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Nicolas Studios & Apartments
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Tallinn, Estonia
1 review
“we strongly recommend”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We visited Crete Island in May 2013 and we lived 10 days at NICOLAS STUDIOS & APTS.It was a very pleasant experience.Nice small hotel,very clean,beautiful backyard and really gracious hosts.And the price is completeley "edible".
Location is perfect-about 100m to the beach,10km to beautiful Chania.
Many tavernas and stores are just few steps from you.
Hotel is located just off the main street and that's why there is privacy and tranquility.
We highly recommend this hotel to all!

Veiko & Tonika from Estonia.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Hi All

My husband and I stayed at Nicolas studios for a fortnight in May 2013 and had a wonderful time. So yes we'll be back.

Getting there from the airport: You could get the bus from the airport to Chania bus station and from there to Agia Marina. This would cost 3.20 Euros either way and all buses have the area underneath to take luggage. However we booked transfers online through the company A2B and it cost 24 Euros for both of us - return journey.

The Studios: are located in a clean, quiet, quaint street approximately 100 metres from the beach. They are small but adequate and absolutely spotless. The garden is lovely and tranquil - a suntrap. The only downside to the studio is the fact that the cooker only has two rings so you have to be pretty inventive if you want to make main meals. We like pasta dishes so that made it easy. The owners, Stelios and his wife Polly, are very helpful and kind. Polly cleans the studios and garden area practically every day. She was so hardworking that we had to tell her to leave our studio most days as we kept it tidy ourselves. Also check that the pool is in operation if booking out of season.

The Beach: I see someone has stated that it's not the best part of the beach but we would disagree with that. The beach was fantastic - sandy, great for children to make sandcastles, and absolutely spotless. It also went on for miles.

Sunbeds / food: There are numerous tavernas along the beach front. Some charge for the sunbeds but don't display a sign. Some don't. It might be an idea to check that before you lie down. Beach bars such as Palleria (run by Costas great guy) and Artemis (with Alek) don't charge, however we would buy a beer and soft drink and lie there all day. Both of these places sell great food. Artemis has a great deal on: 17 Euros for two that is a starter, main meal, ice cream and small bottle of ouzo. The food was great especially the fish. Costas food was great value for money too. His pizzas were brilliant.

There are numerous restaurants, tavernas and supermarkets to choose from in Agia Marina. However if going there I would suggest that you shop at Lidls, a 15 minute walk away, or take the bus 1.60 euros either way. As an example butter at Lidls was 1.11 Euros compared to nearly 4 Euros at the local supermarkets. The Lidl supermarket is located just as you leave Platanias. Platanias is worth walking to as it has a greater variety of upmarket shops.

The bus is a one minute walk away from the studios and takes you to Chania to the East or along the coast to the West. Buses come every 15 minutes, are air conditioned and can accomodate cases. No matter where you are going, East or West, the fare is 1.60 Euros either way. The last bus from Chania to Agia Marina is around 10:15 PM.

Cross the road and you can get a bus to Paliahora on the South Coast. This is a 2 hour journey, approximately, and worth taking especially if you don't want to hire a car. You see the real Crete, mountains and so on. Paliahoria is quaint and has a lovely beach. This bus goes approximately 3 times a day. We took it at 9:45 AM. The fare is 6 Euros each way.

Chania is full of shops, markets and so on and the old town is worth a visit. Stroll along the sea front but be careful if deciding to have a meal there. Be precise about what you want and don't accept any extras if you don't want to get ripped off. One of the meals we had there was to cost 20 Euros (for 2) but the bill came to 36 Euros!

Weather: The weather was great when we were there - 27 / 32 degrees. It rained one (all day) and was cloudy one afternoon.

Trips: Loads of boat trips and great little train trips (around 16 Euros each) into the villages and mountains.

Tea: If you like your cuppa take tea with you as it's expensive and doesn't really hit the spot.

Alcohol: Is really expensive. If you drink spirits get them at the airport. As an example a bottle of vodka costs between 17 / 20 Euros and whisky is much dearer. Local spirits such as raki and ouzo aren't cheap either. A pint (just short of) is around 2.50 / 3 Euros.

Cigarettes: You can buy most brands. I smoke Benson and Hedges. They were more expensive than most others and cost 4 Euros for a twenty pack. Others cost around 3.50 Euros a pack. Don't bother shopping around as the price is the same no matter wher you go.

Hope this information helps. We absolutely recommend staying at Nicolas Studios. Great value for the money. Best wishes to Stelios and Polly from your Scottish visitors x

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Kaunas, Kauno Apskritis, Lithuania
1 review
Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and me were in Nicolas Studios first time, but we were very pleasantly surprised. Impressive atmosphere, owner greeted us very welcome and helped find places to visit. Woman regularly cleaned our room. He and his woman left a lasting impression. We were one week there (were April 13-20 days), every day we ate in the clear yard with a lot of flowers and lemon trees. :) They are very nice people, like everyone we met in Crete, I didn't expect that by the way. Contributing to the other comments on the good location, for the WiFi connection, room cleanliness, I sincerely suggest to stay there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Yorkshire,ENGLAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

This was our second stay at the Nicolas this year and would definitely go back again.
Lovely family owned apartments with tranquil gardens and pool.
Place is so clean and we were looked after so well by the owners.
Nice spot and near the beach, restaurants and main bus stop.
We were very sad to leave.
I would strongly recommend the Nicolas.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had a very good time at Nicolas studios this summer. I was amazed by the daily room service. Almost all comforts a family mady need existed in the appartment. The landlady was very polite and helpful. The only disadvantage was that you had to pay separately for the air-condition and notify the landlady accordingly, which was inconvenient - the aircondition was also making a noise, when in use. The hotel is very close to the sea, which is not however the best part of Agia Marina beach. I recomend these apartments especially for families.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Tallinn, Estonia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

It was the 3-rd time I stayed at Nicolas Studios and I'm sure that It was'nt the last.
Good location(about 100 m from the beach,10 km to Chania),rooms are clean,Wi-Fi,the owner(manager)and his wife are wery friendly and obliging. Every time it's sad to leave!
CHOOSE NICOLAS STUDIOS!! (I'm serious).
Rein J.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2012

We had a really good time at this lovely hotel. Close to everything you need. 1 minute to the beach. The room was simple, but always really clean! And the family running the hotel was so nice. Always service minded. A cute garden with plenty of sunbeds. Nice swimmingpool aswel. And again, everything was clean. Great value for the money. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nicolas Studios & Apartments
Address: Agia Marina | Chania, Agia Marina, Crete 730 14, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Agia Marina
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Agia Marina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nicolas Studios & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nicolas Studios-Apartments is situated in Agia Marina, a popular tourist resort noted for its cosmopolitan flair, its excellent beaches and its most entertainment opportunities and vibrant night life. The beach is located only 110 meters from the studios, while our guests will also find taverns, super markets, stores and banks close at hand. The surrounding area can be leisurely explored by getting a ride on the local mini-train. Nicolas has studios and apartments well furnished for two or more persons, with kitchenette, kettle, refrigerator, safe box, air-condition, television, WI-FI access, verandas, and beautiful view, very close to the sea. ... more   less 
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