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“A reasonable place for a week in the sun”
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Stefania Studios
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Cork, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A reasonable place for a week in the sun”
Reviewed 26 August 2009

These apartments are split into two blocks, the front block is on the beach road, behind this is the pool and snack bar and behind this again is the second block which backs onto the main traffic road. We stayed in a studio apartment in the back block which was clean and functional with a small balcony. We discovered that the food in the snack bar is quite good and reasonably priced, on our last day there. The beach road is a strip of restaurants and bars and as you amble there at night you will be asked repeatedly by people at the doors to enter their establishment for the meal of a lifetime. Also, if you have a mind to, you can avail of many opportunities to see your favourite soap opera, and several large signs will remind you of this! The pleasant beach is a stones throw away. There is a bus stop directly behind the back block on the main trafic road. The buses are of a very high standard and very cheap.Using these you can take a day trip to the ancient temple at Knossos and the former leper colony on Spinalonga island, both of which I recommend.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

I came here after having read the rave reviews on this accommodation. The truth could not be more different.

The accommodation; I have travelled a lot and take on average 2-3 holidays per year always to different places. I have to say this was the dirtiest accommodation I have ever encountered on holidays. I am well aware its not meant to be a five star hotel but the filth was beyond belief. The towels were changed 3 times in two weeks. So we had to keep using the same ones. There was no cleaning done except for a quick mop occasionally and as you can see from the picture they missed several parts of the bathroom. I ended up buying wipes and attempting to clean it myself. The shower was hopeless, virtually no water pressure and cold. I had to sit down in the bath to have a shower. Whilst sitting down I got to look at the mildewed shower curtain. Mmmm nice! Also there were wires hanging out of the shower. I am no electrician but…… I dont think water and electricity mix. (see pictures)

The kitchen area was basic enough but served its purpose. There was no indoor seating area bizarrely. What looked like they could be sofas were used as beds. The double bed was upstairs which could only be described as some sort of barn area. The stairs would be quite dangerous for young children.
The sheets were changed twice in two weeks and they were stained with god knows what. I had some of the worst nights sleep there.
Despite the Stefania being filled with families, children roamed the area until 3am making a huge amount of noise and their parents nowhere to be found?????
What was particularly dangerous about this was the busy roads either side of the hotel. (see pictures). Not to mention little ones wandering near a pool which was nearly 3 metres deep.
The church nearby had bells that rang out at 4AM. Not for one minute criticizing the church but cannot understand why they do not warn people about this as it must be terrible for those with babies.

Ironically we were meant to have had the best apartments in the Stefania – ha ha ha!
We witnessed two other families asking to change rooms on first sight of the accommodation they were given.

The restaurant was fine. It was beneath the apartment. We only ate there once. The menu was very Irish. Burgers and chips etc.. Personally we prefer something a bit more Greek.

The Greek night to be honest it wasn’t very good. There was plenty of the food but it was given and taken away very quickly. The Greek night promised a night of live Greek music, food and dancing. A CD played some Greek music, the food though ok was taken very quickly from the tables. The dancing was over very quickly. Then a “joke” was played on some poor man who was promised a free bar but ended up with water being poured down his trousers and not a free drink in sight for his troubles. Thought that was a bit mean.
Also this so called Greek night lasted from 8h30-10. After an hour and a half the wine was snatched from the tables and we were ordered into the bar. At 20 euro per person it really is not very good value. I got the impression they just wanted people to spend money at the Leprechaun bar. Don t bother with this night, just get a taxi and go to the old town of Hersonosiss on Monday - much more enjoyable.
Also the Irish coffee I ordered did NOT have a euro off it as promised as the barman does not like making them- well sorry! Never bothered with the Leprechaun after that. Loads of other bars out there! We also found staff were not that friendly when you weren’t prepared to eat and drink there all the time.

As a resort, I found Stalis to be very tacky with neon lights everywhere. It wasn’t really how I imagined Greece would be at all. The beach was crowded with sunbeds and really quite dirty with cigarette butts littered everywhere. The restaurants were ok. There were a few owners that tried to drag you in but I simply ignored them. Of all the restaurants I found Marias Golden Beach to be the best. Very noisy but loads of fun. The staff did everything to make you feel welcome. I also liked Taverne Mastoras nearby. Lovely place, a haven from the awful tackiness of the resort.
The main road was REALLY dangerous. Lots of people on quads and bikes beeping for you to get out of the way. It was impossible to enjoy a nice relaxing walk for having avoid idiots on these bikes.

In conclusion, I cannot understand how anyone could accept this accommodation. We were looking for a Greek holiday and pretty much wound up with the Costa del sol. Granted the resort was not for us but the low standard of accommodation left us counting down the days until we could leave.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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8 Thank luckyangel
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2008

Stefania Apartments are in the middle of everything you could ask for . Wonderful friendly Greek family runned apartments . Cleaning ladies very friendly and clean the rooms everyday :) Meals at the bar are lovely and never seen Sophia not busy or the food bar empty . Maria and George terrible nice and Stephani mad as a brush you get some laugh out a her . Emer is a workaholic and a typical irish . Amy is like emer on the same scale . Yanni couldnt do enough for the wedding the guests .
The Leprachaun is run bye Yanni Its a small irish pub and is always a full house . The seating area outside is brilliant and spaches . The Beach is right outside the apartments 3 euro for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella .
There all very kind friendly and will be back next year fo a month and looking forward to it

  • Liked — Everything Its In The Middle Of Everything So No Problems
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank KerryMcCourt
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ENGLAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2008

Apts are in good location from the centre and the beach, all within walking distance. There were 2 families like us with 2 adults and 2 children. We were put in 1 bed apts, which were OK, but quite small and very basic. You have to pay €80 for 2 weeks airconditioning and it only works in the main bedroom and not in the 'lounge area' where the 3/4th person sleeps. There are 2 much larger split level apts much more suitable for a family of four which were given to smaller parties. So if booking with a family, I would suggest you request one of these rooms which also have a large balcony overlooking the pool, or it will be given to repeat visitors regardless of how small the party!!!. The apartments are very basic, a fridge, kettle, and 2 rings to cook on. No toaster or microwave (although advertised as 'fully equipt') The resort as a whole is nice and its advisable to rent a car and tour around the island. On the whole a nice place to visit although pretty expensive overall, we paid €2500 for 2 wks s/c in july 2ads & 2 kids under 8, was it worth it................No, would expect a better grade accommodation for that!!.

Stayed July 2008
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3 Thank inbetween
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ireland
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2007

stefania apartments were great,we had a lovely holiday here just across the road from beach, family run apartments,breakfast is great here,rooms clean and confortable,very friendly and helpful,
good craic in bar,dont miss the crete night,very good,try not to get apt over bar it could be very noisy,this was alovely friendly place and i would detinetly go back.

  • Liked — it was very convient
  • Disliked — we had a small balcony
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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7 Thank marieIreland
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ireland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2007

Decided to go to Crete this year as we have never been to Greece, chose Stefania as they are in Stalis which is just between Malia and Hersonissos.
The apartments are run by such a friendly family - you just want to stay forever - Maria goes out of her way to cook for her guests (portions are monstrous!!) and cooked the four of us a meal even when the snackbar was closed! Her son Yianni runs the Leprechaun pub at the apartments - its small but lovely inside and the barmen are great!
Stalis is quite quiet as far as resorts go. It's small and everyone knows everyone else (not over-commercialised like some spanish resorts) and has everything you need for a relaxing holiday, and if you want great nightlife, Malia is 5mins in a taxi.
Starbeach is a MUST! (5mins on bus from Stalis) This is a water park on the beach which has various slides, pools, lazy river, bars, music pumping all day long, go-karting, all sorts of watersports and parasailing, bungee jump, and plenty of places to eat. It also hosts foam parties regularly. Its free to get in and we spent 2 full days here during our week.
Accommodation at Stefania is typically Greek and quite basic but definitely ample. There are 2 maisonettes which sleep 4, and we had one of them. We had 2 beds, kitchenette and bathroom downstairs and 2 beds/ double upstairs. We also had table and chairs on a terrace outside which was great! Rooms are cleaned daily and towels changed twice a week.
Beside Stefania there is a great Italian restaurant on one side and a gorgeous chinese on the other.
I would definitely recommend this place - we loved it and will be back very soon!!!
5 stars!

  • Liked — friendliness and location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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5 Thank dubchic
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Dublin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2007

I have been to these apartments 5 times 4 times with my whole family and this time just with my gran and I(my gran and Grandad have been goin for 15 years sometimes twice a year), its was great as usual. The apartments are very Spacious and everything you need is provided. The food at the pool bar is Spectacular, The two Maria's cook there, every so often there is a Bbq at the pool bar and everyone is invited the food and entertainment is Brill!!.
There is loads of shops,Resturants and pus around and the leprachaun at the front of the apartments is Brilliant!!! I would definatley go back again and incourage people to go,when my gran and i were there we went horse riding for two hours in the mountains and along the coastline it was only 20 euros which was briliant and the man was really nice it was only the two of us, we had a great time, the next day it was so good we decided to go back again the man comes and collects you from your apartments which is a great help!! The name off the stables are the "Amarilles Stable" I would Really recommed it!!

  • Liked — The Pool Area
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Go and see the Knossos Muesem site its very interesting!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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10 Thank Kaz**2007
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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 64 Speciality Lodging in Stalis
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Stefania Studios 1.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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