We were really dubious about this place after seeing how cheap it was - we were convinced it was either horrible or miles from anything but we could not have been more wrong.
5 mins (even in heels) walk from the town square which you can get to via the main road or directly opposite the entrance to the apartment is a set of steps down to the water where you can walk along passed all the restaurants into the square and take in the gorgeous views to Spinalonga.
The road with the apartments is on a steep hill - so steep that you will really struggle going down it in heels but its so short that it's not an issue at all.
We were in apt4 which is mid way up the hill so we had a view of the sea (although blocked by some buildings) but the views from the higher apartments must be amazing. The balcony was huge and you get the sun all day. There is a table area with shelter too if you prefer.
The living area was a really good size too with a dining table, coffee table, sofa and kitchenette.
The bathroom was small with just a shower unit but clean and all you really need. There is no window so it can get a bit stuffy but no big deal.
The bedroom wasn't quite as spacious as the rest of the apartment but is all you need for two single beds and room for a suitcase and dressing table.
The apartment was very clean and clearly well looked after. The wi-fi is fantastic, it dropped off once during our stay but after a quick text Mikhalis had it fixed within a couple of hours.
Why its better than other apartments in the same price bracket:
On arrival our late night flight was delayed and we didn't reach Elounda until 3.30am. Mikhalis very kindly picked us up from the town square and drove us back to the apartments to save us searching in the middle of the night.
When we arrived in the apartment it was immaculate and there was a much needed bottle of wine waiting for us which was a really nice touch.
The family invited us and the other apartments to a barbecue on our 2nd night and they could not have been more friendly and hospitable, they provided lovely food which Dmitri cooked on the enormous purpose built barbecue and drink including home made wine and raki and gave us lots of good advice on what to see and do in the area.
We had friends staying in one of the other apartments who had a birthday while we were there and Rena and Dmitri kindly gave him a bottle of wine to celebrate.
When we arrived back to our apartment one evening we found a bottle of raki in our fridge which was really generous.
Mikhalis was always contactable even with a quick text if there were any issues.
On our last day our flight was late at night so we requested a late check out (7pm!!) which Rena told us not to worry about and there was no charge. Also just by chance Mikhalis arrived at the apartments as we were leaving and kindly drove us to catch our transfer at the square.
I'm sure all of the above is dependent on how busy they are and what ability they have to be able to do these extra things but we were definitely not disappointed and will be back again as soon as we can!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Markakis Apartments are situated in the famous vacation resort of Elounda in the Eastern Crete region. The Markakis apartments in Elounda are a family business which numbers eight modern residents, fully furnished, able to accommodate from 2 to 6 people.All our apartments feature spacious bedrooms and living rooms, spacious terraces modern indoor and outdoor furniture, all chosen with the personal taste of the owners.The modern and ingenuous design combined with the wealth of the amenities offered, will steal your heart from the very first time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Markakis Apartments Elounda, Crete