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Maria Studios, Paleokastritsa
An attractive modern base, ideal for a summer holiday, the Maria Studios are equipped with a swimming pool, large sun terrace with sun loungers and a shaded poolside bar. The peach coloured building houses 15 studios, which are well equipped with twin beds, shower, WC, open-plan kitchenette, air conditioning, safe deposit box and balcony ormore
The Maria Studios - Tracy Bond. Date of travel: Aug 2009
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Maria Studios - I write this as after booking my holiday, I read a review informing not to book this accommodation as a single mother, as I would be treated differently from other guests who were couples and families. Utter fabrication and disbelief!! On arriving here, the owner Yannis shook my hand and carried my baggage to my room. He showed me around and showed me how to use the air-con and safe. Both he and his lovely wife Katerina made both me and my 11 year old daughter feel welcome and could not do enough for us. Yes, Yannis is loud and opinionated. But he is witty and would be mortified to personally offend you. They have rooms overlooking the pool and sea and all are clean and basic. Maybe could have done with a toaster or basic microwave in the rooms as only cooking facilities is 2 cooking rings. But in general we liked our room and it had fab views over the pool and sea - room 3, 4 & 5 all do. Yannis and Katerina hold good fun evenings. He has a quiz night on a Thursday, which their lovely friends Bob & Janet help. Yannis has also started bingo nights which were really funny and went on until early hours! He also has a BBQ night on a Saturday. Although we didn't go as we were on a boat trip with its own BBQ that day, but all the other guests said the food was fab and everyone was up dancing. This is 30 euros per couple, but included wine. But if you had kids was 8 euros for them. Please do not be put off by previous comments. I had a wonderful holiday here and as a single parent would go back again or maybe on my own!
Fantastic Maria Studios - Hollie, Helen & Phil. Date of travel: Aug 2009
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Well where shall I start, it's been our families second visit to the Maria Studios and I was horrified to find such bad comments towards Yiannis and his establishment. This place is heaven; the food is to die for and is probably the best you can get in the area as it is all made fresh by Yiannis' mum Maria. The surroundings are superb with sea views from the majority of the rooms. The pool is always kept clean along with the bar area and apartments. Yiannis and his wife Katherina welcome you on your arrival and make you feel comfortable all the time along with their friends Bob and his wife. Yes Yiannis may have his own opinions but he has a great sense of humour and personality that keeps you laughing all the time. The BBQ is a really good night and a great way to get to know all the guests. The chicken and lamb which is slow cooked is exceptional and the Greek dancing is as well. The music quiz and bingo night run by Yiannis is also great. These holidays have been by far the best we have ever been on and we aren't planning on going anywhere else now as this place has made a massive impact on us, and by looking at the majority of the comments it has to other guests as well. We love Maria Studios!
Maria Studios - fantastic holiday, a real home from home - Susan, Liam, Natalie, Amy, Steven. Date of travel: Aug 2009
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Just returned from two weeks at the Maria Studios and I can't wait to go back next year, already counting the months down. There isn't a bad word I can say about anything; everything was fabulous and the hospitality that Yiannis, Katherina and their family showed was second to none. The food was delicious and good value for money, and BBQ night on a Saturday is a must - the entire night is outstanding. Quiz night is a good laugh on Thursday and you will find that Bob and Janice who do quiz night and help out on BBQ night are a real hoot too. Yiannis' sense of humour is wicked, he can tell good tales, your face will be aching from all the laughter. His wife Katherina is adorable, nothing is too much trouble and they go out of their way to help. One of our party had his birthday while we were there and Katherina helped arrange a cake and decorated a table for us with birthday banners, napkins and even put up balloons around our table. I could go on all day as there are so many good things to say but my best advice would be go there and try it for yourself, you will love it. Don't think I can see myself going anywhere else now, it's a real gem.
Maria Studios - Fantastic choice of resort and accomodation - Sandy Robinson. Date of travel: Jul 2009
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My son and I booked a very late deal to Corfu and we were very lucky to get the Maria Studios in Paleokastritsa. My teenage son and I have been to many other places as a single parent family over the years and have not been made as welcome as I was at Maria Studios. From the moment we arrived Katerina was warm, welcoming and friendly and as we were early she took us to the bar for a complimentary drink, which was a very nice touch and is typical of the family's hospitality. In the evenings the resort is reasonably quiet but if what you are looking for is Greek style food and atmosphere then this will suit you down to the ground. The food at the Maria is fantastic, Maria and Spiros, who used own the Taverna there, still do the cooking and it still is Taverna standard, so we found ourselves eating there more nights than not. Yiannis who runs the bar is entertaining with his 'wisdom' and refreshing yet very dry sense of humour. The BBQ nights are great fun and a great way to meet other guests. While we were there most of them were repeat guests and there were a few first timers like myself, however after only a couple of nights it felt like a community and some good friendships were made. There is also a Thursday night music quiz now which brings guests in from other accommodation, that also is not to be missed. Janis and Bob who do this quiz are a lovely couple and welcome you whole-heartedly. My son and I had a superb time and travelling as a single parent I found we were both respected and taken care off without being intruded upon.
A fabulous place to stay! - Rachel and Grant. Date of travel: Aug 2008
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My fiance and i stayed for a week at the Maria Studios and it was not long enough! We both agree it was the best holiday we have had for a long time and hope to return here for longer next year. Katarina and Yannis ensured we were well looked after and contrary to previous comments we enjoyed Yannis personality and the entertainment! The accommodation and facilities were very comfortable, clean and well maintained and we were content to spend most of our days there by the pool. The location of the studios was fine for us as we are happy to stay around local tavernas and bars which were all very nice and within walking distance. Please note that there are also the Maria Apartments but these are not the same place! Maria Studios are the ones with the bar and pool (much nicer), some photographs are incorrect and actually show the apartments! There is also plenty of transport and opportunities to go further afield if desired. We had some lovely meals home cooked by the family and thoroughly enjoyed the barbeque evening. We met some lovely people during our stay and felt it a perfect holiday for a couple, but equally there were families that seemed to be having a nice time too. We had no problems travelling with Malta Air and the transfers were on time and very comfortable. The friendliness of the family and their friends meant that we were very sad to leave and we cannot wait to return next year.
Maria Studios - Heather & Paul. Date of travel: Jul 2008
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Just arrived back from a week at the Maria Studios. Had a brilliant week - Paleokastrista is beautiful and quiet. Maria Studios is a great place to stay, very clean, nothing is too much trouble. The owners, Yiannis and Katerina are excellent company and very entertaining. Would also highly recommend the BBQ on the Saturday. Anyone wanting a care-free laid back holiday with excellent accomodation is in for a treat. Only down side is the Friday night flights with Air Malta from Manchester - weekly delays from 1hour up to 4 hours. Don't use Air Malta!! Apart from that excellent holiday.
Maria Studios - Eleanor McCloy. Date of travel: Jul 2008
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We enjoyed a relaxing week in July at Maria Studios. There were 5 of us, my husband, me and three teenagers. Granted not much to do at night but chill out. Yanis and Katrina great hosts and BBQ night excellent. Accommodation was clean and comfortable, although you couldn't cook in the apartment since there were only two electric rings. Cheap to eat out and next door the restaurant is great value. Nice place, nice people and totally relaxing holiday.
Maria studios - Tasha. Date of travel: Jun 2008
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Just came back from Paleokastritsa and stayed at the Maria Studios, totally hated this place can't believe that people go back to these studios year after year. Wanted a chilled out day time and decided to hit the pool. Yianis who owns the place was bantering with the guests even swearing at them and calling them all kinds. People found this funny and said he was great but we found him rude and not funny at all. We went to the Greek night which was okay for €25 got a bit of chicken and salad and watched Yianis make a show of himself dancing around fire thinking he was the boy. His wife was nice and friendly poor girl has to put up with him. We also had to pay for air con €6 a day as room was stuffy also it didn't get cleaned much x3 seen cleaner in room the whole two weeks we stayed there. Our bed linen was only changed once and towels only once then cleaner took bath towels away and never replaced them again glad I took extra! Also the toilet paper can't go down the loo as we know and we had to change the bag ourselves as it was just left by the cleaner, this made me sick as we've stayed in Corfu before and bins were changed every day. If you want to be insulted by this arrogant man every day of your hols stay here, he never said anything to us but if you're not spending your money here he doesn't like people.
We loved the Maria Studios - Geoff & Janice. Date of travel: Jun 2008
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My wife and I stayed at the Maria Studios for our holiday here in June, I had a slight accident in the shower and Yiannis and Katerina were brilliant. They went to next town to get medicine for me and they couldn't do enough. The studios are very good the food is excellent and the company unbeatable. I would recommend this place to anybody. There are also some really good bars and cafes in the town and some real characters.
Paleo is beautiful! - Alison and Ste. Date of travel: May 2008
Paleo is beautiful!
We stayed at the Maria Studios in Paleokastritsa, which were very clean and the family who run it could not have done more to help us and our 3 children aged 5, 4 and 1. The scenery is stunning - we walked up the rather steep road to the Apollon once (enough!) and down towards the Monastry a number of times. The walk from the Maria studios is rather long for little ones (we borrowed a buggy from the owners of the apartments), and spent most days at the Acapulco which has a great pool and access to the sea! Would recommend the Spiros and Oasis for food. Nereids also has great dancing nights and plate smashing- our kids loved it. Would definitelty visit here again. Have been to Skiathos, Thassos, Crete and Zante and Paleo is def up there as the most stunning.
Yannis was not great at all! - Edwards. Date of travel: Jul 2007
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Paleo was BEAUTIFUL and the Maria Studios was alright but I don't understand how so many people sing such high praise of this man. I travelled as a single parent with my two boys and were not made to feel welcome at all.We spent money at the bar and were very polite but didn't receive the same treatment as other guests. Starting to think it must be us until got talking to another parent who was travelling on her own they didnt behave well to her either. Just to give an example, as soon as we arrived we went straight to buy a/con at the bar where Yannis was and before I had even said hello he signalled to a male guest he was talking to with his hand towards me and said "there is one every year, year of the dog" the male guest laughed and I left. My holiday continued on from there. We were told off other people that they had been returning for years and that because I was a single parent that they would be helpful, they were not. I know at least two other women travelling with kids, while I was there, felt very strongly about this and tried to talk to the rep but she is clearly very close and loyal to them and did not want to know. There were loads of brilliant locals in Paleo, tavernas and scenery it is a great place to go, we would go again, but not to the maria studios. So if you or you know a female that is travelling without any male company DON'T stay at the Maria Studios.
Maria Studios - Keith, Yo and Mike. Date of travel: Jun 2007
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Clean, comfortable and slightly crazy - you'll love your time at Maria Studios! Most of the people we met had been coming here for years, some of them twice a year. Yiannis is a pyschic barman and knows what you like to drink before you do. He is a great laugh and if he likes you he will promote you to being a Dilligaf! Bob plays really great music and deserves a better music deck - how about it Yianni? All the staff work very hard and nothing is too much trouble. The pool is kept scrupulously clean, and bed linen changed several times a week. The food is cooked by Maria, Yiannis's mum and is of a very high standard. There are now aircon units to hire. BBQ and dancing on a Saturday is not to be missed. The nearest beach is less than 10 minutes walk away and the area has lots of mini-supermarkets, bars, and hire-shops. Bus stop to Corfu town opposite. The picture in the Argo brochure has been reversed and is rather old. It's now much nicer!
Paleokastritsa - Bill and Mary. Date of travel: May 2007
I defy anyone visiting Paleo not to be impressed by the natural beauty and friendliness of the locals. We had a week at the begining of May 2007 when the weather was wonderful and the temperature more acceptable. Our strongest recommendation as far as eating is to visit the Spiros Taverna up the top of the hill from the harbour. The family run taverna is a joy to eat in and the family members will make you feel at home. Ask Angelo for one of his cocktails - you won't be disappointed. Two other good value experiences - a boat around the caves cost €3 and a bus/coach into Corfu Town €2.
Second time was even better - Connie Lampka. Date of travel: Sep 2006
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This was the second time me and my mum have been to Paleokastritsa and somehow it was even better than the first time we went. We didn't stay at Maria Studios this year although we might as well of done because we spent most of our time there anyway. The owners of Maria Studios, Yiannis and Katerina were absolutely lovely people and I can't forget Bob and Jannis who work there. Great food and a lovely pool, I just wish I didn't have to go home! I would definitly reccomend Stefano's boat BBQ. We went on our last day and saw some dolphins, it definitly made our holiday. Anyone thinking of going to Paleokastritsa should definitly go for it!!!
Paleokastritsa - lucy, leila, lauren, lewis and gracie. Date of travel: Aug 2006
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Stayed at Maria Studios/Faros pool bar twice this year. One week in June and two in August - love it that much going back 2nd october for another week!! Yannis, Katerina and their family are lovely people and they make you feel so welcome. We met Bob and Janice in June - they help out here and are a lovely couple. The food here is excellent. Rooms are clean and have everything you need except air con, which you could do with in August. BBQ every sat night is really good with nice food and wine, then Yiannis does Greek dancing with his sisters, its a good night. Paleo is a lovely very beautiful resort we have been going for years now. Locals are very friendly and great with kids. Just down from Faros is Moody Blues bar which stays open till last person leaves which is normally us (6am)!! For a quiet drink go the other way to Mistral bar it has a lovely view. Will always go to Paleokastritsa and always stay at Maria Studios love it that much!!! Its little Spiros birthday the day we arrive in october. Two weeks to go can't wait.
Maria Studios were great! - Barbara. Date of travel: Sep 2005
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Maria Studios were great!
I visited the Maria studios in September 2005 with my boyfriend. I can honestly say it was one of the best apartments I have stayed in. Yiannis, Katerina (who was pregnant at the time) are a great couple and work very hard. In fact the whole family are very friendly and do their best to make your holiday memorable. It was my first time visiting the Greek islands and I have longed to go back ever since. I would say it is a great place to stay for families and for couples. We travelled with Argo and the rep was very helpful. The BBQ night was fantastic and the food from the pool bar was also very good. The pool is also very clean. I would say that the Maria Studios are a great base for a holiday in Corfu and I would definitely stay there again.
 
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