We stayed at Rena Studios at the beginning of August 2006 and would recommend it to anybody. Air-con is a must have at €7 per night, and the first hot night without it was very uncomfortable. I'd also recommend an electrical mosquito deterrent (€4) as well as a good swatting rota. The room itself (#5, upstairs, view attached) was just fine, and the supermarket and steps to the beach were a real bonus.
The place is beautiful, and you have a good choice of beaches - pebble, sand or shingle - all with rentable sunbeds, parasols (€7 for 2x beds and 2x umbrella for the day) and pedalos and most with water-sports rental, too. We preferred the pebble beach because it was less cramped and had the excellent Ski Club 105 water-sports rental there. We tried three different restaurants/tavernas and they were all good - Lemani, Smurf's, Dolphin to name but three. Snack bars and shops abound, and there's a shop on the roundabout that sells English magazines alongside Greek cheese pies - recommended. We weren't looking for a party holiday so Peleo suited us just fine, though if you walk along the road out of Paleo you can find bars with louder music and younger people. The monastery is also well worth a visit and there's a great view and taverna up there.
Our package was with Kosmar, whose reps proved hard to locate - I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing! We did Scuba diving and Greek Night with them, both of which I would recommend. They advised us to hire a car over a bike or public transport. Having hired a car and taken the bus to Corfu town, I would recommend public transport without a doubt. Of course, it doesn't give you as much freedom as a car but it only costs €1.60!
The Rena Studios are the best we've had in Greece so far. The view from the balcony is just fantastic.They are very clean and comfortable. The beds and towels were changed twice a week and air conditioning is available at 7 euros per night. They are also well eqipped with a kettle, sandwich toaster and plenty of plates, glasses cutlery etc. There is a washing line on the balcony and a shower curtain and base(luxury in Greece).
We booked a late deal that was fairly cheap, and so we weren't too
fussed what we got, but when we arrived we couldn't believe our luck!
Rena's is situated very close to the beaches (ok - it's up a bit of a
hill, but so is most of Paleo) and looks out over the bay and the
island with the monastery. And to open up your curtains every morning
to see that beautiful view is, quite honestly, priceless. I'm just glad
we had an upstairs room!
The room had everything you needed, and it was nice and clean. There's a little shop downstairs that sells everything you'd ever need, and Rena is so friendly and helpful. The area isn't noisy even though it's central. Very very highly recommended!!
Rena studios is a realy nice set of apartments very close the the centre of Paleo and the main beach. Our apartment was really clean and had an amazing view over the bays of Paleo. We would definitely recommend it and there are extras such as a small supermarket downstarirs which is really handy and air-con is available at 7 euors per night, definitely needed for this time of year (July).
The only warning is that there are lots of steps and steep slopes down to the beach but all apartments are the same in this area, as Paleokastritsa is very hilly.
The owner Rena and her family are very freindly and helpful for local information.
Overall, had a brilliant stay and will definitely return again!
Does anyone have any recent information about these studios? I'd appreciate any comments you might have. Thanks.