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Barbara Studios
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   14 Dambergi Str, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 42 Rethymnon B&B and Inns
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is probably one of the best places to stay in the center of Rethymnon. Compared to other similar b&b in greece it is cleaner, friendlier, has better service and love.

We got home made cakes every day, the coffee jar always filled and cleaning and washing up every day. If i was to want for something more it would have been more places to put shampoo bottles in the bathroom (but the lack of that is greek standard).

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Panos K, Διευθυντής at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Hi Mamarazzi,
Thank you very much for your review, and your recommendation of Barbara Studios. This year, we installed more shelves in the bathrooms, for your convenience.

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and would be very glad to welcome you again.

Best wishes
Iro Dokimaki
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Panos and Iro are the best hosts, extremely nice, friendly and helpful. Before my arriving, they sent me a kind reminder including useful info. After arriving, Panos welcomed me like old friends. He gave me city map and advice on dinning, attractions and beaches to swim. When I left, Iro gave me one bag of hand-made cookies. Felt grateful and touched.

Barbara Studios is not a luxury hotel but very cozy and beautiful. Room is comfortable, spacious and clean. Just stayed one night but had a wonderful lodging experience. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panos K, Διευθυντής at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Hi Yifang,
Thank you very much for your wonderful review, and for noticing the little details that distinct a family home, from a luxury hotel.
We will be very glad to welcome you again at our home.

Best regards
Panos & Iro
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Keerbergen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Although for the last 19 years we already spent our holidays in Rethymnon (about 40 times) it was the first time that we stayed with Panagiottis and Iro.
And ... no regrets whatsoever.
We had a splendid stay in a nice studio with every day a pleasant surprise in the fridge.
We got more than we could ask for and would certainly recommend these premises.
Room was cleaned every day and if we left some kitchen material for cleaning in the sink afterwards, it was already done upon return in the room.
Our hosts were super (also Barbara and Stelios) and we enjoyed our stay there so much that we already decided to spend our next holidays there too.
We really look forward to it and hope that we have more time to spend together for a raki or 2 (or more).

Georgos & Maria

Room Tip: Rooms at top floor have a nice view on the mountains and partly sea view. Quit some stairs to climb...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panos K, Διευθυντής at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Hi Maria & Georgos,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about us on TripAdvisor.
Everytime you come to Rethymno, is like when a part of our family returns from a long trip. We are looking forward to talk to you again this summer, and promise to share more than two bottles of Raki!

Best wishes,
Panos & Iro
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The studios have a very homely feeling as opposed to most hotels. Panos and Iro are excellent hosts. You can ask their advice on food, places to go, etc.
The location of the studios is excellent - right in the old town.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panos K, Manager at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Hi Rumen,
Thank you very much for your review, and for mentioning the homely feeling of our house. It is totally clear to us that we do not want to be a hotel and we will never will.
We hope that we meet again soon, and welcome you again at our home.

Best wishes
Panos and Iro
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Lausanne, Switzerland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

A friend and I stayed for about a week in mid-June. We were quite satisfied on all levels: location, services, cleanliness, daily small deserts in our fridge but most of all friendliness of our hosts. For the given price it could hardly be any better. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panos K, Manager at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Hi Bane,
Thank you very much for your review, and your nice words on our location.
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and our character, and would be very glad to welcome you again.

Best wishes
Panos Kargiolakis
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

"Love is spoken in this place" this quote welcomes you when you arrive at Barbara Studios. Not a luxurious place at all, but you find anything you need, including a kitchennette. Its location is great but the best thing is the warmth from Panos and Iro.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panos K, Manager at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, April 5, 2014
Hi TraverDK,
Thank you very much for your review, and your nice words on our hospitality.
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and would be very glad to welcome you again.

Best wishes
Panos Kargiolakis
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Now lets not get to carried away with the +++'s. For a start it rained while I was there. Well not all the time. ha..As I stand on the roof area with its tables and chairs sipping a cold beer I peer over the side and see a pool in the establishment next door. Well good luck to them. Bet they pay for something hardly used. Most go down the road to the beach for a dip.
My days journey began in Larnaca Cyprus, Flight to Athens then onwards to Heraklion 5:30pm No info counter for tourists at airport unless you had booked with a tour company which have their counters outside. Finally found bus stop to town. Got dropped off with driver pointing down a road to where I could catch bus to Rethymno. Got all togeather and arrived edge of old town 8pm, A wander around found me in front of what really did not look like an accommodation other than perhaps someones house.

Bing Bong and push open the door. No really sure how many rooms here but quite a few on three levels.Greeted and taken to my room, top floor for 3 nights. Cooking facilities, fridge, tea and coffee. Biscuits and cake yum later on. Mentioned not into cookies and fruit appeared. Also a small bottle of Raki for those who wish an extra part of warmth that comes with the place. It has been mentioned in privious reviews about the Hardness of the very thin matresses. YES. Wont disagree here. Plenty of room and a balcony looking over a garden/patio with small pond to gather and talk with fellow guests. Soft colour lighting at night, also the roof for chatting, looking over the town and back at the Castle. Fittings are old. For the price, a bargin.Very handy to either waterfront ( more modern, touristy, other food tavernas) and the old town, its little streets and great Crete food and atmosphere.

Information, on the area and extended parts of Crete is offered by Hosts. Great as I new very little. I did visit a very unknown gorge called Richtis by Exo Mouliana village near Sitia, East Crete. Not heaps of people, with lots of the walk under a canopy of trees,some bolders and a lovely waterfall throwen in. No fee. 1.75 hrs each way or tempt the drive down to the beach by thin road then walk into the waterfall a 30 min or so but not the tree canopy on offer this way.

Rethymno is a great place to visit with Barbara's Hosts capping off a wonderful stay in their establishment. So pleased I did not leave out this part of Crete on my journey.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panos K, Manager at Barbara Studios, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Hi Waikatosflyingkiwi,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on Barbara Studios.
We are very glad that you did not regret visiting Rethymno, and that you had such a nice stay in our house. We are sorry that you had little trouble in the airport though...
Thank you for mentioning the treats, and our guidance around Crete. We hope that was helpful.
As far as the mattresses are concerned, we have already changed them with new softer ones.

We would love to welcome you again anytime you want, since we are open during all year.

Best regards
Panos
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Address: 14 Dambergi Str, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Rethymnon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Barbara Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family house welcoming travelers from all over the world, respecting the meaning of the Greek word philoxenia.Guests can relax in our studios, in some of them, make their own meal, accompanied with raki, orange juice, bearing in mind that everything that they need to visit is less than 5 minutes away. ... more   less 
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