5 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The kivo Hotel ..the food was very poor.despite being promoted by a celebrity chef..
"We decided to dine at the Kivo.after being drawn to the hotel by the wonderful views over Skiathos town.The hotel was very well presented ,great dining room and dining area beside the swimming pool.This boutiquey hotel had everything to offer. The menu promised great things ..including all recipes endorsed by..a Greek celebrity Chef.....My wife decided on the Chicken Cordon Blue..I decided on the ravioli stuffed with mushrooms and onions..there were two other diners..and I was informed the ravioli was off...what!!!...I then decided on the vegetarian Cannaloni in tomato sauce...Mmm.We dined outside beside the pool which was lovely..but with the light of only a candle we could hardly see our food,when it arrived.The Chicken and Cannaloni were both frozen products.with very poor garnish and cold!..the chicken dish was nothing like a Cordon Blue..no cheese..no ham..However the service was very good,when I complained the waiter offered two free sweets dishes which we declined.When I asked to speak to the Chef/Manager...we got.no response. We were going to book our next holiday there..but under the circumstances..I dont think so...The food let the hotel down in a big way..I will be e.mailing the celebrity chef with my review.This meal was the worst meal we had in Skiathos...and would welcome any comments from the hotel management..Read our review of The Paradise Hotel.....Greeeaaaaaaaaat...."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of September 2009
"The hotel is very nice and the view, especially from the pool is amazing. The stuff was very kind and helpfull. The interior of the rooms looks a bit outdated, however. For 200 euros per night I would expect more contemporary and luxurious rooms. Ideal choice if you want to avoid the noise of Skiathos town. Overall it is a very nice hotel in a very beautifull aegean island."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of September 2009
Unacceptable quality for money - Poor cleaning
"We decided to spend a week of our honeymoon in this hotel, but unfortunately we were higly dissapointed. We found it outrageously expensive for what it offered. For 200 euros/night we expected to find some basic luxury. Instead of that, we found a very common, poorely renovated room: old furniture painted white (with the top coat of paint gone in several spots), old and un-matching items in the room, different kinds of spotlights (old and new, some of them not working) and wires hanging from the ceiling and walls. However, there were more serious problems with this hotel:
A) the major problem we had was the poor cleaning of the room and especially of the bathroom: the floor under our bed was full of dust and hair and was not mopped once during the 7 days of our stay!! All the tiles and the glass surfaces in the bathroom were full of stains (mixed dust and water marks) and it was only following our complaints, on the 3rd day, that the bathroom was mopped entirely (until then, the area around the toilet had not been mopped at all!!)
B) the breakfast area (wich was quite satisfactory) was full of wasps. They were everywere (even in the food containers) and we had to fight with them in order to drink our coffee or eat our food, risking to be bitten. On the fourth day we gave up going for breakfast, and decided to try the room service. We filled up the relative card and hanged it outside our room the night before (as instructed on the card), only to find it still hanging on our door knob late the next morning...when we wondered why our breakfast was not ther yet!!
C) The a/c pipe was dripping on the balcony of our room, and this attracted several wasps as well. As a result, we could enjoy the -admittedly splendid- view!!
D) We tried twice the higly advertised hotel restaurant: disappointing quality (two of our dishes were served cold instread of hot) and unreasonably expensive.
As an overall: a 2 star hotel taking advantage of its nice view presenting itself as a 4 star...
Plus: location, great view, nice lobby, quiet, friendly staff (although not enough of them - most of them were trainees outdoing themselves)
Minus: not clean, average services, very simple room, very basic bath products, highly overated and over priced hotel"
- Travel date: Fri 21st of August 2009
Amazing location, a little remote
"This hotel (despite the previous review) is great. The location gives probably the best views on the island across Skiathos Town harbour and over to Skopelos. All rooms have this view, as do the pool, breakfast room, dining room, and bar. The hotel has recently been taken over, and there were a few minor teething problems (we didn't have a safe in the room when we arived, but one was installed within a couple of hours - and nothing went missing). Breakfast was more than adequate, we lunched by the pool twice (again excellent), but ate in Skiathos town. The hotel provides a shuttle service to the airport (at a cost - less than a taxi), and a 3-times daily link down into town. You will need some form of transport while staying here if you wish to get out and about as the walk to the main road is down a very long steep hill (and back again) - a taxi to the Port in skiathos is â¬10 each way, while a car for 4 days cost us â¬145, arranged through the hotel. The hotel was spotless - the staff extremely attentive, the rooms were cleaned every day (not 5 out of 7 as in some places) and we will definitely stay there again on our next trip."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of July 2009
Good vacations (but with problems)
"The view was excellent from the hotel heights. It was romantic, but there were 3 serious problems!
Firstly my wallet was stolen from the hotel room, together with all my personal and private information inside! There was an ancient safebox where everybody could lift it up and take it away. It was not fixed inside the wall.
Secondly the room was not clean at all. You could find used soap in the bathroom and hair everywhere (in the bath, on the floor, under the bed e.t.c)
The satelite TV was stucking every some seconds and all satellite channels where locking.
Thank you very much for offering us the option to express our reviews, regarding our stay, in order to inform other people."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of December 2008