I can't say enough about the friendly family that runs Eleni Palace. We wanted to be near the beach but convenient to the city and Eleni fit the bill perfectly.
We arrived at the Irakleon port at 5:30 am and with taxi drivers on strike we headed to the bus station. Unfortunately, we were directed to the wrong bus because while the hotel's address is "Gazi", the area nearest the beach is "Ammoudara" so we were on the #10 Gazi bus when we should have taken the #1 or 6 Ammoudara bus (a 15-minute ride). The 1st sign of our Cretan hosts' hospitality was that when we called, confused, he told us to get off the bus at the first stop in Gazi and he would come pick us up. :)
We had a 2-room suite that was spacious & clean & had a lovely wrap-around terrace looking down on the pool area. We also had a fully equipped kitchenette & table & chairs, so we bought lunch & snack items at the nearby grocery and only went "out" for dinner. Breakfast was not included with the room but was available & quite reasonable at the cafe on the pool terrace. The beach is a 2-minute walk from the front door of the hotel & there is plenty of free beach space in addition to the rent-a-chair sites.
Our only complaint was not with Eleni but with the hotel next door where a raucous wedding started one night at midnight and ran till 5 a.m. The next night we were prepared, if necessary, to close the doors (and shut out the lovely breeze) - but they charge extra for the AC remote control.
Traveller from Evanston, IL
Situated in the popular Crete island tourist resort, Amoudara, the Hotel Eleni Palace offers comfortable beach …More
"Good value hotel with friendly and helpful staff"
Akti Corali is a great place to stay if you mainly want a base for touring, or prefer to just sit on the beach or by the pool and relax. The hotel only serves a buffet breakfast, no other meals, so you'll need to go out for lunch and evening meals, which may not suit everybody.
The pool is nice and the hotel is located directly on the beach.
I stayed in late September so it wasn't busy. The pool bar was closed during my stay.
It's good value for what it is but if you want lots of facilities, a proper restaurant, or room service then look elsewhere (and expect to pay more!)
Family run hotel - lovely family too! It is very basic, the pool is a medium size, the rooms are a good size with excellent air conditioning. I stayed for 4 days on a room only basis and glad I did because breakfast (€5 per day) was not to my liking at all the food just look dried and old so I opted not to have it. The purpose of this mini break was to just relax and do nothing which I did. Unfortunately, my room was right by the main road so I heard every single motorbike that went by all day every day even with the double glazed windows and slatted balcony door it was still noisy.
We found this hotel to be everything we had paid for and more, the staff were fantasic, we ended up staying for 2 more nights as plans chaged. It's a long walk to the center but we did it the first time, it's on a great bus route, the breakfast was adequate, free wifi and it was nice a quiet where we were.
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