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“Thanks for another lovely stay.” 4 of 5 stars
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Lena Apartments
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece   |  
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Ranked #19 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Elounda
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Thanks for another lovely stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The lovely family are always helpful and welcoming and do what they can to ensure you enjoy your holiday.
Rooms basic but lovely and clean. The pool and bar area again clean, and welcoming .
Enjoyed lunches there most days overlooking the beach.
Location is perfect for both pool and beach lovers, and easy walking into the town square.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We returned last week from the Lena. Our experience is as follows. Arrived late with no Rep. Shown to our room by the owner. He shoved the key in the door and walked off. We traveled as three adults and had one of the smallest rooms there was, as even commented on by one Lena family member. In the two weeks we were there our room was cleaned three times even after we were told it was done three times a week! So you can imagine the state our our towels...One day we put them on the floor on room cleaning day to return later and the cleaner had picked them up folded them and put them back on our beds, filthy. Now to the toilet paper bin. Only emptied every three days!!! Not to be too crude, that is bad enough but with ladies sanitary wear it was totally disgusting. My husband had to take the paper bin on one occasion to the wheelie bins down the road as the smell in the heat was foul. The bed sheets were not changed at all in the two weeks so they started off white and were indescribable by the end of the holiday. Now to the pool and bar area. Unless you want to sit around the bar all day handing over money you are ignored by the owner. We hired a car for 3 days and went out and about, when we returned on these 3 days we were blanked as we had spent nothing at the bar. The pool is very small and the usual applies. Get up at the crack of dawn to get a sunbed or people NOT staying in the Lena who are returning visitors (and popular with owner) will have their towels on the beds before sun up. Plus you now have the added bonus of the owners 1year old daughter screaming from dawn till dusk!! Also other child relatives and their friends converge on the pool which as mentioned is small, making a racket and making it impossible to have a swim. By the way the pool is not particularly clean. We had a few swims with various insects, leaves, plasters and beer mats!! Overall Elounda beautiful and worth a visit. We were told the Manos apts next door were much nicer.....wish i had know.
A little message to two lovely people we met..... Is Richard still in the Olive Grove with a serviette on his head?

Room Tip: Not room 5 unless you like Ants.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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penketh warrington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We enjoyed a great family holiday in May at Lena apartments and the beautiful Elounda. We have been to Elounda many times, but this was our first time at Lena apts. The family are very welcoming and did their best to ensure we enjoyed our stay. The apartments, pool and bar area are all very clean. George has a lovely sense of humour, which he needed when we had our light night tipples at the bar. Thanks for your company George and give our best wishes to your Mum, Dad and Grandmother too. Give Bella a hug from the Yates family, especially Sammy!

Room Tip: Try for a room at the back if you are looking for a good rest. The view is best from the front, out...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tewkesbury, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

We were looking for a quiet getaway, somewhere where I could do some diving and then have some good food in the evening. This place was ideal. Close enough to the habour village to walk in every night for some of the best seafood EVER ! Try the baracuda .. beautiful, also close enough to walk up into the hills to the villages overlooking Spinalonga. But far enough away that we were never troubled by any noise. The (small) beach in just across the road to the front of the appartments, a couple of euros for beds.
The owners were really friendly, but not intrusive and lots of people who don't even stay at this appartment come down to drink in their bar and have a bite of lunch.
The downsides .. the room we had was very basic and dark , we were only using it for a place to crash so no great worries but if you wanted a little luxury this isn't really the place. IF you could specify the upstairs rooms which look out to sea I am sure they are much nicer. Overall , ideal for what we wanted and to be fair it was exactly what we expected for a cheap and cheerful break. Got to say again though .. the seafood down in the habour was amazing .. treat yourselves.

Room Tip: First floor seaview
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011 via mobile

I stay at lena everyyear the family are lovely safe boxes and air con are always charged separatly the cost of holiday is mostly airline cost and owners wait up to a year to be paid so they make there wages on bar food air con its a lovely setup at lena basic clean and friendly x

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed in mid October when weather was turning. The room was basic, but clean, with regular cleaning and fresh towels. The owners are friendly and helpful. I would recommend their own barbeque, good food, plently and reasonably priced.
Pool was cold, as you would expect at that time of year, but we did have some brisk swimming sessions and it would obviously be more appealing in sunnier weather. Lena very close to beach and there is an opportunity to swim in the sea or just enjoy the great views close at hand. Would recommend it.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter and have larger balconies
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

We were first of all given the wrong apartment. Another couple had paid extra for a three bedded room but we were put in there by the Thomas Cook rep at 5am in the morning. We didn't mind moving but the owner wanted us to call the rep. The people in the three bedded room hadn't really wanted it but were told that was all that was left and had to pay extra for it, so we stayed put and they moved in on the day we left and hopefully they will get one week refund for the extra bed.

The room was spacious, and clean. It wasn't cleaned as often as other 2/3 star hotels I have stayed in and the toilet bag wasn't collected or emptied, I think it was done once in the middle of the week. The bar area was nice, but as we didn't spend any money there for the first couple of days as we wanted to explore they didn't really bother about us. Also as I had read they leave the safe key in and charge you, I handed it back on day one and got tutted at. We had a nice couple next to us who had travelled many places (in their late 60s) and they overheard the owner say he is only interested in getting as much money out of people. We only had a few drinks there when we stayed by the pool as we got friendly with other people.

Would I stay there again, yes as it was very convenient, the room was good and you would know what to expect, but I'd take some nappy sacks to empty my own toilet paper bin.

The good points is the vicinity, the location is superb and either way you have tavernas and it's only a five minute walk to the centre. Overall we loved Elounda but would opt for another apartment in the first instance, if we had the choice. Many we visited to get info got booked up years in advance, as I know this one did.

My actual rating would be good, not average but not very good, unfortunately there is not that option.

Room Tip: I don't believe you get a choice unless you are a returning visitor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lassithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lena Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 277
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