We went to Crete at the beginning of September 2012 and stayed in Anavaloussa Apartments for a week. We wanted a nice apartment in a quiet area in Western Crete away from the big tourist centers, which is exactly what we got - perfect!
LOCATION: GREAT! --> 5
The apartment building is surrounded by a very nice, well kept garden. There is a rather big, very clean swimming pool and the beach is just across the road (very quiet, not many cars drive here). The impressive Gramvoussa peninsula with its very bad road and wonderful lagoon are just a stone's throw away.
APARTMENT: NICE BUT FLOOD PROBLEM IN THE BATHROOM --> 3
We had a two storey apartment in the building that was closer to the beach. (There is another one at the back of the garden.)
* Upstairs there is a small kitchen with a few pots and pans, plates, etc, and a bathroom with a shower. Unfortunately, the bathroom is designed in a way that allows the water to run off into the kitchen - the drain is not at the lowest point of the tiled floor, and the floor is slanted towards the door. Very uncomfortable puddles in the kitchen area are the result!
* A few steps lead downstairs to the bedroom with a big double bed and a TV set. The bedroom therefore has very high ceilings which is great for cooling the room temperature without an air con.
SLEEP QUALITY: OKAY --> 3
The beds were alright - quite hard mattresses, luckily not too saggy - but it was really windy, which made it really hard to fall asleep, it was so loud. We guess that's not really the apartment owners' fault though, but the building is quite exposed so that might be one of the reasons why the wind was so loud.
HOW TO GET THERE: --> 3
After driving through Kissamos in the middle of the night we were wondering how on earth we'd find the apartments but fortunately there are many signs pointing the right way! Well done! We still recommend printing out a map beforehand :)
Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any public transport going there but we might be mistaken.
SERVICE: NOT LUXURIOUS BUT VERY FRIENDLY --> 4
We booked "bed and breakfast" since we weren't sure how far the nearest supermarket would be located (answer: about 5km, not open on Sundays, but there are a few little shops where fruit, bread etc can be bought). The breakfast was nice (white bread, butter, jam, honey, Nutella, chocolate croissant, toasted bread with ham and cheese, coffee, tea, orange juice) but we got the same for 7 days in a row which was a bit too repetitive. Fruits would have been a lovely change!!
The owners are very friendly; Caterina does not speak much English but communicates with pointing, signalling with her hands and feet, and her happy smile. Antonio speaks a little bit of English.
VALUE FOR MONEY: --> 4
We booked this rather last minute and were very happy with our choice - we hadn't done much research and could definitely have gotten a worse deal.
WOULD WE GO AGAIN?
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