This is not an ultra modern boutique style hotel. It is a traditional Cretan hotel which stretches up a precipitous hillside and overlooks the stunning bay of Elounde. It offers good value for money. The rooms and apartments vary in quality. Some are rather tired, others are very comfortable. Our two bedroomed villa with plunge pool was excellent! All are in a traditional Cretan style and were spotlessly clean.
All the staff we met were particularly pleasant, friendly and were immensely proud of their island and their workplace - and this was reflected in their brilliant work ethic. The Reception Marias, the two Georges, Manolitas in the bar and the girls in the restaurant were super!
We chose the half board option and we were not disappointed as the food in the restaurant was freshly cooked, well presented and tasty with lots of Cretan/Greek specialities!
The seawater swimming pool has wonderful views and was surrounded by sunbeds and parasols. It may be busy in high season but as we stayed at the end of October we almost had it to ourselves.
The walk to Elounde town down the 'back' road was the highlight of every day - clear blue skies, warm sunshine, exotic plants and bushes all set against a background of rugged mountains made you feel glad to be alive ( - the walk back, at the end of the day, was a little more demanding, but still as enjoyable!) And at the end of the downward walk the pretty harbour town of Elounde with its colourful fishing boats, restaurants, bars and tavernas - a brilliant base for some late summer sunshine!The beach is lovely and safe for children - and the sunbeds and parasols are free of charge out of season! The 10 euro boat trip to Spinalonga is a trip not to be missed!
We shall return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the surrounding mountains and the sea, Elounda Residence offers self-catered accommodation. Its public areas offer free Wi-Fi and include a large pool with hydromassage jets, 2 restaurants and a tavern with live music.The complex consists of spacious apartments with seating room, and fully furnished villas with private pool. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony with sea view.The restaurant serves a daily breakfast and dinner buffet. Taverna serves a variety of Greek dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the main bar and pool bar. Children’s menus are available.Elounda Residence features a computer room and a games room. Sports and leisure facilities include a tennis court, mini golf, table tennis and table football. There is also a separate pool for children, and 3 playgrounds.The hotel offers free shuttle service to the village and harbour of Elounda, where you will find wonderful beaches, local stores and frequent boats' departures to the famous Spinalonga island. Free private on-site parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Residence Hotel
- Elounda Water Park Residence Crete