I think everything has been said, really - I totally agree with the positive reviews that precede this one. The rooms, housekeeping, pool, breakfast, bar area and staff are all excellent, and location was within walking distance to two supermarkets and the lovely Kalathas beach. The highlight has to be the direct access to the beautiful Mediterranean cove and the semi-private decks on the way down.
So I will focus on location, as this is where we disagree with some other reviews. Many have said a car is needed. This may be the case if you want to tour the area or have children who need a bit more action that couples do. However, we didn't have a car (or children!), and we certainly didn't miss out. It was easy to get a taxi into Chania for 12 Euros each way - which we did three times during our 10-day stay - but most evenings we took the 15 minute walk into Kalathas for dinner. One taverna was right on the beach with an excellent, authentic Greek menu - fairly ordinary in terms of atmosphere but with friendly, efficient service and excellent value at around 30 Euros for 2 (including a litre of the excellent local wine). The second is just before you get to the beach, raised from the road, with the unpromising title of "Fish and Chops and Chips". At first sight the menu seemed a bit limited but once we knew the system we ignored it - the staff bring an excellent choice of fresh fish to the table for you to choose - including some local wild species, which makes a change from the usual farmed bass/bream you tend to get in Greece. They also bring a selection of meze/salads to select from - delicious! Total price was excellent value - even with the relatively expensive fish - at around 45 Euro for 2 - again including wine. It is also a little more atmospheric, with a nice view over the beach. There is, in addition, a hotel restaurant right opposite to this; we didn't try it, but it looked nice. For those prepared for the fairly straightforward walk there is plenty to do locally for those, like us, who don't want to be burdened with a car while on holiday and just want to soak up the local environment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Giorgi's Blue Apartments is a small complex of 19 furnished apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms, fully equipped.Ideally located right on the sea (30 m), only 12 min. by car from the town centre (Chania) and 10 Km from the local airport.Perfect location for quiet vacation in a warm and friendly atmosphere - best location to explore West Crete.Unforgettable sunsets by the pool bar... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Giorgi's Blue Apartments Crete/Chania