if you want a "real Greek Hotel" (rather than a perfect, sterile hotel which all look the same and you could be anywhere in the world), then choose the Elounda Residence. Lots of guests have stayed at the Hotel before,which speaks for itself! Positives: spectacular views, friendly helpful staff, great food - particularly the fish. Negative: the steep location. We stayed for 2 weeks in the top block and so it is quite a hike just to go back to your room from the restaurant. but the views are spectacular. I will never forget sitting in bed in the morning, looking out over the bay to Spinalonga as the sun is coming up. And sitting having lunch looking over the whole bay - breathtaking. The only sounds are of goats bleeting or maybe the crowing of a cockerel. The back road takes you right into Elounda gently sloping with a great view of Elounda, until the last part which is extremely steep. The road from the front of the Hotel is very steep at first and then winds more gently through olive groves and takes you to the main road a bit further out of the town. We walked into the town and got a taxi back for 5 euros. After reading The Island, our holiday in Elounda did not disappoint in any way. You can get a bus to Plaka and Agios Nikolaos from the town square. Would recommend walking over the causeway to see the old church and having lunch at the restaurant there, great fresh fish and look at the wonderful old photos of the causeway bridge and windmills on the menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the surrounding mountains and the sea, Elounda Residence offers self-catered accommodation. Its public areas offer free Wi-Fi and include a large pool with hydromassage jets, 2 restaurants and a tavern with live music.The complex consists of spacious apartments with seating room, and fully furnished villas with private pool. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony with sea view.The restaurant serves a daily breakfast and dinner buffet. Taverna serves a variety of Greek dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the main bar and pool bar. Children’s menus are available.Elounda Residence features a computer room and a games room. Sports and leisure facilities include a tennis court, mini golf, table tennis and table football. There is also a separate pool for children, and 3 playgrounds.The hotel offers free shuttle service to the village and harbour of Elounda, where you will find wonderful beaches, local stores and frequent boats' departures to the famous Spinalonga island. Free private on-site parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Residence Hotel
- Elounda Water Park Residence Crete