Alternative title = "Good old Trip Advisor"
I am very lucky to live in Crete, but still hanker after a couple of days away from home occasionally; here is the story of 2 very different trips last week....
2 friends booked 1 night All Inclusive at the St Constantin Hotel in Gouves - they wanted a 5 star luxury spa hotel, to be pampered for a day & paid E190 for 1 night. They are not TA users or they wouldn't have done it! It was horrible, no better than 3 star, basic rooms, dirty pool, terrible food - they were given 1 small, tasteless (that's pretty difficult to do here!) Greek salad between 4 & a small chicken souvlaki each. They went to bed hungry. Sadly, tavernas in Gouves have closed down due to the influx of AI in the area.
I, armed with a little local knowledge & my trusty TA, booked a night in Kavousi Resort at Falasarna last week. 3 of us shared a spotless, roomy apartment, well equipped (whereas the St Constantin did not even have a cup or teaspoon available) for E97 including a fabulous breakfast. We had a delicious, huge, fresh meal at Captain Nikolas' taverna on Falasarna harbour, fantastic fish fresh off the boat & less than E20 per head, incl drinks.
So my advice is - Don't book AI, do a little research, use TA, make some calls/ send some emails, book direct.... all my money went straight to local people. I spent less than half the cost for at least twice the value!