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Panorama Studios and Apartments
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Chrani
Reviewed August 2, 2008

I just tried to post one review and lost it so I hope this doesn't now come up twice.

This year was our first time in Chrani and we were bewitched. The Panorama apartments were clean, spacious and attractive and the staff friendly and helpful, though never intrusive. Our apartment (and I think this applies to all, though don't quote me) had beautiful views over both beach and village and it was only a matter of a couple of minutes down a fairly steep pathway to the sea. I have seen complaints from a few reviewers about the pebbly entrance to the sea and it is certainly true that a broad strip of pebbles just as you enter the water can make bathing initially awkward but a pair of jellies or other swim-proof footwear solves the problem and the sea is right out of Shirley Valentine.

The village itself is lovely. Relatively untouched by tourism, it retains a great deal of what we all love about Greece. There are no night clubs (thank God!) or even many shops, but there are beautiful views and some of the friendliest people you could wish to meet. By the way, I have noticed that this resort is not recommended (by most reviewers) as suitable for disabled people but I would say (as a disabled person myself) that much depends on your degree of disability. I am relatively mobile with a walking stick and, although I found it a bit of a struggle to get to the beach and around parts of the village, it was always worth the effort when I got there! I must say, though, I would feel sorry for anyone who had to push a wheelchair up and down some of the hills!

One thing that often upsets us in various parts of Greece is the number of stray cats and dogs. Chrani seems to be an exception to this rule. We never saw a single stray all the time we were there and the resident pet dogs and cats were clearly loved and looked after.

Another of those things that always 'makes' the holiday for us, is the choice of our regular taverna. The one that very quickly became our 'local' was the Veranda, only a few yards from the apartments, though that wasn't the reason we chose it. This is not one of those places created in the last few years to attract the tourists. Tassos, who owns the restaurant, was born in the village and has been running the taverna for around twenty years. He is more-than-ably assisted by the lovely Alfia who not only cooks wonderfully but has also somehow found the time to decorate the inside walls with her own flower and butterfly paintings. Some people's talents seem to have no end!

As 'veggies' we are used to having our choice of meals fairly limited when we go to Greece but that wasn't the case here. If we wanted our pasta without meat or had any other requests, time and supplies permitting, nothing was too much trouble. We were made to feel more like welcome guests than tourists.

Chrani is also perfectly placed for exploring the Messinia peninsula. The roads are generally much better than in many parts of Greece (especially Crete, much as I love it!) and journeys take less time than seasoned travellers to Greece might expect. A round trip, taking in Petalidi, Pylos, Gialova, Methoni, Finikounda and back 'home' (with plenty of time for swimming, exploring and lunch) will easily get you back in time for dinner at the Veranda. A perfect day, in my opinion.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2008

Spent a week here in June 08, very relaxing week on the beech.
Quiet evenings in a taverna. This place will suit people looking for that type of Greek holiday.
Rooms above average for Greece, ours had a magnificent view.
Beech was better than impression gained from previous review. Not perfect underfoot for getting in and out, due to stones but no steep shelf to catch you out - I take a pair of wetsuit style shoes and then it is fine. Plenty of sand to lie on and loungers if you want them. Swimming and snorkeling great and other beeches within waliking distance.

In all recommended if this is what you are looking for.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank shorty57
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Reviewed May 23, 2007

We stayed at the Panorama Studios and Apartments in May 2007, booking through Kosmar. We stayed in a studio.

The studios are lovely. Quite spacious by Greek standards with a lovely big balcony (ours had a gorgeous sea view as well). The bed was two singles pushed together, and there is also a dressing table, wardrobe, sofa (although not very comfortable!), a coffee table and a kitchen table. Our kitchenette was in the corner, it was very very basic so you couldn't really do much cooking (although why would you on holiday?!). We had a two ring electric hob but there was a kettle supplied as well as a fridge.

The bathroom was fine, plenty of room with a shower in the corner (although in usual Greek style, the entire bathroom got soaked when someone used the shower!).

You could pay extra for air conditioning and the TV (we didn't need air con in May, even though it was 32 degrees most days!). The maid came once a week.

The Panorama are in a very good position in the centre of the village and also next to a set of steps which lead down to the beach. There is no pool (which is a shame, because there is room for one) but there is a garden area with some patio table and chairs - there are only two sun loungers though so you have to get there early if you want one!

Chrani itself is lovely. A really peaceful, quite hideaway. If it's a quiet holiday you're after, come here! Not much happens at all, day or night. Most people tend to lounge in the sun or read a book during the day, then at night there are about five restaurants to choose from (our favourite being The Garden restaurant).

There is a bar in the centre of the village called Poseidon (it also has a min-market attached) run by Mary and George and sometimes their son Yiannis. They are so welcoming and friendly and it was lovely going every evening and getting our usual drinks brought to the table without having to even ask!! Because the village is so small, you get to know the same faces so in the bar at night there is always someone to chat to.

The only downside I found about Chrani is the beach. It is very shingly, especially near the centre of the village where the majority of the apartments are. There are some loungers owned by a cafe further down the beach but we could never be bothered to make the trek!

It is a beautiful holiday destination though, definitely a place to go and unwind. And I would recommend the Panorama Apartments too, very nice and a great village location.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 23, 2017
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Stayed: May 2017
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Reviewed May 11, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Address: Chrani, Chrani, Greece
Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Messenia Region > Chrani
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Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Chrani
Price Range: $49 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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