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“Probably one of the most peaceful holiday venues we've ever stayed at.”

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Barbara Studios Svoronata
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Probably one of the most peaceful holiday venues we've ever stayed at.”
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
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  • Dutch first
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Midlands
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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
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3 Thank Worcesternan
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Canaries, preferably
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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
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7 Thank bigblackberry
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Kent, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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2 Thank Marie460
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Cardiff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 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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7 Thank villafan
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Torquay, Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2006

We have just returned from 2 weeks stay at Barbara Studios in Svoronata. The pool is gorgeous and the surroundings delightful. However, the first week we were put into one of the ground/basement level rooms and we were not at all happy - there was no balcony or private outside sitting area - we could only sit outside the door and the only window had people walking by to the pool so no privacy. Other people who were placed in these rooms also complained. Fortunately we were able to move to the first floor for the second week and we were extremely content now that we had a triple aspect balcony. Another downside was that we found the toilets in both apartments rather stained, so we bought bleach and resolved that problem. Also the fridges in both apartments were not working effeciently because they were so choked up with ice, so we defrosted them. I hope the people who followed us in to each of the studios were grateful!! I also felt it was about time they renewed the towels. Another point to make is that you really need a car in Svoronata, if you want to visit other parts of the island - we had a good deal from Greekstones.

  • Liked — Pool and surroundings
  • Disliked — ground floor studios
  • Tips/Secrets — make sure you ask for a studio with a balcony on the lst or 2nd floor
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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3 Thank Trishabelle
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Merseyside
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2006

Just returned from a very enjoyable stay at the barbara studios. Yes the rooms are a little small but we had 3 adults per room comfortably. The showers were lovely and hot and powerfull. The pool area is lovely and the bar served basic snacks and cold beer in frosted glasses. The restaurant next door Porto Hellis was the best in the resort. The beach a mere 10 minute walk were the sea is crystal clear and remains shallow for a long way out, also a beach bar and a couple of pedaloes. 6 euros for 2beds and a parasol. The mozzies and flies were sadly far too many and got badly bitten and needed treatment on my return home, but please dont let this put you off. I would gladly return. Friendly, relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Liked — surrounding area
  • Disliked — mozzies
  • Tips/Secrets — beware the mozzies
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Barbara Studios Svoronata
Address: Svoronata | ai-chelis beach, Svoronata 281 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Svoronata
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 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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