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Stefania Studios
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“Very happy guests”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Arrived early hours of the morning as we were Thomson's last drop off. Yiannis was there to meet us and help with our cases.
We had asked for a low floor and quiet room, which is exactly what we were allocated. Room 53, semi-basement with only a few steps up or down to get anywhere in the complex, a decent sized terrace with flower bed (lovely cannas, roses and geraniums) between us and pool, so fairly private. Terrace has a couple of chairs, table and drying rack, which is very useful. Got the sun for much of the day.
Studio is basic, but has everything you need. Comfortable beds with nice clean linen and squidgy pillows (I asked for extra pillows as I need to sleep propped up and these were supplied immediately by Yiannis). There's a wardrobe with shelf and a few hangars, a dressing shelf with mirror over and a bedside table with drawers. Plenty of room to put suitcases. The simple kitchen has sink, fridge, two electric rings and kettle and crockery and cutlery for two people.
Also in the room is a safe and air-conditioner, which cost extra, but is efficient and worth every penny.
Rooms were cleaned well every day and the bins emptied.
Only thing I didn't like was the shower. It had an inadequate shower curtain and water flooded the bathroom floor. But that's par for the course in most Greek accommodation we have stayed in.
Yiannis and family are so kind and helpful, they sent me to a local pharmacy when I had a minor medical problem. Pharmacist spoke excellent English and was really knowledgable, sorted the problem in no time. He even asked me to come back the next day to see how I was.
There is a pool bar open during the day selling drinks and snacks and a lovely bar at the front of the apartments shaded by a magnificent bourganvillea, presided over by the delightful Stacy. This is on a little square with the small church to one side, all very pretty and the cheapest drinks that we found in the resort. Free wi-fi is available in the indoor bar.
Greek night on a Wednesday is great fun, professional dancers, great food cooked by Sophia and Maria and well attended.
The two best restaurants we found were Jannis, proper Greek food just over the beach road and Amici, an Italian restaurant next door. So if you want good food you don't need to go far.
We were able to pay a few Euros to keep our room on until six o,clock on the last day as we weren’t being picked up until mid evening.
Stalis is sandwiched between the party resorts of Malia and Hersonosiss and is a lovely little resort, ideal for families; nice sandy beach, couples; lots of good restaurants and bars and older people; beach road is fairly flat. It’s a great place to sit in the Leprechaun bar and people watch.
Stefania is not 5* but If you want a simple, clean and comfortable base run by a lovely family who delight in making their guests happy and comfortable then this is the place for you.
Thanks Yiannis and family. Sue and Dave

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kilkenny
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We are just back from a fantastic week in Stalis Crete staying at Sefania Apartments. We would definitely recommend Stefania as a place to stay. It is a very friendly, family run place. Central to everything - beach, restaurants, bars, tavernas. The apartments themselves are kept spotlessly clean on a daily basis. Greek night on the Wednesday nights is great fun and well worth a try, plenty of food, drink and greek dancing! Stefania also incorporates the Leprechaun Irish bar which is fab for an icy cold beer in a frozen glass! Thanks to Yianni, Sofia, Maria & Stacey for a great stay. Roll on next year, we will definitely be returning! Michael & Suzanne from Ireland.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Me and my Wife Jackie have just returned home from two weeks in the Stefania Apartments and I must say that this is the best Holiday we have had,thanks Yannis,Maria,Sofia and Sara for making us very welcome ,The rooms great cleaned every day , and the food at the pool is fantastic ,it is a must to go to the Greek night as me and Jackie are Vegetrians but Sofia and Maria adapted the food on the night to suit us a great night well worth the price.also everybody we met who were staying at the Apartments were the greatest bunch of people we have met all very friendly and a privilege to spend time with ,like the rest of the people who have reviewed this place we are going to book next year Geoff and Jackie

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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wrexham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

First time in crete for us and what a place to stay.loved it so much...how many places do you know that make burgers from scratch at the pool bar.pool area is clean and tidy and the meals made by sofia and maria are first rate and rather large.the leprechaun bar at the front is a fun and friendly place run by yannis and the lovely stacy.get yourselves booked up for the greek night, you wont be sorry.
Great place run by a wonderful family.go see sofia and I dare you all to order the big breakfast. Cant recommend this place enough.yamas yannis, maria, sofia, stacy and sara the young lady that cleans the rooms every day.see you all next year.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two weeks and we cannot fault Stefania Apartments! Booked through Thomson and we were first drop off on our transfer bus, less than half an hour from Heraklion airport. Rooms were well equipped with aircon, fridge, all you need basically! Comfy beds, and it was a double and not two singles pushed together! Well stocked bar and very generous meals at the snack bar run by Sofia at the back. Good sized pool and the staff are very friendly and efficient, big thumbs-up to Yannis, Stefania, Sofia, Stacey, George and Maria! And do not miss the Greek night, or the chance for an impromptu karaoke! See you next year!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Just got back from a week in Stalis at Stefania apartments. Welcomed at about 02h00 by Stacey who made sure we were able to get to our rooms promptly. Waking up the next day to what can only be described as "heaven on a plate" - all cooked in the on-site kitchen by Sofia (beware of the portion sizes, they are massive but extremely good value for money). The pool area is fantastic, clean and well kept and a real sun trap with Sofia just a few steps away to cater for any food/beverage requirements.

The rooms are adequate in terms of space (we had room 53 which overlooks the pool area) and come with aircon as an extra. Bathrooms are clean and serviced daily as well.

The beach is just across the road and there are many shops/bars to the left and right as you exit the apartments. Cleaning is done once a day to a good standard which was a welcome surprise.

All things considered, this is an amazing value for money apartment that is very well run by the family. Yianni and Stacey control the bar area in the front very well with a clear focus on service (beers are on the brink of freezing and are poured in a frozen glass!) Maria and Sofia run the kitchen area next to the pool where you can have a chance to get to know them. Sofia is great fun with a brilliant sense of humour and i recommend tasting her cooking but again - beware of the protion sizes!

Already planning my return and will definitely recommend this little gem......

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wicklow
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Just returned from a fabulous week at the Stefania Apts. Welcomed off the bus at 2am and still had time for a drink with Stacey & Yanni. Apartment 3 was looking over the pool area and got the sun at all the right times. Had great Greek night on the Wednesday and the food was delicious and plentyful. Well recommended. Maria and Sofia made lots of fab greek dishes. The town itself is lovely, nice and quiet, with plenty of bars and restauarants. Spolied for choice. Will certainly return again .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Stefania Studios
Address: 119 Agiou Ioanni, Stalis, Crete 700 07, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Stalis
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Ranked #4 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Stalis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Stefania Studios 1.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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