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Barbara Studios Svoronata
2.5 of 5 Specialty Hotel   |   Svoronata | ai-chelis beach, Svoronata 28100, Greece   |  
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Cheep Cheep Cheap!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

I booked this little studio apartment for the last day of our villa holiday as the flight was not until later in the evening. It meant that we were close to the airport and we had somewhere to shower and change before departing. It was so much better than we expected and exceptionally clean. It was set up with four beds, a table and chairs, TV, plenty of wardrobe space and kitchenette. It had doors that opened on to a small terrace with table and chairs and a telescopic style washing line suitable for wet swimming costumes. The small bathroom was extremely clean and came with shampoo and bodywash and plenty of towels. We actually thought we could spend a few days here although as we were slightly out of season it was very quiet. There looked like there were Tavernas around that probably opened up at night. We also used the pool and snack bar at Barbara Studios and were very pleased with these facilities. For £23 for all four of us we were very impressed.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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athens, Greece
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

We visited Barbara studios the second week of August nad we loved the place! It consists of 2 building the older and the newer one. The newer one where we stayed is surrounded by a beautiful and well tended garden, the rooms are not very big but very clean, with marble on the floor, comfy beds, big spacious bathroom, with kitchenette with all necessary appliances and TV and aircondition with reasonable prices to boot!. The rooms look to the garden and in the back is an open space used for a parking lot. Barbara Stusios is situated near the airport, in a village called Svoronata, near the fabulous beach of Aghios - Helis and the village is very picturesque and near Argostoli, the capital of Cephallonia. I do not want to forget the kindness and friendliness of the Alyssandratos family that owns and runs it! A definate yes to visitors to Cephallonia!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

Having read some earlier reviews I have to say it was with some trepidation that we arrived at the studios (Barbara 2 - not annexed to the pool). However, what greeted us was a very well appointed room, spacious with a garden facing terrace from which you could just see the sea. Neither the entrance nor terrace were overlooked other than by the adjoining terrace. Contrary to other reviews the bathroom was a full bathroom complete with bath and excellent power shower (handy for removing the fine dark sand from the nearby beach). The property was kept scrupiously clean with housekeeping internally every other day and the exterior kept clean regularly during the day.
I can only think that either previous reviews led to a shake up in service or the reviewer(s) had particularly bad luck.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

The new block of studios, about 50 yards from the original block where the pool is situated, provides modern, clean and spacious accommodation, adequately equipped including moulinex kettle and coffee machine, two ring cooker, bath and shower and so on. TV not much use if you're not a Greek speaker! Decent size balcony with table and two chairs and quiet location. You do see the planes coming in - the flight path is about half a mile away along the coast - but they're infrequent and only a mild disturbance, if any. Tavernas dotted around the area and Greekstones car hire is up the road. There's no real centre to Svoronata but if peace and relaxation fit the bill maybe this is for you.

Minor gripes - no breadknife or bedside reading lights. Aircon at 7 euros a night would not be a bargain but although weather was hot at end of June, aircon not needed.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canaries, preferably
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15 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

I would not recommend the Barbara apartments. We were allocated a very cramped and shoddy ground floor studio with no balcony. I noticed other people on the ground floor apartments sitting on their steps!

There was no privacy and the bathroom was also smelly and awful - the worst accomodation I have experienced in Greece. Annoyingly, there is another Barbara wing of much nicer accomodation, (which was shown in the website) but this appears to be reserved for the Dutch and German tourists.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Kent, England
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2008

We stayed at the Barbara studios in Svoronata.When we arrived there was no reception, we were not asked our names and were shown to a room in which another women was using.The room was very small. It had three beds,one small sink with two cooking rings and a fridge underneath.With such little utilities,this meant we were eating out every night, an added expense, although the restaurants were very reasonably priced. There were three adults in my party and we found it very difficult to share the small space, sleeping and eating in one compact room.The shower was so small you could'nt turn around,although you always had hot water. Luckily we were situated on the first floor and had a balcony, the guests on the ground floor had to sit outside their apartment door if they wanted to escape their small, badly lit room. Our balcony was very spacious and private, so you can imagine we spent most of our time reading and relaxing there. We were giving clean towels upon arriving at the apartments, however they were not changed throughout the entire duration of our stay.

The good side to our holiday was the incredible island. It was beautiful and the beaches were fantastic and the clear blue sea was so inviting. The boys running the bar on the beach were very friendly. The restaurauts offered a wide range of dishes each of which we totally enjoyed, the service was good and the people very friendly. Staying at the Barbara studios has not put us off returning to this beautiful island, however we will certainly be staying somewhere else.
If you have visited the Barbara studios website, which we had, unfortunately the apartments do not remotely resemble those shown on the website.

  • Liked — the private balcony
  • Disliked — Small compact room
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2007

Just come back from Kefalonia. Allocated appartments on arrival and ended up in Svoronata. This location is basically next to the airport.
First impressions wrere not good, it seemed that there were only 2 or 3 restaurants and a couple of hotel bars.
Dont despair if you end up there. I was in the Paradise appartments. Great rooms and nice pool. There is a network of footpaths and you will soon discover some lovely rtestaurants and Tavernas. Check out Crazy Georges bar for a great night.
Chris Ash

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Address: Svoronata | ai-chelis beach, Svoronata 28100, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Svoronata
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Svoronata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Barbara Studios Svoronata 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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