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Sweet Memory Gourmet Apartments
Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Kato Gouves
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“True Cretan hospitality”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2012

we had a great holiday thanks to yanni and his mam and dad. the hospitality would put a five star hotel to shame. nothing was too much trouble to them. we toured the island from this great location and even walked the Samaria Gorge. the apartments are spacious and very clean. all the people we met there were lovely and we had a great time. yanni helped us to book flights and accommodation on santorini. his bar prices are some of the cheapest in the area. I really wanted to keep this place a secret but such a lovely family deserve recognition. see you next year.

Room Tip: there is a pool to use only five minutes away and nice beaches only a short walk away.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Just arrived back from one of our best holidays yet. Local bus service good and lots of places to visit. The apartments are very clean and well serviced by the cleaner. Top marks for Yanni, Mama & Papa, they welcome you and make you feel like part of their family, We stayed there for 11 days but wished it had been longer. The apartments are overlooking the sea and perfectly placed for all amenities. The food is more than acceptable and I can see no reason why anyone would not enjoy spending their holiday with this charming and nothing too much trouble family. We would like also to thank our hosts and all the lovely people we met for a wonderful holiday. Planning our return visit already for next year

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

We had a wonderful holiday at Sweet Memory in August 2011, it was so good that we have come back in 2012.

This year has been even better than 2011, the evening meals have taken Sweet Memory up another step.

Mama, Papa and Yanni treat you as one of their family which gives the place a wonderful homely feeling.

We are currently sat on the balcony in room 21, waiting for our taxi to the airport, eating some of Mama's fruit and discussing a return visit in 2013.

Richard & Gillian

Room Tip: All rooms are good, with shade at some time during the day
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I chose these apartments because of previous reviews and I was not disappointed, The apartments have everything you need so if basic is the word people chose then so be it, they were clean and the cleaner came every other day, I stayed there for two weeks at the end of July with two teenage children. The welcome and farewell was second to none, with hugs and smiles all round, i did not notice anyone else getting the same welcome or farewell from their choices. It became home from home, Yannis was amazing and over help and advice all the time even offering to fetch medication from another town for my daughter, Mama made us feel like one of the family. We were self catering which works our expensive and going on Mamas cooking and the Breakfast I would recommend at least Half Board. The local places again were really friendly and even helped the kids learn some Greek. We will be looking at booking again, Going on a previous comment about a cockraoche, OMG!!! How dare one come into the apartment in a hot sticky climate! Lets face it, it was one. As for the pigeons the children and i commented on the fact we had not seen any!! Free use of the sunbeds for the beach, although some need repairing , was brilliant. You can also use the pool at the nearby hotel for free. Thank you Yannis and your family.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Sweet Memory Apartments is a wonderful place to stay. The rooms are very nice, the location is wonderful and the service levels are very high (Yannis and family were especially helpful ). The home cooked food was delicious. buffet breakfasts and traditional Crete dishes. Can't wait to go back!! A+++++++++++++
Jugs of red wine from the bar is a must!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Fara in Sabina, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Hotel/Apts just in front to the sea in Gouves, nice place. Very large rooms, but decidedly spartan furnishings. Bathroom too small and very far from the level of a 4 stars. Breakfast (not impressed) and dinner buffet proportionate to the cost (10 Euro per person for dinner). Staff very friendly and helpful. Quality/cost ratio absolutely good but, in my opinion, not a 4 stars.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sweet Memory Gourmet Apartments
Address: Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 71 600, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves > Kato Gouves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Kato Gouves
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kato Gouves
#8 Luxury Hotel in Kato Gouves
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Kato Gouves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sweet Memory Gourmet Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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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