my friend and i are more mature ladies and have just come home from staying in these studios, we booked on a budget so we didnt expect much but we were suprised , the room was clean , there was a small table top cooker which we didnt intend to use ,but the ladies in the apartment below us man aged to cook a full english. the staff were very friendly , the room was cleaned at least five times whilst we were there, we did eat breakfast in the pool bar at least twice and that was freshly cooked , the walk to the town is at least 40 mins and along the way there are restaurants and we tried them and the food was lovely, as you get closer to the town there are lots of souvenir shops and pubs and clubs .we spent an average of 5 euros on breakfast and the most we spent on the evening meal was 16 euros but that was the last night and we treated ourselves to a cocktail each lol .the buses cost 1.60 euros and the bustop is about 5 mins walk from the hera studios , they run every hour ish and you can actually stay on and go round to zakinthos . the only thing that spoilt it was the mosquitos and when we booked in we had to pay 60 euros for the safe deposit box and we didnt get any money back
the best little hotel ever
When we booked the holiday (some 9 weeks before departure), I wasn't able to find out much about the apartments other than what was already on the Olympic website about the place. I'd even googled it and searched using other search engines, to no avail. What I'd read about the place was not of much use except to look at the few photographs they had. There were no details as to how far away from the beach it was or how long it'd take to get places. I hope this may be of help though. We flew from Birmingham through Monarch Airlines and stayed from the early hours of 22nd June 2007 until the midday check-out on the 28th June 2007. The first thing I was aware of is that you are no longer allowed to film take-off and landing (the cabin crew say that 'use of electronic equipment is not permitted while the fasten seatbelt sign is illuminated') so I wasn't best pleased with that, seeing as this was the first proper chance I'd got to use my new toy. Anyway, back to the point. We landed at Zakynthos airport a few minutes after 5am (local time) and made our way to the arrivals area (which, I have to say is much improved on what it used to be), although, it would have been of use to all people arriving if the monitors above the carousels actually indicated which flight number(s) the luggage was from. We got onto the transfer coach. After dropping off the other arrivals we finally got to our apartments (at about 6.30am (local time)). Now, to drive from the apartments to the beach would have taken about 5 minutes. To walk though, it takes about 30 minutes (although I do consider myself to be a faster than average walker anyway). I was on holiday with my wife, Mother and Father In-Law. When I was in there company and heading for the beach, it took an average of about 45-50minutes to walk the distance. As for the location of the apartments, if you are walking away from the beach and keep going past the crossroads (where the Go-Karts are) and still keep on going past the Hotel Perkes and again, still keep going past Pythari apartments/restaurant and past Paradise Restaurant/Apartments, you'll eventually come to an area of Laganas called Agrillia. Here you'll see that on the right, there is a cyber café/bar called Planet and on the left there's a rental place called Dennis. A little further on the right there is a supermarket and opposite to that, there is a left turn next to an English bar, which, after walking for 2 minutes, you arrive at the apartments (which are signposted/named as HPA Apartments). The apartments themselves are very basic but also very clean. In the apartment we had (apartment number 5) there was a 2 ring hob/cooker and a fridge as well as some crockery/cutlery. The bathroom was a bit on the pokey side but it was sufficient. The shower didn't hang from the wall as you'd expect it to be but there was a shower curtain (so at least you didn't flood the place as much). Also, the electricity in our apartment was controlled by a key fob that had to be placed into a slot on the wall to keep the electric switched on. The balcony we had was a bit unusual, I mean we had a balcony but is was a bit of a tight space, I mean, there was a table and chairs but not enough width to the balcony to be able to get round the table to get to the chair on the other side (you had to breathe in to be able to get round it) also, the balcony ran the full length of the side of the building but had a lockable door/gate halfway which, (if the other half of the balcony was in use), would make sense. However, the balcony for the next apartment (apartment 6, where the In-Laws were), was on the front side of the building. On our first night there, none of us were able to sleep (this was nobody's fault; it was just too damn sticky and humid to sleep). So, the next morning we all paid for Air-Conditioning for the remainder of the holiday which was 6 Euros per day per room (approx. £4.20). There was a slight problem with that. On the morning we paid for the air-con, I had to go into Zakynthos town to collect a hire car and we didn't have a spare key so that we could leave the air-con on while my wife stayed by the pool and I went into the town. We managed to gain a spare key from the boss of the place and were then able to leave the key fob in the electricity slot and leave the Air-Con and electric on (hope I haven't lost you), but still able to gain access to the apartment. Once I had returned from Zante town, we picked up the wives and went out for the day. When we got back, the boss of the apartments demanded the spare key back because the maids weren't able to gain access to clean our rooms. So basically, whenever we went out, the Air-Con didn't work and we always came back to a warm room, which would lead to another problem. If the patio/balcony doors were open, then that would break the circuit for the Air-Con and so we'd have to sit in the room while we waited for the Air-Con to take effect and we weren't able to sit on the balcony while it did so. The In-Laws didn't have this problem as their electric didn't work off the key fob system, it was permanently on and were able to go out of the room and leave the Air-Con on all day and return to a cool room (naturally, they had the circuit breaker on their patio/balcony doors but they didn't open them unless they needed to).
We stayed at Hera for 2weeks from the begining of sept this year. We found that beach was quite a walk from the apartments, took about half an hour to walk which takes it toll when you walk there during the hot day, so we stayed by the pool most days as it is nice and quiet and quite large. We hired a quad for a couple of days to get us about which was well worth the money! But you can get a taxi to the beach for 6 euro. The owner is really friendly and Andy the bar man is a nice guy, the maid didnt clean our room everyday and so we wud have to use the same towels for a few days, however the apartments were nice and clean and basic. The location is quiet, due to being away from the bars, club etc however music is played most of the day and tv during the nite, but we didnt find it a problem!
There is a supermarket about 2 mins walk away and paradise restuarant is nearest decent restuarant to eat
Not bad for a 2 *+ apartment, we would stay there again! Lucy
The Hera Apts in Zante. Me, My 13yr old son and my mum travel at the end of september. Has anyone been there that can give me info on these apts, eg, cleanliness, etc and the location and whats round about
Me and 3 friends r stying at the Hera studios in september... at the moment i cant really find anything out about these apartments. If anybody has any info at all i.e atmosphere, location, cleanliness, distance from resort, beach or anything that wud be of use to us please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
me an my mate are goin 2 hera apts on july 20th but we dnt know anyfink about it lol if u get sum pics plz let me no