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“Great stay at Irene Apartments” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Irene Apartments

Irene Apartments
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Irene Apartments
Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
London
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23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great stay at Irene Apartments”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2007

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.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Gladioli
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2007

I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Irene apartments with 11 other family members ages from 80 to 4 years old. This was my 3rd year in Elounda and 8th year for some of the others.The apartments are the best we have ever stayed in, the cleaners came in every day to empty bins and sweep and mop the floors and sheets and towels were changed 3 times during our 2 week stay.We were lucky to get a ground floor apartment with our 4 year old, so we had no worries of steps and no worries about the pool as it is just across the road from the apartments.The pool is very clean and there are plenty of sun beds.All the people that work at the apartments were very friendly. We were in the apartment next to the owner and he told us if we needed anything day or night to knock on his door.The apartments are a few minutes walk from Elounda square and beach.Some of us are hoping to go back to the Irene apartments in August, and will be staying there again next year for our family holiday, i don't think we will stay anywhere but the Irene apartments again.................

  • Liked — location, friendlyness
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank stokies-7
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Yorkshire, UK
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60 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2007

It was our first time in Crete as we were visiting family, but an experience not to be missed ! Elounda is the most beautiful place, with stunning scenery and beaches. Access to nearby villages is pretty easy, and if you drive, a moped is definitely the best way to get around - although there are some crazy drivers out there ! The Irene Apartments were very basic, but comfortable, and were the perfect base for exploring the area. You got a simple bathroom, bedroom, and kitchenette, and our room had a small balcony. There is a small pool on site with snackbar, and shops and amenities are in close proximity to the hotel.

Stayed May 2005
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3 Thank Rebeccag77
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2007

This was our second time in Elouda, it is a georgeous place and we fell in love with it the moment we got there. This time we stayed at Irene Apartments and had a lovely stay. The rooms were basic as they are in Greece, but clean and the bathroom was brand new and sparkling. The pool is lovely and great for kids, very clean also. The pool bar stayed open as long as you were drinking (within reason). Nan who works behind the pool bar was a treasure, she really looks after you and advises you which are the best supermakets etc. The owner was not over friendly but did welcome us and waved when he saw us. Everyone we spoke to around the pool has been before to Irene apartments...
I would advise anyone to stay here. The location is perfect, its just 5 mins aways from all the georgeous restaurants & the beach..

  • Liked — Location & Great Pool
  • Disliked — Kitchen was a little basic, but we only wanted it for the fridge!
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank SHEARDIES
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England
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2006

Elounda is a wonderful place to holiday, but i can honestly say that my family and myself would never stay at the irene apartments again. The shower leaked and flooded the bathroom , the sheets were full of some sort of stains and the price of the air con was ridiculous. The people who run it do not know how to smile or speak to people especially those with children. At around 4 every morning someone takes their animals ( a seletion of goats, dogs and geese ) up the road at the side of the apartments and tries to make as much noise as possible. The beach is fantastic and near to the main resort and there are lots of lovely tavernas to eat in , the Eden Bar run by Manos and his family is the place to go at night, they provide free pool for the kids also a garden for kids to play in . All the staff are friendly and i would return to Elounda ,just not the Irene Apartments.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — staff
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank maxmex
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2005

The resort of Elounda is lovely and the Irene Apartments are ideally located only 2 minutes walk to restaurants, bars and beach. The accomodation was clean, but very basic, with a dingy bathroom and the staff were not particularly friendly. Also local dogs quite vocal at night. Air conditioning was not included in the price and cost an extortionate 90 euros per week. The pool and bar area was nice, looked quite new, but again let down by the unwelcoming staff.

Overall though Elounda was such a nice resort that it was a great holiday. Beach was lovely and clean and next to all the bars and restaurants which were also very good. This meant we didn't have to spend too much time around the apartment. We would defintiely visit Elounda again, but stay in different accomodation.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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England
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2005

We have just come back from a 2 week holiday in the irene apartments, the location was fabulous as it is a minutes walk into the local town of Elounda.
The apartments, though basic, are adequate and fairly spacious. Our only problem that we encountered was related to the staff hospitality and the condition of the pool area.
The pool was a lovely size with adequate sunbathing facilities, however we never saw the pool cleaned. Every morning WE had to clear the pool from the floating dead bugs before use. We also never saw a chlorine test being carried out and the sides of the pool looked very dirty.
The staff were offhand, unhelpful and the majority of times, dis-interested. The pool bar was closed by 8:30pm most nights, so no chance of a drink with friends. The owner would sit and read his newspaper all day, whilst the morning shift lazed on the sun lounger sleeping. Once awake and not texting on his phone, he was quite happy to serve.
But. For the price that we paid, the apartment itself and the location, we would go back. We just want people to know that the pool and ther staff let the place down substantially.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank Bovyboy2070
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Property: Irene Apartments
Address: Di Mogrias, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
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Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
Number of rooms: 19
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