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Sweet Memory Gourmet Apartments
Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Kato Gouves
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“Recommend absolutely!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you're looking for a peaceful, relaxing, laid back holiday, this is it! Family run Taverna who all make sure you're looked after. Big thanks to Mama Koula and Andiopi, Mama's home cooking was just that, 'home cooking', unlike the surrounding generic frozen offerings, and Andiopi, so lovely and friendly. We had room 33, top floor, large, basic, but with everything you need. (Who goes on holiday needing TV and microwave!!), sun all afternoon on the balcony, perfect. We borrowed their sun loungers and umbrellas every day and used them on the beach in front of Taverna, ok, this beach is pebbley, but hey, it's right outside the door, also it avoids all the usual crowds you get on the sandy beaches with rows and rows of beach beds. The sea was fantastic. Some days like a mill pond and others with amazing surf because of the strong breeze, (which was gratefully received due to the heat), recommend taking beach shoes to wear in and out the sea tho' as the stones can make a graceful entrance and exit impossible. As an aside, we did visit a couple of places for drinks/eats, highly recommend The Milena, food excellent quality and the red wine also. Also try the Kondimar Bar, more upmarket for drinks, music and cool surroundings. Would we come again, probably not, but then we don't like to visit the same place twice. Would we recommend, absolutely!!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

The hospitality at SM was just incredible - Mama Koula was so welcoming and endearing, and my mum and I grew very fond of her and the waitress, Adiopi. They made a wonderful effort with me, being vegetarian, to ensure that I had plenty to eat at dinner time - I was given more food than anyone else! The apartment itself is large, and is kept clean, brilliant value. In SM1 it was fairly quiet, with a family atmosphere, which was just what we were after, there are plenty of brilliant bars nearby to go out in too. We were truly drawn in, and were genuinely upset at saying goodbye to the team - and goodbye to the wicked view!
I would highly recommend it, and would love to go back! All about town, when we said we were staying at SM, the locals expressed approval too. It is well known as a lovely place to stay :-)

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Wanted a 1 night stay before we fly back to Athens from héraklion the airport is about 15 km from the hotel, this hotel is very nice with a pool,the wifi works great , a ok breakfast and a really nice staff Anna who looks like the manager is super nice help us to get around and let us use the pool after we checked out.
a bit out of the way but if you have a car this is the perfect place.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Lovely apartment. Very clean.food excellent. Wonderful atmosphere. The family and staff make you feel at home and comfortable. The staff at sweet memories 2 were fun and helpful. The pool a bonus for days when you wanted to be away from the beach. We will definitely return had a great time there.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We've just got back from a week in Sweet Memory II (this is the set of apartments with a swimming pool). It was excellent value for money. The hospitality was first class - Costas was a brilliant host. Superb breakfast & lunches, as well as a BBQ evening. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, be made to feel welcome & not spend a fortune, this is the place for you. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We found this small friendly hotel with Sunshine Holiday's and then looked at the reviews on Tripadvisor. The reviews were so good that we booked straight away as we liked the look of the place too - The reviews really are true! Sweet Memory 1 (where we stayed) is located right on the seafront, with a small road between it and the sea. Although the beach in front of the hotel is pebbly you only need to walk 5 mins. either way to sandy beaches. It is an ideal place for couples or families who like quiet/relaxing holiday. These apartments do not have a pool but you can use the pool at Sweet Memory 2 which is only a 10 min. walk (free transfers available) Turn left out of hotel take first left follow the road round several bends then left where road forks then take next right, complex down side street on left (look for Greek flag) This complex plays music by the pool - Plenty of sunbeds. We came here several times where it has a good selection of food all freshly prepared (hello Kostas)
We stayed at SM1 on 30th May for a week on a half board basis (husband, daughter and baby granddaughter) in room 22 a 2 bed apartment. The apartment had all you could need and fresh towels and changed bedding were changed regularly (who wants a TV on holiday - not us)
The food cooked by Mamma Koula was delicious, Breakfast consisted of cereals, fruit, Greek Yogurt, Mamma's famous breads and an assortment of spreads. Mamma would then offer you a cooked breakfast consisting of Sausage, 2 Eggs and proper Bacon. the evening meal choices (2) were written on board in morning and were traditional Greek dishes - YUM YUM very tasty. Please note that half board here does not include any wine, but as holiday a good price we didn't mind.
Antiopi served the drinks and meals at night - very nice young lady.
Only gripe concerning dinner is it isn't served until around 9.00 which isn't a problem for us but our Granddaughter needed it earlier.
Sunday is BBQ night (free if half board) This is a must - it is cooked by Kosta's who also works at SM2 from afternoon onwards. I don't know what he does to the different meats but they are sooooo yummy that you tend to over-indulge!
Yanis the owner is a lovely honest guy who made us feel very welcome from day 1. As we were not being picked up until 7.00pm on day of departure he offered us a studio room at SM2 so we could shower and change before our flight home at no extra charge - Thank you Yanis.
A must visit is to the Anfield Sports bar (turn right out of Sm1 - opposite church) very lovely family who make you feel very welcome. Also the supermarket just before this is run by Manos and his wife - he stocks all you could want - again lovely couple.
Only had 1 meal out (as half board) which was at Philopos (side street opposite church) very nice, had starter and main with wine/ouzo 30 euros was even offered free fruit for dessert but was too full!!!
Thank you for a lovely holiday Graham/Ann/Ocean and Skye Warner xxxxxxxx
We will be back to these apartments (hopefully next year) with friends.

Room Tip: room 22 had 2 balconies
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

My sister and I stayed at Sweet Memory's 11at the end of May and found it to be everything as advertised. A hidden gem is how I would describe it. The welcome we had from Yanis and Costas was everthing we had heard about Greek hospitality. We would thoroughly recommend this Accomadation to anyone looking for a quiet simple holiday. The room was spotlessly clean as was the pool area. Marie and Therese

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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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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