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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Georgioupolis, Apokoronas, Chania Prefecture, Crete

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ChrisMari...
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Rustic charm with stunning views”
Reviewed September 19, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Located about 15 minute walk up a steepish hill, these apartments have stunning views over Georgiouplois. The walk down is fine but going back up is a bit of a challenge even for the able bodied! So you need either a hire car or to get a cab. The apartments are rustic but clean and with everything you need. The owner Sifis is very helpful. He gave us a lift to the supermarket on day one and will come and pick you up from town - but we didn't like to take advantage of this too much. The pool is lovely with a children's part and plenty of sun beds and umbrellas. The nice thing about being out of the town is that it's very quiet at night and there is a bit more of a breeze. We enjoyed our stay.

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Em-Tez17
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely little hotel ”
Reviewed August 14, 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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Me and my partner stayed here for a week leaving 08.08.17, from the moment we arrived Sifi and his family were very welcoming, rooms were spacious and the pool was always quiet. Nothing was to much trouble for them. The hotel is in good location about 5 mins from the centre of Georgioupolis by car but Sifi would always offer to take you there and a taxi is €5, we would highly recommend as this little hotel made our trip more special than any larger chain hotels we have stayed in.

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Management Response
Sep 18, 2017
Dear friends, thank you for your kind review! It was a pleasure having you as guests in our property and we would like to ensure you, that we will do our best to offer you allways a relaxing atmospheare and a pleasant stay.
Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.
Best regards
Charis + Sifis
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peter n
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Villa Galini a great place to stay”
Reviewed July 30, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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This was a holiday I booked for me, my daughter and her boyfriend. Unfortunately, I fell ill before travelling and couldn't go but I persuaded my daughter and her boyfriend to go without me and they had a great time. They stayed in a studio apartment which they liked very much. They had no rental car so stayed fairly local but found plenty to do. They said the pool was very nice, found the walk to the beach quite easy and enjoyed a couple of trips, one on a boat stopping at various swimming spots and one using a quad bike to a local lake where they hired a peddle boat across to the other side, where they could see some turtles swimming. They were also pleased that the owner of the apartment picked them up from the bus stop on the first day and dropped them back there when they were leaving. All in all, they had a great time and are keen to return - hopefully with me next time! Incidentally, the communication (through Charis) before the holiday was excellent and she gave us helpful advice about travel and other things.

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Management Response
Aug 8, 2017
Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to serve your daughter and her boyfriend as our guests and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you also next time.
All the best
Regards
Charis
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AndreyC42...
Russia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding vacation and hospitality of Sifis and his family”
Reviewed July 8, 2017 for a stay in June 2017
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The location is excellent. It is near Kalivaki sandy beach. We took a car for 9 days and enjoyed certain amazing places nearby. However, if you do not have a car the owner is always ready to pick you up in the village which is 1 km from the villa. The road goes uphill.So, if you have children, it is better to rent a car to go from the beach or just call Sifis (the owner). The room is clean and has everything you need to stay at night. The owner's hospitality is outstanding and I will certainly recommend this villa for all who wnat to enjoy Crete. Free sun beds are available at Paradise beach which is about 1,5-2 km from Kalivaki beach near the villa.

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Management Response
Aug 8, 2017
Thank you very much for your kind review. We are looking forward to welcoming you again next year and would like to assure you, that we will do everything we can, to offer you a relaxing holiday.
Best regards
Charis + Sifis
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sarahob19...
Marseille
1 review
“A pleasure and a delight”
Reviewed August 25, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed in Villa Galini for 10 days in August! it was the perfect accommodation for us! It is a short 15min walk to Georgioupolis where you'll find restaurants, shops and bars! A taxi back to Galini is no more than €5! Sifis and his family are very welcoming and very kind-always a lovely atmosphere at the pool! The rooms had everything we needed-bowls,plates, cutlery, kettle, fridge, television, air con and a balcony with a clothes line. The towels and sheets were changed every 2/3 days. The pool itself is lovely with umbrellas and sun loungers and had a bar which serves beer, coffee water and the like. If i could give the owners some constructive feedback it would be to install the hook in the shower so guests don't have to hold the shower head while they wash! Otherwise the property is great!

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Liked best: The atmosphere and area-very relaxing
Liked least: We were in room 1 and it was very close to the road so it was a little bit noisy at night.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Sep 7, 2016
Thank you very much for your kind review and your suggestion, which is indead very useful and which we are going to try to follow for next year.
You are always welcome in our house and we look forward to see you soon again.
best regards
Villa Galini
Charis Argyropoulos
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RichardKa...
Groningen, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great people, Great time, Great value”
Reviewed August 25, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We spent three weeks with the family at Villa Galini and it was truly a great vacation for us and our three daughters - 10,13 and 15. The flat was modest and a bit small for all of us, but we made it work and for the price, this was a great value and deal - and allowed us to spend 21 days in the sun rather than two weeks as normal.

The WIFI was aweome full stop. That was great for our family - the kids could even watch Netflix movie sometimes at night.

The owner Sifis Oikonomakis and his family are wonderful. Really great people. The pool is clean and surroundings are really great with an excellent view.

We really likes the fact being a little higher up the hill than our normal beach vacations meant no need to turn on the air-conditioning because the wind ripped through our apartment and even better - there were no mosquitoes. That really makes it worthwhile. The beach and village are a bit of a hike (well over a kilometre) but we had a car the whole vacation which we recommend as the road down to the beach is a bit dangerous with no curbs - especially at night.

They did a great job keeping the rooms clean with fresh sheets every couple of days. Which we say the owner doing himself on occasion.

Staying with a family rather than in a hotel makes all the difference for us - it's much more charming and a much better way to experience Crete. Rather than staying in a plastic resort, with disinterested staff.

Sifis was really great in tuning us into local events - Cretan bands playing in small mountain villages nearby, local concerts and his favourite restaurant up the street. There's no restaurant at Galini which was fine for us - no pressure to eat there and we always prefer to make our own food with the amazing local produce and goods.

This is our fourth trip to Crete as a family and we found Georgiopoulos, the village nearby, to be most charming with a plethora of tall eucalyptus trees, nice restaurants, a fun city square and good shopping. Being right between Chania and Rethymnon meant we could do day trips either way easily with the car and get the city experience as well.

All in all, great vacation and we would be happy to come back!

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Liked best: Pool and family
Liked least: Prickly vines on patio damaged some hanging clothes.
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Aug 26, 2016
Dear Mr. Kastelein,
thank you very much for your kind review. We are from our site gratefull for guest like you, who know the difference between commercial tourism and real hospitality. We will try our best to make your next vacation in our house even better and look forward to see you soon again.
best regards
Sifis + Charis
Villa Galini
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Soffía S
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful place, great swimming pool and friendly host.”
Reviewed August 26, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Villa Galini is situated in a perfect place, surrounded by Cretan mountains, away from the touristy places and yet a short drive to the next town and short distance to many beautiful beaches.
The building itself is covered with flowers, in the backyard you have a green hill and the cretan goats jumping around. 2 balconies with chairs and table, lovely to have your breakfast.
The swimming pool is clean, with toys for kids, many benches and always someone to offer you a drink at the bar.
The owner mr.Sifis and his family are super friendly. No problem to use the washing machine facilities. Our bed-sheets were changed regularly and new towels brought, also no problem to have extra towels when needed.
Inside, the apartment are small and simple but comfortable and always clean. It could use some more kitchen equipment (bowls, glasses, cups...) but we managed quite fine and we never had any big meals at the apartment anyways (just breakfast).
Wi-fi connection was a bit on and off but amended during our stay and worked perfect after that.
If you are looking for a place to stay mainly as a base and have day tours from, 2 adults + 2 children f.ex. like us, this is a perfect place. You feel away from everything and yet just a 7 min drive to the next big town (Giorgiopoli) and 30-40 min to many fun destinations around.

Thank you Sifis and best regards from Iceland!

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Liked best: Location, swimming pool, hosts
Liked least: Lack of utensils in the kitchen
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Aug 27, 2015
Thank you for your kind review. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you once again next year.
Villa Galini
Sifis Oikonomakis
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