We stayed here for a week in mid-October 2013 as part of an Inntravel Discovery Holiday. Overall we enjoyed the hotel and wonderfully peaceful rural area away from the busy touristy towns and beaches. The staff and manager were excellent, with service and touring advice very much appreciated. Our large west facing bedroom was mostly rather dark and the bed plus en-suite toilet facilities somewhat simple, but overall fine and comfortable. We ate all our evening meals at the hotel each night (our choice) and they were very reasonably fixed priced at 15.00 euros per person including local wine. The fixed menu was mostly very good (often too much to eat), consisted of 3 courses with raki included with the final course - we couldn’t drink it all! We really appreciated the local chef's cooking and regional ingredients.
The only real down-side from our perspective was the many cats that inhabit the outdoor eating areas. For both breakfast and evening meals we were often surrounded by cats and kittens, who given half a chance would be on the chairs and table and eating our food!! The staff often used water sprays to chase them away, but it didn’t last long. This is all OK if you are a cat lover, but we found it less than enjoyable at certain times. This aspect of the hotel will definitely put us off going again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 200-year farmhouse steeped in history and surrounded by tropical gardens and olive groves, now restored into a traditional 9-room hotel with Spa facilities. With room accommodating from 2-5 persons and a separate self-catering villa 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room with amazing sea views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elia Hotel And Spa
- Elia Hotel Kolymbari
- Elia Hotel Chania
- Elia Spa Chania
- Elia Traditional Guesthouse Crete/Kolymbari