27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We love Irini Studios
"We first went to Irini Studios in September 2011 after spending a week on a sailing holiday. Christos personally collected us from Plataria and we had a fantastic week at Irini. We enjoyed our stay so much we returned in May 2012. The apartments are a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Parga. The apartments and pool are kept immaculately clean, the grounds are pretty, the food is freshly cooked, delicious and plentiful.
We never usually return to the same place but Christos, Irini and their family make you feel very much at home and provide such a warm welcome and are so helpful that we will certainly be returning here whenever we get the chance - the perfect relaxing getaway. Ssshhhh don't tell everybody though or there wont be any rooms left for us. "
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2012
After reading some peoples bad reports o...
"After reading some peoples bad reports of Irini studios I am pleased to say that they didn't go at the same time as us. We found Christos,Irini and their family very pleasant and helpful. Christos sorted us out with hire car at a much lower price than anybody else and his bar-b-q nights were brilliant. It was one of the friendliest places we have ever been to,and we have visited many Greek islands and this was the !st to mainland. We are back again next year along with our friends,we talked them in to it!! Didn't take much persuassion after showing them our photo's. "
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of September 2008
Our second visit to Parga and by far the...
"Our second visit to Parga and by far the best,all thanks to Christos and staff and the
excellent accomodation and pool/bar facilities.Christos was kindness its self and my 12
year old son and his friend were taught back gammon by Christos.I speak for my family
and our freinds who met us out there(Staying in a different appartment in Parga)
they were made as welcome as us.The pool and area is spotless and cleaned every day
appartments clean and comfortable.We will be back in the Irini next visit to Parga.Thanks Christos ."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of September 2008
This was our second visit to Parga, and...
"This was our second visit to Parga, and it is definitely unique. This year we were able to see the festival and the celebrations by the locals.
On our first visit we stayed at Lambrini Studios (next door to Irini sharing the pool etc) this time we stayed at Irini and I have to say that Irini Studios are probably the best accomodation in Parga. The studio was well equipped with a proper kettle, small 3 ring cooker with oven and grill, safety deposit box (â¬15 per 2 weeks) and air conditioning
(â¬70 per 2 weeks). August is hot and it was well worth paying for). The balconies on the top floor have a sea view (could be better if a few rouge trees went missing) and on a clear day Paxos is clearly visible on the horizon.n The studios were cleaned daily and the bedding and towels were chaged regularly.
Christos, Irini & the family were the perfect hosts, nothing was too much for them. The pool bar catered for all tastes in both food and drink and Christos was perfectly happy to alter items on the menu to suit dietry requirements.
The pool and surrounding area are kept imaculatly clean and Christos maintains the pool to a very high standard. There are some rules but they are for the benefit of all!The pool side was quiet and relaxing. For those that want to make noise there are several good beaches that will cater for all tastes.
On friday nights there is a tradional Greek night (food and dancing). Christos was an absoute star along with his youngest daughter getting everyone up to dance (even the shy ones). There was traditional Greek music followed by requested Disco music.
We are hoping return to Irini next year and maybe we will met up with some more of the regular visitors.
Well done Christos, keep up the good work!
Once again many thanks
Kim & Mel"
- Travel date: Mon 1st of September 2008
Once again Christos, Irini and their lov...
"Once again Christos, Irini and their lovely family have provided first class hospitality. Irini are the cleanest apartments, with the best pool and bar areas in Greece. I can also recommend Irini's meatballs, they're out of this world!!!
Christos and Irini's family are a credit to them; polite, hard working, happy and a very close unit.
My husband had tonsilitis during our second week and Christos kindly went to the chemist and brought something back to ease the pain. Thanks to Christos my husband was able to enjoy the rest of his holiday.
The weekly BBQ is fantastic value and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones too. The food is excellent and the dancing (which isn't compulsary) is lots of fun, some Greek music but also lots of 60's and 70's stuff to finish off the evening.
Best restaurants this year for us were Perivoli (behind Irini Studios), La Barca, two doors down from The Scorpio bar, Filamila on the road above the castle and Zorba's is also very good.
A big 'thank you!' to all the people who have written negative reports about Christos. Your absence (and that of your lilos and rubber rings) certainly enhanced the enjoyment of our holiday no end! Am I alone, or does the blatent inability of some Brits to read and abide by pool safety rules leave other people speechless too?
AN EVEN BIGGER THANK YOU to all the old and new friends we've spent the last two weeks with (you know who you are).
If you're contemplating a first visit to Parga and you're reading these reviews for reassurance, TAKE THE PLUNGE! The fact that the majority of us go back to Irini repeatedly ... even people who "never go to the same place twice! ;-)) tells you all you need to know!
Keep up the good work Christos & Irini, we hope to be back next year.
- Travel date: Wed 20th of August 2008
That was the first time to Skiathos. I h...
"That was the first time to Skiathos. I had visited Skopelos last year and this year we decided to go and see Skiathos. Very very very beautiful island...
I booked an apartment through the internet and although I wasn't sure about my choice... I had a very nice and relaxing week. Irinis House is very close to the beach and the town. I would reccommend it to everyone who would like during the holidays feel like home. I might go back with my family in the middle of September. If anybody needs any further information i just tell him to try Skiathos and this apartment...
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of July 2008
After reading the reviews before visitin...
"After reading the reviews before visiting the Irini Studios we too were a little dubious, but all we can say is that when we visit Parga again the only place we will consider staying is Irini Studios, Christos and the family work so hard to make sure everyone has a good holiday, as for the inflatables in the pool, I for one do not want to have to keep swimming round them. "
- Travel date: Tue 17th of June 2008
Very good holiday in very good accommoda...
"Very good holiday in very good accommodation. Worth having air conditioning in any room above ground level. At â¬ 70 for the fortnight it represents good value and could be uncomfortable without it. Rooms with small kitchen/diner and a balcony on everyone are more than adequate. The sun hits the balcony in the afternoon and can get very hot.
A bit of trek from the town centre especially if it's hot. A twenty five minute stroll along the unsheltered main road on an unfinished pavement is not overly pleasant in the midday (2pm) sun, it was 42 degrees shade temperature when we were there. The back way is shorter by about five minutes and has some shade but the last 100 yards coming back from town is slightly up hill, dusty and not what you need in that sort of heat. There isn't much in the way of watering holes between Irini and town and this seemed to lengthen the trip a little.
Christos and family are absolutely charming and Christos is always ready with advice and assistance. All you have to do is ask and he can't do enough for you. He is dry but get beyond that and he is an excellent host and in reality quite funny in a cheeky way. You make the effort and he will reciprocate. The Greek night is very good but too much food (for me). I hate to waste good food.
Excellent pool, not one of the standard rectangles, and probably just about enough sun-beds. It always has shaded bits depending on the time of day so there is no need to fry if you don't want to.
The bar is good and the snacks are simple but well cooked and generous in their portions. We never had a problem getting a drink at 1 or 2 am but we had probably been there since midnight (ish).
Parga itself is a fairly standard tourist town with decent but not exceptional restaurants and bars. There are many of both and it's probably a matter of luck whether you find the better ones or not.
An uphill stroll to the Venetian castle (15 - 20 minutes from the front depending on your legs and the temperature) is worth the walk and there is a bar in the castle, or you could continue on down hill to Voltos beach in about another 15 minutes bearing in mind that it is up hill coming back. A walk through the olive groves to Lithnos beach is also worth the trek (about 45 - 60 minutes). A reasonably priced (â¬ 5) boat from Lithnos beach takes you back to the front in Parga.
The little train to Ali Pasha's castle is good value at â¬ 8 per person return. It's worth considering leaving the train on the way back at the village of Anthousa and walking to Voltos beach (about 1 hour at a gentle stroll)."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of September 2007
I am really pleased that Christos has 'g...
"I am really pleased that Christos has 'got his act together' this year; it has saved a lot of people having the holiday experience we had last year. I can only wonder if he has been made aware of some of the comments from last year (his comments total is 15, others average 2) or perhaps his 'regulars/pool mafia' have come to the rescue. Either way, things seem to have improved which is a good thing because his wife and family are lovely. After visiting two different Greek locations this year, Parga is still our favourite and we will definitely return. Happy holidays to everyone. "
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
We (two adults and two children 13 and 1...
"We (two adults and two children 13 and 10) have just come back from two fabulous weeks staying at the Irini Studios in Parga.
The apartments were very clean, well maintained and provided a good standard of self catering accommodation. The pool and bar areas were exceptionally clean, with the pool water being very warm. NO problems getting a sunbed at any time of day, no silly race for sunbeds first thing in the morning like bigger hotels that we have been to. This was great if you had a late night or had been on a trip as you could just wander down to the pool and find a sunbed when you wanted to.
The apartments are on a road which is about a 15 minute walk into the resort centre. This was a concern for us before we went, but found that it was an easy stroll and was nowhere near as bad as some of the other reports. There is a pavement and lighting being installed at the moment which will make the walk even more pleasant.
AND NOW to the subject of Christos and his family, if you are looking for a holiday where the atmosphere is laid back and friendly and very relaxed, this is the place to go!! Christos is never in your face, but he is very willing to give help and advice and to chat if you approach him. On one occasion we were waiting for a taxi with our shopping and beach stuff when Christos rode past on his moped. He stopped and explained that it was during the siesta and the wrong time to expect a taxi, he loaded up all of our bags on his moped and took them back for us. On another occasion he gave us great advice about the medical centre and saved us loads of Euros!!!.
We spent most evenings in the beautiful town of Parga and never found any problems when going back for a drink at the Irini's bar.
The Irinis Greek night was very entertaining. The food served at the bar was very good and certainly good value for money.
This is a great resort if you want traditional Greece, that is quiet, relaxed, but also has enough going on for families and couples during the evenings. The tavernas and bars serve very good food and in restaurants like Bachos usually with a very big plate full !!
There are no big hotels, no English/Irish pubs, no happy hours, no McDonalds, no big Sky Sports bars --- just authentic Greek faire and hospitality. If you are looking for noisy pubs and clubs, drunk and disorderly behaviour - then this resort is not for you.
We lost count of the amount of people we bumped into who had been to Parga and to the Irini Studios before, some people were on their fifth or sixth visits. We will certainly be joining this happy band and will be booking the Irini Studios for our next years holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of August 2007
I was amazed to read some of the comment...
"I was amazed to read some of the comments about the Irini.
My wife and I found Christos and his family excellent hosts and no we did not spend all night at his bar.
The apartments are cleaned every day as is the pool. Yes Christos does have strict rules around the pool which I personally think is a good thing. If you want pools with inflatables go to butlins . Me I preferred the peace and Quiet.
Christos could not do enough for people and most people we spoke to were on their third or fourth visit to the Irini.
Still look on the bright side all those people who did not like it there will not go back and that will make it easier for me to get booked in again next year."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of July 2007
We visited Parga and stayed at the Irini...
"We visited Parga and stayed at the Irini studios and it was wonderful. The people were friendly, the food at the weekly barbecue was fantastic and the apartments were spotless. The walk back to Irini from Parga was dangerous on the main road, but we quickly found a back way right next to Irini. The negative comments from other reviewers regarding the road and the lack of lights, well, that is why the brochure tells you to take a torch!
There were also local taxis in Parga which only charged 4 euros back to Irini, which is nothing, that wouldn't get you a taxi in this country.
Parga itself was wonderful and Valtos beach is lovely, if somewhat a hard place on your calves to get to!
Would definitely go back again and very most likely stay in Irini studios."
- Travel date: Wed 18th of July 2007