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Aphrodite Beach Hotel
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All reviewscrystal clear waterwonderful hotelthe ownerwave breakerfresh flowersnatural shadeorder food and drinksbuffet breakfast isgreat holidayhotel offershospitable hostswestern cretenothing is too much troublequiet spotour room was spaciousrestaurants and shopsnice clean hotel
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Aphrodite Beach Hotel is an exceptional, family run hotel, situated on the beach of Mavro Molos. In July 2011 we travelled all the way from Australia to Crete and stayed 8 nights at the Aphrodite Beach Hotel. We are a family and Dimitri accomodated us in a comfortable, spacious family room. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Dimitri, who showed us to our apartment. The entire hotel is extremely clean. The cleaners are continuously cleaning the foyer, staircases, pool area and common areas. The rooms were cleaned everyday to a very high standard. Aphrodite was extremely friendly also and made us feel like we were at home. She would offer us home made sweets and savoury nibblies. The pool area was a safe and relaxing place for families with young children to lounge around. The beach was a 10 second walk from the swimming pool, where you could relax on a sun lounge chair and under an umbrella. Kissamos is a quiet town with friendly locals. About a 10 minute walk west of the hotel is a taverna called Stimadori Taverna. It is a large taverna which is obviously used for weddings and other large functions. They have a balcony at the back of the taverna that overlooks the ocean. The food is excellent and they offer a large variety from fish and other seafood to souvlakia and greek salad. Highly recommend this taverna.
Our hosts, Dimitri, Aphrodite and sons provided everything that we needed and any time we needed it. The hotel is a great hotel in a perfect location. Paradise in Kissamos! We loved it so much that we ae returning this year and extending our stay longer than the last time.

Room Tip: One bedroom apartment great for families
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Athena M
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Having read several reviews on this, and other sites, we confidently booked this hotel, sure of a friendly welcome and comfortable surroundings. In addition to this, we have been to Western Crete previously at the end of October, so we thought we knew what to expect.

However, it seemed that Western Crete was basically closed down- some places were hanging on until the end of the month, but most had thrown in the towel, which I think is what the owners should have done sooner. We were looking forward to hiking in the morning for a few hours, followed by a couple of hours in the mid-afternoon having a swim in the pool.

But I would not have touched the pool with a barge pole as it had long lost its appeal, being bright green with debris on the surface and on the floor. I understand only too well, that maintaining a pool is a costly and time consuming process and that fishing out blown- in leaves for the umpteenth time is tiring, but if the hotel is still in business, and has not notified potential customers that a facility is out of use, then surely it is in the hotel's own interest to maintain it. In Kissamos there were plenty of hotels and apartments with similarly green pools, but they had closed down for the winter. We only booked this hotel very shortly before travelling, so it's not as if we had a long-standing booking for them to fulfil.

Breakfast was an optional extra (E7 each per morning) and as we had arrived on Oxi day (a Sunday too) shopping for catering provisions was limited, so we asked for breakfast for our first morning. As supplies had obviously been run down too, the owners needed to buy them in specially for us. I can't say it was the best ever continental breakfast I'd had- glass of juice, bread, scrambled eggs, a sliced tomato, a sliced avocado and some pan au chocolat, but it sufficed as a one off. Perhaps it is better in the main season with a full fridge.

On the other hand, the hotel was in a fantastic beach side location, the owners were friendly (but tired) and helpful and our room was spacious and comfortable. The T.V had a range of channels in a variety of languages and the shower room was very generously sized- really good (non-leaking!) shower too. As our room had a small kitchen area (fridge and 2 cooking rings) a kettle would have been a useful addition.

All in all, a stay in the main season would most likely have been great, but I could not, unfortunately recommend it for late season.

Room Tip: Our corner room on the first had a large balcony with great sea views.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Aphrodite Beach has the perfect location, right on the beach in a small quiet bay. The family are really welcoming and so friendly and helpful. They work very hard to keep everyone happy. They organised our taxi to and from the airpport, and can arrange trips too. The hotel itself is clean and very pleasant. It has a nice pool, with bar serving drinks and snacks all day. They will come and serve you on the beach too. The room was great, plently of space and cleaning service every day.
It's a10 minute walk into the town, which you can do along the beach. There are some nice restaurants there, but mostly we ate nearby at the taverna directly behind the hotel which serves great food and was very friendly too. There is a supermarket nearby which is handy plus several little tourist shops.
We cannot recommend the Aphrodite Beach hotel highly enough.
We had a wonderful relaxing holiday and hope to be back again next year!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank SooLeeds
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

This beautifully located family run hotel in Kissamos is a perfect getaway for a couples retreat...

Situated right on the beach, with a good sized swimming pool and spacious outdoor seating areas, I have never felt so relaxed in the quite surroundings of Kissamos and making the most of their free wi-fi whilst lazing on the Aphrodite beach in the gorgeous sunshine. :-)

Upon arrival to the hotel we were greeted by the awesome couple who run the show, Aphrodite and her husband Dimitri. They were SO welcoming and quickly showed us to our room on the second floor which was very clean, cool and had a lovely view of the sea from the balcony.

During our stay the owners would go out of their way to make us feel at ease, and were extremely helpful when asking about local restaurants in town, best beaches to visit along the western coast etc.

In fact, so helpful were they that they would even offer us lifts to places as my girlfriend and I do not have a driving license, sadly for us! Although we did not have a car we still found it pretty easy to get local buses to MUST VISIT beaches such as Fallassarna. Also, a day trip by boat to the STUNNING Balos beach (blue lagoon). Again, Aphrodite kindly gave us a lift to the harbor to catch the boat in time! She even booked the Balos day trip for us from the hotel which also saved us 4 euros per ticket, with their special deal. Result!

We loved Aphrodite hotel SO much that although we were initially booked for just the two nights stay, we extended to 5 nights stay before heading back to Chania. Reason being because we just felt that we were not going to get this same level of customer service, family peaceful atmosphere and relaxing experience...all on the budget we had!

Aphrodite even gave us a free t-shirt each from our stay when leaving, which I will now forever wear with pride!

I will be recommending this hotel to all my friends from London thinking of visiting this magnificent country, and for those of you looking for a good value for money accommodation in Crete... Aphrodite Hotel is the place to be!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

I stayed longer at this very pleasant, family-run hotel, directly on the beach because - although I had planned to travel around more, it was so nice I didn't want to try finding anywhere else in the middle of August! The family and all the staff were friendly, helpful, efficient and smiling. My 3rd floor room overlooked the pool and the sea, and had a little kitchen corner where I could have made my own breakfast - but never did, because theirs was very good! Everything worked and the sheets and towels were changed almost too often! Kissamos is a quiet place, so don't expect night life or crowds, but just next to the hotel is an excellent restaurant and a few nearby shops or the small town, in walking distance, will provide anything you might need. I'd recommend hiring a car (possible locally, but difficult in August, so book ahead) to visit the beautiful island sites,many of which are in this western part of the island, but there are possibilities to book tours or tourist boats - which Aphrodite or Dimitri will also be happy to do for you. Beware of rough seas when the north winds blow (as they often do in August) but then there's the very clean pool or sightseeing to enjoy instead! If you pefer to arrive or depart by ferry rather than by plane, there's a small port nearby with a regular service to Piraeus. Otherwise Chania port or airport are about an hour away.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Linda498
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