My friend and I stayed here from the 7th to the 14th of May and it was just as how I imagined the place would be as I had checked out the reviews on Trip Adviser before booking.
The location was stunning, I have been to Corfu several times and love the island anyway but you can not beat the stunning views that Paleokastritsa has to offer and as the studios are central a walk in either direction will lead you to beaches, tavernas and shops, and most of the people you meet in the shops or restaurants are happy to chat to you and give you more tips to explore and get the best out of your holiday.
Katerina met us as we arrived and Yannis took details from our passports. I dont know
if he made any unpleasant comments about us to the regulars at the bar as we got off the minibus as a previous reviewer stated but he was polite and respectful and friendly to our faces and as far as I could tell when he chatted to all his regulars it was harmless fun and just a bit of banter. Also the regular guests chatted to us every day and we as newbies were made to feel very welcome.
We ate a couple of evening meals at the studios including the best tasting lamb of the century at the b b q night on saturday, the first one of the season, and Yannis entertained us all with his dancing and we attempted it also. For 16 euros it was a good value brilliant entertaining night. The breakfasts were equally good value too.
We walked down the hill and ate at restaurants there but if you turn left and walk up the road I can highly recommend Spiros family taverna , the food was excellent especially the prawn saganaki and calamari stuffed with seafood. That was 16 euros but we received a complimentary starter and sweet plus a lift back down the hill from one of the sons . The whole family were attentive, friendly and offered the best of Greek hospitality.
A little way up after the left turn is Nausilas taverna and they do a greek night on Tuesdays and Saturdays and the most amazing chicken souvlaki I have ever tasted, and a sweet on the house was presented with a smile.
Anyway the room at the studios was perfect for us, pool view overlooking the bar and seaview . Personally I did not find the noise from the bar disturbing when going to bed even sat outside on the balcony and when the doors were shut nothing at all and I have a low tolerance of noise. I however did feel sorry for the people next door as my friend did snore very loudly, even with earplugs in I still heard her, and she said when she was awake I was snoring too.
The most relaxing thing about the holiday was being able to swim in the gorgeous pool, just gazing up at the mountains, lost in the tranquility of it all, and the little birds used to dive down skim the water when everyone was out just to cool themselves off,
I found it fascinating to watch and felt so at peace with the world.
I would definitely come here again, dont be put off by all the regular returning guests,
They were newbies once and we also met lovely people who were first time guests at these studios.
I am returning to Corfu in September to another part of the island but am planning a boat trip for the day to visit Paleokastritsa once again and will definitely pop in to the bar for a drink and remember happy times.
- Also Known As:
- Maria Studios Hotel Paleokastritsa
- Maria Studios Paleokastritsa, Corfu