42 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Stayed at the Panorama apartments in August 2010, worst holiday ever!, music from the bar, very loud until the early hours most nights. Could hear it from the other side of the salt flats. If you want to go on holiday for a relaxing time DO NOT STAY AT THE PANORAMA."
- Travel date: 18th August 2010
Excellant in every way !!!
"Have just come back from the Best Greek Holiday my family and I have ever had. The family that run these apartments are so friendly, they made us feel like part of their family, nothing was too much trouble and we have made life long friends with the Leftakis family. The apartments themselves are lovely and very spacious and the maid service is excellant. The theme nights that Mavra organises are absolutley brilliant.....especially the quiz night, but i have to say that if you stay here the Greek Night is not to be missed, it's the best Greek Night I have ever been to. The food at the Panorama is lovely, the Full English is great value for money and the cocktails for adults & kids are amazing ( my kids loved them!!!) Definately will be going back next year"
- Travel date: 17th August 2010
We had a good time until......
"My daughter had just finished her GCSEs so we decided to go away for a week and chill. We booked at the last minute having read the reviews. Seemed like a place to do nothing. We arrived at 2am. The transfer bus refused to go up the hill. We were dropped off and told to go up the hill. It was pitch dark and we were tired. Walking up the hill with luggage was no fun. I have named it 'Cardiac Hill'. The apartments are clean and the location is good. No complaints whatsoever. We arrived on a Thursday morning and it was blissfully quiet until the early hours of Sunday morning when a couple of groups of young lads arrived. Our quiet holiday then turned into hell. They monopolised the swimming pool, kicked footballs, played cricket in the pool, splashed everyone, shrieked, they destroyed the entire environment. They came back from town at sunrise and banged on doors. I felt intimidated by them.The groups banded together so there was about 25 of them. A number of us complained and Yannis dealt with them but it continued to happen. I was pleased to leave. Whilst this is not the fault of the apartment management, this accomodation is not expensive so it leaves money for yobs to drink more. The transfer bus once again refused to come up the hill when we left. The driver stopped the bus in the middle of the road works causing a tailback. We then had to cross the traffic coming out of Falaraki and stand in the middle of the road to load our luggage. Not good. Sorry but I won't be going back. I am not a complainer but the yobs managed to wake my daughter and that takes some doing and the transfer arrangements were useless. "
- Travel date: 15th July 2010
Lovely place to stay
"We had an excellent holiday at panorama studios. Accommodation clean, pool great, food tasty, atmosphere quiet and relaxing but many friendly people. We hired a car for 4 days which allowed us easy access in and out. we did find the walk to shops a bit of a trail otherwise. Yes.we would definately go back again. mum dad and 2 kids."
- Travel date: 7th August 2009
Clean apartments in a quiet setting away from the bars/restaurants and shops
"It was our first visit to Zante and whilst I would stay in Alykes again I would not stay at the Panorama Apartments again. The apartments were of a good standard and clean and the complex was kept clean, but, if you are in a one bed apartment and would like air conditioning they charge you an extra 90 euros per week for it, which we felt was far too expensive and an extra cost on top of the holiday. If you are in a studio apartment air con will be 45 euros per week. The owner of the apartments is not very friendly, though his daughter and the other people who work there are slightly more friendly. To eat or drink at the bar in the apartments is very expensive and there is only one bar, supermarket and restaurant 5 minutes walk away. All the shops, bars and restaurants and the beach are a good 10-15 minute walk away, which feels a lot longer in the July heat! Try Zorbas Taverna, great value, good food and very welcoming. Asteria Taverna has a great setting on the beach and has a good menu and is good value too."
- Travel date: 1st August 2009
"Great time in Panorama Studios, perfect holiday in Greece. Staff were excellent, very good service. Very clean rooms and pool area. Special hello and thanks to Ben - THE BEST BARMAN IN GREECE - Yamas! Liza xxx "
- Travel date: 25th July 2009
Panorama is a fantastic place
"Panorama is a fantastic place to stay at. I have been going for the past seven years with my son and often take a group of my friends. I cant believe anyone can moan about it being out of the way, this adds to its charm as it has fantastic views and is away from all the noise of the town centre.It is safe and all the staff are fantastic there is nothing they will not do for you and all my friends have had a great holiday and want to go back when they have been.The rooms are basic but that is all you need they are always clean with freshsheets and towels every couple of days.The showers are good the drainage system they have is typical of all the greek Islands and the beds are comfortable. Panorama has a pool bar/ restaurant which serves basic cheap English food.I love greek food but most Brits seem to want English food and if you want to sample greek, mexican, chinese or many other foods Faliraki caters for all with loads of restaurants to choose from. Although we love to chill out by the pool We have visited many of the fantastic beaches on the island and rhodes town is lovely.The water park is a great favourite of the kids and we love visiting the village of Psinthos sampling tradidtional food and enjoying the relaxed village atmosphere. We are definitely going back there is still so much that we want to do and see in Rhodes and we will definatly be staying at Panorama. We often think we should visit another island but as everyone at Panorama studios is brilliant we just keep going back"
- Travel date: 25th April 2009
Ok studios, basic but then thats Greece....
"Ok studios, basic but then thats Greece. These studios are 30 to 40 mins away from beach and night life, the walk to get there was very dangerous, walking on a dirt track on the side of a very busy road. taxi was 5 euros which is ok, but that would be four times in one day, up and own the beach and up and down again for the night, although we always walked down and taxi up as it is on the top of a steep hill or should i say mountain. all in all had a great time with great weather."
- Travel date: 11th September 2008
We choose to go to Rhodes because last y...
"We choose to go to Rhodes because last year we had visited the island on an day excursion from Marmaris, Turkey. We had really liked our day out so when we spotted a last minute family holiday on the ânet to Faliraki we thought âwhy notâ¦â When we booked the holiday the details showed that we would be staying at Panorama Studios. âNet reviews we came across said only that the Panorama was situated off a steep road, however âsteepâ was not defined. The apartment building is situated about two miles from the centre of Faliraki roughly on the plateau of a steeply rising tertiary road off an arterial road. The apartment building itself was well maintained however we later found that the âlandscapingâ to the rear of the building left something to be desired. We arrived at the Panorama in the very early hours of the morning. There were two night staff guys on duty. One introduced himself as âJimmyâ but the other said nothing and stayed largely mute thereafter. They directed us to our rooms but made no attempt to assist us with our luggage (x3 suitcase). We had rooms side by side, as requested. In one of the rooms the lights werenât working and they fixed the problem PDQ as there was no other pair of rooms available. As âcompensationâ they switched on the A/C unit in that room for the duration of our stay and didnât charge us for it. We didnât bother with A/C in the other room as the heat suited us just fine! The rooms and facilities were basic but sufficient (beautiful sunrise views over the trees from our 2nd floor apartment). A significant downside was the bathrooms that had a shower tray but no shower curtain. As a result on having a shower the bathroom turned into a wetroom! Towels had to be put down to soak up the water that got everywhere and took an age to drain away. It felt unhygienic being stood in a lake of shower water whilst drying off. Later that morning we noticed that the night guys had been replaced by three day staff, a guy who introduced himself as Yannis (if youâre reading this sorry if Iâve spelled your name incorrectly) and two women. Yannis spoke English well and was generally friendly and helpful. The women were more obviously reserved and didnât communicate in English that well (that said their English was still by far better than my Greek) but they were very efficient. Jimmy who we saw most nights was well known for saying âThank Youâ long and loudly. We found him personable but well skilled in the art of Taarof. On ordering meals from the cafÃ©/canteen menu it was noted that there wasnât a great deal of choice just variations on a theme e.g. chips eggs and sausages or sausages chips and eggs etc. There wasnât much in the way of Greek food on offer though to be fair they were obviously geared up for typical client demand. As a result Greek salad was eaten for every meal, not that I was complaining as I needed to lose some weight anyway! In the afternoon we decided to walk into Faliraki centre. The walk was an adventure in its own right as for the first half of the way there was no metalled pavement, just a dusty dirt verge centimetres from the high volume traffic arterial road (I understand though that municipal works halt during the tourist season but the pavement will be extended and finished for next year). The walk back was gently inclined for three quarters of the way but the last quarter of way to the apartments is steeply inclined. There is little point really in saying the tertiary road is approximately a 1 in 10 rise it is better to visualise the steepness of the road in terms of the road shown in the classic Hovis bread commercial! If a person is fit and healthy the road shouldnât be a problem but if a body has breathing problems then the road may well present an unwelcome challenge. That said if you donât want to walk the two miles we found that staff would happily order a taxi that you were charged in the region of 5 to 8â¬ for depending on time of day, driver etc. Taking a taxi proved useful for the single occasion we bought in provisions given that the first (open) stores (âAsdaâ, âSainsburys (sic)â, âMorrisonsâ etc) are about a mile away alongside the arterial road from the apartment complex. On our second day we met properly with our Rep, Mary (the first meeting being briefly at Rhodes Airport on transfer). She was pleasant but once (allegedly) she had âprofiledâ our group and concluded that there no excursions to be sold she provided her contact details and promptly left. The Panorama pool was a good enough size, clean and was well maintained. Relaxing beside the pool was pure bliss (temp 35-40) as the music was at a good level with no hassle from the staff to buy drinks. Also access to sun loungers was plentiful and unhurried, an upside of the apartments being too far away from âthe actionâ for casual visitors to just turn up and overcrowd the pool area. On the third night we went into the centre of Faliraki. We found that the centre was not quite Blackpool, more like Wakefield town centre on a weekend with souvenir shops. We found that the place was generally clean, safe and great fun to be in. Itâs worth mentioning also that we got nowhere near as much hassle from traders as we had received in Marmaris. The beach area was great too. On our fourth day we went to the Water Park (10â¬ taxi fare). The place is brilliant and a must do visit. Best to arrive early(ish) to get on the best slides and attractions without too much queuing that said there is more than enough to keep a person well amused until they can get on a slide. On our fifth day we went to Psinthos (situated about 8 miles away) on the recommendation of Yannis as he stated that the tavernas there were the best. He was right! We had a fantastic meal at a great taverna owned by a relative of his. The only downside to our trip to Psinthos was the taxi fares. On the trip out we paid 17â¬ but 28â¬ on the trip back! We found that the reason for this was because Psinthos is rurally located and off the beaten track no taxis are based there and taxis hardly ever have cause to go as result the taxi drivers can apparently lawfully charge a passenger from wherever they happen to be when they are dispatched to pick that passenger up. Moreover we had to wait an hour to be picked up! Overall we found our apartments agreeable and Faliraki an OK place to visit. We would at some point consider going to Rhodes again but as for staying again at Panorama Studios and/or visiting Faliraki probably not for as far as can be reasonably seen ahead. "
- Travel date: 23rd August 2008
Arrived at the hotel based on a steep hi...
"Arrived at the hotel based on a steep hill,room very basic.Found the bar food to be very good.Jimmy the barman one of the best shouting thankyou at the top of his voice the whole week making us all laugh.The walk to Faliraki in the heat though took 40 mins which has now given me muscles I never thought I had! Dangerous walking to Faliraki because of the traffic passing inches by.I would possibly go again in the future hopefully when the pavement is finished. "
- Travel date: 21st August 2008
Not sure why they would build a hotel ha...
"Not sure why they would build a hotel halfway up a mountain in the middle of nowhere,3km from centre of faliraki,with a dirt path for a sidewalk.Having said that,the hotel was nice but the room was basic.Special mention must go to Jimmy,barman at the hotel with his lively banter.Had to pay 6 euros per night for air conditioning as we were on the bottom landing so wasnt keen on leaving patio door open as the heat during august was 90 odd degrees and stifling.Could have done with a toasterand bigger pan for boiling water for hot drink. Would I go again,possibly if the path on the main road was better as you are walking next to the traffic."
- Travel date: 21st August 2008
I don not know why anyone can say that t...
"I don not know why anyone can say that they did not enjoy their time here and for complaining about the taxie rides and coast what do you expect as the name is the panorama. They are buliding new pavments right up to the edge of the bottom of the hill you can walk down at night just don't wear healed shoes. Food is great and can get get all up to 12.00 at night after 12.00 you can get pizza or toaste. Any probles just go right to the staff and cut out the rep as it will be sorted in no time. staff are great their for the entertament a night at the bar is better than bar street or club street. Jimmy is the best and will keep you laughing all night long. pool and area is well keeped. This is the 3rd time we have stayed here and want go anywhere eals. As for faliraki it is no longer the 18-30 you see on club reps it is more familys and couples "
- Travel date: 15th August 2008
Top traveller tips for Panorama Studios Apartments
"Middle of nowhere, peaceful, watch out for yobs and transfer buses"
"Wild if you want it. Quiet if you want it. Beautiful place."
Panorama Studios Apartments is also called
- Panorama Studios & Apartments
- Panorama Studios Apartments