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Stefania Studios
Ranked #3 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Stalis
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“As usual, a great holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We have been staying at this hotel for a few years now, and have never been let down in the slightest. The staff are very friendly, have a great sense of humour, and will go out of their way to please. The slightest problem is dealt with quickly, and without fuss. The food in the pool bar is exceptional and great value for money. The location is central and close to all local restaurants, bars, and the beach. I could not rate these apartments highly enough. If you are going to Stalis, dont bother comparing, just stay in Stefania.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just back from a week at Stefania apartments, the apartments have what you need and are right across the street from the beach. The staff are wonderful, they are fun and caring towards us it made our holiday experience even better. It was our first visit and we our already talking about coming back for two weeks this time, one week wasn't enough!! The Greek night in Stefania apartments was the high light of our holiday, the food was beautiful and the entertainment was amazing. Would recommend these apartments to anyone at any age group, best holiday ever. Can't wait to see Yanni and Leo again! Niall and Jenna from Belfast :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jenna C
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Bray, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Spent a week here in July, Very friendly and accommodating. Irish like welcome, the staff here have had Irish guests coming back for years and its no surprise. They are very helpful and informative about things to do in the area and have great local knowledge. Its family run and the staff join in on the craic in the bar. The locality is quiet and a stones throw to a great beach but the two main party town on Crete are a five minute quad drive either side of Stalis. I would highly recommend to family's, couples, and groups of friends. the food is great at the bar too. We really cant speak highly enough of the staff, especially Yani, and cant wait to return,

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

These apartments are basic but comfortable and clean. The staff are amazing, they have a great sense of humour and the food served at the pool bar is yummy and great value for money. This is our second visit and will be returning next year!! The stefania has a two star rating but the hospitality and enjoyment we received would be equivalent to a 5 star!!
Thanks to yani, Sofia and stef for another amazing holiday!!

Eamon and Cecilia :)

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Spent 2 weeks in August at stefania . I was with my daughter and 2 grandchildren all I can say it was our best holiday yet. I have stayed here 4 times and have never had a complaint .the apartments are basic but clean and adequate for 2 week stay .yanni is an excellent host and always looks after us very well .stef is great she is so much fun always have the craic With her.Sofia is the cook her food is always delicious she works really hard in the pool snack bar . the location of stefania is brilliant right in the centre of stalis minutes to the sandy beach and lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.there is beautiful Greek church in front of apts and it is lite up at night lovely setting .will be back again next year kids never stop talking about the great time they had in Crete. Thanks again yanni stef and Sofia . Gaby Rachel Sean and alisha.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cork
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Couldn't have experienced a better place to stay. Staff so friendly and welcoming. Catered for every aspect to make our holiday so brilliant. Highly recommended. Great for couples young or old. Frances and Freddy, Cork, Ireland.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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110 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed in the Stefania's three years ago but for financial reasons couldn’t return to the beautiful island Crete until July 2013 (we stayed the first two weeks). In 2010 we stayed with our then three year old for a week but decided this time to stay for two weeks. A week is just not enough. So with two children (smallest is almost two) we arrived in the middle of the night on the 30th of June. I think it was midnight when we arrived and we were greeted by Yiannis who was waiting for everyone, greeted us all and helped us with our luggage. He handed out the keys to everyone and we got room 4. As it was so late we went straight to bed.

Because we were here before, we knew the area well (and nothing had changed) and also what we wanted to do and when. In Stefania nothing has changed except that it was a bit quieter but everyone in the area told us that they experienced a downturn in business with this year’s summer being the worst. Anyway we were greeted warmly by Sofia at the pool bar again and later by Stefania too. Our room was a pool view room and all in all grand. We had room 5 before and would still prefer room 5 but overall there was nothing wrong with room 4. It does face to the back the stairs so in the 2nd week when a group of young people stayed opposite us, we could hear them coming and going. But that’s nothing to do with the place itself. The room was very clean when we arrived. Our youngest accidentally flipped her shoe under the bed so my husband had to pull out the bed to get to it and this is where we’ve seen that the room was spotless clean. Not a dust crumb or similar. During our stay however, the cleaning lady – although very nice – had unreliable cleaning times so it happened a few times that in the late(r) afternoon, around 4/5pm she came to clean. I thought that was a bit late especially as most times we were only back from our day out….Our towels got regularly changed, bed sheets too. The floor was mopped and the bathroom cleaned. There were days were she was spot on and days were it wasn’t well done BUT overall the rooms were clean and looked after.

The Pool Bar: Nothing has changed. It is still one of the highlights in Stefania. Sofia runs the pool bar so well, almost single handed. The quality is top, value for money too especially the breakfast for a fiver. You won’t get it better elsewhere, trust me! We tried a few places just to see what’s out there but breakfast in Stefania is the best. And you gotta love Sofia. I’m not saying that in any biased way, quite the opposite. If there were faults, I would point them out to any traveler (as I have done with previous places) but trust me, she is brilliant – so warm and welcoming, attention to detail, efficient and just very good.

We did the Greek night three years ago but didn’t join them this year because our youngest was just too young for it. Three years ago though it was brilliant.

The location: you couldn’t stay in a better place! I have visited many places throughout the last 15 years and this is the best located one when it comes to shops, restaurants, beach, attractions etc. Falcon tried to sell us Koni village at first but good thing we didn’t go for it. Once we rented a car and went to see where it was, we were glad we didn’t even consider. Stefania is right in the center of everything. The beach is literally outside their door, so are many restaurants. Koissos and the Greek House are just two superb places that come to mind.

I read before of people complaining not getting their luggage brought up to their room. Maybe we were lucky because Yiannis certainly helped us. But even if he didn't, don't forget, this is not a hotel - this is a self catering place which also goes for the toilet roll issue one person had. We stayed in Ireland, France and Germany in self-catering places before and always had to buy our own toilet paper. In general when people come and stay in Stefania's, they should always bare in mind that it is a self-catering place and therefore the overall costs are lower than the ones for a hotel but also the service is and will always be a very different one. Haven't said that, this is one of the best run self-catering place I experienced.

Extra Note - Car Rental in the area: If you're planning to rent a car watch out for the small print. If they quote you a price and they say it's all inclusive of tax, full comprehensive insurance etc. watch out and ask again! There were two places who nearly got us if it wasn't for the small prints we read. They do not tell you that the full insurance is with a heavy excess of € 1300 so even the slightest scratch they claim was caused by you, gives them the freedom to take € 1300 off you. Be aware! You can get a no-excess insurance of course but some of them places wouldn't tell you because it doesn't fit into the scam. Always ask for the insurance without excess and you're grand and if I can recommend, don't go to the place near Maria's Golden Beach. They "sell" you a small pretty car and you get a Jeep where the breaks are dodgy and the gear box about to die or a 2.3 Liter Petrol Transporter because they "suddenly" noticed the other car was already taken. When we in Crete there petrol prices were around 1.81 so try to get Diesel if you can.

Anyway if you need help with anything you can be sure the Stefania family is there for you. We won't be able to return next year due to personal circumstances but are already excited to book the year after.

Room Tip: Room 5 remains my favorite room but room 4 is grand too. Both are pool view rooms. Room 4 has a much...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Stefania Studios
Address: Ag. Ioanni 119, Stalis, Crete 700 07, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Stalis
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Ranked #3 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Stalis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Stefania Studios 1.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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