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Kontonis Studios & Apartments
Ranked #55 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Laganas
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Stayed in Kontonis September 2013, paying only £180 each for two weeks self catering. We were given the option of a six bedroom apartment at the time of booking so it was a bargain in this respect.

Having traveled to Greece on many occasions we knew what to expect when it comes to accommodation, and after reading reviews here were expecting something below average.

Kontonis Apartments are indeed below average for Greece. In the bathroom there is the usual lack of shower curtain etc, but in addition it lacked a bracket to hold the shower head which is a real pain. The shower pressure is inconsistent and it's easy to scald yourself as the hot water only appears when the pump kicks in. Hot water is only available between 9am and 5pm. The toilet cistern stopped refilling three times but we managed to fix this ourselves without any assistance.

The kitchen was very basic, almost to the point of unusable. For a room intended for six people there is only a travel kettle, and single burner electric portable hob. There is a strange Belfast sink also present and a small table with two chairs. The best feature was a large fridge with ice box.

There are two bedrooms containing single beds, which each sleep three, plus a wardrobe. Each bedroom had access to a separate balcony. The beds are standard Greek - rock hard, and as usual only one pillow per bed (some of these didn't have covers and were badly stained). There was also a dressing table with a mirror. The windows were single glazed and our room was directly above the bar which was pretty noisy. The rooms have no air conditioning, radio or TV so were very basic in this respect. Our sheets and towels were changed twice in the first week and not at all in the second. There is no safe or safety deposit boxes in the rooms, these are located down in the bar/reception.

Connected to the apartments is a shop and gift shop which is run by the owners', Takis, dad. You will be expected to purchase from here, even though it is more expensive than neighbouring supermarkets less than one minute away. The old man speaks only Greek.

As usual in Greece there is the constant dog barking and cockerels but Kontonis also has Takis to keep you awake. Probably the biggest let down of Kontonis is the owner himself, who is like an intimidating real life version of Basil Fawlty, and it appears his reputation precedes him. We chatted to plenty of locals who knew him instantly by name and were worryingly scratching their chins whilst shaking their heads. One of the restaurant PR's informed us that he was previously threatened by him when he worked at an adjoining pool bar.

Constantly shouting and swearing at his wife, kids or just nobody, it appeared Takis was perpetually tanked up, and we even caught him pissing against his own wall one night. On barbeque night we returned home and he grabbed us to join in, but he genuinely didn't recognise us as guests at the apartments, so we just knocked off without him noticing. As per other reviews, Takis attempted to let himself into our room at night, but having the key in the other side of the door seemed to prevent him opening it from outside. His "friend" would often show up late at night, park his car and on the lawn and just blast tunes out of his window whilst Takis shouted Greek profanities. This is probably the closest thing to staying on a stereotypical Irish travelers caravan site you'll ever come to.

By contrast, Takis wife was very helpful and friendly.

The biggest advantage of Kontonis was that we were allowed to keep our room on until our pickup time of 3am for 20€, whereas usually rooms can only be extended til about 6pm on departure day.

The main trouble with these apartments is who to recommend them for. Couples or friends who want to relax and rest up for daytrips etc will be kept awake all night by noise (and the 5am diesel generator which doesn't appear to be connected to anything and just ran to annoy the guests), and party goers are generally unwelcome (see other reviews).

The highlight of Takis madness was the midnight petrol mower which managed to annoy everyone -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKeM5Q8RV-I

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

I bet, just like i was, you're here to read about this accommodation to help decide where youre going to stay when you visit Zante, and i bet already, just like i was, youre a bit freaked out about the reviews you've read about Kontonis. You need to listen to the good reviews about this place because they're the real ones. After reading the horrible comments about this place i was seriously put off going on holiday and dreading staying here. The rooms were basic, so what, you're going to destroy them anyway in the drunk state you'll be. i bet you're freaked out about the comments on the manager; yes, he's a bit loopy, but like most people have said; show him respect, and you'll get it in return. Me and my friends arrived hesitantly after the rumors we'd heard, but it was a waste of time and i feel stupid because it was so welcoming and the location was great. He prefers you to buy stuff from his shop, which seemed a bit annoying at first but when you look at the shop its actually reasonably priced and had everything you needed!
The bad reviews here were obviously written by the people who were so badly behaved that Takis (the manager) lost respect for them. Think about it, this guy has a turnover of thousands of kids a season, could imagine the carnage that he has to sort every day? Give a guy a break, this place is amazing and id recommend to anyone wanting a good time!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Emma H
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I stayed in kontonis apartments 8th-15th of july, for just somewhere to stay it wasnt all that bad, the manager and his dad however are very very weird. Tacis the manager doesnt sleep at all and he is a bit crazy. from what i heard he hates boys. one of the girls we met said that she brought a lad back to her room one night during her stay there and Tacis walked in with a knife and was threatening him. He just seems very protective of girls from what I saw. His dad works in the shop attatched to the apartments, and he has no idea what he is doing with money and he gets angry at you if you walk in with bags of food shopping! There is no pool at kontonis apartments but there are 2 pools either side of kontonis which we loved and both managers were lovely! Tacis is a nice man and will do almost anything you ask so i would go for a first time, but if i had to choose it wasn't good enough to say i'd go back to kontonis. Also, the cleaners just let themselves in whenever even if your in bed, and one of the cleaners kept pouring our bottles of water down the sink for no reason? Kontonis is in a perfect spot, about 15 minute walk from the strip or 6€ taxi. Overall, Zante itself isnt that cheap and is quite unsafe in the early hours, one of my friends was on her phone after a night out, about 5 am and a man ran up to her and was throwing her into a wall to try and take her iPhone, which he got. We rang the police and they didnt really do anything but i suppose they see this kind of thing a lot. The greek people say a lot, beware of the albanians because they are violent thieves.

Useful information for those who havent been to zante before!

- You can not go on the strip at night on a quad bike (past 9pm)
- Vanilla steak house is a lovely restaurant
- Gyros are the nicest drunk food ever and everyone needs to have one! (roughly 3€ each)
- Dont bother taking a phone out, your just asking to be attacked, be careful with cameras as well
- Zero's, Sabotage, Waikiki, Cherry bay, Rescue - Brilliant clubs!!
- Every single bar or restaurant you pass will be pestering you to come in and offering you everything, we just told everyone either we were meeting friends for dinner, it was our last night and we couldnt come to whatever they were offering us, or that we'd been there before.
- The booze cruise and water park are BRILLIANT, yes the booze cruise had sex games but you were not pulled into doing anything we paid 30€ for the booze cruise which is average.
- The turtle boat trips are a waste of money as you dont even see any turtles
- Maggie mais is a lovely little restaurant and on a sunday they do a gorgeous sunday dinner! The children's one is an appropriate size for a girl and it is absolutely worth whatever it costed (roughly 5€)
- There are children running around the strip at night trying to sell you glow sticks, BE CAREFUL they will pick pocket you, they also try to hug you, dont fall for it just walk away!

I hope this review helped, i enjoyed Zante a lot you just need to be careful at night!

Room Tip: try and get a room that is not the top floor 1. it is a pain getting your suitcase up and down the...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ellie95771
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Before going Zante this month with 6 other girls, we decided to read the reviews - after that we were terrified to go because of all the negative comments about Kontonis and the manager! DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ. We got to Kontonis with such a warm welcoming, yes the manager is loony but that's what we loved about him, he got us so hyped up and excited about being in Zante, and always looked after us! He gave us enough freedom as he let us all pre drink outside before going out every night. The rooms arent that special but what do you expect in a 2 star appartment!!! It had a bed, and a toilet - what more do you need?! I was so suprised at how much i enjoyed my time at Kontonis due to awful reviews about the place - do not take any notice of them and go in open minded! I would definitely go back to kontonis, its a 10 min walk to the strip and so close to the beach! It's an ideal place for a group of lads or girls!! If you want a nice fancy apparment, dont go here..remember it's only 2 star!! But had an amazing time, and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going! Time of my life.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Sera J
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I visited Zante with 9 girls last week. When we arrived at the hotel we were surprised as to how pleasant it was until the crazy manager 'takis' came to greet us. Well basically he is an absolute nutter. He likes to randomly hug you very tightly which can be very scary and always touching you. He gets annoyed at the slightest things for example leaving a light on. All he wants is your money. He'll force you to buy from his shop, bar and awful restaurant which has cold food and takes about an hour to get to you. On the last day we rented out a tiny room to put all out suitcases as we had to vacate our other room by 12pm and our flight wasn't till the early hours of the morning. As some friends we made in another room didn't rent out a room I offered them a bed for a couple of hours whilst we went out. Well anyway me and the girls return home and I get mega told off for offering this. I was 'nasty', 'disrespectful' and he was demanding me to pay 20 pounds or he'll keep our suitcases locked in the room and we would miss our transfer. In the end he ended up calling me a piece of s**t in the road and that I had a s**t future. Overall decent room for what you pay but the manager is a horrible, rude and very very weird man.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Samkhi H
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

After reading all of these reviews our group of 12 girls were skeptical as to what this accommodation would be like. The hotel generally is good for the price you pay but Taki is a complete nutter, who is anal about a lazer pen which he shines on you at 5am to creep you out after coming back from a night out. This man never sleeps; he sees you when you're sleeping and he knows when you're awake! According to himself he only sleeps 1 hour a day and hibernates in winter so he is basically a weird santa-bear hybrid. If you listen to him ramble on for about half an hour about how his drinks make you "fly like concord", then he'll be okay and now overly creepy. Taki also promotes this famous BBQ of his for 10 euros, this is a massive scam! It was supposed to start at 8 but we got no food until 10:30, the "free bar" didn't exist and these 60 people who attend this BBQ of his didn't turn up. His hotel's shop which his father works in is odd, his dad speaks no English apart from the words "very nicceee", time also seems to slow down once in that shop as it takes him about 10 minutes to process an order. Our shower had a mind of its own and on the odd occasion decided that it didn't want to turn off, so Taki came into our bathroom and put the shower head in the toilet until he could fix it. Gross. I don't know if all the kids there are his but it's like something from paranormal activity as they are screaming all the time in the middle of the night. As far as the location goes it is about 10 minutes from the strip and 5 minutes away from the beach which is brilliant, and it is in close proximity to restaurants. But don't go to the Cosy Corner restaurant it's awful. The restaurant on the beach is really nice and the guy who owns it is a nice guy. But all these factors did not affect my holiday at all, if anything it has made it hilarious.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Bethan G
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Following an excellent flight (and travelling with Olympic holidays)- our transfer took at the most 15 minutes.Our room although very basic was clean.Bedding,linen and towels were also of a good standard.We travelled 13th-20th June 2013 and paid approx £210 each. Now tell me where in the UK can you go-get glorious weather- in fact too hot for us both for this sort of money.We were both older than the usual visitors to this resort as it is well known as a "ravers resort"On the main "drag" there are many bars/nightclubs which stay open into the wee small hours and if this is what you are looking for then this resort would be ideal.It is understandable that the owner keeps a sharp eye on his property given the antics some guests get up to when they have been out celebrating.He did not trouble us at all and taking into consideration the very cheap price we paid we were satisfied with the accommodation and the holiday in general

Room Tip: there is no pool at these apartments however the use of one across the road is available All rooms...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank patricia w
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Address: Drosia, Laganas 291 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Laganas
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Ranked #55 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Laganas
Price Range: $34 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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