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Happy Days Studios
Ranked #8 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Malia
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Hotel was perfect, with nice pool and bar. Room has a bed, toilet, shower and very basic kitchen which is everything you need on a holiday to Malia. The staff were great and helped make a great holiday! The BBQ is worth going to, as its the only proper meal your probably going to have the whole time your there and the drinking games are fun and they get everyone involved even on the karaoke. The maids came in twice, the seven days we were there and the linen were changed. They warn you for damages and loses, but they have to do it 'cause the british teens that stop at this hotel could easily wreck the place in no time! We were worried about the fines that are also mentioned in some reviews but we didn’t get charged for anything even though I had stained my towel they let me get away with it. The place was clean and they're cleaning up any mess that you make in the bar and around the pool all day and night long. Its only 5 minute walk away from the strip which is a great one! It's worth going to and the bad reviews are probably only because those people did something wrong and are bitter about it!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

we stayed there in sep 13 for two weeks, the complex is well run and a bit lively but we knew this before we booked but it was away from the strip,and close to the town . the staff cant do enough to make your stay enjoyable, they upgraded us to a larger apartment at the front away from the pool, the food is lovely, and the old town is 2 mins away , very well run!!! they do try there best to keep noise to a minimum after midnight , I think if you are in your teens and cause trouble they do come down hard on you ,but if you treat them with respect that is what you get in return . one thing I did not agree with is trying to keep my passport ! they are not allowed to keep it ,it does say in your passport only to be submitted to the authorities !! if you are stopped by the police they can arrest you until they see your passport !

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

You have to pay for everything and we stayed here for a week and in that time our bed sheets were not changed once!

There was a group of boys staying in the room next to us who were playing music at night (although we were told that noise was not permitted after a certain time) but yet nothing was said to them... however, when us girls came back and was laughing etc we were told to be quiet! Funny how nothing was said to the guys!! I'm not complaining about the music just the choosy security...

Also, my friend slipped down the stairs as they were wet and no signs were put up and was told that it was our fault.. nice

Would not recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Everything was extra, air-conditioning £12/day, wifi 4 euros a day,the second toilet roll had to be for, the drinks were severely over priced.

The maids only came in every 4 days.

The wifi, was very hit and miss.

One of the owners 2 daughters was very abrupt, on more than 1 occasion.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Arrived at the hotel at 2 in the morning. They drilled it into our heads about noise, bed sheets and everything else just because we were two 20 year olds. We also felt pressurised into buying a safety box which we eventually said no. When we asked do we actually need one they replied 'i would advised it yes'. Well pretty sure you should trust your own staff, already by strongly recommending we should get one makes you think they happy days are clearly out to get every penny from you. We got given our key and we were on the first floor, obviously our suitcases were so heavy.... We are girls! No one helped us up the steps. Every hotel I've been to there have been staff to help you. Pretty sure they knew we were gonna struggle. First night we got woken up by lads coming in but it didnt help that the security guard was actually much louder than them shouting his head off. You go on holiday to have fun, not to be treated like a baby. Next night we got shouted at at half ten to turn our music off... What a joke it wasn't even that loud. When I came in from a night out at half 8 In the mornings I would get shouted at to go to my room... Half 8 in the morning people are normally up and I'm getting told off for it? Wasn't even been loud. Everything was so overpriced. 11 euro for two cocktails, yeah they were prime but I can go on the strip and get four drinks and a few shots for that. Literally nothing to do at the hotel, spent days at the beach. The beds were like sleeping on bricks, practically crippled now ha! Basically you go on holiday to have fun, socialise, forget about all the rules and this is not the place to stay. Luckily we can still party at home! Roll on Preston tomorrow to continue our holiday antics

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Don’t be fooled by their cheap rates , your stay will cost you much more than you think as you will be expected to pay extra for everything– lockers , air conditioning(7 pounds per day, hugely overpriced), Wifi (which in every bar in Crete is free when you buy a drink). The most shocking out of all this was the charge for TOILET PAPER-completely shameless even on self-catering holidays (and we been to many self-catering apartments, including in Greece).That’s their tactic to squeeze money out you, and if you decide to not buy anything extra like we did , they will treat you like nuisance.

This was particulary evident, in their attitude in dealing with our complaints as the place was disgusting and lacked basic standards. We had ants everywhere in the room and one night when we came back we had tens of them crawling on the kitchen worktop. When we went to complain, one of the owner came to spray very strong chemical and was very patronising saying that we shouldn’t had left food in the kitchen area which was completely ridiculous- plus, we found ants even INSIDE THE FRIDGE…so where are we supposed to keep the food? A pillow was soiled with blood and when we went to complain their response was: “that’s fine “.Personal clothing went missing after the maid carelessly took it with the laundry. It was returned with a sour face and no apology. Facilities in the apartment was not sufficient, even for self-catering standards - no shower mat, no plate rack, no washing line , your private balcony was basically area outside the front door and people passing it. You go downstairs to empty your rubbish – only to be told to walk out to the street to empty it .

The atmosphere of the place is grim, threatening notes about potential fines when items go missing on the wall, overpriced food and drinks, always empty bar and pool area, apart from owners hanging around there. Such a contrast to great hospitality and friendliness we experienced in bars, restaurant in beautiful Crete. Don’t go there to spoil your holidays!

Ps. When reading reviews of this place carefully, you will notice that many of them are fake written by the staff and owners. Stay clear . Sad,desperate and dishonest.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Monica C
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I stayed there from 17/09/13 to 24/09/13. I had a blissful time in Malia .I love the town. The hotel was nice and my room very comfortable. Only some people talking at night too much but it is not fault of the hotel. The staff was very helpful and polite. The swimming pool clean and warm.
Thank you hotel for my nice holiday in Malia.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Address: 18 G Lapidis, Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #8 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Malia
Price Range: $17 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Days Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the name suggests the Happy Days Studios is a cheerful complex located within Malia's charming old town, only walking distance from Malia strip and beach. We invite you to experience the fun and friendly atmosphere of our complex which offers our guests a good selection of on-site facilities including two swimming pools and a generous pool terrace with sunbeds and parasols. Studios are clean, bright and airy, each one equipped with all basic self-catering facilities as well as TV and Air-conditioning. If you prefer to take the hassle out of meal times you will find the pool bar offers a large selection of breakfasts, snacks and evening meals, both from greek and international cuisine. Our friendly staff will ensure you have a fantastic time so refresh yourselves with our delicious cocktails and big variety of drinks and join the party! A warm and friendly place to escape, Happy Days Studios is suitable for all ages and all types of holidays. A home away from home! ... more   less 
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