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“Loved the location”
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Manos Apartments
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South East London
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Loved the location”
Reviewed August 31, 2007

Have just come back from Manos Apartments, Crete, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

However, a couple of things should be noted if you want to go there:

The pool is wonderful. It is the same depth from one end to the other but it is not large enough. You are allowed to take inflatables into the pool so if you just like to swim, be prepared to be knocked about by the lilo beds and rings, not to mention an odd inflatable dinghy!!

The steps to the toilets leading opposite the bar area are VERY slippery. Polished marble, no grips and no banister to hold onto. I made the fatal mistake of popping to the loo with nothing on my feet after a dip in the pool and landed on my rear end and was hobbling painfully for the remainder of my holiday. Unsure of your footing? Always wear your shoes. However the toilet was immaculate and well maintained.

Also, the rooms are cleaned five times a week and you have to endure the Greek system of not flushing loo paper away but once you have run out of paper you have to buy your own. Change the sheets and towels but they don't replenish the loo roll!!

The rooms were clean but air conditioning is quite expensive. We tried to do without but given the heat that Greece experiences these days, you might want to take lots of extra euros. I have never paid for air conditioning before.

If you are unfortunate to be collected very late on your last day, checkout is still at 11am but you can keep your room for an extra few hours - but this again can be expensive.

Apart from all that the outlook to the sea from the apartments is amazing. You are practically right on the beach and to watch the beautiful white boats sail past to Spinalonga was a joy. I will really miss it.

The people who work in Manos apartments are very friendly and accommodating. The barman will stay up as late as you do!

I would go there again. The apartments are not far from the town, tavernas and the harbour so lots to do. Go and enjoy!

  • Liked — The setting
  • Disliked — Pool a bit small, inflatables a nuisance
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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4 Thank Jacqui66
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manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 23, 2007

I have just stayed at Manos aparments and they were great. Very clean and next to the beach. The 2 Scotttish girls who do the cleaning are friendly and very helpful.
The pool area can be noisy with children and as this was August the school holidays are on and this is only to be expected. We were told that during the months of May June Sept and Oct its mostly couples. We have already booked for next year.

  • Liked — clean
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank katymanchester
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Bath, England
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2007

This was our second visit to Elounda, but our first stay at the Manos. We had previously stayed in a smaller, traditional complex which we loved but was unfortunately fully booked. We had walked past the Manos and noted that they looked nice enough and therefore booked our two week stay there.
To summarise, we were very disappointed, not by the location/cleanliness which were fine but these appartments lack any sort of charm or friendliness. We actually found the English staff quite abrasive, there was no "can do" approach, not that we wanted much, maybe just a friendly good morning or similar!! The pool area was packed with kids making a nuisance by diving in the water, screamimg etc..I'm not against children having fun but this was reminiscent of a mini Butlins.
The night barman Ian, seemed to go out of his way to prevent catching your eye, as a result we resented putting our money behind his bar so went next door to have a drink and friendly banter with the locals.
On the whole if you want a tacky, chavvy, home from home holiday choose the Manos - if you want some charm and authenticity go elsewhere.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The English Staff
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Cezza1
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HOLLAND/SCOTLAND
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2007

This is the complex you will always want to come back to if you love Elounda,, perfectly clean, & with a location close to the Village.
We have stayed here now for more than 6 years & are always made more than welcome by the staff,, in particular Larraine the Manager,, & Michaeles the Owner,,, they sure have worked hard over the years to make this one of the Best Accomodations in Elounda, with a superb Pool Bar & Good/ Food Snack Area,, We can never fault this place & thats why we come back every year,, The Weekly BBQ is superb & Greek Dancers appear from knowhere(be prepared to stay up a long time!) but well worth it indeed!! A stroll away from the main centre with excellent Tavernas & shops ( MAKRIS RESTAURANT/TAVERNA IS A MUST-SUPERB FOOD AT A GREAT PRICE)..
If you choose to stay here you will not be disappointed,,
We Love It!

Stayed May 2007
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2 Thank MOUMTAS
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southampton
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2007

We stayed at the Manos apartments the first week of July and had a fantastic time both at the apartments and the resort. Manos apartment were great value for money and gave us a very relaxing happy holiday.

The apartments
The apartments are split in to 3 separate blocks. The newest block which looked brand new is at the front of the property facing the pool bar and the road. This new block seems to block the majority of the “sea views “from the older blocks with only room no 2 appearing to have a true sea view.

We stayed in the block furthest away from the pool area. Our room (21) was very clean and much nicer and bigger than we had expected with a huge ground floor balcony / private patio area. It was very quite with views over the olive grows and surrounding hills.
The kitchen area had all the cutlery and crockery, glassware required with a small hot plate area a clean cold fridge.
The shower room was large and clean with a shower curtain and plenty of hot water always available.

The rooms were serviced each day during the week but not on the weekend. This meant that the toilet bin was not emptied for nearly 3 days. Which could cause a bit of “over flow” of paper if any more than 2 people are staying in the room. The two Scottish ladies’ which did the room cleaning were nice and polite but seemed to be a little over stressed.

All the blocks seem to have been recently decorated and to a good standard. All have aircon and safes available at an extra cost of 40E for the aircon and 10E for safe.

Pool and bar
The pool and pool area looked new and always very clean with plenty of sun beds and parasols available. The pool is great for cooling dip but can get busy due to its size. The pool is one depth with no shallow end.

The staff at the bar were very nice and friendly and genuinely pleased to see and serve you each day.
The bar snacks were of a good standard and price.

Location
Location was great with a pleasant 5 minute walk along the beech to the centre of the resort. The beech is right across the road from the apartments.

Tips
Go to Plaka on bus (2.4E return) lovely village and get boat to Spingalonga form Plaka. Less busy and leaves every 30 minutes.
Taxi to and from air port 60E each way but cuts down travel time by at least an hour.

  • Liked — the relaxing pool area
  • Disliked — no weekend room servicing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank jamie_kyrenia
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glastonbury uk
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2007

WHAT MORE CAN WE SAY THAN WE HAD A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY!

THE APARTMENTS
were as described and if anything better than what we were expecting! very spacious bedrooms, two balconies, large shower room,functional kitchen ( could maybe do with a toaster!)
the apartments were very clean and in excellent condition maintenance wise! the view was amazing, although we were told we would have a garden view we also had a sea view which was fantastic.
the only downside to the apartments was that the towels / sheets could maybe be changed a bit more often as we were having lots of showers due to the extreme heat

POOL/BAR
the pool was great, spotless all the time and always plenty of room, no overcrowding. the bar a good selection of snacks/meals which were always cooked fresh and served hot!


STAFF
the staff were excellent and always acknowledge who you were and always ready for a laugh! a big thank you to to ian the night barman who kept us in liquid refreshmant, ( a bit to much for my b/friend sometimes!) always up for a laugh whatever the time!


LOCATION
great! your just over the road to the beach and a couple of minutes walk into town! great restaurants and bars.


GENERAL INFO
If your wanting to stay at Manos but do not wish to to go with a package holiday they do have some recently built apartments
we had a look just to be nosey! they are modern inside, with the added luxury of a bath and a shower! although the main room and kitchen are slightly smaller than the older apartments smaller .

RECOMMENDATIONS:

mosquito replent a must
venue bar on the square to be visited
spinalonga island to be visited
hire a car! ( we didn't but now wished we did!
use the local bus service convenient and reasonable
OVERALL
A GREAT HOLIDAY AND WILL BE RETURNING

  • Liked — the location,apartment,bar
  • Disliked — towells not chnaged more often
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank dreamboatGlastonbury
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2007

We booked the Elounda apartments after hearing how peaceful they were, as we were in need of a chill-out holiday.
Unfortunately our room was opposite the bar which, while a great place to drink and chat during the day, continued well into the early hours (3 or 4am some nights). As well as the music, there were the few people who screech and yell after a few drinks so we asked to move.
The apartment manager was lovely and we were moved without any problems even if I had to thank the owner about 20 times while he said how much of a good person he was to do this, ["This is not a church"; "Yes, but it shouldn't try and be an all-night bar either"]!

The new rooms closest to the road where we stayed were very clean and tidy with a decent bathroom and balcony. The pool area is fantastic and the bar and staff are brilliant. One thing I'd ask is for them not to continually pipe music through the pool area throughout the day - it started off as pleasant but you will hear the same tunes repeated every day!!! A couple of hours of pure silence would have been bliss!

Location-wise, the Manos appts are perfect; 5 minutes walk from the harbour and centre and right opposite the nicest patch of beach. If you are a beach lover though, you will have to hire a car and head elsewhere as Elounda doesn't have a great one (Makrigialos and Vai are worth checking out).
The restaurants in the town are great and all roughly the same price, this is not the cheapest resort but the food is good. There are also some crackers in the next resort of Plaka.

In summary - a great place, but stick to the chill-out mentality and drop the constant music.

  • Liked — Pool area
  • Disliked — Constant repetitive music
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Helpful?
1 Thank Morris77
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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 37 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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