We booked this as a last minute holiday on a very tight budget, and chose these apartments because they were about the only place not to have dire reviews written about them! We know there were a few negative reviews, but as these were mostly out-of-date we thought we'd go for it... and we are SO glad we did!
We were dropped off by 'Formula 1' taxi, which is about an hour and half from the airport: think the driver was too lazy to drive around the back streets to drop us off at the door, but to be honest, if you can wheel your suitcase for miles around the airport, you can manage the 100 metres from the street to the door (which is flat)!
There is no reception area, so we walked to the bar and were greeted by the infamous Aggelo (whom everyone calls Angelo for some reason!) and a free welcome drink. We were offered a safe (10 euros a week) and air conditioning (5 euros a day) and taken to our room (Room 4). Aggelo always carries the woman's bag (such a gentleman!). All the claims of 'best barman in Crete' are probably not overrated... he makes the place!
Firstly, this is not a 5* complex so if you're expecting that then don't book! (We stayed at The Hilton at the airport before we left, and to be honest preferred Costas Chrysoula!) The room was a good size with two single beds pushed together (we tied the legs together with a carrier bag, rolled a blanket up and put it in the gap and therefore had a HUGE bed!)... to her credit, the maid even made it up as one big bed! She also worked out the we needed extra pillows (having put a blanket under them the first night), and the next afternoon we came back to two pillows each without even having asked! There is a wardrobe with hangers, and two drawers underneath; two three-drawer bedside tables; a dressing table with two drawers; a small table; two chairs and a colour TV with remote control. The kitchen had a two-ring hob; kettle; fridge; two saucepans and a frying pan; various plates, cups and glasses, cutlery and utensils... it even had a corkscrew! Best of all, everything was SPOTLESSLY CLEAN! Outside is a small balcony with table, two chairs and a washing line (with pegs). There is a shower wet room with, (I am so pleased to say with my long hair,) excellent water pressure (better than my power shower at home!). Towels and bedding changed every few days, and the maid came every day... we left a hand towel on the floor as a 'bath mat' and she replaced it with purpose made 'bath mat towel' as well as replacing the hand towel!
We ate in the bar a few times; food is freshly cooked so hot, and very reasonable priced. Although only 'snack meals', we found we lost out appetite over the course of the two weeks so a pizza or club sandwich and chips was more than enough!
We never had any problems getting a sunbed around the pool (which is small, but 2.7m deep at one end). Lots of umbrellas availble too, and no charge for anything. As we were on a budget, we kept nipping up to our fridge for drinks and they had no problem with that. Rep comes round regularly and doesn't pester you at all, which was rather refreshing.
The beach is about 250m away (nudist section at the far eastern end of the bay)... everything is flat in the main street where all the shops are, so no hills unless you decide to explore the back street tavernas. There are a few cash points, and places to exchange travellers cheques (2% commission wherever you go). Plenty of supermarkets and tavernas, all traditional (no McDonalds, English pubs or the like). There is a cafe with a free wi-fi (reached from a few other bars/tavernas, but not the apartments).
It can be windy, and was for the first 10 days as a northerly wind was coming down the gorge at quite some speed... means we didn't need the air conditioning, and much as we cursed sand in our ears on the beach and difficulty in reading the newspaper (2 euros for English papers), when it stopped for the last 4 days, we wished it back as it made the heat completely bearable (34 degrees in the daytime, 26 at night)!
We had NO PROBLEMS with this resort, and neither did the other guests we spoke to (many of whom were repeat visitors).
We're definitely going back next year, and would recommend it to anyone!
(Lots of photos of Plakias on FaceBook... just type in 'Plakias')
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- Also Known As:
- Costas & Chrysoula Plakias, Crete, Greece
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