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“Lovely family run hotel - defo recommend” 5 of 5 stars
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Despina Apartments
Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 70014, Greece   |  
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Ranked #7 of 40 hotels in Gouves
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“Lovely family run hotel - defo recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

We visited this hotel with family that hav been coming to it for over 5 years. We have two children , 7 and 4. We had the family Which consisted of a two rooms one with a double bed the other with two singles. Kitchenette and a shower room. Room was very clean , beds made , swept and mopped everyday. Clean towels every other day. The family couldn't of been more friendly they made us feel really welcome and always got the kids involved in things. Drinks and snacks ( pizza toasties Greek salad etc ) are reasonable prices. The bar was open as long as you stayed there . There was a group of us that went so we took up 4 of the apartments and there was one other couple there. We was the only ones using the pool which was great when we had 6 kids under 8 to entertain.defo recommend for quiet holiday in the sun , Greece is a lovely place and I will defo be returning. Thanks costa arry and mum x x x

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We went there to rest and relax and we were not disappointed. The staff is very friendly, kind and helpful, the rooms way better than expected and very very clean, the location very good and the price definitely worth it! We enjoyed drinks by the pool in a great atmosphere, took long walks in the area which has amazing scenery and we just couldn't get enough of those sunsets! As per dining, we were thrilled with Medusa restaurant right across the street, where we found a unique ambience, delightful tastes and more great people to make us feel welcome and cared for. We will be going back and we are really thankful to the people there for making our holiday so much better!

  • Stayed August 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

My husband and I have been going to Despina Apartments for 11 years in July. We keep returning because it feel like home to us. This family run business is so friendly and welcoming. Over the years we have made many friends from many countries who keep returning for the same reasons as ourselves. Nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are a good size and very clean. The maid service is excellent. The pool is very well looked after. There are plenty of sun loungers around the pool which is quite spacious and very safe for babies and young children. There is a fantastic bar and outside area. Plenty of comfortable seating both inside and out. Snacks, drinks and ice cream are available. The beach is only a few minuites walking distance away. The best two restaurants in the immediate area are Medusa and Mylos. If you go once you will definitely return.

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  • Stayed July 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Came to Despina once again this summer after a fabulous holiday here last year with my mum and my 2 girls. Just returned from a week away and would like to go back RIGHT NOW!! Lovely location with many great restaurants. The appartements are cleaned daily, and are spacious for what you need for a holiday house. Aris and Costa are the most welcoming hosts I have ever met, and count them now as my freinds. Wonderful place to relax, swim, chat and drink!

  • Stayed June 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

Me and my partner, both 21, went there in summer 2011. Being young sometimes you get the odd person 'talking down' to you but certainly not here. We arrived at about 3 in the morning due to delays but they waited up for us. One of the brothers carried my bags all the way to our room as we'd had a long journey and were exceptionally friendly.

Through the next week they were lovely to be around. Helpful and funny. They treated us like they'd known us for years letting us off the occasional cocktail, giving us a lift to the working ATM and even giving the nickname 'DanielSaaaan' for my partner!

There are shops all around the apartments with most things in walking distance. The apartments themselves are clean and bright with balconys and typically greek. I advise that you get air con in the summer months.

The place has a really pretty little bar with a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available. To be honest I can't fault it. Our only problem came when we noticed it was far too hot to have no air con (whoch was our own fault) but the brothers moved us to an air con room immediately without dispute. I'd go time and time again.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

One of the best holidays. The brothers that run it are lovely, really friendly and helpfull. If you want a peaceful relaxing holiday then i would recommend the Despina, the apartments are clean with regular maid service, a lovely bar where you can get a wicked cocktail!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

from the very start of our holiday to the very last day, we felt like returning friends, the whole experience.of staying in despina apts was magical . the rooms are typical greek but everything worked perfectly. the best things are free, cool music ,smiling faces,drinks wether coffee, tea or beers (not expensive) were always served with a smile. the pool is to die for plenty of sunbeds and a really informal vibe about the bar, make this place worth a visit even just for a drink. people from all over the world call in, maybe the un could host a conference here and then there would no more problems anywhere.my thanks to all the faily that own this place.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Despina Apartments

Address: Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 70014, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Gouves
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Gouves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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