We booked this one based on two things: location and price. We made a bit of a misjudgment on the location - it was a 30 minute walk away from the town centre, we thought it was closer. The price was low but after the room upgrade, safety box and air conditioning we ended up paying almost twice the amount we thought we'd pay.
We didn't mind the walk but someone else might, so if you don't walk to walk half a hour to the centre, either take a taxi or another hotel.
The ocean was just across the street, and the street was just outside the hotel so it felt like we could almost jump right to the beach from our 3rd story balcony. Never tried it so I'm still here to write this review. The hotel pool was small and pretty useless but who cares - the ocean's right there!
The hotel has a small bar that serves basic foodstuff (at least greek salad and probably there were some hamburgers or such, we only once bought the salad for lunch so I don't remember) and some basic alcohol. There wasn't a need to use it so we didn't. The hotel also has a small library of books left there by the previous visitors so we were able to borrow a few to read during our stay. They do have an elevator if you have problems walking the stairs but the stairs are faster and feel safer =)
The staff was ok. They did what was required and nothing else. The cleaners could've visited us more often - we made our own breakfast so 2-3 visits in 2 weeks really didn't cut it. The room was basic but nice enough considering the cost. The AC unit broke down during our stay and started leaking water in in the middle of the night. It took them 2 days to fix it so it leaked to the floor that time. We had paid for it and couldn't sleep without it. Had it been broken longer it would've been a problem, now it was just a small nuisance.
There are a few restaurants, car rentals, minimarkets and such around the place so you can basically get all you need in a 3 block radius. Of course you can get so much more by walking/driving around but we do like being able to buy the yoghurt, fresh bread, tomato, feta, coffee and such from somewhere very close.
Beach chairs outside the hotel aren't free - you pay quite a lot these days to rent a pair. There are some "free" ones somewhere probably not too far away but you're expected to buy food or drinks from the place "renting" those.
The safety box and AC unit cost extra as I mentioned but that's pretty normal in Crete. Just be prepared to pay ~15e/day extra for those two. You need them both. =)
So, not bad for inexpensive place. The cheapest room is probably never what you want unless you're ready to put up with no view and some extra noise so either upgrade right away to upper floors (better rooms and at least the 3rd floor view was well worth the upgrade price) or be prepared to whine your way there later, hoping they're not all taken already.
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