We chose this hotel for a four-night stay because it was competitively priced, looked gorgeous and the view - from the rooms and pool area is nothing short of sensational. Also, there's a fabulous restaurant attached, with an enchanting and romantic terrace area overlooking Almyrida and Souda Bay. From the moment we walked into the grounds, at night, we knew we'd made the right decision.
To be honest, the apartments don't quite live up to the outside areas as they're pretty basic. They could do with some updating, and there was no walk-in shower in ours - it was an over the bath job. Additionally, we were unlucky with the weather and were rather cold because the heaters didn't work. But on the plus side, the rooms are clean and functional, the beds were made and bins emptied every day and as soon as we stepped on to one of our two balconies (one got the morning and the other the afternoon sun) any minor gripes were forgotten. We had a one-bedroomed apartment and our two girls (11 and 14) slept on separate beds in the decently sized living room/kitchen space, and it was fine.
Actually, the hotel wasn't quite up to speed when we arrived in the week before Easter, so no music was playing by the pool, the restaurant wasn't yet open (so lovely Esmeralda, who greeted us, was unable to serve even a beer). There were tables but no chairs on the terrace restaurant's terrace, and nobody had told us there was a reception area where breakfast was served, so we only found it on our penultimate morning! In fact, we seemed to be the only guests for the first couple of days. That said, we enjoyed eating fresh bread and Greek honey and yoghurt on our balcony, so it really didn't matter.
However, in the last couple of days things started to happen, though it was still as relaxed as ever. White-washed chairs magically appeared in the restaurant area, planters were filled with flowers and cool jazz played gently in the background. It was fabulous, and even prettier than the photos on the hotel's website. But sadly, after one delicious and friendly dinner en famille in the surprisingly stylish restaurant (inside, sadly, as it was unseasonably cold and wet), it was also time for us to fly home.
Would be return? Absolutely.
Once it was properly open it was a wonderful and chilled place to stay as well as an excellent base for the area. It's five minutes' walk from Plaka Village with its restaurants and little supermarket and fifteen on foot to Almyrida and the beach. We'd also like to try the restaurant again - but next time we'll go in the summer and sit outside, watching the sunset over a glass or two of excellent wine....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emerald Hotel is set high up on the cliffside of Plaka village of Apokoronas in Chania – just a 25 minute drive from Chania centre and its must see old Venetian harbor. With 11 spacious apartments (each with a separate bedroom), a snack / cafe-bar-restaurant open terrace area with cretan creative cuisine and a large swimming pool (80sqm), Emerald Hotel is just the place to relax and unwind; open each year from 1 April to 31 October. The views from Emerald Hotel are both to the sea (to the village of Almyrida and beyond) and to the White Mountains – simply breathtaking. These same views can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own self-catering apartment. Equipped with a kitchen, the apartments are spacious, practical and perfectly functional. The large swimming pool also has a shallow section for children (0.80cm -2.4m depth). Trees, plants and flowers surround the hotel and give it a home-like feel to it. Focusing on families with children, Emerald Hotel has also a children’s playground. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Emerald Crete/Plaka