A friend and I spent a week at the apartments and left feeling like part of the family. The accommodation is basic but extremely affordable, clean and functional. You could get this many places, but what makes it truly special is the fantastic family who run it. Yanni and his parents would go to the ends of the earth for a friendly customer and they really make the place what it is.
It is an easy drive from Heraklion airport and there are some nice beaches and restaurants near by. It was a great base from which to explore places like Knossos (30 mins drive) and Spinalonga Island (50 mins drive to Elounda or Plaka, then a 20 minute boat crossing).
If you are a light sleeper it can be quite noisy with planes going over, so you would be best buying air con for the week and keeping your doors and windows closed. I slept through it all however!
The food at the restaurant is adequate, and the prices for drinks at the bar are the best in the area. We had to fight yanni to pay for the majority of them.
Can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sweet Memory Apartments, a best choice for families and young couples, is a 4 star+ self-catering apartment complex located in Gouves, a family-oriented resort, east of Heraklion. Literally a few meters from the beach, our apartments are spacious and modern in a serene location yet not far from restaurants, taverns, bars and a vibrant nightlife nearby. The apartments were built in 1990 as a family business with a friendly staff at your service at all hours to ensure a memorable stay for you and your family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sweet Memory Apartments Hotel Gouves
- Sweet Memory Gourmet Apartments Kato Gouves, Crete