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“A REAL GEM”
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Papadakis Villas
Ranked #35 of 171 Hotels in Hersonissos
Certificate of Excellence
bexhill on sea, East sussex
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“A REAL GEM”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Me & my wife stayed here for 1 week in May. We chose it on the strength of the tripadvisor ratings, & were not dissapointed. This place is a real gem of a place. It is ideally situated about half way between the main resort of Chersonissos & the old village of Piscopiano.both are about 10 minutes walk. Chersonissos down the hill, & Piscopiano up the hill. It sits adjacent to an olive grove & is detached from any other buildings so is a nice quiet place to be if you just want to chill out. On arrival we were greeted by Maria & Kostas. Straight away we felt at home & were treated like we were family. We were offered a beer, swiftly followed by a shot (both on the house). We also got to meet Bill the barman, another fantastic guy. The rooms are typical Greek which is exactly what we wanted & consisted of a kitchenet with fridge & 2 ring hob, toilet, shower, bedroom & also a sofa bed. There is air conditioning & safety deposit boxes in the rooms for an additional charge which compared to other places we have stayed was reasonably priced. There is a nice outside space & most rooms if not all have a table & chairs outside. They also have a small pool & sun terrace with plenty of sunbeds. The Fat frog bar which is within the villas is cosy & a very sociable place. Used
mostly by the guests staying in the villas its great for meeting new people & making new friends. If you want to rent a car or bike, Maria & Kostas can point you in the right direction, & they were very helpful with any questions we asked about the island & things to do/ getting around. Once a week they have a BBQ for the guests (free) & it feels like a family affair, very relaxed & friendly. A superb place with fantastic people. We cantwait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We're writing this on are first day back from the Papadakis and I must say we have definitely got the holiday blues and were gutted to be back home. On arrival bill the "legend" barman made us feel at home straight away and gave us a complimentary welcome drink and a shot of raki he also told us about the location of the apartments, places to go, best places to eat and later on showed us to are room instantly first impressions were very good.

Rooms were basic but you get what you pay for and I thought they were excellent value for money. The location of the apartments are very good as well being situated near the pretty villages up near the mountains and a 10 min walk to the centre of Hersonissos. We found a very good restaurant up in the village of piskopiano called Davids and would definitely recommend the place to any guest staying here in the future food was amazing.

The fat frog bar is a very chilled out bar and prices were very reasonable, we enjoyed coming here most nights and during the day for a drink and to chat to other guests and residents who were all very friendly and made the holiday what it was . Also there was never a time where the shot glass was left empty with bill topping up all the guests with Raki.

Kostas and Maria we have to say were the best hosts I have ever come across at any place I have stayed at. They always checked to see if we were ok and cared a lot about the guests and always made us feel welcome. Also they both let us stay an extra 2 nights at short notice and even upgraded us to another room for a cheap price of 20 euro not many places would do this.

We are definitely going to come back to the papadakis as we miss it already and would recommend this place to anyone. Yammas Kostas, Maria & bill for the best holiday we have been on we will back.
Sam & Emily xx

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

On Our arrival (5th may)..which was Easter Sunday..we were met by Kostas, Maria and their family and guests staying at the villas having traditional easter lunch, which we were both invited to enjoy all courtesy from Papadakis (Kostas+Maria). This made us feel truly welcomed..greek style.
Our apartment was on the first floor over looking the mountains and the sea. It was clean and spacious (considering its traditional greek style). In our opinion excellent value for money.
The outside is very pretty and well tended to. There are plants and flowers everywhere and lovely quirky quotes on driftwood signs dotted around the apartments.
The pool is clean as is the area around the pool with its own toilet and shower facility.
The bar is well stocked and Maria cooks a great breakfast. In the evenings Bill the barman or Kostas are more than happy to order you a takeaway to eat in the bar.
The bar in the evening provides a great atmosphere with free flowing raki and great music.
We hired both car and quad bike thru George (via Kostas), which was cheap and local.
A well recommended way to see the island.
Nigel and Linda (New crete residents from the UK) were very willing to recommend good places to eat and places to visit ie Davids in Piskopania and the local sandy beaches.
We have no hesitation in telling our friends and families of this fantastic place and will look to return next year without a doubt. We hope you have a great season and see you next year....yamas.. pete and nichola. x

Room Tip: We were in room 19 on First Floor level excellent views of the mountains one side and the sea also...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Where can I start?!!..... From the minute we arrived we were made to feel like part of the family. Costas & Maria are the most amazing hosts and some of the warmest & kindest people we have ever met ( we miss you already & only arrived back home yesterday).
Vasillas (Bill) is one of the greatest barmen & Raki time is every 10 minutes - Brilliant!! We spent most nights at the bar relaxing with the guests & Costas, Maria, Bill, Nigel & Linda - we have the most incredible memories thanks to all of you special people!!

The apartments have everything you need, they have a real traditional Greek feel to them. They are very spacious & have individual seating areas outside each apartment. The hotel is perfectly located between the new Hersonissos town & the old stunning villages up the hill.

You get a real sense of community staying here & will have the best time of your life. During our time here Crete was celebrating Easter- it was the most magical festival- we all trekked up to the nearby village & experienced the local festival!!!

We will most definitely be returning in the coming months - I can honestly say I have never been on such a fantastic holiday & that is down to the people at Papadakis.

Miss you all already, love you guys

Love Natalie & Gina xxx

  • Stayed May 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Just returned from a weeks stay, as a lone traveller I was a little hesitant but found a very warm welcome from Costas and Maria also Vassillas(bill) the barman. Nothing was too much trouble and the weekend I arrived they were celebrating Easter so we were all transported up the hill to Koutafalari for ther midnight celebrations ie candle lit vigil, fireworks and bonfire then back down to the Fat Frog to celebrate with a few drinks I am not much of a drinker but the frequent free shots of raki or ouzo havn't caused any lasting damage. On the Sunday we all were included in their easter family barbecue the food was to die for.There was a great atmosphere between all of the guests and I will also be returning, as most of them had .

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Were made to feel welcome from the very first minute, Costas and Maria are great hosts and make you feel like you are old friends as soon as they meet you, Billy the barman is also really great and the fat frog bar is probably the most chilled bar on the island. The BBQ on Wednesday evening was fab with so much food and it was all really lovely, the kebab recipe is coming home with us!
If you need anything Costas has a brother or uncle or nephew or friend who can do you a good deal and they do, we rented a scooter from George at a very very good price and he said when you are done with it just give the keys to Costas or Billy and I will collect it, great service!
Rooms are immaculately clean and it looked like the whole place has been recently decorated. The communal areas are lovely with pot plants and quirky signs hanging on the walls.
Overall we cannot fault the place or the staff, top marks all round.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, England
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Maria and Kostas made us very welcome for our first stay here. Apartments are good basic units, which suits us, although I would have liked a toaster. They are kept very clean, the beds are firm but comfortable, and there is a happy vibe through the whole complex. As others have said, in a very convenient situation for walking down into Hersonissos or up to Piskopiano, Koutouloufari and Old Hersonissos. We would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: We had an upstairs room which gave a nice view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Papadakis Villas
Address: 1 Aristotelous Str., Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Hersonissos
#14 Family Hotel in Hersonissos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Papadakis Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Halfway between the center of hersonisos, famous for the busy nightlife, and the traditional village of Koutouloufari is our property. It is placed in an ideal location that gives access to both directions and meanwhile it's peaceful with nice views to the mountain and the beach.The small amount of rooms(17 rooms) along with our commitment to our guest's pleasure makes this place ideal for people who like to meet people on their holidays and have the feeling of living in a small Greek community.Our pool area is set next to a pool bar that provides cold drinks and homemade food based on our local culture, using Cretan products and vegetables from our own garden. The hotel was built 28 years ago and it's been passed from the parents to the children to continue the traditional family business.Almost every week we cook complimentary food for our guests to join and share our Greek philosophy.All ages are welcome but our statistics say that couples often prefer staying with us ... more   less 
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Papadakis Villas Hotel Chersonisos
Papadakis Hotel Hersonissos
Papadakis Villas Crete, Greece

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