Aristomenis Studios

Accommodation in Lourdas

      
Donna and lisa White          8/10

Stayed here from the 24th sep 2013 for one week, lovely clean place,lovely pool, even better the views from our balcony, peaceful (apart from the dogs barking!)I can't drive so felt a bit trapped (good job we can walk for miles) defo need to drive to get out and about and see more, lovely places to eat and drink and your made so welcome, done a couple of trips organised by the rep, wished I'd had booked more now, even if they were a bit pricey, my daughter12 was the only child here and there's nothing to do for them , but luckily she was happy with all her inflatables in the pool,a beautiful island we had a fantastic time

Janet E          5/10

Just found this site. Starting in 1997, we were regular visitors to Lourdas, that was until we stayed at the Aristomenis Studios in July 2003. Totally agree with Bob William comments (Oct 9 2006) - I need say no more than they left us with such a sour taste in our mouths we have never returned to the island. I have given them a five rating only because of the quality of the accomodation and the views. Far better was the Maria Anna, further up towards the main Argostoli/Poros road and Angelas Studios on the beach.

Alison B

Just wondered if anyone could help with a couple of questions. My friend and I have booked to holiday at the Aristomenis studios in September this year.  Just wondering if any excursions of the island run from Lourdas and from these apartments, or if any other tours run from here. Also, does anyone know what the bus service or taxi service is like to get us back from the beach to the apartments (know the climb is rather steep) but very much looking forward to the holiday, cant wait.

Paul D          9/10

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Stayed for two weeks in September. The hosts Steve & Eleni were very welcoming & friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The studios are set in gorgeous grounds and the views are breathtaking. The rooms are kept spotless and this is the perfect place to relax. I recomend that you hire a car to explore this lovely island. The beach is a fair walk away and you need to be fit walking back up the hill to the studios. But this is a gem of a place well worth the visit.

Neal D          9/10

Just had an excellent week at Aristomenis. Very friendly place, great pool, easy access to main street. The walk to the beach is a 'healthy' stroll and back up taken at leisure. Car hire was no problem, although probably better to have for longer to get the cheaper rates, even if you don't actually need it all your stay. The island has some great places to visit. This has got to be one of the nicest places to stay.

Carole J          10/10

We have just got back, and loved it!!! Steve and Eleni were lovely people who couldn't do enough for you. Steve's vegetarian breakfasts were yummy. Stuart (my husband) enjoyed watching the world cup with Steve. We hired a car and went around the island, saw some beautiful places. Had some meals in some great tavernas, the Olive lounge and Andromeda being the best. We will be going back next June if we can.

Anne R          3/10

My husband Fred and I were in Kefalonia in May of this year and stayed at the Aristomenis Studios. Our apartment was typical Greek style, very clean and comfortable.  Maid service was excellent. Eleni was about to hire my husband as gardener/car washer until he quit  when he heard he had to start as 5 am!!! We had great fun at the apartments, met some nice people, even though they were English (I jest). The beautiful gardens were very well tended. The highlight was the jasmine at the entrance. sniff . mmmmm.

Our only  was we felt the drink at the poolside a bit pricey which made us drink more in the apartment than at the poolside! 
Steve and Eleni work very hard at making the studios what they are and deserve a visit.

Andrea P          10/10

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday at the Aristomenis Studios.  We booked last minute and were unsure what to expect but we were overwhelmed and had the most fantastic time.
 
At home we regularly dine out and were not disappointed by the quality of food available in the local area. 
 
Steve and his family worked really hard to ensure that our time away was as relaxing as possible and took the time to make us feel extremely welcome.  The rooms were of a very good standard, clean and comfortable and we would not hesitate to book there again.  The pool area and grounds were well maintained and Steve and his family took a pride in the appearance of all areas of the complex.
 
We met a lot of really lovely people and enjoyed their company.  The barbecue night was fantastic and we have very fond memories that we will never forget.  A fantastic holiday  10/10.
 
 

Gillian W          10/10

My son Mark and I have just returned from Arsistomenis after a last minute weeks holiday in August.

The apartments were fantastic, spotlessly clean. The pool area was also kept beautiful and it was not uncommon for Steve the owner to be working at the maintaining the pool area until midnight.

Nothing was ever a bother to Steve and his family. Steve and his family worked very long hours and were always willing to be helpful when asked.

The bar around the pool area  was very intimate and did not require any waiter/waitress service. As even while sunbathing the bar was approx 12 paces from it's furthest point.

The toilet areas at the pool were also immaculate kept.

It has been one of the most wonderful holidays we have been on and we have travelled far and wide including most of Europe, USA, and the far East.

I would not hesitate to book again at these apartment and hopefully I will return with my whole family next year.

How anyone could ever complain about Steve and his family or the apartments is beyond me.

Within the week we meet and enjoyed the company of meny fantastic and interesting people and both my son who is only 21yrs have said that we had the time of our lives.

Lordas is beautiful even though it is hilly and well worth a visit

Well done and thank you to Steve and his family

Thank you to all the lovely people we met and shared their companionship

Missing you all

Gillian and Mark

Sue W          10/10

click to enlargeWhat a super holiday! 

Steve, Eleni and Sherry are quiet friendly people who do not impose themselves on you, but enjoy talking to you and love to see you having a super holiday. 
 
The whole place has a super atmosphere, calm and peaceful with people enjoying their holiday.  Studios and complex well looked after, with superb views out to sea. The barbeque is good to go to, Steve, Eleni and Sherry made my birthday the best at this venue. Food at the bar is good, breakfasts really special! Cocktails really good!
 
A steep incline to Kanelli beach, but well worth it, sandy, a clear sea, shallow for quite a way.
 
Only one person was moaning whilst we were there and everyone could not understand why.  I suppose you always get one!! click to enlarge
 
 It was one of the best holidays we have been on and we all cried when we left!!  Looking forward to going again, which is unsual  for us, as we normally try different places. We had a super time, met a lot of lovely people and had a good rest. We were in Room 301 as well for a fortnight.
 
A lot of good tavernas for eating around as well.  Would certainly recommend this to anyone.  Shouldn't really as I may not be able to get in next year!!

Alison L          10/10

My husband and I have just spent a week at the Aristomenis Studios, it is a fabulous location, we had pool and seaview from the room (301).  Everything is spotless, the rooms, pool and grounds, Steve and Elani work very hard from morning to night and it is a credit to them (and the cleaner who works very hard too).

We hired a car for 3 days and enjoyed getting out and about.  Lourdas itself is fairly quiet with limited things to do, the beach is super and an ejoyable walk down hill, the walk back up however is rather gruelling!  There are several tavernas within easy walking distance.
 
Steves breakfast specials, especially the pancakes are fantastic.  We had a couple of days by the pool and ate at the bar, prices for food were good but drinks more expensive than other places (small bottle mythos beer 2.50 euro, 0.5L water 1euro)
 
The BBQ night on Thursday is well worth the 10 euro each, food is great and dancing very entertaining with a chance to join in!!.
 
A lovely holiday, quiet and relaxing, no problems with noise.  Thank you   
 
 

Arthur R          10/10

Have just returned from spending two weeks at Aristomennis studios, we found everything to be 1st class. The best shower ever in Greece, the apartment was spotless [thanks to the cleaning lady] we found steve & eleni very friendly and helpfull . Wonderful views, superb pool, and everything perfect . will be back ,hope to be in room 217 again.

Philip P          9/10

Me and my partner just spent the last week of June 2009 at these apartments and were pleasently impressed. They were spacious, modern and kept very clean.

The pool ( water temperature was perfect to spend hours in there )and bar area are ideal for just chilling and relaxing if that is your thing although we had a jeep and went off round the Island. The bar prices are on a par with surrounding tavernas, tried our best to work our way through the extensive cocktail list , I missed it by a couple of drinks, needed 10 days there and I would have cracked it.
 
The BBQ night is a good laugh , food was great , should have tried Steve's breakfast menu, missed out there.
 
We didn't really get to know Steve and Elena that well, shared a few conversations , but they work very hard and were very friendly and helpful. They have a good sense of humour and seemed to make everyone's stay a joy. Good luck to them both.
 
I've been to numerous Greek Islands before and these apartments are the best I have personally stayed at and would recommend them to one and all. Views over to Zante spectacular, views to the mountains also impressive ( when clouds aren't covering them )
 
You will need a car to get about, it's quite a steep walk down to beach if you want to get about but nearest tavernas are walking distance.
 
cheers for a good week
 
Phil and Amanda

Susan L          9/10

 Dont know why there are some bad comments on Aristomenis Studios. We have just got back from a weeks stay there, and have no complaints whatsoever. We used to live in Vlachata village,so returned to have our marriage blessed.even though our 5 year old grandaughter wasnt well, Steve and Eleni couldnt have been better hosts. We even got a vase of fresh flowers from the garden and a bottle of champagne and cahampagne flutes in our room!

We will return there again,as we fell in love with Kefalonia some years ago, we cant let a summer go by without a visit to the island,it is beautiful.

Julie S          9/10

The apartments were very good, only spoiled by our arrival where the rep had failed to arrange with the owners an earlier arrival timedespite an assurance from our first rep in Lassi.

 We arrived -as agreed- at approx 11am, but our room was NOT cleaned until after 4pm, thus wasting  5 hours. We were the first arrival, having spent the first week in Lassi, therefore arrived FIVE hours before the latest UK arrivals....so when we left, why was our room one of the first to be cleaned? we couldn't even keep the room until noon.
Sadly, although Steve worked very hard, we found the service from his 'team' dour and flat.

Sherry M          10/10

For more info on the Aristomenis Apartments please visit www.AristomenisStudios.com

or email us at Aristomenis1@aol.com
 
Thank You
 
& Thanks to all our past guest for leaving us nice comments on this site

Karen D

Hi Coming here on the 21st of september for 2 weeks. We usually go to Zante but fancied a change this year, but no doubt will be jumping the ferry across to see out friends while we are so close.

Can anybody tell me if i need to bring a kettle with me or is one supplied? Also is there a cash point in the resort? Any info will be great IE best places to eat drink and buy bread etc

Tracey C          10/10

click to enlarge We had a superb holiday at Aristomenis, simply superb!  Steve & Eleni were marvellous and made our stay really special. 

 
We travelled over 1200km all over the island and visited different places everyday.  Steve & Eleni were only too happy to sit and listen to our stories at the end of each day and sent us off each morning with a friendly wave!  Anna from the bike rental shop was also a blessing and mapped out special places to visit!
 
We managed to see almost every major place to visit,
  • Lourdas - quite special and so many lovely places to sit on the beach and tavernas to dine at.  Even tho the area is hilly, our scooter worked a treat.
  • Mounda Beach (Turtle Beach),
  • Skala - which we didn't particularly like much
  • Poros - very pretty port town
  • Fiskardo - gorgeous marina and so many tavernas it's scary
  • Assos - beautiful old port town and lovely old buildings with seaside tavernas to enjoy the view
  • Agia Efimia - beautiful boats
  • Myrtos Beach - beautiful is an understatement
  • Sami - gorgeous and where Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed
  • Lixouri (not our favourite place)
  • Kepouria (where the Monastery is),
  • Xi - again not a favourite. 
  • Markopoulo - where the snakes appear at the base of the church bell tower on or about the 6th of August each year and then disappear on the 14th August
  • Lassi - not our kind of place - too "tommy touristy" for us
  • Mount Enos - we reached the highest point 1,628 metres and the views were spectacular
  • Sissia Monastery - we walked with the procession that carried the icon from the Kastro to the monastery.
  • The Kastro - fabulous taverna!
  • St Gerasimos monastery - breathtakingly beautiful
  • Robollo winery - not terribly impressive, rather an opinionated English chap who conducts the tours!
  • Metaxa winery - nicer reception than Robollo
  • Kato Katelios - fabulous fresh fish souvlaki!  Highly recommeded!  Captain Jerry's was a treat.
  • And many, many more places

We ran out of time and didn't get the the Drogarati Caves or Lake Melissani - so we plan to visit again very soon to see them and the lovely people we met!

Jason H          10/10

We stayed here for two weeks in May/June `07 and has a great time. The pool is clean and refreshing, the bar is reasonable and the snacks very good. Steve and Eleni make everyone feel welcome, the weekly BBQ is excellent. One week there were only the four of us but they still made the effort and did the BBQ for us, Loved the place. Would be going back this year if Kosmar didnt want 385 compared to Olympic 216 5 mins up the road. Will still pop in to see Steve tho` and sign up for the BBQ

Nick T          10/10

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Im glad to say it is the time of year to be looking forward to going to Aristomenis Studios once again. This year will be my 5th stay and i know that it will be just as good if not better than the previous 4. I was only 12 when i first visited and now, 5 years and 4 visits on, I guarantee you it is well worth staying here. Steve, Eleni and Sherry are wonderful and me and my family have enjoyed their company over the years. The drinks may cost more than other places but not many places have a pool to lounge round drinking those drinks. As for the location it is top class, stunning views of the sea and a short pleasant walk to some really good restaurants. I hope we get our usual room with our own garden even though most of our time is spent around the pool and bar chatting with the owners  

Roll on August 10th
 
 

Sue C          5/10

I am really pleased that some people manage to enjoy a nice holiday here.

Yes, the accommodation is brilliant.
The pool is very nice.
The entertainment provided is also of a good standard. 
 
However,I do feel that people who wish to experience the island beyond the confines of the accommodation and its surroundings,as we did,are seen as being "not worth the effort." Fine, if your idea of a brilliant holiday is lounging by the pool with a long drink,making use of the poolside bar,then this could well be the ideal place for you.If you want to do a bit of walking,or explore the island,or even think of the room as little more than a 'base or place just for evenings and sleeping,' then I would suggest you choose somewhere else.People can,and do enjoy poolside holidays.Good luck to those who can.If you can,you will be welcome here.If you can't,then get a room in Ocean Front studios just opposite.They would be far more welcoming to the non-poolside-bums amongst you than the owners at Aristomenis.Perhaps after they sell up,and are spending the whole year in the USA where they have their other businesses,we may go back.Not before. 

Catherine H          10/10

 What a fantastic holiday we've had at the Aristomenis! The apartment and pool area were fab - steve and family kept the bar and pool area spotless, and the apartment was cleaned regularly.  The BBQ is a must!!! The Greek dancing was fantastic - the professional dancers were lovely and really made our night!  Lourdas is a fantastic resort - but we always hire a scooter - the hill is massive!!!! Will definately be back at Aristomenis next year and can't wait

Bob W           

Whilst the accommodation itself was excellent, the location heaven, and the holiday experience was very good, this was in spite of, rather than because of the owners of the studios. If you were not part of their clique of friends. previous guests, and slavishly loyal poolside bar visitors, you were basically not worth knowing. The idea that you might like to know what the weather had in store, as you wanted to plan what to do with yourself whilst there, was met with derision. 'I don't bother with the weather forecast, and you shouldn't either.' was the extent of " Steve's " attempt at 'customer service.' I very definitely agree with the negative views on the hosts. Beautiful accommodation, which they make me unwilling to visit again. They, in my opinion, have been spoiled by spending the 'off season' living in New York, a part of the US famed for the 'less than amiable' attitude of some of its residents. The American phrase about the customer being king has definitely not been passed on to the owners at this establishment. To be worthy of even being noticed when turning up at the poolside bar, you need to have no interest whatsoever in venturing outside the boundary fence to buy any drink or food. Heaven forbid that you might want to take same, and consume it on your balcony. Sacrilege.  

Rennie S           

Having just spent two wonderful weeks at the studios with 2 of the most congenial hosts ever,I am at a loss to understand the negative comments I have today read on this site. Steve and Eleni were wonderful hosts and Sandra and I will be returning next year. To Steve and Eleni. Many thanks for helping us have our best ever Greek holiday. 

Marilyn J           

We have just arrived back from the Aristomenis Studios, they were basice but clean with a very nice pool and sea views. I didn't find the owners were very friendly and approachable. We had to be out of our room by 10am and were not picked up until 20.25pm. Our rep had informed us that there would be a curtesy room available for us to change in. When I asked Elenia about this she was very abrupt and told me that we had to change in the poolside toilets. Our suitcases were to be left outside the studios in the sun all day. We found that the prices at the poolside bar were very expensive, though we expect to pay more at a pool bar 3.5euros for a small beer is a bit steep, when in the restaurants we were only paying 1.8. Those who sat at the bar and did pay these prices the owners were very friendly with,  but those who chose to sit on their balconies and buy their own drinks, food and relax were basically snubbed. We were told that the owners couldn't understand why people would want to do this. I thought that booking self-catering accommodation was to give you the opportunity to do this. We went into Lourdas at night and ate in the local tavernas and had some good meals. It is a very quiet resort and a long downhill walk to the beach (and a longer walk back up). If you want basic accommodation that has a nice pool with good sea views in a very quiet resort then these are fine, but don't expect the owners to make you feel welcome.

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