As I have already mentioned in the title - this hotel is not for young people who are looking for a place to stay on their girls/lads holiday.
Myself and 6 other girls, all from Manchester, stayed here from 7th July-14th July 2014. I had already read reviews about Tassia Studios therefore I already had an idea of what it was going to be like but I went in with an open mind as everyone has different opinions on what is 'good' or 'bad'. There is no reception whatsoever, the reception is just wherever you decide to sit upon arrival. Without warning, he asked us for €25 as a deposit for the room. Even though it isn't a great sum of money, it took us by surprise because we were not aware of a deposit. After a small chat and looking at our passports, he led us to our rooms.
We did not realise this up until around the 3rd day, but males and females are split into blocks. Yes, there is a 'female/family' block and a 'boy' block. As there were 7 of us, we were given 2 rooms which slept 2 and 1 room which slept 3. Before being allowed into our rooms we were given a set of rules. ***FOR ANYONE WHO IS GOING ON HOLIDAY WITH THE INTENTION TO PULL AND TAKE ANOTHER PERSON BACK TO THE ROOM, EITHER RETHINK YOUR HOTEL OR TRIPLE YOUR HOLIDAYS SPENDS BECAUSE THE OWNER CHARGES €200 FOR A PERSON TO STAY IN YOUR ROOM WHO IS NOT STAYING IN YOUR ROOM*** He told us that we were not allowed to get ready together, that we had to get ready in our rooms and that the communal area was by the pool or at the bar.
As well as the room rules, no balls are allowed in the pool and there should be no noise after 12. Being loud is not tolerated whatsoever, Kostas' eyes and ears are everywhere.
When you come in after a night out, you are greeted by a very very moody security guard who follows you up until you are met by another security guard who ensures that boys do not carry on towards the girls block and visa versa. Whilst on holiday we met a group of 11 lads, and when Kosta realised that 2 of the girls were in their room, he was not best please and they were told to leave the boy's rooms. On another occasion, after an afternoon at Pure - Gaz from Geordie Shore's club, the lads came into our room to see what time we were going out and where we were going. After conversing with the boys for approximately 3 minutes, Kosta stormed into our rooms, kicked the boys out of our room and demanded that we all pack our suitcases this instance because we were no longer welcome in the hotel and that we had to leave in the morning. So because we had males in our room for 3 minutes, he decided that he needed to kick us out. After grovelling to the owner and being spoken to rather disgustingly - asking for an apology, so we apologised only to be told that he didn't want our apologies and that he didn't want us in the hotel at all, we were allowed back in. After this, it changed the atmosphere of our holiday completely because we were no longer allowed to play volleyball or even catch whilst around the pool or in the pool, we had to get ready to go out separately and when entering the hotel after a night out, we didn't speak to each other until the morning because we didn't want to be given more reasons as to why we were being kicked out.
The rooms are not in any way dirty, however they are not sparkling clean. On arrival, the rooms could not be faulted, however as the week went on, I noticed the slipping standards of the maids. On the second day, we went to a Zoo party where I had my face painted to look like a giraffe. When getting into bed, I managed to get a small amount of paint on the sheet and that sheet was not changed until the Friday, therefore I am 100% sure that the maids do not change the sheet every day, not even every other day. As well as the bed sheets, the towels were changed every 2-3 days as well and the floors were definitely never cleaned.
As for the location, it is about a 30 minute walk to the strip, which doesn't sound too bad, but imagine the heat and being exhausted from the night before, it isn't an easy walk. On the first day we decided to see for ourselves how long the walk is, therefore we walked into the strip and back to our hotel and it was not a walk we made again. A taxi from the hotel to the strip was only €6, so when split between 3/4 people, it really doesn't make much difference to your spends.
Food and drink is very cheap out there, many bars and restaurants do a deal where you can get a main, a dessert and 2 drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, for €10. We always had breakfast at the hotel because it is cheap. €1.50 for toast, €0.60 for 500ml of water or €1.50 for 9L of water.
We flew with Thomas Cook, and on the day we arrived, we met a rep who sold us a package deal for the whole week. It cost us €164 which does sound like a lot of money to spend, however it was the best decision we made. It was out first time in Zante, and we had no idea which bars were good and which weren't and which events were a must.
Our BeZANTE package:
Monday - day - Nothing
- night - Geek night bar crawl (given free braces, shirt and glasses)
Tuesday - day - Life's A Beach - chill on the beach and free barbeque
- night - Zoo party (2 hour free bar) and tickets to ZanteLive - Wretch 32
Wednesday - day - Waterpark
- night - Paint Party (2 hour free bar) - (given free t shirt to protect clothes)
Thursday - day - Nothing
- night - Traffic light party at sizzle (2 hour free bar)
Friday - day - Nothing
- night - Foam party
Saturday - day - Boat party (1 hour free bar)
night - Nothing
Overall, the hotel itself is nice, the location is too far, and the owner is very strict and will get on your nerves. Zante was a brilliant holiday and I would go back there now if I could, but I would not return to Tassia Studios even if I was paid.
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- Also Known As:
- Tassia Studios Laganas