We spent three nights at Eleonas Cottages in May, after visiting Rethymno, Chania, and Heraklion. Zaros was a sweet change of pace, and the Eleonas Cottages were a lovely place to spend our last days in Crete.
Manolis was very warm and friendly, and understandably proud of the hotel. He was a helpful guide, suggesting spots we might want to see when we mentioned our day's plans. We enjoyed talking with him. The other staff members we encountered were equally warm and friendly.
The grounds really were outstanding, covered with herb bushes, fruit trees, roses, and flowering bushes and plants. We enjoyed walking from our cottage to breakfast every morning, and lingered on the way back. The breakfast was a nice buffet, with tomatoes and cucumbers, olives, feta, yogurt and honey, breads, pastries, boiled eggs, fresh juice, a range of choices for coffee. Plenty of options, and a nice start to the day.
Our room was just fine; the bed was comfortable, the air conditioning was nice and cold, and there was plenty of space with the sitting area and the couch. The bathroom was fine too, though the tub was kind of unevenly repaired with sheet metal screws. But it was FINE, comfortable, well-equipped, attractive, and it had what we needed. Everything about the room was just fine, but it stopped short of being special enough for us to give it that fifth star rating. We hold back the fifth star rating for places that are just so very amazing that we can't imagine anything better. We just wouldn't quite go that far with Eleonas.
Other reviewers refer to the place as paradise, and we can't go there but we can easily recommend the place, and have such fond memories of Zaros, and Manolis, and the beautiful setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 20 rural lodges are situated on a peaceful and refreshing mountain slope, surrounded by olive trees and sweet-scented herbs, and are facing a magnificent view. This is the perfect getaway land. The beauty of the landscape makes it ideal for nature-lovers. Be it summer or winter, wild nature and its enchanting beauty will cast a spell on you. Experience moments of relaxation and tranquility, and admire nature in all its grandeur. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eleonas Hotel Zaros
- Eleonas Zaros, Crete, Greece