Christina apartments look great on the photos - they make a good job of their marketing. however...!! Having been to Cyprus a couple of years ago and stayed self catering for much less, this place was a huge shock to me! the shower had no hook so you had to hold it whilst trying to soap up etc! the door of the bathroom didnt shut so it was a god job i was holidaying with someone i know very well..! Christina needs to learn some customer service skills - her first words were 'passport' (no please, no welcome, no eye contact - things i thought would be expected for this kind of job!!) they seemed very reluctant to let us have a room on the last day to shower (you have to leave the rooms in the morning and when you dont leave for the airport till 2am its noce to have somewhere to clean up..they had no safe place for your suitcases, just trusting that leaving them in the reception is ok...the rooms were not really equipped for self catering, we had a kettle, 2 ring stove thing, 2 glasses, a fridge - no cutlery, plates, pans, bottle opener etc . we were also right near an end of corridor which meant every time someone was leaving early, you were woken by them dragging suitcases along the corridor! i am not normally a moaner, but this place pretty much sucks! i would never go again or reccommend to anyone. i dont think Christina liked Brits! - find another place to go - she doeanst deserve our hard earned holiday money!!
hellllooo ther this hotel is awesom bob dressed as robin most of the night byers as a g*y poweranger with a gimp mask on watch out for the poweranger that hides in the bush's and dustbins
With a two hr dealy, not a good start lol When we arrived at Christina Apartments in August, first impressions, the pool area looked clean, the staff was nice. When we got to our rooms, there was only two single beds and a camp bed (we wanted at least three beds as there was three of us in one room??) we was not advised on this when booking at all!! which the rep was trying to say we did, where we would have not paid 600 and not get a bed? The towls was left with black marks all over them, and the telly not working, a shower curtain hanging off the wall, and also NO AIR CON!! ahhh, We was offered the choice tho of a fan for 15 euros a week which would just blow hot air at us so we thought we would save the money. After speaking to the rep about the air con, (as we did request this when bookin) she couldnt say much, she replaced the black towls for some slightly cleaner ones, got the telly working, as for the faulty shower curtain, we was lucky to have one basically as most of the rooms didnt, and the bed .. well she couldnt do anything.. we asked to be moved, but that didnt happen. The rooms, i dont know how many times they are supposed to be cleaned, our beds got changed about three times in two weeks, and we had to ask the maid to come in to clean our floor on a number of occasions. The staff was friendly, speacially the bar man .. christina apartments is only about a ten min walk to the main stip, but girls, be careful .. alot of italian stalians about .. Food and drink is really cheap at the bar and out and about, when leaving the hotel, we was getting picked up at 4.00am, we paid 30 euros to keep the room on till 12.00 at night, Overall the pool was generally always kept clean and tidy, but the rooms was not expected at all .. any questions about anything just leave a comment
Although the complex has a very plush marble reception area, with a decent pool area with enough loungers and a snack/drinks bar, the rest of what we have to say here will give you the actual picture of how it was in Sep 2008.
Each apartment has own balcony but there is no privacy from the adjacent balconies. The beds are not very good with their 'wafer thin' mattresses, and are thick with dust underneath, as well as on top of the wobbly wardrobe (we knew as our suitcases and shoes were heaving with dust from these places). The lighting in the apartment is poor throughout, and there are no reading or side lights. The bathroom was like the black hole of
Self catering – see photo - well, there's no toaster, just two plug in electric rings, a fridge and kettle.
Single toilet paper roll provided. If you do any food you can't eat it anywhere in the complex outside of your room – all food and drinks around the pool have to be bought from the bar (hardly self catering then, we thought).
Greek night – sorry but very poor; small food portions, music is not live as advised (CD player) and the sporadic dancing is by Christina and a chap dressed in black – no traditional dress, smashing plates, etc, as you can find elsewhere.
I would advise anyone going on holiday to make sure you don't pay a lot for these apartments and only use them solely as a base to go elsewhere.
I'd go back to Zante, but not to Tsivili and certainly not the Christina Studio Apartments!
Far more commercial than led to expect – Lots of resturants/Tarveners mostly doing English menus, Sunday roasts, and has a McDonalds. Walk the length of the village in 15 mins. Best food was from 'The Med' on the main street.
Beware taking any flights in the early morning – if you arrive in the morning Olympic will count this as your first night's accommodation, even though you have not had the room or slept there. This bites twice though, as if you have an early morning flight out you will be asked to leave the room at midday the day before – we were facing 16 hours without a room and nobody there was all that bothered, Olympic Rep included.
The insult is that they will have 'extended' the previous occupant before you for 25 Euros to use the room before you arrive, effectively double selling the room for that period before you arrive whilst the present occupant waits for a flight out, and you're still travelling in the UK. You will know this has happened by the still wet floors, and what your neighbours will tell you. Only do day flights!!!!!!!!
The most expensive way to arrange car hire or any trips is to book through the rep. The trips you can get direct for just over half the price in Tsivili, and the car hire a lot less. The reps are on a commission and will sell you anything and everything they can, but once you've paid they will not follow up on anything at all.
One tip – the majority of the roads are narrow and bendy – don't go for a larger car than you need to, and road tyres are a better choice than 4x4 tyres if you need to brake on a steep descent or narrow passing point (we slid 20 feet on chunky 4x4 tyres when braking and slowing coming down a steep gradient from the mountains – hot tarmac and chunky tyres not the best mix!).
No tannoy announcements for boarding or delays – the check in staff shout from the desk by the door; people in the duty free shop or upstairs did not hear the call. Once through departures you can buy food and something to drink, as well as duty free shopping.
If you're after cigarettes get them on the island as they're actually cheaper then the duty free shop. On that point everything is equal to
We came back from christina apts on oct 4th. 8 adults to 4 apts. we had a fantastic time and were very well looked after. rooms were comfy and very clean. apts are just in the right place,a little stroll to the nite life. Christina was great with us all. the greek nite was brilliant. we are definitely going back in june 2008.
I come back from Christina on 30th September. The room I had was good, always clean and shower worked all the time. I have been going to Zante for 20 years now and yes I have stayed in better but I have also stayed in worse, it all depends what you expect from Greek basic accomodation. Although I did not spend a lot of time around the pool when I came back in the evening and had a few drinks late on there was no problem.The staff were always friendly, always got a good morning on my way out. I sprained my ankle late on in the holiday and so instead of walking I asked one of the staff to ring me cabs to go out, again this was no problem for them ( phone cards were 4 euro to use the same phone but I was never asked for any money). All in all another great holiday on zante and although these are a bit far out of the village for me I would not hesitate in going back to them.
Well the hotel was a nightmare, I dont know what room that other women and fam were in but ours was horrid. I came back with a rash from the bed covers, the staff were ignorant and soo un helpful!! We brought a toaster cos theres nothing to cook on, and we had to hide it from the maid cos on the notice it says you cant bring in any electrical products of your own, its just a ploy to get you to spend at the bar, and from what we tried the food was horrid. And I know you dont go on holiday to stay in your room, but my fellas a diabetic and needs carbs in a morning with his insulin shot! But the thing that made up for it was the view, we were suppose to have inland view, but the sea view was amazing!
As for the cutlery, etc what people were moaning about, we had two of everything, so that was ok, you do only get one toilet roll on arrival, but it is self catering, so its expected. the towels were a little grubby, but ok and we got plenty, and changed every two or three days. The bedding was horrid, not cleaned properly and as I said I had a rash from head to toe with it, had to sleep on my own towels i took. The bathroom is a nightmare, our shower was either scolding hot or cold no middle ground, the shower curtain was so grubby, the mirror and shelf had smears, water marks, toothpaste and god knows what else from previous people cleaning teeth etc, which wasnt cleaned when we got there. and the floor...the drainage was not done properly and its was 1-2 inch of cold, dirty water continually there, we had to ruin a pain of my fellas flip flops, to use to stand on for the toilet etc! It was like an andventure every morning and evening
the cleaner tho bless her, did the best with what she could and we left her a tip as she had it rough from the staff running the place.
As for the steep hill, its not too bad, and beleive me ladies, after two weeks there my bum loved it, like a little work out, lol!
overall, as many people have said if you're using it just as a base and to sleep its fine, but dont expect much, we deffinatly wont be going there again, like some one else said, for the sake of spending a few more hundred quid for some where, nicer, cleaner and friendlier, do it!!
hi iv been reading some of the comments and i just have to say that some of you are completely mad !
We just returned from here last Thursday. We have been to Tsilivi twice before and are used to the basic greek rooms but I totally agree with the comment below. These were more than basic. Grotty!!
We stayed at the Christina Apartments for a week in July. This was our first time here.
hi wejust returned after spending 2 weeks at the christina apartments,
I'm going to the Christina in sept and wondering what its really like? I've read some really bad reviews on different websites, and I'm more than a little apprehensive. If anyones been recently can you let me know, thanks I went to tsilivi in June this year and stayed at the Planos apartholtel, and loved it, tryed to book there again, but completly sold out hence why I booked here, lol, but wish I'd read reviews first. But for people who have been asking about how far away it is, its only a few mins from the planos/tsilivi area, we walked by it a few times while there, thats why I booked cos its close to the part of tsilivi we liked, but if you're wanting the main bit,(near popeyes etc) its a good 20-30 walk.
hi could anybody tell me the phone number for the christina including the code for greece.we are staying there from the 12 aug and want to leave the number behind as a contact for family should they need me.this is our first time in zante and im so looking forward to it.
Lucy these apartments are right at the opposite ends of Tsilivi. The Christina studios are at the Planos end and the Filoxenia is right at the opposite end, off the Tsilivi map. It'll only cost a few euros in a taxi though, last year we stayed at the Filoxenia it was great! This year staying at the Christina fingers crossed for the same!
I am going to stay in the Christina Studios this Sunday with my boyfriend (1st July) and my brother in law and partner is staying in the Filoxavia apartments?Are these very far away from each other??? How long would it take to walk?
im the rep for the christina, lats year and this, it is located, past jupiter, keep walking, past the taverna, and then past the kiosk then its above a petrol station, about a 10 min walk into tsilivi, just a bit closer that th flexiano.
Hi we have been to Tsilivi twice, first time stayed at a hotel called Jupiter Hotel and last year the Filoxenia apartments (which were a little out of the way). We like to go to the Two Brothers on a night, could someone let me know Where the Christina Apartments are situated? They sound great, did someone say near Paradise Bar? Don't mind a short walk but the Filoxenia was slightly out in the sticks! Thanks!!
hi all, we stayed at christina apartments last may and i have to say we had a great time !!!!
hiya im going to christina's apartments in july and wondered how far it is to the town centre. or how far it is to the club egnima. if anyone can help please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thnx