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Nicolas Studios & Apartments
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The rooms are nice, comfortable and clean, the balcony is great, lovely yard, room service is perfect, the hosts are wonderful! Good location, 6 minutes to get to the beach, many tavernas with tasty local cuisine around

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Stelios & Poly are the perfect hosts. The Nicolas Studios have pretty gardens a lovely pool & a relaxing atmosphere. Just far enough from the main street to be quite & peaceful but near enough to the centre of the shops & restaurants.

Buses running to the city of Chania at the end of the road every 30 minutes (1.60euro). Fantastic restaurant just up the road, Nymfi Restaurant, best food & service a must for people who love good food. Canea Mare Cocktail bar at the end of the road, Maria is lovely and makes great cocktails. Double Street & Sea cafe cocktail bar family run, use the sunbeds on the beach free if you order food/drinks. Watch the sun go down on an evening on the beach side or relax in the cocktail bar on the street side.

Room Tip: Possible a 1 bedroom apartment would be better if you need more space
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mary E
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Another great time at Nicolas Studios & Apartments! It was our second time there for a week in early June. Excellent value for money because everything was just perfect.. Good location close to everything you need: surrounded by taverns, close to mini markets & bus station (less than 1 minute) and the most important one step away from the beach (2 minutes). The owners (Stelios & Poly) are very friendly, gracious and helpful whatever time you need something. Our room was convenient, quiet and very clean (everyday cleanliness), nice balcony with Poly's fantastic garden view, ideal for relaxing and sunbathing. If you get overheated, you can use the opposite hotel's big swimming pool. I hope to come back in September with my parents too. I would highly recommend it to my friends! Thanks for everything..

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Silvia R
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I recently visited (again) Crete Island with friends and I decided to stay (again) at the same place as last time.
I have to say that there was no surprises,perfect as usually! Still recommend as a very nice place to spend your vacation.

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1  Thank Rein J
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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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Thank Veiko K
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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

Room Tip: We were in studio 6
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8  Thank Marjan25
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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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Thank Dovile B
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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: $33 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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