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Demetra Studios
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Ranked #38 of 75 hotels in Lefkada
stoke on trent
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“very good location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

weve just returned from demetre studios it was a late bookin and we didnt expect much the studios are basic but very clean the owners are lovely george and maria they dont speak english but will try and help you .Dissapointed with the beach very shingly we went on odessey boat trip a must barbacue excellent lovely food and captain Gerry .the resturaunts are really good APPOLLON MISTRALI you must try and pixi bar for reasonable drinks

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Newquay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This was our 4th visit to Lefkada, and the second time at Demetra. The accommodation is typical basic studios, pretty much the same throughout Greece in our experience. The location is perfect being at the quiet end of the strip, but only a short walk to the restaurants and bars, also the boats for the numerous trips on offer.We spent a few afternoons at the pool and anyone who enjoys Dermot O'Leary on a Saturday afternoon will love the choice of music played by the bar staff. Tricky, who runs the bar, has an amazing selection of music. Tricky herself is very friendly and always takes the time to sit and have a chat. She offers every new arrival a free shot of raki - highly recommended! We were at a loss to understand the previous reviews about her bad attitude, we stayed here last year as well and she is a lovely friendly host.
Whilst there we hired a car for 5 days and got lost in the mountains twice. Just keep going downhill and you get back eventually! We drove out to the lighthouse which is shown on maps as being approched by an unmade road. This is now a perfectly good road, and has lovely views.
The trip on the Christina to the forgotten islands is a brilliant day out, highly recommended, and our favourite trip was the evening Sunset and Stars trip, where you get taken to a beach on the mainland,an evening barbecue with as much wine as you like and get treated to some amusing tales before being guided through the night sky.

We would also recommend hiring a boat for the day. As it was just the two of us we hired a 25hp boat from Trident and had a great day out. Best day of the holiday. We went over to Meganissi and all around the other islands in the harbour. Snorkelling off a deserted beach in crystal clear water is not to be missed. On return the owners of Trident present you with a can of their home produced olive oil which is one of the best we've had.

The only downside for us was the 11 hour delay on our return flight. We were well looked after for the afternoon at a nearby hotel,but it wasnt much fun landing at 1 am in Gatwick with no way of getting home to Cornwall - having missed our connection! This aside we had a briliant holiday and will definitely return to Lefkada, and more than likely the demetra studios. Hopefully we will have learnt some Greek so that we can say more than hello the owners!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the road are a bit noisy in the early mornings with the refuse collection lorries,but a...
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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ripley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

stayed here in june this year for 2 weeks. the accomadation is brilliant the old couple who own the apartments are on site all the time and Phil the rep is really good he organised different
restruants for us to eat out at a discount and accompanied us in his own time.Toms beach bar
at the end of the strip is the best we used his sun beds on the beach (no charge) and he saved them for us every day. the food was excellent the milk shakes and iced coffees yummy.
try the apollon on the front the food is great ask for the bill and you get free strawberries & cream coffee and baileys or brandy and ouzo and peach snaps.the cruise on the christina was
brilliant and we took the ferry to megganissi 4 eiros return which was well worth it. would definately return the island is so friendly.
chis and steve

Room Tip: rooms 19 20 overlook the sea and marina
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

I've ticked couple as I've just got back from here with my Dad (so although we are not a couple we didn't have any children with us) and we had the most brilliant holiday here in Nidri.

The rooms are very basic but clean but with pretty flower beds looked after by the lovely old couple who own the apartments. There have been some bad reviews about the bar here being noisy but we did not find it a problem at all and neither did anyone else we spoke to. Tricky who runs it is lovely and so are all her staff, there is pleasant relaxing background music but no way is it noisy!

They also have a new Olympus Rep for this year called Phil, he is a lovely friendly man who will help you with anything you need to know and he was around every day, sometimes twice. We did have no hot water on the first day and within 3 minutes Phil got it sorted out and we had no problem for the rest of the week. They are also emptying the bins in the rooms every day now after Phil asked them to.

The location is excellent, right on the edge of the sea, although it feels more like a huge lake as there are islands all around in the sea. The ferry is only 2 minutes walk along the harbour (which is at the other end of the Demetra pool) and is only 1.80 each way to Megannissi, a beautiful island where you can get off at Spartahori and go up a lot of steps to have a drink or lunch with the most amazing, prettiest view ever.

There was also boat trips for 9 hours around 7 islands with stops at different pretty places including Porto Katsiki beach and Kefalonia and you also see Skorpios, the Onassis island. The boat we went on was the "Makedonia Palace", it is usually 15 Euros each but we booked late in the evening for the next day and they said 10 each. Snacks, lunch, drinks, toasties and ice creams are for sale in the bar on this boat and were really reasonably priced.

Saying that, we found everywhere we ate or drank to be really fair prices. Although they are struggling for money in Greece they have not raised their prices at all as far as we can see. They are still as friendly as ever there and always want to give you something "on the house". There must be a choice of about 50 restaurants all along the harbour and also more running parallel at the back of the studios. Every meal we had was lovely and so was every person that served us. There is also a bus in the back road that takes you one way to Lefkada town and the other way to Vasilliki beach so it is still really easy to get to other places without hiring a car or bike.

The Demetra studios are clean, very basic but also very quaint which to us all added to the charm of the holiday. The whole of the island is still very Greek, unlike some that are getting very commercialized.

The only thing that could have made our holiday any better was if we could have stayed longer, we can't wait to go back. Lots of people we met said they have been back numerous times as they can't find a nicer island. If anyone is thinking of booking here, just do it! Also weather was in the 30s all week. Hope you love it us much as we did.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Demetra Studios. Much of what has already been written by previous Reviews still stands so any reader of this report may find my comments useful if only as an update to what has already been written.
Demetra Studios
These studios are placed in an excellent location just minutes walk away from the shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets and yet far enough away from the ‘main drag’ to be slightly away from the street which can become busy, especially during the evening period. As you come out of the apartments (to your left) you will find a reasonable sized supermarket which will cater for most of your needs. Just a few paces on you will find the bakers where fresh bread products can be purchased from early morning.
The apartments themselves are separated into three blocks although they are joined by a pretty outside main corridor, which in effect brings the whole complex together. They number off from numbers one & two which are ground level and a few yards away from the road. There are bushes outside of the lower apartments which provide you with some privacy. The studios then number upwards until you reach the back block which overlooks the harbour. Each studio has sufficient space outside for two chairs and a table. The rooms are reasonable in size and sufficient for a holiday stay. There is a fridge and cooking hob although cooking utensils are somewhat limited. In our opinion the best studio to get is to the rear of the premises where there is an excellent harbour view. Unfortunately we got studio 1 which we feel was maybe one of the ones not to get if you get a choice. There are six studios to the rear including the famous Number 12, although only 5 of these are available as one is occupied by the aged owners of the complex, who are both very Greek and very nice. There did not seem to be any complaints regarding room 12 and noise whilst we were there as I think this may now have been sorted out by the Rep (Phil). We went to the bar most evening for a late and sometimes very late drink and only on one occasion did I think the music being played was a little on the loud side. There is a nice atmosphere in the studio complex and because of the way it is laid out you are continually passing each other and therefore making general conversation with everyone is easy and relaxed.
Olympic Representative
The Rep for the complex is Phil. Phil provides and excellent service and will provide you with all sorts of information about restaurants, places to go etc. If you have any complaints he is the man to see when he turns up on one of his regular visits and will do his very best for you.
Car Hire
Car hire can be a little expensive, although by shopping around you can reduce the cost. We saved nearly 50% compared with some of the bigger firms although it must be said the vehicle you hire may not be as pretty as those from the more well known companies however when you give it back after 3 days does it really matter.
Trips
We did not book any trips whilst we were there although we did have a day out on the ferry which takes you to two locations and is fantastic value. Word of warning, when you arrive at the point you want to alight get off quick. One couple we were talking to were a bit slow and ended up not getting off and waving to us from the upper deck as the ferry pulled away.
Restaurants
There are lots and lots of restaurants many have already been recommended in previous reports. Some are very busy and service at times can be slow so make an evening of it and enjoy.

Room Tip: Rooms to the rear of complex
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We stayed at the studios as part of a last minute deal, this was our first trip to Lefkas and to be honest when we booked we had not done any research it was very much a spur of the moment thing.

Sadly we had requested a double room, please note all rooms here are twin only. Also we had requested a room on a high floor due to my fear of cats. We were allocated room number 1 which is at the very front of the property from the road although on the ground floor. In saying that although we saw many birds, butterflies and lizards from the balcony I did not see any cats.

The room was basic, with twin beds a bedside table, wardrobe and small kitchen area consisting of 2 ceramic hobs and a kettle also a small sink. Worse thing for me was the shower unit, I say unit - the tray on the floor was not connected to the curtain and as the holder for the shower head was in a strange place every time you had a shower water went all over the whole floor so please be mindful of this.

The owners were a quite elderly couple who spoke little English but were friendly always waving hello and goodbye to us. The room was also cleaned twice in the week we were there.

In honesty although the view was limited it was nice not to be by the pool and pool bar as this did get noisy at night and although we were next to the main road it was very quiet at night.

Room Tip: The sun sets on the balconies for rooms 1 and 2
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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South of France
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

Good value for money apartments, basic but clean.

We were allocated the infamous Room 12 which lived up to its reputation for being extremely noisy due to the pool bar, even with all windows and shutters closed!

From the outset, we realised it would be impossible to spend 2 weeks, in this room! The music started at 1pm and went on non-stop until 3am every night. It appeared that after midnight, the bar staff were joined by various 'friends' and their behaviour and noise, was bizarre to say the least. It made us wonder what they were on!

Fortunately, after complaining, we were moved, to Room 18, which was slightly better.

The behaviour of the bar staff continued, even after several representations from Vic, the Olympic rep, to the bar owner, and the noise level resumed as soon as he left the premises.

We enjoyed Nidri, with all that it had to offer, but would not stay at Demetra again.

We would highly recommend Mama Mia Greek restaurant, a couple of doors up, Greek food and hospitality at its best!

Room Tip: Any room with sea view, gets bar noise.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Lefkada
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Ranked #38 of 75 hotels in Lefkada
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