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Villa Marie Kelly
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 700 14, Greece   |  
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Ranked #6 of 44 hotels in Gouves
Manchester
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“Another great holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was our 5th stay at Maire Kelly, had another fantastic holiday. The owners Olga and Dimitri, the staff Alex and Natalie are all wonderful people who make the holiday. The apartments are in a great location, close to the beach and some lovely restaurants, my fav is Skorpios. Pool and pool area are lovely and clean, never had any issues with getting sunbeds, not like some hotels where you need to be up and the crack of dawn to reserve your bed. Can't wait to return next year!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

just returned from here our second time to this area as here last year but in sweet memories . let me get my minor moans out of the way first . free wi fi great but needed a user name and password each consisting of 4 digits case freindly this was got from a machine on the counter in reception 5 10 or 20 hours was the time the code lasted , if you had 6 devices which my family had this was a lot of paper from the machine . if after 15 mins you did not use the internet or moved out of range of the wi fi you had to go back to the log on page on your device and imput all the information again , we as a family use alot oif internet and is a priority when we book a holiday .we went to a restraunt which we visited last year and my iphone picked the code up straight away a year later , , why have changing codes and every code you got and username were different and tied to 1 device just a waste of paper and time .
2nd moan first week from 10.00 pm to around midnight we would sit on our baclony look to have a quiet drink and cards with the kids , for that first week and from times stated above we thought we were in a wacky warehouse 5 or 6 kids running loose around the apartment grounds screaming and shouting playing hide an seek an tig luckily some could only count up to 40 at the top of there voice whilst the others hid , wooden sandels echoing around the grounds as they ran for cover screaming i found him i found him . the parents were probably in the bar area an so the noise did not bother them .. or could not here it , at least have some consideration for other guests
my 3rd moan the beds ,they were the worst bed we have ever slept on they were rock hard to sleep on but you could still feel every spring in them as well and so uncomftable , my wife had to swap sides of the bed as she could not sleep on her side an the pillows were the size of a brieze block and just as hard . not a very good 2 weeks sleep wise
Ok thats the moans now the good stuff
the rooms are clean an spaciouse and cleaned regular an linen changed twice a week , air con is 50 per week we lasted 2 days before we decided to buy it at 7 per night coistin 84 . the beer here is 3 and cola 2 bit more exspensive than other tavernas an restraunts get large beer for 2 and cola 1.5 at a lot of the ones on the front but not all . they do a good meal deal each day for 5 you could have a soft drink cola fanta sprire an what ever the meal of the day was there was burger omlets pizza club sandwhich chicken nuggets and for 5 was good value. ther average meal price for the 4 of us was 40 to 45 per meal and this was with 2 large beers and 6 colas or sprite ( 2 rounds ) the restraunts we ate at which were all really good were about 15 mins away there was 2 friends which was supers lamb in the over is deliciouse and paradise next door also superb meals . phillipos was alright georges around the corner was another excellent meal had mexican chicken really nice ., but our favorite taverna was spyros in the old town #1 on trip advisor and you see why had 2 more meals as went twice last year bit more exspensive but worth every penny around 55 to 60 and 2 rounds of drinks with loads of free raki and friut and youghurts . and spyros wife maria will pick you up from you apartment and take you home free of charge an the food is also superb again lamb in the oven ,meat just fell of the bone . if you want to go for a special night go here you will not be disapointed . hired a car from ZACKS again around the coner got a nice economy chevrolet for 30 per day 10 less per day than the others around there charging 40 per day . also the little supermarket is good value needed 2 plug adapters from here 1.10 each from the big one on the front 4.50 hellas i think it was called . the bar staff are excellent alex and natile are grate the pool is very clean but you can not take your own food or drinks here must be purchased from the bar if you want to . the pool wasa also a good size , dont buy ant inflatables as there were loads there already left by other guest inc 4 lilos 1 crocodlle which dissapeared along with the dolphin which also went wandering my wife knows who had them . also goggles and face masks were left around the pool along with some bats an balls so dont waste your cash on any if there are some around the pool .Just to say hello to ron and jackie if they read this who we met the second week and had some nice evenings with them . if you go down broad street again give us a shout via here if you want and we will meet you for a few beers , promise to have more cash this time
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Room Tip: all my tips are in the review oh dont use the other pool around back its not for us, dont eat or dr...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Recently returned from our fifth holiday at Marie Kelly and its likely we will return again. As always a friendly welcome and great family atmosphere. The location is excellent, with a good selection of restaurants nearby and the beach only 150 metres. The pool is clean and well provided for with enough sun loungers even though all the apartments were booked. The rooms themselves are simple but adequate, ours had 2 balconies overlooking the pool, and the maid came in every day to at least take the rubbish, with fresh linen and towels at least twice a week. Food and drinks at the bar are reasonably priced and the atmosphere always friendly with Alex and Natalie keeping everyone well catered for. Always seem to meet a great crowd of people here which really makes the holiday. The kids had a great time with frequent trips to the beach for a dip in the sea, it's close enough to walk down there without making a day of it, and free wifi access helped to keep them entertained back at the complex. Good location for going out and about too with Knossos, Spinalonga and Heraklion all easy day trips, we went to one of the water parks this year which was a great day out. Air conditioning is an extra cost so bear this in mind. I'm sure we will be back again to see Olga, Dimitri and thier staff.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms can get quite hot at night and we have found really need the air conditioning, ground...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

we were at the villa marie kelly for two weeks in july/august first time we have been to crete and it wont be the last, the management at the villa marie, olga and dimitri were fantastic, very friendly and nothing was too much trouble.The apartments were the best by far that we have stayed in, very spacious and clean with everything you need in them. the pool area was really lovely and always spotlessly clean with plenty of sun beds around it with the bar close by, the staff alex and natalie are very friendly and helpful both in the day and night. We went as family of four and felt my children were really safe here.
The villa marie kelly is very well situated with the supermarket just round the corner and plenty of good restaurants around it, it is a 5 minute walk to the beach and bus stop.
We made lots of new friends which is always a nice bonus when you go away, everyone is really nice and friendly there.
Fantastic holiday would highly recommend it

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Warm and friendly atmosphere with a great staff and owners. Everyone welcomed in and treated like family.
Natalie and Alex serve your food and drinks needs (dont ask Alex for food;) )
Rooms are good. Cleaned regularly and linen changed often. Balcony on most if not all rooms ideal for that private sun or for reading your favourite book and having a beer.
Pool area is well maintained and clean. Always space for sunning yourself. Pool is ideal for all ages with a separate little pool for the babies.
Bar is where it's at for fun. Always open until late, late, late. Fairly priced in comparison to local tavernas etc.
All in all, a friendly place to spend your holiday with plenty of places to eat locally.
Can't say enough about how well we were looked after even though I kept the bar open most nights until the small hours!!!

You won't go wrong here.
Please remember that nearly all hotels worldwide charge extra for air conditioning, deposit box etc and Villa MarieKelly is no different.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have been to Crete many times but last year we decided to return and went to Gouves as we know the resort and were booked into the Marie Kelly apartments. We enjoyed ourselves so much and were very pleased with our apartment we decided to return this year. Although we had a late arrival we had a friendly welcome from Olga who seemed to remember us. As is normal practice in Crete we paid for air conditioning and the safe deposit box. Olga and Dimitris are lovely hosts and are so obliging if you should have any kind of complaint. We have a one bedroom apartment which is very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen should you want to cater for yourselves. The maid Pella keeps the apartment clean and she is very friendly so we have no complaints. In the morning we breakfast at Marie Kelly. Natalie who is on duty during the day is a lovely person and cooks a very good breakfast. There is a lovely pool area with plenty of sun beds and this area and pool are also kept very clean. In the evening Alex comes on duty in the bar. He is also friendly and keeps us going with his stories so what more can a guest ask for. Skorpios tavern which is run by Sophia and her husband is on your doorstep. The food is very good here. You are spoilt for choice for places to eat and all within walking distance of Villa Marie Kelly. We enjoyed our holiday in July that we have booked to return in September.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Stayed here for two weeks, July/August. What a fabulous place! My family have stayed here many times before and you simply cannot beat it. The management, Olga and Dimitrios, and the staff Natalie and Alex, are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are always clean and each one we have stayed in has been spacious. Even during peak season you can always get a bed around the pool, which is always spotlessly clean. During the day you can buy snacks at the pool bar which I have always found delicious. However, if you wish to venture out, there are numerous bars, restaurants and a bakery, within a few minutes walk all serving fresh homemade food every day. These apartments are situated a two minute walk from the beach and close to bus stops where you can catch the local bus and enjoy the sights of this beautiful island at your own pleasure. These apartments are the best we have ever stayed in, I feel confident that my children are safe here and we have made many friends into the bargain. I really cannot recommend these apartments highly enough. Fantastic holiday!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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: Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 700 14, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Gouves
#6 Romantic Hotel in Gouves
#8 Family Hotel in Gouves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Marie Kelly 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Mariekelly is a luxurious fully renovated complex of 30 autonomous apartments. They provide fully equipped kitchenette with fridge, boiler and toaster, bathroom with shower, air conditioning, safety deposit boxes, TV, telephone, haidryer and balconies or terrace with panoramic view to the sea, pool and or garden. Villa Mariekelly offers reception service, free parking, free book hire from a huge variety, satellite TV, internet facilities, laundry service, pool table and other games, outdoor swimming pool in a huge terrace with sun loungers.Gouves is a modern tourist area, 20 km away from the city of heraklion, with organised beaches, cafes, taverns and restaurants. You may find a variety of shops in the shopping centre, as well as car and motorbike rentals. ... more   less 
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