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Akti Olous Hotel
Ranked #13 of 35 Hotels in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Could nt fault Elounda people. N locals so freindly hotel spot on. The staff and family who run the hotel first class food top notch veiws from the sky bar fantastic drinks n food fairly priced. Booked for september this year cant wait.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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9  Thank joecram
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This year we stayed at Akti Olous for the third time. For my wife it was her fifth time! Very nice family hotel, friendly management and staff, good price-quality, nice restaurant, clean rooms, and good atmosphere. When you are looking for a place to unwind, visit Akti Olous! All things going well, we hope to return next year!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank GenG1972
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed here at the beginning of October. The hotel is in a beautiful location along the bay from the main 'town' of Elounda but close enough to walk to if you want the bars and restaurants. The communal areas of the hotel were fine. Reception, pool area and bar were all well presented but we were not so keen on the rooms. The single beds pushed together moved if you sat up in the morning so you ended up sliding down the wall. The balcony was bearly big enough for the table and chairs that were on it. The bathroom was poor. The shower curtain didn't reach the shower tray and therefore the bathroom floor got flooded and there was mould around the overflow drain in the corner. I was disappointed to have to pay extra for air-conditioning and the safe. These things made it feel more budget hotel than boutique but with a little effort it could really impress.

We enjoyed the breakfast out on the jetty watching the fish in the clear water but felt that we would not bother with the evening meal next time as the food was passable at best. We had some fantastic meals in several of the restaurants and ate at the hotel Blue Sea restaurant which was very good.

We might go back purely for the location but perhaps a different room.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank caj68
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I visited the Akti Olous Hotel on a B & B basis with two friends from 9th - 16th October 2012. They had recommended the hotel and we fully concur with this. All staff were very helpful and polite, and I can particularly recommend the lively, friendly restaurant staff!
On our first morning we found that the hairdryer kept cutting out, so informed desk staff. By midday it had been replaced with a more powerful version!
Our room was, ostensibly, a large garden view. The room was not really larger than our friends' standard room and we could not see a garden! However, it was spotlessly clean and we had a huge balcony which was sunny virtually all day. My wife loved this, but for me a patio umbrella with the little table and chairs would have provided some shade. The balcony is surrounded by a 3' metal rail, so there is no real privacy.
A peak temperature of 25 - 28 degrees was reached during our stay, so we paid extra for air conditioning (very effective and quiet if a little trouble is taken setting it up correctly) and a room safe.
The beds were a little too firm for my liking, but they suited my wife perfectly.
Breakfast was varied and enjoyable. We dined in the hotel restaurant (jutting out over the sea) for four of our seven nights and were very impressed with quality, price and variety on the menu. We thoroughly enjoyed chicken in strawberry sauce, something none of us had ever heard of! Cretan generosity extended to free desserts and raki each night! Wine was 10 Euros for a litre carafe!
We booked our flight direct with Monarch (inc. extra legroom seats) and the hotel through Hotels4U.com. The total cost was under £700 for the two of us. We just had a main course each evening, along with 1l of red wine. With complimentary desserts and raki, our meal came to around 20 - 25 Euros per night for the two of us!
I can recommend the Akti Olous as a delightful family run hotel which provided an ideal base for a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. If you have never visited Crete you may be pleasantly surprised at Cretan hospitality, even at the airport!

Room Tip: Room 102 has a huge sunny balcony.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Malcolm T
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

we stayed at this hotel for two weeks in october on half board,what a mistake that was, the breakfasts were passable but the evening meals left much to be desired. the choice of food was very limited and lukewarm they did not provide a warm drink with your meal as they expected you to buy one.It is a shame that the standard of service was so poor because the Hotel is in a prime position,it is just a pity that it is run by the staff of faulty towers,it got so bad towards the end of our second week that we decided to eat out Our feelings were echoed by quite a number of other guests We would definately return to Elounda as it is a beatuful resort
but we would opt for an apartment and self catering and definately not the Akti Olous Hotel.
The rooms are quite small and the balconys are miniscule.

Room Tip: try for a sea view good luck,
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank mbowers06
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Having stayed at the Aktis Olous twice before I was remembered and greeted as an old friend. All the staff are so friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for them. I stayed in the annex at the back and had a wonderful view over the bay to Spinalonga. Everywhere is spotlessly clean. The food is superb. I have never had a better choice of a buffet breakfast anywhere. The restaurant menu is equally as good and varied and not over priced. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Elounda, but please make sure you leave a room free for me!

Room Tip: A room on a higher floor avoids any noise from guests returning late.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank Beryl92
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We have just stayed at the Akti Olous for a fourth time and once again everything was spot on.We stayed for two weeks Bed and Breakfast and not once did we leave the table hungry the buffet breakfast was lovely with plenty of choice .The staff are all very friendly and are only too happy to oblige.The bedrooms are adequate and are kept spotless with towels and linen changed every other day.Everything was as expected as it has been each time we have stayed Thank-you once again for a great holiday

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank caravanners47
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Address: Akti Oloundos Beach Road, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#10 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
Price Range: $64 - $489 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Akti Olous Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akti Olous is recently renovated, a family-run hotel ideal for those of all ages, looking for comfortable accommodation in a cosy environment. The hotel is located directly on the thick sandy beach in the bay of Elounda, only 300 m from the village of Elounda, its small harbour and shopping area. The location of the hotel provides a relaxed holiday, with stunning panoramic view from the roof top pool. ... more   less 
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Elounda Akti Olous
Akti Olous Hotel Elounda, Crete

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