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Malia Holidays
Ranked #46 of 95 Hotels in Malia
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Oh Ah Malia Say Oh Ah Maliaaaa!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

We just got back from staying in Malia Holidays Hotel and honestly do not listen to the bad reviews! There was 18 of us (girls) that stayed in this hotel and managed not to get kicked out so all these small groups that got kicked out you must have either made some serious noise or set the hotel in to flames. The security guard does chase you around the hotel at night thou with his torch and tells you to be quiet be he finds it funny.
The security are really nice and so is the man that looks like he should of died 20 years ago. The rooms are basic and get very hot without air con! You also have to be stick thin to get into the shower without getting water on the floor. The wardrobes are a decent size and so are the balconys. Dont eat the breakfast unless you like rock eggs and mouldy toast. The pool is very clean and a nice size with plenty of beds. The lady at the pool bar is so sweet and there salads are beautiful. Dont be fooled by the rep she will knock you with her 'package deal' you are much better off booking it sepretaly. The reception lady during the day is sooo rude and moany. the strip itself is wild lush, safari, banana, candy and appolo are great places to go at night and then onto the beach if your looking for a large porno lol. DO NOT EAT IN STICKY FINGERS it is rotten the pub on the right as you walk down is the best place for food cant remember what it is called now something Lion it does all english food. Be warned the quads are an absaloute con and you will get robbed or hurt on them there was so many crashes while we where out there one girl even hit her head and died on one of them. The alcohol is like petrol out there and all drinks are 4 euro but for an extra euro you can have British alcohol which is sooo much better. Malia is an amazing place and i would defo go back there tomorrow.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank LondonGirlies_11
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
118 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

Me and my 4 other friends arrived here on the 12th - 19th july we left our passports at reception all week. Immediatly the rep sat us down and talked about the various activities throughout the week within 10 minutes she had us all convinced and handing her 150euros each. Can I just say don't do it this way, we found out off other guests you could just pick and choose what activities you wanted to do and pay separately, as we found ourself stuck as we had paid for everything, some activities we didnt even want to do and she wouldnt refund our money. Although I would absolutely recommend the booze cruise had the best time ever! and the bbq at the hotel.
The rooms are relatively small and compact. Place to sleep, dressing table and wardrobe. The shower well all I can say is it's basically a wetroom no shower curtain what so ever so be careful the floor does get very wet. I just have to mention the room CHARGES if anything is broken or goes missing are ridiculous. E.g - 30euro if bedsheets get dirty, 6euro if the glasses in the room go missing or broken. So basically don't break anything. We decided against getting air con as this costed 50euro although I have to say after going into other guests room with air con and experiencing it i wish i had got it.
The pool is always clean and a good size, just enough sunbeds and some music is played via the pool bar. The lady at the pool bar is sooo lovely asks if your ok says morning to you very easy to talk to.
Security is very secure at night they know who stays at the hotel and who doesnt. We left our room key at reception before we went out. There is NO way of getting anyone in at night as everyone has to go through reception... if you think that guy/girl is worth it then you can pay 40euro for him/her to stay the night! pffttt!
Food - I mainly stuck to the english food as very fussy eater. I would definatly recommend straight opposite the hotel, golden lion for lunch and 100% the union jack! good british food for tea before a night out! our favourites were the full rack of bbq spare ribs and chips or half a chicken and chips with gravy these were all under 10euro aswell!
Nights out - recommend candy, zig zag, apollo, bananna club... these are all either opposite each other or next to each other. Prices for drinks on night out pretty expensive minimum 4euro drink although most 5-6euro.... sooooo PRE-DRINKING is definatly needed either get some cheap booze from duty free before you arrive, or there is a little shop half way down the strip past the tattoo place and the medic centre its on the left hand side of the road, they sell very cheap alcohol and some food, very lovely lady who works there aswell.

All in all pretty basic hotel, lovely pool, excellent location right at the top of the strip close enough to the clubs and bars but you can still get a goods night sleep. I LOVE MALIA!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Khammo
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

Four girls went here for a girly holiday, and absolutely loved it. We had read bad reviews so were slightly sceptical on arrival, but by the end of the holiday realised that it was definitely one of the better hotels in Malia.
It is located right at the top of the strip, so very ideal for nights out, as a good distance to stumble home. The pool is by far the best in Malia, we spent every day here. The pool bar is also very nice, serving drinks and nice food throughout the day; with the friendliest lady running it.
Although the rooms are rather small, they are absolutely fine to stay in for a week, and we didn't notice them to be uncomfortable or cramped like some reviews say.
Overall, for the price we paid, and the type of holiday that we went on, we couldn't have asked for a better holiday and would definitely return here and recommend to friends.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Mirfield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

booked cheap n cheerfull last min thomas cook n didnt really no what to expect after reading so mixed a reviews but was blown away,breakfast is basic but its their every morning n the large coffee pot started my day off perfectly,our room was basic but clean,tidied n maintained daily,my view overlooked the pool which was brill,had single beds which we pushed together but were unable to make a double due to wood surround,i hated it but the wife loved it lol.the pool is by far the best on the strip and the biggest and for us the place to be everyday,plenty of sun loungers n parasols, pool tables snack bar run by the kindest sociable most willing to please staff you could wish to meet.the hotels interior is dark but clean n quirky n has drinks machine and evening cocktail bar,and the reception area and staff is an excellent area for socialising.all the staff are brill and the family members are so welcoming especially snack bar manager eva,i loved you xxx robert redford xxx

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank robertredford_10
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2010

The title somes up Malia holidays. It's located in a great lively place at the top of the strip which is near plenty of bars, Clubs are quite a walk down. The Hotel is nicely structured with a nice pool and pool bar which is usually very lively. The rooms are very small and uncomfortable, which makes you very hot and forces you to pay 50 euros per week for air con. The shower is small and awkward. The 3 women who work there are very pleasent and always smile and joke with you. The main man and the security guard are not very nice. They always give you dirty looks and refuse to allow you to have any one back to your room unless you pay. One night me and my two mates were talking to a girl who ended up paralletic, she could not tell us where she was staying so we thought we would put her in our room for the night leave her there to sleep it off whilst we go back out, however the security guard followed us and asked us to pay 40 euros (when she was crashed out on the bed) or get rid of her. We refused so he fireman carried her outside and just laid her on the pavement. She obviously did not have a clue what was going on. Malia is great, Malia holidays not so sure.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank john503790
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london
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2010

I read all the reviews for this hotel before i went naturally and was a little worried about actually staying as a result. however upon arrival apart from a few things it was really nice, and was an amazing holiday.

Firstly if you want an above average hotel or are fussy dont stay here, otherwsie its fine. The maids dont clean as much as thery should and tend to change the sheets maybe once in the week, the towels were new everyday which if im honest i didnt expect. there are no shower curtains so you do end up flooding the bathroom alot!!!! otherwise the rooms were ok, they do the job they are somewhere to sleep. the pool and poolside bar was brilliant, the lady that works there is lovely and was very caring even if you had a self inflicted hangover. :-).

Everyone seems to share lilos and to be honest only cost about 3 euros anyway from a shop down the road, there are loads of sunbeds and never have to save them as no one seems to surface before midday except a few hard core sun worshippers like me and my friends.

you can rent air con/ fans/ firdge and safes which are in reception and its worth getting a fan at least think it was around 30 euros for the week per room, otherwsie its to hot.

the hotel is at the top of the strip however the opposite end to the beach so ias a bit of a walk if you prefer the beach to the pool. the is an extra shutter on the door that blocks out most noice in the night and we found we could sleep any time of day or night regardless of the noise whether it was music or the quad bikes zooming around constanly.

People were pretty friendly guest wisehowever the staff (apart from the pool bar lady) were very rude and you felt you had done somethnig wrong at all times, you cant have any one back to the room and the security guard follows you up to your room when you come back which is a little intimidating.

the whole holiday was amazing although food out there is awful 'the royal oak' pub was the best place we ate and went there for the last 4 nights of our holiday.

Hope you have as much fun as we did!!!! Hope this was helpful. x

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank hannah321louise
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South shields (near newcastle)
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2007

Well i read loads of reviews about this before i went and they said it was a long walk to the beach, thats why i decided to go get the quads right outside our hotel, its a good 10 mins to the beach but the night life is along the way and we popped into most bars down the strip. The hotel is at the top of the strip and has a great club next door (EURO a drink :D) called the loft. Security is ok i did get stopped once bringing someone back but if you want them in then send them in alone first n tell them too meet u in the corridor haha that was my trick, but before that i didnt get stopped, the man that sits in the hall is always half asleep anyways! Never made it for brekky so i wouldnt know and i would definatley recomend this one and would defo go back again :)

Stayed August 2006
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Thank Vixten
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Property: Malia Holidays
Address: 4 Zachariadi Mattheou | Malia, Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Malia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Malia Holidays 2*
Number of rooms: 106
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