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“Lovely apartments - plenty of tavernas” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa Diktynna
Seferi 1, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece   |  
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cravenette
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“Lovely apartments - plenty of tavernas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I found these apartments by searching trip advisor & took the risk of booking a couple of weeks.
I was a bit worried before we left because the price was very reasonable. No need, it was a lovely place.

There are a couple of reasons why I've given the score 4/5 - rather than 5/5, but I'll come to the negatives shortly.

The maisonette flats are superb. They are so large. We had a pool facing apartment, so the living room was there as you entered the door, down 4 or 5 steps to the well equiped kitchen & small showerroom & then up som stairs to the bedroom above the kitchen. Kitchen had kettle, microwave, fridge, coffee filter machine - so better equiped than most. Upstairs - a hair dryer. very nice touches. Aircondition & safe were optional extras, which we didn't go for.

The whole place was very clean (except see negative comments) - with some lovely flowers around the apartments. There's a small swimming pool, where you can put sunbeds out during the day. The bar food is simple but adequate. everything that you can really hope for in a holiday. The lady who did the cleaning came in every 2nd day to change towels & bed sheets - such a treat to have clean sheets when you've been out in the sun.

There are a few reasons that spoil the whole effect of the apartments and stop it being just the perfect spot/holiday:
> constant music. it wasn't loud and actually very relaxing jazz, but when you're out by the pool relaxing and no one else is about - the piped music is on throughout the day. This is a personal viewpoint - & I'm sure a lot of people actually like it.
> bbq drink bill. after their weekly bbq, I was charged on a per wine glass basis - rather than "6 glasses = 1 bottle - so charge you for a bottle" so was charged more.
> cleanliness of the toilet in apartment. I've mentioned before that the whole place was immaculate, well one spot is missed, and that is under the rim of the toilet. I managed to spot this and really did turn my stomach - it didn't look as if it had seen a spot of bleach is a few months. It really surprised me because the rest of the place you could eat your dinner off the floor.

Koutouloufari is actually quite a large place - with several lovely bars & about 20 - 25 tavernas. We sampled a few and had some really special meals, all at very reasonable prices.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villadiktynna, Manager at Villa Diktynna, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to give such a detailed review regarding your stay at Villa Diktynna!

We are continuously trying to improve our service and thus we pay attention to all the reviews and comments about our property.
We have passed your comments regarding pool bar music and BBQ drink bill to our barman and discussed both issues with him. So I am sure he will take all the appropriate actions in the future.

Regarding the toilet, we are aware of the issue you mentioned. As you have noticed the whole bathroom is really clean, since the cleaning lady pays particular attention in this area. However, the water in the area is extremely hard and bleach is not good enough with the spots caused in the rim of the toilet. So far we have tried to avoid the use of nitric acid, since it totally excoriates toilets. This is the reason for the spots; bleach is being used constantly.

Thank you again for your comments and hope to have you with us again sometime in the future!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Beautiful location close to the village but with amazing views of the sea. lovely clean apartments, and a fabulous time had round the pool bar... would definitely recommend and will be visiting again :)

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Stayed 4 nights at this very clean , well appointed complex of 24 units , with fantastic views , A warm welcome awaits you for sure and Vangelis will look after you in the bar with drinks and snacks , the complex is just a pleasant 5 minute stroll to the centre of the village , thanks , we will be back

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villadiktynna, Manager at Villa Diktynna, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Hi there!

Thank you so much for your kind words!
It's good to know you enjoyed your stay at Villa Diktynna!

We will be happy to have you with us again soon!

All the best!
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Leiden
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Very nice and very clean appartments and also vey good spot i will be back for sure
Thank you Vangelis for the very nice music and the best mojito ever ....see you next year
A place that you must visit in Crete .....

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

Due to a delayed flight we arrived at the Villa Diktynna at around 2.30am. The owner Mrs Garefalaki was waiting for us and gave us a very warm welcome, she offered us a Mezzonette Apartment at no extra charge instead of the Studio that we had booked and when we saw it we were amazed, the Studio's were lovely but the Mezzonette was fantastic, larger and on three split levels so we took it.

The views over the sea and the pool from our private terrace were lovely and a well stocked supermarket with a bakery was less than 50 metres away. The terraces were surrounded by huge pots of colourful plants and the pergolas coverered in Bouganvilia. The Mezzonettes were well equipped and scrupulously clean.

Having been to Crete before we had seen the sights and done all the side trips so we spent this holiday rising late, relaxing on our beautiful Terrace drinking wine and reading, or walking in the picturesque villages of Koutouloufari, Piskopiano and Old Chersonissos. The walk through all 3 villages at a leisurely pace takes less than an hour.

These 3 mountain villages offer a glimpse into authentic Cretan village life and host a whole range of restaurants with fantastic meals of several courses including the wine for less that 15 euro. Our favourite restaurant was Mezze in Koutouloufari which offers 2 hours of a full Greek mezze where you are made to feel most welcome by the owners and their son Niko, a typical Greek waiter with a surprising Geordie accent.We can also recommend Nikos the Fisherman in Koutouloufari and Romantika in Piskopiano.

We loved our holiday in the Villa Diktynna and will definitely return

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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athens
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

We spend a weewk at Villa Diktynna . The hotel is vey clean and quietand the service was incredible.
The pool was lovely and very clean and the barman Vangelis the best thank you for a great time
We will sure go back

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  • Disliked — the stairs
  • Stayed September 2009, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Athens
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

A very nice, friendly, very clean hotel, a "value for money" residense.
Situated at the Koutouloufari village, has a nice view at Hersonissos and cretan sea.
Very friendly and hospitable owners.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Diktynna

Address: Seferi 1, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos > Koutouloufari
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Koutouloufari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Diktynna is a small apartment complex located at the east end of the village Koutouloufari, area of Hersonissos, 23 km east of the international airport of Heraklion. It consists of 22 fully furnished apartments (studios, maisonettes and one-bedroom apartments), which were renovated in 2011. Each apartment has a large veranda shaded with wonderful creeping plants overlooking either the sea and the picturesque port of Hersonissos, or the swimming pool. ... more   less 
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