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Review of Elounda Water Park Residence

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Elounda Water Park Residence
Ranked #18 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
S Devon
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“One Night Half Board”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

We found the hotel to be very clean with pleasant staff. The Taverna for lunch was excellent. However, the evening meal was somewhat non-descript and breakfast the following morning unidentifiable!
Our, apparently, 2 bedroom apartment consisted of a twin bedded room with almost enough room to circumvent the bed, and a double room - if you fancied climbing over from one side of the bed to the other - at 60 plus not an easy prospect! Decor was tired, if I want to be kind. We were given a bottle of wine as a welcoming present, but there was no cork screw!!!!! If ou want to be self catering in this apartment good luck!
The pool is lovely, the view tremendous and, as I said earlier, the staff fabulous.

Room Tip: Look fror an apartment away from the main building - quieter and probably newer.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

We arrived at the Elounda Residence at 2.30 in the morning of the 2nd June 2014, didn't know what to expect in the morning having only seen a long winding road to get to it, but we're grateful for the bag of sandwiches, fresh fruit and water that were handed to us on arrival. in the morning our hearts rose, the view was spectacular, could see the whole of Elounda, Spinalonga, out towards Agios Nicholias and the mountains surrounding us, absolutely gorgeous. Food very nice and plentiful as well as being authentic Greek cuisine. It was very hot but a nice breeze kept you cool and relaxed. The staff were wonderful, special thanks to Maria and Mary on reception, who sorted out any issues you had with a smile and efficiency, extra special thanks to Tracy and Maria at the pool bar who kept us well entertained all holiday and of course the gorgeous George 34, they all had time for a chat despite being run off their feet, to be honest cannot praise them enough, and last but not least Elena and DJ George in the restaurant who always made us feel welcome. yeah it was on a hill but the views were spectacular and the hotel bus helped out if you did not want to walk up or down. Would go back in a shot, loved it.
Les and Caz xxx

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We arrived at 1:00AM and were given accommodation at up the hill. What was very nice we were given some sandwiches, fruits and water at the arrival. When we got to our accommodation find out there is not hot water and telephone doesn't work so that was awful after long journey we could not have a shower. They could not fix this problem and we moved to another accommodation but for two days we stayed without hot water. Even then, we find out that the hotel have hot water only at specific time so you have to catch it up. Another thing which let us down is cleanness of the hotel. They change towels and bedding but floor was full of dust and fluffs even when we just arrived at the hotel. Location a bit far from the beach, village and shops but very beautiful view. Also there is a free hotel bus. The most of accommodation has beautiful sea view. Food is OK, especially dinner. Free afternoon meal for children at the hotel tavern, plus drinks and ice cream at bar with voucher you will receive at reception.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

We went to crete for a family holiday as oyr cousin went to get married out there, we chose to stay at the elounda residence hotel. We arrived at night and couldn't see much at all and one of the drivers who took us to our room we thought wad rude and wrnt to to sleep on bad impressions of the hotel.

Upon waking up the next morning were utterly gobsmacked by the breath-taking sea view, looking right down onto the beach and sea and the mountaineous scenery.
As other reviews have said this isn't really a place for those who struggle with walking but if you dont it is well worth staying here.
Our stay was all the more worth the while after meeting Ilas the waiter and Dimitrie the chef of the 'ARGO' A La Carte Restaurant just up from where the pool is. If you want sensational greek food at reasonable price, somebody to have a laugh with then this is the place to go. Both have exellent local knowledge of the town and are always willing to help.
If i am to go back again they will be the reason why, went as customers left as very good friends. All in all a very good holiday had, my advice, dont listen to the bad reviews, go and make up your own mind and i can guarantee you won't regret it. Thanks for a great holiday Ilas & dimitrie (the 'ARGO' staff)

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

Just returned from our third visit to Elounda Residence.

This hotel really feels like home: all staff go out of their way to ensure that you have a relaxing, enjoyable holiday; the food is simply amazing (would love to bring the cook home with us). To the people who complain about the food: you wouldn't go to a sushi bar and expect to get roast beef and yorkshire pudding, so why would you expect the same in a greek restaurant? Elounda Residence offers fantastic Greek home cooking, and you can eat as much or as little as you like.

The room itself was simple but amply big enough, always clean and there is adequate provision for those who want to self cater. In all three rooms we have stayed, the view has been simply spectacular (we would go back time and time again just for this) and we have never had disturbed sleep.

The pool area is really pleasant, again with beautiful views. There are always spare sunbeds, and shaded areas if you want to keep out of the hot sun. The pool bar staff are attentive and friendly. Enjoyed the updated music this year!

Evening entertainment varies dramatically from bingo to karaoke to traditional Greek dancing - something for everyone, and always a great laugh. Lovely to see the staff enjoying themselves too, since they work so hard.

We hired a car from the airport as the transfer is quite tedious, but the shuttle bus run by the hotel makes transport to and from Elounda easier if you're not a walker. Ample bars, restaurants and cafes in Elounda if you want a change. Cocktails in Friends bar were great!

All in all, a fantastic hotel with breathtaking views, friendly staff, and scrummy food! Looking forward to returning ASAP!

Room Tip: High rooms may be a bit of a walk up hill but worth it for the view!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Myself and my girlfriend visited the Elounda Residence mid May 2014. We had a fantastic stay at the hotel. The staff really made a huge effort with us. The food was lovely and just what we wanted. There wasn't a huge selection but kept us well fed.
The town of Elounda was only a short walk from the hotel. We would go in each day and there was a great selection of shops and restaurants to enjoy. The view from the walks down the hill were spectacular. Would would recommend a taxi back though. Only 5 euros and in the afternoon heat it made sense.
The hotel would put on entertainment each night. We had a great time with other couples. George the barman was very friendly and would serve you drinks but also chat and give very useful advice for things to do and places to visit.
Only tiny minor point of the hotel was that in our late twenties we did feel very young but that still didn't particularly matter. We made some great friends and would stay up late and chat and have a dance.
Pool was lovely and could always get a sun lounger. The Mrs thought it was a bit cold but I was happy with the temperature.
Great value for money. We were half board and drinks weren't included but they were cheap. Room was lovely for the price. Amazing views and cleaned every day. Mattress was a tiny bit hard for me but the Mrs loved it.
Would recommend to anyone young or old.

Room Tip: Be careful of the bars in Elounda. We were stung by some of the drink prices.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

If you are in a wheelchair or in any way mobility impaired, you should probably not stay at this hotel. It is located at the top of a very steep hill and many of the rooms are also at sharp inclines. I would describe the hotel as 3 star, not 4, although the food is good. The only means of getting to and from the nearest town is via the hotels bus which has been known not to go/ leave at the exact times published, so be prepared for that.
To describe this as sea view is a bit sneaky as you can see the sea, but it is almost a kilometre away! The staff are ok, sometimes the bar is suddenly unmanned and it does not open until 11.30am. There is no food provision at all outside of mealtimes.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Elounda Water Park Residence
Address: Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece (Formerly Elounda Residence)
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
#16 Family Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Elounda Water Park Residence 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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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