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“great views, good food, nice pool, poor room equipment” 4 of 5 stars
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Elounda Residence Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Elounda, Crete 72100, Greece   |  
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Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
brighton
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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“great views, good food, nice pool, poor room equipment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2009

Arrived at 3am, picked up by owner at bottom of the hill who opened the mini market so we could get water (and beer) at this hour. chose self catering which meant we only ate in the resturant a few times in the morning and evening the food always was good and interesting. As was last minute booking did not have the best of rooms facing the mountains, however could still see the sea and could eat on balcony in fair seclusion wind permitting!. good pool and sunbeds always available (take care on steps into pool, some bits missing). HIRE A CAR!. Nice walk into Elounda which is a lovely place with great places to eat. nice safe beach and easy parking. The only real downside was the lack of basic equipment in the room ie small damaged 2 ring cooker, no kettle, and nowhere to sit in comfort. Also the level of lighting was poor resulting in having to buy additional electric light to read by. Would recommend but take everything you might need.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Swindon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

The location of this hotel is in the mountains which mean fantastic views from your room balcony and from the bar and the restaurant. There is about a 15 minute walk to the beach and town down quite a steep hill, which is fine is your reasonably fit, if not you can hire a car. The accommodation was very disappointing; it was very small and dated. The beds were hard and the room often smelt of sewage, which made us feel quite sick. The food was average; we found it often tasted very salty. The staff did not go out of their way to be helpful, and often seemed very tired. On the plus side Elounda was stunning, with clean beaches and phenomenal scenery.

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

Just back from staying on an apartment basis in this hotel and can't praise it enough. All the staff were helpful and the room was spotless when we arrived with bedding and towels changed virtually each day. We only ate at the restaurant a couple of times but on both ocaasions we had no complaints and the veiws are breathtaking. No matter what time we arrived at the pool there was always plenty of loungers and although most of the guests were German there was no towels left on seats when not in use. We walked into Elounda most nights and occasionally in the morning (10-15 minutes) even though we hired a Jeep for a week of our stay. I would recommend hiring a car when staying here, eagle Car hire delivered to the hotel and appeared to be the cheapest.The walk back is steep and you would benifit from a torch when returning at night, but you don't need to be a seasoned hill-walker to make it. The veiw from our apartment over the bays would be hard to beat and it was very relaxing to sit with a glass of wine in the evening. Having toured most of areas within a 2 hour radius we were always glad to come to Elounda as we could not find anywhere better to stay. Would certainly return next year. Transfer to the hotel can take over 2 hours from the airport and you will be the last off ( we travelled during the day so got a good look at other hotels) but you could hire a car from the airport for the duration of your stay and it would take less then an hour along a straightforword route.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birminghm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

I stayed at the Elounda Residence with my wife & 10 year old daughter in May,We had a wonderfull time.Our apartment was basic but very clean,it was well equiped with eveything we needed to make our stay comfortable.The staff were Very friendly and could not do enough to help us from the moment we arrived.
The apartments were cleaned every day & the food was of a goog standard, I had read some poor reviews which i consider to be unjust after my stay.
Being located in the hills not to far from the village centre the veiws from the Residence can only be discribed as breathtaking & the veiws are a wonderfull start to any day .
Iwould recommend the Residence to any family wishing a peacefull holiday with your family, My daughter has asked if we can return later in the summer as she enjoyed har holiday so much.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2009

Fantastic views and very friendly. Generally the hotel, restaurant and apartment were all very clean and in good working order. The pools (large and kids pool) were next to each other and ideal for keeping an eye on the kids whilst having a swim. Not too busy as a lot of guest seem to go off for the day to the nearby (with car) coves and beaches. The food was very good (trad Greek) and nice nice bar area for the evening. Couldn't fault it. Elounda village itself was nice too with lots of good restauraunts, boat trip etc.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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worcestershire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

A very well run hotel - staff could not do enough for you. The food was traditional, well worth trying all the dishes. Rooms were spotless and cleaned daily.
Spectatular views all round. Elounda habour was a short walk down hill but never made it uphill - taxi only 5 euros. Great places to eat and drink and plenty for the night time.
Would like to return without the kids to explore the islands.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Devon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2009

We had a fantastic stay at The Elounda Residence. The staff could not have been more helpful. The food was excellent and the accomodation was clean and well kept. Our room was cleaned and tided every day, and clean towels and sheets were given. This was not something that I had expected. They made a great fuss of our little girl, and nothing was too much trouble.
The 'Hill' is steep, but with a hire car, which is the best way to travel around Crete, we had no problems.
The pool is beautifully kept!

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Elounda, Crete 72100, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Elounda
#10 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Elounda Residence Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the surrounding mountains and the sea, Elounda Residence offers self-catered accommodation. Its public areas offer free Wi-Fi and include a large pool with hydromassage jets, 2 restaurants and a tavern with live music.The complex consists of spacious apartments with seating room, and fully furnished villas with private pool. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony with sea view.The restaurant serves a daily breakfast and dinner buffet. Taverna serves a variety of Greek dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the main bar and pool bar. Children’s menus are available.Elounda Residence features a computer room and a games room. Sports and leisure facilities include a tennis court, mini golf, table tennis and table football. There is also a separate pool for children, and 3 playgrounds.The hotel offers free shuttle service to the village and harbour of Elounda, where you will find wonderful beaches, local stores and frequent boats' departures to the famous Spinalonga island. Free private on-site parking is available. ... more   less 
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