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Helen Studios
Laganas, Greece   |  
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Ranked #29 of 81 Hotels in Laganas
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“zante”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

i travel to helens twice a year since 2007
the welcome you recieve is excellant and the family
will do anything for you plus the food is good

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Plymouth
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

We stayed here in early September 2011. This was a last minute booking as our other holiday was meant to be in Egypt where there were a few dramas!
Our flight was delayed by three hours, however when we arrived at the airport the reps were organised and got everyone on their transfers and off to the hotels.
Arriving at the hotel we were led up a little lane as the bus didn't fit! Rooms were already allocated with a notice on the wall as to which room we were in. It was clean and basic as expected. NB we were in the apartments not the studios.

We had twin beds but we pushed them together and had a large double.
The room was clean but maybe a bit outdated which again wasn't a problem as everything worked well.
The pool was lovely as it was a salt water pool (because of this it looked green instead of bright blue)

Air con was an optional extra but well worth it!
Safe key was behind the bar and a deposit was paid and returned on departure.

Nikki made lovely meals/snacks at the pool bar and they were cheap enough.

Taz and Yannis were very hospitable and kept the pool area clean and tidy. Drinks at the bar were the same price as on the strip so no need to venture far and to roll home afterwards!

The beach is 5 mins walk and when you get there you will not be disappointed, it is a lovely walk along the shore at night and makes coming back from the strip a pleasure instead of the usual pathways.

All in all as a last minute booking it was great. The family looked after us
for 2 weeks telling us where the best deals were.

As it's a small hotel you soon get to know the other guests many of whom have been coming back for years. Age range was very varied but everyone got on well, even the youngsters mixed with us oldies (we're in our late 40's!)

If we go back to Zante then this is where we would stay again.

Room Tip: if you like it peaceful stay away from the bar area. (Apartments as opposed to the studios) For e...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

The hotel is basic as it is greece 2 star but the cleaners go in and change the sheets 3 times a week and clean around. The rooms consist of two beds and draws ect also kitchen utensils
The pool is fresh water there is a large pool and a smaller round pool which is like a little jaquzzi.
The family are amazing and look after you very well so if you have any issues they will sort them straight away also in high season they hold bbq nights and also sunday dinners on a sunday. If your looking for somewhere to stay close to beach and bars clean but basic then this is a excellent choice.
Also for the review below you did leave damages as I saw them and you cannot expect to damage rooms and not pay for them so please dont try paint this family as violent for your own drunken mistakes

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Swimming pool was rotten and you couldn't swim in it.The rooms were a tip, there was a dirty puddle across the room from a leaking pipe somewhere. The beds were dirty and shower curtains covered in who knows what. The staff were rude and violent on the last day when they charged us 100 euros for so called "damages" which didn't exist and threatened us with violence if we didn't pay. Do not go here.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

me and wife had the worst experience ever. our room was very basic for two weeks the linnen was changed once towells twice and two toilet rolls there was a frying pan full of fat we complained but to no avail.. the room was never swept and full of dust. on depature we had to pay 30euros to keep the room for 12 hours and left at bar from 11.30pm till 4.30am inbetween i asked would our suitcases be safe for a little while upon return 1 hour later our cases were left unatended in a unlit bar area from 2.am till 3.am yannis returned at 3.30 am with no excuse the toilet was locked and he said he had no key my wife was distrought never again will we stay at this hovel the other brother taz was a great guy when around any other night the music was loud till 5.30 in the morning

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

I want to be as honest as poss about this holiday. The apartments are very, very basic and very typically Greek standards - on the whole clean but no frills at all! We had 2 bowls, 2 knives, 1 fork, 2 glasses and 1 mug. There was a kettle, sandwich maker, fridge, sink and hob with 2 hotplates but that was it! The shower had no head (but was fixed on day 2) and was hand held only! Other people had less than us, some more in terms of utensils/towels etc. The apartments are based off the main Laganas strip so are relatively quiet but be aware that the resort is very, very lively and generally caters for the young boozers. However, all that said, the apartments are very close to the beach which is fab and the sea one of the best I've been to (clear blue waters, no seaweed, rocks etc), great for paddling/cooling off. There are just loads of restaurants, bars, clubs etc to chose from and there can be trouble as with any cluster of drinking establishments! We had a great holiday chosing to go to the strip or not as the mood took us, and what makes the accommodation acceptable are the brothers who own the Helen Apartments, Taz and Yannis - really great blokes. And the island is just lovely. Very hot in July and August. On the whole if you like socialising, eating, drinking, sunbathing, having fun, then it's the place to go! We're older (in our 40s) but still would go back, and if you're younger, then it's fab.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

I stayed here with my boyfriend the last week in august.
I was a bit apprehensive about the weather going the last week in august however it was very hot, in the 30s all week which i was happy about.

The hotel is situated a 2min walk to the beach which is just around the corner and the main strip of clubs is about a 10- 15 minute walk however there are bars and restaurants along the way to keep you amused.

The rooms in the hotel are basic but everything you need. I would advise hiring a fridge to store water as you can buy a 3 litre bottle from the shop next to the hotel for cheap. I would also make sure you get air con which you pay extra for but well worth it.

The owners of the hotel couldn't do enough for you and make a good breakfast. They also keep the bar open for as long as you want it to be and sell cheap drink and good cocktails. The kiwi cooler was my fave and Taz got me the mixer for it at the cash and carry for cheap when i asked.

The pool is of average size and is a salt water pool which is better for your eyes. it was pretty quiet as most people were at the beach and the hotel only has 12 rooms in total.

Only negative things i can say is the the walk to the strip isn't the best if your wearing heals or its very hot however the owners are happy to call a taxi for you. The showers have no hot water until after 6pm. Also the rooms are only cleaned twice a week so we ended up cleaning it ourselves sometimes. Just picking at things tho as i think its a brilliant hotel.

The barbeque night is a must, good food and a fire dancer to keep you happy, most guests staying for it.

Laganas itself is a nice place although I would say it is more suited for the 18 -30s club scene. I recommend booking the cruise around the island with various stops and the main stop which is the shipwreck beach which has gorgeous clear blue waters.
St Nikolas beach is a must for water sports and water village water park is a fun day out too.
As for the nightlife i thought it was OK. There were good deals on for drinks and you mostly get offered a shot with every drink, (can be a throat killer). I felt the clubs never really filled up as it is free to get in all of them and there was no real atmosphere for me at times. However i felt it would have been more enjoyable if i was with a big group of friends.

Overall good hotel and fun holiday.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Laganas, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Laganas
Amenities:
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Ranked #29 of 81 Hotels in Laganas
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Number of rooms: 239
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