice. Whe we first arrived the staff were to take us and our suitcases to our rooms using a truck, however we witnessed our bags being thrown into the truck and the suitcase pull thing used to drag it along was broken because they threw them in I found I couldnt put it back in and it wasnt my suitcase so I was very upset. However when we reached the room we found it was very spacious and had good furniture but not as nice as the rooms our other friends stayed in who got a nice leather chair and nicer furniture. We also found we couldnt work out our air-con so we suggest there should be instructions. after about an hour of tryin to figure it out pressing every button we called reception and were told to press a "start" button and then the "fan" button but there was no "start" button and it was difficult for this to be sorted on the phone so we insisted he come to our room to help. as soon as he came it worked fine except an "on" button was supposed to be pressed even though there were two. so when we finally understood how to use it we went to sleep. during the night the air-con switched itself off so this was very frustrating. The pools were very relaxing and not too crowded. the snack bar had some nice food during the day but it was our main choice for food considering the town was about half an hour walk away or a 5 euro taxi. the pools were relaxing enough to use a lilo which could be purchased for 9 euros and blown up at the shop however I suggest buyin them cheaper in town for 5 euros and blown up yourself. the bar drinks were a little expensive but the same as most drinks at restaurants. the hotel restaurant was ok we only ate there once because we preferred to try restaurants in town. the town was nice and not too lively but busy enough to have a good time. there are many restaurants to choose from but most of them serve the same thing. the problem with the air-con continued and worried we would have wasted more of the staff's time we put up with it for an extra day to see if it would get better but eventually whilst losing sleep we phoned again but found the reception can be very patronising saying "press start!..then fan!...make sure everythin is closed...are you sure?...are you sure?....call back when you have made sure" eventually a different person came and found a problem where the wires didnt reconnect well so it had a mind of its own. we were told how to place the wires for the night and it would be fixed in the mornring but the next night it had broken again as their version of fixing was putting tape there which broke instantly so it wasn't properly fixed until the 4th night of our stay. The television could use more channels other then 2 news stations and the odd desperate housewives episode. i rated the cleanliness 4 because everytime me and my friend walked barefoot our feet would be very brown with dirt. Also supplies for self catering were poor as nothing matched. every piece of cutlery and plates were different. Finally the stairs! the stairs were a pain there would be about 8 flights of stairs and steep hills to get to our room. halfway we would stop gasping for air outside a persons room and a man would come out hearing us hyperventilating, worried someone was like dying.
Overall our stay was a little unfortanate and i recommend choosing a hotel nearer to the town centre unless you have hired a car and don't mind not drinking. "
- Travel date: Thu 29th of July 2010
our perfect break
"Well Iam shcoked with the last review. I totally disagree!!! We have just returned from our 2nd visit to San Giorgio and we loved it just as much as the first time we visited in 2008, you can see why people go back. We had the best room, Room 502, the most amazing views, the room was clean and tidy and air-con was good!! The Pools are gorgeous with gauranteed of getting a sunbed. The staff we got on really well with the bar staff were more than friedly. with regards to cost, we thought it was very reasonable. Beers 3.50 for local Mythos at Hotel, milkshakes 5 euro's bit steep!! Cafe beach bar, was good for food, the lady that served was a little stressed and I can see why, she was busy, but she was nice enough if you were polite!! walk into Skala was 35 mins but shuttle bus at 7pm and 9pm and taxi is 5 euros back. There is a nice restaurant out hotel turn right and walk for 15 mins, it is called Old Times.
We love this place and would 100% reccommend it, my advise is do not listen to the bad reviews!!"
- Travel date: Wed 21st of July 2010
"I have stayed in hotels from 3* up to 5* and my experience with San Giorgio was fantastic. Our room was spotless, modern and the balcony had a beautiful view towards Skala town, which in a morning was a beautiful way to start the day.
The rooms came with air-con, television, fridge and the bathroom had a bath with connecting shower. The only downside to the room was there was no kettle, but it was possible to hire one for a few euros a day if required.
There are three pools, each one large and clean and never to busy, perfect for a refreshing swim.
The bar can be quite expensive but if you drink the local beer (mythos) which is a personal favourite and buy any soft drinks you need from the small supermarket, the costs will be kept down.
Breakfast was basic but sufficient, especially considering the intense weather. There is a snack bar that serves food quite cheap for lunch or there is a lovely restaurant (penelope) a short walk down the road. I have to admit that we didn't eat there during the evenings but by the looks of it a lot did so the signs were good.
Now to the location, it is a distance away from Skala town. You could walk it but we found that it was to long a walk in such heat. Taxis are quite cheap but the best option is to put your name down on the mini bus the hotel runs into town. It runs several times a day and will also bring you back. Because of this we found the location perfect. We were out of the way, but we went to town several times a day because it was so easy. In my opinion the location gave us the best of everything, we could enjoy the town, but then at night escape back to our hotel for a quiet drink. Also, because of the location, we were able to discover many small coves and beaches a very short walk away from the hotel. So if you don't fancy going into town to get to the big beach you are sure to find a little cove with crystal clear water where you can bathe and swim in tranquility.
All in all I can not fault this place. Skala is beautiful and this hotel does it justice. This hotel offers everything you could want and more. "
- Travel date: Sun 6th of June 2010
"Because of the so many positive reviews of this hotel, we decided to book it for a late end of summer deal. Myself and my husband are big greekophiles (aged 35) who enjoy the local hospitality, local food, and a small-medium scale social scence. WE normally go for 2/3 star local hotels with a pool. When we arrived, we were well impressed by the standard of room - but then we had paid to upgrade to a double bed. We had a large bathroom. However, the room smelt really musty. The layout of the hotel was hilly but ok for us. But the big disappointment came in the staff, cost of the bar and thomsons. The staff looked really fed up and were quite snappy. But we were really shocked when we ordered a fresh orange juice and a milkshake and were charged 9,20 euros!!!! The next day I asked to see the drinks menu - lo and behold, the only reasonably priced drinks on there were pop and local beer. All else was 4,80+ euros per drink! We are fairly moderate people but we managed to go through 1000 euros in a week - with no trips!!! The snackbar served its food on (wonky) plastic trays - like McDonalds. For a 3+* hotel, we thought it a bit poor to have to eat without plates, and with plastic forks. However, we did eat in the restaurant one night which was nice but more expensive than down town. Breakfast was not worth gettign up for and swarmed by wasps. Anyway, Kefalonia is beautiful. Skala town is ideal for nice evenings out at local tavernas and we did find a great little bar "the captains bar" in a side street where they served fab, giant cocktails - for 5 euros between 6-9pm happy hour. 7 euros other times. But the bad side was that the hotel is 3 kms from skala. And at 11 pm the taxis stops running!! Leaving us and other holiday makers stranded. The problem is it is pitch black with no lights on the hill all the way back up the hotel, with no pavement. Not ideal for anyone! The worst experience of the lot was when we arrived at the airport. Thomsons likes to end your holiday on a really bad note: it charges 11 euros per excess kilo! Thats after encouraging you to buy wine on their trips out etc. We were only allowed 15 kilos luggage each and this was not the height of summer - it was early october! I can promise you the only thing swe bought whilst there wasa bottle of ouzo and metaxa to bring back. But they weigh everything!! And so we were asked to pay 110 euros!!! Two other girls were forced to dump all their gifts and clothes or face paying 200 euros! It was annoying for both of us because my medical euquipment weighted 7 kilos in total. When I argued my points with teh rep I was told that they were cutting me a good deal by letting me off!! What nice dicrimination thomsons!! I also had the ticket waved in my face and told "this is your contract". What I couldnt understand was why thomsons set the policy but never bothered to weigh it all on the way out.In teh end I siad we would pay it - but never go back. Unfortuntely this holiday experience has left us both feeling like there is no excitement left in going to greece anymore. We have also heard of other people being penny pinched at the airport by Thomsons. For this reason, we are heading to the caribbean in future. I hope Thomsons and all its staff will perhaps revisit this poor customer service issue at the point that their company goes under and they all face losing their jobs because no one longer wishes to travel with them. Likewise the airport staff who seemed to enjoy taking the mick of their visitors. But then again, we all have a choice as I pointed out to them. So we are voting with our feet! And so are our familaies whom have also had similar rip off experiences with them! Goodbye thomsons!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 14th of October 2009
Wonderful as always!
"Have been coming fo Kefalonia for 18 years since I was 10 and no matter where we travel in the world, a year is not complete without a trip home to this beautiful island. We are so impressed with the San Giorgio that we are returning this june to get married here! The San Giorgio is in a beautiful setting with fantastic views, peace and quiet and friendly staff. Every time we come, the owners have added a little extra but without spoiling the personality of the place. Rooms are very spacious and clean, last year we had a brand new apartment which was very modern yet still traditional in character. The food in the restaurant is excellent, plenty of choice with a Greek and International mix. I personally hate eating british food when I go away but if you do want something plain and simple, I'm sure you can find it there! I have always preferred beaches and the sea to hotel pools but I changed my mind when I first came to the San Giorgio. The pool area is very clean and peaceful and again, still has the amzing views over the Ionian. So far, the pools have never felt over-crowded even with young familes. We always hire a car to get out and about but the hotel run shuttle bus takes you frequently into Skala if you want a break from driving. All in all, I never want to leave this place and every time we have to come back to UK, we get straight to the travel agents to book our next trip!"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of April 2009
Great place to go
"Didn't know what to expect as we were supposed to go to Crete but were with XL when the collapse happened. Knew nothing about Kefalonia but needn't had worried. Beautiful island. San Giorgio lovely. We had a studio which was fine. Kettle was provided, no microwave but who cares when eating out is lovely. Big bathroom and shower cubicle was really big. Had a problem with the toilet flush the first day but was sorted out the next morning. Ed, the Thomson rep was a lovely guy, not pushy but very helpful. Three pools (very cold) but lovely surroundings. Now here is the problem unless your'e a lover of wasps. They were everywhere. The top pool seemed to be wasp free (almost). People we met who were bed an breakfast said they had to leave pots of honey at the end of the tables for the pesks. Lunchtime was a nightmare for me wherever we were. That was the only problem. Skala town was a 45 minute walk at a stroll. Nice walk but don't attempt it in the dark. We went out one night at dusk and had a close call with a taxi. If you do try at night take a torch because a lot of the way there's no footpath. The restaurants we went to were great except for La Luna. Food not that good and I felt they were watching all the time. The Scandanavian bar and Symposium was lovely. (Just beware that in Symposium they bring a bottle of water without asking and charge you for it) Now,if we're talking about food, Penelopes, which is in between San Giorgio and Skala is gorgeous. Lamb is to die for. Lovely people. (Please do try). Beach quite nice but pebbly. Buy a pair of sea shoes. Hired a car for three days from Greekstones. Not the cheapest, but by far the best. Antonis is not at all pushy but very knowledgeable. He'll tell you all the places of interest. In the hotel there's a Greek night, a couple of singers and a karaoke (we came second and were robbed) Brilliant laugh. Staff not the friendliest i've met in Greece but if you had any problems they sorted them out fairly swiftly. All in all a great place to stay. Would highly recommend. Will be back some day."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of March 2009
Had a problem with the plumbing in our f...
"Had a problem with the plumbing in our first allocated room but the receptionist did nothing, claiming she had to speak to the Manager first (Phone him!!). The rep Ed sorted it next day and we were moved to upper apartment with lovely view and no smell. Not all apartments have a decent view!! TV only had 2 stations, BBC and Euro and we lost Euro half way through the week - no big deal. Breakfast as reported in other reviews is not very good. Scrambled egg could be anything. Some fresh tomato and cucmber would have been great as would a bowl of yoghurt which is what I would expect as a greek breakfast. As a last resort when we had the car, we had breakfast at the Pines which was very good and the service was very friendly.
I won't go over the beaches etc. as they have been covered above. We had good meals at The Boat, Old Times and Symposium but by far the best was Opinkolia (or something like that). You can't miss it as it has orange lights out the front with red leather cushions on the seats inside and is on the Skala to San G. road, just along toward town from the minibus stop. Service was very good and the food fantastic and good value for money. Toilets etc. excellent. In a week, we went there twice and could easily have eaten there again and again as the menu was varied and food always well presented and good portions. The waiter there was Aussie/Greek and he couldn't have been more helpful.
I would advise getting a car from the airport if poss as the coach transfer, particularly on the way back was too long. Meet at 11am for a 4.30pm departure."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of July 2008
Me and the Mrs returned to The San Georg...
"Me and the Mrs returned to The San Georgio for the second time and were amazed how many people we saw from the previous year.We were in one of the rooms right at the top(312 i think),overlooking the pool and the sea.We did have a couple staying next door to us that sounded like they were going through a divorce and were very vocal.Perhaps one of my only gripes was that there was very little,if any space between you and next door on the balcony.However this only applies to certain rooms.All the staff here are great and helpful,the air con is superb(i dont know how people can do with out it).The free shuttle bus is really handy.There is plenty of room around the pool,none of that putting towels on the sunbeds first thing in the morning!!!!.The hotel is more suited to families and couples and to this day ive not seen a group of lads here or in scala for that matter.I suppose as is quite laid back.We hired a car which is a must,use Greekstones,everyone says this is best and go and see Assos,beautiful place.The roads are a bit scary in places but are very quiet,so not much to worry about. OK,if youve never been to Greece before,dont expect pocket sprung beds,perfect plumming etc,do expect to see the odd plug socket hanging off,the odd power cut,the shower not working properly etc.If you cant be doing with all this then its not for you."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of July 2008