Elpida Village
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Elpida Village

Kalo Chorio, Istron, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 72100 Greece
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
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Elpida Village is situated at the Istron area of Kalo Chorio only 10 Km from the picturesque Town of Agios Nicolaos with the famous bottomless Voulismeni lake. This low-rise village style resort is placed on the slopes of a wonderful hill with a breathtaking view of the Mirabello Bay. It is built in traditional Cretan style with extensive use of local stones and wood.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Game room
Billiards
Children's playground
Electric vehicle charging station
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Darts
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Telephone
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, German, Greek

Location

Kalo Chorio, Istron, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 72100 Greece
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 61 out of 100
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N. Kazantzakis Airport
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Sitia Airport
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Carol B wrote a review Jun 2022
15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently experienced a very long delay for our return flight home, and were accommodated by easyJet for an overnight stay at the Elpida Village.
We were dropped off by coach at the entrance to the hotel. However to access reception there is a steep incline of about 200 metres,then a series of steps before you reach reception. However, if the hotel had been aware of our arrival, there was a mini bus and a van to assist.
Approximately 50 travellers descended on the hotel at about 6.30am and the reception staff had the difficulty of allocation of rooms to very tired people. This they did with relative efficiency and a smile on their faces. Happy to guide and assist us to our rooms.
We were provided with breakfast and spent a few comfortable hours only before we were picked up to return to Heraklion airport.
Because of this short stay, I am unable to comment on most of the facilities at the hotel. Except to make you aware of difficult access, many flights of stairs etc, making the hotel impracticable for those with reduced mobility.
I can however praise all the staff throughout the hotel for their smiling faces, cheerful καλή μέρα and for their valuable assistance.
Note, the views from the dining room and the pool across the Mirabello Bay are superb.
I
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rachel A wrote a review Sept 2022
Bournemouth, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family (myself, husband and 2 children aged 15 & 12) have just returned from 10 wonderful days at the Elpida.

I first went to the Elpida in 1987 with my parents and 3 siblings. We visited many times between then and 2001.

I really wanted to show my family the hotel that I considered my second home and was apprehensive I/they would be disappointed after a 21 year gap. I needn’t have worried…we had an amazing time. The hotel was clean and not too noisy. The room we had (number 2) was lovely. It was a lounge and bedroom set over 2 floors which was no problem for us but could see that with younger children it wouldn’t be ideal (spiral staircase). However it was nice being in an apartment slightly away from the main hotel. The room was cleaned everyday very nicely.

The grounds of the hotel are just the same. The pool is lovely…the main pool is very deep but that is pretty standard. There are loads of seating areas around the whole of the hotel…not a huge number of sun beds but we never struggled go get one.

We used the multi court one morning which was great.

The food in the restaurant was plentiful…there was no chance of going hungry. The only downside to the food was that we didn’t have anything like Mousaka, souvlaki etc and it would have been nice to see a wider range of fresh fruits. But the food that was there was really nice.
We were only half board so can’t comment on the all inclusive option but to be honest 2 meals a day is plenty and gives the opportunity to go to the local bakery.

We took the shuttle bus to the beach on the first day but to be honest the walk isn’t particularly bad so we only used it the once. Yes the slope up the hill is hard after a long hot day but this is mentioned in the information!


All in all it was a very relaxing holiday with a good dose of nostalgia for me. It was lovely to see Nikos on reception, Manos R, Mrs Maria and Kostas…and especially Manos in the restaurant 😊

Thank you for a wonderful 10 and as mentioned many time in the visitors books…we intend to come back!!

Rachel & Jon ADAMS

(Family Warner: Margaret, David, Martin, Jonathan, Claire & Rachel)
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thomas L wrote a review Aug 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Really nice relaxing stay in a quiet village. Elpida Village is built on a steep hillside. Good facilities and really good atmosphere. Weak internet though. Food good. Pool bar and pool good. Great Views.The main issue I had was the steps and my luggage. Our room was at the very top of the site. Luckily I found an access road that looped around to the top end of the site that with permission I could drop my bags 10 meters from my room using my vehicle. Worked out nicely, and my bad knee did not complain.
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Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Use the access road to drop your bags if you are at the top of the site and have a vehicle
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Anna2 wrote a review Aug 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Terrible steps no one helped us with our luggage to get to our room we had to walk a very steep heel. The guy at the reception was also not polite and Def not worth 100 euro a night. Consider spending your money somewhere that they will be appreciated and valued
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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George K wrote a review Aug 2021
Beirut , lebanon109 contributions41 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel has a beautiful panoramic view from its restaurant and has an incredible smell of jasmin flowers all over the area. The staff is very good and polite. Breakfast is nice. Dinner as well. Areas are clean. the shower area is very tight. they do not put shampoo refill every day and no soap tablets. All in all good stay for vacations.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MaisieMooD wrote a review Oct 2023
cumbria249 contributions108 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice if it was a 3*, this isn’t 4*. Pool area is nice but sunbeds aren’t very comfy and the Cretan beer smells and tastes funny. Breakfast ok but only fresh fruit is orange. Good location as a few restaurants, bars and coffee shops nearby.
Hotel is up a steep hill then a lot of hills and stairs around the site.
Staff friendly and rooms clean apart from the shower in my room smelt so the drain needs looking at .
10 minute walk to the beach and bus stop right outside the hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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JennR wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a week. Its ok, but its best to sleep here and use it as a base. It's more of a hostel than hotel. The staff are rude and grumpy. The barmaid Marina and the lovely girl by the pool are the only pleasant staff that knows what customer service is. Don't waste your money on half board like we did, too many lovely restaurants and cafes nearby.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Manos Restakis, Owner at Elpida Village
Responded 8 Aug 2022
Could you please be more specific regarding our staff? Please mail us how our staff was rude, we will try to address the matter. Thank you.
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Penelope F wrote a review Oct 2022
Heraklion, Greece4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A weekend of tranquility and relaxation. I loved the sea view and the piece of the scenery combining the green of the olive trees with the deep blue of the sea. My room was impeccably clean and the bed very comfortable. I appreciated the friendly staff and the home feeling, I would definitely visit again!
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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DandSA wrote a review Oct 2003
Cullercoats1 contribution15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Elpida apartments which were very clean & looking onto gorgeous scenery.with very friendly & helpful staff.A beautiful & quiet beach 20mins walk away with golden sand and a crystal clear sea ideal for swimming & snorkelling and with jet ski,canoe,kayak and peddlow facilities.Plenty of tavernas serving lovely food & all hassle free,(recommend El Greco,Berry's & Roof Top Garden).Just across the road is Commotions, a bar with quiz nights & kareoke entertainment or a terrace to just relax.A 20mins bus ride costing 1 Euro each to Agios Nikolaos is recommended,a beautiful harbour with lots of restaraunts but with slightly more hassle for your custom.We took a boat trip to Spinalonga (an old Lepar colony), very interesting.Booked thru' Thompsons & the rep Jacquiline was brilliant .
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KateBaker wrote a review Jun 2012
Newquay, United Kingdom62 contributions81 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose this hotel because it was cheap and were somewhat worried by the reviews. Upon arriving, we were surprised by exactly how steep the drive was; our taxi crawled up it very carefully. The entrance was lovely, lush plants over clean brickwork, shady in the heat. Nico was charming and very helpful; we were served with drinks whilst waiting to be taken to our apartment. An excellent introduction to the hotel and staff.

Our apartment - wow! Large open space on the ground floor, with balcony, overlooking the bay. Kitchen area, complete with fridge and cooking facilities (not needed as we were all inclusive), plenty of seating and large TV (never watched). Spiral staircase up to twin bedded room (for teenage daughter), bathroom (compact but perfectly adequate) and double room for us, complete with balcony overlooking the bay. It was serviced every day and was all clean and tidy.

The pool area was also clean and the views were fantastic - hills, bay, village. There was plenty of space, but we were early season so not many visitors were there (50 or so when we arrived) and there were times when we were in our own private villa! The gardens were well kept, lots of colour and variety, but steep in places with lots of steps. It isn't the place for people who have difficulty walking! The reception and bar were clean and bright, there was always someone in attendance. Theo was fantastic, very knowledgeable, attentive and great company. The drinks, very pleasant lager, ouso, juices, all inclusive and just as usual in these hotels. No problem with getting served, but then again, very quiet. As usual, the all inclusive deal ended at 11pm, but after a long, hard day in the sun, we were happy to call it a day.

The food - which seems to have drawn a lot of comment. IT IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY! It is Crete, there is a great deal of olive oil, and fresh olives, and tomatoes, and feta. There was variety, although not a great deal (but with so few people staying, there wasn't likely to be without wasting too much food). My daughter, who is a bit fussy, always ate well; the salad and fruit was very popular with her, and the fresh bread was also lovely. The meal times were reasonable, we were never rushed but the service was prompt; plates were not left on the table for long. The staff were also very friendly, always saying hello and smiling.

We were absolutely delighted with the success of our holiday and would be very happy to return next year. We have been influenced by how quiet the hotel was; early season and we often had the place to ourselves. I would not care to imagine what it is like when busy; I know more staff are brought in, but there must be some effect on the service. Not all paintwork is immaculate, and some of the wooden railings have seen better days. This can be put down to the effect of hot sun on it, and it may well be repaired before the height of the season. The hotel is not perfect, but it is extremely good value for such a reasonable price.
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The apartments - Room 1 in particular - are fantastic for a family with teenagers.
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Answer from Man0sR
Crete, Greece4 contributions4 helpful votes
The bedroom is exactly as you described it, with a separate door. There are also beds in the living room for the kids. Thank you.
Thomas L wrote a tip Aug 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Use the access road to drop your bags if you are at the top of the site and have a vehicle"
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Thomas M wrote a tip Sept 2019
2 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 70 is (what I think is) the best room in the hotel"
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Hardtoplease94 wrote a tip Jun 2018
10 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Apartments down from the hotel and a great view."
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Iwona W wrote a tip Nov 2017
Gdynia, Poland57 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms near the pool have nice view, but the others are better 'hidden' by the plants"
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Hidekierigh23 wrote a tip Jul 2017
78 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good beds and pillows, bad breakfast and wifi only in the reception area"
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PRICE RANGE
£50 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
GreeceCreteLasithi PrefectureAgios NikolaosIstron
NUMBER OF ROOMS
110
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elpida Village
Which popular attractions are close to Elpida Village?
Nearby attractions include Voulisma Beach (0.7 miles), Agios Panteleimonas Beach (0.4 miles), and Agrokipos (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Elpida Village?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Elpida Village?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Elpida Village?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Elpida Village?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Elpida Village?
Conveniently located restaurants include MamaLukia & Lotzeta Restaurant, Taverna Kavos, and meRaki.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Elpida Village?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Elpida Village?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Elpida Village?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Gournia (3.5 miles).
Does Elpida Village have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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