Travelled with my partner to the Nikos in July 2011. Cheap and basic studios, and you get exactly what you pay for. I've stayed in 1 and 2 star places before that were a million times worse than this- it compares well! Studios were very basic but comfortable. Cleaned daily which was nice, sometimes you don't get that in self catering 1 star places especially. Towels changed mid week. Room was comfy but small, kitchen area adequate if you wanted to cook anything basic, had a fridge and cooking ring, but we ate out the whole time. Oh- definitely get air con- it is a must and makes your sleep soooo comfortable...we don't know how some people survived without it, the heat was unbearable at night without it and it was well worth 35 euros for the week!
Pool area was great, really big pool and gets sun all throughout the day, was never too crowded and we always got a sunbed, very quiet and relaxing. We liked that it wasn't ever noisy, no rowdy groups, mostly couples and the odd few friends together. Nice atmosphere.
Pool bar did basic food but the greek salads were good and they do a good choice of sandwiches/burgers/salads/drinks. All reasonably priced- 4 euros for a generous greek salad, 3.50 euros for omelette and chips, etc...so we ate lunch there quite a lot. Nikos and his son who work often in the bar are very friendly and helpful.
Any downsides to the studios- the size, they are very small. You may be placed in the Nikos 2 building which is a two minute walk from the main studios/pool. This did not bother me but some people were annoyed not to be staying right beside the pool area. As others mentioned the pool is very deep but to be honest this is a quiet, couples kind of accommodation....there were no families there really when we were there and there were probably better places to stay if you had kids.
Alykes is a gorgeous town with lots and lots of lovely bars and restaurants, beautiful beaches which have stunning clear water to swim in, and nice places to wander. The canal along to Alykanas is very pretty. Not tonnes to do in terms of culture/sightseeing but there are companies who do trips to other parts of the island if you want to see further afield. We were happy just relaxing in the resort. Our favourite places to eat were Zorbas for lovely Greek dishes, the Apollo Taverna which was near our studios, and at lunch times we loved just getting a pitta from Denny's Diner or the Pita Break place, both did great cheap greek pitas or gyros!
A great holiday and I'd go back again definitely.
- Also Known As:
- Nikos Studios Hotel Alykes