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“The best in Crete” 5 of 5 stars
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Valentina Apartments
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete, Greece   |  
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Ranked #6 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Gouves
Croydon, England, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“The best in Crete”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Valentina was just as perfect this year as she was last year and we have even booked to go back in September.

The apartments are just perfect for a self-catering holiday with good cooking facilities, a lovely balcony over looking the olive groves and Gouves Old Village, immaculately clean and very welcoming. The gardens are superb, well kept and boast an array of beautiful flowers and tall standing palm trees.

Valentina's bar is set back from the main stretch of bars and shops which makes it perfect for relaxing and popping in for a chat (which usually lasts for a couple of hours.) Valentina even organises Greek dancing during special evenings and it is just fab!

Thank you Valentina for a superb time - see you in September

Room Tip: All rooms are superb
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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Croydon, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Valentina is probably the most fun, friendly and most Cretan lady I have ever met in my whole experience of travel. We frequented her bar and shop nearly every day of our holiday and are looking to book her appartments for June 2013. Valentina showed us around each apartment and we found them to be rustic, very very clean, well equipped and welcoming.

The bar is small and in a quiet location but offers real traditional cretan nights out with good food, Greek dancing and just an all round good time.

Valentina you are the best and we love you - see you next year! x x x x x x x

Room Tip: The apartments are more spacious than the studios
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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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Antwerp, Belgium
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

A cheap (27 euro per night) and rustic accommodation in Crete. Not easy to find, the location given in e.g. booking.com is incorrect. The exact location is 35° 19' 33" N, 25° 19' 20" E in a very quiet area of Kato Gouves.
The WiFi didn't work and the kitchen equipment was limited. The closest (and free) beach is 15 minutes on foot not very clean. Better beqches in the region can be reached by car or scooter.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

We, a young couple, stayed for 1 week in the summer of 08 in a studio at Valentina apartments.

We wanted a hot, sunny and relaxed (and cheap!) holiday with plenty of chilling on the beach. Valentina apartments delivered on every account.

The clean and spacious apartments are about a 15 min walk from the small but beautful and highly enjoyable beaches of Kato Gouves, which also contains small supermarkets and excellent value restaurants. There is also a good small supermarket and bar as part of the apartments, and other restaurants (and hotel pool!) close by to the apartments.

This fitted us perfectly - chocolate croissant or yogurt and honey for breakfast, read for a bit in the air conditioned room (5euro/day, about as low as you can get) then amble down to the beach, have some olives and vine leaves for lunch, then swim and sun bathe before beautiful 7 euro souvlaki or gyros and tzatziki. Then back for some beers on the balcony looking over the olive groves.

Fantastic.

We had a very enjoyable week, and wish we were back there! Valentina herself took very good care of us and made the transfers in and out as hassle free as possible. We highly recommend it.

  • Liked — The personal service of Valentina
  • Disliked — Had to leave! (the walk to the beach is normally quite pleasant)
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Gouves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Valentina Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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