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2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Malia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

An amazing complex that feels like your miles away from the strip even though its only a five minute walk away.
Pool area is fantastic with a value for money bar with great food.

What really makes this complex great is the amazing and friendly staff and owners, they make you feel at home and the cleanliness is second to none, I have stayed in 5 star hotels that are not nearly as clean.
If in Malia don't stay anywhere else

  • Stayed September 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Always a pleasure to write something positive about a place; this is easy to do with Maria Rousse apartment hotel near Malia. Barbara and George and their staff are first class in ensuring their customers are well looked after.
Spotlessly clean rooms; super hot and forceful shower; nice pool area; well maintained property and grounds; excellent location midway between the madness of the strip and the tranquility of the Old Town - all the perks and none of the problems ! Buses easily available on the doorstep for travel to Heraklion to the West or Agios Nikolias to the East; not all that cheap though - 15.40 Euros return cost for two to either place ( 12 pounds 47p ) and about half that to anywhere in between; luxury buses though and usually busy with mainly Russian or East European tourists... Greek food at Maria Rousse was very good - especially the mousakka; burger and chips less brilliant; big tv screen sports coverage was appreciated for the important matches, as was the free WiFi in reception and bar areas. Absolutely nothing to complain about, and would recommend it for anyone to stay who wishes to visit Malia. The only teeny niggle was smoking being allowed in bar/restaurant area which occasionally made it difficult to enjoy the place.
Regret to say that the tour rep/s were pretty useless adn ill informed, even though the hotel and staff were great; so it didnt matter too much.
Some local restaurant reviews elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

went sept 12 had a brill time would defo go again 4 of us went and really enjoyed it mum step dad me and hubby the staff couldnt do enough for us and goerges home made raki brill lol security make sure no noise after 12 pool ace main strip 3 mins walk beach about 10/15 mins walk but was nice our room was massive had 3 beds for 2 people patio in front and peppers growing
barbra who is owner made us a dish we couldnt find and wouldnt charge us big screens outside for the footy so men were happy lol all apartments are very clean i think this place should be 4*
pool is central and i would book this holiday quick

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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helensburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

We just got back from a week in malia, I have stayed in many places in Malia and Maria Rousse was fab! There are some very Mardy reviews on here and lets not get it twisted, the rooms and self catering are basic but so is every room in every hotel in Greece this is there way and you also need to realize you get what you pay for and these holidays are all very cheap so your getting a good deal!
The pool is lovely just the right temp, the pool bar drinks and food is really good and the rooms are very comfortable.
The staff are all a credit to the hotel and do a fantastic job!! I as always had a fantastic time and can't wait to see my Malia family next year!!

  • Stayed September 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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burton on trent
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We have just got back from the maria rousse and had a great holiday. i went with my mum so we were just after some sun, good fod and a rest. Got a little concerned when reading some malia reviews but was very happy overall with the accomodation and the location. I would advise non clubbers to take some earplugs though!!! The accomodation wasnt noisey but sometimes you heard the clubbers coming in a 6am. The old town had lovely tavernas traditional greek food lovely hospitality and very welcoming. Zorbas rooftop taverna was excellent and the food very good and plentiful. Karisema in the old town was supeb the greek potatoes with blue cheese was to die for. We werent impressed with Malia beach as you were packed like sardines so we walked to stalis in the day where you had a bit more room. Overall we had a great dtay in crete. The staff at the Maria rousse were lovely and they kept the apartment spotless

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  • 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed here in September, and was very disappointed, our room was clean but basic and old fashioned. The photos and write-ups promised luxurious accomodation, which it definitely was NOT. Don't plan to self cater, as there is barely room to make a cuppa, with no prep are whatsoever. We got a towel and sheet change ONCE, the other times ,they just made the bed and turned the sheets to make you think they were new, but they still had the same marks on them. And the aircon is over priced,at 40 euros for a week, especially as you can't even leave it on when you go out, so you come back to a hot, stuffy room. And as for George, he may be friendly if you are spending money at his bar, but as we didn't spend any in the first few days, he totally ignored us, and never spoke 1 word to us, or cracked his face, so we ate elsewhere for the holiday, what a misery guts!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

We have really enjoyed our time here.

The place itself is spotlessly clean in terms of the grounds and the rooms themselves.

The facilities in the room were more than adequate for a self catering apartment with a toaster, kettle, electric hob, various cooking utensils, crockery and cuttlery.

The shower was always warm and rather uniquely for any place we have stayed in Greece had a shower curtain.

Location is ideal, quiet but close to the strip, the old town and within walking distance of the beach.

Food and drinks at the bar were of good quality and at a reasonable price. 3 euros a pint, full English breakfast starting at 4 euros. The bar area also had tvs showing all football matches.

The swimming pool is clean, a good size and a good refreshing temp.

There was a good mix of all ages and groups, some being quieter than others. At night security were friendly and attempted to keep noisey groups to a minimum.

I would stay here again and would encourage others thinking of doing so to do so.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Malia
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Maria Rousse Studios 2.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Maria Rousse Studios are in an ideal location, just off Malia Beach Road in a quiet area but close enough to enjoy the resorts nightlife. The beach is a relaxing ten minute stroll and the resort centre is also close enough to walk to with its shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. The airport is approximately a 25 minute taxi ride. ... more   less 
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Maria Rousse Studios Malia, Crete

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