14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I stayed in the dionysis and tonia in 2008 and 2009, first of all our rep charlotte was amazing she was always on time full of information about island and the excursions she recommended were brillent. iv got to say i came back 2010 she wasnt there a young chap was there no where near half as good!!!!! olympic holidays get her back!!!!
Right the accommendation is basic so welcome to greece, first of all the greeks dont have hooks for shower heads and normally they dont have shower curtains this is there culture and if you are ever luckly to go to a traditionally greek home you will see this, I think anyone who complains about hooks and shower curtains should book a holiday in butlins!!! also for ants, people leaving crumbs etc on the ballcony or leaving food lieing around will get ants same as at home, apart from at home we dont have our doors open half the time much as we do on holiday.
the local area is brillent recommend going to the cave bar and heaading to zante town
The hoteliers are brillent and always there to help yannie is the checky one, dennis is the joker but also the business minded one and saskis is the least speaking english brother but he will do anything to get out of work!!! the maids are the wifes to the brothers they take alot of flack, there english isnt bad but do say hello!!!
i hope this is helped!!
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of March 2011
Happy single traveller
"I stayed at the Dionysis and Tonia for two weeks from 16th September to 1st October, 2010. The rooms were basic but very clean, having the bedlinen changed and rooms cleaned every three days. Cooking facilities were, again, basic but who's going to cook a three course gourmet meal in a small studio? There were the usual moans from guests who expected 5 star accommodation for 2+ star prices. The pool was lovely, clean and uncrowded and plenty of sunbeds and parasols for everyone. The pool bar served light meals and drinks all day and was open until late at night. The three brothers who ran things were polite and helpful and spoke good English (useful for those who can't be bothered to learn a few words of Greek!)
In conclusion, the Olympic rep, Dean, was excellent; knew his job and was very efficient.
I would certainly go here again.
Anne Stephenson. Room D6 "
- Travel date: Wed 6th of October 2010
"My wife and I went to these apartments in July, they were basic, but friendly. No air conditioning, but we hired a fan. Theres a really good pool and bar and our rep Charlotte was brilliant. We loved it that much, we're going back to the same apartments in September 2009."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of September 2009
"I have just got back from what was supposed to be a 10 day stay at D & T. I say that as I couldnt leave and extended my holiday by another 4 days. I,ve been to Zante before so I know the accomodation can be basic and I wasnt expected too much. The studios were very clean, beds and towels changed often. The 3 Brothers, Dionysis, Yannis and Spiros made me very welcome. I met the nicest people ever and I will not forget them. All in all the holiday was the best I have ever had. I must also mention the pool as it was fantastic. I,m booking again for september. Cant wait!"
- Travel date: Fri 19th of June 2009
My boyfriend and I booked the Dionysis &...
"My boyfriend and I booked the Dionysis & Tonia Studios, as we wanted a clean apartment, not too expensive and self-catering.
When we got to the studios, there was no air conditioning (fine, as I was aware that this needed to be paid for at the bar!). There were ants all over the place. Two small bedside lights, no hot water, no furniture apart from a small table and two twin beds (with wood in between), not ideal if you want to sleep in the same bed as your partner.
I would NOT recommend this apartment to anyone - we didn't stay there long enough to see if the maid would clean the room as we checked out the following day.
Also, the snack bar is completely over-priced and not very nice.
All in all, you would be better to book somewhere else (preferable not a package deal either!)."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of September 2008
Just got back after a week of staying at...
"Just got back after a week of staying at the Dionysis & Tonia Studios.
Rooms are very basic, but to be honest all we needed was a bed, as we didn't cook at the appartment at all. Apart from the basic rooms the pool at the appartments was okay and the food from the bar there was okay too.
Kalamaki is a great resort. Great bars, restaurants and people... Would recommend mermaids and heaven's kitchen as a good place to eat, and the rose n crown english pub was a good laugh - quizzes and karaoke etc. Apart from the accommodation the holiday was amazing and i loved every bit of it
However the downer of the holiday came on the last day. You must be checked out of your room at 12 (lunchtime) and our flight wasn't till 4 am the following day. Therefore for 16 hours we didnt have anywhere to go. Suitcases can be left at the bar, untill it closes at 12... so for 4 hours my boyfriend and I had to sleep on a sunlounger by the pool, being bitten by bugs, and it was actually quite cold with no blanket. The Olympic rep didnt seem too bothered to help us out either. Therefore I would strongly suggest that you consider your flights when you stay here because no matter what you have to be out by 12, so if you have a flight like we did its a pretty rubbish way to spend your last night!"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of August 2008
Before arriving at the Dionysis & Tonia...
"Before arriving at the Dionysis & Tonia (hereafter referred to as DT) my wife and I had read all the reviews we could find on these apartments and quite frankly we were dreading it! We chose this apartment out of necessity because we booked at last minute and so had little choice.
I just want to say- DT is nowhere near as bad as most people are making out! Ok, so the rooms are basic and have no air conditioning, and the place is run by 3 brothers who are in their 40's...so what? Is that what you go to Greece for? So what if there isn't a flaming egg cup in the kitchen!!? So what if there isn't a shower head holder!?
These apartments are perfectly good to stay in even in August heat (fans can be rented). The brothers (Dionysis, Yanni and Spiros) are not miserable old men, they are actually very pleasant and hard working gentlemen who always made us feel welcome and we passed many a night talking to them in our bar.
Kalamaki itslef is a fantastic resort, the beach is the best I've seen in Greece, the main strip has countless bars, tavernas, restaurants and shops. I recommend Milos, Artemis and the rooftop Italian restaurants, and a great night out may be had at Venue bar (where Shane the fat gay cowboy struts his stuff), Cave bar (where a buggy drives you up to the bar itself situated in a cave) and Oasis bar for a quieter ambient atmosphere.
Overall, a great holiday, and DT was actually a pleasant experience as opposed to what we'd been promised after reading other reviews!"
- Travel date: Tue 26th of August 2008
Apartments fine - Let down by Olympic Rep
"I've been to Kalamaki year after year so knew what I was getting from the resort. I tend to stay at different accomodations so this year was Dionysis and Tonia with Olympic Holidays. Studio was very clean, typical Greece basic and regularly tended to by the maid. Pool area was adequate for the number of units, plenty of shade if required and also very clean.
As I visit Kalamaki yearly there was only 1 thing I needed from my rep, my transfer home pick up time. Previous holiday experiences have taught me that this gets put under your accomodation door a few days before departure. Alternatively, this year under the door came a questionnaire with a sentence that read something along the lines of "hand this to me at the bar on x day at x time and then I'll tell you your transfer time". This was disappointing as I had to cancel plans with my family to attend to get my timings - not as disppointing as the rep failing to show on this day and when questioned by another guest the following day it appeared she had no intention of turning up and that the time was put down so she didn't get reprimanded for non return of questionnaires.
Never again with Olympic!"
- Travel date: Sun 24th of August 2008
have just come back after a fantastic w...
"have just come back after a fantastic week staying at dionysis and tonia it is really clean
bedding and towels changed twice in 7 days ,staff very helpful , food good the only problem is no air conditioning which is really needed!but we hired fans at only 15 euros for the week! also to hire a safe is only 15 euros . great pool!what else can i say ?GREAT"
- Travel date: Fri 15th of August 2008
good good good
"just came back studio appartments very good ,clean , quiet ,good food just what was needed for a relaxing break,only problem was that the appartments need air conditioning,we had a fan which helped a little the staff very helpful also our olympic rep charlotte.THANK - YOU XX"
- Travel date: Thu 14th of August 2008
Value for Money
"We booked our holiday as a fairly late deal and knowing greece and what we'd paid we weren't expecting much. However the studios were great value for money. They were really clean which for me is the most important thing and there was lots of space in the bedroom area. The bathroom only has a shower and it is handheld but to be honest it didn't bother us at all, it's too hot to do anything other than blast yourself with cold water anyway!! The three brothers were very friendly towards us as a couple and (rightly so) they gave a bit of grief to people making noise at night. Some felt they were a little grumpy but I really feel that those who made the effort with them saw their better side! The location is fantastic and for breakfast and lunch the pool bar is great. In fact lots of people from other apartments chose to use this pool and ate at the bar. That said it was never too busy even in August. The 'kitchen' is just an area to make a sandwich/pour a drink but the clue really is in the name 'studios'. Don't got expecting to be able to cook a three course meal! (Who wants to do that on holiday!!!) Hire a fan as the rooms have no aircon. There are also electronic safes in the rooms for 15 euros a week.
Kalamaki is fab too lots of bars and restaurants but not too many idiots! Those expecting a hedonistic holiday would be better served in Laganas!
Also everyone round the pool spoke and was really friendly and I think this was down to the general atmosphere of the hotel!
- Travel date: Mon 11th of August 2008
a great place to visit
"i can honestly say we had a great time in zakynthos. the accommodation was basic but clean and even tho there were ants we didnt get charged any extra ha ha.in any case how many of us can say we spent a lot of time in our rooms?? the brothers and wives who owned the dionysis and tonia studios were not as bad as some made out,if you speak they do, and they do appreciate it if you try and speak a few little greek words. if you dont know any try and learn the basics,its appreciated. anyway,although the place we stayed in (kalamaki) is fairly small we enjoyed our stay. most mornings we had breakfast at a little cafe over the road called time out,every time we went they made a point of saying hello. we tried the cave bar which is very unusual but really good. places to try for eating out are;the ambrosia.(a family run business) very friendly.we ate in castellos on 3 nights because it was really good, we ate at dias one night but we didnt really llike the food but everyone has different tastes.for the 2 days we had left we ate at our apartments,food wasnt bad. the airport was about 3 miles from where we were staying but to be honest we were fascinated by the planes going over and took pictures. overall i would say to anyone who has never been to kalamaki,please give it a try there is bound to be something you like,the greeks are lovely people but like every other human being get fed up at itmes and especially in 108 degrees, so please be considerate to this. i love greece and have been to many places,i would definately go to zante again. i read reviews for dionysis and tonia studios and they were mixed but instead of taking in the good points i (being a wally)took in the bad points. overall please give everywhere a chance no matter what the reviews because everyone has different opinion and sometimes we can expect too much, i personally love greek culture and dont want to see too much of greece taken over by commercialism. thank you for reading this.xxx"
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of July 2008