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Akti Olous Hotel
Ranked #13 of 35 Hotels in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 May 2014

This is a family run hotel and in our opinion is the place to stay when visiting Elounda. Relax on the small beach or up on the large balcony, a short walk into town and there are plenty of shops and bars/restaurants. Rooms are adequate with a small balcony and are cleaned to a very high standard. Breakfast on the jetty and see all varieties of fish swimming in the bay. Will be back in 2015.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Back home after a week at the Akti Olous which I would thoroughly recommend. The staff are all lovely, very friendly & helpful. The location is perfect, on the shingle beach, a short walk into town with plenty of shops, bars & restaurants. The hotel is very clean. Our room was adequate with a very small balcony. The bathroom was one of the best Greek bathrooms we've ever had..it didn't flood when you used the shower! Breakfast was good with something to suit everyone .You can sit outside & have an amazing sea view whilst eating. We were only B&B. My only minor complaint is the very small area around the pool. There are only about a dozen sunbeds but we had a lovely holiday & met some really nice people. Our favourite restaurants were Leonidas at the far end of the harbour & the little Greek tavern, Poppy's next door but one to the hotel. We also enjoyed Rady's cocktail bar & their live music (jazz & blues) night.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank marianne_lewis1
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

We are visiting Elounda for the last past six years and will go back this year in akti olous as we always feel welcome.we love the little beach in front of it good snacks served all day and cold drinks. We do recemmend it to all our friends.see you soon

  • Stayed: September 2013
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9  Thank Sanman12
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

This review is late but some reason it never showed up, I must have pressed the wrong button.
We went here in sept and loved it.
The breakfast out on the jetty restaurant is wonderful, buffet style but as much as you want and sitting outside with the water washing around is a lovely way to start the day.
Nice clean rooms, great location five min walk from the town.
Turn left out of the hotel and 10 mins around the town and you are at a large sandy beach with all facilities.
Turn right and about 2 mins walk and you are at a small quiet shingle beach, which is where we spent most days.
Some great restaurants and bars nearby, the Melissos next door did great meals.
The rooftop bar is great.
The only down side for me was the rooftop poll, which is small, square and 6ft deep all round, wasn't particularly clean either.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank tn62wilts
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We stayed here for a week in early October and had a wonderful time. As said in previous reviews, the hotel is spotlessly clean and the staff are helpful and friendly. I am aware that the rooms vary in aspect and size, but we were very happy with our side sea view and comfortable little balcony. On one side we had a lovely view over to the causeway and the Island and beneath was us was a lemon tree and interesting birds such as Spotted Flycatchers and Sardinian Warblers.
Breakfast was excellent with something for everybody and plenty of variety. You can take it over the little road the jetty/pier rea and eat watching the tiny fishes below. Mind you , this was not really practical for our first two days, owing to a howling wind which reminded us of being home in West Cornwall !
We were staying on a B and B basis and ate out for our first three days. The standard of food in Elounda is great, but we did feel that we should try the Blue Sea restaurant at least once. In the end, the food at the hotel was so good , as was the service ,that we had supper in the Hotel for the rest of the holiday.
We also loved visiting the sky bar for a quiet drink before supper. The view over towards the distant mountains was wonderful and we watch the colours changing as the sun slowly set.
Elounda has lots of character and there is lots to do if you don't just want to sunbathe! Spinalonga Island is of course a must. You can easily walk from the hotel. We walked to the causeway and the salt pans every morning before breakfast and had beautiful views of kingfishers as well as being accosted by friendly ( and probably hungry) feral kittens!
All in all, highly recommended !

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank WillisCornwall
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

If you love Crete, but not large and impersonal hotels, then this place is just perfect. I would like to keep it to myself, but I will be honest and share the experience. Running between the seafront and the road into Elounda, near the causeway over to the island of Kolykotha, the Akti Olous, in the lovely resort of Elounda, is a wonderful location for a relaxing holiday. Set over four floors, all served by a lift, the rooms vary from a luxury seafront suite to small and cosy garden rooms. Yes, some rooms are not as big as others and some have tiny bathrooms and even tinier balconies, but this is Greece, and it soon does not matter! What matters is that the staff are warm and welcoming and the rooms are spotlessly clean. Our room was serviced every day, and our sheets and towels changed very regularly. The beds were comfortable and the water was usually hot. The rooftop 'sky bar' was just the best spot for a view over Elounda one way and the causeway in the other direction. Tables and chairs were scattered on a shady verandah. This was a lovely place for a quiet drink and a read in the day. The pool on the roof was crystal clear, if a little cold occasionally. Sadly it was too deep for me to stand up in, so would be totally unsuitable for a non swimmer under 6ft, or any children! There were only 12 sunbeds, and no room for more, so in high season this could be a major issue for sun lovers wanting to use the pool area. Again though, the location of the pool on the roof took away any minor niggle. Breakfasts were buffet style, and had both cooked, continental and greek dishes. The choice even varied from day to day. Breakfast could be eaten in the hotel or carried over the road to the hotel's Blue Sea restaurant that was on a pontoon out into the sea. A perfect start to each day, relaxing in the sun watching the fish swim by. Evening meals could be taken buffet style in the hotel again, but I felt that the indoor seating area lacked character when there were so many local Greek tavernas within easy walking distance. The Blue Sea restaurant outside served good 'a la carte' food as an alternative though. Elounda itself has a good feel about it. Touristy enough to eat out somewhere different every night, but small enough to feel Greek. The Akti Olous is a perfect place to stay if you want a good small hotel by the sea.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We stayed in October 2013. We'd asked in advance if we could be close to my aged mothers room and they did manage to get us onto the same floor, albeit at opposite ends. The hotel itself is well appointed and nicely situated at the quiet end of Elounda. The rooms are a bit on the basic side. We had a standard double. The bathroom had hot water occasionally and the shower head had no wall fixing, so had to be hand held and the plugs in ours and my mothers sinks didn't work. Our room was also next to the lift which was a bit noisy when used. Other than that, the hotel was good. The staff were friendly and the breakfasts were nice, as was the restaurant.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Akti Oloundos Beach Road, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#10 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
#15 Family Hotel in Elounda
Price Range: £46 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Akti Olous Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akti Olous is recently renovated, a family-run hotel ideal for those of all ages, looking for comfortable accommodation in a cosy environment. The hotel is located directly on the thick sandy beach in the bay of Elounda, only 300 m from the village of Elounda, its small harbour and shopping area. The location of the hotel provides a relaxed holiday, with stunning panoramic view from the roof top pool. ... more   less 
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