Don't think about it, go ahead and book it now!
I've just returned from two weeks stay at the Merabello (spelt correctly) apartments. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely and the 2 weeks went by too quickly.
We would stay there again in a flash!.
The accommodation is good, not 4/5 star but I would not stay in 4/5 star anyway where your just another faceless customer. At the Merabello your treated as individuals (or as a long lost friend) by 'Costas' and 'Lefty' the guys who run the apartments and bar.
'Lefty' is brilliant, he's loud and very funny and someone to have a bit of banter with. He also makes a mean omelette!
The apartment we stayed in (No 6) has a main room with a bed, settee, dinning table and kitchen area. The kitchen is very basic but adequate for simple meals. it has a 2 ringed hot plate, a kettle and a coffee maker, fridge also a sink and draining board. But no TV in room which we did not find a problem.
From this main room there is the bathroom with toilet, sink and shower with tray and plastic shower curtain - again adequate. Then the bedroom with twin beds, loads of cupboards and a built in wardrobe (more than adequate) in this room there is a safety deposit box (which is quite small) and the air con unit both of which there is an extra cost to hire payable to costas the owner. From the main bedroom there is a large balcony overlooking the garden, pool and the bar with a fantastic view of the sea in the distance - wow!
The rooms are also kept very clean with bedding and towels changed at leased twice a week.
The merabello is a great base which to explore that area of crete from, and to also relax and unwind as it's quiet with the occasional barking dogs in the distance and little road noise.
'Lefty' will also entertain you for free!
The road up to the apartments from the town is up hill but not that steep so no issue's there.
Agia Marina it's self is not great though. There's no promenade by the sea just a main road with shops either side. shops mainly consist of usual tourist wears, shops where you can get your feet cleaned by fish, I gave that a miss as I didn't want to kill the fish with my feet!. Also car rental shops, grocery shops, hotels and bars.
The sea can be reached from this main road but there is no walkway next to the sea it's self.
I thought the trips on offer by the tour company were a little expensive and so made our own way to the botanical gardens which can be reached by local bus at the bottom of the road for a few euros and 5 euros to enter gardens with a free bottle of water thrown in! (we saved 20 Euros each).
Chania can be reached by bus in 20 minutes for 1.20 euros. And from chania you can go to rethmenon for about about 6/7 euros and takes about an hour - well worth a visit.
I can also recommend the samaria gorge trip - it's a very very long day but it's a 'got to do' trip believe me! - I'm 53 and did it in 5 hours and ached very little the next day and would do it again tomorrow.
Also I can recommend a trip to Knossos but you will have to book this via a tour company.
Hope this helps you make up your mind to book the merabello asap.
Lastly - Thanks for everything Lefty (I told you Spain would beat Portugal!)
- Also Known As:
- Mirabello Apartments Hotel Chania Town
- Merabello Apartments Crete/Agia Marina, Chania