I just cannot understand the negative reviews for this place - it is amazing. We were initially booked into a hotel in Loutro. After staying in a beautiful hotel in Chania Town I wanted to cry when I saw the place we had booked. It was beyond basic and not particularly clean. Loutro was also a huge disappointment. It's just a waterfront of tavernas and hotels and feels quite down market. We were there during the world cup and every taverna had a giant TV screen. On our second day in Loutro we went for a walk and happened upon Finix bay and the Old Phoenix. We simply loved it and spent the day there swimming and relaxing on the small, uncrowded beach. After enjoying an amazing lunch we decided to check out of our hotel in Loutro and spend the rest of our holiday at the Old Phoenix. Yes, the room was basic but compared to the one in Loutro it was bliss! And as for a previous reviewer complaining about the lack of TV - when you stay someone this beautiful why on earth would you want to watch TV?!! The room was large and bright with a fantastic view. The food at the Old Phoenix is terrific, I'm a vegetarian and loved all the meals we had in Crete, the Cretan salad here was a real highlight and discovering they make their own cheese explains it, the Feta was outstanding. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful and overall this place is fantastic value for money. 40 euros a night for what feels like an exclusive resort. We are already planning to go back next year and I cannot wait!!
- Also Known As:
- The Old Phoenix Loutro, Crete