my wife and i came back sept 15 after staying at these apartments. we were a bit dubious about booking with all the mixed reviews, but we thought we would make our own minds up. the apartments we usually stay at were fully booked so this was a second choice. we booked online with olympic holidays which was so easy and cheap. as the saying goes YOU ONLY GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. we booked a studio without a balcony thinking that we would have a terrace so sit out on, there was nothing. the apartments were clean that was about all. you could not swing a cat in them. absolutely no comfort whatsoever. the cooking area was disgusting and dangerous. also there was a smell of sewage that came up from the drain in the bathroom floor which made you feel sick. we had a late night out one night and decided to have a bit of lie in the next day. NO CHANCE. the cleaners were ringing the bell and knocking on the door at 9 20. they would not go away till they had been in and cleaned. to be honest i would not recommend these apartments to anyone.
Stayed here for 1 week in october was a bit worried cos of other coments but it was clean and basic we had no complaints. We stayed in apartment 11B it was close to shops and bars .We would stay here again.Never seen anyone else or heard anyone.
the apartments are disgraceful and i wouldnt advice any one to go to them they are filthy and unfit to be in i would strongly advice you to book a different apartment the area is great itsreally nice and friendly and the weather is beutifull
The location was excellent - so close to everything, but the apt was awful. Everything stank of damp & all the walls were peeling & had mould growing. We stayed in 1A and although we had a balcony we didn`t use it as it was small, in the shade & uncomfortable. The rooms were not very clean either, the maids just barged in without knocking which was unpleasant. Roda is a beautiful place & I have been before & will go again - just not to the Elenitsa. Great places for food & drink are the Italian place at the crossroads & Ninos on the beach. Check out Yannis Big Ben bar for a fun night out.
we are staying in the elenitsa studios next week. i cant believe how mixed everyones comments are but we will find out for ourselves at the end of the day its only some where for us to sleep other than that we will never be in.
My wife and I stayed here for a fortnight at the end of August, and found everything we were looking for. Sure the accommodation was basic, but everything was clean and the facilities all worked. We were in a ground floor appartment with no sun on the balcony, but with the heat at that time of year it was very nice to be out of the direct sun. The 200m trek to the appartment from the bus drop-off is not to bad as at night everything is lit.These apartments I would say are not meant to accommodate families with young children, or anyone looking for the high life, but for anyone who enjoys a bit of peace with all the facilities of Roda a easy stroll away. There is no pool here but you have the use of the pool at another complex and the sea is a two minute stroll. We have rebooked for this year (2006) as did a few more of the people we met on our stay. If your are staying anywhere in Roda, or the surrounding area, you really must try theRoda Park Taverna, excellent food and the hosts cannot be any friendlier.
I read some of the comments before my partner and I went to stay at the Elenitsa Appartments and it put me off a bit which was obviously not very nice. We stayed there in appartment 1B in October this year and yes it was basic but it was clean and we had everything we needed for cooking, sleeping and putting clothes, toiletries etc. There were no holes in the floor, so sewage, no thieving. -Infact the cleaners found some money we had dropped on the floor and put it on the bed. The appartments are a 5 minute walk from the beach and in nice surroundings. For the money I don't see how anybody could complain.
My Boyfriend and I stayed at the Elenitsa Studios in room 4B (ground floor) from 26th Sept - 3rd Oct 2005. We were dropped off on one of the main roads in Roda, and had to drag our cases a good few hundred metres to the apartment. We'd been in there about a minute before the maid was knocking on the door and getting food out of the fridge, what we presume was everyone's leftovers she'd collected up to take home.
The bathroom was ok, a bit dark and the shower curtain covered the toilet which was next to the shower, rather than separating the two. So the toilet and half the bathroom got soaked when we had a shower. The toliet seat was broken but not unbearable. Also the water was hardly ever above a lukewarm temperature. We found out on the day before we went home that the owners had turned the thermostat down.
The kitchen was basic and dark, 4 ring electric cooker, we only used it once to make toast as we were out every day sampling the local cuisine.
The bedroom was clean, 2 single beds which we pushed together, but as they were pine beds there was a half a foot gap between them. Other than that they were fine. We had a balcony which was in the shade all the time but nice all the same. Be warned, the studio next to ours didn't have a balcony, they had their table and chairs outside which half the building used as a thoroughfare.
The Maid came in twice when we were out, we made sure she couldn't just walk in when we were there by leaving the key in the locked door. She made the beds, emptied the bins and cleaned the bathroom but the sheets or towels weren't changed all week.
There is a shop almost right next to the apartment block which has all your basic needs catered for. I reccomend the bakery too which has lovely bread, pasties, pies, cakes and traditional greek sweets like Baclava.
We used a safe deposit box for free at H & N Travel, you just choose a box and keep the key. H & N Travel do some good excursions and at this time of year the prices had come down considerably, some of them half the price compared to the official Olympic excursions. We went on the West Coast BBQ cruise which was in a nice place called Paleokastritsa. It was about 2 hours on the coach and then an hour or so on the glass bottomed boat to a deserted shingle beach where a delicious chicken barbeque lunch awaited us. There was enough time to have a swim in the sea and dry off before the boat picked us up again and took us back. This cost us 18 euros each and included the food and unlimited Greek wine and Ouzo.
We also went to Corfu town by boat (14 euros each)which would have been nice but it poured with torrential rain the whole time we were there so things were a bit bleak by the time we got back on the boat. I'm sure it's very nice in the sunshine!
Roda itself is a very friendly place, all the locals in the tavernas are lovely. We tried out most of the Greek places, Roda Park, Nikos, Oddyseus, the one with the picture of the goat drinking ouzo also was good and we ate there twice.
We were told not to under any circumstances hire out Mopeds or Quad bikes as they were dangerous and unbalanced.
The main beach in Roda was a bit scrubby but if you walk down to it and go left until you are over a bridge and next to a ponytrekking field, walk straight through the field bear left and follow the path you come to a nicer beach with a taverna that hires out 2 sunbeds and umbrella for 5 euros, or 3 Euros for one bed and umbrella. I was glad of the umbrella as it got quite hot. The sea is also very shallow and you can go out a long way before getting up to your neck in water!
All in all a nice holiday but I don't reccomend these particular appartments.
WE ARRIVED AT THE ELENITSA APTS ON 06-05-2005. WHEN WE GOT THERE WE FOUND OUT THAT ALL THE BAD COMMENTS ON THIS WEBSITE TO BE TRUE.
The maid was very peculier here, she went hrough my suitcase and tended to barge through ov a morning. And the showers didnt even work. Worst hotel ive ever been to.
Hiya, sounds very mixed, Im coming out on the 27/08/04 with my 2 children (6 & 3). How's the area/apartments for children - we dont mind staying up stairs (sounds like theyre the better apartments anyway!!!) But how are the bars/tavernas - all okay with kids????Thanx
Roda is fantastic, our apartment however left a lot to be desired. We were told we were staying in a 2 / 3 person apartment, when we arrived we were greeted by a very small room, with 2 single beds and a rusty metal camp bed all shoved together. We had a fridge, and oven that didnt work properly and a bath room with a shower. However we were lucky, some of the people we got to know had worse problems, like sewage coming up through their shower. One families shower did not work properlly and it took a week to get it fixed (not good in temperature 35+) Also make sure you find out about how often the sheets changed and the towels. If you have any problems with your apartment make sure you go to the olympic office and complain otherwise NOTHING gets done about it.
we are just back from a wonderful holiday in roda, but i must say that it was no thanks to the tour operators. anyone going to elenitsa studios be aware that it is a lottery whether you will get a room with a balcony or terrace as advertised, or whether you will get the pavement outside your room as your terrace or the top of the stairwell as your balcony, and obviously there is no privacy if you get any of the latter. the room we were allocated was damp, dark and we were expected to go along the corridor, around the corner and sit on the pavement where every one passed and use that as our terrace. the rep, while pleasant, said that she had no alternative for us and she would be quite happy with that room, despite the fact that if we opened the shutters to let daylight in every tom d**k and harry could look in our windows as they passed to their apartments, that is if they were not walking right passed us on our "terrace" only peristent refusal to accept the room and insisting we were not going to unpack and wanted to see a sup**visor resulted in our being re-allocated a room upstairs in the next block instead of others whose flight had been delayed. i later spoke to a number of others who were unhappy with their rooms and had complained. do not get me wrong, we had a fabulous holiday and the apartments are in a great location and the one we ended up with was fine, but our first day was ruined with all the aggravation and i feel that olympic holidays have an absolutely cheek expecting people to pay the same price for these disgusting rooms - if they must use them they should charge less for them and make the people aware of what they are getting. p.s. don't think that personally asking for an upstairs room with a balcony will make any difference because we tried that before we flew to corfu and it made no difference to us. you have been warned
we go to the elenitsa studios in 2 weeks time and would love to know if there are safes there to use and where is the nearest pool to use thanks
i was just the same, after reading some of the review but this is one of the nicest places i've stayed! we stayed on the top balcony and the other appartments looked great, i couldnt fault it!! it's spacious, alot of windows can be opened (gets hot) and it is litrally 30 seconds from the town centre!!! it's a lovely view and theres a lovely garden to see. i wouldnt worry at all! it's beautiful!
There are four of us going to Elenitsa studios in July 2004 and I am a bit concerned about what is written on this website about it. I know some people like to complain about everything so - we are just looking for decent apartments to sleep, shower and occasionally eat breakfast. Will these apartments fit the bill or are they as awful as some people are saying?
Flo and I stayed in the Elenitsa last July and found it very good. We were delighted to leave the windows open at night as the mosquitos were rarely to be found. Apart from the usual wonky Greek fridge the apartments suited our needs very well.
And yes they are opposite the Nikos.
no body should get worried about going because reading this before i went, made me so nervous but THERE is a Garden (only small, but nice) and the sheets are fine. The location is exactly in the town center and SO quiet. The odd Moped goes past but nothing to worry about!
i was on the top floor of the appartments and i agree, it was excellent. Those moaning about no swimming pool, THERE ISNT ONE ADVERTISED!!!!, the beach is absoloutely beautiful! has anybody seen the 'fresh fruit, donuts' guy? and so the place is altogether amazing!
Having looked at this website before departure, I was really worried about what these appartments were going to be like. In the event, I don't know what the fuss was about. We were on the second floor of block B, and had no problem - our appartment was light, clean and spacious and much better than I'd expected for a £230 late deal. Okay, so there were a few minor bits of maintainance which needed doing, and the plumbing was slightly dodgy, but you expect that on a Greek holiday (and on a British 2* holiday as well). The balcony was in the shade, but that was a relief given the heat in the first half of the week. We could even see the sea from it!
As for those people complaining about lack of a swimming pool: (a) there isn't one advertised, so you haven't really got a leg to stand on; (b) you can use the pools in the other hotels for free anyway; and (c) what's wrong with the beach? The sea's gorgeous!
The only real problem was that it could be very hot at night unless you opened the shutters, in which case you risked getting bitten by mossies. However, I think this is a problem everywhere unless you pay a lot more to stay somewhere with air conditioning. One of the shops in the vilage hires out fans, so that might be a good idea. Oh yes, and the local dogs can be a bit noisy first thing in the morning.
We've been back a week and already we are thinking of going back!!
The Elenitsa appartments is in an excellent location, it is close to everything you need. We stayed in a studio for 2, like all greek accomodation it was basic but much much better than I imagined it would be after looking on this website before going away. If like us you use your room for sleeping and washing it's a bargain. The cleaners are in every other day, if they don't change your towells just ask them and they will. There are 2 blocks A & B we stayed in the B block our friends in the A block which is slightly more modern.
has anybody got anything nice to say about the elenitza, were going in august 2003?? lisa