We first visited the Elounda Residence in 2010, and then skipped it for a couple of years to try other places (only to try different places in Elounda - we very much enjoyed our first stay). We returned for the first couple of weeks of July this year and yet again had an absolutely lovely time.
We were made to feel very welcome, and after our first day we returned to the apartment to find a bottle of wine waiting for us with a little welcome note - a really nice gesture. We were both very impressed by some of the improvements that have been made to the hotel since our first visit - the pool and terrace area has been expanded, the shop and spa facilities updated and free wifi and air conditioning was available in the room (we'd had to pay for the air con during our first stay and there hadn't been decent wifi either).
The room we had this time was one of the lower ones (room 9) - over the restaurant area, and we were very happy with it. It's worth noting that the Residence is a hotel with character - the rooms are all slightly different, rather than all being identical and boring, so if you want a characterless box you'll be disappointed. It does mean that some things might seem a little unusual (like the toilet being almost in the middle of the bathroom and the bed being so near to the wardrobe that we had to get a bit creative to use the drawers), but that's all part of the fun.
Greek beds are notoriously firm and something I tend to struggle with (although I love Greece so much that it will never stop me going), but this time the bed was far more comfortable than I'd expected, and my husband was very happy. We really felt at home in our apartment for the 15 nights we were in it.
The staff, as ever, were incredibly friendly and helpful. Both times we've been to the Residence we've arrived late at night and both times received a picnic bag with food and bottles of water. All the staff were friendly and easy to talk to - we found Roula and Eleni particularly good.
One of the reasons we returned to this hotel was the quality of the food, which if anything has got even better. We like to choose places which serve proper Greek food, and that's exactly what we got. It's a hotel buffet - it's never going to be fine dining - but the selection is always great and everything was cooked very well and very tasty.
We're not massively good at late nights, so most of the time just wanted either to retire to our room in the evenings, or just have a couple of drinks at the bar. We did stay around for the entertainment on some nights - another thing that has improved. What we liked was that we were asked if we would like to join in, but there was no pressure to do so if we didn't want to. We stayed and watched one of the karaoke nights, and took part in the Bingo night (with my husband being bingo caller one week), but the rest of the time we either just sat with a drink or brought our travel scrabble set down to the bar - we're very rock and roll. We went along to one of the barbecue nights in the tavern and we really enjoyed that - thought it was great value for money too. Roula and Eleni were excellent dance teachers (even if we were not very good students!).
The other main reason for us returning to this hotel was its location. Rather than seeing its position on the hillside as a downside, it's a major plus for us. We love the peace and quiet (and of course the view) which come with its location, but also the short walk down into Elounda (the back way - 10 - 15 mins) is a daily highlight for us it's the perfect mix of being in a quiet spot, but within easy reach of Elounda.
I definitely recommend this hotel - don't expect high style or uptight ponciness - you'll not find that here - but if you want a friendly, comfortable, welcoming hotel with friendly staff and great food I'd say you should give it a whirl.
We're about to book again for next summer and we can't wait.
- 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