16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
like staying with family
"had stayed in svorenata before, but not at sotiris so went on reviews, and wasnt disapointed! if you want a quiet get away from it all holiday in a quiet location id reccomend these studios, terry the owners son will go out of his way to make yopur stay thougherely memorable, including retrieving a lost dummy left in a taxi averting a crisis! there are a few tavernas and restaurants nearby, and some lovely beaches, nearest ammes 5 mins walk, we more or less had it to ourselves, aj hellas beach about 30 mins walk but down a cliff via steps, and aviathos, about 50 minute walk, we spent a lot of the holiday walking all over svorenata and id say ammes 5 minaway is the best of the beaches, few smaller ones quite a walk away but not very good, studios are 5 min in taxi from airport, but beware its a 15e min fare as they come from argistoli, we actually walked to the airport coming back, which is only about 15 mins, which was great as we could check in first early and stroll up tp a nearby restaurant which does a lovely breakfast for 6e, its not a busy airport, and you walk off the plane to the terminal and luggage is very quickly off the plane. taxi to lassi or argistoli is 15e, car hire locally is quite cheap at about 80e for 3 days and terry will sort this out for you, if you want a lively holiday then pick another island, but for a quite relaxing holiday you couldnt do better, will definatle be returning for another holiday, one thing, food prices are very expensive if you do self catering, eg tin of beans 1.20e and tin of soup 1.80e so id advise you to try and take some food with you, choice a bit limited, restaurant prices average meal for twm about 25e, large lager 2.80e"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2009
FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC
"What more can I say ??? This family is absolutely NUMBER ONE !!! We love them to bits. Been visiting Kefalonia for 11 years now and this is THE BEST accommodation on the ISLAND. You may be near the airport but this just adds to the kids enjoyment, watching the planes land. The family owned accommodation is fantastic, clean, spacious and the pool is great. We've just come back from a week there and my 2 year old wouldn't come out of the pool. There is also a paddling pool for infants as well. i would recommend this place to stay for ANYONE. It suits all. Terry, Sotiris and Maria, you make us feel like part of your family and we hope we do get back, even when we are living in New Zealand !! WE LOVE YOU !!!!"
- Travel date: 31st May 2009
SOTIRIS EXCELLENT BASE
"we have just returned from a 1 week break at the sotiris apartments,Kefalonia. from the minute we arrived Terry made us welcome and showed us to our room. the family owners are extremely freindly and genuine people, and make your stay as pleasant as possible. the situation is right next to the airport but no problem. its a very quiet and un developed area and is great if like us you dont want loads of clubs and nightlife around. there are a couple of local tavena's nearby but if you want more you will need to get transport, which Terry will hapily arange for you, which can be delivered to the apartment. we walked into Lassi for some exersize which took 90 minutes and was 9 km. the little Ammes beach is tranquil and unspoiled and also tidy. one thing i thought was good is the bar prices are not extortionate like some places. Maria,Terry's mum is lovely and will chat to you about the island and their experiences of their time in New York where they lived. the gardens are really nice and tidy and they have really thought about the lay out as it all looks well planned out. i would say the Sotiris would suit all types,families with kids,couples,old and young. in my opinion a little gem. we dont normally return anywhere but we would love to go back next year as the welcome was so genuine. Tad n Anne "
- Travel date: 18th October 2008
"We ended up at these apartments ona fluke, we originally were meant to go to Skala but the hotel had been closed down. We were at first a little disapointed at the resort of svoronata as its so quiet but after a while we grew to love the place, how many resorts can you get a full beach to yourself! In terms of these apartments, they are one of the best we have stayed in at Greece, so clean and well equipped and the staff are so friendly! The bar would stay open as long as you wanted a drink and was really well priced. Fantastic place but you may need to rent a car/bike if you want to explore as there's not much to do but chill."
- Travel date: 14th October 2008
I never write reviews about holidays as ...
"I never write reviews about holidays as I am normally either just satisfied or disapointed. However on this occassion my expectations were surpassed. This accomodation is very basic, but if you are looking for the most amazing service, welcoming and friendly faces and beautiful setting then this is the place to go. The family who own and run the apartments have 150% commitment to making your holiday what you want, whether its booking cars, suggesting tourist attractions, recomding restaurants - their wish is your command. The bar is open all day and night as is the restaurant. We had many a happy afternoon/night spent drinking cocktails made by one of the 3 friendly sons who now run the business. We ate in the restaurant only one evening, there is a mixture of greek and british dishes. There are a few restaurants in walking distance but you really need a car to go further a field. We also hired bikes for a couple of days from a local hotel which was another great way to see the village and local beaches. The village is within 5/10 mins drive from the airport - DO NOT BE PUT OFF - I think we saw 10 planes in the whole week and its loads of fun watching the come and go and waving off your new found friends as they fly over head. They must have 100% retention of customers, as we didnt meet a single couple/family that hadnt been there previously - I am sure that speaks for itself. "
- Travel date: 3rd October 2008
A family totally committed to your holiday needs!
"I never write reviews about holidays as I am normally either just satisfied or disapointed. However on this occassion my expectations were surpassed. This accomodation is very basic, but if you are looking for the most amazing service, welcoming and friendly faces and beautiful setting then this is the place to go. The family who own and run the apartments have 150% commitment to making your holiday what you want, whether its booking cars, suggesting tourist attractions, recomding restaurants - their wish is your command. The bar is open all day and night as is the restaurant. We had many a happy afternoon/night spent drinking cocktails made by one of the 3 friendly sons who now run the business. We ate in the restaurant only one evening, there is a mixture of greek and british dishes. There are a few restaurants in walking distance but you really need a car to go further a field. We also hired bikes for a couple of days from a local hotel which was another great way to see the village and local beaches. The village is within 5/10 mins drive from the airport - DO NOT BE PUT OFF - I think we saw 10 planes in the whole week and its loads of fun watching the come and go and waving off your new found friends as they fly over head. They must have 100% retention of customers, as we didnt meet a single couple/family that hadnt been there previously - I am sure that speaks for itself."
- Travel date: 3rd October 2008
Having just returned following our 12th ...
"Having just returned following our 12th stay at Sotiris we wanted to add our comments following the last review . No , this is not a place for those who want to " go it large " but for those seeking a relaxing , tranquil holiday in beautiful srroundings , with the friendliest Greek family you could ever wish to meet well , look no further ! I can assure anyone that the extremely high number of repeat guests is testament itself . The area of Svoronata is unspoilt with a lovely beach 5 mins away & a number of resturants serving local cuisine within walking distance . Having stayed For 3 weeks 2 years ago in June the fact that we ate out only twice should tell anyone how superb Maria 's home cooking is ! The rooms are very clean & serviced daily . Towels are changed regularly & if you encounter any problems the family are only too happy to sort them ( we never have had any ) . The pool bar is VERY well stocked & again is run throughout the day & night by 3 of the wonderful sons - music is NOT blasting out but played at an unobtrusive level . Many a friendship has been made there as its a gathering place for the guests to chat to each other over a drink or two . Hire of a car is an advantage as the Island is so beautiful with many places to visit which would be an added bonus to anybody visiting Kefalonia . The fact that the airport is only 5 mins away should not deter anyone . There are not lots of flights . NO late night ones & it is fun to watch the few that arrive fly over . This is a wonderful place to stay with the loveliest of people running it & we cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone wanting a relaxing break to re-charge the batteries whilst still having a great time !"
- Travel date: 15th September 2008
Super Accomodation A+++++
"My partner & I stayed for a week in August 2008 and wish we had had booked for longer. The Fragias family members made us feel welcome and are very friendly. The studio was clean, reasonably sized with all self catering requirements provided. A good air-con unit and small safe in the room was also provided. The medium sized swimming pool was not too busy and the poolside bar, cafe/restaurant and minimarket were well sited. The accomodation is close to the airport (found this an advantage, as signposting isn't too great in Svoronata) and under flightpath but no planes from from midnight to 11am, and scarce during the day. It was actually a slight thrill to be lying in the pool and have a plane flying overhead!!! The Sotiris is ideally located, only 200m walk to Ammes beach. There are 2 restaurants situated along the beachfront road. Try the Kefalonian meat pie. Would recommend hiring a car to explore the island in fulland it's cheaper to hire when you arrive, with many car rental places available. We toured right around the island and took in all the main attractions, Sami, Skala and Fiskardo, etc. Definitely a location to relax and enjoy the surroundings. If you want nightclubs go to Argostoli (15 minutes by taxi, 15 euros each way). Weather hot, 28 - 37 degreesC. Overall, very enjoyable stay in a nice area, suitable and safe for young children. Will be returning soon I hope!!!"
- Travel date: 21st August 2008
Peaceful and great location
"If your looking for an `all singing all dancing` resort or that type of holiday this is NOT for you. If however, you like a good location, decent beach. crystal clear waters and still very peaceful, then it may be right up your street. Great apartments with wonderful gardens and a great pool. This family run business offers genuine Greek hospitality and is located just 10 minutes from the airport. Some aircraft noise, but remember this is no Manchester Airport, with the majority of flights on just 2 days a week. Stayed at the end of June 2008 with very high temperatures. Not many resturants close to hand, although they were good and Marias home cooking at the Sotiris was just excellent. Do hire a car and explore this great island and discover for yourself some stunning sights around the island. Best place in Greece we have visited for `chill out` it really was so peaceful. Although the Sortiris was full there was days when we had the pool to ourselves, other guests on excursions etc. As for the members of the family ? Well it felt like stopping at someones home. Very helpful and friendly and they were all excellent company!! Would we go back there ? .... Too true ... Yamas"
- Travel date: 19th July 2008
we booked a one bedroomed apartment for ...
"we booked a one bedroomed apartment for two, which we got so one person slept in the bedroom and the other slept in the kitchen!! room was basic with poor cooking utensils (so eating out every night is a must) towels were only changed twice and also bedding changed twice. we had a problem with our toilet the first day and after much pestering by me to the owner, he finally agreed we had a broken toilet and fixed it a day later. the restaurant on the site is very much geared towards to british taste and there is not enough greek food on the menu. the apartments were supposedly cleaned daily, but this usually involved just emptying the bins and if you were lucky a supply of toilet roll. the room never looked clean to me and could have done with a once over before new guests arrive. WHATEVER YOU DO - don't be tempted to pay huge prices for a private taxi transfer (we got done with Â£50 return) it is literally 20 mins walk from the airport terminal or 5 mins in a local taxi. overall the place was OK by greek standards, but dont go there if you want to "give it large" - this is a place to totally unwind."
- Travel date: 9th June 2008
Fabulous place, fabulous people. Almost...
"Fabulous place, fabulous people. Almost walking distance from the airport, but hey, your holiday starts even sooner and lasts that bit longer! If you want a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings, you could not choose better. Hire a car and discover more of this beautiful island but I think you'll find that the best beaches are right on your doorstep. Stunning scenery. We are lifelong converts! "
- Travel date: 30th November 2007
Sotiris are a family run studios, in a s...
"Sotiris are a family run studios, in a small resort called Svoronata. 5 mins transfer from the airport, the only downside is the plane noise, but this is only a couple of times a day, and sometimes not at all. The studios are clean and simply decorated. They have a shower and a cooking hob, along with a sink and a balcony. The studio was cleaned everyday whilst we were there. There is a small shop with the essentials, including delicious fresh bread every day. It is also has a restaurant, with outside tables and home cooking from one of the owners, each night. Real Greek food and is absolutely scrumptious! The bar is well stocked, and has good prices. The pool is cleaned every night, and is big enough to play around in. There are lots of deckchairs and umbrellas. There are 2 beaches within easy walking distance, as well as 3 restaurants, and a pool bar. There is car hire in the main Svoronata resort and a supermarket. The bus to the main town goes from nearby, but only twice a day. Overall a fantastic holiday, and wouldn't hesitate to go back. The personal touch from the owners made all the difference. "
- Travel date: 30th July 2007
Sotiris Studios is also called
- sotiris studios svoronata
- sotiris studios hotel svoronata