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Irene Apartments
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Ranked #28 of 37 Hotels in Elounda
Leicester, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Quick trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2007

Decided to have a quick weeks holiday before our daughter went back to school...managed to get a cheap flight flying 2 days later- and looked for a room... as we were travelling alone - husband instisted we made contact with the owners of the Irene - he wanted us to a) be safe b) have good accomodation c) have good working air con because of the very high temperatires happening at that time... Luckily for us they had a vacant apartment.
We have stayed at these apartments many times - but it was a great pleasure to see that our bathroom had been reburbished very recently, there were new curtains and matching bed covers.. and best of all a good black out curtain over the glass apartment "front" door... in the past I admit to taking black card board and masking tape - this had been the only drawback in the past...if you slept in the living area then the sun came in the room very early.. BUT now no problem...
The owners have rented out the bar and this is run by a very friendly lady called Irene - whose husband is a local policeman..
her salad were quite plentiful for the money..
As ever this property is one of our favorites (along with the Olive Grove).. the position is excellent 2 minute walk thru a small field/gitty to the village..
As ever it was a pleasure to see the owners Mike & Golfa... plus visiting daughter Irene - son in law Vios and toddler Micky - growing fast.. plus new baby Vasilli ( I think "!)
We shall of course in the future...

  • Liked — cleaniness / reburshments / location
  • Disliked — DOH...can't think of anything...
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
Level Contributor
23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank Gladioli
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank stokies-7
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Yorkshire, UK
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53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank SHEARDIES
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank maxmex
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2 of 5 stars 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 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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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 #28 of 37 Hotels in Elounda
Number of rooms: 19
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