A friend has messaged me tonight to ask what I know of the Skiathos Palace Hotel. The answer was - not much. (My neighbours stayed there last year - during the September storm - and said they wouldn't go back, as there are just too many steps & you can't walk anywhere easily).
My friend and her partner will be staying at the Myrtia, but her parents also want to visit at the same time, prefer to be in a b & b hotel and would like to be in walking distance of the Myrtia. From personal experience, I recommended the Panorama. Also mentioned the Mandraki - but don't know anyone who has stayed there.
Not stayed at Panorama but I stayed at the Caravos in Kouk 2012 which is more like a proper hotel than apartments and it did a decent b&b package. Plenty of food and it was done as a self service buffet most days I was there. Hotel maybe a bit dated 70's feel in places but as a base it was great and the pool is massive. Bus stop right outside (23 or 24 I think, would have to check it's been a while.)
Don't know why I missed your earlier post Kate?! We stayed at Skiathos Palace 2 years ago. Booked as we got a too good to miss price. On arrival chose to upgrade to sea view, so really not a great price! Fab time in Skiathos as always but Skiathos Palace just so so. Would we return? Only if we had a cracking deal! Glad they booked Panorana.
Thanks Tre - that's what our neighbours said about the Palace. Not awful, but not great either.
Just found out that my work friend Clare (ex-work, hahaha!), her partner & parents are on the same flight out as us from Manchester, so there will be 10 of us! Our long-time Skiathos friends are bringing some relative newbies who've only been twice before. It'll be good fun - look out Koukounaries!!!!
Spent many a happy evening in the Augustera with Dino & Effie. The Panorama always catches my eye if I'm walking down that end of Kouk, looks well kept from outside at least so I'm sure your friends will be fine. The thing that always puts me off about the Palace is that steep path up to it from the road. I believe they have a courtesy bus but if you want to be doing some sightseeing and planning to use the hotel as a base and not spend a lot of time there I think it might get a bit wearing. At least most of the main places in Kouk are on the flat and a short walk to a number of restaurants. I'm sure I'll go back down that end of the island at least once during my next visit.
I don't know about fashion in your part of the U.K. Dennis, but here in the Borders that would be called "the wife's bag"! Why do you think Kath picked on us? 😄 Are we getting a reputation for being pernicketty? Bob