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“Good location, friendly atmosphere... but quite basic”
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Butterfly Studios
Newtownards, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“Good location, friendly atmosphere... but quite basic”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

I stayed here for a week with my partner, and found there were both good and bad aspects to this accommodation.
On arrival after an overnight flight, the prospect of hauling my luggage up stairs was not appealing. Thankfully there are only three floors! I was also surprised to find that while there are safety deposit boxes, these are not in the rooms but at reception. I was quite uncomfortable having to lift out money and valuables in plain view of anyone in the area at the time.
The self catering aspect is barely fit for purpose. There is a sink, a fridge, two cooking rings, a saucepan big enough to heat water to make a cup of tea, a frying pan, two knives, two forks, two spoons, two glasses, two plates ... one mug, one cup, we only got one bowl but I believe there is supposed to be two. There is no way I could have prepared a meal with this, even eating breakfast was difficult!
The bathroom left a lot to be desired. We were provided with only two bath towels. No hand towels or bath mat. The shower consisted of a shower tray and a glorified hosepipe, and no shower curtain. There was no way of fixing the shower head overhead. Consequently the bathroom became wet almost in its entirely when anyone had a shower, and as there was nothing to protect or dry the floor with there was a number of occasions where this was quite dangerous.
For us, the most annoying thing was the curtain and lack of a shutter. Our window was east facing, and we were lucky enough to have a partial sea view. However the curtain was tissue thin and this meant the room was flooded with light from 6am. We took to using clothes pegs to attach our beach towels to the curtain, to reduce the amount of light getting through. It helped only very slightly. The air conditioning is not overly powerful, so the increase in temperature at this time of the day was rather noticeable.
Despite the major inconveniences I have discussed, it is kept very clean and has a lovely friendly atmosphere. It is run by three families who will not pass you without saying hello. They are very helpful with recommending restaurants and things to do. The Butterfly is also in a great location, there are restaurants and a supermarket a stone's throw away, less than five minutes will get you to the nearest stretch of beach. It is about ten minutes walk into town, which is along flat.
Overall, I would probably not stay here again but would advise anyone considering coming here to come prepared (perhaps with blackout curtains!).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Stayed here with a friend on a girls holiday. Have to say we were pleasantly surprised!
Staff were lovely and helpful, less than 5 minutes away from the beach and you could walk to the bar strip in about 10 minutes- very convenient but also far enough away to mean you won't be disturbed by the noise.
Room was okay (although the cooking rings were hopeless so we ended up eating at their poolside bar everyday.) 'Self catering facilities' is a bit of an exaggeration... but that's to be expected in Greece.
We paid about £35 for air conditioning in our room for the whole week and it was well worth it.
The only issues we had were the showers (similar to a hose pipe attached to the wall) and the room position.
All in all the place had a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere. And if you're willing to see past the occasionally lack-luster facilities, then this is a bargain hotel with cheerful service and a great location!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Excellent basic accomodation with clean rooms and pool area and very friendly and helpful staff.
The Butterfly studios are situated about 5 minutes walk to the beach at the harbour end of the bay and are close to several supermarkets and tavernas.The rooms are clean and well equipped with the basic self catering items, extra cutlery and towels were provided when requested and a broken sink was repaired by a plumber within hours of being reported - you wouldn't get that sort of service anywhere in the UK!
Faliraki is a 15 minute walk away and despite some reservations when booking it turned out to be a very pleasant resort catering for all ages and not a can of Stella or an England shirt in sight!
Excellent overall holiday especially the staff at the apartments and the tavernas which turned out to have some of the cheapest prices ever paid in my 8 years of twice yearly excursions to Greece.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Butterfly Studios
Address: Dimitras Str., Faliraki 851 05, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Faliraki
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 72 Specialty Lodging in Faliraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Butterfly Studios 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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