My friend and I have spent lovely days off. The place is quiet, well settled with a beautiful swimming pool. The room is charming with all necessary equipments (air conditioning, little kitchen, big shower). Closed to town, you can also appreciate the quiet of this place. The owners are lovely and always available. We enjoy beside the greek food as there is a big avenue down the house with restaurants which will propose you typical menu from the Island. We have enjoyed a lot and this for a cheap price. Thanks to Eva, Paul and their son Mano :) We will be back again. Karine
I was in Crete with a friend for 5 days. At first we thought of Chersonissos for its good location and accessibility. But after looking for places to stay, it was clear to us we wouldn't find anything budget friendly without adjusting our requirements... So we would rather stay uphill than down in the centre. Afterwards we would be so grateful for that.
First I was a little afraid of the distance. It is about 1km uphill of Chersonissos. But it turned out to be a great, vibrant and picturesque village with lots of cosy restaurants and shops. It was a nice contrast to the noisy and unpersonal Chersonissos. It was so charming we hardly went to chersonissos itself.
The room was very spacious and equipped with airconditioning, a tv, a safe and furniture. The bathroom (private) was clean and completely tiled. And it had a nice big shower to. The kitchenette has two cooking-stoves and basic cooking utensils. So the kitchenette is great for making breakfast or a small lunch. But with all those great restaurants in the village you don't want to be cooking on you holliday anyways... ;-)
There is also a nice private balcony overlooking the courtyard or the swimmingpool. It is great for having a peaceful breakfast in the morning. I think some even have seaview.
To be clear, this is not a fancy-decorated luxury apartment. It is built in the greek traditional style in white and blue. But it is clean, spacious and has a personal atmosphere!! I think it is the best value for money you can get!!!
The owners are very friendly and always at your service. We found them on their website (pauleva.com) and they were very helpful. You should check it out!
I booked a week's stay after a friend recommended this place but because of the VERY low price I was a bit worried about what kind of establishment this would be. It turned out that I was wrong and my friends absolutely right!
First of all I need to establish that this is NOT a luxury boutique hotel. If that is what you want don't come here because you will ruin everybody's fun. This is a complex of white studios with blue shutters and doors and pink boukamvelia trees. The property has its own swimming pool (with an actual deep end). The rooms inside are spacious, air-conditioned, have a kitchenette with fridge to do your own cooking or prepare breakfast.
It's true that the furniture does seem a bit dated. However, the matresses, sheets, pillow cases and towels are spotless. The rooms are cleaned twice a week but Eva is more than happy to provide extra towels or sheets if necessary. This is a family run hotel and we even rented a car (a brand new fiat) for the week we stayed at an equally low price. Concidering that we had travelled at the peak of the holiday season this was a pleasant surprise.
Koutouloufari is a great little village with a main street lined with restaurants and bars. The village has character and is ideal for families and for the laid back. If on the other hand the club scene is your thing Hersonisos bedlam-drink and dance till you drop- is a 15 min walk down hill or a 3min drive. Ask Manolis (the son) to steer you in the right direction.
What we found amazing was that during our stay, we met 2 couples, one from Holland and another from Germany, who had come to stay for their 10th year and had become friends of Paul and Eva rather than customers. Finally what really put a smile on my face was the fact that after a wonderful holiday at Paul & Eva's I paid for room and car rental for one week what I would have paid for 3 days. That is what I call REAL VALUE for my money!
Recommended? Hell yes!