We stayed in Zervas for the last two weeks in August, and found them spacious and peaceful. I have put plenty of photos on which will hopefully show the layout of our apartment (no. 3), but please bear in mind each apartment is slightly different.
The property is on the road between the main road that runs parallel to the coast and Stoupa itself. There is a bakery at the top of this road (and the bus stops), which is literally only 100 paces away, a very good supermarket is less than 5 minutes along the main road, and under 5 minutes gentle strolling to the beach. Slight incline on the return but nothing too strenuous, and if you take the path between Katerina’s mini market on the front and the car park just before the Stoupa hotel it is mostly shady.
All of the six (Thomas Cook/Manos) studios & apartments are on the ground floor, albeit with two steps up to the front doors. (nb the brochure shows this as a single storey building but there is a first floor too). There is a gravel drive leading up from the road, with a pleasant garden on the left and a slightly decrepit looking bar area on the right that didn’t appear to have been used for some considerable time. I believe the separate building on the right is a studio; the two doors on the far right of the main building numbers 1 & 6 are, I think one bed apartments sleeping 2; the remaining apartments (numbered 2, 3, 4 & 5 running from right to left) are one bedroom apartments sleeping 4.
In apartment 3 the front door opens on to the main room that contained a double bed, kitchenette, wardrobe, bench type sofa, table, dressing table, bedside tables and three dining chairs. The separate bedroom had two single beds and a bedside table, (and the back door). The bathroom was typically Greek with a handheld shower and a good supply of hot water, although the pressure was dependent on who else was using it at the time. In the kitchen area there were two electric rings which we didn’t use, and a fridge with ice box, plus a much better selection of cutlery, crockery and utensils etc then we expected. As well as being good sized rooms, there were also “extras” such as a decent electric kettle and toaster, washing up liquid & sponge/scourer, loo roll (replenished throughout stay), mop & bucket, broom & dustpan, washing up size bowl, and a larger size plastic bowl ideal for washing clothes / beach stuff etc, and a clothes airer with pegs. On arrival there was a large bottle of water in the fridge, together with a few tea bags, coffee and sugar sachets, and a couple of small soap bars. Everything was clean, bins were emptied daily and linen changed twice a week.
There were air conditioning units in both rooms, the cost was 7 euros per night for one unit, or 6 euros per unit for the two – the maid will collect payment a day or two before you leave. If you’re happy to sleep with the back and front shutters open you may not need it as there was generally a nice breeze blowing through.
The one negative aspect of the apartments (apart from uncomfortable beds!) was the outside space. The Manos brochure stated that there was a shared terrace area, and I had assumed this was one long area and you would “occupy” the part in front of your apartment. In fact numbers 1 & 6 had a very small private terrace at the front. Numbers 2 & 5 had a large private patio area to the rear (full sun with no shade). Numbers 3 & 4 had a (constantly) shaded patio area to the front, screened from each other, but numbers 2 & 5 respectively had access across the patio to their front door. Fortunately we had nice neighbours on that side so it wasn’t a problem for us. It probably would have been enough to put me off booking if I’d known though. Along the back of the properties was an open passageway linking the rear patios at either end – the middle apartments (3 & 4) had a back door on to this so it was possible to leave the clothes airer etc out. Each apartment had a patio table and chairs.
Overall, very nice apartments in a convenient location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dear guests we are in the process of renovating all seven apartments for summer 2017 and some photos are added as a small taste of how the renovated apartments are going to be. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zervas Apartments Hotel Stoupa