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Maria Studios
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

Returned on Monday 4 July from a 2 week stay at the Maria Studios. I have to say that the area is very beautiful and we couldn't fault the accommodation at all - very clean, quiet (even in a room overlooking the pool bar due to the good double glazing!) and very friendly with fantastic food as good as anywhere else in Paleo. Yiannis and Katerina and their folks all work extremely hard and their children, Maria and Spiros, are a polite delight. The family were very helpful and supportive (we unfortunately expereinced a 6 day stay in the hospital in Corfu) but Yiannis and especially Katerina did everthing they could to make this bearable.

We will definitely be returning for another visit and hopefully get to see more of the area which we missed out on this trip.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

We spent 2 weeks at the Maria Studios and had a fantastic time. The studios and surrounding area were spotless, every night the sun beds would be washed and cleaned.
Yiannis is a character, he is so funny and says what he thinks, you will never have trouble makers at these studios as Yannis will put them in their place, thats what makes these studios stand out from all the rest.
Katerina, Yiannis's wife can't do enough for you, and mammas cooking is superb.
These family run apartments are the best I have every stayed in Corfu. The weekly barbeque was superb chicken/lamb all cooked by his father, wine and greek dancing (yiannis his wife and sister not forgetting myself/partner and other guest) what a laugh. I could go on and on about this holiday, but all I would like to say is, if you want a holiday to remember book these studios(book early) we booked for next year the week before.
I can't wait to get back.
Thank-You Yiannis and your family for a lovely holiday,see you next year
Marion and Tom x

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Reviewed July 5, 2011

We stayed at Maria Studios for two weeks in June 2011. It really is as good as all the revews say! You would struggle to find such a hard working family as Yannis, Katerina, Maria and Spiros anywhere else. Most people are repeat guests, this can be a bit daunting at first but they soon welcome you into the clan. The food is outstanding and the barbecue on Saturday night is a real hoot! I got up and made a fool of myself trying the greek dancing (although i did think the 'Fat Bellies' were worse!). Yannis is certainly very vocal when he gets going. He doesn't insult people as has been previously reported, all he does is have a full and frank discussion about life and his views on it! You can choose to agree or dissagree but it never gets too serious.
The studios are kept spotlessly clean and towels and bedding are changed on a regular basis. There were always enough sunbeds and umberellas to go round down at the pool. Mama's food is great, my wife loved the prawns saganaki and i had the best grilled pork chop i've ever had! We enjoyed our stay so much that we booked three weeks for next May while we were there. I'd recommend Maria Studios to anyone but you'll need to book early!

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Reviewed July 5, 2011

We have just arrived back after a week in Maria studios and we had a superb time. The studios were clean and quiet and Yiannis and Katerina were brilliant hosts.
Paleokastritsa is truly beautiful with breathtaking views from pretty much every angle, the beaches are mainly shingle which is a bit of a gripe but the turquoise sea and snorkling opportunities more than make up for it. There are 5 beaches within walking distance of Maria studios, the main beach is around 10-15 minutes walk to the right of the hotel with plenty of bars and restaurants and we would recommend a trip to La Grotta Beach which is about 15 mins walk to the left of the hotel where you can dive into the sea from rocks and a diving board, sunbeds are built into the rocks at the beach bar and at 2.50 euros each was a bargain compared to the 5 euros at the main beach, prices mainly pushed up due to the majority of people occupying the resort being day trippers.
There is plenty to do during the day and would recommend the BBQ trip to paradise beach which was 25 euros and goes from Paleo harbour (we were suprised to see when on a day trip to Sidari that they were charging only 14 euros to take tourists to paleo to do the same trip). We spent one evening in Lakones which is located at the top of the mountain and provides stunning views of every bay and would recommend Cafe Dolce for good food good prices and the best view in Paelo and this is where i proposed to my girlfriend (she said yes).
The studios provide great food and great entertainment with the Greek BBQ night on saturdays a must see, 16 euros each will get you a giant chicken with greek salad and a jug of wine with Yiannis and his sister and wife doing the traditional Greek dancing in a ring of fire!
The pool is large enough to relax in and is great for the kids to play in aswell with lilos provided and its very clean and you will have no problem getting a sun lounger as there are plenty.
Overall a great location with stunning views and cant recommend it highly enough just make sure you bring enough cash as it aint cheap but would definately go back.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

We have just returned from two fantastic weeks at the Maria Studios.We are a group of three couples and one adult son. We were greeted on arrival by Yiannis and Katerina who showed us to our rooms. The rooms were clean and more than adequate for our needs and what we expected. Yiannis, Katerina and family were lovely and extremely friendly and a sense of humor is essential. The food was excellent, we stayed there for two weeks and never ate out once in an evening.
We hired a quad and explored the island which has some fantastic sights a trip into Corfu town is also recommended.

Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2011

We stayed at these lovely studios for the very first time in June, but it will certainly not be the last. We were greeted with warm hospitality by Katarina and shown 2 rooms, one on the side of the property that overlooked the building next door, and the other in the Annexe. The annexe had a better view, but we decided on the one in the main building – both were more than adequate for our stay, clean and presentable.

Yiannis and Katarina work tirelessly to ensure that their guests are happy. Yiannis’s mum is the main cook and her Greek specialities are thoroughly recommended. The pastitsada, moussaka, and stifado to name a few were absolutely wonderful. Often on holiday I am disappointed with the quality of food but here we were spoilt for choice.

The Greek bbq held on a Saturday evening is not to be missed. It was thoroughly entertaining, great fun to join in with, and not forgetting the perfectly cooked spit roasted chicken and lamb. Delicious!

Yiannis is a huge character, and full of charm and wit. He enjoys banter with his guests which is fun and he has a refreshing outlook on life. There are a few reviews that criticise Yiannis' disposition, but anyone that takes offence to him really shouldn’t be holidaying with other people.

Paleokastritsa is a stunningly beautiful area. The entire holiday was superb, a perfect balance of relaxation and fun, and we are already looking at dates for next year when we can revisit. Paul & Chris

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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Stayed at the Maria in May June2011 for 2 weeks. We were greeted by Katerina as we got off the bus and shown to our room. I have never stayed in such a friendly place the whole family are lovely. Yianni is a real character but they say behind every successful man is a great woman and this is certainly the case with Katerina. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is always smiling. The food at the apartments was very well cooked and a fair price in comparison with other places in the resort. The rooms were cleaned on alternate days so had no complaints there. All in all cant recommend these aparments highly enough. BBQ night is a must - best laugh we have had in ages. Only negative comment is that the prices in Paleo are more expensive than other resorts on the island.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Maria Studios

Address: Eo24, Paleokastritsa 49083, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Paleokastritsa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Paleokastritsa
Price Range: $34 - $51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Maria Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Maria Studios Hotel Paleokastritsa
Maria Studios Paleokastritsa, Corfu

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