Right, let me get the obvious stuff out of the way. This hotel is outstandingly good and the perfect place to go on holiday with your toddler. The design is lovely, it's impeccably neat and clean, the staff are really, really lovely to a person and go the extra mile and the food is great. Believe what other reviewers say and read their reviews for more detailed info. Rather than repeat the glowing expansions on these things that others have written, I'm going to just go through a few bits of info that I'd have found useful to know before we went.
It is completely and unashamedly targeted towards couples with one or more child between the age of 0 and 5. Of the 33 rooms, I reckon 30 were thus occupied when we were there. They provide loads of stuff for the kids that you therefore don't need to bring including: cot, bedding inc baby pillow, blanket, towels, potty, monitor, kids cutlery & plastic cups, toys for the pool, toys for the beach (bucket & spades etc.). There is a fish pond, well trench, that has goldfish and a terrapin. You can feed the fish in the evening. There's a tortoise that lives in the rock by reception. Our nipper loved all the animals! And there's a playroom open all day with childminder supervision 5pm - 7pm weekdays to give you a break!
We had a couple of windier days when the waves were up just about enough to catch the odd bodysurf ride. Most days were very calm though and I snorkelled several times. The water is very clean and clear and whilst not exactly warm in Mid-May I was out for up to 45 mins at a time no bother. Swim out to the headland or the patches of rocks you can see underwater. You'll struggle to find more than 20ft in depth. There is little to no coral. There is some but limited fish life but some highlights if you persevere. I saw a turtle, 2 small stingrays and an octopus.
The neighbouring beach to the right as you look out to sea, just beyond the headland is called Iguananas beach and is great. More sheltered and lovely sea for the kids. €7 gets you 2 sunloungers and an umbrella for the day + facilities: kids toys inc inflatables, changing huts, toilets, showers, bar.
3) LOCAL AREA
The brief bit of research I did before our trip lead me to think that Ammos was kind of on its own in a more residential area. This is not exactly the case. The area does feel quiet, chilled and not busy but there are a couple of other hotels along the beach. Set back from the beach are other small hotels and apartments with a communal pool. With the exception of the Thompson spa hotel next door, these mainly seem to target Danish people. Most have a taverna on site and there are other independent tavernas nearby. I'll stress that none have food to match the quality of what Ammos serves but worthy of consideration for a change of scene/menu for lunch for example.
Ammos are happy to recommend restaurants nearby and in Chania town. The bus to Chania town is a doddle. For the stop go left when you hit the main road and it's opposite the Penny Market minimart the other side of the road (5 minute walk). It's a circular route so coming back we got on at the same stop in Chania town that we got off at.
The Penny market minimart has all you need for groceries if you want to prepare anything in your kitchenette.
The headland at the end of the beach to the right, and the one beyond it at the end of Iguanas beach to the right are really lovely for a walk with nice views.
I struggled to find out in advance what the crack was re having a drink at the hotel in the evening as there didn't appear to be a bar as such. The restaurant seating is on 2 levels. The downstairs bit is the same level as the pool and mainly covered. This seems more popular at lunchtime. The upstairs bit is half inside, half outside and on the same level as reception. There is a bar / service area with 4 barstools but it's not an obvious place to sit and drink as it's quite small. Next to the inside bit of the dining area is a lounge area with nice seating and books to borrow. If you want a drink after dinner this is the obvious place to sit and they'll bring drinks to you there. Most evening we sat there with the monitor on either talking to each other or other guests we befriended. There's only seating for 8 or 10 people but a lot of folks seemed to head back to their room, or maybe stayed at their table after eating. By virtue of everyone having kids evenings were a chilled affair but just a nice little set up for a nightcap without, as it were, plonking yourself at a bar.
I hope that helps! If you're considering this place then I really wouldn't hesitate. A massive thumbs up from us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ammos Hotel is a small stylish hotel located on the best spot of the city of Chania, right on the water front at the bay of Agii Apostoli, 4km away from the Venetian Harbor and the picturesque old city. In an idyllic setting by the water, wake up listening to the sound of the waves and indulge into our vast palette of vivid colors, from light green to the turquoise of the sea water and from beige to the bright fuchsia of bougainvillea. This is your private escape... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ammos Hotel Chania
- Ammos Hotel Crete/Chania - Agii Apostoli