Elounda Beach Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elounda Beach Hotel
Can be wonderful, can be bad as well
There's a lot that's good about this hotel when it isn't too busy. There are 5 very good restaurants, the service is usually very good and if you stay in certain rooms they are really luxurious.
The waterfront bungalows can be another matter altogether - we were allowed one as a late check-out whilst waiting for a night-flight at no extra charge but the room itself (whilst having a spa bath and a platform next to the sea where you could swim) smelt unbelievably badly of mildew and was exceedingly dirty. Insects were always in the room within a few minutes of a killing spree and I certainly wouldn't have wanted to sleep in it. The wooden deck was also damaged and there were some lose electrical wires in the bathroom that had been covered in electrical tape. To be fair to the hotel this was not one that was being allocated but there was very little sound-proofing with the bungalow next door which must happen with all of this type and at night the lighting back was so poor it was hard to read which bungalow was which - so much to the extent that a couple actually walked into ours thinking it was their bungalow.
There were also two other gripes in that there were large numbers of conferences being held which over-ran the hotel. There was also a wedding and the hotel thought nothing of closing restaurants without notifying the guests so that getting a table (which was usually no problem) could be a problem when you turned up. Also they took a large number of small children and at times (especially when there were large numbers staying at a conference organiser's expense) the pool area and rooms could be very noisy. As there was no childrens pool very small children and babies (with nappies removed) were also swimming in the main pool which I consider to be a severe hygiene issue.
Having said that the hotel is otherwise paradise on earth when it gets it right. The food is certainly exceedingly good and those who enjoy watersports could enjoy a wide range of things to do.
I died and went to heaven when I stayed here. It is worth paying the extra to stay in a bungalow away from the main building as you get complete tranquility and privacy. We had a Bungalow Room with direct access to the sea and benefitted from such a large terrace that we did not need to move from our room all day!
When returning to the airport we were transported privately and the gentleman who took us even opened up a check out desk at the airport and put us through as VIP guests so we didn`t have to queue with others returning to Manchester! Don`t know if this is their normal service but it was outstanding!!
Food, very expensive but delicious ~ didn`t venture as far as the shots of brandy at £ 200 a piece.....but even the house wine was about £ 70 a bottle in some restaurants. However, you almost expect the extravagant pricing when booking this hotel, but could be a nasty shock if you get the hotel as a deal as your alternatives to eating away from the hotel are limited without a taxi journey!
Views are amazing, staff wonderful. Can`t say anymore!
We selected Elounda Beach based on suggestions from friends who stayed there many years ago. All we heard was still true. We stayed in one of the newer buildings in a good size room with patio, pool, and a wonderful view of the sea. The pool was to be shared by three rooms, but because we were there so early in the season, we ended up having the pool to ourselves which gave wondrful opportunity for swimming any time of day or night. Help at the hotel is most attentive and responsive to all possible needs.... most of them are well anticipated and hence resolved seamlessly. We arrived to a room full of flowers, bottle of wine, bowl of fruit. During our week long stay, the flowers had been refreshed, bowl of fruit replaced with fresh, etc. Restaurants are wonderful, but very expensive... unless too tired from day's activities, you'd be much advised to spend the taxi fare for a trip to near by Elounda or Aguas Nicholas. Having said this , you MUST go to the Greek restaurant where the food and service are impeccable. You'll feel like you're at your friends private home!We most definitely will be back, but never this early in the season....too many things were still closed, no outdoor bars, limited outdoor dining, limited boat excursions. Go, but go after the Orthodox Easter... that's when things are in full swing.
Don't miss this one while in Crete
Elounda Beach Hotel in Elounda is the most fabulous hotel. Beautiful rooms jacuzzi in the floor of the bathroom. Beds comfortable. Great amenities. Wonderful staff. We stay in many hotels throughout the year. This is the best ever!
Very nice, but probably not worth the dough
My wife and I came here for our honeymoon in early June 2004 and had a great time. This is a wonderful property and everything was perfect, but why shouldn't it? You have to sell a kidney to stay here. Holy cow, is it expensive! And, it probably isn't worth it.
Some of the Criticism is Valid
Hi there. I read with interest the pro and con reviews of the Elounda and would like to provide my inputs, having just stayed there this summer. (1) Avoid Elounda Beach Hotel at the end of July and first half of August, when it is full capacity. The service is still okay but the resort is just teeming with people so you don't get the privacy or attention or details you expect when you pay their summer prices; (2) There are indeed some very expensive and very shabby-looking bungalows.
They cost upwards of $650 because they face the sea and are little private bungalows, but the interiors of these rooms are indeed not worth even $150. These bungalows are located on the extreme right side of the resort, at the opposite end from the more expensive villas. I suspect these were the first "villas" to be constructed because they do look out of date and look like they have not been refurbished since. We were first offered accomodations here but I could not stomach myself to stay here and decided to pony up an extra $400 a night to stay in one of the contemporary and higher end sea-view villas instead. I believe that all these rooms however are so overpriced for the summer that if you are a value traveller in any sense, you should not stay here for the summer as you will have to pay a lot of money to stay comfortably.
The prices are probably more reasonable out of season. (3) The service was good and everyone is kind. There were less crowds this year apparently because of the economy and terrorist threats and I understand that three years ago was one of the peak periods of the resort in terms of occupancy. But nevertheless the buffet was still too crowded for my liking so we wisely ordered (and paid extra) for room service every morning instead. (4) The restaurants and views are indeed nice at this resort, especially compared to other resorts in the area.
But I do agree with the man from Tokyo who said that this was too little value for money. If I were a billionaire, I might stay here again if my kids really begged, but otherwise, I would go elsewhere.
Luxury and Hospitality
We stayed at the Elounda Beach Hotel for three days this July and wished that we had stayed for several more days. The hotel staff met us at the airport in Heraklion and had us transported to the hotel. When we arrived, we were greeted by staff at the reception desk and given a room upgrade to a waterfront villa. While we didn't have a private pool, we did have a patio that adjoined the bay and included private chaises. Our room cost about $650 per night but was worth every penny of it. We had a large room with a sitting area, a plasma TV and a DVD player. We had a private balcony and a huge bathroom. I really don't know where the gentleman from Tokyo stayed but his description doesn't fit this hotel. The hotel sent us a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and fruit and provided us with a complimentary lunch. Breakfast was a buffet, but it was fine given the late hour of dinner in Greece. And the restaurants were excellent. We ate in the Italian and Polynesian restaurants that are near the water. Our best meal. however, was at the Greek restaurant. The service was very professional and the food was great. As for the gentleman's other complaints, the crowds were relatively light, the ambience and service were great and Crete was fascinating. We'll go back here.
2nd visit to fabulous elounda beach hotel
Hi,I have just read an unfavourable review on this hotel and wonder if these people went to the same hotel as us. The Elounda Beach Hotel where we visited 2 years ago (and are returning again in September this year) was a fabulous place. The accommodation, the restaurants from the Greek; where we ate typical, freshly-made local dishes (washed down with local wine!) at lunch (in our beach-ware) and sometimes when we felt "casual" in the evening, to the gourmet restaurant which served fantastic food with a caberet act to follow. There is also an Italian,where I had a couple of lessons (and recipes to take home) The Italian restaurants sits out on a jetty overlooking the stunning Elounda Bay - some backdrop! The Polynesian Restaurant is very exotic, comfortable and if pampering is what does it for you - you've gone to the right place. I forgot to mention the ambience..typically Greek hospitality which is sometimes lacking in a hotel of this calibre.
Accommodation is also luxurious and spacious with all the trappings that you would expect from a 5*. There are bungalows with private pools to fabulous hotel rooms with all mod cons+++I cannot praise this hotel enough and cannot wait to get back!!!Happy holidaysA confirmed cretafilePSAs we are from Scotland and you know the reputation of the canny scot! we felt that although it is not the cheapest, it was worth every penny!
Wonderful : A second opinion
Further to the report "biggest rip-off in Greece", I would like to offer a second opinion on the Elounda Beach Resort.My partner and I travelled to the resport in late May, when perhaps the resort did not suffer from being at near capacity as it appears may have been the case when my fellow contributor lodged there.We paid only £250 ($380) per night for 7 nights in a spacious double/king room in the new Imperial Building, albeit with a pretty "Garden", not Sea view.The room was very nice and furniture was of very good, if not exceptional quality. We had a 32" widescreen TV with DVD player and the room was well serviced. It was particularly nice to return to bed after dinner to a freshly cleaned room and made bed, with a lovely touch of two fresh red roses left on each pillow every evening.The bathroom was lovely with a Jucuzzi bath (albeit a single bath) and a steam room.The rooms in the older and slightly cheaper building may not have these facilities and it may be worth checking the facilities of your room before you book. We had absolutely no cause for complaint at all.Certainly in late May, Breakfast was far from crowded and very tasty, especially the made-to-order Omlettes, Crepes, and Waffles. Champagne was also offered as a final touch.Again, in the early season we had no cause for complaint on the beach or around the pool with plenty of room and good service on offer with towels and sun loungers, although the service from the pool bar was rather slow.Dinner is served in one of Five Restaurants and the Italian Restaurant, Polyneasian Restaurant, and especially the Gourmet Restaurant was very tasty and fairly priced.The Jetty bar, set 100 yards into the Ocean is a lovely way to enjoy the midday sun over a cool cocktail, and when lit up at night, offers a inviting, romantic ambiance.I originally withheld from offering the Elounda Beach five stars on the totally unfair basis that this Crete, and not The Seychelles or The Maldives, with the additional exotica such place or family holiday in the Mediteranian then Elounda Beach is a wonderful choice. Good rooms with all the modern features one could wish for, nice food, good staff and peace and quiet in private.D Hyde 6/6/2003
Biggest Rip-Off in Greece
If you are planning a trip to Crete, you will almost certainly find dozens of sites and reviews on the Elounda Beach Hotel, which is so good at marketing that it has managed to become a member of the Luxury Hotels of the World, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and practically every other hotel association of repute. As a result, you will will probably be conned into believing that the $600 minimum you will pay for each room per night is worth the cost, steep as the price is.
Pls do not be conned into this excellent marketing ploy. After staying here for a week, I realized that the hotel charges so much (especially during peak season) because it spends so much on marketing and promotions, including ads in Architectural Digest and other luxury-end magazines and Christmas cards to past clients every year. We stayed there three years ago and we still get cards from them.
However, this is far from a high-end luxury resort in the league of other $600 a night hotels such as the Aman hotels, etc. It is an okay resort but it is definitely not worth $600, which is the cheapest beachfront accomodation the hotel offers. Other beachfront accomodations run into thousands of dollars a night. Total highway robbery.
What are the complaints? Again, let me stress that the resort is satisfactory enough but not for the prices they charge.
1. Rooms are described as "charming Cretan style", which is another way of saying cheap and kitschy. We saw the $1000 a night rooms and these are indeed very nice, but unless you are willing to throw that much money away, you are better off somewhere else. Our $650++ a night rooms had small cheap TVs, balcony furniture in need of repair, a cheap and shaky mattress that seemed to be made of straw (no exaggeration) that was then laid on a concrete bed frame, awful sofa furniture and a small and Third World bathroom.
2. Breakfast is buffet style. But it is crowded and it resembles more a tourist hotel buffet rather than a luxury hotel breakfast.
3. The lobby is quite dowdy looking except at night when they light the place up with candles and lanterns, making it look lovely.
4. The beach is small and terribly crowded. There are not enough beach chairs or towels in the afternoon since this resort tries to make as much money as it can by crowding as many people as possible into one place over the summer.
5. The pool is large but nothing special.
6. There is no privacy at this resort. Wherever you stay, you are guaranteed to be at the mercy of people next to you or walking in front of your room, etc.
Why on earth do people go?
1. The marketing brochures sell this place as the most fantastic place on this side of the continent and the photos they use are just lovely.
2. The views from this resort are indeed gorgeous. But if I had known what we were in for, I would have gotten my views elsewhere.
3. It can be a fun place for children -- especially if you don't really care about getting value for money.
When we were there, we met several people and even bumped into several acquaintances who seemed to like the place. They were all very wealthy financial industry types with small children.
If you are like most people, who like to get value for their money, please go elsewhere. We wish we had. This is a $200 a night resort at best. There is no shortage of resorts on Crete -- many are indeed pricey during the summer, but I doubt that they would be highway robbery the way the Elounda Beach Resort is.
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