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Skiathos Accommodation Greece Greek Hotels

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Most accommodation on Skiathos is block booked by the tour operators from the beginning of July until mid September so you'd be ill advised to arrive without a reservation in high season. If you do turn up on spec you may be lucky enough to secure a room if any domatia owners are waiting at the ferry dock. Otherwise try the Room Owners' Association kiosk on the harbourfront where an up to date list of any available rooms is available.

If you're into shopping and nightlife you'll probably want to stay in Skiathos Town which has a plentiful supply of good quality hotels, pensions and rooms to let. Families tend to prefer the self catering villas and apartments dotted along the coastline or the resort hotels with easy access to the island's beaches.

A popular choice of hotel in town is the Alkyon on the seafront of the Old Harbour. It's a comfortable hotel in a quiet spot where you can relax by the pool, away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. The 90 room hotel has modern facilities including air conditioning and a minibar in each room and affords lovely views of the harbour, speckled with caiques and fishing boats.

If you're on a tight budget head for cheap and cheerful Pension Danaos, in Odhos Papadiandi, a couple of blocks inland from the post office. The 16 rooms are basic but clean and guests have access to a charming roof garden. The centrally located Bourtzi Hotel and the Australia, on Parados Evangelistrias which leads off the main street of Papadiamantis, are also good value for money.

At the other end of the scale there's the super swish Atrium Hotel, which occupies a wonderful location at Platanias on the south coast, eight kilometres from town. This is probably the classiest place to bed down for the night offering an inviting albeit rather pricey combination of stylish antique furnishings and all mod cons. The hotel sits on a pine covered hill 100 metres above the sandy beach of Agia Paraskevi. Facilities include an Olympic size swimming pool, excellent restaurant, billiard room and fitness suite.

The road behind the island's most popular beach at Koukounaries is lined with hotels and apartments of varying standards and prices. One of the best equipped is the large Skiathos Palace which offers all manner of creature comforts including sauna and massage facilities, a hair salon, a freshwater pool and rooftop garden restaurant. Like the Atrium, this hotel nestles amid the pine trees on a hill and has wonderful sea views.

Most of the hotels here are geared to the demands of package holidaymakers, offering buffet meals and in house entertainment such as weekly barbecues, discos and fancy dress nights.

The nearby Koukounaries camp site is the preferred option of budget travellers. It's only a short distance from the beach and has good facilities including a restaurant and mini market.