My boyfriend and I have just returned from a wonderful week in Elounda, staying at the Irene Apartments. We were looking for a low cost holiday at self-catering accommodation which we could use as a base - we were planning to go out most days rather than spend most of our time here - and this was perfect.
When we booked (on a late deal) we were told the smaller apartments were already booked, so we had to pay extra for a larger one - but in the end we didn't mind as our apartment (104) was probably one of the nicest. It was on the first floor with two balconies with a view of the pool and hills, and was clean, with an adequate bathroom and kitchen area. My boyfriend, who's been on lots of similar holidays, says this is the best accommodation he's had.
Irene Apartments has a friendly atmosphere, and the pool, while fairly small, is clean, with enough sunbeds and a poolside bar. It's only a few minutes' walk from the centre of Elounda and less than 10 minutes' walk from the beach. The only negative points I can think of are the price of air-conditioning, maybe the towels could have been changed more often, and also with some of the apartments the balconies aren't very private. There's a weekly BBQ but not much other entertainment, if you're looking for that sort of thing (which we weren't). Also, a few things you might want to bring along with you: tea towels, bath mat, soap.
I'd thoroughly recommend Elounda for a holiday - it's an attractive place, overlooked by hills, with a nice beach, and you're spoilt for choice with all the restaurants and bars. (I recommend a cocktail served with a sparkler at Eden Bar!) But it's not really a resort for younger party-goers like some other places in Crete.
So if you're looking for a reasonably basic but pleasant place to stay in a great resort, Irene Apartments is recommended.
- Also Known As:
- Irene Apartments Elounda, Crete
- Irene Apartments Hotel Elounda