Elounda Residence Hotel
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... what tonight's will bring. They have a huge three level full scale theater at the front of the boat. It has a two level revolving stage and all the lights and sound equipment you could ever hope to have as a director of a show ! We pack a small bag tonight as we head of tomorrow morning to Jerusalem & Bethlehem to stay overnight in Jerusalem then next day to the Dead Sea! Hopefully our hotel has wifi and I can load some of this blog and photos ...
... ship by 2.30 and spent the afternoon snoozing and reading. Dinner tonight was an Italian extravaganza and we dressed in red, green or black. The waiters sung Italian sings and marched round the dining room with tiramisu gateaux held up high! All very festive! We have a nice group of people at our dining table, oz, Canadian and kiwi, having some great ...
... be described as having 'interesting construction techniques' i.e. scary! We criss-crossed the gorge and water a number of times, looking for the path and markers. The wooden signage had long since disintegrated so there were red arrows and dots spray painted onto rocks to show the way. Along with the disintegrated signs, the railings had also fallen off, disintegrated or ...
... who own it are delightful.
The pace here can only be described as turtle like. Perfect really. I'll describe today to you as an example.
Woke at 8.30 after 10 hours sleep
Breakfast in bed at 9.30; freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee and cereal
Skyped the folks for 30 minutes
Got dressed at 11 and we walked the 1.5km downhill into the village for supplies. ...
I went to Crete in 2011. We lived in an old white house about 20 minutes outside Chania. While there we rented a car and drove all over the island. I saw the most beautiful beach and we had lovely food and company. The smell of thyme and olives that you just get in Greece is also the most amazing smell. I don't know what else to write other than that i fell in love with Crete as well as i have fallen in love with the rest of Greece.
I got some pictures as well.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Elounda Residence Hotel
We arrived at 1.30 am after a 3 hour Coach journey from the airport to Be dumped by the reps at the bottom of a hill .. being told someone would pick us up soon. Unfortuantly when the mini bus arrived the previous holidaymakers gave us a very sorry story about their stay in the Elounda residence.... we were horrified when they told us that rats shared their apartments & the hotel was something from Hell... !!!! from that day on we were on guard looking out for all we had been told about how awful it was... To my suprise in the 2 weeks we were there the only complaints i have is that the Manager/Owner is Very rude & unfriendly along with the other staff... APART from the very lovely barman Elias & Handyman/Driver George... if it wasn't for these 2 members of staff my opinion of people in Crete would be very low ...its a shame these people dont realise there representing greece & Greek people when tourists come to there country i have spent MANY years in different area's of greece & also have greek friends in England & i have never been so poorly treated before i was quite shocked at their Rudeness it really was a shame they couldn't be freindly for the sake of paying customers & more welcoming to tourists visiting their country. You'll be glad to know the only Rats we saw were in the olive groves & that was only 1 in 2 weeks but we were told they lived in the apartments upstairs at the top of the hill.. so just check under the sink in the kitchenette....we didnt have enough space for them to fit through in our appt ... we did need a few things in the apartment the fridge didnt work, a plug for the bath & some saucepans but we asked & it wasn't a problem they were sent to our room the next day (YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK) Apart from that the apartment was Good & the Pool was excellent Very Very Clean So Apart from that Steep hill & Wind it was a very nice Holiday... THANK YOU ELIAS & GEORGE XX
We started having reservations about this hotel, after our 2 1/2 hour trip from the airport, and overheard the rep saying we had to be picked up from the street, as coaches could not make it up the hill! Traveling up in the bus, we seemed to be going for ever and the last hill was unbelievable! after arriving in reception, things seemed to be looking up, the views were beautiful, and the recepition looked very clean and modern, after being given our keys, we were then taken back in the bus! to go further up the mountain to our apartment, which had no light in the bathroom, no natural light in the bedroom, and the balcony faced a mountain. Back down the mountain we went to reception to complain, and managed to get a better room, still a bit high up, but far better. After talking to other people, it seems that when people first arrive they are put high up in the hotel, then when they complain they are then moved.
Despite having booked the Elounda Residence and with no warning until we got there, the minibus driver took us and another couple to the 'sister hotel' the Olondio Apartments. Muttering something about the Hotel being full he unloaded our luggage and left us. As we had travelled on a night flight and it was about 3.30 am we were too tired to argue at the time. The Olondio is just an apartment block, clean but very small and basic with no pool, bar or any other facilities whatsoever. After ringing our travel rep in the morning and after a lot of argument we were finally moved into our apartment in the Elounda Residence the following day at 1.30 in the afternoon! Although we were all given a free lunch and evening meal on one day to make up for the inconvenience this was at the Travel Rep's insistence rather than the Hotel's idea. Our apartment was clean and reasonably sized but the kitchen area was very poorly equipped ie no dinner plates/not enough cutlery. There was also no work surface or food storage although there was room for both to be added. The satellite TV had no remote control and one of the channel change buttons on the TV was broken so if you wanted to go back a channel you had to scroll through 100 channels to get to the one you wanted. Despite asking twice, nothing was ever done - lucky we weren't planning to watch too much TV! We had a lovely view of the mountains and sea from our balcony but the apartment next door had a view of the car park and a heap of old furniture - our bedroom window looked directly onto this furniture heap. However, the public areas of the hotel are lovely, the swimming pool is great and the views are wonderful. Staff were polite and helpful and when we were there, a friendly and excellent pianist played in the bar for part of the evening - mainly music from films or shows. We knew in advance that the Hotel was on a hill and didn't find the walk into Elounda a problem but it's certainly not for anyone with walking difficulties/very young children. We enjoyed our holiday but probably wouldn't stay at this hotel again.
We recently stayed at the Elounda Residence in Crete and had a wonderful holiday.
Not for the faint hearted!
On arraival at the residence the first thing that hits you is the gradiant of the hill its pearched on. People with young children and the infirm beware! I have asthma and my inhaler ran out!!!!!!!!!
The views are amazing from the pool and bar, Elounda is a beautiful place, and its captured me, but not the Elounda Residence, the apartments are so poorly equiped, there are no kettles or toasters, we saw a load of microwaves locked in a cupboard?
What equipment you are given looks ancient and not very clean, if like us you use your hotel/apartment as a base for sleeping, washing and changing in, its o.k but anything else forget it. Some of the staff were particularly nice, they seemed to be the polish ones.
Excellence at the Residence
This was our third visit to Elounda and the Hotel Residence and as usual we were not disappointed. The hotel has an elevated position above the town of Elounda, and affords beautiful views of the Spinalonga peninsular, Elounda bay and the Dikti mountains. Hotel staff are polite without being overbearing and provide a cheerful and efficient service in a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are well appointed, clean, spacious and well maintained and the swimming pool is great, with a demarcated area enabling children to play safely. We would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone staying the the Elounda area.
Loved our stay
We were on a trip through Crete so we stayed at several hotels. The newly renovated Elounda Residence was one of the best! I saw some pictures of how it was a year ago, and the change is really mindblowing! The reception is very nice, nice tiling & comfortable sofa's, it gave us a good feeling when we arrived there.
The rooms are very nice, clean and definitely not old-fashioned. Very friendly personnel, they made us feel like home. I've put some pictures up here so everyone can have a look.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is thinking about visiting Crete.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel in July 2005. First let me say our two weeks there were awful, the rooms, pool, bars and restaurents were below average. All the staff were unfriendly and didn't make our stay ver welcome. Our rooms were at the back of the hotel and on a hillside. It was lucky that we went with other another couple who stayed at the Elounda Heighs just down the road. Fortunatley their hotel staff made us feel so friendly we spent most of our time there. Secondly the rooms were awfull and not a 4 star. Overall i would never recommend this hotel to anyone especially younger couples. From my point of view the hotel only caters for families with young children and should state this in their brocure. The only good points about this holiday were the beaches and if you hire a jeep you can see some amazing spots. Elounda it's self was a beautiful place and the harbour is really nice. There a wide varity of bars, clubs and resteraunts. Oh yes and the weather was amazing!
Wow staying at the elounda residence was amazing! The bar people (steve ect) were great fun! thanks for making my holiday excellent hope to see you next year when im there! lots of love lorraine