Kontonis Studios & Apartments
56 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This place has lots of bad reviews and the man is a danger to people especially young lasses. We have just had to get two 18 year old girls on a flight home almost a week early because of the terror this man put them through, the place needs shutting down "
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of July 2013
Not highly recommended
"As a group of under 18 girls we thought it would be best to book through a travel agents as many online operators wouldn't accept us due to our age. 2 girls out of the group went and booked this hotel in quite a rush and it wasn't until after booking we looked at the hotel online - to be highly disheartened. Unfortunately it was exactly as we'd read on these reviews, and our holiday was not cheap either!
When we arrived we were each brought to our rooms by Takis, and he was quick to come into my room to explain he knew the toilet seat was missing and that a 'plumber' was coming that day to fix it. The next day and the day after no plumber had come so I confronted Takis about it (risky considering his split personality), and he made a pathetic excuse that the plumber was really busy. Well I'm not sure why you'd need a plumber to put on a toilet seat as it simply a matter of a few screws. We ended up spending the whole 7 days with no toilet seat - not what you pay Â£300 for! As for the rest of the bathroom it was horrible, no shower curtain or shower holder so you had to hose yourself down whilst getting the whole bathroom soaked so you could not stand it in bare foot after. It's also worth mentioning that there's only hot water between 5 and 9, which although this is the only time you'd need it as it was too hot to shower the rest of the day, it's a general expectation wherever you stay.
One massive point which no one on here seems to mention is that there is NO AIRCON!! Meaning restless, sweaty sleeps and sweating off makeup as soon as you put it on when getting ready at 11pm.
The kitchen amenities were extremely poor, with a random combination of cuttlery and plates, which were all different in every room, with a pathetic portable camping hob which had it's markings worn off meaning we didn't even know when it was on or not. The kettle was tiny and took ages to heat up, and there was only one plug meaning you could only have either the kettle or hob on at the same time.
We found many other local shops to be cheaper but if Takis saw you coming back with it he would shout at you for not going to his own shop. We found ourselves treading on eggshlls trying to hide from him as if we were on a school trip, which is so pathetic. However it was impossible to hide from him as he would come strolling straight into your room without any warning. One evening myself and my friend was getting dressed standing there in pants and he strolled in and stood there talking to us holding a metre long stick, acting as though it was normal!! At night when we would predrink on the balcony with all 7 of us we would get told off for our music being too loud when we were at the top of the apartments and every other resident had already gone out.
We were lucky that he prefers girls to boys as the boys staying next to us got such abuse from him and ended up being thrown out a day before they left for simply being too noisy.
The food was decent but I'd recommend trying other places if you can sneek past him and his dad who sits on a chair all day watching.
As for the general location, the Zante strip is really good but it is a fair walk back at 6 in the morning, and there are many other nearer hotels, with this being a GOOD 20 minute walk away.
Overall I would not recommend staying here or wouldn't go back as i don't appreciate being treated like a dog with no privacy rights. "
- Travel date: Sat 10th of November 2012
Don't listen to the bad reviews!!
"Group of 5 girls stayed here at the beginning of August and for a 2 star apartment it was great. The apartment itself was fine, a little small but that wasn't a problem. The cleaners came in every day and sheets were changed every other day.
With Takis, if you respect him and his family then he will respect you. After reading all the bad reviews we were petrified of him, but he turned out to be alright. You have to remember he owns a family business so obviously wants to make as much money, we drunk at his bar every night before going out and he said we were his favourite group. As for things going missing, we didnt have this problem, we kept all our money and passports in the safe and even left some money in the appartment that never went missing. There were times when he would walk in without knocking but that would be to check we all got back alright, so he said.
Free pool opposite with sunbeds is really good, spent alot of time there.
Overall it was a fantastic holiday and i'd definitely go back. ZANTE 2K12!"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2012
"Accomodation was awful, 11 of us 18 year old girls went away stayed in two of the appartments. They we disgusting, we were expecting basic for the money we paid knowing it was a two star place. Had read bad reviews and they really were how they said. Hotel owner Takis is a horrible man with a split personality, he was only nice to you if you bought stuff in his shop and ate in his restaurant. If you didnt then he was horrible to you. We arrived late at night and decided to have a quick look around the area, within 5 minutes of us leaving we knew hed been in our appartment because we returned and he told us we hadnt stacked bottles in the fridge properly and his wife had re arranged it. Didnt see the need for him to even go in there we had barely been there 5 minutes. They were always in our appartment, takis walks in without knocking. One of the girls in our group stayed home one night due to feeling ill. The rest of the group left at 12am and by 12.04 the owners assistant was in the appartment and shocked to find someone in there. He claimed he had come to do the lights but for some reason had gone in to the room in the appartment where there was no lights on. Takis was rude and shouted things to us while we were at the surrounding pool and eating at the bar by the pool. Unfortunately we made him an enemy as we never ate with him but his food was double the price of the pool bar opposite. The glass separator inbetween our appartment and next door was smashed when we got there and at one point he tried to blame us. Knowing hed charge us a ridiculous amount we managed to make him realise it was not us and was there when we arrived. Shower is a square basin with a tap and a hold up shower head, no curtain or door so bathroom would be soaked when finished. Kitchen is a sink and a two ring camping stove, all dishes were filthy when we arrived. Kettle boiled one mug of water for an appartment of 6. Had heard many cases of things going missing in other appartments but we kept all suitcases locked and left no valuables around. Any photos online of the accomodation are seriously outdated, i doubt it ever even looked like it shows. The owners wife would go in the appartments every day to "clean" she basically just mopped the floor. We got clean sheets once which wasnt very pleasant seen as we were in 46 degree heat every day. Would recommend NOT to stay in this hotel but if you are unlucky enough to have already booked then just keep everything locked away and try and keep on the good side of takis. "
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of July 2012
"was quite worried when reading the reviews after booking the holiday, there was me and 7 other girls, the nightlife was amazing!!! for a 2 star apartment i was expecting alot worse but it wasnt to bad!! Takis (the owner) was fine and very friendly the majority of times but all of a sudden he would get aggressive and start shouting, there was a few incidents where money went missing and things being moved around in our room, he would also just walk into our apartment without knocking! id advise anyone staying at kontonis to keep a lock on your suitcase and not leave money or valuables lying around!! but overall a great holiday would deffo go back!!!!!!!! :)"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of June 2012
Hey I just met you and this is crazy! Zante 2012.. cracking!
"Kontonis apartments, very affordable, very welcoming.
Pool area, free sunbeds, great food.
Owner is a little nutty, but respect him and don't make too much noise and he will respect you back with free drinks and such. Been twice now and would certainly visit again. I urge you to ignore the posts regarding how Takis is a bad owner and stay away from the 'gateway to hell'. He welcomes big groups as long as they respect his home if you like.
Ten minutes from the strip and beach, great location! Cocktails are VERY strong! :D
Alex, Nic, Ben n Chris."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2012
DON'T LISTEN TO THE BAD REVIEWS
"4 of us have just got back from a weeks stay at these apartments, and all i can say is that the bad reviews are a load of rubbish. on the coach on the way to the hotel we were dreading what we were going to get after reading all these terrible reviews about Takis etc. We arrived at midday and were greeted by Takis and his wife who were very friendly and helpful, Takis showed us to our room and explained everything in the room. throughout the holiday, Takis was very friendly and greeted us everytime we walked past asking how are day was and what plans we had. his dad i think owns the shop, and although he couldn't speak much english he was very helpful. the only negative comment Takis made during the entire holiday was that we could not bring people back to the apartments which is a rule consistent across most of the hotels in laganas. his wife was also very friendly, she helped one of us out when they had sun stroke. the apartments were very clean and the standards of the rooms were excellent for the price. they are about a 5 minute walk to beach and about 10/15 minute walk from strip. although there was no pool there is two right next to the hotel that can be used and the staff there are very friendly too. i would recommend the bbq for guests at this hotel, it is 10 euro and you get plenty of excellent food all cooked and served by the family.
overall i was very impressed with my stay at these apartments the entire family were very friendly and made the stay very easy for us, they did all they could to recommend good places to eat shop and visit.
i urge everyone to not listen to the bad reviews as they are a load of nonsense."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2012
GATEWAY TO HELL
"On arrival we were dropped down a road and pointed to our hotel. Once lugged our suitcases to the 'hotel' Takis wife showed us to our room (105) this was the gateway to hell. she advised hot water would only operate between 5pm-9pm at night of which the holder for the shower was waist high, no shower curtain, no bath mat and water sprayed all over the floor which was dangerous. the water would go from ice cold, warm to scolding throughout the shower. The toilet seat was broke and leaked all over thefloor. the maid came in emptied out one of my bags used for toiletries and used it for a bin liner, our water park tickets went missing, when reported they didnt care at all. luckily the tour rep replaced them. They gave us 1 toilet roll for the week. Tour rep Charlotte didnt even bother to turn up at welcome meeting.1st night I unfolded the sheets there was brown stains all over, only gods knows that it was. My friend had a nose bleed which was all over sheets and the main only folded it over and didnt replace it! When the sheet was replaced it was with a sheet with fag burns on. The place was so dusty, lights above bed wernt fixed to wall properly. I paid to come home 2 days early instead of stayin another 2 nights in that hell hole. The beds- well all Im saying concret bed of nails would be more comfortable. The pool use- nice pool, bar prices you need to take out a mortage! the shop within the facility is very cheap but you are not even allowed to bring water to the pool. They run a pool BBQ on a sunday night- 2 hrs late, food was covered in salt, bland and disgusting- WASTE OF MONEY. ALL IN ALL TO SUM THIS UP THIS PLACE IS HELL AND I WOULD NOT WISH MY WORST ENEMY TO EXPERIENCE THIS."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of September 2011
Do not stay here!!!!!
"I have just returned from what was suppose to be a weeks holiday to laganas, we left early due to the filth of these apartments. Everything was wrong with these apartments, when we go there room was very very basic, there was two of us but had 3 beds in our room, the bathroom had no shower curtain, so when u showered all the water went everywhere, hot water was only turned on between 5pm-9pm, and when it was on the water went from cold to warm to scolding and would literally burn you. We were only given 1 toilet roll and it was expected to last us the whole week, and when we did ask for a toilet roll it was like they did not want to give it to us. On the second day that we was there our toilet seat broke and started leaking, and every time you flushed the toilet it would leak all over the bathroom floor. When the cleaner came into our room you could clearly see what had happened but they refused to clean or mop the floor, it was disgusting. Also when the cleaner did change the sheets they were replaced with fag burn sheets, and sheets with stains on them. The whole apartment was disgusting ants everywhere, and so dusty. I would definitely prefer to sleep outside. would not recommend these apartments to anyone."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of September 2011
All you could ask for in zante
"Best thing about Kontonis is the location. 10 to 15 minute walk from the strip, with cheaper bars along the way. We were a group of 5 girls and although the accommodation is basic, it really is all you need. The beach isnt far either and the local shop is cheap and cheerful. Dont worry about shared pool use, there are 3 directly available with free sunloungers and music.
Takis seemed friendly to us, he had a tough job keeping everyone quiet as obviously there are plenty of groups of teenagers. We got a strict warning one night which was fairly reasonable, but we were free to wander in at sunrise as long as we kept the noise down. He is strict however on bringing people back to the rooms, we saw him hit a few guys with sticks on the legs as they tried to sneak in, but it was in a joking way (I think!) Maid seemed friendly, we had our room cleaned twice, the shower is hand held but you can put up with it for a week, same goes for the basic kitchen. Overall, a fantastic week in zante, I would recommend for oung groups. "
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2011
amazing place, amazing holidays
"just got back from a week holiday in zakinthos,amazing studios, Takis and his family made us feel so welcome. Rooms are basic but very clean Takis wife is a great cook the best food i ever had on holidays and breakfast is just delicious and cheap!BBQ is soooo good, a must for everyone.The beach very close 5 min walkand the strip 15 min.Pools next door but very expensive.Kontonis studios is a lovely place and lovely people, surely going back again."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of July 2011
Dont do it !
"Very short and sweet review.. i went with 10 girls to zante.. we were very scepticle about the apartments and we were very right to be .. amazing holiday .. amazing nightlife! and amazing atmosphere .. vile hotel .. rude man and he will go in your rooms and not think twice about rooting around in your stuff while your out .. we had NO SHOWER for the whole week and was lucky we were sharing a the holiday with other people so we could shower in there rooms as they refused to fix them ! very dirty.. not impressed for the silly money we paid !
Luckily other aspects made up for the holday ! "
- Travel date: Sun 27th of February 2011