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“Absolutely fantastic... definitely going back next year!!!”
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Costas & Chrysoula
Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Plakias
Certificate of Excellence
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic... definitely going back next year!!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2009

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 We know there were a few negative reviews, but as these were mostly out-of-date we thought we'd go for it...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')

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Letchworth, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 10, 2009

Typical Greek basic accomodation. The studio room was kept very clean with towels and sheets changed every other day. The cooking facilities were minimal but to be honest his did not bother us because we eat out. However we were surprised to find a Iron and also a TV. The staff here are very friendly and the pool bar provides snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. The beach was about 100 metres away. Plakias itself is a very quiet resort but has a good choice of restuarants and bars. We were very pleasantly surprised at the cost of eating out. We were travelling with our 2 teenage children and the cost of a meal in the evening varied between 36 and 52 euro - this was for starters, main course, a litre of local wine and soft drinks for the kids. All of the restuarants provide a free dessert and raki at the end of the meal. The only thing to be aware of is Plakias can be very windy!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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west midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2009

had a great stay ,all the staff were great ask for room 62

  • Liked — poolbar and staf
  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Grimsby UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2008

We visited Kostas Chrysoulla In Plakias, Crete , for a fortnight ending on 16th Sept. Our apartment was basic but poorly equipped, no colour tv made available until we had been there 9 days, in spite of an early request. Self catering equipment was a joke, no kettle, only one knife and one tea spoon, The air conditioning (5 euros a day) was good but the condensation from the unit made the verandah a very wet area. We have used self catering all over europe but this was the only time we have needed to complain. The area is beautiful with lovely scenary but the apartments we would never recommend. Poor service with no-one to meet us, a 250 meter walk with our luggage in the early hours and a 350 meter walk in the heat of the day to join the bus when we left.........No thank you.
Ken and Barbara Davy

  • Liked — only air conditioning at 5 euros a day
  • Disliked — very poor service and equipment
  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2008

Me and my boyfriend stayed at these apartments in August 2008. When we arrived in the early hours of the morning there was no travel rep or member of staff waiting for us and so we were left sat outside for about 3 to 4 hours until staff started work. The lady who greeted us was called Maria and she was particularly rude and uninterested.
The first room we were given was awful so the same day we complained to the English travel rep (Edwina) who then moved us to a better room. The rooms are very basic, the most basic I have come across, but we didn't mind this so long as things were clean, which they appeared to be, with the maids cleaning our room every day.
The two brothers who own the apartments were very polite and friendly, the man who worked behind the bar from late afternoon till late at night was also lovely (Angelos), but the lady (maria) who worked from early morning till afternoon was very aggresive and rude.
The pool area had a friendly and relaxed atmoshere and would be enjoyable for both adults and children.
Plakias itself is a lovely village, ideal for couples and families wanting a quiet but picturesque get away, and I would love to go back and visit again.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — A member of staff who was rude (maria)
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2008

Just returned from a relaxing and enjoyable stay at the Costas Chrysoula. These studios are in a central position only a few minutes walk from Plakias harbour. The studio was fairly basic but had everything we needed. Towels were changed 3 times during the week. There are plenty of sunbeds surrounding the pool which was never busy when we were there so whatever time of day there was no problem getting a sunbed. There are a limited number of umbrellas which may be a problem in high season. The pool isn't heated so it's a bit of a shock to the system when you first go in but it was a good way to cool down on a hot June day. The view from our balcony wasn't the best as we were facing one of the other blocks but there was a small garden area with fruit trees to one side and the balcony was fairly private. There is a pool bar which was open from breakfast time until approx 1am in the morning and offers snacks and drinks at very reasonable prices. Our room was the closest to the bar which could be noisy at times if you wanted an early night but my partner was more than happy with the location! Angelo the bar man does a brilliant job and is a real asset to the property.
Plakias isn't the prettiest village in Greece but is a relaxing and very friendly place to stay with an excellent choice of tavernas. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and there are some lovely walks nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Costas Chrysoula and may well return in the future.

  • Liked — Superb service from Angelo the bar man
  • Disliked — Views from balcony
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Costas & Chrysoula
Address: Plakias | Rethimno Krete, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Plakias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Plakias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Costas & Chrysoula 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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