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“Wonderful location in beautiful Greek coastal town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hiona Apartments

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Hiona Apartments
Ranked #10 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Elounda
Hull,UK
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“Wonderful location in beautiful Greek coastal town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

A small and family friendly group of 10 apartments with a swimming pool and a pool bar. The hosts for the bar were Lal and Karen, with Tina behind the bar when Lal was somewhere else. The pefect hosts for a perfect holiday.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2010

My husband, daughter and grandson went to the Hiona for two weeks in July We all had a fabulous time Lal and Karen are fantastic hosts and make you feel very welcome. Karens food is excellent. Tina who helps out with the bar arranged a Mama Mia night and we all had a ball. . Our two bedroom apartment was very spacious and clean. i would recommend the Hiona to anyone because we had such a fantastic time and we wish Lal and Karen all the best for the future in Elounda and hope to see them again sometime.

Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2010

Had a lovely week at the Hiona in Elounda, wish it could have been longer. Rita ensured the apartments were spotless. They are in a quiet position facing the sea but only short walk to all Elounda restauraunts and bars. Pool and surrounding area kept very clean. Pool bar recently taken over by Lall & Karen, nothing was too much trouble for them. They made us feel really special with their attention to detail and hard workl, assisted by Tina. "Abba" night/barbeque was fantastic. Will definately return (sooner rather than later)! Kath and David from Bolton

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

We have just returned from the Hiona (pronounced Shona) Apartments and have had a brilliant holiday. The rooms themselves are what you would expect in Greece - basic but clean. It is their location right on the sea front in a quiet part of Elounda and the pretty and friendly pool bar which makes the apartments special. Lall and Karen have recently taken over the pool bar, which is, unusually, in separate ownership to the apartments. Whilst you won't see the owner of the apartments very often (there is no reception) but when our air conditioning wasn't working properly, the owner, Kostas, came to fix it straight away. Lall, Karen and Tina who run the pool bar can't do enough for guests - they make you feel really welcome. We can recommend their special Pimms! The cleaners are really friendly and helpful too. Elounda is a really nice quiet resort. It has two beaches - the smallest is only 5 minutes walk from the apartments and the main beach is ten minues walk next to the harbour. Best bars in our opinion are Babel (run by two brothers who go out of their way to make you feel welcome) and Eden (which has a friendly charismatic barman!). There are lots of tavernas - we had our best meal in Zorbas. Ag Nik is only a short bus ride away and is worth a visit. We also went to Plaka, Spinalonga (really pretty), Vai beach (a lovely palm beach used in the Bounty TV adverts some years ago) and Sitia. Best trip was to Chrissi Island which has the most stunning pale beach and turquoise sea that I have ever seen. One word of warning - the coach cannot drop you off outside the apartments, they are five minutes walk from the main road down a little alleyway. This is fine except we had no rep to guide us in the right direction when we first arrived in the dark! (The Thomas Cook bus driver failed to pick up the rep - but she did apologise to us at the Welcome meeting). Lovely resort, really nice friendly pool bar - we would go back!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2009

We have just returned from the best holiday ever. My partner has recently started dialysis due to kidney disease, and we wondered whether this was going to be a step too far. Not at all, we had a wonderful time. If you are needing to spend a lot of time close to your room because of the dialysis, I can't think of a nicer place. Jessica and Tina looked after our eating and drinking needs wonderfully, and Zak, Jessicas husband, was my knight in shining armour. He climbed in through the apartment window when the wind blew the door shut with us outside. I really can't understand any negative comments from former guests, we had no complaints at all. Thanks to you all for making it such a lovely holiday, I certainly hope to see you all again next year.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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North Lincolnshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2009

We stayed at the Hiona summer 2009, with a toddler and 5 year old. The apartment was ideal - 2 bedrooms, plenty room, nice and clean, and well serviced every other day. Unfortunately our balconies (we had 3) did not have sea views, but were nice and private. Most of the apartments seemed to have a sea view (we were no.9). The "self-catering" title is a little far fetched as there is a kettle, fridge and 1 full size electric ring, plus a tiny coffee pot ring - so any "catering" had to happen in 1 pan and a kettle! But we coped fine.
The apartment complex is small and friendly, with many English staff. The pool bar served lovely good value snacks from 12-4, and drinks until early evening. The pool was excellent, and there were stunning sea views from the pool area and bar.
There were 2 theme nights during our stay, which seemed to go very well.
Location wise it is outstanding - less than a minute to the smaller of the two Elounda beaches, and easy walking of all of the shops, tavernas and bars. It's around 10 minutes walk to the main centre and larger beach, along the sea front. I don't think you could ask for a better location in the town, which in itself is ideal for a proper taste of Crete with easy access to bigger places on the regular public buses.
Would highly recommend Hiona to families and couples who want easy access to beach and pool, with enough shops and restaurants to pass an hour or so each day, without the "English bars", and crowds.
Outstanding fresh fish served in all local tavernas, all of which are very child friendly, and good value.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Preston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2009

Me and Mum arrived early in the morning to find no rep waiting to show us where the hotel was. Thanks Thomas Cook. Luckily with Trip Advisor and Google Earth I had an idea. So walked down road on our own at 5am to find key in door. Rooms lovely. Basic but clean. It's Greece! Everythings basic. All I was bothered about was a clean cool room which it was. Got up in the morning and went to welcome meeting which was ok. Rep apologised for 'missing' us and so we got the air conditiong control and the safe key (45 euros for both for a week) and then went for a walk. The walk to Elounda's harbour is about 10 mins at a stroll. Either by the sea or on the road past the shops. Fantastic. Lots of traverna's nearby. You must go to Plaka (take the little train) and Spinalonga. Amazing place. Also, even though it's a long way go to Knossos. Brilliant.
The apartments had a salsa night on Saturday which was fantastic. BBQ and drinks with salsa lessons. Tina, Costas and Zak really know how to make you feel at home and nothing was ever too much trouble.
I will agree that becuase anyone can use the pool we did get some horrid kids in (one little devil in particular) but all of Greece is like this so I don't see it fair to blame the apartments. Plus the kid was english (so embarrassing to admit that).
All in all if you want to relax, have fun and see the true Greece then stay here. Get to know everyone and you'll feel like one of the family.
Missing you Tina, see you soon.

  • Stayed August 2009
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Property: Hiona Apartments
Address: Elounda, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
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Ranked #10 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Elounda
Number of rooms: 9
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