We’ve just enjoyed an excellent week at this spacious and good quality hotel.
We arrived very late and were gratified to find a meal and drinks awaiting us in our room.
We’d booked a sea view room and, when we reached it, we saw that the sea view was a bit of a technicality. Yes, you could see a sliver of water in the far distance, but the main view was of the arrivals area at the front of the hotel.
We spoke to the rep who told us that we’d been ‘upgraded’ and that our room, though away from the main complex, was far larger than any others. It was indeed a good size, nicely appointed and relatively private, so we allowed ourselves to be persuaded. On balance, that was probably the best decision. The balcony was spacious, there was a chaise longue in the room and the bathroom was all marble (but with a glass door!)
The food at the hotel – particularly at the a la carte restaurants – was exceptionally good, and the buffet meals were high quality with plenty of choice. The staff were all very pleasant, cheerful and helpful.
We were impressed with the construction of the hotel; most of it was of beautiful cut stone, giving it a very traditional Greek Island look.
Beach beds are on terraces and on a small beach and breakwater areas and, we’re pleased to say, the hotel has a policy against reserving them in the mornings – and seems to enforce it. Full marks! Some do ignore it, though. On the other hand, if you venture down to the sea late in the morning, you’d be lucky to find anywhere to park yourselves.
The Aquila is about 3.5 kilometres outside Elounda village and it’s best to go by taxi. The walk is along a narrow road which has little pavement. And it was very hot. That day we did it.
The hotel has no real beach; just a small area where you can enter the sea behind a breakwater. We missed having a beach to walk on during the day, although we knew the situation when we booked.
The sea was crystal clear and swimming gave us some exercise. There is a good quality gym, which seemed little used, and the diving centre seemed busy.
The hotel is spacious, but it’s quite steep down to the beach. There are lots of steps, so you'll get some exercise by trudging around the hotel each day.
Elounda was hot and sunny when we were there - but amazingly windy, too. And when I say windy, I mean windy enough to blow a salad off your plate and knock your drink over.
In summary: High quality, good food, efficiently run and with nice staff. Recommended.
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