We stayed at Matala Valley Village for 3 nights as part of a tour of Crete in August 2013. Although we had booked a bungalow, they were all occupied when we arrived, and so we were put in a ground floor apartment in a building a few metres down the road from the main complex.
The apartment consisted of a living area with an integral kitchen, a bathroom and two bedrooms, one with twin beds and the other had bunks.
The air conditioning didn’t work properly and the toilet didn’t flush when we arrived. In fairness, these problems were fixed same day when they were pointed out, but it is a little disappointing that the basics clearly hadn’t been checked before we arrived. We were given a discount to compensate for the issues.
Once it was fixed, the air conditioning while efficient was also incredibly noisy and woke us up many times overnight as it switched on and off.
Breakfast was very basic.
Matala itself is a little dated but has a certain charm, and we had a couple of nice meals there including some great fish. There are some nice beaches nearby, and our favourite was at Kalamaki about 10 km north of Matala where we found an excellent family run Taverna ‘Elliro Kaloperasi’ right on the beach.
I guess this may be a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. Valley Village was the cheapest accommodation we used during our stay in Crete, and it was also the most basic by quite a margin. Maybe the bungalows would have provided a better experience (although we did book one!), but the accommodation we had was in need of a refurb.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern and comfortably furnished 40 sqm - bungalows , with 2 living-/bedrooms, a corridor with wardrobes and a separate bathroom with shower and bath tub. The new built bungalows are equipped with flat screen TV set, A/C, fridge and dispose of large-scale glass doors with mosquito nets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matala Valley Village Hotel Crete