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“Best Hotel I've Stayed in Malia!” 5 of 5 stars
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Kastro Beach Apartments
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Dimokratias 143 Beach Road, Malia, Crete, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 96 Hotels in Malia
Berkshire
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Hotel I've Stayed in Malia!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I've been to Malia 4 times in the last few years staying at a different hotel each time. Kastro was by far the best hotel that I have stayed in Malia! It's located just at the bottom of the strip, close to the beach and near the restaurants. Will take you 2mins max to walk to the main bit of the strip. So perfect location.

This year I went with 3 other girls and we had the best time at Kastro and Charlie's bar. Not one single complaint! Nikos and his family were so friendly and welcoming and it made the hotel have a really nice feel. The bar staff in Charlies bar were amazing, Danny, Andy and Yazmine made sure that everyone was getting involved and enjoying themselves. We ended up pre-drinking in Charlies until 2/3am each night as most people did and the atmosphere was so good.

Andy served you food and drink all day around the pool. He never complained and nothing was ever an issue. Great guy who really made the hotel even better

The food served in Charlie's bar is so cheap. And considering how cheap it is, we really couldnt have any complaints with the food! We ate lunch there everyday and always enjoyed it! I also tried a different option each day and all of it was fine. The waiter was lovely and friendly- just like everyone at Kastro. My friend had her daily large chocolate milkshake which she swears by as a great hangover cure. On one of our last nights Nikos and his family hosted a BBQ for everyone on Charlie's bar- the food was really nice and everyone enjoyed it.

As for the rooms- you get more than you paid for. Considering you're probably paying around £40/50 for the hotel for a week, what do you expect? The room was a good size, rooms were clean and they had everything we needed in it. Bathroom was absolutely fine- its Malia not some hotel in London. The cleaner was fantastic! We were quite a messy group of girls and every two days she made our room lovely and clean with fresh sheets and towel. On a couple of occassions she even folded all my clothes up on my bed for me! She also did all our washing up which was so sweet- so we definitely left her a nice tip at the end for putting up with our mess!

All in all, all four of us absolutely loved our time at Kastro. If we do return to Malia next year we wouldnt need to even consider anywhere else as Kastro has it perfect.Thanks to Nikos and all his staff for making our holiday.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

From the 5th till the 19th of August 2012:

10 to 10 about the staff, rooms and location (beach and main street very close).

5 to 10 about internet service provided

At the end (I've been in Malia 2 times) if you are planning to go to Malia, there is only one option: Kastro Beach Apartments!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We stayed in Malia for 2 weeks. Although we did not come across Charlie bar till our 4th day it was the best decision we made... Also gutted we never stayed at kastro apartments. Nikos the owner was kind enough to show us of the apartments all I can say wow beautiful rooms... Nicely laid out and spacious, and clean. Everything you need for your stay oh and the bathroom I feel in love with it was lovely and the shower was massive you could easily fit 2 people in it... I can't wait for next year to stay at the kastro apartments... Charlie's bar that is part of the complex was great place for a good drink and a laugh not only with nikos but with all the people staying there and even speaking to them they all had amazing things to say about the apartments, Charlie's bar and nikos... Oh and they also make fantastic cocktails... This place is a must and would recommend it 100% and can promise you will not be disappointed as it truly is the best place in Malia... Also sun lovers will be be happy as the beach is on your doorstep... So you can roll out of bed and lie in the sun... Then head back to Charlie's to start your night although it's hard to leave as it really is that amazing.... This has been our best holiday ever and looking forward to 2013 huge thank you to nikos and the staff of Charlie's for making my holiday one never to forget!!! :))

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland Neck, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I visited the kastro apartments with my girls, the hotel staff were so friendly and made sure that our stay was a pleasant one. Charlie's bar which is joint to the hotel is absolutely great for pre drinks before you start your night on the strip.

The bathroom and toilet within our apartment was absolutely discusting, when taking a shower not only the bathroom but also the kitchen flooded. The shower curtain was filthy and we were not allowed to flush any toilet paper down the toilet, this felt very unhygienic. The room was not cleaned every day but every 3 days, this I found was a bit unhygienic also.the shelving in the bathroom was broken so we had nowhere to put our toiletries.

Although Charlie's bar is great for drinks the food there is repulsive, the cheap prices were reflected in the quality of the food. On numerous occasians the waitor got my order wrong and I ended up being served food that I did not order.

I personally would not stay here again due to the terrible bathroom, if I did go back I would request another room which has a shower with a door as the flooding in our bathroom was ridiculous.

If your going as a group of girls be aware that a member of staff named Andreas will let himself into your room holding a torch, this me and my girls found extremely creepy and uneccissary as he had no explanation as to what he was doing in our room.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

Me and 4 other girls have just returned home from an amazing week in malia staying at kastro! First things first WE LOVE NIKOS, this man along with his staff made our holiday for us! Nikos, his family, and staff were all so friendly, welcoming and helpful and we felt part of the kastro family straight away.There was never a dull moment at Charlie's bar and our times there are so memorable. The BBQ hosted on our last night at Charlie's was definitely a top highlight of are holiday!
The apartments are in perfect location of the strip, beach and everything else you will need! The cleaner was amazing, after a day of us being there our room was a right pig sty then we came in to find all our washing up done, everything put away and folded on our beds, new towels, clean floors the whole lot!
We were so impressed with kastro, 10\10!!!!!! Definitely will be back in the future :D

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Originally we (me and a friend both girls aged 18) were supposed to be staying in another hotel in malia, however on arrival (at 1am) we were told by the receptionist that they had in fact double booked us, we were shoved into a taxi by the owner who could speak very little english and were told we were going to a hotel "not far" without even being told the name. However on arrival at the Kastro apartments they had no idea we were coming so were obviously not told about us. However we were greeted by a very sweet greek family and 2 english reps who lived in the hotel. Within 10 minutes they'd sorted us out (with a room and free shots and cocktails) and after the first night (the only night we were supposed to spend here) we asked to stay the week and our stay was extended. The rooms were clean, neat and the bathrooms were wonderful, my friend and I are both very fussy but the built in walk in shower really did the trick. The balcony is shared between 4 rooms however its a great way to interact with people staying in the hotel. It's a really safe environment, as there's a security patrolling all night (though it is 15 euros to bring anyone back, but every other hotel seems to charge at least 30). The hotels right next to the beach and about a 4 minute walk from the top of the strip (in heels), you cannot hear the music from the strip in the rooms and can only just hear it from the balcony. The pool is shared between the Kastro and the Oasis which is situated next door and run by the same family. To be quite honest you aren't going to find a better hotel, the location, rooms, and overall feeling of the hotel were just fantastic, we really were welcomed into the kastros fun if not slightly ridiculous family. I will be returning next year and probably every year after that for quite a long while.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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manchester
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Just got back from a week with 7 other girls at Kastro and we loved every second! We all believe that the accomodation (and its staff!) Made our holiday in Malia the most amazing week of our lives! Kastro is in the most ideal location, being right next to the beach and also the strip! Everything we needed was within a very short walking distance (beach,food,clubs,bars,shops,pharmacy, etc) it was clean with fresh towels and bedding every 2 days and had the most welcoming atmosphere from the very start! The staff made an effort to get to know us and show us around, ensuring we had the best time possible and advising us on the best places to go at night! welcome drinks were offered as soon as we arrived and the service didn't stop all week, with pool boys around all day to fetch you what u want when you want and friendly bar staff all night! Pool was clean and a nice place to chill and get to know everyone in your hotel too! We thank all staff at Kastro for making our holiday what it was and we'll be choosing kastro again next year!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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: Dimokratias 143 Beach Road, Malia, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Malia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Malia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kastro Beach Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kastro Beach is a great place to stay during your holiday in Malia. It is a family owned complex of apartments and studios. Having the greatest location on beach road, we are 1 minute away from the beach and a few steps from all the bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. An enjoyable 10 minute walk from our hotel will lead you to the Old Town of Malia where you can find more traditional taverns and cafes.Kastro Apartments offers a warm welcoming atmosphere for a pleasant stay. Each unit includes a balcony and has access to all our facilities such as swimming pool, pool bar, and 24 hour reception. In front of our complex your can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails at Charlie’s Bar. You can also watch all sports live and big selection of new movies. Nikos’ cocktails, games and smile are a perfect way to begin your evening in Malia. Our pool area offers a relaxing atmosphere and a pool bar where you can order food, snack, coffee or drinks. ... more   less 
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