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Sweet Memory Gourmet Apartments
Ranked #12 of 37 Hotels in Kato Gouves
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“Second and not last return to the Sweet Memory Apartments!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

OK, so this is our 2nd return to SMA, and we were welcomed with open arms by the flamboyant Yannis as ever.

Not only to do you have the choice of SMA by the sea, you also have the option to stay at the SMA2 by the pool! Both as excellent as each other.

We went in April, which reflects on our review with regards to the weather being 20/25 degrees, but did not stop us from jumping in the pool bbrrrrr!............

The SMA by the sea is calm and quiet. Every single person here treats you like family and their welcoming is second nature. The apartments here are very spacious and have all the amenities you need for self-catering. The room we had, had the morning sun which I loved to just sit in the morning balcony, drink my tea and enjoy the peacefulness. The food here is cooked from FRESH! by the amazing Mamma, who clearly puts her heart and soul into every dish she cooks. The food is delicious! Yannis cooks THE best mushroom risotto ever. All served and welcomed by the lovely Eva. Even when you have finished, you are asked if you wish for more! Really excellent attention to detail. The white wine is also delish!

The SMA2 by the pool, again is calm and quiet. Plenty of sun loungers and a lovely area to soak up in the Spring sunshine. Again the staff here look after you like your family. Nothing is too much trouble. Emmanuelle makes a mean club sandwich. AND you benefit from a discount if you order the bar/food if you occupy the other apartments rooms!!! Only a 5 minute walk from SMA or a 2 minute drive, either way they offer a free service to take to between the two!!!

We hired a car which was really useful as we got out and about to enjoy the glorious scenery. Only 10 minutes from the bustling town of Iraklion which we loved, 30 minutes from Ag Nick & Elounda and the driving here was great. Not many cars/vans etc. on the roads and everyone moves over if you want to overtake, not like the UK! You do have a very short walk to the local shops which in our case were just opening up as we were here just at the start of the season. Learn a few hello's and thank you's and they love it! We got most of our gifts and bits here locally.

We will come back again, no doubt about it. If you are looking for friendly people, spacious clean rooms, freshly cooked food all at an amazing quality for money then you have to come here.

Honestly you will not be disappointed with this gem of a place and if you are.......well you need your head looked!

Our biggest and bestest wishes to Yannis and his family for continued success in everything they all do!

See you next year peeps!

Love from, The Dirty Animals
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Room Tip: Room 36 give you the morning sun in your balcony & room 35 you get free wifi. Rooms 11 give you...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Arrived for a ten day break at 9 ish pm, welcomed by lovely Eva and Yani. We were served a fantastic three course meal. We were disappointed that although having booked a double room we had single beds, we're told no double beds although there is lovely looking double bed on the site when booking. Very hospitable, and great food cooked by Mamma, pork knuckle not the favourite but everything else great, thank you for the bread Mamma xx

Room Tip: We were room 21, nice and quiet with a balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Sweet Memory Apartments, are perfect for cupples and families alike. The location couldn't be any better, right on the coast with the sea just outside the front. A very short walk to the shopping and other bars around Kato Gouves. A 5-10 min walk to the bus stop to take you straight into the city.
The staff at sweet memory make you feel like one of the family with Yannis taking the time to talk to each guest and always has a reason to make you laugh. Going above and beyond for customer service and relations. Mama's cooking and hospitality will wow you. All home cooked local food 3 course meal available each night and the sunday bbq is fantasic.
Eva in the bar in the evenings will always make sure you're smiling and that you have everything you need.
And everyone else you meet there will always take the time to make you feel speical.
The apartments are spacious and clean and a perfect base camp when exploring the island.
Nothing is to much at sweet memory. If you're planning a trip to Kreta make this your first choice!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Had a fantastic week,out of season in October, accommodation very clean and comfortable, staff were so hardworking and friendly, food was all home cooked by moma coola so nice and very reasonable prices,also drinks the same,location so local for everything,family run very organised,

Thanks Phil and carol.

Room Tip: Just book all good,nice resort for family or couples or singles.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

I’d been in September for 14 days holiday on Crete and I booked all my vacations at Gouves-Crete in a 4* hotel. Being within the hotel for the first 2 days, my wife and I decided to go for an afternoon walk along the beach road. A nice quite evening walk towards west following the sunset. We passed a little charming church on the right and a few meters after we saw a place where everybody was cheering. Stood there for a second watching and wondering what is going on there. I thought there was a Premier league game!! There was a woman walking among the tables speaking to the guests and another guy, a bald one (lol!!), that was serving food but also, kind of, teasing the guests. Everybody looked happy. We were surprised and we decide to walk in and get a feeling of all that. THAT WAS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We met Yannis (the bald guy!). He was introduced to us, as the owner of Sweet Memory Apartments (that’s the name of the place – a small hotel). What a guy! Smart like a spark. He offered us a table. Actually, we had no plans of having dinner outside since we were on all-in basis in the hotel but Yiannis seemed such a nice guy, so we decided to sit for a while. He offered us two glasses of red wine (a good one, much better than our hotel was serving). We started chatting to Steve and Mary (a London couple that was sitting next to us) and we were so surprised by their experience in Sweet Memory with Yannis. From the smiles on the faces of the rest, we guessed that everybody in there would tell us the same story if we asked them. It seemed like a small community of FRIENDS. Yannis was trying to move the world to make you feel like home. He treated everybody like a friend. That’s the secret!
He was constantly moving, serving dinner to the guests. We asked Steve and Mary what is going on and if the place is a restaurant and they told us all about it. Yannis’ mother (mama Koula) is doing all the cooking. Greek traditional home made cooking. She cooks every day the main course and Yannis is doing the starters. I have to say they all looked delicious. We sat there watching and we could not believe the portions that people were getting, they were massive. We could smell the food from our table. Yannis brought us a sample to taste as well as mamas homemade bread. OMG!! I fell in love with the bread, the food, the atmosphere, everything! You have to try it! We left that night from Sweet Memory and my wife and I were so jealous for not staying there. We went to our hotel but we decided to go back there again. So we did the next night and every night ever after for 12 days. We had dinner there, the most amazing food we ever had in our visits in Greece. Cheapest bar in the Gouves!!
Yannis has converted this little place to a group of friends. People just mingle, the repeaters pour their own drinks (we saw a guy feeling up his glass of beer!) and they help with service, amazing. We felt like we were at friend’s home every night. We felt in love with the place, the people, the view – it’s just beside the sea, everything. We came back home and we have already booked twice for next year, 14 days in May and 14 days in September. We will return to our new friends. Some of the people we met there they will be returning as well, so this time will be more fun being with friends.
Yiannis, you have found 2 ne clients. We have found in your place our home on Crete and we will not go anywhere else. Keep up the amazing job you do. Steve and Candy!

Room Tip: Book on HB basis, it's cheaper. There is no pool but the nearest beach is a few meters away.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Sweet memory apartments are a super holiday venue. Yannis, Koula and Mr Micheal are wonderful hosts, the apartments are spotlessly clean food is super all cooked by mums Koula.
We are returning next year and are looking forward to it very much.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2013

Recently returned from a fabulous four week stay at the, appropriately named, Sweet Memory Apartments. From day 1 we were welcomed into the family and it was an emotional farewell when it was time to leave.
On our travels we have found Greek people, in general, to be genuinely friendly and helpful. This is definitely the case with Mama Koula, Papa, Yannis and Dora – what lovely people. They all give 100% to ensure that everybody enjoys being at Sweet Memory.
Although we were self catering, we never did! Mama’s home cooking was far too tempting and excellent value at 10 euros for superb three-course evening meal. The service was top class from the ever-smiling Dora and the courses were at least as good as you would get in a 5 star restaurant. Meat dishes just melted in the mouth and the portions were really generous! Wine to accompany the meals was only 1 euro a glass, 3 euros for a small carafe or 6 euros for a large carafe.
The apartment was large with a good-sized balcony, spotlessly clean, usual facilities for self catering, ample sockets and lighting. Nice touches were soap dispensers in the bathroom, bath robes provided, bottle of water in fridge on arrival. The room was cleaned every day and towels/ sheets were changed every other day.
In terms of location, SM sits right on the sea front with small beaches a short walk away in both directions. The pool, which guests can use, at Kiassa Beach, is also a short walk.
The resort has a good range of pubs, restaurants and shops, although supermarkets are expensive and not particularly well-stocked for self catering purposes. To be honest though, who needs shops when you have Mama’s home cooking, with lashings of freshly baked bread?
For us, the highlight of the holiday was the family atmosphere (and the food) at the Sweet Memory Apartments. The experience was delightful and meal times resulted in many friendships being developed. Without doubt, we have come away with very sweet memories.
We will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: Rooms above ground floor have the better balconies
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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 On the Beach Hotel in Kato Gouves
#9 Luxury 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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