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ΣΥΝΟΛΙΚΗ ΒΑΘΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ 9.7/10 βασισμένη σε 292 κριτικές
Loes KcoupleThe Netherlands15 June
The location of Barbara Studios is perfect; very near to the old town of Rethymno.
Panos and Iro are really kind hosts, they made a very warm welcome to us, and they gave us very good suggestions for where to go. And the home-made cakes we got every two days were delicious! We highly recommend this accomodation.
etspaghetcouple14 June
Stayed here for just two nights but it was so perfect that it felt longer. After a very friendly welcome we were surprised by a beautiful room, which had been recently renovated and looked absolutely stunning.
I just loved the towels in the bathroom which were folded in animal shapes and there was a delicious treat for us in the fridge.
We could have spend here much longer and we will definitely come back some day!
paulandisobelcoupleBallymena, United Kingdom8 June
Just back from our fifth visit to Barbara Studios and once again amazed by both the standard of accommodation and the warm welcome we received from Panos and Iro. This couple really know hhow to make you feel at home. Location and decor of the apartments are second to none.
bogartVictoria_b_c_friendsvictoria,b.c.31 May
Barbara Studios is well located in a quiet street in the Old Town. We had a balcony which is lovely to sit on for breakfast,etc. The host provided coffee and juice as well and we had a two level space which gave each of us privacy. They are very helpful arranging taxis,etc and places to go.
wildtrampersoloSan Francisco, California17 May
Great location and a reasonable price and great hosts. The room was spacious, but the shower was small. Be advised that the key fob must be used to turn the electricity on to run the AC, thus the room might not cool down on hot days for 30 minutes or more once the fob is inserted.
Linda_BigelowcoupleSaint-Jeannet, France13 May
Panos and Iro did everything possible to make our three days with them special. Iro knew where we could find an early and hardy breakfast. Panos directed us to the best mezes in town. They have tastefully renovated Iro's family home into a home away from home for their guests.
TiggerInIndiacoupleForest Row, UK9 May
This was our second stay in Rethymnon, and we shall certainly stay at Barbara Studios when we come again.
The building is a beautiful old Venetian house close to the harbour in the Old Town. Our room was spacious and airy, with a bathroom and a private balcony - and the owners, Panos and Iro - took great care to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
Despite being so centrally located, the house was very quiet and peaceful, and the comfortable mattresses ensured a good night's sleep.
All in all, this was a lovely experience of the homely hospitality for which Cretans are famed, and I would recommend Barbara Studios to anyone.
Cathy BfriendsLondon, United Kingdom13 April
This is a charming place full of quirky rooms and spaces to sit and relax. hosts are great and I had a lovely time here. Close to the old town, bus station and beach so perfectly placed for a stay in rethymnon.
Elspeth Dcouple27 March
Thank you very much to Iro and Panos for such a friendly, hospitable welcome to Barbara studios! Barbara studios is located right in Rethymno 's old town, a very short walk from the beautiful Venitian harbour. Our room had a mezzanine floor for the bed and a kitchenette/living room as well as a shower room and erandah. There are also lovly shared garden areas to sit in. Most of all we appreciated the helpfulness and welcome from hosts and staff. We would especially recommend visiting Crete outside the tourist season. It is quiet and peaceful but the weather is beautiful.
Markos Gfriends25 March
Μοναδικη αισθηση κρητικης φιλοξενιας σε ενα χωρο προσεγμενο και φιλικο!!! Το Barbara Studios ειναι η οικογενεια σου σε ενα μερος που δεν γνωριζεις κανεναν!!!Ολα βρισκονται διπλα σου και δεν χρειαζεσαι καν μεταφορικο μεσο!!!Σιγουρα θα ηθελα να μεινω εκει για παντα!!!
Νικος Πcouple5 March
Ένας υπέροχος χώρος στην καρδιά της πόλης. Πραγματικά σε απόσταση αναπνοής βρίσκεσαι στην παλιά πόλη. Το δωμάτιό ήταν καθαρό, προσεγμένο, περιποιημένο, βολικό και άνετο. Έχει εναν μικρο χώρο για κουζίνα και ένα μπαλκονάκι το οποίο απολαύσαμε και καταχαρήκαμε. Ολοι τους εκεί είναι πολύ ευγενικοί και εξυπηρετικοί. Πρόθυμοι να μας βοηθήσουν, να μας εξηγήσουν, να μας κατατοπίσουν. Η τιμή του δωματίου είναι αρκετά καλή συγκριτικά με άλλα καταλύματα και σχετικά με την τοποθεσία του.
noemie_webercoupleStrasbourg, France7 November
Excellent place! The room was clean and pleasant, and the host Panos very nice! The location is perfect, close to the center and many good restaurant, not far from the port and the beach. I'll come back!
Reny Tcouple2 November
Perfect location in the heart of Old Town of Rethymnon.....
Very spacious room, completly new, comforable and cozy
The staff was always extremly kind.
We enjoyed very much our staying
Thank you !
Reny & Taxis

Bee1606soloWellington, New Zealand21 October
This place is amazing! Great location, extra comfortable beds and the most wonderful hosts I encountered during my five weeks in Crete. Would absolutely return and highly recommend! They made me feel so welcome, safe and comfortable. The complimentary raki is amazing too! Clean and quiet this place is something really special.
Jayne FlynncoupleEngland north east13 October
Panos & Iro made us feel so welcome, Ito even stayed up late to greet us and brought us some cake, she gave us home made cake everyday! Along with fresh orange juice and a small bottle of Raki. Our apartment was lovely, with a small balcony. You are in the centre for everything you need!
Thank you both once again, we will be coming back to see you.
Jayne & Michael from Cyprus
FormigaPetitacoupleLondon, United Kingdom9 October
This place was one of a kind. The hosts are friendly, respectful and knowledgeable. Each floor has inherited the archetecture of a different era from the area (Venetian, Ottoman, Greek). Our room had authentic stone walls and a beautiful unique Ottoman bathroom. We stayed in 5 different places in Crete, and this was easily the best. Highly recommended. Room Tip: Room with beautiful ottoman bathroom recommended See more room tips
Lindsay85coupleBaltimore, Maryland4 October
This is one of those places that helps solidify my opinion that boutique, family-run hotels and studios are the way to go, to be able to travel abroad, in comfort, as a couple on a budget. Panos and Iro were infinitely helpful, so kind, and the raki and treats in the room were a nice touch. The hand-drawn map in the room was very helpful, and we greatly appreciated the recommendations to restaurants where THEY eat, where not only the food is good but the staff is friendly. I also really liked the recycling, and that the electricity in the room turns off every time you leave, since the room key is attached to the socket key. Their home is perfectly located in old Rethymno and we fell absolutely in love with their sweet dog! Thanks again!!!!
KatieJakobcoupleToronto, Canada30 September
Everything about this place was superb. We were greeted by the most friendly, energetic hostess who checked us in earlier and showed us a map of Rethymnon with her highlights and recommendations. The room was spacious, clean, and nicely designed. You can tell that the management places a lot of care into every little detail. The room was VERY well equipped (wifi, iron, hairdryer, dishes, etc). They left us treats: raki, sweets, etc. --- a much-appreciated gesture!

Barabara Studios is in a great location, central yet tucked away so you'll get some rest. Excellent place!
nobody562coupleHannover, Germany29 September
We enjoyed our time at barbara studios.
good price, clean room, great bed, nice persons.
We stayed there for two nights and we would come back.

You need to book a long time in advance, else it could be troblesome to get a room.
BJohnCcoupleStroud, United Kingdom28 September
This is a little gem; perfect position right behind the Venetian harbour, beautifully restored rooms, pretty garden to sit in and roof terrace, very helpful owners who are on site every day, excellent price - just can't be faulted. After a few nights here we moved to another part of the island and stayed in a 5* hotel - we much preferred this apartment. It is perfect for strolling out to the restaurants in the evening and the beach during the day. Free parking is very close by, we were even collected at midnight by our host as we'd foolishly got lost driving into the port.
Rooms have kettles, coffee and little snacks and each day a freshly homemade cake appeared - yummy, as well as a little bottle of really nice raki. The shower room is excellent and stocked with shower gel and shampoo.
I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough.
barbara288coupleNeufahrn bei Freising, Germany27 September
We spent our last night in Barbara Studios and enjoyed our short stay very much. The room was newly renovated and had a very pleasant atmosphere. Barbara Studios is next to all Major attractions in Rethymnon, surrounded by nice tavernas and Restaurants. Host Panos was very friendly and helpful. We highly recommend a stay there!!!
Jesse Tcouplewales11 September
These apartments were in a great location set within the old town and metres from bars and restaurants but also set in a quiet street away from the road.
On arrival Iro and Panos were very helpful and gave us a map highlighting all recommended restaurants, meze bars, ATMs etc. which on recommendation took us to some lovely restaurants where the food was first class, the best being next door which was called "Alana's".
The apartments had a lovely cool courtyard where you could relax and a lovely roof terrace where you could sit with a nice glass of wine.
The apartment was clean and big enough for our six day visit and little goodies like cake and biscuits were left in the room by the owners.
If we could find small faults they would be that the room needs a kettle as it's self catering and we had to boil a saucepan for a cup of tea and the towels should be changed more often in the bathroom but apart from that all was fine.
We would recommend these apartments to anyone for a visit to Rythimnon. Thanks to Panos and Iro for a lovely stay and their lovely hospitality.
Ekaterina Mother5 September
I booked a delux room at the Barbara Studio - and it was amazing - room was located in the area of hamam from 14th century - stone walls...just amazing. Owners of the place are the couple, they were wery friendly and helpfull - helped to carry all our luggage to the room and back.
Thimo KcoupleStuttgart, Germany2 September
Get a bottle of wine and enjoy the view from the roof top: The castle, harbour and the old town.

The owner is amazing. He spent 30 minutes to give us advice. The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom is actually clean (unlike many other hotels on Crete).
Emsa03couple12 August
We spent only three nights at Barbara Studios but our stay was the most memorable hotel/inn experience that we've had in a long time.

We were upgraded to the deluxe room and the owners, Panos and Iro, were so hospitable and friendly. We arrived late at night and Panos walked to our taxi, which stopped a street away, and greeted us. He helped us with our luggage and introduced us to our room.

Orange juice was provided for us everyday, melba toast and condiments, tea and coffee. Freshly baked sweet treats were also left in our kitchenette each day which was lovely when we arrived back in our room in the late afternoon.

Panos and Iro's home is absolutely beautiful. The courtyard and entrance is ideallic and has a garden area and great roof terrace.

A local map of Rethymnon is provided, with Panos and Iro's personal restaurant recommendations.

Our stay was excellent and the facilities were simply amazing. So personal, warming and special. It felt like a Cretan second home (a very luxurious one)!

P.s keep an eye out for Panos and Iro's very cute little dog.
Sarah Dcouple7 August
Rethymno is a very sweet little town blessed with good weather and warm welcoming people. Love the Cretans, always pleasant and helpful - and with a good sense of humour. We were lucky to stay in Barbara studios. Panos and his wife are a lovely couple that know how to make guests feel like they are home. Everyday you can find sweets and cakes on your dining table and a fresh juice and raki in your fridge. These treats made every morning even more special! The studio is very well equipped, nicely decorated and with a little balcony. Every night we could sit in our balcony, with a cold raki watching the stars. The studio is also very well located, close to nice restaurants, the old port and the fortezza. One tip, around 20h is the sunset to be enjoyed in the fortezza. If you come to Rethymno, I strongly advise you to stay here and be delighted with the simple pleasures that this little city as to offer.
Laurens Hcouple6 August
Don't hecitate about this place because it as good as perfect can be. The host Panos and his wife are very kind and take very good care to all of there guests. The rooms are cleaned every day and you will get freshly homemade cakes, juice, raki and other useful food basics.

They tought a lot about saving energy with different systems which work very well, like an automatically turning of airconditioning in case of an open door. The airco works great by the way, even with 35+ celcius you can make it comfortably cool.

The building has a nice garden and roof terras where you have a good view over the town and also can see a lot of stars.

The location of Barbara studios is in the centre of Rethymnon very near to 3 good parking lots which cost 8-10 euro's a day and are 24 hours accessible. Old town and the restaurants are like 30 seconds walking. The beach is about 10minutes walking although we went to another more beautiful and less crowded beach called Episkopi 20min driving or with a taxi about 20 euro, also a bus stop is very nearby.

Conclusing: almost nothing to complain, the only thing I missed was a candle at the balcony for those beautiful evenings. Just book this place and enjoy a nice relaxing vacation in Rethymnon!
HZ86coupleBristol17 July
We've just got back from a week's stay at Barbara Studios. This was a really convenient location to stay while we explored Rethymno and the surrounding area, and provided good value for money. As many other reviews have stated, however, our stay was made really special by how friendly and hospitable our hosts Panos and Iro were. They were always on hand if we needed anything and provided good tips on where to go locally; the room was cleaned spotlessly every day; the fridge was filled up with juice and home-baked goodies daily; and it really felt like we were staying with friends or family instead of in a hotel. The room was slightly old fashioned and the bathroom small, but it was charming and everything worked just fine. The bed was comfortable and the air conditioning kept us cool at night. Our balcony faced a sunny rooftop where every evening some cats and kittens came to play and chase each other, and beyond that you could see the sea. We had such a great holiday - thank you to everyone at Barbara Studios! - Helena and Joe
maggiefaye1friendsCarbondale, Colorado13 July
My friend and I stayed here for two nights and we were so impressed with the personal service Iro showed us! We were truly welcomed like family and had a lovely stay. We were shown a map of town, marked with places to see and to eat. The value was great, too! I would HIGHLY recommend Barabra Studios as your place to stay in charming Rethymno! Room Tip: Comfortable studio, perfect for 2-3 friends or a couple. Solo travelers would feel welcome here, too... See more room tips
lizziebEnglandcoupleEngland21 June
Lovely place & lovely people! Panos & Iro go the extra mile to make everything perfect during your stay. Home made lemonade, raki, & fresh cakes every day, how great is that? Toiletries & hairdryer are provided as well as iron. Plenty of cupboard space & a small kitchen area with a fridge. We had a room on the top floor with views over the town & the sea in the distance. There is also a roof garden with great views. Location is ideal for the Old Town but far enough out not to be noisy.

We will definitely book again if we go back to Rethymno.
UrbanArcadiancoupleOxford, United Kingdom12 June
Iro and Panos made us feel so welcome and provided us with such helpful advice during our visits. We spent two nights in this delightful town on our way to and from Heraklion and Chania. Our first room on the second floor was a large double room with an extra bed settee, plenty of cupboard space, a small kitchen area, balcony, toilet and shower. On our return a few days later we were given a recently renovated stylish en-suit room combining traditional and modern decor; perfect for our all too short stay.
paulandisobelfamilyBallymena, United Kingdom3 June
The barbarastudios are always a pleasure to visit. Highly recommended by my wife and I. We have also taken friends and family on various occasions and they were very impressed. Thank you once again panos, iro and family. Plus lily x Room Tip: Just inform them of your needs before you go. They will do their best to help. See more room tips
dlam626soloSan Francisco, California31 May
I stayed in the independent deluxe studio on sohora. The studio itself was spacious, clean and well appointed. It is tucked into a quaint little pedestrian/residential street and is conveniently located to bus station and all the major sites were no more than 5-7 mins away walking. The hosts- panos and Iro are very welcoming and responsive to text messages if you have any questions or need anything at all.

The one downside to the studio is that it can get a bit loud in the mornings as people ride by on their motorbikes or are toting roller bags on the street. If you're a light sleeper beware.
shaymary3coupleCounty Dublin, Ireland28 April
We have stayed here many times now and our hosts Pano and Iro have always been most pleasant and helpful. The studios are very well kept and tastefully decorated and are situated in a quiet street in the old town close to all the restaurants and bars. We will be returning here again in September.
rockinroxsoloWest Sussex, United Kingdom4 April
Just returned from a short break in Rethymno, staying at Barbara Studios. Lovely apartment, with great facilities, in a fantastic location at the heart of the old town, literally a minutes walk from the old harbour & some great restaurants, and 10 minutes from the beautiful Fortezza.
Panos & Iro made me feel really welcome, & the local map & info they left me with was very helpful
(much more useful than the map in the guidebook!). Iro's sweet treats left in the fridge each day were a guilty pleasure!! They also arranged my taxi transfer from the airport, which was very comfortable & stress free.

Would definitely recommend & will stay at Barbara studios again if revisiting Rethymno. Thankyou!!
rosvistasotherNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom18 March
Well-located near to the port and within a short walk to the bus station, I've stayed here a number of times over recent years. I typically use it as a stopover en route to or from the south coast (bus timings can mean that flight connections aren't always possible in one day). It's always a bonus to my trip as the hosts are so welcoming and generous. I've stayed in different rooms, a single room, double room or studio when with friends, and all of them have been well-furnished and pleasant. Some have balconies, others are inward facing, but I remember enjoying the garden courtyard when I stayed in the single room on the ground floor - lovely!
henrique100couple15 February
Panos and Iro (the hosts) were the nicest we met in Greece. They helped to take our bags, to find a place to park the car and made a small snack on the night we arrived (since it was very late). Also, they prepared a small guide of the city and gave useful hints. The room is very big and self-sufficient (you can even cook if you want).

You cannot park close to the hotel, since it's in a restricted street. However, Panos will guide you to the closest parking spot where you can leave your car for the stay. You can and should do everything on foot at Rethymno, it's much better. The hotel is very well located.

The bed was very small for 2 people (although the room is very big). The shower place is small and so is the curtain (which makes it complicated to take a shower without wetting all the bathroom). In the morning, there is some noise from the houses just beside. And when you arrive, make sure to ask them to give you guidance since you can't reach the entrance by car (restricted street).

Even considering those points above, we definitely recommend staying here if coming to the city!
Loyd Ccouple26 October
Our stay with Panos and Iro was a highlight of our trip to Crete. The room was beautiful. Every morning there were fresh pastries and orange juice left in the fridge and always a bottle of raki on the table.We arrived at 4 a.m. after a much delayed flight from Gatwick...Panos was there waiting to set us up in our room...outstanding ! When we return to Rethymno we will stay at Barbara Studios. This is what hosting a hotel is all about! Green Features: It is quietly suggested to separate plastic and paper. Excellent practise
JLdM2013coupleMadrid, Spain19 October
My opinion is very short: the best studios of Rethymno. And the best expression of the Cretan kindness. So I would like to thank Iro&Panos, and Lili, once more for their hospitality during the days we stayed at Barbara. It is our third time there, and I hope not the last, cause we love it. For example, I have never celebrated my wife´s birthday with the manager of my hotel... But Barbara, so clean, so pacific, so friendly, is very different, and we got it. That´s the key: I go and, simply, I enjoy the live.
MarinersToursfriendsAyr, United Kingdom16 October
Only stayed the 2 nights and wish we had stayed longer we enjoyed Rethymnon so much. We had just booked one studio for the 2 nights, but were advised by Panos to take another room , which he gave us at a great price. He was right the 2 rooms worked out well. Panos came out with us to where we had parked the car to make sure it was in the right area due to the road works. We were given a map and really enjoyed wondering round the town, we spent a morning at the fort, and an afternoon swimming in the sea. It was just wonderful, we ate at the restaurant just opposite the door twice it was so good; we were pleased with our choice. Just wished we had stayed longer.
Peter McoupleNorwich, United Kingdom16 October
My wife and I stayed in Barbara Studios Rethymno, without having booked ahead, ie phoning when we arrived in Rethymno. Although not on the premises at the time (It was Cretan Siesta Time), Iro left a family function to greet us, and in fact came out to guide us for the last few hundred metres of our journey. The room was fine, and very well set up for self-catering, with a supermarket and bakery very close by. We had a lovely Balcony where we had our breakfasts, and on a longer stay would have probably used the roof as well. The courtyard is also a delight, offering the benefits of being outdoors, whilst being behind the front door of the premises.
The main characteristic of our brief stay though was the level of care and hospitality provided by both Iro and Panos. Their profession is clearly a vocaton to them, and their attention to detail, eg, leaving little treats plus soft drinks in the fridge just helped us to feel very cared for, and all at a very reasonable price. I wish more hotels would strive towards this level of care. Many thanks Iro and Panos.
ApurvDoshifriendsMumbai (Bombay), India14 October
We stayed at Barbara Studios from 26-28 September 2015.

First of all, the owners Panos and Iro guided us to the place and were very friendly and warm. The place is very well located in the heart of old town of Rethymnon with all food joints, pubs and clubs in walking distance...Please take tips from them before you head out to the Market for food and shopping..

The place is just perfect to stay and has all facilities that would make u feel extremely comfortable...

Would definitely love to stay here again. Room Tip: Just speak to Panos and Iro before you head out to explore the places to eat and roam..!!! See more room tips
Svart1coupleTromsø11 October
This was a gem to us. Panos gave us such a friendly and personal welcome. The studios are basic, but had everything we needed (loads of power outlets!). The owners has put a personal touch on many things and that we really appreciated. Every day there was a new treat for us in the fridge and fresh lemonade. Panos also gave us many good suggestions on what to do and where to eat. Would definitely stay here again if going to Retyhmnon. Room Tip: Top floor has nice, yet small balconies. See more room tips
Aspiring_traveller12coupleLondon, United Kingdom5 October
The couple were very friendly and helpful, providing a hand drawn map of the town with colour coded points of information eg ATM, supermarket, etc. The room was large and clean and furnished with attention to detail: the room had complimentary coffee, tea, juice, cake and raki). Really nice location in old town near a supermarket, the harbour, and lots of nice restaurants. The towels were fresh and didn't have that hotel vinegar smell which I loved!! The room also had kitchenette facilities (fridge/mini freezer, cafetière, microwave and stove top hob, crockery and utensils) which were great for storing our bottles of water for the day but had the potential to do more! The not so good sides: en suite toilet was quite small and the shower was also quite small so difficult to move around in. Also we had the street level room so it was a little bit noisy (although the street is not a Main Street by any standard). It was perfect for us and I'd recommend it for both short and long term stays in Rethymnon!
Melanie FcoupleWakefield, United Kingdom29 September
Just arrived home from a 2 week stay at Barbara studios. Panos and Iro were the best hosts we have ever stayed with.They made us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We were left treats and very welcome bottles of juice everyday. The house is beautiful and the sights from the rooftops are amazing surrounded by the old fortezza. I would highly recommend a stay here if you a planning a trip to Rethymnon as it is just 2 minutes to the shops restaurants and the old harbour. Thanks Panos and Iro ( lily). Room Tip: All rooms are traditional and welcoming See more room tips
tomgb88coupleKingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom27 September
We had a wonderful stay at Barbara Studios,the room was superb and I wouldn't hesitate to stay again in the future.

The bathroom was particularly stunning as it was an old Turkish bath. The bed was really comfy and the communal areas were great, particularly the roof terrace, which was brilliant to up to at night. Panos and Iro were perfect hosts, this was the best place we stayed in our 3 weeks in Crete.
George Mcouple25 September
We have stay there several times,and we enjoy every time we go there the Cretan Hospritality,Panos and Iro are Always there for what ever are your needs,On the evening you should try the cretan raki and the Cretan dishes which they ofefr by heart by the lovely couple which runs the hotel
VodnonfriendsDublin22 September
We really enjoyed our stay at Barbara studio. They really make you feel welcome, with lots of recommendations, nice little details. They really try to make your stay enjoyable. Don't hesitate to book here if you stay in Rethymnon!
Menna WsoloHelsinki, Southern Finland, Finland19 September
I made reservation to a studio with a balcony as seen in pictures on their site. When I arrived, it turned out to be nothing like that. To start with, the "balcony" was a couple of chairs on a platform by the steps (inside the building). I was told, that I should have known, that not all the rooms look like the ones in the photos. That I should've been more clear of what I want. I don't know how I could have, if I didn't know of all the options. I was really disappointed and sad, given that I had been looking forward to the stay for months. They could see that, and we agreed I didn't have to stay and for compensation needed to pay only a part of the seven nights' stay. But had I been lucky, I would have loved the place. It's mostly really beautiful, the sitting areas and all, and has the enchanting atmosphere of the past centuries. I guess most of the rooms have been renovated and look lovely, as in the photos. In the beginning, also the staff was very friendly, they even came to carry my luggage from the parking place nearby. Also the location of the place is great. I advice you to ask very specifically everything about the room you're to book; you might win the lottery!
maria_svencoupleHamburg, Germany18 September
Everything was just great! We were warmly welcomed and taken down in a generous and great furnished apartment in the old town of Rethymnon. There we had a great time and enjoyed every evening in the middlet of locals the atmosphere. We will definitely come back and thank Panos and his girlfriend Iro for their hospitality!
stanbrcoupleNanaimo, Canada18 September
We stayed at Barbara Studios just 50 meters from the old harbour and close to the Fortezza. On arrival all we could see was a blank wall and a door way but one can never tell what is on the other side of the wall.
Barbara is a delightful three story complex of studio apartments nicely appointed and fully supplied kitchens, The complex has conversation nooks in the common areas, a garden and a rooftop patio with 360 degree views. It was a bargain at 45 euros a night.

The owners live on site and are friendly and have a map of all their favourite sites and tavernas. They were so helpful. Green Features: Barbara has recycling containers in each room. That is a first for us while visitign Greece.
Akshay AcoupleLondon, United Kingdom13 September
Its in the heart of old town just off old port & fort. Minutes away from accesss to shops, bakery & restaurants. We had trouble in getting to hotel driving as all roads are one way & google map not updated. Finally Panos helped us with directions & in fact came near the fort to pick us up. Panos is one of the best host i have come across, he helped us to visit must see in crete, brief introduction to the island & the hotel.
Hotel itself is old ventian house nicely decorated & converted into studio rooms, rooms are big enough with most facilities, clean, tidy, daily cleaning not the linens ( i guess we don't need linen to be changed daily), even though hotel doesn't provide breakfast we were provided with daily home made pastries, crete bread, butter, jam & juice as nice gesture. Wifi is free & fast enough, they even provide beach towels. I cannot fault this place at all in terms of value for money. As you guessed it, doesn't have pool or parking. Nearby parking is paid like €2.50 initial hour then 50cents/h, free parking is more or less lottery ticket & usually if you get it will be near fort around 5min walk. Room Tip: May be rooms he higher up would have natural sun light. See more room tips
Lloyd McoupleBillericay, United Kingdom11 September
Situated in the old town Barbara studios has a great location, but also close to the fort and free parking on the sea front. Facilities are good, but especially pleasing was the helpfulness of Iro & Panos. They provided maps and tourist advice, but the drinks and snacks were very welcome in the late summer heat. Would definitely stay here again.
steve vcoupleRa'anana, Israel11 September
The apartment is loft style located in a quaint and charming building within the old town. Location is just a few blocks from the port but off a quiet street. It's a great value and our hosts were very helpful.
Sarah Mcouple11 September
What can I say, a perfect stay from start to finish. Beautiful large room with traditional Venetian stone walls and arches, with a large double bed, very well equipped kitchen with cooker/oven, kettle, fridge and toaster, as well as a bathroom. The room was spotless and cleaned every single day, with fresh towels left regularly or on demand if you leave them in the bath. We were greeted to a little selection of teas, coffee, honey, butter, crisp breads, home made brownies, squash and water. The squash was replenished every day and we were always left a little snack - sausage rolls, biscuits, chocolates etc, which was a lovely touch. Wifi is great in the rooms and there is a small library on the upstairs corridor. The rooftop terrace has great views of the Fortezza and the town, and there is a gorgeous garden at the back too. We were in Room 1, right by the front door, so we also had use of a little courtyard. The only thing about having this room is that you could hear the door buzzer and people coming in and out but it wasn't a problem and it was nice to have shuttered windows opening onto the street. The street is quiet yet literally a couple of minutes from the harbour and all the delights of the old town. We had a great welcome from Panos, who is very knowledgable about the old town restaurants if you don't know the place as well as we do! All in all, we can't wait to return for the Rethimno Carnival next year. Efharisto poli Panos ke Iro!

Madoncretecouple11 September
Our first stay at this place but our seventh in Rethymnon old town ,,
We come here twice a year on average and won't be staying anywhere else in future ,,,,
Fantastic room with an ideal location right by the harbour ,,
Top class service as well ,,,
Thank you so much Panos and Iro for a fantastic holiday,,,

See you in March ,,,,
rob_schmitz46coupleMilwaukee, Wisconsin8 September
Wonderful family business. Very helpful and kind. Great location for restaurants and night life. Late 20's couple. We went all over Crete and felt this was a fun area to stay in and walked around late at night.
irinam77familyCopenhagen, Denmark6 September
We stayed 2 weeks in this apartment in the charming old town of Rethymno. The apartment is comfortable and everything there is new. If you would like to stay in the old town where the locals live, this is the right place. One can easily walk to shops, market, restaurants and the promenade, the walk to the town beach takes around 25 min. The only drawback was, that during the hot time the old town remained quite warm even at night, and it was mostly too warm to sleep with open windows or sit on the balcony. However the airconditioning worked fine, both in the living room and in the bedroom. We agree with all the nice things that others have written in their reviews about the manager Panos, will add here that he responded quickly to our e-mails and calls if we had a question, and the cleaning was every 4 days and very good.
gruberjukicoupleUpper Austria, Austria20 August
Sehr gemütliche Unterkunft, äußerst netter Gastherr, super Lage, auf der Dachterasse kann man sich abends noch gemütlich zusammensetzen; obwohl kein Frühstück angeboten wird, wird Orangensaft, Zwieback, Butter, Marmelade und Kuchen im Zimmer bereitgestellt;
niahm1coupleBarcelona, Spain20 August
Estuvimos en un apartamento bonito, cuidado, limpio. Muy amplio, donde puedes pasar largas estancias cómodamente. 

La habitación era a pie de calle, en pleno centro, y no se escuchaba nada del exterior. La insonorización era fantástica.

La pareja que lo lleva era súper atenta y la verdad es que multiplican por dos el valor de esta habitación. Sólo íbamos a estar una noche y aun así, durante 20 minutos, nos explicaron con un mapa hecho a mano todos los sitios que nos recomendaban. También nos acompañaron a buscar aparcamiento, que no nos costó encontrar a pesar de estar en pleno centro. Todo con una sonrisa y amabilidad excepcional.

Además, nos dejaron postres caseros de cortesía, zumo y para poder preparar el desayuno. 
Está situado en una zona inmejorable, todo a mano. 

En conjunto una experiencia fantástica (porque lo llamaría experiencia) gracias en muy buena parte a sus propietarios pero también al encanto del lugar, una gran casa con apartamentos y un patio interior luminoso donde los clientes podemos tomar el café, relajarnos y conversar.

Si volvemos a Rethymno, sin duda volveremos aquí.
luca pfamilyRome, Italy18 August
Young Iro and Panos are very committed to give you all the informations you need for your stay, in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
The room we stay in had all you need, with a pleasant attention to details, that make the difference.
Caustacouple17 August
Un endroit très chaleureux, accueilli comme des rois, studio complet, beau et moderne. A proximité de tout le nécessaire. Sous le charme dès l'arrivée et encore maintenant !
A essayer sans hésitation !
Marinho28coupleAcquaviva delle Fonti, Italy13 August
Ho soggiornato per soli 2 giorni, e tanti bastano per capire cos'è la "filoxenia" e come la mettono in pratica qui al Barbara Studios. Ottima e spaziosa stanza in posizione strategica al centro storico di Rethimnon. La strada è abbastanza tranquilla.
Iro, il proprietario, ci ha fatto trovare in camera -tutto offerto- del raki (grappa tipica), delle fette biscottate, della marmellata, della ciambella, il necessario per un caffè o un the, una bottiglia grande di succo d'arancia.
Ci ha anche fornito una simpaticissima mappa con i posti chiave in cui mangiare, i posti più interessanti e via dicendo.
Il giorno dopo, tornati dal mare, ecco altre splendide sorprese: la bottiglia di succo d'arancia (che avevamo finito perchè assetati), era stata riempita nuovamente, inoltre nel frigo c'erano altri due deliziosi dolcetti al cioccolato.
La cosa che mi ha lasciato di stucco è che non solo avevano pulito la stanza, ma avevano addirittura messo in ordine le nostre magliette che, stanchi per il viaggio, avevamo lasciato un po' sul divano in disordine, e avevano persino messo in ordine le boccette di shampo e bagnoschiuma! Ci siamo sentiti un po' in colpa per essere stato un po' disordinati!
Insomma, tutto di una gentilezza squisita, e di una qualità elevatissima rispetto al prezzo che è assolutamente contenuto.
10 e lode!
ag0riacoupleParis, France9 August
Les propriétaires sont accueillants, chaleureux et plein de petites attentions! Ils ont été de très bons conseils sur les endroits à voir et visiter ainsi que sur les endroits où se restaurer ou boire un verre. Nous avions réservé la chambre rénovée qui était parfaite et joliment décorée. Merci pour cet excellent séjour!
Philippe AcoupleBordeaux, France8 August
Nous avons passé une nuit dans ce B&B. La maison est très bien située dans la partie historique de Rethymnon tout proche du port, ce qui permet d'être tout de suite immerger dans la ville. Cette dernière possède un cachet attachant où l'on se sent tout de suite bien. L'appartement est très propre, la literie est très bonne et le coin kitchinette permet de se restaurer. Pour le petit déjeuner, biscotte, beurre, confiture, yaourt et jus d'orange sont mis à disposition dans la cuisine.
farouk lfamilyLyon, France7 August
La maison est situé au cœur du centre historique à deux pas du vieux port. Iro et Panos sont toujours disponible pour donner de bons conseils pou visiter les environs.
La batisse est très belle. Mes enfants ont adoré cette maison. Seul inconvénient, nous avons eu la chambre au bout du couloir, sous les toits,il y faisait très chaud. La clim soufflait directement sur la literie.
antonis_litinassoloHyde Park2 August
I booked Barbara Studios over the internet, because I liked the way the setting and the rooms looked in the photos. The moment I got there I felt like I was part of the family or a good friend visiting, this is how nice Panos and Argyro and Argyro's parents were.
The room was fantastic, spacious, well presented, done up with great taste and very very relaxing.I should add that there was housekeeping service daily. In a few words it was a lot more than I expected. Plus Barbara Studios are in walking distance from practically everything in the old part of the city of Rethymno.
If I am to go to Rethymno again, which I hope will happen, I will most definitely do myself a favour and look for a room there, hoping that there is one there for me.
Olga ZcoupleBarnaul, Russia30 July
Отличный бутик-отель.Красивое старое строение,тихая улица,но в самом центре достопримечательностей.В 100 метрах старя крепость(очень красивое место,советую прогуляться перед заходом солнца в районе 19.00).Минусы-очень слабый кондиционер,кровать очень маленькая для двоих человек.Пляжа рядом нет.
jlenoirfamilylille28 July
Une chambre au cœur de la vieille ville, bien équipée, avec un petit balcon.
Un accueil très sympathique, café, thé, confitures, beurre et petites pâtisseries maison à disposition tous les jours. Ménage quotidien. Une vraie bonne adresse !
A TripAdvisor Memberfriends28 July
Η τοποθεσία του δε θα μπορούσε να είναι πιο ιδανική αφού από την μια πόρτα βρισκόμασταν στο λιμάνι επάνω κ στα πιο συμπαθητικά καφενεδάκια της πόλης κ από την άλλη πόρτα, στα δύο βήματα ήμασταν στο κεντρικότερο σημείο της. Το τρίκλινο δωμάτιο με την ιδιωτική αυλίτσα ενδείκνυται για παρέες κ χαλάρωση οποιαδήποτε ώρα της μέρας. Είναι μεγάλο, ευρύχωρο, δροσερό κ πολύ βολικό ακόμα κι αν μένουν τρεις γυναίκες μαζί! Η Αργυρώ κ ο Πάνος δε θα μπορούσαν να είναι πιο ευγενικοί κ πιο εξυπηρετικοί. Μας σύστησαν τα καλύτερα μέρη για φαγητό κ ποτό ανάλογα πάντα με τον τρόπο διασκέδασης του καθενός. Μείναμε μόνο ένα βράδυ αλλά υποσχεθήκαμε ότι θα ανανεώσουμε την επίσκεψη μας στο Ρέθυμνο κ φυσικά χωρίς καμία σκέψη για το που θα μείνουμε.
syvas79coupleParma27 July
Arrivati a Rethymno abbiamo prenotato al Barbara Studios confortati dalle ottime recensioni e dall'ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo della struttura. Arrivati all'Hotel, abbiamo trovato ad accoglierci il cordialissimo Panos, che gestisce la struttra insieme alla moglie Iro. La nostra sistemazione era in uno studios ricavato in un piano seminterrato meravigliosamente ristrutturato e dotato di tutti i comfort, fra i quali, oltre ad aria condizionata e wi fi anche una cucina attrezzata per fare colazione o volendo cucinare.
Insomma, un mini appartamento a tutti gli effetti, con un bagno molto spazioso.
Se alle caratteristiche degli alloggi ed alla strategicità della posizione (in centro e dietro il porto vecchio)si somma la disponibilità dei gestori, è facile capire perchè io consigli il Barbara Studios come il miglior posto in cui alloggiare a Rethymno.
Laura AcoupleBarcelona, Spain26 July
Nos alojamos 2 noches en Barbara Studios y desde que nos recibió Paros, el trato fue excelente. Nos entregó un mapa hecho por ellos con todo tipo de recomendaciones (restaurantes, bares, panadería, etc)
En cuanto apareció Iros y le dijimos "Hola", se dibujó una sonrisa en su cara y empezó a conversar con nosotros en español. Cada día, tuvo algún " dulce " detalle.
El lugar es un antiguo palacete veneciano y nuestra habitación era muy amplia. Por las mañanas, hacía tanto calor que no podíamos disfrutar de nuestro balcón particular pero pudimos compensarlo desayunando en la azotea compartida con excelentes vistas a la fortaleza.
Paros e Iros, forman una pareja increíble de anfitriones y ojalá podamos volver , sin duda, repetiríamos con ellos.
BNP22couple26 July
Третья гостиница,где мы останавливались в Греции.Просторный номер,очень приветливый хозяин Панос,расположение в центре старого города.Сам город очень красивый,история на каждом углу.Единственный минус- маленьких размеров кровать,для двоих она не подходит.
Yom73coupleChambery, France21 July
Idéalement situé au coeur de la vieille ville de Rethymnon (station de bus à 10min à pieds, forteresse à 2 pas et vieux port à quelques enjambées), ce havre de paix rendra votre séjour inévitablement des plus agréables. Dans cette très belle et calme pension de famille, appartement grand, propre avec balcon privatif nous concernant (idéal pour profiter de la fin de journée). Sans oublier l'accueil extrêmement chaleureux de Panos et de sa compagne Iro. Très avenants et disponibles, ils vous gâtent de petites attentions (jus de fruit dans le frigo, pâtisserie maison et tartines pour le petit déjeuner, conseils (judicieux et pertinents) de restaurants (Alana, quel regal !!) et de découvertes à faire dans les alentours / on a adoré Preveli et Plakias sur la côte sud...). Deux sourires qui font au chaud au coeur, que l'on est triste de quitter et qui donnent envie de revenir. On aimerait être reçus ainsi partout. Alors un grand merci à vous Panos et Iro.
trombinecouple21 July
I went there only because it has good reviews and never heard about it before.
Location is just perfect, in term of distance to beach, it's in the middle of the old souks-just in the middle and next to the harbor, parking is one minute walking distance.
Panos and Iro (the owners) are helpful friendly and generous, trust me I'm from Lebanon and I know what those terms really means.
Rooms are clean, and spacious and has everything you need.
Panos gave us a hand written small map that includes all his recommendations, which we forgot to give it back btw!!!
You have your own keys for the house entrance and you'll find none of those fake happy receptionists, so you just feel at home.
Free Wireless with good connection, free AC, there is always a bottle of orange juice in the fridge with a small snack to eat, coffee, coffee machine, tea, hair dryer, a bottle of Rakki with some shots (traditional drink)... are always available for free in your room. REALLY EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

Enough details, great place, just go there, you'll enjoy your stay. Room Tip: We took the room 13, spacious, has balcony and we were happy with it See more room tips
ValquiryfamilyParis, France21 July
Très bien situé puisque dans la zone piétonne de la vieille ville, ce petit hôtel est plein de charme, comme ses gérants :) Les chambres sont chichement décorées mais le lieu - authentique- est tellement bien mis en valeur, avec les éclairages, les bassins de poissons, les plantes, qu'on a plaisir à flemmarder à l'extérieur dans les différents patios. On se sent retiré du monde, relax, à l'abri au calme... On recommande !
JulieandAlexGcouple20 July
I was not sure what to expect from Barbara Studios before we arrived. I thought the rooms would be pretty basic, however, the room we stayed in (6) was lovely - spacious and modern. It was also cleaned every day and a small piece of cake and some juice were left in the fridge (things you would not expect when paying for self-catering). There is no hob or space for preparing food in the room, which was not a problem for us as there is an abundance of amazing tavernas, restaurants and fast food places within walking distance. Just be clear that you are paying for a room only.
The hosts will give you a map of the town with personal recommendations, and we found them to be helpful whenever we needed to ask for advice.
In summary, a great place to stay with hospitable hosts, if you a young couple or travelling with friends and are looking for room only accommodation.
Donna Lcouple17 July
We stayed 9 nights and enjoyed it so much. The room was spotlessly clean, every day. It was very comfortable, including the bed, and beach towels were a bonus for us. Panos and Iro were wonderful hosts, their map of restaurants and places to go was a fantastic resource. Every question was answered with a great suggestion, restaurants, sight-seeing, beaches...
The building is lovely, with a nice roof terrace, and a great location close to the centre of the old town. Yet really quiet and peaceful.
We never had problems parking, and were greeted everyday with a homemade sweet treat in the afternoon, along with orange juice and raki. We really recommend Barbara Studios, we will be back! Thanks again!
micharf44familyJerusalem, Israel13 July

ברברה סטודיוס הינו פנסיון בעל מספר מפלסים וחצרות פנימיות.
המקום נבנה על ידי הכובשים הוונציאנים באי, לפני כמה מאות שנים.
ארוח חם,מאיר פנים, ידידותי של פאנוס ואירו, בעלי המקום.
נמצאבעיר העתיקה של רתימנון במיקום מצוין.
חשוב להדגיש כי המקום הינו פנסיון ולא מלון ולפיכך אין בו ברכה. מנגד, היחס אישי וחם.

Green Features: המלון דוגל בהתנהגות סביבתית ופח מחזור נמצא במקום. בנוסף, ברגע היציאה מן החדר החשמל נכבה ובכך מקטין את צריכת האנרגיה של המקום ותורם צעד קטן לסביבה ירוקה.

HalbonparkotherMelbourne, Australia10 July
Fantastic place. Stayed almost a week. Have some great memories and from a great location. Palos and his wife were amazing hosts. I could not ask for anything more. Clean, tidy, spacious, modern rooms. I would happily return on my next trip to Rythemno.

Very highly recommended.
sinplicitycoupleLondon, UK9 July
Iro and Panos (and don't forget Lily!), and their delightful villa of studio apartments, could not have been more perfect. The accommodation was simple and uncluttered, and kept fastidiously clean daily, to the point that we'd come home (and I use home in the fondest sense here) to find our scattered clothes folded and put away for us. The studios are well located, being a street away from the sea front but just enough off the beaten track that it feels cosily tucked into the Old Town. Everything you'd want to see in Rethymno is no more than 5-10min walk away.

But it isn't the location or facilities that elevate Barbara Studios above anywhere else I've ever stayed. You could put Iro's picture in the dictionary next to "hospitality". She greeted us past midnight when we finally arrived, and still took the time to get us settled and oriented with a hand-drawn map showing all the best local places to eat and drink and get our necessities. Each day saw a supply of orange juice and raki topped up in the fridge, and a little treat (custard pastry or cheese slice, it changed every day and never repeated) left for us to discover when we arrived back from our day's explorations. We were advised of secret groves when we went off to other beaches, and what time to get to the markets to get the best produce, and loaned beach towels and umbrella when we went swimming. There really didn't seem to be any degree of effort that was too much. Iro is simply the best host in the world!

Some tips and thoughts for a stay here, then:

- Talk to Iro about your plans! She is a font of advice and local knowledge, and can help you organise and make suggestions that will add so much more to your experience.

- The nearest sandy beach is around a 15min walk away, which can be a little daunting at times, especially if you don't plan to stay out in the sun between swims. That said, if you have a decent pair of swim shoes (sea urchins can be an issue on rocky shores), 5min in the other direction brings you to a slipway into the rocky sea on the other side of the Fortezza, and it's uncrowded (empty, when we went) and a delicious and quick way to cool off. Even better if you have mask and snorkel!

- When the sea is calm, a night swim is possible off the beach, as there are no restrictions on swimming without lifeguards present.

- There is a catamaran ferry directly to Santorini from Rethymno a few times a week. No need to travel to Eraklion to spend the day at this stunning island. Room Tip: Room 14 has a tricky flight of stairs up to the bed. Room 13 is perfect (that balcony!). See more room tips
Stef_TravelPhotogcoupleMelbourne, Victoria, Australia8 July
The thing you realize straight away once you step in these studios is that this is not the average business oriented hotel. This is a place where the owners want you to spend a great time.
They spent almost an hour with us providing maps, suggesting restaurants, giving tips on bars and cafe. I almost felt after few hours that I was a local.
The studios are very well looked after, clean and fresh (the summer can be hot in Greece but the rooms were really cool)
Highly suggested (tip: booked directly on their website, cheaper)
Ingrid BcoupleSalzburg, Austria8 July
Die Studios Barabra befinden sich ein bisschen versteckt fast mitten in der Altstadt von Rethymno. Unser Zimmer war wunderschön eingerichtet, ziemlich groß und sehr sauber. Die Vermieter sind unglaublich nett und hilfsbereit. Es gab rein nichts zu beanstanden.
dawnannrileyfamilybarnsley7 July
Cannot fault these studios or the family that run them.We have just returned after a week with our Grandaughter and they really looked after us.Dave must cook the best breakfast on the island and the Friday Barbacues were brilliant. Looking to book for September as a week here was not enough. Some lovely restaurants close by although the family and Dave will make sure you don't starve too . Room Tip: "nd floor rooms have a nice view See more room tips
donpericocoupleLa Coruna, Spain7 July
My husband and I stayed here during two nights as part of our trip around the island.

The staff is really nice and they do not mind to spend time with you explaining the city and chating with you. They also suggest good places to eat and visit which we appreciated.

The building is really nice and the balcony at the room is good for relaxing. We also loved to cuddle the sweet Lilly!

But the reason I am giving 3 points instead of more is because the matress. We found it extremely unconfortableWe could feel every spring in our back and was not firm at all.
For us this is one of the most important things in an acommodation. We woke up several times during the night because of this.

tourist8019familywiesbaden4 July
Die Barabara Studios liegen direkt in der Altstadt, trotzdem ist es sehr schön ruhig. Direkt am Hafen und nur 15 Geh-Minuten zum Beach. Die Besitzer sind wundervolle Gastgeber. Man fühlte sich wie ein Teil der Familie. Im Zimmer wartete Raki auf uns und jeden Tag eine neue Köstlichkeit von Iro. Die Zimmer waren sauber und schön. Wir waren total begeistert!
mimi8569coupleLucon, France3 July
Excellent accueil ,de passage ,nous ne sommes resté qu'une nuit.
Petit coin de paradis super bien placé ,derrière le port en plein centre et à proximité de la forteresse .
Merci à tous les deux !!! Et peux être à bientôt 
m_roseveareotherHerefordshire, United Kingdom1 July
Couldn't have asked for more - excellent hosts, brilliant location close to all amenities and in the old town, i.e. away from the somewhat trashy touristy trap extending eastwards. In summer the air conditioning seems necessary at night (to folks used to colder climes!) as the prevailing wind tends not to reach the apartments. Would recommend to business and recreational travellers alike.
Lena_CarstencoupleAschaffenburg, Germany30 June
I really recommend Barbara Studios Sohora to every one who doesn't want to be in a big hotel. In this studio you can be a part of the cretan live and explore the old town of Rethymnon just a few steps away. So the location is perfect.
The apartment is lovely, very clean an perfect for 2 people. The owners are wonderful! The help you with everythin you need. They also gave us a self-made map of Rethymnon with all the must-do's, highlights, restaurants, supermarkets,... so nice :-)
In my opinion it is just perfect!
Go there, you won't regret it
Arjun Nfriends30 June
Stayed there for two nights.
Homemade cakes and great hosts. The couple running the place are very friendly and they guide you about the city and the tourist traps.
i'm pretty sure I'll be back to this place again :)
olivier_mezierecoupleparis28 June
The room was lovely ! And the appartment is right in town center
Panos welcomed us with raki and a map of the city center; He was helpful and really nice. The morning we talk with Iro as nice as Panos who gives us a fantastic advice : to go to balos during our trip!

We would have loved to stay for more nights!
ROSARIO Ofriends20 June
Rethymno es una joya mediterránea, secreta y feroz como la misma Creta, pero sonriente. Y ese gesto amable es el que te recibe en los apartamentos Barbara Studios, donde siempre están dispuestos a echarte una mano. Que te sientas como en casa, ese es para la pareja que lo gestiona su objetivo. Panos e Irw, dos personas excepcionales. Volver, volver, volver. Siempre.
rap_schmidtcoupleLangenfeld, Deutschland20 June
Für uns hätte es keine bessere Unterkunft sein können. Die sehr zentrale Lage zur Stadt und gleichzeitig zum Strand und zur Promenade machen diese Unterkunft ideal für alle die etwas sehen und erleben wollen aber auch gleichzeitig Ruhe und Entspannung am Strand suchen. 
Unübertroffen ist jedoch die freundliche und herzliche Gastfreundschaft mit der wir empfangen wurden und die uns während des gesamten Aufenthalts begleitet hat!
NowCallAustraliaHomecoupleMelbourne15 June
The only regret about our stay at Barbara Studios is that it was far too short. Ohterwise, everything was just perfect.
The location of the studios is so central, in the old town, that you practically cannot drive to it, it took us a while to get to the destination because somehow we missed the email with the driving instructions. But when we got there and rang the bell on the very ordinary looking door, we stepped into the epitomy of tranquility, calm and frienliness. Panos and Iro, a fantastic young couple who runs the hotel were so welcoming and engaging that we immediatly forgot the driving experience. The room was newly refurbished, in place of an old Turkish hamam, and was funky, functional and cosy.
We also had some home made welcome goodies on arrival and replenishments of raki and home baked goods afterwards.
What else to add? Immaculate cleanliness, rooftop srttings, courtyards, fairy lights at night, very detailed map and instructions on nearby attractions.
All in all it was a fantastic value for money and a great stay. I wish we stayed longer! Room Tip: Newly renovated rooms See more room tips
Di-SydcoupleSydney, Australia14 June
A great location & Panos & Iro are very welcoming & provide a map with many local recommendations - very useful.
The garden apartment had access to a very pleasant outdoor area & also access to the back door so no stairs to climb. Good car parking ( free) near the fort a few minutes walk away.
Lidia RfamilyNew York City, New York14 June
Amazing place, really a gem within Rethymnon. The lovely couple running this property made us feel like we were family. The small things they did such as the cooled lemonade left in every room for guests, as well as the kind gesture of serving tea/coffee upon our arrival truly made an amazing impression.
ruthb284coupleCham, Deutschland13 June
Wir haben uns selten so herzlich empfangen gefühlt. Alles ist äußerst liebevoll gestaltet, so dass wir uns während unseres Aufenthaltes sehr wohl gefühlt haben. Im Kühlschrank des Studios fanden wir Butter und Marmelade, es gab Knäckebrot und Zwieback und alles um Kaffee zu kochen und obendrein noch täglich ein kleines Stück Kuchen. Alles ist sauber und heimelig. Wenn wir wieder nach Rethymnon kommen, dann sicher wieder hier!
Dani Mcouple10 June
Es una maravilla. La pareja te atiende de una manera espectacular. Son muy amables.
Te indican zonas a visitar y te orienten muy bien.
Las habitaciones acogedoras. Muy limpias. Estas en pleno centro. Realmente para repetir 
Te reciben con café zumo o lo q te apetezca.
Pablo Rfriends10 June
Lugar 100% recomendable. Agradable en el recibimiento, gente muy dispuesto a dar lo mejor de sí. Bondadosos, amables, cercanos, dados al servicio. Lugar acogedor y cautivador. Volvería sin lugar a dudas. Creta y Rethymno tienen una particularidad llamada Barbara Studios.
139eleanorfriendsEdinburgh, United Kingdom10 June
Ground floor room was spotlessly clean, with basic comfortable furnishings. Well appointed small kitchen & bathroom. Close to town centre/port and bus station. Friendly helpful owners live onsite & had provided small welcome pack & a map with helpful local information
IanKinghorncoupleCrawley, United Kingdom9 June
We stayed here before and decided to return here for this years holiday after the excellent stay we had before. What can we say it was even better this time.

The room which was good before (room 6) has recently been renovated and now has a beautiful main room and an amazing wet room style bathroom with a great shower.

Iro continues to leave small treats and cakes in the room daily and the small bottle of Raki is still given if that is your sort of thing.

The main thing that made us return and will mean that we will return again is how welcoming and homely the place feels. Nothing is too much trouble for Iro and Panos while you are staying there and the relaxed feeling of the accommodation really makes for a great relaxing holiday. What also really shows is how much they enjoy and are invested in making everyone's stay the best they can make it.

I am always quite judgemental about cleanliness when I stay away and I can say with confidence that this is one of the most clean and concientious places I have stayed outside of the UK. The room is tidied and dressed every day to an exceptional standard.

If you havent read our previous review it is well worth mentioning that the location is absolutely amazing; right in the middle of the old town right near the fortezza and port.

There is something for everyone nearby and many great restaurants within 5 minutes walk. If you want a cheap easy dinner it is in the same road as Mojo Burger which is a great little burger place and there are a selection of bars around the corner 2 minutes walk away. Having said that though Barbara Studios is also in the perfect location as none of these close by locations will impact your stay as there is never a noise to be heard during our stay.

Overall a great place to spend your Cretan holiday, cannot fault it at all!

Room Tip: Room 6 is where we stayed last time and has recently been renovated to an outstanding standard. Bea... See more room tips
Antoine455coupleLyon, France8 June
Barbara studios est un très bel endroit où séjourner avec des chambres spacieuses et des hôtes charmants et disponibles. La terrasse sur le toit, le jardin et les cours intérieures sont un vrai plus. En plein centre de la vieille ville, les chambres sont très calmes.

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David WcoupleGreater London, United Kingdom4 June
Barbara Studios is right in the very heart of the old Venetian city of Rethymno, a short (5-10 minutes) walk from the sea front, fortress, harbour, shops, restaurants, museums, and the bus garage. It’s a little further (about 15-20 minutes) to the main beeches, but nothing is far in this small, compact city.

The hotel has bags full of character, a tall, narrow L-shaped building set over three floors around a central courtyard, looking like it has been built and rebuilt many times over the centuries. Despite being in the centre of the city, once through the door it was very quiet and peaceful (Rethymno is a much more relaxed place than the hustle and bustle Chania or Iraklion).

The family were welcoming and helpful, and made us feel very comfortable and relaxed whilst sharing their home.

Our room was cool during the day and comfortable at night, with a good amount of space and storage, a perfectly satisfactory bathroom, and a kitchenette which was fine for simple needs.

It has a couple of nice seating areas overlooking the courtyard, and a roof terrace with superb views south over the city and into the high hills beyond, though some of the furniture felt a bit tired.

The whole hotel was kept clean and tidy with many charming and thoughtful personal touches, such as: daily treats and a fresh glass of lemonade in the fridge; home-made maps of the city including the best places to go; and cute home-made do-not-disturb signs.

Overall, we really enjoyed staying here, it was perfect for our three day stay, highly recommended. Green Features: The family were very eco-friendly, making an real effort to save energy and recycle waste.
alice fcouple4 June
Superbe établissement. Hôte très agréable, généreux et plein de bon conseils. Parfaitement situé en zone semi piétonne en plein cœur de la vieille ville ! 
Nous avons apprecié le calme, les terrasses ensoleillés et les discussions avec les hotes
tous simplement parfait.
kasia gcouple29 May
Fantastic people to stay with.Very helpful. ENJOYED every moment. Highly recommend staying here.Warm, family atmosphere. We will keep in our memories and hope we can return soon.We already miss this place and people. That was pleasure to spent our hunny moon there.
Kinman SsoloHong Kong25 May
Lovely, stylish, quiet and clean B&B with strategic location and wonderful services. They surprise you with a detailed map with personal writings and recommendations. You can find all things you need on it. They also leave you lovely desserts, small cakes and cold water in your fridge when they finish the cleansing every day. At the roof, you can see the mountain with snow as well. Superb value for money too.
anna_chyzhkovacoupleBonn, Germany21 May
Charming, clean , friendly , well located, very good value for money, room had fantastic decoration with old Venetian stones walls in the midst of modern renovations. Quite impressive. There is roof terrace from which you can oversee the city roofs and sea. Hosts are the family and they are absolutely professional and kind .

Paul FcoupleNamur20 May
A very welcoming couple in a very welcoming and beautiful house with some great surprises in the room : fruit juice, coffee, sweet things, ... and obviously a bottle of Raki ! :) If you go to Rethymno, do not hesitate and go spend at least one night !
philip0072015coupleKeerbergen, Belgium16 May
We arrived without prebooking. Iro proposed us another location since they were fully booked at their main premises. It turned out a brand new studio for ourselves in the centre. Additional to that we got a short but to-the-point crash course in Rethimno restos/bars/places-of-interest etc. Later on during our 5 days stay the service remained equally good.
Flaca5friendsMilano15 May
Ottima location a un passo dal lungo mare nel cuore del centro storico di Rethymno. Gli appartamenti su tre piani hanno spazi comuni ricavati in un contesto suggestivo e curato. Noi abbiamo preso un appartamento da 2 e uno da 3 persone, che prevede una piccola mansarda con letto matrimoniale (un pò calda ma fornita di ventilatore e ac) e, al piano di sotto, un comodo divano letto, angolo cucina, fornito di tutto l'indispensabile per la prima colazione (compresi the, caffè, merendine e succhi) e piccolo terrazzo con un tavolino e due sedie; forse il bagno, e soprattutto la doccia, è un poco piccolo, ma tutto è pulito e molto curato. 
Fantastica l'accoglienza della giovane coppia che li gestisce e che ci ha dato numerose informazioni per sfruttare al meglio la nostra permanenza. Prenotate direttamente sul loro sito che vi faranno un ottimo prezzo! 
Presente parcheggio convenzionato al porto, anche se si trovano facilmente posti auto free nelle vicinanze.
Deb OotherJacksonville, Florida12 May
Barbara Studios is a beautiful property in Old Town to give you the authentic feel of Greece. They have excellent service and excellent location to all of the beautiful sights, shops, and restaurants in the Old Town Rethymno. The property is beautiful, and Panos and Iro will greet you and spoil you with their kindness for your entire stay. They speak English very well, and provide a detailed hand-written map of the surrounding area including their recommendations. Panos personally went over the map with us, and provided Raki, orange juice, and baked goods in the kitchen. You will definitely feel at home and part of their family, and lucky to have found such a beautiful, hidden treasure! I highly recommend this property, and would love to come back and stay longer! Thank you, Panos and Iro, for such wonderful hospitality!
VenHristovcoupleSofia, Bulgaria12 May
Unfortunately, I and my wife had just a 3 days in this house and in Rethimno.
The owners are very polite and hospitable. Iro made a little lecture for Rethimno, sightseeing, restaurants, café, shops, everything. She answer to all our questions about places around Rethimno and for all Crete.
The house is very impressive – old Venetian house – 800 years old.
Barbara studios are on the center of the old town and there are a lot of places for coffee, shops and good Cretan food.
I recommended Barbara studios everybody and I wrote for Barbara studios in the most popular forum in Bulgaria for holidays.
No comment for room (studio) absolute clean and comfortable.
I stay in Crete in four hotels but Barbara studio is the best. Room Tip: We booked studio in the first floor with common patio - excellent See more room tips
patrickswowocoupleLondon, United Kingdom12 May
The room was clean and comfortable with a great balcony in an excellent location right in the centre of town. Panos and Iro who run the hotel were very friendly and helpful and gave us some great recommendations for places to go out, we can't thank them enough for a lovely stay.
diane_j1982coupleSheffield, United Kingdom10 May
I stayed here with my partner for our 2 week holiday in Crete. We received a very warm welcome from Panos and Iro. They were both very helpful and provided good local information. Our room was also cleaned daily and we had coffee, French toast and a home made sweet every day. There was also a free bottle of raki in our room.

The room was comfortable and spacious. Our room was up 2 flights of stairs but ground floor accommodation seemed to be an option. It is a very central location and convenient for the shops, tavernas and bus station. There is a beautiful roof terrace and garden that you can sit out in. The roof terrace has great views over the city...

There isn't a pool at the hotel but you can go to the beach. There is a lovely one about 15 minutes walk away. I would recommend this hotel as a great base for exploring crete.
cjhhepfriendsLondon, United Kingdom5 May
A lovely home-run accommodation, perfectly located in the Rethymno old town right next to the Fortezza. Clean and humble interiors with sweet balconies. The hosts were lovely and so helpful, making you feel right at home. Green Features: They conserve on electricity and recycle paper and plastic.
VirgiliocoupleBelo Horizonte, MG5 May
Ótima localização e atendimento perfeito. Panos é um cara gente finíssima. O quarto também é muito bom. Nos sentimos em casa e tivemos todo auxílio possível, com boas dicas de bares e restaurantes da cidade.
FREDERIC JcoupleGrandchamp des Fontaines4 May
Cette location est idéalement située pour visiter Réthymnon. Appartement propre et calme, le ménage est fait tous les jours. Excellent accueil de Panos, sans oublier les petites attentions. Je recommande vivement cette adresse.
billa_billacouple27 April
We were received from Palos, the owner, who is kind and available.
The room was fantastic, and we stayed like our home.....maybe better!
The studios are in the central area of the city I sincerely recommend.
Gijs WcoupleIstanbul, Turkey27 April
My girlfriend and me had just a couple of days off to travel and as such could only spend one night in Rethymnon, but as soon as we had arrived at Barbara Studios and met the staff, we wished we could stay at least half a week. I had asked if it was possible to arrange some flowers for the room, to surprise my girlfriend, and they happily obliged, adding some extra touches that made us feel very, very welcome. The room was clean, bright and comfortable, with a luxurious rain shower and fantastic bed. The outside areas were perfect for having a coffee or just reading a book, and the staff were joyful, interested and interesting, and gave us a very practical little map with their personal suggestions for food, drinks and coffee, three of which we tried and none of which disappointed in the slightest. I absolutely recommend this place and would stay there again whenever I'm in Crete.
Rash BfamilyGeneva, Switzerland22 April
We stayed 5 days in Barbara studios and we must stay that we immensely enjoyed it; my 11 year old son loved it and extremely appreciated the fresh orange juice every morning. The host couple are vey cheerful, hospitable, courteous and thoughtful, they helped with places to visit and booking a trekking tour. We had a very easy communication and got along very very well like we have been old friends in ages. The studio with a partial sea view, linen, bathroom, and beds are super clean, we had comfortable and quiet sleep at night. The location is great in the heart of the old town, two steps from many restaurants, ice cream shops, and a bakery just around the corner. We had very wonderful time at Barbara studios. We will definitely go back, this time would be in high season to enjoy the beach, relax and hang out. I highly recommend Barbara Studios, you will have zero regrets! Room Tip: Loft studio is fun for family with kids, even for a couple! See more room tips
Bruce MfamilyBrisbane, Australia19 April
We recently spent a week in Rethymnon visiting our son. We stayed at Barbara Studios. Lovely family run apartments right in the heart of the old town. Just like coming home. Such lovely, friendly hosts. We were thrilled each day to receive a beautiful home cooked treat - always exciting to find a new one waiting for us in our room!
The rooms are spacious and very comfortably furnished.
Thank you very much Panos and Iro! Room Tip: We had a partial view of the harbour from the top floor which was great. See more room tips
Marc1962coupleGruyeres, Switzerland19 April
Accueil extraordinaire, service impeccable, situation géniale au cœur de la ville historique : cette chambre d'hôtes a retenu toute notre attention et nous ne pouvons que la recommander. Tout ce que Réthymon compte d'intéressant est tout proche.
christine186373coupleGlastonbury, United Kingdom19 April
Good studio. You should make sure you can climb up some open stairs to bed. The bed area is on a raised platform
Every day lovely little breakfast treats were left for us although thre was no meal plan. The studious are small, and the walls thin! Green Features: recycing, but not of glass! That's a bit weird. We did not know where to take our bottles. What's the local policy?
ann31-11coupleLondon, United Kingdom12 April
When we arrived we were met by Iro who carried our bags up to our room. He gave us loads of information about the best places to go and gave us a map to assist us around the old town. Every day his wife gave us home made cakes which were delicious. In the fridge was orange juice butter jam and bread. Raki, sweets tea and coffee. If you used any of this they top it up for you. There was shampoo and shower gel in the bathroom. The bed was a very comfortable double bed and the shower was lovely with constant hot water.The kitchen is well equipped if you wanted to make your own food there. There is not a swimming pool there but it wasn't really sun bathing weather while we were there but you can go up to the roof terrace. Or a 5 minute walk to the beach. Would definitely recommend a stay at this place. Green Features: The usual leave the towel on the floor if you want clean ones. We didn't but they were changed mid week. They asked us to have showers in the morning if possible because they have solar panels to heat the water. They asked us to leave paper and bottles separate so they could recycle them.
Anonymos2015otherAthens, Greece8 April
Μέσα στην παλιά πόλη και κυριολεκτικά δίπλα στο παλιό λιμάνι. Έμεινα σε ισόγειο δωμάτιο από 03/04 ως 06/04. Μεγάλο δωμάτιο με πολύ όμορφη εσωτερική αυλή. Καθημερινή καθαριότητα. Μέσα στο δωμάτιο πορτοκαλάδα, μέλι, γλυκά και τσικουδιά κερασμένα από τους ιδιοκτήτες. Ο Παναγιώτης και η Ηρώ χαμογελαστοί, πολύ φιλόξενοι και πρόθυμοι να βοηθήσουν παντού.
Χρήστος ΖfamilyHeraklion, Greece2 April
Πολύ καλή δουλειά με μεράκι και προσωπική εργασία από όλη την οικογένεια!!! Φιλικοί και πρόσχαροι όλοι τους!!! Το δωμάτιο ευρύχωρο και με αρκετές παροχές! Μέσα στα όμορφα σοκάκια της παλιάς πόλης δίπλα σε οτιδήποτε θελήσαμε! Θα ξαναπάμε σίγουρα μέσα στο καλοκαίρι! Το συστήνω για οικογένειες και με μικρά παιδιά όπως εμείς!
Anatoly TcoupleYaroslavl, Russia31 March
Нам очень понравились эти апартаменты - чувствуешь себя здесь как дома! Есть все необходимое для комфортного проживания.
Владельцы отеля очень приветливые и приятные люди! И так приятно было обнаружить "комплименты" от хозяев в апартаментах. В номере очень чисто, убираются ежедневно.
Рядом с отелем много магазинов, хороших кафе-ресторанов, до пляжа рукой подать.
Wi-fi правда слабенький, но мы покупали симкарту местного оператора, и в основном этим мобильным интернетом пользовались.
Riversdale10coupleDublin, Ireland23 February
We have just spent three nights here and I must say the experience was truly wonderful. Paniotis and Argyro were exceptional hosts! From the treats left in our suite to the invitation to a barbecue yesterday, it was like a home from home!

We are a well travelled couple and in fact have stayed in Rethymno on a number of previous occasions but never have we experienced hospitality of this nature!

The location in the old town is brilliant and it was not a all noisy. A haven of tranquility.

As I said in the tag line, we would return in a heart beat! Thank you. Room Tip: Just check their website. See more room tips
Sylvia SfriendsToronto, Ontario, Canada24 November
Unfortunately the weather wasn't in our favour, but Barbara Studios was. Wish we could have had better weather, then our stay would have been perfect. Excellent hosts, great location, good accommodations. Would definitely recommend. Room Tip: Choose the main or upper levels See more room tips
Jocelyn ScoupleMagliano Sabina, Italy17 November
Panos, Iro are delightful young hosts and make you feel part of the family (it is their family home!) Easy to find, close to the harbor/port (park on the street up the road from the official, pay car park). Rooms are delightful, individually decorated, equipped with juice, raki and little cakes - ask for one overlooking the sea, on a higher floor - they are set back but you can see the water in the distance. It's a walk-up so take luggage you can carry. We loved it and would definitely recommend/return! Everything you want to see in the old town is walking distance and Iro is very happy to supply directions/map etc. Room Tip: Ask for a room on the top floor, overlooking the sea. There is also a courtyard downstairs if you d... See more room tips
fogar79coupleUdine, Italy10 November
A luglio abbiamo trascorso qualche giorno di vacanza presso questa splendida location, accolti e coccolati dalla giovane coppia di proprietari. Sono stati carinissimi, di una gentilezza unica, ci hanno fatto sentire proprio come a casa. All'arrivo ci hanno consegnato una cartina dell'isola ( con ottimi consigli sulle spiagge più belle e caratteristiche) e una piantina di Rethymno con tutte le indicazioni su come muoversi in città, quali attrazioni visitare, dove trovare ristoranti, bar, caffè, supermercati... Inoltre , ogni giorno ci lasciavano in camera un dolce tipico fatto in casa, una bottiglia di succo di frutta, fette biscottate, marmellata... insomma il necessario per una veloce colazione o per gustare un piccolo snack al rientro da una giornata al mare. 
Ottima posizione per godersi a pieno il centro della città vecchia.
PeterHaus...friendsBerlin, Germany7 November
Ich bin begeistert und sehr froh das ich mich für dieses Hotel entschieden habe. Ich habe ein Zimmer im 2 Stock bekommen, mit kleinem balkon, Doppelbett auf einem Hochbett und zwei einzelnen Betten unten die je nach Bedarf von Gastgeber hergerichtet werden.
Zur Begrüßung steht auf einem kleinen Esstisch eine Flasche Raki und Snacks bereit, in der Kitchenette gibt es Eine Kaffeemaschine, einen Kühlschrank und einen Mini Herd sowie einen Toaster. 

Frisch gepresster Orangensaft und Handgemachte Süßigkeiten warten darauf verspeist zu werden. 

Das Hotel hat einen schönen Innenhof, in dem ersten Stock wohnen die Besitzer selbst und auf dem Dach wurde eine Dachterrasse erbaut um die Sonne zu genießen.

Kaum aus der Einganstür raus steht man in der Altstadt, ob zur linken Seite Mojo Burger oder ein paar Schritte weiter etliche andere Restaurants, hier ist man stets gut Bewirtet.

Fussläufig zu erreichen liegen verschiedene Parkplätze wo man sein mietwagen getrost abstellen kann, in den kleinen Gassen möchte man als Tourist wohl eher nicht parken. 

Alles in allem bin ich sehr begeistert und kann nur eine Empfehlung aussprechen.
Josef Osolo5 November
Panos and Iro treat you like family not like friends, I felt very welcomed, I had a really good time, they are very open, friendly people. They speak english well and its fun to talk with them, open-minded, everything is taken care, I felt like in 5*+++ Hotel. Room Tip: Panos and Iro treat you like family not like friends, I felt very welcomed, I had a really good time... See more room tips
brogmalogcoupleEssex4 November
What a wonderful place to stay... Iro and Panos went out of their way to make my husband and I feel welcome - their local tips for where to eat and drink really came in handy and the cakes left in the room each day went down a treat!

We stayed in one of the loft apartments, which was very spacious and spotlessly clean. It was great to be able to sit out on the balcony each day, even if we were very close to our neighbours, and the courtyard was a great little sun trap as well.

Location-wise, I don't think you can get much better in Rethymnon... you're in the heart of the Old Town which is full of character and charm and the gorgeous beach (the best we came across in Crete) is only a 15min walk away. You certainly won't run out of places to eat and drink nearby, either.

We only got back a couple of weeks ago but miss Barbara Studios (and Lily the dog) already! I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Rethymnon. Room Tip: Go for one of the lofts with the mezzanine level - they give you so much more room to spread out and... See more room tips
girlwithtrowelcoupleRethymnon, Greece2 November
I live in Rethymno, but in a tiny student room, so when my partner came to visit for a week, we booked into Barbara Studios for a week. Our room was clean, pretty and roomy, with air conditioning and a proper bath. Panos and Iro were lovely hosts who went out of their way to welcome us: Raki, juice and little home-made treats in our room every day, help with booking taxis and suggestions for dinner. I found some places thanks to their tips that I hadn't discovered for myself! When my partner comes back out to visit in the spring, we'll stay here again for sure :) Room Tip: We were in room 6, which doesn't have a balcony, but that was fine as the terraces are free to u... See more room tips
387nadinefriendsRoanne, Rhône-Alpes, France2 November
lPension de famille, gite, hôtel? C'est le lieu idéal pour découvrir Réthymnon.
Très bien placé dans la vieille ville, à proximité de parkings gratuits et des commerces et restaurants. Les couchages sont de bonne qualité, nous y avons dormi au calme.
Iro et Panos vous accueille avec chaleur et gentillesse. Le sourire est de rigueur dans cette jolie pension.
Iro nous a accompagnées à notre arrivée jusqu'au parking gratuit et aidé à transporter nos bagages jusqu'à l'hôtel. Iro a descendu nos bagages sous une pluie battante le jour de notre départ. 
Une petite bouteille de Raki nous a été offerte et nous avions le plaisir de déguster chaque jour de délicieuses pâtisseries maison.
Le lieu est très propre, le ménage est fait tous les jours, chemise de nuit et serviettes joliment pliées sur nos lits!!!
il est possible de prendre un café avec les propriétaires des lieux sur leur terrasse pleine de charme. Une autre grande terrasse aménagée de tables est également disponible au dernier étage pour y prendre des repas.
Adresse à partager sans modération.
Merci encore à Iro et Panos
93sabicouplePescara, Italy1 November
la struttura e' in ottima posizione per visitare la citta' vecchia, non evidente subito per chi arriva in auto, ma poi tramite l'ingresso sul retro e' vicina ai parcheggi. Accoglienti e simpatici i gestori, offrono in camera all'arrivo una welcome breakfast. Pulite e spaziose le camere, alcune ai piani sopra con ripide scale, alcuni condizionatori rumorosi.
Vojta DfriendsBrighton and Hove, United Kingdom28 October
Barbara is a very specific place. Not only because of it's appearance and charm but also because of the hosts (Panos & Iro) who are genuine people doing work they clearly enjoy.

We stayed in a loft apartment and a ground floor studio (had to return after 1 week of travelling) and both rooms were exactly what we needed - clean, spacious enough and with a balcony and a beautiful shared patio respectively. As mentioned in previous reviews, raki was topped up daily - very nice gesture. Whilst the house was presumably full it was fairly quiet so if you are after a party place I would suggest to look elsewhere. Great value for money.

Thanks guys, we will be back.
jogeshufamilyFlensburg, Deutschland25 October
Die Studios Barbara liegen inmitten der Altstadt von Rethymnon. Wir kamen um 23:00 Uhr nachts an und wurden von der "Chefin" herzlichst begrüßt. sie kam auch mit, um uns außerhalb der Altstadt einen kostenlosen Parkplatz zu zeigen. Das Appartement, für unsere Söhne (9 und 11) eine Treppe höher, war sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Nicht neu aber im Detail liebenswert. Im Kühlschrank gab es selbstgemachte Pralinen, eigen "gemischte" Limonade und ein Fläschchen Raki. Ein kleines Frühstück (war nicht bestellt) stand für den großen Hunger ebenfalls bereit.
Eine handgefertigte Skizze von der Altstadt verwies auf Lokale, Sehenswürdigkeiten und Läden.

Die Altstadt liegt einem gewissermaßen "vor den Füßen" und es macht Spaß, bummeln zu gehen.

Alles in Allem, ein herrlicher Ort, um sich verwöhnen zu lassen und eine Stadt ohne Auto näher kennenlernen möchte. Vielen Dank.
Christina CcoupleChaves, Portugal21 October
Me and my boyfriend stayed in studio number 14 for 3 nights last week.
We have to say that Barbara studios is very well located, less than 5 min away on foot from everything you want to see/do and you have a free parking 600m away from them. Furthermore, all their tips were valuable.
Also, it s a family run business, the owners are very nice and helpful. We had a different treat every morning waiting for us. And the studio was clean and nicely decorated. These are the reasons why we are giving them a 4 out of 5.
The only thing that was complicated for us was the lack of soundproofing. We could hear absolutely everything, every single noise coming from the hallway and the other studios around and above us, which made our sleep and rest difficult the first 2 nights. The last night was OK , I suppose the guests had left already because it was quiet.
So all in all, and this is just our opinion, we recommend the place, we liked it, however, if you are sensitive to noise and have trouble sleeping, this might not be the best choice. Apart from that it was great.
tigercalliecoupleCardiff, United Kingdom13 October
Lovely room in beautiful building, couldnt be a more central location. Was met on arrival by the owner who gave us a map with best places to eat/drink/visit circled clearly on them. Later on we were given some sweets his wife had baked. Would definitely recommend to anyone - also really cheap for where it was and how nice the room was!
Brend10familyCary, North Carolina13 October
Barbara Studios is well-located in Rethymo old town and the couple that runs it is Greek hospitalility at its best. They made our Rethymo stay memorable by going out of their way to make us feel welcome and to make sure we enjoyed our visit. They helped us with parking, getting around the area, treated us to some delicious homemade baked goods, and mapped out on paper some excellent restaurants based on our personal taste. The Barbara Studio accomodations met our every need. Our room suite was well-kept, clean, and reasonably priced. Wish we could have stayed longer. I consider it a highlight of my trip to Crete.
Elena Tcouple11 October
We are a young couple and we spent two weeks at BarbaraStudios in July. This amazing place is located in a ideal position, very close to the small and romantic city center and not far from the seaside. The apartments upstairs with balcony are very nice and cozy, from ours we even had a beautiful sea view from the balcony. The great hospitality of the place is due to the love and effort of Panos and Iro, the incredibly careful and friendly couple running the place, who not only provide clean confortable and really nice accomodation rooms but also make that extra mile for making you feel part of the family. One example is given by the delicious and original treats that Iro freshly bakes every day for all the guests. They are always glad to answer any question or give some advices for going around the city and the island. We really enjoyed very much our stay at BarbaraStudios and will definitely return next summer!
jsr30196coupleAustin, Texas10 October
We liked everything about this place. Comfort, location, and most of all the staff. Panos and Ira are so helpful and friendly. They treat you like a family member and not a guest at a hotel. I highly recommend staying here and I plan on returning here in two years.
madabacouplelombardia30 September
Avendo letto le recensioni molto positive abbiamo scelto di soggiornare, purtroppo per una sola notte, da Barbara Studios. E, stata una scelta azzeccatissima. Siamo stati accolti da Iro, la giovane e simpatica proprietaria che ci ha spiegato come muoverci per visitare la città mettendoci a disposizione una cartina su cui erano segnati i siti principali da visitare, i bar, i supermercati, la farmacia ecc.. Nella nostra camera aveva preparato un piattino con 2 fette di ottima torta al cioccolato, una bottiglia di succo d'arancia, una bottiglietta di raki e fette biscottate,marmellata,burro, the per la prima colazione.La casa è molto particolare e comoda per visitare Rethymnon.
MyriaMarioscoupleNicosia, Cyprus29 September
Μείναμε 5 ημέρες και ήταν όλα καταπληκτικά. Κάθε πρωί καθαριζόταν το δωμάτιο. πετσέτες κ.λ.π. Και το πιο εξαιρετικό και απρόσμενο, οι καθημερινές λιχουδιές από τα χέρια της οικοδέσποινας που ήταν Τέλειες.
IanKinghorncoupleCrawley, United Kingdom27 September
Wonderful location, lovely little rooms, very pretty house and garden. For exploring Rethymno and the surrounding area you cant go wrong.

Iro and Panos (And Lily) are amazingly friendly and welcoming people (and dog) who up front tell you that they are welcoming you into their home and it really shows in the standards and cleanliness not to mention the lovely little treats left in your room daily, my personal favourite was the chocolate cake!

Old town is the place to be in Rethymnon if you want to be on the slightly quieter side of things but still be within walking distance of all the food, bars and cafes you could want.

We booked through but when we go back we will book directly with Iro and Panos as we would have absolutely no concerns about our booking.

If like me you struggle a little in the heat then dont worry each room has air con which they dont charge additional for and excellent wifi for sharing your holiday pictures, also free.

If you are flying into Heraklion its about an hour and a half to 2 hours on the public bus which is how we arrived or about an hour and 20 on a taxi for about 80 euro.

Our flight was late at night and checkout was 12pm obviously but our bags were looked after and we had full access to the house throughout the day and the evening and while waiting for our taxi (which Panos had arranged for us) Iro gave us some of her home made sweets and some water, they also offered to let us use the downstairs shower if we wanted to go in the sea at the beach during the day.

We have had good service in previous hotels and BnBs but have never felt so genuinely welcome as we did here. To not stay here if you are in Rehtymno would be a huge mistake.

We will definitely be back, staying here really made the holiday for us. Room Tip: Room 6 is where we stayed and was very nice and central in the villa. See more room tips
BossanovocoupleMadrid, Spain21 September
Es lo primero que te dice Panos, y se cumple. Es una casa grande con pequeño jardín y terraza donde, además de vivir ellos, tienen varios estudios turísticos. Estos estudios son amplios, sencillos, con todo lo necesario parar cocinar.Están en el medio de todo.Te dan la bienvenida con pasteles y Raki. También te proporcionan un plano"personalizado", o sea, con los lugares donde a ellos les gusta ir. Iro es una aventajada estudiante de español. Desde aquí les damos las gracias por su hospitalidad.
Teresa592014friendsRome, Italy19 September
La struttura, situata nel cuore del centro storico dell'incantevole città di Rethimno, è molto accogliente, curata nei minimi particolari, pulita e confortevole. Si respira subito un'aria di famiglia. La giovane coppia che la gestisce, Iro e Panos, sono molto amichevoli, ci hanno accolto con simpatia, fornendo subito tutte le indicazioni utili per rendere la nostra permanenza ancora più piacevole: i ristoranti migliori, i luoghi di interesse, i percorsi per raggiungere spiagge e negozi... Ad attenderci in camera (spaziosa, tranquilla e fornita di tutto il necessario per cucinare) abbiamo trovato un buonissimo dolce e una bibita fresca, rinnovati ogni giorno. Appena arrivate abbiamo notato come anche gli altri ospiti fossero a loro agio, chiacchierando amichevolmente con i proprietari nel suggestivo ingresso all'aperto, arredato con poltrone, piante e fontanelle. Alla partenza, dopo solo due giorni, ci siamo salutati come vecchi amici, con la promessa di tornare ancora. Veramente consigliatissimo!
80_francicoupleItaly15 September
Assolutamente da consigliare! Posizione ottima, in centro città ma in una via tranquilla. Appartamento pulitissimo. Ma soprattutto la gentilezza e la simpatia dei due proprietari, Iro e Panos. Ci siamo sentiti come a casa. Iro, appena arrivati, ci ha consegnato una mappa con tutti i consigli su locali, ristoranti e altre informazioni sulla città. Consigli rivelatisi molto preziosi! Sicuramente da tornare!
Markus Sfamily14 September
Barbara studios is in the middle of Rethymnon - supermarket, restaurants and bars can be reached within 2-5 minutes.
Apartment was clean and very nice - the view from the balkony is beautiful.

Most important - the hosts are amazing, always polite and willing to help and support. We can recommend Barbara studios and would be happy to come back.

Isabella, Angela and Markus
David RfamilyNew York14 September
The place we'd just left had been lousy and the word "studio" in the name of our next destination, for some reason, didn't heighten my expectations. I stepped in warily, through the back door, and was greeted by a jovial man who, extending his hand, promptly introduced himself: Panos (that's his name) has that talent, quite rare I think, of being so open, genuine and kind, that in a matter of seconds you feel as though you'd been close friends for years, or family. All in all, I've known him and his wife Iro - because Barbara Studios isn't a hotel but a family house where the couple lives - for only a few days, but to me, however naive as that may sound or even be, they're friends. Panos explained to me that this used to be an old Venetian house and showed me some architectural details, while offering interesting insight on Rethymnon, Cretan life and many other things (I only forgot to ask why gift shops in that part of Crete seem to all be selling wooden penises...). Onto the rooms: ours was rather big, comfortable, very clean, with plenty of space for your stuff; the bathtub drain, unlike what you often see in that part of the world, was not clogged, the water, hot and cold, was flowing perfectly, and last but not least, you don't have to put the toilet paper in a dreadful little bin usually provided for that purpose, a local habit I personally have trouble to observe. Special care was given to the bath towels, delicately folded into swans, and each day, after the housemaid left, cakes and raki would be waiting on the table - free of charge, yes.
Panos gave us a map indicating all the places to visit, such as the Venetian fortress, and good, traditional restaurants: Kyria Maria, for instance, where you get excellent dolmadakia, Erophili, Alana, etc. If there's anything, you can trust your hosts to help you in every way possible: I had, for example, forgotten stuff in a previous hotel we'd left in a rush in a different town, and Panos went out of his way to arrange things with them and brought it back to me later in the day.
It's not possible for me to overstate how nice, caring, genuine and generous Iro and Panos have been, and our stay at Barbara Studios was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Crete - perhaps the best, only time will tell. Indeed a great experience, very highly recommended!
Christian BcoupleFreudenberg, Germany13 September
Die Barbara Studios liegen mitten in der Altstadt Rethymnons in einer kleinen Seitenstraße nur 1 Minute entfernt vom historischen Venezianischen Hafen. Unser Appartement war ganz nett eingerichtet, sehr sauber und hatte einen kleinen schönen Balkon. Das Gastgeberehepaar hat jeden Tag selbstgebackenen Kuchen vorbeigebracht, eine kleine Flasche Raki stand auf dem Tisch und jeden Tag stand neuer Orangensaft im Kühlschrank. Wir wären gern noch länger geblieben, aber die Rückflüge waren gebucht!
teimahufriendsNiort, France13 September
Nous avons passé 1 nuit dans cet hôtel qui est plus qu'un hôtel.
Auparavant, nous avions passé 2 nuits dans un autre hôtel en bord de plage de Réthymnon, mais rien ne vaut pour découvrir la vielle ville que d'y dormir afin de savourer sa vie nocturne, c'est la seule façon de trouver le vrai Réthymnon.
Les proprietaires sauront vous conseiller les bars, restaurants et snacks de la ville en fonction de vos goûts.
Nous avons été accueilli par le sourire de Panos, qui a proposé de venir chercher avec nous les bagages dans notre véhicule et de nous aider à les monter à la chambre.
Iro sa femme avait préparé un délicieux gâteau au chocolat et à la noix de coco que nous avons trouvé dans le frigo ainsi qu'une petite bouteille de Raki.
Café, sucre et thé sont aussi fournis, vraiment rien ne manque pour un accueil chaleureux et d'excellente qualité.
Notre chambre spacieuse à l'étage avec mezzanine s'ouvrait sur 2 côtés dont un avec un petit balcon donnant sur le jardinet de l'hôtel.
Vraiment un endroit à recommander, car l'hôtel est très propre, bon marché, très bien situé et ses propriétaires nous ont aidé à passer un excellent moment.
Mareli1KfriendsPretoria9 September
Very kind, very friendly hosts, going to extra trouble to give advice and check that our stay was comfortable. Very well situated for shopping. Clean and well equipped. We really appreciated the treats not just as welcome, but every day.
Milouse1coupleParis, France9 September
As soon as we arrived at the Hotel we were made to feel right at home. We were offered a beautifully decorated, clean, quiet and comfy room with view on a charming terrace.
The location was perfect. In the old town close to the harbour and at walking distance from pretty much everywhere (and important 10 minutes from bus station) . Service was more than excellent at the hotel, special mention to the yummy homemade cake prepared and offered to us by Ero everyday!!!. Seemed like Ero and Panos (owners) simply could not do enough for you. They were so friendly and welcoming, that every time we came and went, it was almost like coming in and out of a friend's house. Everything was excellent from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel. If you're in Crete, stay here - you won't regret it!
StellaNikolcoupleAthens, Attiki, Greece8 September
Always a pleasure to spend our holidays at Barbara Studios, our stay is always confy and full of surprises. Barabara and Stelios became old friends by now and Iro with Panagiotis our fresh ones.
The rooms are great, close to the old town, no noise, very clean and tidy with a great style.
What makes the holidays even better at Barbara Studios? The smile and kindness you are treated with from the lovely owners from day one.
Thank you for everything and we hope to see you sooner than next summer. Green Features: We saw the new recycling bins, thats really you gyus.
OlgaC105coupleМосква, Россия8 September
Посчастливилось остановится у Iron (хозяйка) с 1 по 7 сентября 2014. Номер – отличный! С кухней и даже небольшой духовкой! Каждый день в холодильнике чудесным образом появлялась большая бутылка сока (каждый день – разный), небольшая бутылочка раки! и вкуснейшие пирожные или желе. Слышала, как кто-то из постояльцев спрашивал у неё рецепт одного из таких пирожных. Очень отзывчивая и приятная семья владеет этими апартаментами. Индивидуальный подход к каждому гостю. Если вы рассчитываете чисто на пляжный отдых – то до порта совсем близко, но для пляжа, где можно отдыхать и загорать – придется идти около 10 минут. Городок небольшой, поэтому там всё находится рядом. Barbara Studios находится в самом центе города, но в номере не слышен шум с улиц.
danoldocoupleRoma, Italy3 September
Situato a 300 metri dal porto e dalla fortezza veneziana ha vicino due parcheggi gratuiti. Il primo dista 600 metri dal b&b e si trova proprio vicino al forte arrivando da ovest in città. Il secondo lo trovate continuando a percorrere le mura del forte e dista solo 300 metri dal b&b. Siamo stati solo una notte in agosto pagando 52 euro, solo cash, prenotando direttamente dal sito del b&b. I proprietari sono simpatici e disponibilissimi e vi forniranno una mappa con quanto da vedere e di utile nella cittadina. La nostra sistemazione è stata un simpatico loft su due piani. Sotto bagno, cucinino attrezzato, divano, armadio e balconcino privato. Sopra, salendo delle strette scale di legno, solo il letto. WiFi gratuito e ben funzionante. Posizione ottima. Peccato non averci potuto passare un paio di altri giorni. Dolcetto e raki di benvenuto offerti dalla casa.
Matteo AfamilyMilan, Italy2 September
We appreciated the location in the heart of the old town, the kindness of Ero and Panos (Ero prepares for her guest a map with suggestions for shpos, tavernas and beaches), the quiet confortable wide studio, fully eqiupped. At arrival we found a bottle of orange juice in the fridge an every evening cookies or sweets home made for breakfast. They also lent a sun umbrella to go to the beach. Amazing! Room Tip: I think all rooms are good. our studio had both windows in the lane but it was very quiet. See more room tips
Nabila CfamilyCourbevoie, France26 August
Ce n'est pas un hôtel mais plutôt des chambres d'hôtes, très bien situé dans la vieille ville, pas loin de la forteresse, de la plage (une marche s'impose quand même), des bonnes tavernes indiquées par Iro et panos qui donnent de très bons conseils pour le bon déroulement de nos vacances.
Le ménage est fait tous les jours, le petit déjeuner est offert, nous avions la bonne surprise de trouver tous les jours de très bons gâteaux cuisinés par Iro, nous trouvions dans le réfrigérateur une bouteille de jus de fruits et bien sûr le fameux raki frais.
Iro et panos sont très gentils, chaleureux et sympathiques, toujours prêts à nous renseigner, nous avions eu l'impression de quitter des amis de longue date lors de notre départ.
Il est clair que si nous retournons en Crète nous n'hésiterons pas à choisir cette très bonne adresse.
Merci encore Iro et Panos.
BaerlicoupleWien26 August
Very hospitable owners offering good service (recommendations for bars, restaurants, sights etc.); house is set in a quiet little road in the heart of Rethymno town; rooms are spacious and the one we had was extremely quiet - room number 2 - we really appreciated the fact that we asked for a quiet room and got probably the most quiet one :-)

+ right in Rethymno town but relaxed atmosphere as no car traffic nor hundreds of tourists
nice owners
spacious rooms
lovely patio and backyard

- in my mind, there are way too many tourists in Rethymno in August! (as almost everywhere in Crete) you can't soak up the town's spirit which is a pity... Room Tip: room 2 only faces the patio and is therefore very quiet - and it is on ground level, so it's coo... See more room tips
ILARIZARcoupleSpain25 August
El apartamento se encuentra situado a pocos pasos a pie de la fortaleza, del casco antiguo de Rethymno y del puerto.
Iro y Panos son unos anfitriones excelentes, nos dejaron zumo y un trozo de pastel de chocolate buenisimo, y nos dieron un mapa con todo tipo de indicaciones.
El apartamento limpio, grande (incluso el baño), con un patio precioso, perfecto para tomar algo y relajarse.
En resumen, muy recomendado!!! Si volvemos a Creta repetiremos sin dudarlo!!!!!
Fred PcoupleStockholm, Sweden20 August
I'm agreeing completely with the recent reviews otherwise being repetitive. We're experienced travellers and found our vacation the best in all respects for many years. So we've a preliminary booking for next summer. Room Tip: If you need balcony ask for it, not available in all rooms See more room tips
Vassilis Lother17 August
Excellent hospitality by Panos and Iro!!!The room was very very clean and the maitress was the best we have ever seen!!It is centrally located next to Fortressa but very quiet at night ..It was great value for money and our stay was wonderful!!You must try!!!!
ParlaAleccouple17 August
Abbiamo passato 10 giorni presso Iro e Panos, i due gentilissimi proprietari. Devo dire che meglio di così non si poteva essere trattati. Camera pulitissima, dotata di cucinotto anch'esso pulito con stoviglie ed elettrodomestici funzionanti e ben tenuti. Il bagno piccolo ma comunque igienico. Condizionatore efficiente e letti comodi. Quello che cmq fa davvero la differenza è la disponibilità dei gestori e le loro premure. Dolcetti e liquore nel frigo tutti i giorni, mappa della città con i posti da loro provati e quant'altro. A noi han prestato asciugoni e ombrellone per la spiaggia, vicina a 10 minuti a piedi e l'ultimo giorno, avendo il volo in tarda serata ci hanno fatto depositare i bagagli e messo a disposizione un bagno con doccia ed asciugamani puliti così da poterci far godere appieno dell'ultima giornata fi vacanza. Insomma, bravi e davvero consigliatissimo!!!
Heiner Kfamily13 August
perfect apartment, directly located in the historic city, fully equipped, very comfortable, very nice atmosphere, very clean, ... the hosts are a very kind, helpful, and attentive persons, ... I highly recommend their apartment, best choice in town! Room Tip: all rooms are quiet See more room tips
ΜΑΤΙΝΑ ΔcouplePiraeus Region, Greece10 August
Ενας εξαιρετικος και πολυ ομορφος χωρος στο κεντρο του Ρεθυμνου.Τα δωματια πεντακαθαρα και ησυχα.Το πρωι πινεις το καφεδακι σου στην ωραια αυλη και το βραδακι θα πιεις τη ρακι σου στην ταρατσα με την καταπληκτικη θεα.Ο Πανος και η Αργυρω ειναι θαυμασια παιδια!!!!!!!!! Ειχαμε την τυχη να γνωρισουμε την Βαρβαρα και τον Στελιο δυο ανθρωπους καταπληκτικους που με την παρεα τους περασαμε υπεροχα!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Σας ευχαριστουμε πολυ για ολα ηταν τελεια!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
David13103coupleCaltagirone, Italy9 August
Accoglienza..disponibilità..cortesia..ottima sistemazione..camere pulite ordinate e molto caratteristiche..situato nella parte centrale di Rethymnon vicino al porto vecchio a due passi da tutto. Consigliatissimo a tutti!!!!
Mare77friendsLimassol8 August
We stayed here for a night but it was enough to feel so welcome by Panagiotis and his family. Very clean studios, have everything you need inside and even more.Very good location, beautiful old mansion house turned into studios with an inner yard for relaxation time. Very nice stay!! Highly recommended!!
Suzi_MC84soloSydney, Australia6 August
A really welcoming place. Iro and Panos really welcome the guests well and make everyone feel at home. From the map of the local area on arrival (annotated with the best restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, pharmacies and cash machines), to the lovely cakes left in the room each day, their hospitality made my stay a very special one.
Thank you Iro and Panos (and Lilly!) for a wonderful stay (and the birthday cake!)
I will definitely return!
AsrprinicoupleCretan Scots5 August
My husband and I recently stayed at the Barbara Studios. We were greeted by Panos who immediately sat us down in the shade and made us drinks. Iro then joined us and we were taken to our studio which was spotlessly clean, beautifully presented and extremely comfortable. There were so many very thoughtful touches:tea, coffee, chilled orange juice, cookies, jams, toiletries, raki... We were also give a useful map of Rethymno with suggestions for places to eat, drink, see. We had a room on the top floor ( as requested ) although there are also rooms on the ground floor if stairs are a problem. There is also a lovely little courtyard garden where you can relax. The rooms also have WiFi and, although they are centrally located, they are very peaceful. Panos and Iro work so hard to make sure that everone enjoys their stay. This is definitely our number one choice in Rethymno. Room Tip: Anyone who finds stairs a problem would be best with a ground floor room. If you are unsure, contact... See more room tips
Denise Ofriends4 August
Great stay at Barbara studios, hosts extremely welcoming and friendly. Looks deceiving from outside, inside is lovely, pretty garden and great roofterrace. A lovely touch much appreciated was a large bottle of fresh orange squash in fridge and chocolate biscuits made by the host. Also all toiletries you need and fresh coffee, tea, sugar, milk and biscuits. Tv and Toaster! Would definitely recommend.
Arja_FinlandcoupleHelsinki, Finland30 July
Barbara Studios is a home away from home. Iro and Panos make the guests feel warmly wellcome in several, thoughtful ways - little surprises in the kitchen, a good map of old town with the best restaurants, coffee shops, pizza places, ice cream, open markets on different days etc. Don't hesitate to ask, if there is something you'd like to know.

They also make an effort to be green; it's up to the guests to help them in this pursuit. But please don't feed the little dog, however cute she is, she ends up with an upset stomach!

Our room was very clean, and there was more storage room than anywhere else on our trip, even a good number of hangers! There were also shampoo and shower gel in the bathroom, and coffee + raki in the kitchen! We had a separate little kitchen and a small balcony to the yard. Air conditioning worked well - it's a must in July!

The location is superb, in the Old Town, a few steps away from the Venetian harbour, close to Fortezza. On a quiet street, no noise from the street.

Our favourite restaurant is just about a block away, Raki Ba Raki (also known as 1600). Also the restaurant Alana, just in front of Barbara Studios was good - more expensive naturally than the taverna Raki Ba Raki.

I can recommend Barbara Studios with all my heart. Green Features: Saving water - if you wish your towels to be washed, leave them on the floor. There is also a recycling bin in the yard; you'll get the necessary advice from Panos and Iro.
Stavri MotherAthens, Greece29 July
A family owned old but very well preserved building. The rooms are clean and tidy with kitchen and all appliances included also very good hair drier and iron. The outdoor environment is very cozy too. It is a very quiet place although it is placed in the old town. The owner Panos is an amazing person. He will provide you with a map with all the necessary tips. Do not miss it. It is value for money and a nice place to be!
Jeroen52familyAmsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands28 July
Gevonden via, overtuigd door Trip Advisor en rechtstreeks geboekt. Een top locatie voor een kort verblijf in de mooie stad Rethymnon. Ideaal gelegen, alles is op loopafstand. En de vriendelijkheid en gastvrijheid van Panos en Iro is echt bijzonder. Daarbij zijn ze een bron van waardevolle informatie. 
En na een dagje stadten is 's avonds laat relaxen op het dakterras puur genieten! 
Niet twijfelen, doen dus!
ashayovitscoupleJerusalem, Israel27 July
the apartments are in located in the middle of the old city, a minute from the old harbor from one side and from the fortress from the other. A very kind host, who welcomed us with a detailed map and "goodies" in the room. The apartments are part of a Venetian house, a unique experience, highly recommended!
DrBenitocoupleWallsend, United Kingdom27 July
Wonderful stay. Friendly owners, great location, and a building and room with character right in the middle of old town. I look forward to returning to Rethymno and Barbara Studios in the future! Really handy for the bus station, the fort, the old town, and the harbour. Comfy bed, clean and spacious room with character and a balcony overlooking the rooftops to the sea. (We stayed in one of the loft apartments).
Luca2075coupleMonteveglio, Italy26 July
Cordialità, disponibilità e cortesia. Letti comodi, pulizia e in centro a Rethymnon. Ci hanno fornito anche di una mappa fatta da loro dove consigliavano i ristoranti che loro preferivano. Tutti i giorni ci mettevano in frigo una bottiglia di spremuta di arance e un dolcino.
Crete4evercoupleNewcastle, United Kingdom25 July
Great apartments situated at the Old Town of Rethymnon!
Great location and highly recommended!
Very helpful service from Panos & Iro.
Super clean rooms ideal for everyone that wants to visit the beautiful old town or Rethymnon!
We loved it and we will be back ! bravo!!! Green Features: another GEM in the old city ! beautiful historic building !
Max TcoupleHelsinki, Finland17 July
It's like coming home with warm welcome by the owners. We received a detailed map of best restaurants, tavernas etc. Good location in old town. Just a short walk from Fortezza and Venetian harbor. The owners are always eager to give any advice you need.
Anita FsoloLodz Province, Poland16 July
Wonderful place to stay in Rethymno in the heart of the old town. It is also easy walking distance to the beach and the new town. Beautiful relaxing place with very friendly owners.Highly recommended.
Marie-RachelcoupleQuébec,Canada14 July
We have stayed only one night, so we didn't have time enough to enjoy all of the place. However, we have been welcomed by Iro, Barbara's daughter, who was so kind to bring us a cold beer as we told her we were tired and thirsty after many hours on the road. She also gave us a map with many suggestions of restaurants. Wow for the sweets in the refrigerator and other things like juice, coffee and even raki ! We appreciated the location in the old town : just a few minutes from the sea, the places to visit and excellent restaurants to enjoy the sunset. It was the 1st and only place we found a recycling bin outside our room, (stayed in 11 different places in greek islands).
Geraro Lcouple12 July
Ensemble d'appartements équipés à quelques encablures à pied du centre ville du port des plages et des bons restaurants où les propriétaires vous reçoivent avec beaucoup de gentillesse et d'attentions. Une adresse très sympa à un prix imbattable
Лариса ЛfamilyRethymnon, Greece8 July
Прекрасное уютное место для отдыха! Очень радушные хозяева-Иро и Панос! Абсолютно домашняя остановка! Расположен в старом городе,но не на проходной, тихой улочке. Отдыхаем здесь в данный момент- прекраный отдых!
ansanastasiaanaotherAgios Nikolaos, Greece4 July
Very friendly staff, clean rooms and perfect location in the old town, yet in a quiet neighbourhood. Great experience of cretan hospitality and cretan
spirit. Totally reccommendable to anyone who wants to experience the real character of this island.
Valentina RcoupleBologna, Italy1 July
davvero bellissima location e camera completa di tutto. I ragazzi sono stat davvero carnissimi e ci hanno fatto una mappa con tutti i locali (ristoranti, bar,...) migliori della zona. città da vedere!
Colleen Bfriends27 June
Fantastic experience! Great location in town, very close to the harbor and everything in Old Town. The owners are super friendly and provided a map of town with suggestions. The local knowledge was very helpful. Nice rooms, nice people. Everything I could hope for.
DanUK123couple25 June
Stayed for 10 nights and were looking for a more homely experience than resort hotels can offer ... Panos and Iro definitely delivered this! Good value and in the heart of the lovely old town which is the best area to be based. About 15 min walk to main beach- avoid the first few rows of umbrellas which cost 9 euros, the darker green umbrellas a little further along are free but best to buy a drink from the restaurant which runs them to avoid out staying your welcome! Prevali trip recommended by Panos well worth it, as was Imbros gorge which is beautiful and not as much of a tourist haven as Samaria gorge. Rethymnon is a very good base from which to explore the island by car. Restaurants recommended by Iro all good, also Thavma for something a bit different
Alfia RcoupleItaly23 June
Ho soggiornato con mio marito nella prima settimana di giugno 2014 presso Barbara Studios. Questa struttura e' ubicata nel centro della città vecchia a due passi dal porto veneziano, un'ottima posizione per visitare la bellissima Rethymno a piedi . La cosa più straordinaria di questo studio che ci ha maggiormente colpito è stata l'ospitalità dei proprietari: Panos ed Iro (marito e moglie ), due persone fantastiche e premurose. Ad ogni nostro rientro era un piacere incontrali nel cortile interno alla struttura, i loro saluti, i loro sorrisi erano lusinghieri. Il monolocale era pulito e riordinato quotidianamente. Ogni giorno nel frigo trovavamo i dolcetti fatti in casa dalla Signora Iro, il succo d'arancia fresco, marmellata e fette biscottate.
Durante il soggiorno ho avuto un problema ad una gamba per la quale necessitavo di una visita medica. La Signora Iro si e' resa subito disponibile accompagnandomi personalmente dal suo fisioterapista. Non finirò mai di ringraziarla per la sua premura. Quando siamo partiti ci siamo salutati calorosamente come vecchi amici con tanto di foto ricordo.
Ebony SotherMt Martha, Australia22 June
Great stay! Immediately felt at home. The room was large, clean and had a great balcony where we ate breakfast every morning. The daily treats tasted amazing! Beautiful old town. Very helpful with activities and planning. Highly recommended.
Nicki VsoloSydney, Australia21 June
Had picked Barbara Studios through previous reviews and I was not disappointed. From the moment Panos opened the door (a fairly non descript door!) and welcomed me to his home "compound" I was so pleased that this was where I had booked! The location is excellent - right in the old town. The entrance opens up to a wonderful courtyard with various types of accommodation and various courtyards all available to be used (and depending on where the sun was I used a few!). Panos gave me a map on which his wife iro had written many tips - cafes, bars, restaurants, sites..... I tried a number of these and enjoyed all. My studio apartment was well set out, small balcony over-looking one of the courtyards and small kitchenette with various foods/drinks provided by Iro including some freshly made cake. If you are only after a beach holiday then you may want to be closer to the beach - but I wanted a mix - and it was great.
Helli123coupleHannover, Germany21 June
Our second stay here was just as great as the first one! Do not miss this place: You will get the most thoughtful and helpful hosts, and the place is simply fantastic. We had this lovely appartment with a fully equipped kitchen and a small balcony, and each days we were given a small treat, like muffins, a special cake, etc... Barbara Studios is situated near the Venetian Harbour and all interesting places are within walking distance. This is one of the best places ever found while travelling Crete. We will be back!
Paula Dcouple15 June
We just spent a whole week in the lovely old town of Rethymno. Our stay was made so special by Panos and Iro, our incredibly helpful and friendly hosts at Barbara studios. I miss our charming little studio with balcony already!! Rethymnon is a perfect place where to be based in Crete. The old town is beautiful, with a wide range of cafes, tavernas, shops, and a long sandy beach. Everyone in the town was really welcoming. Panos and Iro provided us with a really helpful map of the best restaurants and attractions around the town and their suggestions made our holiday just perfect. We look forward to staying at Barbara studios again very soon. Room Tip: The loft with balcony was perfect for a couple, with partial see view. The A/C allowed us to sleep c... See more room tips
Colin Jother13 June
The room had a nice balcony and view of the water as well as the old quarter. The location was excellent as well with access to many restaurants, shops, and cultural activities. I would recommend Barbara Studios to any friend traveling to Crete!
Afb85otherVictoria Capital Regional District, Canada11 June
Iro and Panos are absolutely lovely hosts. From the minute we walked into the courtyard and met Iro, we knew we were in for a treat! We received the sweetest hand labelled map of the old town and the room was complete with special treats, including raki.

The space is within steps of the sea, restaurants and night life, yet is a quiet and calm oasis. We had a gorgeous little balcony for breakfasts and late night chats, and access to communal courtyards and a rooftop patio. You cannot ask for more!
Nicole GsoloMontreal, Canada3 June
I was there last November and I loved the place. I just went back and… I love it even more this very special place with very special owners. Here are the top three reasons. Panos et Iro and their warm and thoughtful hospitality, with a zest of that lovely Cretan craziness that will make your day. Panos et Iro for the time they will spent with you sharing their love and knowledge so that your stay will be memorable in that wonderful city of Rethymno. Finally, Panos et Iro for their sens of humour at any time of the day. If I can had, I would also mention the cakes and cookies that adds a delicious touché. Not really an hotel, not a B&B either… We should invent a word for this place Room Tip: Just give the proper information and they will give you the best See more room tips
Robin LcoupleAmble, United Kingdom31 May
Lovely family run apartments in a beautiful old house with a wonderful courtyard. Located in the old town with shopping, tavernas coffee shops in plentiful supply. Only a few minutes walk from the harbour and 10 minutes walk from a beach.
Christophe VfriendsParis, France27 May
Très bien placé, une vrai pension familiale, pas un hôtel. Nous avons été accueilli pas Panos le propriétaire, qui nous a aidé avec des conseils pour bien profiter des environs, très chaleureux. La chambre est propre, il y a des petites sucreries offertes, de quoi faire un petit déjeuner, le coin cuisine équipé. la literie n'est pas excellente, mais c'est vrai pour toute la Crète.
Gugi46friendsLugano, Switzerland26 May
Very friendly reception by the owner who goes out of his way to help.
The location is just perfect and convenient in the old part of town. The apartments are also quiet facing a courtyard. Plenty of great restaurants in the surroundings.
michel bfriendsShefford, Canada26 May
Great place, Panos and Iro are wonderful , as soon as you arrive they make you feel like home , the place is fantastic , I just made myself new friends , thanks to both of you for your warm welcome :)))))))

Votre nouvel ami de Montréal
Michel xxx
the3goodwinsotherSalisbury, United Kingdom19 May
We arrived yesterday having not booked anywhere but had briefly read reviews about the studios and passed the entrance to them whilst trying to find a hotel. We had been into many 'boutique' hotels in the old town but the welcome was somewhat lack lustre. So we decided to ring the doorbell to the Barbara studios and so very glad we did, nowhere had been more welcoming and friendly as this place and after being offered coffee we were lucky to get the last room, an inside studio. With all the amenities you need, the beds/pillows are clean and comfy, the area quiet and really there isn't anything more you need. Nothing is too much trouble and the service is truly genuine from the lovely Iro & Panos and her parents. We will leave tomorrow with memories of a lovely Greek family who welcome strangers as if they are friends. Thank you :-) Vicky & Paul
Vinny_VeeotherCleveland, Ohio14 May
We had a great stay at Barbara Studios. We were welcomed with homemade sweets and a map with handwritten recommendations for food and sights. The suite was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The hosts are very friendly - Wish we could have stayed longer!
Posh N BcoupleYork, United Kingdom7 May
We had a fabulous one night stay at the Barbara Studios late in April. We had a studio on the ground floor which overlooked a quiet courtyard, nicely shaded. Spacious and comfortable and right in the heart of the old town, this little hideaway was managed by a wonderfully helpful couple, who supplied us with restaurant tips and a great map. A happy and friendly place to stay with homemade cake given to us as a treat on arrival. Rethymnon is a great town to visit and where better to be than in the heart of the old town, within easy reach of the shops and restaurants. Easy parking nearby. We will definitely return.
Shay WcoupleDublin, Ireland6 May
We read the reviews before we booked these studios and from our experience we would have to say they were very accurate. We were greeted warmly by Panos on our arrival and he made us feel right at home. The studio we had was lovely and the little treats left for us were much appreciated and enjoyed. The rooms were spotless and there was plenty of hot water. Although we were right in the old town with the bars,restaurants and shops close by there was very little noise.
We have booked to stay here again in June.
Stefan HcoupleBraunschweig, Germany5 May
Ein schönes Appartement mit kleiner Kochecke und Hochbett. Das Bad war zwar klein aber immer sauber und hatte immer warmes Wasser. Der Balkon bedarf zwar einer Renovierung aber lud trotzdem zum Frühstücken zu zweit ein. Das Hotel liegt in einer kleine Seitengasse nicht weit vom Fortezza in der Altstadt von Rethymno. In 5 Minuten kann man fast jeden Winkel der Altstadt erreichen. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und hat jeden Tag einen kleinen Gruß aus der Küche auf das Zimmer gestellt. Am Anfang bekamen wir einen kleinen Stadtplan mit allerlei Tipps für Restaurants, Bars und den alltäglichem Bedarf überreicht. Alle Restaurants die wir von der Liste testen konnten, waren ausgezeichnet. Das Einzige was uns nicht so gut gefallen hat, war das doch ziemlich kleine (1,20m breite) Bett, was sehr laut geknarrt hat. Und wenn man etwas größer ist, muss man ziemlich aufpassen, dass man nicht einen der Dachbalken erwischt. Aber alles in Allem war es ein toller Urlaub in einem tollen Appartement.
Kim WfamilyCalgary, Canada25 April
We stayed at Barbara Studios with 3 couples, and all really enjoyed our stay there. Even the small rooms are very spacious. The apartments were cleaned every day and a small treat left each day for the guests, which was a nice addition. The location is perfect and the hosts are very helpful. The map that they give to guests with restaurant recommendations is great. We would plan a trip to Rethymnon again just to stay here!
ChrisssssssycoupleLondon13 April
I can thoroughly recommend these apartments. Delightful architecture, full of character, as you can see from the pictures. The people who run it are so helpful, making sure you have everything you need. You can mix with travellers from right around the world, or keep yourself to yourself if you prefer. The attractive old town is right on your doorstep and the scenic harbour is at the end of the street.
The heat of August was a bit too much for the air conditioning unit to cope with, so a fan would have been very welcome, but other than that it was just great .
gregsi78other11 April
Perfect location in old town Rethymno, close to the buzzing city life and beaches and still Barbara Studios is a peacefull and quiet paradise. True, it may not be a 5 star luxury, but who needs a swimming pool when you have the whole sea in front of you. And Iro & Panos will take the best care ever of you and your needs. You will want to come back to Rethymno just because of Barbara Studios :)
Fiona WfriendsBaku, Azerbaijan28 March
We had great time staying here and returned for a night on our return journey. The location was ideal and the young couple managing the place were really friendly and helpful, showing us all the places to visit and eat. There was a supermarket just round the corner so that we could make our own breakfast when we wanted to. Facilities were good and even ground coffee and a coffeemaker in each room. We would definitely come here again.
DavidazerbaijanfriendsBaku, Azerbaijan27 March
Owners were wonderful - very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean, well laid out and relaxing. We appreciated the facts sheet that the owners had put together and written on to help us find restaurants, cafes, sites etc. We were very happy with the location and had a great two days there!
Kimi FfriendsManama, Bahrain25 March
Location is prime. Owners are wonderful, hospitable, helpful! Our room was very clean, with plenty of hot water. Owner recommended for dinner a place called Raki Ba Raki, Trust me, find it!! I'm so glad we chose Barbara Studios. Would return immediately.
311_2014familyVladivostok, Russia6 February
Отель находится в старом городе, рестораны, магазины, сувенирные лавочки - все рядом. До пляжа минут 10-15 идти по набережной.
Номер на 4 небольшой, все простенькое, но все необходимое есть, полностью оборудованная кухня, идеальная чистота.
Хозяева очень радушные и приветливые.
Недостатки: совсем нет какой-либо территории, балкончики расположены очень близко друг у другу. Нам попались частокурящие соседи и весь дым затягивало в наш номер.
gayrobotsoloHereford8 January
An ideal location, very central and close to harbour, beach, shops and tourist attractions. For an older person, the accommodation is not ideal. Had to get up in the night to re-make the bed as the sheets were not tucked in and all the bedding was in the floor! I injured the muscles of my back as I lifted the end of the mattress to do so. The pain and subsequent treatment has added extra expense to my holiday. This happened on my last night in Crete, so at least I was able to do some walking, and it was even warm enough for some swimming whilst I was there.
Leospartan26soloNanaimo7 January
I stayed here during November 2013 visiting friends and enjoying the celebrations of "Arkadi Days" in Rethymnon.
I have never been so lucky as to be treated as well as these hosts did for me during the 8 days that I stayed here! They are outstanding hosts and they go well above what is required to make you feel like at home.
The room was spotless, the fridge always full of something for me every day. The hotel provided me with a place that felt safe and comfortable and in addition is is central to the entire old city of Rethymnon. To stay at a house that is so centraly located and surrounded by the best eateries in the city has so many advantages. Nearby parking for free is available and they will make sure that you are informed of it. I was lucky to have chosen your hotel rather than any other place that could have been chosen. Thank you both and wish you the very best. I hope that I will be back soon and will finish wrting my book there. Room Tip: You must go and have dinner at SAMARIA restaurant just a few minutes walk from Barbara Studios. Also... See more room tips
Nicole GsoloMontreal, Canada1 December
L'endroit est parfait : un peu en retrait et pourtant bien au coeur de la vieille ville. L'accueil est vraiment personalisé, humour compris. Panos et Iro sont attentifs, curieux et chaleureux ; on a l'impression de quitter des amis. Vivement les revoir, retrouver le balcon, la terrasse et la vue sur la Forterezza.
Graeme DcoupleNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom21 November
We stayed at Barbara Studios in September 2013 and had a truly wonderful time. We arrived late after a long day of travelling and were greeted by Panos, who was as welcoming and hospitable a host as you could wish for. Over the course of the following 5 days, he helped suggest day trips around the local area (all excellent recommendations), and was always around for a catch up in the sun. There were frequently little sugary treats in the fridge on returning to our room after a day exploring which was a lovely surprise. The rooms were clean, spacious and well kitted out, and the grounds were spectacular. The location is perfect. There is a lovely atmosphere in Barbara studios, and that is all down to Panos and Iro - thank you so much for making our romantic week away so special! The only let down? We didn't get to hear Panos's DJ skills... maybe next time! Room Tip: Upstair rooms with the partial sea view are recommended. See more room tips
Tom BcoupleLondon, United Kingdom12 November
Barbara Studios is a really charming enterprise. The accommodation was ideal for us, with a beautiful balcony over the garden, well set out, spotlessly clean room, and well appointed kitchen. The view from the roof terrace at sunset is breathtaking. Best of all was the warm welcome shown by Panos and Iro, who really are a lovely couple. Every day they brought homemade delicacies, raki and delicious coffee to our room. We felt very spoiled.

The location is right is the best bit of the old town, near the old port adjacent to the castle. There are lovely bars and restaurants all over the area, including some pretty serious souvlaki! We avoided the places with people outside hassling you sit down, and followed the recommendations our our hosts, which were all fantastic.

We fully intend to visit Barbara Studios on our next trip, it couldn't have been more lovely. Room Tip: Our balcony was great, but all the rooms looked pretty good to be honest. See more room tips
lorryloscouple10 November
Our 11 day stay was made so memorable thanks to the warm hospitality of Panos & Iro.We were treated like family members not guests with nothing was too much trouble. They always had time to chat and help in whatever way they could. The "extras" in the room were a nice touch and we looked forward to returning from our days out to the home baked surprise!

The apartment was cleaned every day and to a high standard, not the usual norm in Greece.
Good kitchen facilities if you fancy cooking more than just toast in the morning.

The Studios are in a good position near the Venetian harbour. There are many restaurants around all with good and reasonably priced food. Lovely smart shops and amazingly a lot of fur shops. Graffiti seems to be a big problem and to some extent does spoil the town’s building as nothing seems to be immune even the churches have been ‘done’. There is a little train that takes you around the sights of Rethymnon
LindaG79coupleLondon, United Kingdom2 November
Staying at Barbara Studios was a highlight of our visit to Crete! Beautiful historic Venetian building, brilliantly used as studios around a central courtyard. Panos & Iro are so friendly and helpful, we made full use of their bar and restaurant recommendations which were all great. Their hospitality was also second to none with gorgeous personal touches like complimentary raki, homemade limoncello and homemade baking! Our studio was clean, comfortable and very well equipped for our needs. Our only minor issue was the small shower but this was hardly worth mentioning. The balcony was a true delight which we made full use of.
A definite gem!
Nejc MfriendsJesenice2 November
We stayed two nights and we were really impressed by very good quality of accommodation. Owners were really friendly and helpfull. Iro, thanks a lot for free breakfast, raki, cookies and all kindness.

Unfortunately, Rethymno was not a place for someone like us; non-urban. Too many samey shops and restaurants with pushy stuff.

Almoust no respect of historical monuments. Graffiti all around. Sad.
joseefavreaucoupleMontreal, Canada22 October
Panos et Iro accueillent leurs de façon très attentionnée, petits gâteaux, boisson locale, jus, etc. Ils sont toujours disponibles et aiment partager leurs adresses coups de cœur. Studio avec balcon propre, confortable et agréable. Le bonheur a Rethymnon! On veut y retourner.
ellada84coupleMunich, Germany21 October
My husband and I were here for three weeks and it was awesome. You are in the middle of the old town but it is so quiet. Panos and Iro are so sweet and they care about every guest like he is a family member. So we come back HOME next summer!
SuemenfriendsParis, France21 October
The owners were SO nice. My friend and I arrived at the Rethymno bus station late at night and had no idea how to get there. One call to the hotel hoping for some helpful information, but the hotel owner actually comes by with his car and picks us up free of charge! We didn't expect that and we really appreciated the gesture as we were tired from the bus trip. The room came equipped with a kitchen. Although no breakfast, there was a few slices of bread, some homemade Greek desserts and even some raki to share! It was also nice that they gave us a map of the area which they pencilled in their preferred must-see places and places to eat. There's also a communal computer available in the hallway that can be used by guests. They were also very nice and kept our bags for us the next day until it was time for us to leave. I don't think you will be disappointed with Barbara Studios.
Дмитрий ПcoupleMoscow, Russia20 October
Рассказывать о данном отеле можно долго! Читайте отзывы они все правдивы! Очень понравилось расположение отеля, старый веницианский район, порт совсем рядом! В данном отеле чувствуешь себя как дома! Где припарковать авто и куда сходить на обед или ужин спросите у Паноса и Иро, они плохого не посоветуют! В общем могу сказать что если буду еще на Крите остановлюсь именно в Barbara Studios!
Sue JfriendsNeapolis, Greece20 October
Panos & Iro are very helpful and friendly all the time from arrival to departure. Very chatty explaining all there is to see in Rethymnon. I only stayed one night as I was travelling from East to West along the island. If I ever stay in Rethymnon again it will be with at Barbara Studios, that is quite likely as I live in Crete.
I can honestly say that the welcome you get is very Cretan.. so kind, generous and they are fun to be with. You feel as if you have made friends for life.... which is probably true.
The house is situated close to the Fortezza and the port, a perfect place to be for easy sight seeing and local restaurants. Room Tip: Room no 4.. Twin beds..... opening onto the patio when you can sit, drink coffee and chat to Iro... See more room tips
JandBAberdeenotherAberdeen, United Kingdom20 October
Sadly had to leave after 10 days in this lovely place. The owners go the extra mile to ensure that their guests feel welcome. A little gift every day of a cake or honey and a drop of Raki have made this place even more special. Highly recommended. Thank you Iro and Panos.
vjk88friendsEdinburgh, United Kingdom8 October
My friend and I just returned from a 4-night stay at Barbara Studios. Iro and Panos were absolutely fantastic. They made us feel so welcome, helped us sort out our day trips/transportation and provided with so many great recommendations of restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping. It was truly a lovely place to return to each night after a long day of sightseeing. It was like we were at home! Beautiful hotel, room and facilities as well. Very highly recommended for any type of trip. Thanks Iro and Panos !!!!! It was a trip of a lifetime :)
bigschtroumpfcoupleGeneva, Switzerland4 October
This is a really nice place in the centre of Rethymnon. It is a family house managed by Panos and Iro who live in the house, too. We stayed there for an entire week (7 nights) and had a great time. Panos and Iro were really helpful with recommendations as to where to go for day trips and for restaurants. Every day Iro cooked a little specialty of hers that was delicious and that awaited us in the room when we came back from the beach. Although they say there is no breakfast included, they provide butter, jam, crispbread, coffee and tea, so you can totally have breakfast.

I guess the only slightly negative point was the heat at night. We had one of the apartments with loft and private balcony, and because of the way the A/C is setup, it's hard to get fresh in the loft, where the bed is. Panos said they knew and would try to fix it, so this might be solved. But if not, I would recommend getting one of the standard room so that you don't have this problem. Room Tip: Loft apartments have problems with A/C. See more room tips
TONY HcoupleManchester, United Kingdom3 October
We have just stayed a week with Panos and Iro and absolutely loved it. As most everyone has stated they are perfect hosts and yes we too looked forward to seeing what goodies were in the fridge when we returned from a day on the beach. The apartment was spacious and comfortable with a large narrow balcony looking east over the courtyard and to the sea. Yes it was overlooked by a few rooms at the Ideon hotel but we hardly ever saw anyone on their balconies. It was a nice area for a relaxing wine or 2 in the evening.

The apartments are perfectly placed for the Old Town. No more the !50 yds from the Rimondi Fountain in the centre of town. Rethymno is lovely, full of character and narrow back streets and alleyways full of shops and tavernas and restaurants.

Panos will give you some restaurant recommendations as there are so many in the town. We particularly liked Kyria Maria down an alleyway behind the Rimondi, Erofili, just around the corner from the studios and if you go to the Venetian Harbour, Zefyros is brilliant.

We spent between 25 to50 Euro on starters , 2 mains and a litre of house red(never had a bad wine!) and the usual free desert and raki.

The Town beach is a 10min walk . 2 sunbeds and umbrella were 9 euros in town but go further afield and its 5 or 6 euros,

So this location can be a city break combined with a beach hol. We had hired a car so also visited Plakias on the south , Platianas about 5km east and Georgiropoulis about 30 km west.

Managed to park everyday except Sunday, when the locals all seem to be out, at the nearest free car parking near the fortezza. On the Sunday used the other car park on the west of the fortezza and was a 10 min walk.

I must also add how friendly thel local population are and most speak english.

A visit to Panos and Iro's place is highly reccomended.
Rebecca SfamilyPort Moody, British Columbia, Canada3 October
Iro and her husband are fantastic! They go out of their way to make you feel welcome at Barbara Studios. Iro especially was very kind to me, as I had a bag stolen near the airport and it contained my contact lens solution. All the nearby pharmacies were closed, so Iro went on her motorcycle to one further out of town and brought it back for me! It made me feel so much happier after such a bad experience earlier.

She also left homemade sweets, orange juice, raki, and more in our room. The room was very clean and the housekeeping was excellent. The hotel is also in a very good location and you can walk easily to many places.

I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay in Rethymnon!
Z0oeother18 September
Great hotel and amazing staff- very welcoming!! Staff go out of their way to help you and always smiling. As soon as we arrived staff welcomed us in with a few drinks and lovely home made cookies. Gave us a map and made a few suggestions on where to go and helped us with our luggage.

Good location and very central. Lots of free parking nearby. Great rooms. Would highly recommend :)
MissHiccupcoupleLombardia15 September
Abbiamo soggiornato il questa struttura tra agosto e settembre. Siamo rimasti solo tre notti, ma ci siamo trovati molto bene.
Noi abbiamo soggiornato nella camera n. 7, che è strutturata su due livelli: una zona giorno e un soppalco con il letto. I locali, bagno compreso, erano molto puliti, ben attrezzati e arredati in modo estremamente funzionale e con gusto. Noi siamo un po' pigri e abbiamo sempre cenato fuori, ma avremmo avuto la possibilità di cucinare senza problema.
La camera veniva rassettata quotidianamente e venivano addirituura riordinati e piegati i vestiti che lasciavamo un po' sparsi dappertutto. Quotidianamente, quando tornavamo dal mare, trovavamo (oltre alla camera pulita e ai letti rifatti) una bottiglia di succo di arancia, fette biscottate, marmellata e miele per la colazione del giorno successivo, e anche qualche dolce fatto in casa. Svegliandoci presto (perchè poi il sole scotta!!!) era un piacere fare colazione sul balcone, dove ci trattenevamo anche dopo cena a godere il fresco.
La stanza era situata al secondo piano, sopra la reception. La presenza di scale (anche all'interno della camera stessa, per raggiungere la zona letto) rendono l'alloggio, a mio parere, poco adatto a chi ha un po' di problemi motori. Per noi, ad ogni modo, andava benissimo.
Un'ulteriore rampa di scale consente di raggiungere un terrazzo a disposizione degli ospiti, da cui si gode una bella vista del castello e su cui ci si può rilassare (ci sono tavolini e sedie) e, all'occorrenza, stendere i teli mare, costumi da bagno etc.
Siamo stati molto colpiti anche dall'ospitalità: i proprietari sono persone molto discrete ma attente e disponibili. Ci hanno accolto in maniera calorosa e ci hanno fornito utili indicazioni anche per la cena (un ristorante orientale di nome Asikiko, in particolare, ci è piaciuto moltissimo, a tal punto che per tutte e tre le sere abbiamo cenato lì: piatti squisiti, prezzi davvero molto convenienti e pochi turisti!).
La struttura è in posizione ottimale: molto vicina ai negozi e abbastanza prossima al mare (una ventina di minuti camminando un po' speditamente). Noi siamo giunti a Rethymnon in autobus, quindi non abbiamo avuto problemi di parcheggio (dalla fermata del bus, per raggiungere Barbara Studios ci vogliono circa una ventina di minuti).
Ci piacerebbe molto tornare in questo alloggio, il soggiorno è stato davvero molto gradevole!!! Room Tip: Noi avevamo la stanza n. 7 e ci siamo trovati bene: era spaziosa e molto ben attrezzata. See more room tips
Piotr WcouplePoznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland8 September
Everything went excellent and we had a very good and pleasant stay in Rethymno. Barbara Studios is a really amazing place to stay. Rooms are very comfortable and very clean. The fresh cookies baked every day by Iro and left in the room are so gooood and really nice surprise when you are coming back. The place being an old Greek house with very nice and quiet court has its own specal climate! And the owners... They are just amazing! You will become friends with them from the very first day! That is wht let's you feel the real Greece in Barbara Studios!
Linda WcoupleWildervank, Nederland1 September
Heerlijke tijd gehad bij Panos en Iro en hun familie. De appartementen zijn schoon en ruim en voorzien van alle gemakken. Gratis Airco en Wifi. Balkons in de middag heerlijk in de schaduw. De lokatie is echt super, direkt in het oude centrum en toch als je terug komt en de deur sluit is het stil. Het strand is ongeveer 7 minuten lopen maar als je stranbedjes wilt (zoals wij) is het ongeveer 15 minuten lopen. Elke dag hadden we heerlijke zelfgemaakte cakejes of pudding in de koelkast, echt zeer gastvrij. Ook is het een schitterend huis met de eigenaren onder hetzelfde dak. Wij verbleven er een week. Panos en Iro hebben de taxitransfer van en naar de luchthaven voor ons geregeld, echt helemaal top! Als wij teruggaan naar Rethymnon gaan we zeker weer naar de Barbara Studios!
JLdM2013coupleMadrid, Spain31 August
Esta casa -"hotel" se queda corto para tanta hospitalidad- es simplemente, lo que cualquier persona querría encontrar en sus vacaciones. Lo primero, por la relación que Iro y Panos (¡y Lilly, la perrita!) crean con el afortunado huésped (llegamos demasiado pronto, la habitación no estaba lista, y nos sirvieron fruta y refrescos: nunca me había pasado eso...; y charlaron con nosotros como si nos conociéramos de toda la vida. Y no estaban interpretando: son así). Después, porque las habitaciones son estupendas: limpias, con todo a disposición, bonitas y muy accesibles de precio. Una botellita de raki te da una bienvenida alegre y cristalina. La situación es inmejorable: en el centro de Rethymnon, una de las ciudades más hermosas del Mediterráneo. Nunca he estado mejor que en el Barbara, y ya he estado en muchos sitios.
Lo único malo: tener que marcharse. Lo mejor: que volveremos.
Mi recomendación: no os lo perdáis. Y luego, contadlo, porque Iro y Panos se lo merecen.
manos sfriendsHeraklion, Greece30 August
Πολύ καλές υπηρεσίες υπέροχη διακόσμιση και καθημερινά στο δωμάτιο υπήρχαν μαρμελάδα, μέλι, κέικ, κουλουράκια και χυμός για ένα τέλειο πρωινό και βέβαια όλα δωρεάν (επίσης εξαιρετική τσικουδιά για τους λάτρεις).Γρήγορο wifi στο δωμάτιο, με Κλιματισμό κ πάντα δωρεάν.
Τα παιδιά που διαχειρίζονται το hotel σε κάνουν να αισθανθείς σαν το σπιτι σου, μας υποδέχτηκαν με χαμόγελο κ φυσικά με τη μασκοτ τη σκηλίτσα τους τη Λίλη! Πολύ κεντρικά στο Ρεθυμνο και τα έχεις όλα δίπλα σου.. Θα ξανάρθουμε σίγουρα!!! Room Tip: Απλά ρωτήστε τα παιδιά στο Hotel θα σας μιλήσουν με ειλικρίνεια για να ικανοπιήσουν τις ανάγκες σας... See more room tips
Lina BfamilyLondon, England, United Kingdom27 August
We had a lovely stay at Barbara Studios. Panos and Iro couldn't do enough for us and we had the best hospitality in all our travels to date, having stayed at many places in many countries.They were both there for us everyday with big smiles always ready to help with anything, even lugging our heavy suitcases to the top of the stairs in 40 degree temperatures! The accommodation was clean, comfortable and the best thing was that everything was so close in this lovely part of the old town. My two young daughters felt very welcome and comfortable and loved the wonderful little sweet treats that Iro hand made each day, a lovely touch. Thank you to both of you! Sonny and Lina
Rosario TfriendsNapoli26 August
Parlo di sorpresa perchè non avevo mai soggiornato in una struttura che non fosse un Hotel da almeno 4 stelle ed ero un poco diffidente verso uno studios seppure di buon livello. La strurrura è pulita accogliente e centrale, ma il vero punto di forza è l'ospitalità! Panos, Hiro, Barbara e Stelio sono persone stupende! Gentili, ospitali pronti a coccolarti con sorrisi accompagnati da bibite caffè e sopratutto i dolcetti che Hiro confeziona ogni giorno per gli ospiti. Sono arrivato con la febbre alta e ho chiesto a mia moglie ed ai miei amici di andare ugualmente al mare, sono rimasto in loro compagnia accudito e premurosamente trattato. Struttura buona, gestione ottima! Grazie amici spero di rivedervi un giorno...
Ioannis BcoupleLondon, United Kingdom21 August
We booked two rooms and stayed for three nights with friends.
The rooms were always clean and everyday a sweet surprise was waiting us inside the fridge .
The location is superb (close to everything in Rethymnon) and the owners were very friendly and helpfull. They helped us a lot to organise our daily trips.
The raki which was offered to us was great! On of the best we tried in Crete.
We highly recommend this place and definitely we are going to stay there again when we visit Rethymnon.
valentinarteotherItaly19 August
Leggendo le altre recensioni credo sia stato detto praticamente tutto di questo posto fantastico, dove l'accoglienza è quella di due vecchi amici che ti offrono sorrisi, simpatia e disponibilità (oltre a dolcetti, caffè e bibite varie ;) )
Il nostro unico rimorso è quello di essere rimasti troppo poco (solo una notte). Panos, Iro e i suoi genitori sono delle persone fantastiche. ευχαριστώ πολύ!
Ruxandra RfriendsMilan, Italy6 August
We spent 2 nights in this hotel. It is a very comfortable structure, situated in the northern part of Crete, in the centre of Rethymnon. From here it is very easy to drive to Balos, Chania or Heraklion. Very nice owner (ready to give us hints on Crete). The only thing to be changed is the shower (the curtain is too short and the water invades the floor). All in all, positive experience!
Magdalena ScoupleVienna, Wien, Austria6 August
We really enjoyed our stay at Barbara Studios. The room was clean, spacious, with a balcony and fully equipped kitchen including coffee, tea, olive oil etc. - and we also got Raki, lemonade and fresh sweets every day!! Panos and Iro, the guys that run the place, were really helpful and friendly, they gave us excellent tips for places to eat and shop. If we ever go back to Crete (and I guess we will), we will definitely stay there again!
Mariavittoria_11coupleRome, Italy30 July
Hotel ben arredato, pulito e quasi tutte le stanze hanno un piccolo balconcino. Il personale è stato molto gentile e ci ha consigliato ristoranti buoni e poco turistici. Posizione centralissima. Un po' scomodo in macchina ma abbiamo trovato un parcheggio per l'auto poco distante, Rethymnon è molto turistica ma ci sono anche dei bei vicoli più tranquilli.
ElisaAndrea2013coupleRome, Italy30 July
Io e il mio ragazzo siamo stati a Rethymnon 8 giorni e abbiamo soggiornato al Barbara Studios. Che dire?
1. posizione centralissima: supermarket a 2 minuti a piedi; Fortezza Veneziana a 5 minuti a piedi; il porto con tutti i suoi locali e ristoranti è dietro l'angolo; così come per il centro basta attraversare la strada e si entra nel cure dei negozi; il parcheggio anche è molto vicino. Per il mare bisogna farsi una camminata un po più lunga (10- 15 minuti a piedi) ma questa fatta nel centro di Rethymnon e con quel lungomare pieno di palme è alquanto piacevole.
2. I proprietari (Palos e Iros) sono delle persone favolose !!! Appena arrivi ti accolgono con affetto e simpatia nella loro struttura e subito ti muniscono di cartina e indicazioni per visitare la città. Sono sempre disponibili per qualsiasi altra informazione (nel nostro caso noleggio auto nella ricerca del prezzo più conveniente).
3. Ogni mattina nel frigorifero i proprietari ti fanno trovare dei dolci tipici fatti in casa e una bevanda sempre fresca (oltre ovviamente a fette biscottate, marmellata, ecc...)
4. Il nostro monolocale era ben curato e dotato del necessario.
5. Andare via è stato difficile soprattutto dopo un loro caloroso abbraccio !!!!!!
Jaredwcy WsoloSydney, Australia28 July
Barbara Studios is strategically located in the old town. Minutes away from restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, fort, town centre, and the old port. 15 minutes walk from the Rethymno bus station, beach. Really, there's no need for a pool when you are in Crete. Panos, Iro and their cute (quiet) pet dog will make you feel at home instantly. Arrived at 11pm and they were still hospitable as ever. I was greeted with smiles and was offered advice on food options. My room was cute, quiet, on the ground floor (room 2), had nice glow in the dark deco, beautiful walls, kitchen utensils, and all the amenities I needed. Bed - comfy. Aircon - Good. Internet - Perfect. Toilet - clean and spacious, interestingly nice experience on a large sit on bathtub but if you wish to stand up, the shower head lines are long enough. Price wise, it will be a little steep if you are travelling solo. On the next day, after my checkout, they stored my luggage, sat me down to give advise on food and visiting suggestions. When I return to collect my luggage, I lamented on how tired and needed to sit for a bit - no problem. Was surprised when Iro offered me not just a drink but a nice home made cretan dessert. Best people to chat with in town. They also made calls for me when I needed to check bus times to my next destination and was happy to call my next hotel to let them know in advance that I'll be arriving late. I ate at the places they recommend and I loved it. Hesitate not - whether you are travelling solo, with a mate or family. Barbara Studios is your home away from home. Room Tip: Room 1 and 2 on the ground floor are good if you have lots of luggage to carry or have trouble with... See more room tips
Maria BcoupleStockholm, Sweden28 July
We only spent one night at Barbara Studios, and unfortunately it was the worst night of the trip since we hardly slept at all. Upon arrival everything seemed fine - the hosts were very friendly and we were upgraded to a larger studio than we paid for. The studio itself was nice - basic but extremely clean and there were some treats (raki, juice, home made sweets) that we enjoyed. Everything seemed to match the reviews on tripadvisor and (the reviews is what made us choose Barbara Studios).

The bed was on a loft, and it was very hot there as this was on the top floor and the bed was just below the roof. The host said that it wouldn't be a problem in the night, the AC would take care of it. Fair enough, we thought. After having spent many nights on various greek islands in various hotels/hostels/b&bs we weren't that concerned. Anyhow. When going to bed, the AC had been running for a few hours and it was still really hot on the loft. THEN we encountered the biggest problem: the lack of soundproofing. We could hear pretty much everything of what was going on in the neighbouring rooms... and unfortunately our neighbours snored. BIG times. It was so loud, it was rediculous!

After some tossing and turning, we fell asleep... only to wake up to a freezing cold room. We had set the AC to 24 degrees, but that didn't matter - it just continued to blow out cold air. So, we had two options: to turn it off and have the room turn back into a sauna (which it did - quickly), or to sleep in the cold. Unfortunatly, there were no blankets... and it was in the middle of the night, so there wasn't anyone to ask.

So, what is my over all impression of this place? Would I recommend it to other travellers? Well, I guess that depends. The place really is nice, clean and friendly. If you aren't concerned about nor noises from other guests, nor the hot/cold temperature - then yes, I do recommend it! However, if you ARE concerned about these matters - stay away!
Natalie HfriendsLondon, United Kingdom27 July
Recently returned from a week-long stay in Barbara Studios in Rethymno... If you are looking to stay in or around this part of Crete, do not hesitate to book with Panos and Iro!!! Not only are the apartments beautiful (the grounds and the room), but their guest care is second-to-none. I have never stayed in a place in Greece so hospitable - especially for this good price. It is a true gem.
From start to finish, they helped us to enjoy our stay in Crete; from arranging a taxi from the airport, suggesting trips to take (even calling the bus company for us to check the route, as we had no car!), to the delightful and delicious cakes left in the room every day!! You feel more like friends staying, than mere guests - it is a lovely atmosphere.
You are immediately within the Old Town at this address, which is quaint and traditional and a moment's walk away from a) the harbour, b) the streets of the Old Town (shops, churches, monuments, tavernas/bars) and c) the Fortezza. The latter is in view from the roof terrace (open to all guests), as is the sea, from the other side. The location could not be better - and yes, Rethymno really seems to tick all the boxes in this sense. The beach begins a short walk away up the harbour - and the sand is beautiful (as were the beach staff, fyi).
Panos and Iro were very kind on arrival (at 1am after delayed flight - no problem!) and provided fresh orange juice in the fridge and a hand-annotated map of key shops and restaurants to visit within Rethymno - very helpful!!
The room was nice and spacious (we had a mezzanine for 3 people, but two staying) and a balcony with view of the sea. There are buildings between, but it did not affect our enjoyment of the balcony, as these were characterful traditional Cretan buildings. You do not realise how close to the harbour you are until you walk from the door to the creperie on the corner - it is a minute away! Lovely location! Similarly, the fortezza in five minutes away in the other direction.
Bins were emptied every day and sheets folded into a delightful bow-shape. The cleaner is a very friendly lady and does not disturb if you are still in the room later than 10am. The rooms and bathroom are always extremely clean - it is also very humbling to return 'home' to find fresh OJ and new cakes left by Iro.
Was concerned about noise before arrival to Old Town, but not a peep! From streets or neighbours, it was fine.
Air-con necessary for the mezzanine, but once on (with doors closed) it cools off pretty fast. We ate out so did not cook - only cold cuts and dips - but kitchenette is equipped for all needs: coffee machine, and Greek coffee pots, microwave-oven with 3 hobs, fridge/freezer... But then there is fresh seafood around the harbour, and delicious mezedes and traditional dishes in the Old Town... ;) Do try Alana round the corner from Barbara Studios for classy twists on Greek dishes, and some of the tavernas lost among the streets of Old Town (ask Panos/Iro for their mezedes recommendation!) - if you go to the harbour, it is more expensive and they sell hard! But views from the balcony of the restaurant in the corner are very lovely - as is the fresh seafood you have surely come for!!
I'd suggest hiring a car in Crete and using Panos's knowledge of which places to visit - he tailors for your needs and desires (car/bus, adventure/beach/culture). Above and beyond!!
I would not hesitate to return to this guesthouse - that's if it isn't fully booked!! And would be sure to stop by when I am am back again in Kriti!
Thanks for everything, Natalie x Room Tip: Anything with a balcony should see you fine ;) See more room tips
MARIA RcoupleVigo, Spain23 July
Please don´t miss the opportunity to discover this family run PALACE. You will want to stay there for the rest of your days and be part of the VERY KIND family. I don´t have words to express all the admiration and affection I feel towards the owners. They are simply 1000% perfect! Room Tip: All are good. See more room tips
Lisa KfamilyBoyne City, Michigan, United States23 July
Staying in Barbara Studios gave us a great representation of how quaint and hospitable Rethymnon was. The staff was extremely welcoming and helpful and our room was so cute. It made us feel like we were truly a part of the town.
JamieNot55coupleNottingham, United Kingdom22 July
We were staying in a Studio that could accommodate up to 3 people so we had plenty of space. The studio was well equipped and the kitchen had a kettle, coffee maker and toaster. The location is very good. Right in the centre of old Rethymnon close to the harbour and fort as well as all the shops and restaurants. Not far from the bus station. A lovely couple run the establishment and there are nice touches like fruit drink in the fridge and fresh coffee made available. We also received some cakes each day of our stay. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom very good. All was very clean.

There were no significant problems. The bed area was on a platform above the kitchen with quite steep steps. As heat rises it gets very hot up there during warm weather. The air conditioning run for a short while will address this. Whilst the kitchen is well equipped there are not enough plugs in this area. There are others in other parts of the apartment
Willy McoupleSchagen17 July
We had a great stay at Barbara Studios. Nice appartment in a good area, in walking distance of the beach and good restaurants.
Panos and Iro were great hosts, very helpful and nice!
We can only recommend this place and will certainly stay at Barbara Studios again when we go to Rethymnon again. Thanks a lot Panos and Iro!
kcorwincoupleBerlin, Germany17 July
My girlfriend and I stayed here for five days, and we were sad to leave at the end. I don't think I've ever stayed at a more hospitable place -- upon arrival, Iro supplied us with a map and a bunch of tips on where to go and eat nearby. (The old town is beautiful, but also filled with tourist traps - so the quality recommendations were greatly appreciated!) Iro and Panos also helped us with car rental and our general tourist questions.

Every night we'd come back to our room to find a freshly filled bottle of raki and some sort of homemade baked treat.

The last night, we sat in the courtyard with them and a few other guests, drinking raki, talking, and generally having the kind of time you exactly wish your Greek vacation would be like.

Needless to say, we were sad to leave! I can't recommend it enough.
2013_Dave_2013familyChania Town, Greece17 July
Very nice location, next to the main activities in the town, but still very quiet. The owners were also very kind, and ready to help for everything. Highly recommended if you're looking for a place without the stress.
ellada84coupleMunich, Germany15 July
we come every year to Rethymnon and this is the best accomodation we stayed in! It is something special to stay here because you are no tourist anymore you are a friend. If you sit in the courtyard it don't take long time and there are sitting 10 people and you eat together and drink Raki hahahaha. The Rooms are very clean and you got everything in it, really! Everyday you find something in your sweet in your room (homemade mmmmhhh efxaristo Agyro and Barbara).
So next year Agyro and Panagiotis we come back! That's a promise!!!
mamarazzifriendsSweden10 July
This is probably one of the best places to stay in the center of Rethymnon. Compared to other similar b&b in greece it is cleaner, friendlier, has better service and love.

We got home made cakes every day, the coffee jar always filled and cleaning and washing up every day. If i was to want for something more it would have been more places to put shampoo bottles in the bathroom (but the lack of that is greek standard).
YIFANG YsoloHong Kong, China10 July
Panos and Iro are the best hosts, extremely nice, friendly and helpful. Before my arriving, they sent me a kind reminder including useful info. After arriving, Panos welcomed me like old friends. He gave me city map and advice on dinning, attractions and beaches to swim. When I left, Iro gave me one bag of hand-made cookies. Felt grateful and touched.

Barbara Studios is not a luxury hotel but very cozy and beautiful. Room is comfortable, spacious and clean. Just stayed one night but had a wonderful lodging experience. Highly recommended.
Maria-GeorgoscoupleKeerbergen, Belgium8 July
Although for the last 19 years we already spent our holidays in Rethymnon (about 40 times) it was the first time that we stayed with Panagiottis and Iro.
And ... no regrets whatsoever.
We had a splendid stay in a nice studio with every day a pleasant surprise in the fridge.
We got more than we could ask for and would certainly recommend these premises.
Room was cleaned every day and if we left some kitchen material for cleaning in the sink afterwards, it was already done upon return in the room.
Our hosts were super (also Barbara and Stelios) and we enjoyed our stay there so much that we already decided to spend our next holidays there too.
We really look forward to it and hope that we have more time to spend together for a raki or 2 (or more).

Georgos & Maria Room Tip: Rooms at top floor have a nice view on the mountains and partly sea view. Quit some stairs to climb... See more room tips
Rumen ScoupleBrisbane, Queensland, Australia6 July
The studios have a very homely feeling as opposed to most hotels. Panos and Iro are excellent hosts. You can ask their advice on food, places to go, etc.
The location of the studios is excellent - right in the old town. Room Tip: Get one with a balcony See more room tips
BaneManufriendsLausanne, Switzerland27 June
A friend and I stayed for about a week in mid-June. We were quite satisfied on all levels: location, services, cleanliness, daily small deserts in our fridge but most of all friendliness of our hosts. For the given price it could hardly be any better. Highly recommended.
Leif EcoupleStavanger, Norway23 June
Midt i gamlebyen, sentralt beliggende, kom vi til en aldeles uvanlig varm mottakelse. Rommene var upåklagelige og servicen var topp. De gav oss informasjon og forslag til restauranter og ting og gjøre . En positiv overraskelse var at de hadde satt inn litt mat til frokost hver kveld i tillegg til at kona satt inn noe hjemmelaget boller eller annet hver dag. Leif og Inger
MonTrips4Usolo16 June
"Love is spoken in this place" this quote welcomes you when you arrive at Barbara Studios. Not a luxurious place at all, but you find anything you need, including a kitchennette. Its location is great but the best thing is the warmth from Panos and Iro.
lasciuraMilanoothermilano14 June
Un b&b che ricorda un riad di Marrakech: si entra da una porta in una vietta in pieno centro e ci si sente subito a casa. La struttura è fantastica e pulita, i proprietari gentili e calorosi, la camera essenziale ma dotata di tutto il necessario. Lontano anni luce dalle strutture anonime che si trovano a Creta. Un po' difficoltoso il parcheggio ma è un compromesso accettabile se si vuole soggiornare in centro a due passi dai locali e negozi. Assolutamente consigliato!
WaikatosflyingkiwisoloHamilton, New Zealand3 June
Now lets not get to carried away with the +++'s. For a start it rained while I was there. Well not all the time. ha..As I stand on the roof area with its tables and chairs sipping a cold beer I peer over the side and see a pool in the establishment next door. Well good luck to them. Bet they pay for something hardly used. Most go down the road to the beach for a dip.
My days journey began in Larnaca Cyprus, Flight to Athens then onwards to Heraklion 5:30pm No info counter for tourists at airport unless you had booked with a tour company which have their counters outside. Finally found bus stop to town. Got dropped off with driver pointing down a road to where I could catch bus to Rethymno. Got all togeather and arrived edge of old town 8pm, A wander around found me in front of what really did not look like an accommodation other than perhaps someones house.

Bing Bong and push open the door. No really sure how many rooms here but quite a few on three levels.Greeted and taken to my room, top floor for 3 nights. Cooking facilities, fridge, tea and coffee. Biscuits and cake yum later on. Mentioned not into cookies and fruit appeared. Also a small bottle of Raki for those who wish an extra part of warmth that comes with the place. It has been mentioned in privious reviews about the Hardness of the very thin matresses. YES. Wont disagree here. Plenty of room and a balcony looking over a garden/patio with small pond to gather and talk with fellow guests. Soft colour lighting at night, also the roof for chatting, looking over the town and back at the Castle. Fittings are old. For the price, a bargin.Very handy to either waterfront ( more modern, touristy, other food tavernas) and the old town, its little streets and great Crete food and atmosphere.

Information, on the area and extended parts of Crete is offered by Hosts. Great as I new very little. I did visit a very unknown gorge called Richtis by Exo Mouliana village near Sitia, East Crete. Not heaps of people, with lots of the walk under a canopy of trees,some bolders and a lovely waterfall throwen in. No fee. 1.75 hrs each way or tempt the drive down to the beach by thin road then walk into the waterfall a 30 min or so but not the tree canopy on offer this way.

Rethymno is a great place to visit with Barbara's Hosts capping off a wonderful stay in their establishment. So pleased I did not leave out this part of Crete on my journey.
Rune ScoupleJessheim, Norway3 June
What a place! Fantastic service, fantastic people and with a location in the heart of Rethymnon, it was just perfect for us. Barbara, Stelios, Iro and Panos, the whole family, they are just amazing. This place is our home away from home. Very clean and packed with a cozy atmosphere, it's not getting better any other place.
Frank ScoupleBielefeld, Germany22 May
It was a beautiful stay at Barbara Studios in Rethmynon.
The house is located in the town but still quiet and really
lovely with many nice details. If you come by car it is easy
to find a parking place nearby - just follow the suggestions
of the owners. Panos and Iro are very friendly and supportive.
We enjoyed the stay a lot and had a much fun. There are
many nice places in the town (the castle is nearby and also the
beach is still close) but you can also have nice excursions around.
Rethymnon is a good place to stay and to explore the little villages
and sights in the middle of the island.

(There is no swimming pool in the house - so no vote here, but it is not a hotel
- and really there are so many things to explore you will not miss a pool :-)
paulandisobelcoupleBallymena, United Kingdom17 May
last time we stayed in barbara studios was great 1st class and so freindly. thanks to panos ,iro and lily ,free raki ,fruit .juice ,and nice biscuits . sitting in the middle of the old town it was superb and if you want a restaurant with fresh fish they are about 3 minutes walk away in the port . note i said the last time but we are now going back again and taking friends with us because we have told them so many good things about barbara yourself a favour and make a visit . again manos and co thank you .thank you paul and isobel
Michael_S644201coupleWittlich, Germany17 May
We loved it to stay there and surely try to get there another time.
In the middle of the ancient town, but calm, just a few footsteps to the Old Venetian port and nice restaurants. Not to forget our Hosts Iro and Panos, both nice and friendly and taking care for us everytime.
Frances PfriendsLondon15 May
This is the third time we've stayed at Barbara Studios and we love it! The rooms are comfortable and homely. Panos and Iro are fantastic hosts, looking after everything we need and spending time relaxing with us too. We feel so at home here - and the daily treats in our room made us feel really cared for. Perfect location, right in the heart of the old town. Definitely coming back here again and again!
katenelson100coupleLondon, United Kingdom14 May
We had a fantastic time at Barbara Studios - everything was perfect. Amazing location in the gorgeous old town, really comfortable room, and the best hospitality you would wish for - Panos and Iro and wonderful hosts; they treat you like family. Everything from leaving treats in your room to helping with what to do, where to go, travel bookings, suggesting excellent restaurants (make sure you go to Alana, just across the street) - nothing is too much trouble and everything is done with a huge smile. We loved our stay there and would defintely visit again, and recommend it to anyone.
TraverDKotherAarhus, Denmark12 May
Barbar Studios is situated smack in the middle of the old town in Rethimno. Easy access to everything - you just walk there. Friendly staff - Panos and Iro live there. It's line you're living in their guestroom. Barbara Studios come highly recommended to all who want to stay in the middle of Rethimno.
TCWorcestercoupleWorcester11 May
The owners here are the most hospitable I have ever encountered. They help you with your cases (from the car), and treat you as one of the family, with desserts, Easter eggs, orange juice, coffee, raki, etc. in the room. Nothing is too much trouble; they certainly practise the philoxenia (love of strangers) which they tell you about. The room was spotlessly clean and very well equipped with everything you might want, including a microwave oven and coffee maker. Hooks, towel rails and switches were just where you wanted them, and it was quiet in the room and on the balcony, despite being in the middle of the old town. If we had found this place on our first, instead of our last day, we would not have gone anywhere else! Room Tip: The room at the top, with the long balcony is lovely. See more room tips
Rosalie AcoupleKinrooi, Belgium24 April
De studio's zijn zeer goed gelegen. Je zit in het hartje van de oude stad met zijn gezellige straatjes, heerlijke restaurantjes, zijn haven en je bent op wandelafstand van het prachtige zandstrand.
De uitbaters, Iro en Panos, doen hun werk met hart en ziel. Ze doen er alles aan om het je naar de zin te maken.
Ze gaven ons raad om leuke uitstappen te maken, om lekker te gaan eten en ze bezorgden ons een huurauto. De studios waren kraaknet. Ze werden elke dag gepoetst.
Bij aankomst stond er een flesje raki met twee borrelglaasjes op tafel en er lagen beschuitjes, een potje met gemalen koffie, suiker en paar snoepjes op de koelkast. In de koelkast vonden we mini boterpakjes, kleine confituurpotjes en lekkere puddingtjes. Deze voorraad werd dagelijks gecontroleerd en terug aangevuld. Gratis! De pudding werd soms vervangen door een heerlijk stukje cake.
We hadden een studio met balkon. De weergoden waren ons gunstig gezind en we konden op het balkon ontbijten. Heerlijk!
We zullen zeker nog eens terug gaan naar Rethymnon en dan logeren we zeker opnieuw in Barbara studios!
jeanetpascalefamilyprovence22 April
Very friendly hospitality, with free orange juice and home made cakes and raki.
Very nice place close to the beach and in the old city of Rethymnon.
Good advices in the choice of the restaurant.
We stayed only one night, but if we had had more time, it would have been the good choice to stay a week.
PaoloLarcouplePisa, Italy21 April
The place is pretty, the location quite convenient very close to the beautiful and lively pedestrian zone still quiet on the saturday night we stayed there. Clean, confortable and roomy. Ico gave us very good advices for dinner. I can warmly recommend.
Vitalliaother17 April
It's ur home in Rethymnon! The owner is so friendly, with his warm family members and the little dog "Lily" :) This is for sure the best hotel I've ever lived in. You can find small snacks, coffee and candies on the table in your room and juice in your fridge for free! Everything is ordered so well!  I like the natural smell in the room which is unlike some strange smell in other hotels. I visited them in not a high season and booked a room without balcony but I mentioned I wanted a seaview room if possible. Then the owner just upgraded my room to a wonderful seaview room with a balcony! We were lost when we found the place, he just went to pick up us. He kindly gave us some suggestions about where to eat and where to visit. That's why we could experience the most real part of the city! the location is perfect and the old town is just around, so we went back often to change clothes and even washed the fruit we bought. If I have any opportunity, I'll visit it again for more time for sure!!! And miss you, little "Lily" ;) Xxxxxx~(To the owner: just left today, you may know who I am ^_^ thanks for your perfect service!)
Frank LcoupleAuckland Region, New Zealand7 April
We came here because of the reviews and we weren't disappointed. Fantastic hospitality and a really great room (we were upgraded to the studio loft). It was also super clean.

We got free orange juice, raki and a lovely home-made chocolate treat each day. Really so much more than what we have experienced at other places.

The only thing was the lack of hot water for showers, but we overlooked that because of how comfortable we felt with everything else. It is in a great location - really lovely. Room Tip: The studio (the loft) are lovely rooms - plenty of space and full of light. See more room tips
Elizabeth IcoupleGlasgow, United Kingdom11 March
Barbara studios are very comfortable and homely. The words on the doormat on entry to the studios sums it up perfectly "HOME - Love is Spoken Here". Barbara (the owner) makes this place one of the nicest and best I have ever stayed in. She has a warm and friendly nature and is instantaneously likeable. She leaves cakes, biscuits, bread, jam and orange juice in your room which somehow makes it feel extra special place to stay. Room Tip: All rooms are great See more room tips
retoandjennycoupleZurich, Switzerland24 September
We stayed here for one night. It is a very unique, nice and clean property. The owners are super-friendly, helpful and hospitable!! We had a twin room at the first floor with balcony facing the back yard. It was nice and quiet. For those who want to cook on their own (which we don't recommend - Rethymnon has soooooo many outstanding restaurants, f.ex. Erofili) there was a small kitchenette.

The owner provide some crackers, sweets, raki, butter, jam and juice complementary... If it is not sufficient for breakfast - there are enough choices in town.

The big BUT is the bed - it was horrible! Really hard, you feel the metal inside... For one night that might be ok, but for a longer stay we wouldn't recommend.

All in all a nice choice though with charm and a good location.
Matthieu FcoupleParis, France23 September
A really nice hostel in an ancient Venetian house, located in the center of Rethymnon, close to the old town, the fortress and the port. The rooms are clean and full equipped with some home-made cakes everyday, coffee, orange juice for the breakfast and even a little bottle of Raki. The staff is really friendly, you can have a seat and a drink with them, always in the mood to talk to travelers : definitely the best way to feel the spirit of the city and to travel !
alviso32couple2 September
la struttura piccola e familiare garantisce il massimo dell' efficenza della pulizia e della privacy.
già detto da molti la posizione è perfetta tranquillo ma al confine della zona pedonale più bella della città. Nesssuno vi disturberà con inutili e pesanti conversazioni , ma verrete accolti con il sorriso e la massima disponibilità, e se vorrete potrete piacevolmente conversare in inglese con i titolari una giovane coppia piena di energia e cordiale .L'insieme degli appartamenti ricorda molto una corte Veneziana ( detto da un veneziano) ben curata e fresca con sedute e tavolini per rilassarsi all' aperto.
è proprio come esssere a casa.
jhonnyonefriendsFerrara, Italy23 August
Ottima esperienza in questo piccolo hotel immerso nelle vie della città antica. La posizione è ottima sia per visitare la città, sia per visitare il resto di Creta utilizzando l'auto. Zona stategica poichè vicina a tutti i punti d'interessse anche della vita notturna, con ottimi bar e ristoranti. A 10 minuti a piedi dalla stazione degli autobus, è in una via molto tranquilla. Accoglienza gentilissima di Panos e Iro, che si sono molto prodigati per farci sentire al meglio e a nostro agio, offrendoci piccole ma genuine colazioni in camera. Le foto di TA sono assolutamente veritiere, l'ambiente è ricavato da un antico palazzo veneziano dalla cui terrazza si vede il porto e la baia. Camere ben fornite, con aria condizionata indispensabile dato il caldo torrido che attanaglia l'isola in Agosto. Da consigliare assolutamente anche per il rapporto qualità/prezzo. Unica pecca il letto matrimoniale alla francese, di dimensioni ridotte.
Yiann1sotherDubai, United Arab Emirates22 August
I stayed in Barbara studios for 2 nights before moving to the south.. It's a casual and friendly place.. I really loved its architecture -it's a refurbished traditional house built in stone, with two absolutely fabulous internal common spaces.. During the afternoons one can sit in the front one and have a chat with other guests and the owners are as friendly as you can get.. Loved these moments :) ..The rooms are very clean and cozy and the location of the building is another plus as you are instantly in the hot spot of the city!
Clem_D2111friendsParis, Ile-de-France, France3 August
Trouvé sur booking, nous n'en sommes absolument pas déçus!
Très accueillant, dans chaque studio en cadeau de bienvenu vous trouverez du raki, extrêmement propre, bien équipé et bien fournit (café, sucre, jus d'orange chimique, beurre, confiture et biscotte/croissant).
Les patrons ne sont pas avares en conseils sur les restaurants de bonnes qualités et sites à visiter.
Très bonne expérience sur l'endroit, petite sourire ironique tout de même pour la description de booking avec l'indication "vu partiel sur la mer" (on en voit 5 centimètres au dessus des toits si l'on se situe au dernière étage)
dancefloorkcoupleVarese19 July
Ci siamo trovati molto bene in questa struttura in cui, l'hotel inizialmente prenotato, ci ha spostati per problemi alle camere. I proprietari sono tutti gentilissimi e sempre disponibili: ci hanno accolti con biscotti fatti da loro, frutta fresca. Siamo stati in una bella stanza al piano terra, con pareti di sasso, fresca e accogliente. Ottimo il cucinino. tutto molto pulito e curato. La posizione è centrale e molto comoda.
a Rhetymno si consiglia "l'abbinamento" con il ristorante Pigadi.
KingyDavidother17 July
We stayed here for 5 nights and from the first moment we stepped in the door it felt like home, greeted by a friendly family and happy Dog :-)

Rooms are large with everything you need, beds are slightly on the hard side but always clean. Rooftop view of Rethimno is nice and it's overall location is perfect.

The styling of the building is beautiful and we would have no second thoughts about staying here again!

Thanks Iro & Panos :-)
PizzardonecoupleRome, Italy5 July
Più che ottima è la posizione e l'accoglienza. La camera era spaziosa con piccolo balconcino. Anche se nelle immediate vicinanze del centro, qui sarete isolati dal rumore. I proprietari Panos e Iro e genitori son gentilissimi e più che disponibili; Impagabili. Avendo avuto un problema che ha richiesto una visita al pronto soccorso e inoltre avendo difficoltà sia con l'inglese che con il greco, la Signora Iro, ci ha accompagnato e assistito amorevolmente per molte ore. Tutti i giorni per gli ospiti vi è un omaggio che va dal dolcetto fatto in casa alla frutta di stagione. Nel senso bello della cosa; ci sembrava di essere a casa. Sempre trovato posto al parcheggio pubblico che si trova sotto la Fortezza, a 100/200 metri dallo Studios.
pismiccoupleBologna, Italy29 June
Abbiamo alloggiato presso Barbara Studios per 2 notti e siamo stati molto bene.
L'appartamento era ben tenuto, ben pulito e ben fornito.
Le camere ben pulite.
Non avevamo la colazione, ma i proprietari ci hanno messo a disposizione:
fette biscottare,
succo d'arancio,
Inoltre ci hanno offerto anche reiki e dolci. (efharisto).
I proprietari sono molto disponibili e cordiali.
Gli appartamenti sono situati nel centro di Rethymno, la sera si può uscire tranquillamente a piedi e passeggiare nelle vie del centro della citta.
Essendo in centro, il parcheggio pubblico gratuito è appena fuori dal centro (qualche minuto a piedi). Vicino ci sono anche parcheggi a pagameno.

Ringraziamo Barbara e la sua famiglia per l'accoglienza ricevuta. Se torneremo a Rethymno sicuramente non esiteremo a tornare a dormire da Barbara's Studios.
Margarida LcoupleMacau, China18 May
I’ve been in Barbara Studios 2 times, and I love it! Barbara Studios is a lovely quiet place, full of nice little corners to seat and relax. It is very well located, in the heart of the beautiful Rethymno. Thanks to Iro and Panos, the owners of the place, to be so helpful and so kind during my stay! I highly recommend Barbara Studios as the best place to stay in Rethymno.
Gabrielle343friendsLondon, United Kingdom16 May
This is a lovely house for a holiday, (but if your knees are dodgy ask for a ground floor room as there are many stairs to the others.)

The rooms are large, very well-equipped and comfortable, with lots of clean sheets and towels and everything is spotless. The street outside is narrow and pretty, so with no cars. There is a fully functioning kitchen in the room as well as a hairdryer, iron, TV and spare beds if needed.

The people who run the house are great, always smiling and laughing, always available to help and always willing. I can't speak highly enough of them. They make you feel enjoyed.

The house is in a beautiful position near the port, near the fort, and close to lots of little shops and cafes, but about 10 minutes walk along the beach to the part where you can swim. That makes the place feel quite private and secluded.

I stayed there in the Spring and I only wish I could have stayed all summer - it really felt like home.
Maria XcoupleΑθήνα29 April
Το δωμάτιο ήταν όμορφα διακοσμημένο όπως και ο εξωτερικός χώρος!!!
Μέσα στην παλιά πόλη, παρ´ όλα αυτά σε ήσυχο δρόμο. Πολύ ευγενικό, φιλικό και εξυπηρετικό ζευγάρι ξενοδόχων!!! Εξαιρετικά ευχάριστες εκπλήξεις ήταν τα δώρα που βρίσκαμε καθημερινά στο δωμάτιο (μαρμελάδα, κέικ, κουλουράκια)!!!Πολύ καλή κάλυψη wifi στο δωμάτιο!!! Το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα!!!!!!!!! Room Tip: Διαλέξτε δωμάτιο με μπαλκόνι!!! See more room tips
EmenefixcoupleZabrze, Poland19 April
Thanks for free sweets and dessert! Good quality to prices. Fine
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