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Ranked #34 of 77 Hotels in Lefkada
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“We would definitely return”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

My partner Liam and I stayed at the Demetra studios 9th - 23rd June and very much enjoyed our stay. The couple who own/run the studios, Maria and Kyriakis, are delightful but speak very little English. However, we did have a laugh with them, when Liam managed to lock himself in the toilet, so if your door is a bit dodgy in apartment 14, then this is why. The studios are set in beautiful surroundings, with gorgeous flowers and fruit growing. The pool area is very pleasant but we weren't too keen on the actual pool bar, which is called Rouge Booze. Apart from it being overpriced, the lady who managed the bar 'Tricky' seemed to be joined mostly by her friends, who weren't actually staying at the studios. I absolutely love reggae music but I've never been so bored of it in all my life.
In Nidri, there are lots of things to do: walking along the harbour can be very interesting, especially if you are impressed by very expensive yachts and you just might catch sight of a greek wedding or christening; walking to the waterfalls is a very pleasant walk and one day we walked up the mountain to a village called paleokatouna, on our way down, we stopped for a lunch at a really good taverna called Dimitris.

Make sure you go on the ferry to Megannisi, the villages of Vathy, Spilia and Spartohori and really lovely places to visit, even it's just for lunch and some time away from Nidri. The ferry costs a whopping 1 euro, 90 each way.

We went on the forgotten islands boat trip, on the 'Christina', The captain, Stalios and his crew, made this trip so fantastic. Apart from all the beautiful islands we visited, Stalio's Mother had made an absolutely stunning lunch, which went down very well with the barrel of white wine! This trip is worth every penny - we paid £45 euros.

Restaurants that I would recommend: If you're looking for something romantic, then The Maistrali is excellent, the food of course is very good, but the service and the srroundings adds to the ambience and they give you a free ice-cream and ouzo. Also a beach taverna called Gregory's is equally as good. We also loved the Ionian but the downfall here is there are about 30 cats around your table.

Parallel to the harbour and restaurants is the main Nidri street. After 7pm, it's very safe to have a stroll up and down as the cars have been stopped driving down there. There are some great bars and fantastic grill houses, where you will see all the local greek people sitting outside, drinking either a coffee (and water) or a heineken (strange, as were preferred their Greek Mythos. We found the best grillhouse, unfortunately on our last day. We had a small lunch there - pork gyros, 2 euros and we loved it so much we went back there for our tea. We ordered a meat variety plate for 15 euros (between us) and I've never seen so much food in all my life, all freshly cooked, accompanied by chips, salad, pitta and tsatzikis - This place is called Stathis Grillhouse - please make sure you give it a try - you will not be disappointed. Last, but not least, you must visit Ola Kala, where Crazy George, the owner of the taverna, greets you with "Merry Christmas Tourist". He's an absolutely star at keeping his customers entertained, to the extent of doing handstands on the tables - see attached photos, hopefully I will have downloaded them successfully. Please take some mozzie repellant, Liam was bitten 29 times on his first night!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
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London
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Great time in Nidri-a largish resort packed with tavernas and ice cream options. Ionian on the front far the best (try swordfish souvlaki). Walk to waterfall and trips to Meganissi on car ferry excellent. We stayed in fabled room 12 which was noisy and lacked privacy as backed onto bar. Very annoying as we requested that Olympic provide a quiet inland room! Rooms only cleaned once during week-much less then the norm for basic greek studios. However, studio air con and kitchen facilities very good. Definitely try Nidri and Demetra - but only if you can guarentee a quiet room!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

Having been to Nydri before, we booked the Dimitra Hotel knowing where it was situated, which for us was ideal. Even better they gave us room 12 which had a small patio that overlooked the pool bar. Only downside was no curtains on the 3 small windows that allowed light to come streaming in as soon as the sun rose (some of you might see that as a benefit). The patio doors had curtains plus shutters! The rooms have everything that you really need for a holiday & were kept clean throughout our stay. There is even air-con available if needed for a small fee. I expect it can get a little cramped around the pool when its very busy, but being Greece you can just go to another hotel and use theirs.
The Pool bar 'Rouge Booze' is independantly run by Ali & Simon, both from Athens & they are great hosts, who make everyone feel welcome.
Nydri has plenty of cafes, bars & restaurants, and most are fairly relaxed althouth some go in for the hard sell.
Our favorites -
The Ionion on the front overlooking the bay just past the main ferry. Traditional Greek food at extremely reasonable prices. You really can try everything without breaking the bank.
Ola Kala on the main road next to Bubbles bar. 'Upside Down George' & his family are very welcoming and the food is great with a mixture of Greek & international dishes. They even do English breakfast which is great after a late night.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

Just returned from our stay at the Demetra in Lefkas . The marina and port of Nidri are a total delight especially at night, when the whole resort is lit up and lively, with no loud music or threat. The choice of Taverners, cafes and traditional giros takeaways are numerous, excluding those that require a change in diet there are the Italian restaurants and one chinese/indian.

There may be an issue for some, about the allocation of rooms at the Demetra the studios are built in three sections, the front roadside, the middle and the rear over looking the pool and the off shore islands . The front does face a very busy road, not a fast road , but busy with people leading their lives. The middle section is probable the best from a peace point of view, but not a great outlook. The rear is without doubt the best for the view, however if you were allocated one of the two ground floor studios, one being no 12 the terrace area would not be private enough and the proximity to the pool bar is too close. The pool bar is run by a lovely young couple called Simon and (Ali), i've called her that cos couldn't remember the spelling of her full name. I believe in July and August they opened the bar at 12 noon, but in their wisdom they decided from 1st sept to open at 3pm?? after all this was meant to be a pool bar, however the bar did not close until 3am. Consequently these rear studios will hear some chat and music , but the patio doors offer very good sound proofing.

The rooms are I would say are as basic as I would wish to go, having been to numerous Greek islands over the years I know how basic some can be.

It's worth hiring a car if you want to be a bit independant, the island is well worth a look around, petrol is no longer cheep in greece but a small car will not cost a lot to travel around the whole island. Good deal, Vita rentals a good bet full insurance and lovely owner.

As a summary the island is beautiful, the Greeks great and transport to other islands and the mainland very easy, try the car ferry to the island of Meganesi 4 euros return , how cheep!! lovely place.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

First and foremost, Vic (Olympic holiday rep) - you were fantastic rep, thanks for making our holiday even more enjoyable.

Well what can I say... if you want the best views in town, you must stay at the Demetra Studios - However, be prepared (if your not a seasoned traveller to Greece) it is VERY basic, but the views are worth it. Maria the owner - I think she's missing me! Vic say hello to her from Gwen (Room no 14). Only disappointment, hotel bar, bit of a rip off!

Tremendous value for money restaurants and array of choices of traditional Greek and and Italian to choose from. Cafe Pixidae best in town for a glass of wine and beer, Il Elspora (if I'm spelling it right!) best for Italian and JD's for good auld breafast. As for Greek restaurants Mama Mia, Tom's or indeed most of them very good too.

Great for getting out and about, Christina trip (best and most enjoyable trip), for cheap and cheerful hop on a ferry 2 euro's each way.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

This is a wonderful spot with a nice pool, great bar staff ("Rouge Booze", look on FB), close to amenities (supermarket, baker, boats etc), recommended!
Ask the bar staff about wi-fi and they'll give you the password.
It's worth picking up a bus timetable somewhere (other than the rep.) in our experience, as he told us we couldn't get to the other side of the island and back by bus but apparently you can in high season.
I thought that the walk to the waterfall in late afternoon was great - hot getting there, a refreshing swim and then a beer in the bar at the crossroads on the way back while the sun set behind the hills - marvelous!
Taking the car ferry to Meganissi was also nice, and cheap.
We were on the ground floor behind the bar and the music certainly wasn't too much, and we couldn't here it at all once the door was shut. I'd have preferred to hear more as they have an interesting musical selection.
Overall a very nice week.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

Clean basic apartments ideally located on the harbour front. Nice pool area with bar which opens from lunchtime until you do not wish to drink anymore. Couple of minutes walk to many restaurants along the harbour front. Plenty of places to eat/drink. Plenty of shops. Boat trips available from the harbour to different islands. The only down side is that the beach is about 10 minutes walk along the harbour front if you wish to spend time on the beach but with such a lovely view of the boats from the pool area you may not wish to.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Lefkada
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Ranked #34 of 77 Hotels in Lefkada
Number of rooms: 124
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