We stayed in the Dionysos as a group of two couples in Jul/Aug for 2 weeks. It was wonderful. The place is lovely. Very well kept and exceptionally clean. The facilities are very much like those you will find in most other similar apartment blocks in the Greek islands (2 cooking rings/ no oven/ small shower enclosure/ hard beds). I am always surprised by reviews on here in which people criticise these facilities. It is very much the norm in Greece unless you have a very large budget. In the case of the Dionysos, I must emphasise the finish was much more modern and well thought out than in other places I have stayed (the vanity unit with mirror, shelf and hairdryer in particular was very useful). All in all we could not fault our accommodation.
The staff I also found to be very much without fault. I refer to the bar staff, to the cleaning staff and to the owner Dimitri. Previous reviews indicate that some guests have had issues with Dimitri. He is a character, set in his ways as most people tend to be when they reach a certain age, but we found him to be very, very friendly. He gave me and my husband a bottle of wine and the four of us got hugs and kisses on our departure despite the fact we had never stayed there before. We liked him and his wife very much.
I am perplexed by the most recent review regarding issues with safe - we were told (as were the other couple we travelled with) that if we did not require use of the safe, we were to give the key back at reception NOT keep it for the duration of the holiday. This point was also raised by Vinny the Thomas Cook rep at the welcome meeting (if you want all the relevant info you should attend) so I can pretty much understand why Dimitri would ask for the payment before you left. How on earth would anyone know you didn't want to rent the safe if you kept the key and said nothing all holiday?
Anyway, I digress... We loved this place, but we know what to expect from the Greek way of doing things. If you like things laid back, like to wave "kalimera" to the locals in the morning and don't mind being without certain home comforts then you will love this kind of place. It's perfect. If you are more high maintenance, then I don't believe it's for you. I would say that about this and all similar types of Greek accomodation. I have stayed in many such places over the last 14 years. They all tend to have a similar small and friendly vibe and nearly always have the family who own the property living within the complex as well as running it.
To sum up, I am grateful we found this place. It was a gem. We had a fabulous holiday and we hope all the staff keep up the good work. I am keen to try Kefalonia or Santorini next year, but exploring an island we have not yet discovered is the only reason we would not return to the Dionysos next year. Fabulous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self catering Studios and Apartments ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dionysos Apartments Hotel Stalis
- Dionysos Apartments Stalís
- Dionysos Apartments Hotel Stalís
- Dionysos Apartments & Studios Crete/Stalis, Greece