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Mediterranean Studios Apartments
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Kissamos
England
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36 reviews
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“Great place, in a bad location”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

The place looks like it's just been built despite being 10 years old. It is very clean, with a fantastic pool. The owners are lovely people happy to help with anything. There is a beach couple of minutes down the road but there are sharp stones in the water and it stays shallow for a long time which is an unfortunate combination.
The room was very big and cleaned every day. Our room didn't have a kitchenette as advertised and the breakfast was very basic but otherwise we were happy with the hotel. Unfortunately it is located too far from Kissamos to walk (at least during the day when it's hot) - it took us about 30 minutes and it isn't a nice walk. The bigger problem, however, is that it stands in the middle of working fields and the smell of silage was a regular feature (every day), waking us up on several occasions. If you don't know what this smell is like, let me just say that compared to it, cows smell like roses. It is sickening. I would love to give this place 5 stars, but people should be warned.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

The hotel it self is very good value for money.
The personel is outsanding and the location of the hotel is perfect to roam around the magnificent beaches of west crete, balos, falasarna, elafonisi and relax in the pool area or the bach in the night.

Always listen to what the owner dimitris has to suggest as he will point you to "hidden gems" tavernas and places to visit.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Anstruther, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We stayed here for a week in May, the situation is in a very quiet area just before the main town of Kissamos. It is near the beach and surrounded by open land.The apartment was simple but clean and serviced daily. Dimitrius and Chrissula are very helpful with anything that you may need. A kettle was provided on request and we had a fridge in the apartment, but we did not cater for ourselves as the cooking facilities where very basic.Breakfast was included, which was continental, a cheese and ham toastie, toast and jam etc, and a piece of cake, coffee/tea and fruit juice.We hired a car which we collected at the airport of Chania, i would think a car necessary if you want to get out and about. We explored a huge area of eastern crete during our stay and visited many, many areas of interest. The roads are good, and in May we found them quiet.I would suggest a good quality map would be a good purchase if you wish to explore the area.All in all a very happy stay, and we found this area of Crete relatively unspoilt.Elephonisos and Palechora are a must to visit, as is Falasarrna and Sfnari. We drove as far away as Hora Sfakion and took the ferry back to Palechora, which proved to be a very enjoyable trip.We have visited the east and the west, now we only have the central area of Crete to explore, which will be the next planned trip. Crete is a lovely island with much to offer, and well worth exploring beyond the tourist resorts.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kissamos, Greece
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

After a month at Mediterranean Studios and Apartments we feel that we are able to really review the place. As Dimitri, the owner ‘says you know me, you know the place, and you can give people an idea of what it’s like’. Planning this stay couldn’t have been easier with Dimitri’s helpful emails that answered any question, no matter how small, that arose.
The rooms are spacious and simple, however for less than the price of a dormitory bed in a hostel per person per night, the value for money is incredible. The storage space is plentiful and the cooking facilities in the room are more than enough. We did find that it is often cheaper, and more enjoyable, to eat in one of the local tavernas, or the onsite restaurant, than to cook for yourself. They’re also cleaned every day, although you are able to have a lie in and ask not to be disturbed, which the cleaning ladies are happy to oblige.
The promise of beautiful sunsets offered by the brochure is not an exaggeration each evening was accompanied by one, and was best enjoyed with local wine and something from the pool side restaurant. Anything from the menu is excellent and the service is more than hospitable.
Kissamos is rather remote, and is less dependent on tourism than other parts of Crete, it is easy enough to travel around the island, a hire car is recommended and Dimitri ensures that you get the best deal possible. The benefits of the small numbers of tourists are numerous, the remote beaches are beautiful and the tiny villages with welcoming tavernas are a welcome break from any walk of life. From experience we’d recommend asking Dimitri about which tavernas to visit and which not to.
The brochure also offers a ‘taste of genuine Cretan hospitality’ we found this in waves, from happy exchanges between you and the staff to dinner with the friends and family of the staff you will never be short of company and a friendly face.
Whether it is a relaxing short break soaking up the sun by the pool with a frappe (Dimitri’s are the best in town, a relic from his Army days he says) or using the studios as a base for exploring the fantastic mountains, beaches and historic sites the area has to offer, your stay will be even more enjoyable than you could imagine.

Room Tip: Just ask Dimitri for a room with a view and he'll make sure that you have the ideal room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2011

We stayed in September and it was very quiet and restful. Dimitris and staff are very helpful and Xrisoula does a great job in the rooms. Good value for money although I put average in the rating since it goes from that to 'Very Good'. A continental breakfast is available and is very acceptable although brewed coffee does tend to run out half way through breakfast.

The evening meals were a bit of a let-down from my point of view and we ate out most of the time. Chania is a 40 minute drive away and Kissamos about 10 minutes. 20 minutes to Falassarna - a great beach for children but I really liked the beach (Pirates) near the apartments which had a lovely view. Olga at the Pirate's Bar can seem quite stern at first but she is really lovely when you get to know her.

Wi-fi is only available in the bar area and can be a bit hit and miss. We had an apartment but younger members of out party had a studio which had no kettle or cooking facilities - they did not query this so they may be available on request.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Milan
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

Mediterranean apartments have quite big rooms in Korfalonas, a nice calm place very close to the city of Kissamos. Although we though that it might be too isolated and far away from Kissamos, this has been a point of strenght. Nights are very silent and we had no regrets of Kissamos chaos. It is possibile to reach all the best beaches of Crete in less than 1 hour by car (Elafonissi, Falasarna, Balos).
Rooms are furnished just with essential things. Some clothes hanger and hook more (especially in the bathroom) will be really appreciated. There's air conditioning but it must be paid optionally (4€/day). Each room has a nice balcony. I think it would be better to put a mosquito net to windows.
There's a beautiful pool in front of restaurant area, where every morning breakfast is served.
All the staff is very kind and helpful, you will feel as being at home with friends.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

Great place to Relax . A car would be a bonus , but can use buses.. Otherwise their is everything you need...

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Mediterranean Studios Apartments
Address: Korfalonas Kasteli Kissamos, Kissamos, Crete 734 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Kissamos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Kissamos
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Kissamos
#10 Romantic Hotel in Kissamos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mediterranean Studios Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want to spend unforgettable holidays in a majestic place, with one of the cleanest beaches of Greece, you'll find us in Kissamos, at " Mediterranean studios & Apartments".We have beautiful and practical apartments. Each of them has a room with a fully equipped kitchenette (which contains a fridge, an electric stove, etc.) and of course air condition to every room.It also has a bathroom/wc and a bedroom for 2 or even 6 people with a wardrobe. Each of them have comfortable verandas from where you have the opportunity to admire the unique sunset."Mediterranean Studios & Apartments’’ are 30m from the sandy beach,where you can enjoy your swim. Not far away, you can find a petrol station, bank and super-market. The owners are warm, friendly and always happy to help you in any situation. The apartments are on the first floor and on the ground floor.The area is surrounded with many trees and flowers in a large garden with big kiosks near by our big pool, where you can sit and relax having a drink in our bar and it also has a parking place, in order of those who owns a car or a motorbike. You can also enjoy your meals in our restaurant,We can serve you traditional Cretan, Greek and European cuisine ... more   less 
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