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Akti Olous Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Akti Oloundos Beach Road, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece   |  
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Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

My first holiday on my own and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. I had B and B and breakfast was excellent. Everywhere was clean and my only whinge would be that there were not enough sunbeds.I would go back with no hesitation

Room Tip: I would request a sea view next time as I was on ground floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Room:
Our room was very basic but fine. The bathroom was more like a wet room and after a shower, the floor was almost flooded! The balcony was small- we had a side sea view room. Would have been nice to have a front sea room. The rooms were cleaned every day and the maids did a great job.

Facilities:
The rooftop pool is small but quiet and relaxing. The only downside to the pool area is the limited amount of sun-beds, especially when there are people who reserve them and go off for the day! All of the staff in the hotel are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. The skybar next to the pool is nice- good cocktail promotions in the evening! It would have been nice to have something other than a toastie from the pool bar for lunch. The breakfast was a very good standard for a 3* hotel. You could have anything you wanted and it is lovely to be able to have your breakfast on the jetty.

Location:
Our favourite thing about this hotel is the location. It is located on the seafront, with a small pebbly beach outside. However if you walk further down the road, there is a nice beach and plenty of restaurants to eat. We would recommend 'Olundi' for dinner- traditional Greek menu. The food in all of the restaurants was pleasing and good value. Portion sizes are a bit too big, but on holiday we weren't complaining! It's definitely worth hiring a quad bike for a day. It cost us £35 euros for the whole day 9-8.30pm and we managed to get to Plaka, Agios Nikolaos and Ancient Olous. You can hire the quad bikes from just down the road from the hotel.

On our last day, we didn't get picked up till 6pm and were slightly disappointed that the hotel couldn't offer us a room to shower in as they were completely booked up.

Other than that, we had a fantastic 2 weeks and would love to come back here! Everyone is so friendly.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Could not fault the hotel very clean staff fantastic young Alex from Romania who waited on us could not do enough for you.the maid made sure that your room was kept clean. The hotel was only 10min stroll from the main square in elounda

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Hotel is lovely and staff are great. Nothing is too much bother, all you need to do is ask. Hotel recently renovated. We have been to Elounda for 10 years now and this was our first time at the Akti Olous. We will definitely be staying again. Rooms are cleaned daily, tv on wall, tea service, balcony with chairs and table. Enough room for 2 people for a quiet game of cards or a read with a drink, phone, hairdryer, air conditioning and safe. air conditioning and safe at extra charge. Pool on roof and sky bar lovely. stayed in one night for game of cards upstairs with drinks in the bar. Lovely view of Elounda at night. If you have never stayed in Greece before do not expect luxury. Greece in general, hotels usually have smaller bathrooms, The Akti Olous has more than the usual. Yes, the shower has a shower curtain that lets water go on the floor, If you are carefull enough this doesn't happen. The floor has a drain in it...... clue that this happens. You will always get the usual moaners who will come up with anything to moan about. If you want all the luxury in the world with no complaints.... go somewhere else. For those that love Crete then this is a lovely hotel.

Room Tip: Babel bar is fabulous. Around the harbour square. Nectarios and Yannis are the best hosts in the vil...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just returned from our holiday the Akti Olous.
We requested a high floor/sea view. Was given a ground floor/tree view!
It was 3 in the morning and some water in the room would have been welcomed.
Room had a fridge and kettle which was a bonus, very clean and a decent size. I think ours was recently refurbished as the room we used to shower in on our last day was small, dark and cramped.
Breakfast was fine with a lovely seating area.
Our bathroom sink was problematic from day one and very difficult to drain, air-con was also temperamental, we had to get up in the night to reset the fuse.
Small beach was handy but covered in cigarette ends which says more about the guests than the hotel but maybe ashtrays might help? Beds reserved all day by people spending and hour or two on them.
The beds were also used by people not staying in the hotel and I feel this should have been challenged.
Only saw the pool once, I think you need to grab your sunbed at dawn!!
Elounda is beautiful and the hotel is in a great location, you get what you pay for.
We were B&B, we saw the evening meals and were so glad we didn't go half board.
Suitable for couples mainly, not very child friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We had a little bit of a mixed stay at the Akti Olous which I was surprised about having read such rave reviews on this site. The hotel has a lovely location right down by the sea front and although the private beach is tiny, the terrace is very pleasant to have breakfast overlooking the bay. Staff were friendly and helpful with directions and helping us book bicycles for hire. We just had a series of niggles that seemed at odds with other reviews. 3 days into our stay asked us to pay extra for air conditioning despite is being included in our booking made via Expedia, which all felt a little awkward. The air conditioning then frequently broke down, and we got locked out of our room as the battery on the lock ran out. The night porter had to dismantle it to let us in meaning we slept with our door unlocked all night and in the morning the reception had not been notified of this problem. Room cleaning was pretty selective with stains on the tea service in the room and despite staying for 9 nights we only received one set of toiletries until eventually on day 7 we asked reception for some new ones. The bathroom was really cramped and impossible to prevent from flooding and the shower was often cold. Overall we had a nice enough stay (we had one of the smaller rooms with a side balcony which was a nice plus) but it could have been a lot smoother.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Already looking forward to returning to this lovely hotel. For us it is ideally situated with its own small beach, but within reach of bigger beaches if you prefer. The rooftop Sky Bar, with fabulous views over the bay and Spinalonga Island, is ideal for afternoon tea or evening drinks or a swim in the rooftop pool. As always the family owners were wonderful hosts making sure that everything was perfect for our stay. We had a sea facing room with all that you need, including wi-fi; tea making facility; TV; balcony and daily cleaning. We hired a car for Eagle Cars and explored the island, making a long trip to Chania. But the local hills and beaches such as Plaka, within easier reach are also good to visit, as is Aghios Nikolous. We ate both in the hotel and in their Blue Seas Restaurant which is always excellent - the best Cretan food in the area! Thanks for a great holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Akti Oloundos Beach Road, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lassithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#7 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
#11 Family Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Akti Olous Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akti Olous is recently renovated, a family-run hotel ideal for those of all ages, looking for comfortable accommodation in a cosy environment. The hotel is located directly on the thick sandy beach in the bay of Elounda, only 300 m from the village of Elounda, its small harbour and shopping area. The location of the hotel provides a relaxed holiday, with stunning panoramic view from the roof top pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Akti Olous Elounda
Elounda Akti Olous
Akti Olous Hotel Elounda, Crete

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