We had the pleasure of staying here for three days in August 2012. We arrived by KTEL bus from Rethymno to the main square and had a bit of trouble finding the hotel to begin with until a nice Greek lady asked us where we were headed and sent us off in the right direction. The problem was that we had not printed a map of the hotel location in advance and it's a bit difficult to navigate your way around the village as it does not have many street signs. The hotel is located relatively conveniently (once you remember where that is) in the western part of the town slightly elevated and in a side street off the main, coastal road just across from a Coop shop and not very far either from either the city beach or the great "On the Rocks" bar.
The price is very fair for what you get. We asked for and were given a room that did not face the street in a quiet corner of the backside of the hotel. The rooms are modern and pleasantly decorated as is the bathroom. There's a comfortable lounge, a well stocked bookshelf with paperbacks and travel guides and a nice inner courtyard where breakfast is served. Breakfast is a buffet. Simple but sufficient for the price paid. Internet was available in every room and in the lounge. We found the signal to be a bit weak in our room and in certain positions in the courtyard but in the lounge the signal was very strong.
The young lady working in the reception is extremely competent and very service-minded. It was a pleasure getting advice about what to do, having day-trips booked and asking for help with making reservations at restaurants.
The rooms were satisfyingly clean and were kept as such during our stay. There's a pool in the adjoining complex with self-catering apartments that you can use. We never got around to it though.
Airconditioning was part of the price for the room and was sufficient to keep the room at tolerable temperatures during the night. The bed was okay.
Unfortunately, we found the rooms to be a bit noisy at night especially because our neighbours seemed to walk around and move furniture a lot. Also when other guests arrived late at night they tended to slam the doors and the corridors seemed to carry the noise. I think some further insulation at the bottom of the doors might help a bit with the corridor noise issue but it's hard to say what could prevent noise from upstairs from coming downstairs. Also there was some issue with the fridge, which would suddenly start making a lot of noise in the middle of the night. I guess if you're sensitive to noise you could ask for another room. We were somewhat bothered by it but as we were staying for a short while and were away during most of the day we ended up not raising the issue with the reception.
We would certainly consider staying here again if we found ourselves in the Plakias area but would probably go to greater pains at ensuring we got a room free from noise at night.
Of the four hotels we stayed in during our Greek holiday of 2012 this hotel ranks as follows:
Service: 1st; Affordability: 1st; Quality: 3rd; Wifi: 4th; Breakfast: 2nd
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a few steps from the long sandy beach of Plakias, Hotel Sofia offers bright rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Taverns and stores can be found within a few feet of the hotel.All rooms at Hotel Sofia are air conditioned and offer private bathroom with hairdryer and private balcony. Some enjoy views of the Libyan Sea.Sofia Hotel has a terrace where guests can have their breakfast, as well as a lounge area. Free parking is available nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofia Hotel Plakias, Crete, Greece