A very well presented, clean and professional hotel, suitable for all ages, couples, families and singles. Very good value for money 10/10.
They are all very clean, bright and airy. The rooms we had consisted of 3 single beds, 2 bedside cabinets, 3-person wardrobe, dressing table, small stool and 1 chair.
Air conditioning which was €30 a week extra or €50 extra for 2 weeks.
Balcony has a table and 3 plastic chairs. There are shutters that block out all daylight and it is very easy to oversleep!
Bathroom has sink, toilet and bath with shower over it. Loads of toilet rolls and usually hot water 24/7.
Rooms are cleaned every day. Fresh towels every day and bedding changed 3 times a week.
If you want a late check out, a room can be arranged until 18:00 for €16 paid extra to the hotel or £22 through Thomson. It is cheaper to arrange it through the hotel.
All the staff are very helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. There are English Ladies who work on Reception (Cheri), Dining Room (Andrea) and Donna who works in the Bar on an evening.
Breakfast 08:00 – 10:00
Waiter service. Within the price is:
Continental breakfast which consists of a choice of Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit salad (not tinned) or cornflakes followed with 2 slices of toast / butter / strawberry jam, 1 glass of orange juice and 1 cup of tea or coffee.
For €2 extra you can have an English breakfast of 2 fried eggs, baked beans, bacon & sausage.
Evening Meal 19:00 – 22:00
Waiter service. Within the price you get:
Starter – 4 choices - always soup, a Greek speciality and 2 others.
Main course – 4 choices – always a chicken, pork, lamb & beef dish usually 1 of them is a Greek speciality (once a week one of these is substituted with fish). These come with chips, jacket, roast and sometimes-mashed potatoes.
There are vegetarian options, which you need to ask for which are usually, Spaghetti Neapolitan, Omelette, Pizza, Jacket Potato, Battered Fish and chips or Lasagne.
Children can have chicken nuggets, fish fingers or a small pizza, which needs to be asked for.
Desserts – 4 choices – usually ice cream, crème caramel, 2 Greek speciality cakes and melon.
Drinks – to be paid for (which are reasonably priced).
There is no formal dress code in the restaurant so you can either smarten up for the evening meal or just feel relaxed in your shorts and T-shirt.
Special Dietary Requirements
My son has a wheat allergy and we took over freshly made wheat free bread. All the staff were very accommodating and his bread was put in the freezers so that he could have some for toast every morning. A big THANK YOU to Andrea.
Entertainment is in the dining room so it does not commence till after the evening meals finish at 22:00. There is a variety of Greek Night, Bingo (with a jackpot of over €300!), various singers and musicians (which all have karaoke) and an evening of karaoke. Usually, finishes at around 01:00
Pool - It has a shallow, fenced off area for small children and is very clean. There are lots of sun beds and umbrellas situated around it. Pool closes at 19:00 when the evening meal commences.
Fridge – Situated in the reception area and is for use for storing medicines and baby food only. There are no fridges in the bedrooms.
Internet – 1 PC situated in the reception and has dial up access at €2.50 per 30 minutes. Has MSN installed. If you want broadband go to the “Gas Internet” towards Canal D’Amour at €1.50 per 15 minutes (3 minutes walk from the hotel).
Within the Vicinity of the Hotel
The beach is only 5 minutes walk away, which has sun beds and umbrellas for hire. There are also water sports and boat hire. The beach never gets crowded.
Bars are about 7 minutes walk away, some of them showing films during the day (many that are currently in the UK cinemas). These come to life at night and compete to see who has the best and loudest sound system! The hotel is far enough away to not be disturbed by them.
Excursions – do not book through the Thomson representative, as Thomson prices are on average between 70% & 80% more expensive than what can be booked locally. Selini Travel Agents had the best deals. At the end of the hotel road turn right and then first left sign posted Canal D’Amour. Walk over the bridge and continue around the left-hand bend and Selini Travel agents is on the left hand side. Louise (who is English) and Helen who work there are very helpful and will give discounts when more that 1 excursion is booked; also all of their prices include transfers which most of the other do not include in their displayed prices.
Aqualand – This is the main water park on the island, which is approximately 1 hour away by coach. As the island is very hilly, the coach winds around a lot of bends so take precautions if you get travelsick. The water park has free sun beds and umbrellas. Lockers are available at € 3 + €2 refundable deposit for small lockers and € 4 + €1 refundable deposit for large lockers. You are allowed to take in your own food and drink. It has a wave pool and people are allowed to sit in rings.
Hydropolis – This is the second largest water park in the area, which is approximately 30 minutes away by coach. The route to this water park is less winding than Aqualand. The water park has free sun beds and umbrellas. Lockers are available at € 1.50 + €1.50 refundable deposit. Watch out for Mosquitoes as the locker room is full of them and the majority of the sun beds are on grass (which had not been cut). There are not many slides at this park as it is smaller than Aqualand and aimed more at families. You are allowed to take in your own food and drink.
Greek Night – This is near to Paleokastritsa, which is approximately 1 hour away by coach. As the island is very hilly, the coach winds around a lot of bends so take precautions if you get travelsick. You have a show with music, fire / plate smashing & traditional dancing and audience participation. Meal is 4 course; bread, assorted battered vegetables, pasta dish, turkey with chips / rice / vegetables, salad and melon. Free wine and orange squash all evening. If you book through the Holiday Representative, all you get for the extra money (approximately 80% more) is them re-filling your jugs of drink, dancing around over enthusiastically and blocking other peoples view as they do not have a seat. Watch out for the flower and florescent wristband sellers who are very persistent who forget that you have already said “No” and will shove flowers right up under your nose and clip bands on your wrist before you know it.
Odysses BBQ & Boat Trip – You travel to Paleokastritsa, which is approximately 1 hour away by coach. As the island is very hilly, the coach winds around a lot of bends so take precautions if you get travelsick. You then spend the day on a boat touring around the coast line, jumping off the boat to have a swim in the sea and then on to a private beach for 2.5 hours of sun bathing, snorkelling and a BBQ. The beach is private and the water is crystal clear. There are no toilets at the beach and only one on the boat. Meal is chicken, potato, bread, Greek salad, sausage and melon. White wine, water and orange squash is provided as part of the BBQ and is available for the whole time you are on the beach. The beach is shingle and gets hot so flip flops or deck shoes are essential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alkion Hotel is just 50 meters from Kato Stalos Beach, and it features a pool area with sun beds and umbrellas, a gym and a children's playground. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.The air-conditioned rooms have a furnished balcony, and come with a hairdryer and coffee maker. Each also includes a satellite TV, fridge and safe.Alkion serves a daily breakfast buffet enriched with Cretan delicacies. Alkion Hotel is only 7 km from Chania and just 1 minute from the bus stop. Chania International Airport is 18 km away.Free private parking is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alkion Hotel Crete/Chania - Stalos