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“Great location, lovely hotel!” 4 of 5 stars
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Sunrise Apartments
6, Georgiou Seferi Street, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Koutouloufari
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“Great location, lovely hotel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

Me and my boyfriend visited Crete for the first time this June. We arrived in the middle of a heatwave, it was very hot!!

We were welcomed with a shot of Raki (yikes!), the owner, Yanni was very welcoming and showed us to our room. The pool area was lovely, plenty of sunbeds and very clean.
The room was basic but very comfortable. The only complaint about the room would be the location of the shower right next to the toilet without a curtain - although this is just being petty, we managed easily enough!
The pool bar is good for lunches (tuna salad is lovely!!). The staff were friendly and always happy to help you.

Koutouloufari is lovely - lots of small side streets and Greek tavernas - plenty of choice of places to eat out. Hersonissos is really not great - one long street which you pass on the way to Koutouloufari, quite noisy and a lot of the same types of souvenir shops.
There is a hill down to Hersonissos, it was agony walking back up in 38 degree heat!

We took an excursion to Spinnalonga, the old lepor colony. This was a nice trip - you went on a boat and stopped at a small beach with clear blue water before having a bbq. Also our tour guide was very knowledgable.

Heraklion was a bit of a waste of time to be honest, we went on market day but the market was mainly fruit and veg and clothes. The buses between Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos can be irregular - supposed to be every 30 minutes from the bottom of the hill but we waited for ages and had two turn up at the same time.

Got a bus to Stalis beach - nice beach with lovely water. Although it is quite crowded with all the sunloungers laid out. (6 euros per day for two loungers and parasol)

Walking from the hotel into Koutouloufari then into Pikopiano is a nice walk in the evening.

Overall a very nice holiday, would definitely recommend Sunrise apartments.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Sunrise for a week from 8 June. The apartments lived up to every expectation. As others have said the "family" owners do everything possible to make your stay an enjoyable one (even when Greece lose in the World Cup!!). Of course they appreciate you spending time at the bar but from what I could see they extended their friendship to all guests (which isn't always the case).
The family weren't in a hurry to take your money. I asked for Air Con when I arrived and was advised to check out the night time temperatures before committing to this. This showed that it wasn't necessary. Many places would have taken your money without question.
As others have said the rooms were your typically basic Greek. Clean with plenty of room though and plenty of crockery and utensils. We don't do eating in but other guests did and seemed to manage comfortably.
The pool areas was great. Cleaned daily and more than enough of sunbeds. We went to the Greek night and found it really good value and a great opportunity to socialise with other guests (who were a very friendly bunch).
The villages of Koutouloufari & Piskopiano are on the doorstep and contain more than enough good quality restaurants. Having been to Koutouloufari before, our favourite remains "Mezes." Both the food and welcome are top notch. We would also recommend Petrikos and a small restaurant in Piskopiano (the name escapes me) which is left off the main road as you walk from Koutouloufari, adjacent to the church.
Although many have made an issue of the walk up from Hersonissos it's not that bad. If you've got children they will enjoy a day at Star Beach. Apart from that the only good reason for venturing down the hill is to visit the Aquaworld Aquarium. This isn't the main Crete Aquarium but more a refuge for rescued fish, reptiles and snakes. It's a labour of love for the owners and we would highly recommend a visit. Browse on Aquaworld Aquarium for directions.
For a relaxing holiday we're sure you'll love Koutouloufari and there's no more friendlier place to base yourself than the Sunrise Apartments. We'll be going back next year for sure

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

Having been going back to to the Sunrise now for 5 years, even manged 3 trips in 1 year!!!
Everything you want in a relaxing holiday is provided by the Sunrise Family. The apartments are very clean, they provide you with the essential things you need i.e. fridge, kettle etc
The pool is clean on a daily basis and there is always enough sun beds for everyone. The staff are the most friendliest people you will meet and they treat you like one of the family.
Location is perfect as you are away from the busy town of Hersonsissos, but if you want to see the island they perfect for bus connections. Have taken the bus all over the island and never had any problems. Always on time and frequent and easy to use
Going back in May 2010, with more extended family
Yamas!!

  • Stayed May 2009, 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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manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

The apartments are lovely, rooms are spacious and have everything you need. The pool area is nice and the bar and food is good too. I cannot fault a single thing for these apartments.

The greek village just a short walk down the road is beautiful, there are some amazing restaurants and lovely little shops and bars.

The apartments hosts a Greek night once a week which is something like 15euro per person, It is well worth it the food is delicious and the entertainment is good too. If you like Raki then this is definatly the night for you.

I would definatley go back here again. Very peacful and even the staff were great.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

had a fantastic week at Sunrise Apartments, apartment was basic but clean, very nice friendly staff Yiannis was very friendly and helpful, the village of Koutouloufari was absolutely beautiful, very greek, 20 min walk downhill to Hersonissos. The only downside to holiday was the pool was very very cold so if you did attempt to get in you were usually the only one in. I can deffinately recommend these appartments, we will be back next year.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2008

Just back from Sunrise for the second year in a row. Love these apartments. Close to village of Koutouloufari which has excellent restaurants and cafe bars. Piscopiano is just a five minute walk and also has brilliant restaurants and bars.

Sunrise apartments are basic but everything you want is there for you. Pool is excellent and bar staff and owners are very helpful. It is just so relaxing at Sunrise.

There is a supermarket and bakery (croissants are huge!!!) just across the road from apartments which has everything you might need.

All in all I will be going back next year hopefully. Recommend to everyone.

  • Liked — The apartment and the staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

Just came back from a fab weeks holiday in the Sunrise Apartments in Koutouloufari, nr Hersonissos in Crete. Would definatley recommend and will be going back again in the future.

The apartments are only classed as 3 star but they are the best 3 star Ive stayed in. Quite basic and greek in style but everything is there that you need and they are very clean, maids come in most days.

The pool and bar area is also nice and very clean, the food served at the snack bar was lovely. The bar staff and owners are very friendly and make you feel very welcome without being OTT.

Koutouloufari is gorgeous village about 5mins walk from the apartments. There are lots of lovely tavernas to eat in and a few little wine bars. We didnt feel the need to go into hersonissos much but it is only approx 20 minute walk downhill, although coming back up takes a bit longer.

If your looking for a relaxing holiday with fantastic tavernas nearby you wouldnt go wrong booking the sunrise.

  • Liked — Clean, Friendly, Great location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6, Georgiou Seferi Street, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos > Koutouloufari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Koutouloufari
#1 Family Hotel in Koutouloufari
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Number of rooms: 30
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