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Reviewed 23 May 2017

I last visited 17 years ago and returned with some trepidation in case it had changed. It has not ..it is still a delightful family run hotel with simple but immacutely kept rooms and you are made to feel very welcome. The gardens still flourish and continue to be tended to by 'Focas' with as much love and attention as ever before. A very special place to come to, on a very special island.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jacqui M
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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

The hotel is near the town...just one minute on foot...it was very clean quite and the owner is a very kind person make you feel like at home!there are many facilities in this hotel!the view was amazing!!!

Date of stay: March 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Kostas T
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

We were the first visitors this year. In late March. Extremely good taken care of. As we always have been. This simple but very nice hotel is the place to stay in Skala. Fokas' Garden surronds you when eating breakfast. And the first flowers were there to see. Don't miss them if you are going to Patmos. It is ten years since the last time we set our feet at the island. A beautiful nostalgia trip.

Date of stay: March 2016
3  Thank Kare49
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

I have just stayed at the Australis for the fourth time, rather fewer than some of my fellow guests who were there for the sixteenth time! That anyone would want to return to the same hotel sixteen years in a row says a lot about the quality of service and comfort. In fact what is there not to like about it? The rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable and most have a balcony with fine views of the harbour and the Monastery of St John. The breakfast buffet, new since my last visit, is excellent. As it is situated about a little less than 1km from the centre of Skala, it is quiet but close enough to the centre of the town to make the restaurants and shops easily accessible. And to top it all it is set in the most beautiful, colourful garden. But what makes a stay at the Australis so memorable is the warm and friendly service offered by the family that owns it. Nothing is too much trouble. Peter Michelis who has taken over the running of the hotel from his father, Fokas, could not have been kinder. And his staff were equally friendly and efficient.
I wholeheartedly recommend the Hotel Australis. I am already planning my next trip.

Room tip: Rooms 20 and 22 do not have balconies. Room 12 has the largest balcony with a spectacular view.
Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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3  Thank ian_graham
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Reviewed 8 April 2015

I have stayed at the Australis Hotel four times since 2011 and am about to return. That says it all, I think. It is a lovely hotel on the most beautiful island in the world. Fokas Michelis built the hotel and maintains all the gorgeous landscaping. (Some of the earlier reviews are confused: Fokas is his first name and Michelis is his last name.) He and his wife Kristina are such wonderful people! They lived in Australia for a while, hence the hotel name. I love visiting their special spot; they make you feel like part of the family. Fokas has done so much to make my trips memorable, from taking me to St. John's monastery for an evening service to giving me a personal tour of the island. And we always have such interesting conversations! He has told me so much about the Greek Orthodox religion and the island. Recently, his son, Peter, and his lovely wife Tonia have taken over running the hotel and they are continuing in the warm family tradition. If you want to chat, they are very friendly, if you prefer privacy, they honor that. Everything is well-maintained, clean, and pretty. Nadia from Rumania helps with breakfast that is served on a charming patio. She does an amazing job cleaning and making sure the guests are well taken care of. (Be sure to visit the shop she and Manos have in town; it’s called “Manos” and is behind the Pantellis Café.) Thespina, Fokas’s daughter, also helps out – she owns the Villa Knosos next door, which is also a really great hotel. And cousin Argiroula (hard for Americans to pronounce!) also is really sweet and helpful. It’s definitely a warm Greek Family operation and they all make the stay really great. The Australis is about four blocks from the center of town in a quiet neighborhood and some rooms have beautiful views of the port and sea. There also are four apartments with kitchenettes for families or longer stays. Patmos feels like a Greek village on the sea - it has far fewer tourists than many other islands so you really feel like you are in Greece, not some tourist trap. Everywhere you go are beautiful sights. One of my favorite things to do is to take a taxi up the steep hill to the Monastery, wander around the village, Hora, have lunch at Jimmy’s café that has a totally gorgeous patio with a view of Patmos and the sea, and then walk the two miles down the very rocky path back to Scala. I really love spending time there and I highly recommend the Australis Hotel.

Date of stay: October 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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2  Thank GreekMom88
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