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“Poor for the hotel but EXCELLENTE for the location”

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Kalypso Cretan Village
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Plakias
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“Poor for the hotel but EXCELLENTE for the location”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

The experience we had with the location was amazing, so bad that the hotel does not live up to the place! We booked one night, but the rooms are very old and not well maintained. It is a must place to visit in Crete, but you need to find another place to sleep.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Even though the hotel isnt new...it is built in one of the most beautiful seaside locations in Crete.Its a ten minute drive from the fishing village of Plakias. It is secluded with its own beach and many swimming pools.
The buffet breakfast was rich with many local products.
Really value for money...and definitely we will revisit it!!!

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are spacious with a huge balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auxerre, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Ecstatic location,breathtaking view,staff very friendly,professional manager.Absolutely perfect at all!!!!Will come back soon...The reception was a little bit slow on arrival and departure.Everything else was just perect.Food very tasty,our room was very clean,there are three swimming pools,a lobby bar,a pool bar,a restaurant and a disco which unfortunately was not open at the time we were there.There was animation programm every evening as oriental show,fire show,etc...We recommend this hotel to everybody and we will go again soon.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Manuel S
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Tel-Aviv
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was our 2nd visit to Kalypso.
First visit was couple of years ago, just my wife and I, and we loved it.
This summer, we spent 4 nights with our 2 kids. We booked a family room, and as soon as we got to the room, the smell was terrible, with mold in the bath and no ventilation. We asked to move to another room and were moved the next day to a more reasonable one.
As everyone here says, he location is one of the best in Crete, both for the hotel and the surrounding villages and beaches, but the hotel and especially the rooms urgently need a makeover.
To sum things up, if you're looking for comfort, look somewhere else, but if you don't mind a few ants here and there, enjoy the beautiful location of Kalypso.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Most amazingly beautiful location, with lots of activities. 2 star accommodation. But I wasnt happy with the staff. When we arrived there was no food for us and they refused to help us out, we were starving and hadnt eaten in almost 24hours.
They were adequately helpful in general. Our tub leaked, which i could get over but the whole bathroom facilities annoyed me, i like a clean and relaxing bathroom. It killed me i couldnt put toilet paper in the toilet. made me feel dirty.
No activity day or night to encourage holidayers to get to know each other. food was adequate and never Greek. there was ham in everything for the breakfast which ment we had little choice.
Very close to many beaches so that was great, no life in the town close by, which was a downer. restaurants in the town were amazing.
Location was beautiful and a must see, but be prepared for the life of a luxurious hostel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank LouiseGuiry
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

First things first - would we go back - absolutely and we plan to do so next year. This place is an acquired taste: there is much that would normally irritate us (tired bathroom - charging for minibus to town - renting beach towels - awful tea and juices) but the location and staff worked their magic and this was our most relaxing and enjoyable stay ever. Every single member of staff from the manager downwards was charming and helpful at every opportunity - nothing was a problem. The natural swimming area in the volcanic 'lagoon' provided the most beautiful, restful and relaxing area we have ever experienced - the clear Aegean is the finest sea I have ever dived into. This area is truly special.

We were half-board and found all the variety and tastes we wanted (ok, we'll take our own tea-bags next time) and really enjoyed walking across the cliffs to one of the tavernas in Damnoni bay when we felt we needed lunch. The entertainment was pretty simple but we had a laugh and don't need or want discos. The restaurant staff, Alkis in the bar and everyone behind the desk all seemed to want to make us welcome. We had a family bungalow that was spacious with a staggering view (everywhere has a staggering view!) from the small balcony.

I can see how easy it might be to write negative things if you want perfection - facilities are 2* at best but the staff and location are something really special. We can only speak as a couple in late Sep early Oct who don't really want organised activity, just want to relax, but this trip really did the trick. If a big chain got hold of this place it would become very smart but a special location out of our reach. Sent texts to friends saying 'found a piece of paradise here'.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Pros: great location on the rocks with stunning views. Clean (compared to other beaches) water.
Cons: Poor value-for-money considering room condition and food. Shabby furniture and very old samitary ware as well as TV (luckily we don't have smell problems in WC).
No free beach towels (4 eur per week)
Limited (yet eatable) selection of food. We didn't experience problems with food mentioned in other reviews but were shocked (at first) by scarcity of options for breakfast. If you miss mealtime, the only food option will be frozen pizza from poolbar (and minimarket snacks), while nearest tavern will be in 30 mins walk.
Poor shuttle service to nearby Plakias village (rare and expensive - cost 50% of taxi fare, no one-way tickets). Overall it's the downside of location: you need 25 mins walk to get to Damnoni beach and 45 mins to Plakias (of tough mountain path)
Didn't have a prominant animation

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kalypso Cretan Village
Address: Plakias, Crete 74060, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Plakias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Plakias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kalypso Cretan Village 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kalypso Cretan Village is situated in Plakias, 31 kms south of Rethymnon. The Hotel is located in the grandiose environment of a small isolated fjord. It lies in 50.000 sq meters full of gardens and hanging rocks and has been created with respect to nature beauty and keeping the traditional Cretan style. ... more   less 
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