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“Our best holiday!” 5 of 5 stars
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1st km of road Paleochora - Anydri, Palaiochora, Crete 73001, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Palaiochora B&B and Inns
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“Our best holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We spent an idyllic two weeks here earlier this month and believe it is one of the most superb locations we have ever visited. The solitude and tranquility suited our needs perfectly and the room was very clean and beautifully decorated. We stayed in Room 3 which meant we could look out over the beautiful sea view from our balcony, enjoying the raki, wine and fresh produce presented by Mr Pandelis, our warm and friendly host, and which were replenished frequently during our wonderful stay. The homegrown tomatoes deserve a special mention as these were simply a taste sensation and not to be found anywhere else in the world!

We spent many happy hours on the private beach, a few metres from our room, on comfortable sun-loungers and very necessary parasols as every day of our stay was hot and sunny. Being so close to the azure sea was amazing and we were undisturbed most days. The warm breeze added to the wonderful experience. The shingle beach meant it was necessary to wear shoes to walk to the water's edge for a swim but the sea was utterly amazing and very refreshing! Clear water, ideal for snorkelling and a current which was never strong enough to worry about.

In the evening, we walked into Paleochora for dinner and enjoyed the souvenir shopping before enjoying wonderfully presented and delicious food. We too were often accompanied by the 'resident hound' who disappeared once we reached the centre! He was always there to welcome us on our return to the apartment.

For those lovers of night sky watching.....this location is simply superb.....no light pollution and a breathtaking array of all the constellations and on most nights, a clear view of distant galaxies too. We spent many a happy hour, lying on the sunbeds at the beach, in total darkness, stargazing and being rewarded with a couple of shooting stars on more than one occasion!

I should mention something about dolphin spotting in Paleochora before I finish this review!? Myth or legend? Dolphin spotter boat trip agents will tell you these beautiful creatures do exist near the shore......

We booked a trip but of course it was postponed........determined as I was to go further out to explore the beautiful sea, I stopped a local fisherman on the quay at Paleochora during our first week and he agreed to take us out for the afternoon. The elusive dolphins were forgotten as he showed me how to load bait onto a traditional fishing reel and we toured the bay in front of IOS and it really is just as beautiful from that view too! The fisherman spoke no English and we don't speak Greek but the language of mime combined with lots of smiles meant he quickly understood we wanted to go swimming! He took the boat into a small bay, dropped anchor and then kicked his crocs off to join us in the sea for a dip before we headed back to Paleochora, munching those exquisite tomatoes on the way!

IOS will always hold a special place in our hearts and it is a place to fall in love with. The kindness of the owners combined with the stunning views and utter peace of such a beautiful room means I recommend this unreservedly. We look forward to returning one day in the future.

Room Tip: Room 3 for all the reasons I have described.
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  • 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I spent a very happy 4 weeks in room 3 during June 2013. The room and location were superb. I relished the stillness, silence and solitude also the constant gifts of raki, wine, olive oil and tomatoes provided by the extremely generous owners. I usually drove round to the sandy beach if the wind was OK but inevitably ended the evening on the house beach to catch those final rays. Self catering was simple with the facilities provided and the Kantina at the campsite provided an excellent cretan salad and very cold mythos! Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms with balcony overlooking the sea are the ones to go for.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

On the beach but with a "countryside" feel,a tree-lined drive to the parking space, a very friendly welcome from Kyria Olga, with wine and (very good) raki as an arrival gift. Exterior - looks old; but don't be put off. Our room was very attractively decorated, spacious with a sea-view balcony; tranquil, peaceful. 10 minute walk into Paleochora, short drive to the beautiful Anidri beach, lovely country walks accompanied by the resident dog! Lots too, of resident cats - all friendly but if, like me, you are cat-allergic, necessary constantly to deter their entry to room!

Room Tip: Upstairs, sea-facing rooms.
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  • Stayed May 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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Visselhovede, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed for one night at the IOS as a start of a trip around the island in April. The owners living on site were very friendly and welcoming, the room was absolutely great. We had a room in the first floor with balcony and seaview which seemed to be brand new (or freshly renovated). The room was well equipped with everything you need (incl. air condition, TV, small kitchen and fridge), and we received nice homemade white wine and raki as welcome gifts. The sea is only a few metres away. Funny thing: The family dog accompanied us when we were walking to the center of Paleochora for dinner (only a few minutes walk). We can definitely recommend this place and will come again!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the first floor with seaview!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

i love crete and here in Paleochora i always have the feeling to relax the family is very friendly
and to the beach i need a few seconds. The mountains the see the air, and this nice place is good for my health. i am here for more than 20 years, its always nice, they have nice organic olive oil too and also tasty wine so i go again in a few days from hamburg to paleochora to ios.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We have been staying in Paleochora for over 25 years, and only found IOS rooms 3 years ago! But it was worth the wait!
The rooms are basic Cretan style, but the views from the front rooms are spectacular.
IOS is about a kilometre out of the village, but it a lovely walk at any time of day.
The owner lives on site, and thank goodness for that as he is the most generous person ever with his vegetables, olive oil and home made wines.
You feel as though you are staying with the family here as everyone makes you so welcome, and it is a taste of real Cretan life.
If you want peace and quiet, the simple life with the attractions of sea view, beach with loungers at the end of your garden this is for you.
Fantastic value for money!

Room Tip: Ask for the front rooms with a view!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

It is the third time (and definitely not the last time) we stayed in this wonderful property.

Paleochora is only 7-10 minutes walk away from the apartments. The location is superb, really quiet, the whole place is covered in green and view to the sea is marvelous.

The rooms are clean and tidy, equipped with everything that you will need. We were lucky again to stay in room 2, which is upstairs and offers front sea view from inside and balcony with front-sea view.

The beach was quiet and clean as always.....

The price of the room was at least reasonable (if not cheap...)

Try these apartments if you want to avoid Paleochora's overcrowded center (specially in August) in order to secure a safe parking for your car.

We look forward to visit this place again (hopefully next year....)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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: 1st km of road Paleochora - Anydri, Palaiochora, Crete 73001, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Palaiochora
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Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Palaiochora
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You can find our rooms in the east side of Paleochora right next to the sea. You follow the road to Anydri and you turn right in the first bridge you will meet. In our place you will appreciate the natural beauty and the Silence of the Sea ... more   less 

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