I feel somewhat bad writing this negative review, because I think that much of the problem with Elounda Island Villas is that the elderly owners are simply not able to upkeep the place themselves as it should be and/or do not have the money to do so. Let me first say that the property is on a spectacular isthmus across from the town of Elounda with great views and right next to Venetian windmills and the water. It is a very picturesque 15-20 stroll into town. This all makes the borderline unhygienic rooms even more disappointing. Maybe it was a case of arriving early in the tourist season (mid-May), but the quarters were very musty, no table or counter top had even been dusted, dead bugs were inside the closet, we found the bathroom door broken and off its hinges, the toilet did not flush (even though the owner claimed to have had a plumber "fix it" a few days before our arrival), and all of the electrical plugs and lamp cords were of the Greek 1960s and 1970s variety. The fact that they cannot invest even a few hundred euros to upgrade an unsafe electrical system should say something about the overall quality of the place. Old is fine, rustic is fine, but a certain degree of cleanliness is required. I sure hope that somebody is able to resurrect this place in the near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elounda Island Villas is located only meters from the sea, in one of the most cosmopolitan places, the famous village of Elounda, situated on the Spinalonga Peninsula. Offering a beautiful view to the bay of Elounda, Elounda Island Villas is a cluster of 10 interconnected apartments with verandas with a direct view to the sea.All of the neatly furnished villas, with plain pine furniture and built-in beds, consist of a living room, a well equipped kitchen and one or two bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Island Villas Crete