Food and service was exceptional. The Chef was very cordial and inviting as was his cooking staff. The service staff at meals and bar were of the most accomodating nature. Staff and administration are united in providing a most comfortable experience. Highly recommend this hotel.
See you next year.
Located in Ammoudara, this beachfront hotel is in a shopping district, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Pankritio Stadium, and 2.6 mi …More
A week here was great, shame surrounding areas were shutting down for winter.
Hotel is amazing in every way, just wish evening entertainment was better. Don't let that put you off staying at Agapi though.
Traveller from UK
Located in Ammoudara, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Pankritio Stadium, and 3 …More
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
Located in Ammoudara, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Pankritio Stadium and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Theodoros Vardinogiannis …More
I stayed here with my wife and daughter as our flight was arriving in Crete at stupid o'clock in the morning and our main hotel for our stay would not have room ready until after 14:00.. This was all due the airline changing the flight times..
I opted for the Handakas due to its good reviews and its location being over the room from our primary hotel...
The staff are lovely and seem like they cannot do enough to help you.. That was a great welcome to Crete and one we remembered thoughout our stay and to this day..
The room we had was a little knackered but we made the best of it seeing as it was only going to be for about 8 hours so we could get out heads down for a little while then get some breakfast and them decamp to our hotel across the road...
Traveller from UK
Located in Ammoudara, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Pankritio Stadium and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Theodoros Vardinogiannis …More
Ok, so me and my partner wanted to switch off and have a week away all inclusive to be as lazy as we could be and not think of food etc. Still, as we are a young couple I rented out a car with the hope to drive to a couple of beaches and bars etc. So, the hotel delivered in the area of cleanliness, good food etc but I warn you (if you are a you g couple) that there are no bars or beaches nearby for "fun". I would definitely recommend staying in Chania as there are plenty of pop up bars and beautiful beaches for you to drive up to every day. Here in heraklion we were bound to the hotel. So, all in all, good experience the hotel was great (and we still managed to drive to Bali beach and the palacw of Knossos which is nearby) but this is a family orientated hotel. Loads of families and kids. If youre young, stay in Chania. Trust me, do the research (unlike I did :D). Ps: also Elafonissi beach is just off the coast of Chania (Elafonissi is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!!).
Traveller from A
Nestled on the beach, this Ammoudara hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pankritio Stadium, Geoponikos Kipos, and Public Gardens …More
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