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Latania
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Stalis
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed at Latania 31/7 -14/8.We arrived early hours of the morning and were greeted by the famous Manos.Very friendly and helped us with our bags to our room.The room was very clean and facing the mountains,lovely view.Nice and quiet so never ant trouble sleeping.The maid came in everyday ,except one.The towels and bedding were changed regularly.Bins emptied every day.the maids were really friendly and worked very hard.

Next morning we had a lovely breakfast by the pool which is just a nice size for the complex.We ate at the pool bar a number of times over our stay and found it reasonable and very good food.Dan my eleven yr olds favourite was what we now call a 'Manos vanilla milkshake'.
We do tend to be out and about a lot but never found Manos to be rude at all.Manos and George work so hard and George joins in the fun around the pool with everyone.I think from previous reviews that Manos is been misunderstood.There are people who have been going to these apartments for 6-7-8 yrs+ ,they are not just customers they are now his friends,customers kids are friends on facebook with George.We never found the 'rudeness' other people have spoken about .We always had our first evening drink at the pool bar and usually a few night caps but didn't spend all our time there.
The BBQ night is raelly good,food was fab and lovely atmosphere.It was also tremendously good value considering the quantity and quality of the food.
Tim on reception was an absolute gem,always helpful ,nothing was too much trouble.
The 1 Bed apartment was large enough for 5.The only place (apart from a 2 bed) that we have all been able to hang up our clothes.We each had a proper bed...no put me ups here.So never had trouble getting a great nights sleep.
The apartments are ideally located with restaurants and bars whichever way you walk along the beach rd.We found the beach to the left hand side was wider with smaller waves so better for swimming and little ones.Dwyers do a great deal with sunbed,umbrella ,toastie and fruit for 3Euro.
We ate at some fabulous restaurants with our top 4 being Jannis,Minos,Karerina's and Maria's Golden Beach.
You have to go and visit the crepe man!!!
Best bars were,Dwyers(great live music everynight),Pegasus(hostess there is such a laugh),Rovers Return(quizzes etc,occasional live music)and by no means last The Red Lion,some fab nights in there with great staff(especially Iliana)Cheeky Monkey is great for a chill is rope swing chairs and very reasonable drinks.
Chippy's is really good for Good Food fast!!!
We loved every minute of our holiday at Latania and because of the fantastic atmosphere around the pool spent far more time at the pool than on previous holidays.We found we'd go out in the day but we would always try and get back for the last few hours round the pool.We met some lovely families around the pool and there was always a good mix of ages too.
We would definately recommend The Latania and would definately go back.
Thankyou for a fantastic holiday Tim,Manos,George and all the wonderful staff.We will definately see you again....hopefully really soon.<3

Room Tip: We stayed in 313.At the back of the complex it was lovely and quiet and lovely views of the mountai...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gill1969
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Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

This is my 8th time here and still love it.. As always all staff very friendly and welcoming. Tim who works on reception is new but he was brilliant, always happy to help. He is a valuable member of the Latania team.. Rooms, bedding and towels are very clean as are the pool and bar area. Manos and his son George work hard in the pool bar to make sure all snacks and drinks are to your liking and are very friendly.. In some reviews people say Manos is rude but this is not true, had they taken the time and effort to get to know him they might think differently.. Latania is small and friendly and is in a great location on beach road. Over the years I have met many people who come back year after year as they have had a good time. Although I met up with friends from previous years I also made some new friends who I will be meeting again next year.. If you are thinking of going to Latania you will not be disappointed..

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2  Thank GILLY2707
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

My family and I stayed at Latania for 2 weeks in August 2012. We were very impressed on arrival and were shown to our room by a genuinely lovely gentleman by the name of Tim.

Our room was a studio for 2-5 and excellent value for money. There was air conditioning (at a price of 7 euros a day), safe (for hire at 3 euros a day) television, basic cooking facilities (although we did not use these), toaster, coffee maker and kettle. The wardrobe space was more than adequate.The room was cleaned daily, beds made, towels changed, bins emptied etc. The two cleaning ladies done a fantastic job.

The pool area was pretty but very busy. We only used it twice (on our return from the beach) as our children felt intimidated by the groups of rowdy teenagers. We felt it would be unproductive to complain about these as they and their familiies appeared to be very friendly with the barman and his son due to their repeated visits to the accommodation. This did not impact on our holiday as we prefer the lovely beach that Stalis offers.

The location of the accommodation was perfect. The beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars etc. are all on the door step. There is also a lovely restaurant next to the Latania called Knossos. We ate here and the staff are very friendly and the food is lovely.

We visited the bar area three times. The first occasion was quite positive and the barman chatted to us and invited us to attend the weekly BBQ. We attended the BBQ. A day or so later we returned to the bar and on this occasion the barman was sitting amongst "friends" and was abrupt and quite dismissive towards us. Needless to say we did not return to the bar for the remainder of our holiday as it was evident that his priority was to his loyal customers who return year after year and spend their time and money at the bar 24/7. We like to get out and about on holiday and experience different restaurants, take trips etc.

Tim at reception was very helpful and friendly. He is a real credit to the Latania.

Overall we had a great holiday and will definitely return to Stalis.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Susannah2302
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

we arrived at hotel me an my fiancé, were greeted and shown to our rooms , the room was basic with everything you need and well set up. just one minutes walk and your on the beach road with numerous bars , restaurants and beaches to chose from. we spent 2 days at pool but was to crowded so spent most of holiday on the beach which is better for a tan ;-), Also we got talking to an amazing family who made our stay even better, We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay at latania and will definitely be coming back , not to forget Tim was the best and most helpful member of staff , always smiling and a real pleasure to talk to.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DannyOrme87
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Been going there for the last 4 years, great beach location,small but warm and friendly nothing too much trouble for Manos,does a great Greek salad, and serves British bacon for breakfast. the pool is small but clean and well kept. Manos will show any sport you ask for, and will find any drink you like, going back in 2013

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

staying there in july excellent hotel very clean room was nice Manos & Geogre at the bar are great & cooks a wicked fry up in the morning.my room was cleaned everyday everything you need would visit there agaian!!! the only thing the let the holiday down was the airline thomson

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Norman191
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

We were a Family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children aged 2,7,9) having a two week stay at Latania during July 2012. We booked via 'Travel Republic' which made the whole booking and transaction very easy and stress free.
We were booked into one of the family size apartments (5 people) with a cot provided too. The rooms were spacious and well furnished to meet our needs. The main room had chairs/dining table, two single beds, fitted wardrobes and cupboards with a small kitchenette with all crockery/utensils/cutlery etc, fridgefreezer and small cooker + microwave, kettle, toaster, etc.
The seperate bedroom had a double bed and a single bed (which also is a nice sofa), wardrobe, dressing tables, television and air-conditioning unit.
The bathroom was also spacious with a bath/shower, toilet etc.
We also had a nive spacious balcony with a washing hanging facility.
The staff were as helpful as can be, they dealt with any request we had quickly and with a positive result. Most of all the cleaning staff were perfect, they cleaned the apartment well every day and changed all bedding/towels every 2nd or 3rd day. (Soap and toilet rolls included !).
The amenities were great for the kids. Pools tables, computers for all, a big screen tv lounge area. Pool snack bar and the pool itself was great. A nice safe section for little ones too, very clean.
Thelocation is in the heart of Stalis but up a side road which is a short 'no through road' which means it is quiet ! in comparison to being on the main 'Beach Road'
All in all it was great ! and the staff were great too, they helped make the holiday.
I would reccomend looking at their website, it is very informative and plenty of pictures.
One small grumble we had was no smoke alarm battery was fitted in our room. This was sorted out immediately by the staff, however we never realised until our last day.
We will be returning in the future ! :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Michael C
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Additional Information about Latania

Address: Beach Road, Stalis, Crete 700 07, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Stalis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Stalis
#2 Family Hotel in Stalis
#3 Romantic Hotel in Stalis
#5 Best Value Hotel in Stalis
Price Range: $50 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Latania 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated, Latania Apartments provide large apartments and studios in Stalis, just 50 meters away from the 4 km long Stalis Beach.Latania Apartments features a large pool and pool bar that includes a satellite TV. Wifi is free of charge to all the public places. Free parking area is also provided free of charge.A variety of taverns, shops, and a medical center is within walking distance from the property. To further explore Crete, there is a bus link 200 meters away that heads to all major cities. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Latania Hotel Stalis
Latania Hotel Stalís
Latania Crete/Stalis, Greece

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