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“Excellent hol thanks to all at the Manos”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Manos Apartments

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Manos Apartments
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Excellent hol thanks to all at the Manos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a superb 2 weeks at the Manos
We have been lucky to travel around many of the Greek islands with Thomsons,Thomas Cook and Olympic and to show how highly we rate the Manos this is the first time we have ever returned to any accommodation.
It is hard to understand why some people have recently posted critical comments on cleanliness of the rooms and the pool as we found the standards very high.
People are entitled to spend their holidays how they want so if they want to lie by the pool for most of their time then so be it but you can not criticize the Manos for this.But if you prefer to stretch your legs like us there are some lovely walks to try.
As for the comments on the small size of the rooms we had no23 last time we came and found it more than acceptable with a lovely view.
Larraine who we found very helpful has found the recent criticism very distressing and in our opinion, as well as the many others who return year on year,if you want a great holiday come to the Manos.
So thanks to all the staff and especially Larraine ( who even patched me up when a mosquito took a dislike to my leg )
A final word to recommend a small kaffenion run by a young Greek couple in the village behind the Manos called "The Hope"

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Just returned from 2 lovely weeks staying at the Manos appts in Elounda. From arrival to departure, everyone is extremely welcoming & helpful. We stayed in a studio, which was very clean & more than enough room for 2 people & we felt more than adequate for all of our needs. The food served at the pool bar was very tasty & extremely good value for money. The pool & surrounding areas was always very clean, tidy & inviting, with ample sunbeds for all. A big thankyou to all Manos staff for a fab 2 weeks,especially Steve ( for casually borrowing my flipflops!!), Lorraine & Carolyn(always of great help) & all bar staff: Mike, Maria,Nectorina & Hercules. Also brill Thomson rep, Tom, helpful & very cheerful.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just returned from 2 weeks stay at Manos Apts. Can I just say the overall cleanliness of the Apts was very good, I agree with a comment about the towels that are in need of replacing as when we had ours changed a couple of times they had holes in them, but they did dry us, and that is the least of our problems. On the negative side the Apartment that we were allocated room no 23 was very small I don't know how they can advertise cot space you can't swing a cat it is that small. I shall be writing to Thomson Holidays about my concerns to how small this room was, as on there web site the photo of the room looks bigger. I booked this holiday 12 months ago and to be told by the manager that she gave us the smallest room on the complex is a bit disappointing, the view was excellent from this room but way to small. Paid 100 euros for air con, but you can't leave it on while you go out at night as they have welded the key ring so you can't take the key of to cool the room for when you come back in the evening.And while out and about mentioned this and people said I paid a lot for the air con and should have been able to use it when needed, but you can only use it when you are in the room, so you have to put it on while you are in bed, as during the day you can leave the doors open so be aware as it is a lot of money. Having been there for 2 weeks I shall not be returning to Manos as there are Apartments around Elounda with sea views lovely spacious rooms and as the manager said you are not paying for 5 star which I agreed but when you look around there are better apartments around for the same price and much more comfortable. But we hired a car and went to some lovely places and enjoyed sightseeing in Crete.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just got back from Manos and agree with previous review, stayed in better appartments and yes i do realise you only sleep in the room, but even so you still need some space to move around the bedroom without having to back up or move out of the bedroom while your partner wants to pass. Booked two rooms and both were the same, small but adequate and yes i too agree that the rooms had bits of hair spread around but only if you looked closely, although in the other room i booked, a duster around the headboard and light fittings wouldnt go amiss. The Manos is situated in an ideal area and close to the centre. Pool is COLD but you get used to it. The area around the pool and bar is clean and well kept and the service is very good. I would go back to Elounda but perhaps not the Manos.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

In answer to Not Dissapointed comments. We did go down and put our towels on sunbeds at 09.00 but did not go back to bed as stated but had breakfast at manos bar then went onto sunbeds. As we have been there there 6 times in the last 3 years i did not see the need to go sightseeing as i have done all that the previous times. When you work hard all year i only wanted to go and relax by the pool and enjoy ourselves with the friends we have met at Manos the previous years. I do not like the fact that someone can write this comment everyone has different views on what they do on holiday. They should mind their own business and not nit pick on others holiday, I find it strange i have to explain my holiday in this way but you do get some very ignorant people. Thanks to all the staff at manos for another excellent holiday see you soon, cannot praise them enough.

Room Tip: All of the rooms i have stayed in are excellent
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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St. Davids, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Manos apartments are situated in an ideal location as mentioned by other reviewers. However, they are flanked by skeletal concrete constructions, not so good. The pool is small, murky and gives off a strong chlorine smell. The patio area surrounding the pool is packed with bright green sunbeds barely a foot apart and you have to run the gauntlet of sizzling bodies to reach your accommodation. Number 17 was small but quiet, only noisy when others started dragging furniture about, which seems to happen quite a lot all over Greece!
The beds were comfortable and the hot water was in plentiful supply. The bed linen and towels were tired and showed signs of wear and tear. If a little care and imagination was taken over decor, and door and window stops provided against the constant wind, the apartments would appear much more comfortable and inviting.
Our apartment was not particularly clean. Hair and toothbrush splashes evidendent in the bathroom on arrival were still there when we left, as was the spillage on the balcony. The toilet bin was only emptied 3 times during our residence, not really acceptable.
As quoted by another reviewer, there is nothing Greek about Manos. In my opinion Manos is over rated and over priced. I have holidayed in Greece, both on the mainland and her islands many times and this accommodation ranks near the bottom.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

We've just returned from two weeks at Manos Apartments - received warm welcome from friendly staff. We had requested a quiet 1 bedroom apartment and our accommodation more than met our expecations, with a large balcony and views over the mountains - our thanks to Larraine, the English manager. All additional requests were promptly fulfilled. The other English speaking staff shared useful tips on local beaches and places to visit. The cleanliness of the pool and surrounding area were excellent, and friendly staff provided an extensive range of drinks and bar snacks during the day. We were delighted to discover the small beach just over the road from the apartments (with sun loungers and umbrellas available at a daily rental charge 7 euros) and a fresh water shower. The beach is sandy, but there are shingle and pebbles in the crystal clear water, so swim shoes recommended if you want to do more than just paddle. The larger, municipal beach is a 5 mins walk away with similar facilities.

There are restaurants and a supermarket just a minutes' walk from the apartments, and then, a 10 minute walk into the main town square and harbour, a wide variety of local, international restaurants together providing an excellent choice of fish dishes and traditional Cretan cuisine. We particularly enjoyed Megaro, Paulis and Olondi restaurants.

If you turn left on the road outside the apartments and walk along for a few minutes, there is a road to the left (to Mavrikiano) which takes you up the hill where you will find the Hope Tavern - excellent local cuisine at amazing prices. Fabulous views of Elounda. We paid 35 euros for 2 courses with wine for 2.

If you decide to visit the former Leper colony, why not go from Plaka just a 5 minute crossing by boat? There are however frequent trips from Elounda. Do take plenty of water to drink as there are only toilet facilities on the island and nowhere to purchase any drinks or refreshments. it takes about 2 hours to fully explore and walk around the whole island.

If you decide to visit the Elounda Friday market (7.00 - 13.00) just keep walking up the road behind the town church, you will find it eventually - an excellent array of local fruits and veg including cheeses.

The local bakery is situated in the road to the right of the supermarket in the town square - it is closed on a Sunday though. We particulary enjoyed the savories - spinach and cheese pies etc.

Fantastic holiday - special 'thank you' to all staff at Manos Apartments !!!

Well worth visiting this resort again!!

Johnson/Ford Hertfordshire September 2013

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Manos Apartments
Address: Elounda, 72053, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Manos Apartments Hotel Elounda
Manos Apartments Elounda, Crete

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