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Elpis Studios and Apartments
Ranked #117 of 175 Hotels in Rethymnon
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Stayed for one week 26th July - 2nd August and was met with a great welcome by Poppy, despite arriving very late at night.
The room was very clean and comfortable with a great view from the balcony where we enjoyed breakfast most days. The facilities are basic but good and the rooms look just as they do in the photographs. Pool area great - never too busy so could always go for a swim or get a lounger. There is a bar next to the pool, drink prices are pretty good, especially in happy hour. It was good to meet other people staying there during this time and also films are played some evenings as entertainment. Vaia behind the bar was lovely and helpful (especially dishing out the raki and popcorn).
Bali itself is very charming - the locals are really friendly, there are 5 beaches to choose from and a good choice of bars and restaurants - the prices are very reasonable for an evening meal. The bus stop to Heraklion and Rethymon is about a 20-minute walk away if you want a day out elsewhere, but Elpis also offer car hire.
Overall would highly recommend to others for a relaxing break.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 228 and had no problems.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Leanne C
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Stayed July 19 - 3 Aug 2013. We were a little worried checking in as the doors were closed and the owner was called from the bar area to allocate our room. Once in from of her room booking screen she looked confused and a bit worried about where to place us. We were soon being escorted to our room (211) by a friendly chap who works full time as a car rental helper. He helped us with our bags and offered us a welcome drink - Raki for us and soft drinks for the kids - very nice. The room was great, very clean and spacious with basic facilities that suited us. I refuse to cook on a two weeks break, especially in Greece where the local food is immense. The first week was very quiet. We had the pool to ourselves quite often. Other guests were Greek, Russian, Italian and British - very nice and chilled. The second week got a bit livelier with more people arriving and the rooms all fully booked. The bar area got busier and a few late nights were had. The staff were all great, rooms cleaned daily with fresh linen and towels every third day. I would definitely recommend the Elpis to families and couples. The local restaurants were excellent - Creteian food is lovely.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Yasmin G
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights with two boys 11 and 14. Enjoyed the pool and pool bar. Air conditioning worked well. Beds comfortable and clean. Only mis-aligned shower curtain allowed water to run onto bathroom floor. Free Wi-Fi connection was strongest on balcony.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank MikP
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

A big thank you to all at the Elpis we had a really lovely time. Our apartment was very spacious and clean. What more can I add that has not been said already ?. Great pool, great staff, great location for beaches, supermarket virtually next door and the car hire price was very good at the Elpis. Just adding a bit of info hope this helps : There is an ATM cash machine on the road leading down to the harbour area, we also noticed there didn't seem to be any mozzies, sea was nice and warm, plenty of places to eat, main beach had various water activities.
Shame we had to come home, thanks again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank 1stchoicefancydress
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

just got back from elpis this week ...with my brother and our families..a brilliant time was had by all..the staff were very friendly and helpful...was exactly as described by all the reviews,we would definatley visit again...bali was lovely..missing it already and only been back 4 days....nikos and michael were great fun to be around
thankyou
kenny ,colin and families

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank kenny a
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This was our first time in Crete and we travelled with friends who have stayed at Elpis for the last 9 years. Our first impressions was how clean the rooms and surrounding areas were. The location is excellent and the views are spectacular.
Poppy & Dimitris (owners) are very friendly and accomodating and Nikos & Mike (Nikos's pool bar) are great fun although very mischievous!!
It is a short walk to the nearest beach (Bali has 4 in total) and the surrounding bars and restaurants are highly recommended, especially Porto Paradiso, Valentinos, Sunset Hotel Bar, Panorama and The Nest... to name but a few.
The town itself is small but enough to see and do.
Back to the apartments now... The rooms are extemely clean and towels changed daily, the bedding is changed every 3 days. Our studio overlooked the pool and stunning views and had a partial sea view. Elpis also offers a car rental service.
The food at the pool bar is delicious and freshly made by Nikos. I recommend the club sandwich :)
I will definitely be returning to stay at Elpis for many years to come.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Dawn W
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Back from visiting The Elpis in Bali for the 7th year out of 8!! Cannot recommend highly enough. A wonderful resort (not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties). Lovely restaurants, the Proprietors all remember us from previous years!!! The apartments are all very clean, bed linen and towels changed 3 times in 10 days. Poppy and Dimitris are very welcoming, friendly and helpul. The pool bar is well stocked and run by the lovely Nikos, who is a real character!!! Looking forward to going back in 2013

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Tixielixie
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Address: Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
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Ranked #117 of 175 Hotels in Rethymnon
Price Range: $27 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Elpis Studios and Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 127
Also Known As:
Elpis Studios And Apartments Hotel Rethymnon
Elpis Studios And Apartments Rethymnon, Crete

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