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Maria Studios
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Food,entertainment and hospitality excellent Katerina as usual a saint having to put up with Yannis. Entertaining and insulting to his guests.Would,nt have it any other way.Also a big thank you to Bob and Janis for all their hard work.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Just got back from a 12 night stay in Maria Studio Apts. Pool view apts are smaller than I'd expected, fine for 2 people, a bit cramped for 3. The pool is a good size for the complex, always plenty of sun beds. Ideally situated in Paleokastrista to all the beaches and tavernas.
Paleokastrista is a beautiful area of Corfu. Did lots of swimming and snorkelling in the nearby beaches. A visit to the Golden Fox in the village of Lakones is a must. It's a 40 minute steep walk up the mountain. Grotta bay is a lovely bar/swimming/sunbathing place. All in all, a really good holiday and we would love to visit the same place in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Was originally just looking for a cheap week away in the sun when we stumbled across Maria's studios. Had read some really good reviews on here, but you still never know quite what you are going to get.
On arrival at ridiculous o clock in the morning Yiannis was on hand to show us to our room.
The rooms are very clean, basic, but with everything that you need. The towels are a little rough and you need to supply your own loo roll, but it's barely worth mentioning, as everything else is so good.
Went down to the pool in the morning, thankfully it's not one of those awful places that it's a race to the pool int eh morning. You could probably get a sun bed at any time of the day. The pool and pool area, including the bar and eating area, are immaculately clean.
Katerina is a great cook, and very hospitable and friendly lady, and deserves a medal for putting up with Yiannis...Just joking. Yiannis has a great sense of humour and gets involved and chats to everyone.
Some people have left comments saying that they only speak to the returning guests and that there is a big divide. We never found that at all, everyone was friendly and Yiannis and Katerina were very welcoming.
The home cooked food in the evenings is amazing, the beef Stifado is probably the best i have ever had.
The studios are well situated for everything you need, there is a shop for milk and bread etc. Just next door, cigarette shop is a 5 minute walk away. Nearest beach is a stony one, but is only 5 minutes, the sand beach is about a 15 minute walk, and gets very packed, the people were practically laying on top of each other.
There are 2 cocktail bars within about a 5 minute walk, and a few tavernas within a 5 -10 minute walk each way.
This really is a fantastic place to stay, clean, friendly and everything on your doorstep.
So much so, i have booked again for next year :)

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Booked this hotel after reading the reviews on here early last year, but became concerned after reading a couple of negative ones, especially as we are not the type to spend all our time at the hotel. Well any fears we had quickly disappeared with such a warm and wonderful welcome from Katerina, she couldn't have been more welcoming, especially as we arrived late, she is a lovely person and a perfect host.
Yannis is a real character and I can only say that he and his hard working family make this a very special place, if you don't get his sense of humour, you have obviously had a personality bypass!!
We were shown to Room 16 on the top floor and had a .wonderful view over the pool and were able to see the sea.
The room is basic but clean and despite such minor things as as no toaster, hard towels and only 2 toilet rolls (hardly worth mentioning) had everything we required.
Having said we are not the type to eat at the hotel, the food was that good, we ate there 6 nights out of 12. (Stifado to die for!!). But it's not just the food, it;s the atmosphere that is created around the bar with the Greek night and pop quiz for example.
In previous reports there has been mention of "fresh blood" and a divide between new and returning customers, well we experienced none of that. Of course Yannis will spend more time with some people than others, thats human nature, but I also get the impression they are not just customers, but friends. However Yannis and everyone there made us feel nothing but welcome and we found ourselves gavitating back there every night.
Paleo is quite spread out without a centre as such, but these apartments are right in the middle and a short walk to many bars and restaurants (Done separate reviews)
Pool is excellent and you dont have to worry about getting up early to reserve beds either.
Came home today (Monday 9th Sept) and already missing it.
So the acid test as always is would we go back....you betcha...already sussing out flights for next year
ps: Yannis: It was no where near 38deg when we got back to the UK!!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We returned to Maria Studios for the second time and once again we had the most fabulous holiday ever. We first visited Maria Studios 2 years ago and it lived up to all of our expectations especially after reading all the great reviews. When we booked this year's holiday I emailed Katerina to see if we could have a room overlooking the pool and we were thrilled when we found we had a room on the first floor. Once again the room was spotlessly clean and well maintained.
I have never understood why people keep going back to the same place year after year but now we have found Maria Studios I can quite understand - we are now one of those people!!
Katerina goes out of her way to make sure everything is just right - I cannot speak highly enough of everything she does for everyone. Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the banter with Yannis.
The whole complex is very well maintained and once again on several occasions during our 11 night stay we were one of just a handful of people using the pool - no need to ever worry about getting a sunbed.
The food was once again fantastic as were all the other guests staying at Maria Studios. We did actually eat out at several other restaurants a bit more this year and must admit that we found the general standard of everywhere else to be very good.
I would highly recommend Maria Studios to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with great accommodation, great food and great hosts.
Michael & Julie xxxxx

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Michael814
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Myself and partner Have vowed to visit as many different places as we can and not re-visit the same place..... Then we found Maria studios. We stayed again this July making it our third visit and have re booked immediately on our return home. It is simply the most wonderful place, amazing people, food and accommodation at a very reasonable price. Fabulous hosts, and Yannis ;) Katerina we love you. The food is the best we have tried ever anywhere. I could bang on but you might also like it so much and we won't get a look in. :))) Our top holiday destination by far.....ever. sun and fun all day in friendly, welcoming place. We salute you Maria Studios and your cherry cocktails. See you next June xxxxxx

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Just had 10 fantastic days at Maria Studios.
The place is situated in the middle of paliocastrsa, a short walk either side of the beaches.
The studios are spotlessly clean and maintained as is the complex.
The owners are more than accommodating and go out of their way to make sure your stay is memorable.
Katerina is the most perfect and gracious host bolstered up by her shy and retiring husband Yannis.
Clientele are friendly and a great sense of comradery whether joining in on Greek Dance Off, music quiz or bingo. Yes bingo, you heard it hear first. It's a riot.
Ill be back.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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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 52 Specialty Lodging in Paleokastritsa
Price Range: $48 - $48 (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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