We traveled to Zakynthos in August '11 with another couple of friends so : 2 rooms.We arrived there by car at about 20:00 PM.We found the rooms to be spotless with clean sheets and towels(the sheets and towels were changed ONLY ONCE in 7 days though - luckily we had brought our own).The rooms had two double beds,nightstands,mirror,closet.The air conditioning is charged 4 euro /day but i wouldn't suggest taking it because you don't need it.At nights the temperature would drop from 36 degrees C to 20-22 degrees C.We took the air conditioning for the first day and we didn't use it at all but we had to pay it anyway.In the closet you will find the safe which also costs 2 euro/day.We didn't take it as we didn't need it.
The hotel does have an interior parking but that is only used by the owner and they wouldn't allow guests to park there.There is a black limo,an old jaguar and other vans that belong to them.As a conclusion you need to park on the street in front of the hotel(if you find any parking place) or you would be sent to another parking between some olive trees 30 m down the road which belongs to Kyprianos hotel situated across the street.The parking issue caused a lot of stress to me because even when i had a small accident in the parking lot going backwards into an olive tree and breaking my rear window and denting my trunk,i wasn't allowed to park in the hotel interior parking because the owner wanted to drive some guests with the limo to a restaurant and he didn;t want to leave it on the street.As a conclusion i was sent to park exactly in the same spot i hit it several hours before,completely unsafe.SO THE HOTEL HAS NO PARKING.The parking is either on the street,either in Kyprianos Villa parking between some olive trees and just in one precise location not anywhere you want as the parking doesn't belong to Markella.
The hot water schedule is from 6 AM - 8 AM and from 6 PM - 8 PM which is also very annoying when you come back from the beach at 8 and everybody is showering and all that is left for you is cold water.We had to come back early to get prepared for the night out because we had to "catch" the hot water.
We were also asked not to throw toilet paper into the toilet because the drain would clog and just throw it to the bin which we found very disgusting.Just imagine the smell that would cause.
The toilet flushing system had a problem and it wouldn't flush when you pressed the button so we had to lift the top and flush it manually almost every time.
The pool bar is open till 11-12 PM but on one occasion the owners closed early and left to eat out.
The pool schedule is from 8 AM - 8 PM which was also very annoying.We couldn't take a relaxing swim because when we came back from visiting or seaside the pool was already closed.The pool had underwater lights but they were never lit because we were told the electricity is very expensive.Also they mentioned not to leave the air conditioning running when we're not in the room or leave any lights on because they would shut them off.
The pool is cleaned almost every morning by the owner and i think it would have been great to spend an hour or two at dusk by the pool but it wasn't possible as i mentioned above.
At the pool bar there is a free wifi internet connection.
Breakfast is the only meal that can be served at markella which is rather expensive for what it offers.As a conclusion we only took it once and after that we went to the enchanting tavernas facing the beach where the breakfast had the exact same price and was richer. Keri Restaurant: 5 euro - English breakfast: two fried eggs,two sausages,beans,french fries,bread,butter,juice and coffee or tea. Markella: 5 euro - two fried eggs,bread,butter,coffee or juice.
Mythos beer at Markella - 2,5 euro, Mythos beer at Keri Restaurant - 2,5 euro. so there was no difference.
They told us not to bring any beer/juice down at the pool bar so we had to buy it from there but that was not a problem for us because we had enough money.
Debbie was very cute,polite and helpful as was her daughter Kristina which was working all day long with her parents despite she had a summer holiday.Dimitri,the owner,gave us very good tips about things do to or not to do on the island,places to go,tavernas to try and so on.His tips were great and we appreciated it very much.
Debbie was very kind and lent us some snorkeling equipment that other tourists left there so we didn't need to buy any.
As a conclusion,Markella is very basic,reasonably priced,good position in a wonderful resort(Keri Lake) but it also has its minuses which i already mentioned above.
My advice would be for young couples (20-35 years old) not to go there because that's not a suitable atmosphere.As Dimtri told us he doesn't want young people staying at his hotel because they are noisy an would disturb the other guests.That was not our case though.
Hope you find my review useful.
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- Also Known As:
- Markella Studios And Garden Suites
- Markella Studios & Garden Hotel Limni Keri
- Markella Studios Zakynthos/Limni Keri, Greece