A Terrible Place - Avoid at all cost!
Reviewed 29 October, 2019
Accommodation not fit for purpose in the 21st century. Don't be mislead by online old photos! No terraced cafe bar area exists! No good for people who want to self-cater. Basic accommodation we can live with, but was not clean on arrival. Dirty windows and floors under beds, cobwebs! Had to ask for broom to clean floor (no dustpan etc provided). Owners wife gave clean towels and sheets and replaced plastic rubbish bags but never cleaned the apartment once. Mismatched, absolute minimal cutlery and plates, one wine glass on arrival; no serrated bread knife, jug, sieve, mixing bowl, storage containers of any sort, no serving or wooden spoons, scratched milk pan couldn't use as suspected was old aluminium; unusable, filthy frying pan (insisted it was replaced much to the anger of the owner who told us initially to go to the supermarket and buy stuff to clean it ourselves). Ancient rusty-hinged fridge (ant-infested daily from gap at the back despite spray we had to buy); cupboard door hanging loose despite attempt to fix it. Old yellowing kettle; No microwave, no toaster just ancient hotplate - took 20 mins to heat up. No proper food prep area - unusable broken drop down table. No plugs in either the kitchen sink or the hand basin! Had to buy a plastic bowl in order to wash clothes and do the dishes.. it goes on. Oh and if you fancy a warm shower before 10am forget it. On our last day we were given 20 minutes notice to leave the apartment or pay him an extra 25 Euros.... we escaped to lovely hotel people next door who put us up for free - pool included.
Excellent last-minute choice
Reviewed 10 November, 2018
I got a last minute cheap flight and chose to stay here, I wasn't really expecting too much but it was excellent. I was upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 balconies with lovely views to the mountains and sea. The owner, Costas, is very friendly and often gives you fruit etc., and is always ready for a chat. The apartments are spacious, clean, simple Greek style, maybe slightly dated but everything works OK. The bed was comfortable, and the only downside that I can see is that there is no air-con, which might be a problem particularly in July and August. There is a small pool with plenty of very comfortable loungers. I'd certainly return here, a real bargain for what I paid.
Reviewed 9 September, 2017
Great little find, Kostas and Georgia were superb hosts, brought us fruit everyday that Kostas grows onsite. Rooms cleaned every other day with fresh towels too, the grounds always clean and tidy. We had a problem with the hob so Kostas bought up to us a electric ring and even started cooking us our meal, he supplied us with some of his lovely olive oil.
The only negative and not Georgia or Kostas fault was the music in the afternoon from Star beach the bass was too much and spoilt the tranquility. Will definitely return
A small delightful slice of old Cretan values
Reviewed 9 October, 2016
This hotel is ideal for people who like an easy-going holiday in a friendly traditional atmosphere. Everything was clean and towels and bedding changed every few days. If you like to explore the area on your own, then Kostas will help all he can. The hotel is well situated for the decent local bus service, taxis and a 20 minute stroll into the town. Beaches of all types within walking reach, or plenty others a short bus or taxi ride away. Plenty of tours to places like Spinalonga or Chrissi islands.
Things to do for teens in the area include go-kart track and water park and lots of other things such as para-gliding.
Views from the upper rooms of the mountains on one side and the sea on the other is a morning experience to be envied.
The hotel is not suitable for small children as the pool goes up to 2.25 metres and you can dive into it. There are also old style crazy paved steps up to some of the rooms, so you would need to be mobile.
The rooms are fairly basic but plenty of storage and easy to live in. Best enjoyed in early or late season when the teperatures are probably around 30 degrees.
Give me this any day rather than mega-sunbed hotels where you are far removed from the real Crete experience.
Reviewed 3 August, 2013
Having read the reviews for the apartments, expectations were low for both standard of the rooms and the hospitality shown to guests. I would like to say that Kostas and his family were incredibly friendly, and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Changing our apartments to suit our needs after midnight 2 nights in a row was not a problem; from 3 apartments to 2 and then moving one apartment to another to have the 2 closer. Every opportunity for a friendly chat was taken, and not once was a rude word spoken.
The rooms were fairly nice, but the shower was move of a handheld hose and a tray. There was good food available at reasonable prices from the bar as well, which saved some washing up in our small kitchenette. We'd read in reviews of no towels changes, this was not the case for us as although we only had one in the week's stay, each of us was given 3 or 4 towels to last us.
Located a very short walk from the supermarket 'Manos', down the road from Star Beach water park, a pleasant 20 minute walk from the main restaurants of Hersonissos port and a 15 euro taxi journey from Malia, the location of this establishment was almost ideal.
This hotel went beyond what we were expecting, and we would consider returning if visiting the area again.