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Socrates Hotel
Ranked #22 of 91 Hotels in Malia
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

We stayed at the Socrates for two weeks at the beginning of October having stayed once before in September 2008. The season was nearly at an end so it was quite quiet and some places had already closed but this was not a problem as there are so many bars and restaurants in Stalis and Malia. The Socrates is in a great location a short walk from Malia Old Town where you will find some nice Tavernas selling good traditional Greek food along with an international menu.
The apartments are of a good standard and have a nice pool area. We had a small problem with a water leak in our room and were moved to a lovely room with two balconies giving us a pool view and a mountain view.
The owner and her staff were pleasant and friendly. We had a great stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Perfect location on edge of Malia/Stalis so if you want the crazy level of Malia nightlife, of the more laid-back approach of bar-life in Stalis you can;t lose

The apartments themselves are lovely and clean and all the hotel staff are fab - very friendly throughout the whole of our stay.

we had a 2 bed apartment for 4 of us, with two balconies, just perfect for a morning breakfast with great views either side of sea or mountain.

A lovely pool & gardens which never got too busy - lovely for a hungover snooze in the sun!
The kitchenette was slightly small for 4 people but not too bad as we mostly ate out on our balconies.

Nearest supermarkets were just 5 mins away for regular stocking up of food and drink supplies.
Glad that we werent on the main stali-malia road as the constant buzzing of people on Quad bikes would have really grated for a whole week.
About a five minute walk from the beach and the infamous Malia strip so no real noise to complain of at night.
And stalis is five minutes in the opposite direction for lots of relaxing bars and lovely restaurants.

If we ever go to Crete again would definitely stay here again -
Perfect location - away from the annoying noise of hairdryers on wheels but close enough to everything you could need!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Thank you first to Soula, the owner of the Socrates, for her kind consideration to our personal requirements and requests, and also to Mary and the other cleaner for their excellent and courteous service.
This was our second visit to the Socrates apartments having discovered in 2008 its excellent facilities and how central its situation for touring eastern Crete. The convenience of local facilities for all our self-catering needs - a reasonable Spar supermarket is a 10-minute walk to the Malia main strip providing everything from fresh meat, fruit and veg to bread, cheese and olives was icing on the cake.
Don't be afraid of self catering here. Pack up a huge salad with wonderful cheeses, fresh bread and olives followed by juicy oranges and fragrant apples for your picnic lunch: rustle up a couple of bolognaise, a chilli and a chicken curry to pop in the freezer for a deliciously quick evening meal. Who needs to trek out again after a hard day's touring when exhausted and quite desperate to put up ones feet with a cool glass wine on the balcony. So much more convenient to pop your rice / spaghetti on the hob and your ready-prepared meal made with superb local ingredients into the micro?
However, should you wish to eat out a la Grecque at a reasonable rate and still have the energy for the15-minute walk, old Malia is so worth a visit. The tavernas in the square around the church where the local villagers gather in the cool of each evening are simply wonderful and so atmospheric. Please, please, don't bother with the disappointment of Malia beach road main strip which is full of MacDonald-type eaters and Irish bars and which are no cheaper than the real thing. Anyway, what's the point of travelling all that way to eat chip butties?.
Do also take a couple of mornings to relax on the beach at Mike's bar opposite the island with the little church - free sunbeds and no pressure to eat / drink (but be courteous enough not to take your own nibbles to munch - only water). Mike offers a warm welcome and excellent personal service - all free of charge - but his little bar and eatery are quite irresistible and a coffee at 2.50E will not break the bank.
For exploration further afield the excellent bus service is a 5-minute walk away to take you east to Aghios and beyond, and west to Iraklion .... at very reasonable rates.
For larger parties or for more extensive travelling hire cars are cost effective at around £170 for a week inclusive of everything except fuel (the same price as England). Book in advance or, in late season, for 'special offers' October when you arrive.
The National road is good east (just past Gournia) and west (we ran out of time to venture further than Knossos).
The road from Malia to Lassithi is good but climbs rapidly from Malia with massive 'drops' and (further on) a few hairy hairpin bends!!!!!!!!! - but wide and tarmaced and well worth the trip in order to stroll round Krassi and the next little village further on (very Crete). Take time to walk the back lanes, to breathe in the scents, and absorb the space, views and peace as you travel up to the plateau.
It is important to note that when travelling in country areas please be aware that the villagers are very welcoming and, should you be offered anything, do accept the gift gracefully with the usual 'effaristo' (thank you). Cretans are exceptionally appreciative of the courtesy of any effort tourists make in using their language, especially in the villages - so bone up on a few essential phrases as a matter of courtesy before you go and don't be afraid to use them liberally.
Do your best to fit in trips to Knossos (and the Heraklion museum); Aghios Nikolaos museum (don't lean on the glass cabinets or touch anything!); Kritsa (touristy but still lovely) - together with a visit to Panagia Kera Church (with our regards to the handsome and informative George the curator from Kritsa) and its frescos, and the fabulously situated (easily accessible) hillside palace of Lato. Try not to miss Spinalonga, embarking (on a fine day) at Aghios for the best all round guided boat trip (at circa 15E); and the interesting ruins of the Minoan town of Gournia - the Pompei of Crete - combined with a dip in the isolated but easily accessible bay at Pachia Ammos (just before the road climbs precariously on to Sitia).
Our plan was to drive to Zakros on the south coast and to stay overnight which sounded just wonderful, but time (and confidence in the road - even for Cretans!) inhibited our plans. We are however advised that an airport is planned for Aghios Nikolaos which should open up that area more safely - so maybe a future treat?
Finally, do make time to walk from the Socrates out to the lovely ruins of Minoan Malia palace but make sure you choose a cool day ........ or take a taxi.
I do hope that my little 'travelogue' will help you get a flavour of eastern Crete - although I warn you not to stay in the Malia region 'in season' for fear of being driven mad by the incessant day-and-night noise of roistering roughnecks. Certainly October is the best month we have found, although it is apparently even lovelier in Spring ........

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

stayed for 2 weeks, had a good time, staff worked around the clock to rectify issues with pool, room nice and clean, no problem getting sunbed. Good location not to close to Malia strip. Quads are nightmare be careful when walking out, great restaurants close by.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Donna010
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

We stayed at the Socrates in Aug, and what a great holiday we had. From the welcome from Eva when we arrived, to the fairwell from James the night barman, we had a lovely time. The room was spotless. The staff are very good, and the location suited us. It is closer to Malia than Stalis, so it would take you about 15 mins to walk to Stalis, and do be carefull of the mad lads and girls on quads and scooters, (no footpaths).
We did need the aircon, which we thought was a bit expensive at 50 euros per week per room because we had two rooms. The day shift bar lady Rona was also very good, and was always there to give you information and advice on the area, Told us about the Greek night at San Giorgio Restaurant in Malia, this is on a Sunday night but make sure you are there for 8pm so that you get a table it was a great night out not to be missed, dancing in the street, smashing plates and fire, fantastic, she also helped us with our car rental needs.
Our only moan for the week was the pool had to be closed for three days, but the Hotel worked so hard to get it emptied and filled as quick as they could they even used spring water collected by tankers from the hills.

Thanks.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

The Socrates hotel offers nice clean accommodation with a really laid back atmosphere that leaves you to do exactly what you want to or to do nothing. Just a short walk to beach and shops. Malia old town is worth a visit. Stalis has good resturants. There are toilets, showers and bars all along the beach which is good to know. going in six weeks for about the 6th time. just love it there.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

This was our 2nd visit to Socrates. 1st visit being August 2009 and loved it so much we decided to rebook for July 2010. Last year was very quiet and made up of famiies and couples, both old and young. Although it was school holidays you could always get a bed around the pool and there was a really lovely relaxed atmosphere. How different this year was !! The majority of the complex was overtaken by single male & female parties , all of the 18-20 age group !! Lots of noise especially in the evenings and early mornings, when they were going out and coming home from the nightclubs. Malia, the nightclub haven, is about a 10 minute walk away so is in a prime location to attract youngsters. There was so much bad behaviour in the apartment block, that our two weeks there were spent with a secuirty guard on duty from 8.00pm to 8.00am each night.

Whilst the family who own the socrates are wonderful, it is a real shame that they allowed these drunken youths to continue to over take the swimming pool, pool bar area and the apartment blocks at night with their drunken behaviour, bad language and all round lack of respect for any other holidaymakers.

I would reccomnend these apartments for their cleanliness and friendliness of the staff but please be aware it is so close to Maila and a good 15 minute walk to the main bar / resturant area of Stails. The walk each night to the main Stalis area is like taking your life in your own hands as there are no pavements and the road is over run by quad bikes, sometimes three abreast and treated like a race track !!

Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Beach Road Malia to Stalis, Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Malia
Price Range: $67 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Socrates Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
✔ Free transfer from / to the port or the airport ✔ Free Wi-Fi Access ✔ Pool Area ✔ Snack Bar ✔ Luxurious Rooms ✔ Kid's Equipment ... more   less 
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