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mamamafio...
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“not long enough time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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stayed at the Christina on our last day and night of our holidays. I had not booked long enough to stay ..but the staff at the Villas made sure we all had somewhere to sleep and eat and also gave us extended time at the Villa so we could have a great last day in Crete.....Everyone was so helpful ...the only thing that spoilt it was the only male adult on the trip snapped his Achilles .....ironic really as we stayed in CRETE....lol

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: the lay-out of the villa
Liked least: having to take everyone home
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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annie2714
Thessaloniki, Greece
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Ideal for families and couples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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The amenities and the equipment of the villa were really good: like home! Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, toster, large fridge, etc. The villa had parking, private pool and garden, as also fireplace and air conditioning. Finally it had even Playstation!!! For our great convenience, as we were travelling with two babies, it had also baby cot and baby chair + washing machine.

Pendamodi is a traditional village, close enough to Heraklion (15 minutes by car which we rented), where one can relax while being close to the capital Heraklion. At the taverna close to the villa, we have had the best meetballs in Crete!
The staff were friendly and was willing to help. The most impressive was the private chef of the villa, who showed us two cretan recipes!

Concluding, the price was very good considering the quality and the amenities of the villa.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: the amenities of the villa.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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CarinaF11
Dublin, Ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Spacious Villa with pool, mountian village easy for touring”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
1
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well equipt spacious villa with a private pool and parking in very small village. Excellent Service from all Zarcos tours staff - really helpful people who go out of their way to make you welcome. The village is tiny so don't stay here if you want lots of night life. We had really relaxing stay with easy access to main roads for touring and sightseeing.

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Excellent service from Zarcos tours who met us at the airport and drove to the property directly. they gave us lots of advice on best places for shopping eating, parking & sight seeing nothing was too much trouble for them.
Liked least: no channel guide in English for use of TV. No English guide on how to operate DVD or CD player
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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BrianTcov...
coventry
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Authentic Yes - but very secluded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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Other reviewers are correct to stress how helpful and kind the owners of these villas are. They met us at the airport with the hire car and gave us a very full and useful breifing. However we then didn't see anybody again until our penultimate day.
If you want to stay in an authentic Greek village then this is it. But one cannot over emphasize how tiring the drive becomes going up and down the long 'mountain' trail to civilization each day. The village has only two small cafe type tavernas which we didn't find satisfying in terms of food quality.
In the villa itself the kitchen was fully stocked with cooking utensials, but the furniture badly needs upgrading and the beds were very uncomfortable. The pool is cold and as the villa's location is high above sea level it would be so most of the year.
As previously reported the dogs are a menace

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 2 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 2 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
1 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 2 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: village setting
Liked least: beds / journey from populated areas
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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zoshi
Hobart, Australia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Authentic experience away from the crowds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Adonis and Zakros Tours made sure our Cretan adventure was authentic and comfortable, from start to finish.
We fitted well into Christina II with our 2 adult children, into 2 bedrooms, each with aircon. The upstairs bathroom had a small laundry, and the downstairs bathroom was fully fitted out. The village is in the hinterland, and you definitely need to have a car (which we also hired through Zakros), and there are several larger villages within a few minutes drive. I had the best rabbit stifado of our entire Greek holiday in one of the villages, wish I could remember its name! Lissiandros, a Cretan chef, cooked for us one night, and that was a highlight too.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The authenticity
Liked least: the smallness of the village, having to drive to get to restaurants
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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HotTubBoy
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Villa Christina III”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
1
person found this review helpful

Stored under Christina II, but we actually stayed at Christina III for just over two weeks - found at: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g189413-d3272134-Pendamodi_Villa_Christina_III_with_private_Pool-Crete.html - but unable to post review there.

Pros:
3 bed (1 double, 2 twin) villa with private pool.
2 bathrooms (1 with shower / bath and 1 with shower) + 1 separate toilet as well.
Shared balcony (between beds 1 & 2) with good views.
Very clean inside with regular maid service.
Excellent security with good doors and shutters.
Good free WiFi.
Get a free Greek meal thrown in, cooked by "Lee".
Good support provided by Adonis of Zakros Tours - including being met at airport and escorted to villa (if you take a hire car off them).
Air con in every bedroom plus lounge.
Decent dining table.
Lovely marble stairway.
Nice fireplace - not that we used it!
Good sunbeds.
Lovely selection of fauna in garden.
Good stereo.
Good outdoor lighting.
Fairly secluded garden, even though you are in a village location.
Good welcome pack of goodies provided.
Good guide in villa.
Shops within walking distance.
Excellent Taverna in village.

Cons:
We were initially disappointed upon arrival due to a number of maintenance issues - which gave the appearance of the villa not being rented for a while:
1) The kettle didn't work - was replaced with a new one within a few days.
2) Washing machine did not work - power button faulty - eventually fixed it ourselves.
3) After using it twice, noticed that the table top dishwasher was leaking all over. Maintenance guy eventually came on our penultimate day and could not fix it. So, had to spend the whole holiday washing up by hand - good job the MIL was here!
4) DVD Player remote was incompatible with player - had to resort to playing our DVDs through the PS2.
5) Pool had an ugly "tide mark" - looked like that had built up over a number of rentals. Finally convinced Giorgos to give it a good scrub to bring it upto an acceptable standard. Needs a good jetwash!
6) Outdoor seat was broken.

Electrical system kept "tripping out" as it is not correctly specified to cater for the load.
Beds were extremely creaky (or was it our load we were putting them under!).
Only a standard double in the main bedroom.
SAT TV was pretty useless for English channels (had the BBC World Service and precious little else) - other European languages weren't really well catered for either. Constantly scrabbling around to try and find channels showing the Olympics!
Horrible smell coming from the drains of the toilets / bathrooms.
Although a nice shape, the pool is small, cold (useful at midday - invigorating in the morning and at night!) and liable to lots of debris due to wind and surrounding trees / plants.
Smell and evidence of damp near front door and downstairs cupboard.
Old style small CRT TV with no SCART sharer (constantly having to change connectors).
No parking outside villa - have to use the communal parking up the road.
Bulbs blown in various outlets that had not been replaced.
BBQ provided, but it is a small basic model. Found it challenging to cook for 4 adults and a child on it!
Conservatory stuff furniture provided in lounge - bit uncomfortable.
Only a small bench outside - nothing really to sit out and dine with. We did request some cheap white patio furniture - but nothing was forthcoming.
Some of the electrical outlets are not securely located on the wall.
Not a remote control for all air con units.
Could do with a dustbin outside - or maybe that is not the Greek way - as the communal bins are a walk away - wouldn't want to be going there everythime you had a single bag!
Door bell does not work.
Garden sprinklers are a waste of time - due to their location and the wind, they end up coating the patio and loungers rather than the grass!
The dogs opposite are a pain in the backside - yapping most of the time. We bought a water gun to shoot them whenever we were entering or leaving the villa to shut them up!

All in all, a few maintenance issues to deal with, but as the villa is cheap anyway, it is good value for money.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
2 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 3 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Lolunging in the sun and the free WiFi
Liked least: The beds and the power frequently cutting out
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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HaveChild...
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The Best Way to Experience Crete”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed for a week at Villa Christina II in the village of Pendamodi. Pendamodi is a small village a short drive away from Heraklion, and it was a wonderful base for exploring the island of Crete.

We always travel with our son, and we look to stay at places that are affordable, clean, include a kitchen, and room to relax and play. Villa Christina was a perfect fit for us! We also like to get off the well traveled tourist path so that our son can experience the culture of the places we visit, and the location of the Villa in the village of Pendamodi gave us this opportunity.

We were well taken care of by Adonis and Zakros Tours. You will need to rent a car, and they offer special rates to visitors who are staying at the Villa. We were met at the airport with our rental car and followed Adonis to the Villa. (He helped us to the port at the end of our stay as well.) Upon arrival at the villa, Adonis sat down with us to talk about what we wanted to do on Crete and gave excellent advice on where to go, how long it takes, and good places to eat. There is an informative guide to the area provided in the Villa as well. Most nights we took advantage of the wonderful hospitality of the local Taverna. The food was excellent, the atmosphere welcoming, and my son made fast friends with the owner. We also had the experience of a local Cretan chef cooking for us at the Villa. It was a delicious experience and highly recommended!

Do be advised that your GPS may lead you on interesting, but possibly unwanted, adventures around the island that include tiny roads that are not paved or well marked. We easily avoided traveling these roads by purchasing a map and familiarizing ourselves with the main roads.

We could not have been happier with our experience and highly recommend Villa Christina!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils 5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities 5 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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