11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Greece at it's best.
"Parga is the best kept secret in Greece..!! Truly a beautiful place and a "must return" resort. Spires and Fotini at the Zozefina Apartments could not be more charming and attentive. The apartments are clean and simple and very peaceful. I note that the hill on the way back from Parga gets a few comments, but it's not so bad and is a perfect excuse for a gin and tonic..! Spiros enjoys a game of domino's. If you fancy your luck, take the challenge, but he's very good..!! "
- Travel date: 29th May 2014
"This was our second holiday to Parga but our first time at the Zozefina. Parga is so lovely and stays with you long after you have left,we fell in love with this part of Greece the first time we visited. Five years later we returned and we felt that same magic. It truly is a beautiful resort. The Zozefina is typically Greek with all the things you need for a self catering holiday. We stayed in studio's,they were kept very clean by the lovely lady who was always smiling...even in the 40 degree heat!! The icing on the cake are the owners,Spiros and Fotini. They are the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and made our holiday as special as it was. They make you feel so welcome and nothing is to much trouble."
- Travel date: 28th March 2010
Friendly relaxing special hotel
"I don't normally write reviews but as I make so much use of reviews and forums on here I thought I should give some time back. The resort: So I've started with my first review of Zozefina probably because Parga has been my favourite resort in the last five years of holidaying. The resort is one of my favourites, at the age of twenty three I havent covered much of Greece but I have seen Zante, Kos, Santorini, Naxos, Paxos and of course parga. This is enough to tell me the sort of resorts in Greece I like and what to look for in the after. I like to look for resorts that are physically appealing with buildings that have greek authenticity and charm, I am not too keen on the purpose built tourism strips. Of course Parga is geared for tourism but it has a greek charm to it and is picture postcard perfect. It is still lively without being offensive and has lots of traditional restaurants and cosmopolitan bars to choose from. Lastly, I must mention the great water taxis, a couple of euros every 15-30 mins to different beaches some until 11pm. The hotel: Everybody talks about the hill, and yes it is a long walk in the heat, but it is fine all part of the experience and allows you to be in a secluded part lovely and quiet. In fact we quite enjoyed the walk sometimes. The owners are lovely, we normally like to keep ourselves to ourselves but we enjoyed talking to them and in no way felt they were intrusive just very friendly and welcoming. I can't remember the husbands name but we called him Jimmy, although he couldn't speak english he still taught me some greek and he enjoyed messing about at the poolside with us. The pool is a great size for the hotel as there is only a small number of rooms, making it very peaceful in fact there were days when we had it to ourselves. The rooms are of course basic greece style but they are some of the best studios we have stayed in. We were situated on the ground floor and found the room to be large and clean which suited us. So all in all a great holiday which has inspired my love affair with Greece!"
- Travel date: 31st January 2010
Try this traditional Greek accomodation - its what you should be going away for
"I love Zozefina. It doesn't try to be something it isn't. The owners are genuine people and want you to enjoy some of the real Greece - not the over exposed tourist areas and over commercialised resorts. What you get at Zozefina is good honest Greek hospitality, they wont smooth over rough edges, rather let you see the beauty of the location and the diversity of the surroundings. If that isn't for you - try all inclusive in Malia or Falaraki. Zozefina apartments are spotlessly clean, well equipped , and thanks to solar heating, environmentally friendly. Nothing is too much trouble for Spiros and Fotini, your comforst, safety and security whilst away are their priorities. Enjoy your stay!"
- Travel date: 7th October 2009
"We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Parga. Parga is beautiful but the Zozefina is something else. We stayed here three nights and then were moved by our tour operator as we could not stand any more. The apartments are a 15 to 20 minute walk from the centre and up hill. They are on the main road which is busy all through the night and is like staying on the M62. The owners of the apartments have a dog and on the odd occasion the traffic is quiet, the dog barks.... if their dog isn't barking then the guard dog at the drinks company at the side of the apartments takes over. The apartments are adequately equipped and clean however, the shower leaves a lot to be desired as the flow of water is poor and the water luke warm. There is air conditioning which has to be paid for and there is also a ceiling fan in the room which we were told has been disconnected so you have to pay for the air con if you want to keep cool. The pool is only open between 10am and 7pm as are all the pools in Parga however, at the Zozefina the pool area is chained off between these times and on our first morning we went to the pool at 9.55am and was made to wait at the chain until 10am before we could go to the sunbeds. No food or drink can be taken to the pool area only if it is bought from the pool bar. In the supermarkets water can be bought for 1.80 euros for six bottles, the Zozefina charges 3 euros for the same six pack... The apartments are self catering but the owners try to run it like a hotel but charge you for the priviledge. Because they are so far away from any amenities, they get away with it."
- Travel date: 2nd September 2009
"The apartments are spottlessly clean! A little on the small side though, air-con costs 40 euros (Bit much if you ask me) But worth it. Air-con was only in the bedroom, a problem for me as i slept on a sofa bed in the other part of the apartment. Kitchen rather basic but no complaints, could do with a washing up sponge though. Two cats and a kitten usually walk around the apartment block - so cute, but if you feed them they soon get used to it. Pool just big enough, they even have a hot tub that was never used (Don't know why.) Lovely couple who run zozefina, very friendly and helpful and they'll make sure you'll have a kiss on the cheek before you leave for the airport. The only conplaints i have is that the shower doesn't know if to be hot or cold or how much water it wants to give. So make sure your the first to hop in the shower! Also the hotel is on the top of a rather long road uphill, so find the taxi rank if your not a walker. I give zozefina * * * *"
- Travel date: 9th July 2009
"We have just returned from a two week holiday at the zozefina and i have to say this was one of thenicest accomodations we have ever stayed in. The rooms are fairly basic as is typical in Greece but have the added extras of a kettle, hairdryer and a bath with shower and curtain rather than a hole in the floor. Spiros and Fortini the owners are two of the nicest people you will meet and fortini speaks verygood English. They are around nearly all day and night and nothing is too much trouble for them. One day we saw them in town in the supermarket and they even offered to take our shopping back on their moped.The apartments are in a lovely peaceful setting, however they are a little way out of town. Going down is ok but coming back in the heat can be hard work, particularly as the temperatures were in the hundreds while we were there. The walk is not ideal for families with small children, but that aside the apartments are ideal for families. The pool is a decent size, there is a jacuzzi and showers and toilets available down a few steps.One great point is the pool doesnot open until 10am and while we were there there was never once a towel on a sunbed beforethen. Even in peak season we never had to go without a sunbed, regardless of the time we went to the pool.Fortini sells snacks which are fairly basic but adequate. Air conditioning is available at a cost of 40 euros aweek and safety deposit boxes are 10 euros per week. A taxi from town is well worth the 4 euros it costs. All in all we had a fantastic, relaxing holiday and would definetly recommend the zozefina."
- Travel date: 31st August 2008
"Just returned from 1 week at the Zozefina. We booked last minute and got a good deal. This was one of cleanest places we have ever stayed (5 star hotels included). The pool area was small but ample, we actually had it to our selves for a few hours on a couple of days which is exceptional during school holidays. The owners were very friendly. However the apartments are fairly basic and the beds a little hard for me. Beware if you have older children the sofa bed in the lounge was only just long enough for our 16 year old and she is only 5'2''. The young man next door to us was taller and quite uncomfortable. The air conditioning (40 euros per week and cannot be left on while you're out) is in the bedroom so we had to keep the door open all night to keep our daughter cool, so not much privacy. Also the bathroom door was next to her bed which was a little disturbing for her when I made my nightly trip. These apartments are close to the main road but to be honest it didn't really bother us much. Snacks are available at the pool bar but there's not a lot of choice and they were a bit pricey. We tended to buy sandwiches at the bakers and eat on our balcony if we were round the pool. It is a long walk into town not too bad once a day but as we are beach people the uphill walk back got a bit much twice a day in the heat. It's only 4 euros for a taxi so at night we found this the best option. Parga itself is very pretty. The town beach and Voltos beach are both good but quite busy. The restaurants and bars here are great for people watching. Our nightly food bill ranged from 23 to 37 euros for 3. We didn't really have a bad meal but found the best food was at the tavernas on the walk into town. It's well worth a walk up to the castle the views are lovely. There are several mini markets on the walk down into town but the Coop supermarket was the cheapest. Apparently there is a Carrefour fairly local if you have transport. We didn't do any trips or car hire as we were only there for a week and needed to chill out. All in all we enjoyed our holiday but found things are quite expensive now with the poor exchange rate. Probably won't go back to Parga (we don't often return to places) but if we did would prefer to be a little closer to the beach than the Zozephina."
- Travel date: 30th July 2008
"We holidayed at the Zozefina in the last week of May and the beginning of June. What can we say ? Very friendly owners who did everything theycould to make our stay enjoyable even so far as to give me a lift home on the back of his scooter after a hard day at the beach !!!!! The apartments were very well equipped and extemely clean and spacious. Swimming pool was very good and clean and we especially liked the facilities(showers rooms and toilets) which were readily available after we had checked out of our room at no extra charge. All in all an exceptional ,very relaxing place to unwind ."
- Travel date: 20th July 2008
"The owners of the Zozefina apartments are extremely friendly and very helpful. The apartment block is relatively small and over looks the hills. The apartments themselves are well equiped with toaster, kettle, oven, fridge etc. I have stayed in a number of different apartments in Greece and these are by far the best. The pool area is really nice and very clean. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. There are also toilets and changing facilities. The small bar offers a variety of drinks and snacks. You have to pay extra for the air conditioning and safety deposit boxes in your room but the charge is very reasonable. The apartments are about a 20 minute downhill walk to Parga town and the nearest supermarket about a 5 minute walk downhill. The Adams apartments across the road do great bar snacks - these apartments are a 2 minute walk away. Parga Town itself is really charming and has over 90 tavernas. Make sure you walk up the steps towards the castle as there are a number of tavernas and bars which I hightly recommend. The catch of the day is always worth asking about. We stayed for one week and never had a bad meal. A taxi back to Zozefina is 4 euros if you dont fancy the uphill walk back! The pebble beach is great for snorkling and the town beach itself is lovely. Make sure you also get a water taxi to Valtos beach - really lovely and some nice beach bars. The boat trips to Paxos and Anti Paxos I would also recommend. All in all I would highly recommend the Zozefina apartments and highly recommend Parga itself. Make sure you take mosquito repellant though!"
- Travel date: 12th July 2008
"We stayed at the Zozefina for two weeks in July. Brilliant holiday in a fantastic resort with scorching weather. Parga is one of the best resorts we've stayed in in Greece (it was our first resort on the mainland) and it's thoroughly recommended. Water taxis to the nearby beaches became an almost daily habit (as did gyros for breakfast!). As well as a wealth of reasonably priced tavernas selling the standard Greek fair, there are a few excellent restaurants - the 5 Senses restaurant attached to the Alpha Hotel serves exquisite (and inexpensive) food to match the exquisite service and decor. The town bustles just enough in the evening and is perfect for a stroll and a few drinks. A walk up towards the castle is a little strenuous but worth it for the views over the town and harbour from a couple of very relaxing bars / tavernas. The Zozefina are the quintessential family run Greek apartments, very reasonably priced and very clean with a deadly pool - watch out for the death trap at the top of the stairs to the pool toilet and showers! Another note of caution, Spiros and his wife are a little over zealous when it comes to protecting guests from the Greek sun - if you dose off, chances are you'll wake up with your parasol up with SPF 50 from head to toe! Spiros doesn't speak a word of English but that won't stop him from engaging you in one way conversation for hours at a time. They are a lovely couple though and if you're a little bit more sociable than us, they'll be just your up of tea..."
- Travel date: 23rd August 2007
Top traveller tips for Zozefina Apartments
"A decent pair of "walking" sandals."