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“Average Apartments in Great Location - Little Pricey”
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Alikes Apartments
Ranked #1 of 3 Elounda B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

As all other reviewers have said, the staff here cannot be faulted - very welcoming and eager to please, they all work very hard even down to the maid helping us to prevent the room from flooding when the torrential rain poured under the balcony doors!
After being dropped off there was a short walk downhill to the apartments which might not suit some especially if arriving in the dark however, the location was great with a short walk to the little harbour, all typically Greek.
Most of the rooms had a great view however, we were unfortunate and had a 1 bedroom apartment on the side of the main block with a view of other guests balcony only feet away and an adjacent small view of the sea - tried to change but place was full, a bit of a shame as we enjoy sitting on the balcony watching the world go by.
I thought the additional cost for AC was a little steep at 50 euros for a week for 1 unit, if you wanted the second unit in the apartment then it was another 40 euros so with the 15 euro charge for the room safe it was an expensive 'checking in'.
Small pool and bar area was fine and the grass area in the front of the building a good place for the sunbeds (do take your own pool towels, they are not provided) and everyone very friendly.
Local restaurants served excellent food at reasonable prices and like most places you get what you pay for. If you intend to stay in and cook the ocassional meal then the facilities are limited, no grill or toaster just 2 small rings and a kettle. Prices in the shops more than the UK - milk 1.70 a pint, bread @2.50 a loaf for example.
We did the local 'happy train' which was fun and the boat trip to Spinalonga, I wouldn't use the rep tour v. expensive, just jump on one of the boats at the harbour which is 10 euros return, interestingly nobody tells you that on landing on the island if you want to walk around it it costs another 2 euros - not a lot but annoying.
The music night in the Alikes was cancelled due to bad weather, so can't comment however, although we don't normally watch the TV because we had poor weather we hoped to catch up with the news but to no avail - no BBC world or CNN with the only english channel showing constant re-runs of Baywatch / CSI with greek subtitles so I'm not sure the 'satellite TV in the rooms' tag holds.
All in all a nice enough place to stay if you a good room with good weather however, for me not good value for money as these apartments are at the pricier end of the self catering spectrum

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2009

We had a wonderful holiday staying at the Alikes Apartments in Elounda.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful (Maria, Jenny and Anne-Marie). Our lovely apartment was kept spotless by the maid, Margarita. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed and the views over the bay were stunning. The other guests were very friendly and the food locally was very good. (We can especially recommend the Lotus Eaters, the Ferryman, Thalassomylos, Zorba’s Place (pizzas), and Poppies.) The beaches were quiet. Spinalonga island was certainly worth visiting. The 3-Hour Happy Train trip into the hills was very enjoyable.

We would be delighted to go back and wholeheartedly recommend Elounda and the Alikes Apartments.

We went with Thomsons, whose rep, Hayley, was also very good

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2009

The Alikes provided top quality accomodation in a relaxing location. All staff extended a traditonal Cretan welcome, providing advice on places to eat and visit. I especially enjoyed the music night, fab entertainment and great food. Jenny and Maria really made our holiday special as nothing was too much trouble and they were always available to chat or provide refreshment. The apartments were cleaned daily to avery high standard. Thank you Alikes for a great holiday XXX

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2009

My wife and I with our two children, 19yrs & 17yrs have just had the best holiday in the past 12yrs of going abroad. The location of the apartments is perfect with incredible views of the bay. The locals are the friendliest and most welcoming of any we've met. The rooms in our apartment were spacious and cleaned to a high standard every day. The cleaner deserves a medal for picking up my son's boxer shorts on a daily basis! The bar area was great to sit at in the evening and we met some great guests who we got on very well with. Maria and Jenny work tirelessly at the bar with a smile and sense of humour, and Anne-Marie is a good organiser.
As i say, we enjoyed our holiday in Elounda - the people we met, the places we visited and the relaxed atmosphere. George, the owner, should ensure he keeps his staff as they are the best we've encountered. Jenny's warm smile and hello was the first to greet us, and her smile and goodbye were the last to see us off - thank you.
We will definitely return to Elounda again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

The apartments were lovely and clean. The position was great,close to a smal beach and only a short walk from the centre of Elounda. All the staff were lovely and friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. We would definitely stay there again

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

Just returned from a really good stay at the Alikes, the appartments were run by Anne Marie, Jenny and Maria and they were great, nothing was to much trouble and they were always available to help ,advise or just have a chat. The place was spotless and our room was cleaned every day. The location could not have been better only yards from the sea and 100 yards from the nearest beach, the town was 5 minutes walk along the seafront. We were lucky to stay with an excellent group of guests who mixed well with each other. Our favorite restaurant was The Lotus Eaters who severed excellent quality meals and their house wine is brilliant. The best value restaurant was Paparound (known as Poppy's) just down the road from the Alikes, this place looks very ordinary but the food was really well cooked and superb value. Elounda is a really good place with lots of good restaurants and bars but not for those who like nightlife. We had a really good trip on the happy train up into the mountains with superb views of the Elounda bay.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2009

Just returned from a 2 week stay on 2nd August at the Alikes and have to say its the best holiday we have ever experienced. Its very well run, thanks to a great staff, Jenny and Maria who look after the bar and Anne Marie who looks after the accommodation. George (owner) pops down every day. The rooms are cleaned every day and nothing it too much trouble. Its set in a beautiful location, we arrived at night so in the morning you definitely get a WOW factor when you look at the views. Our favourite places to eat were the Melissos, Lotus Eaters and Poppy's which is a little Greek Taverna near the apartments. Recommend you read a book called "The Island" by Victoria Hislop then take a trip to Spinalonga. We did the full guide trip which included a BBQ but would recommend using the local boats for the trip only, that way you get to spend as much time as you like on Spinalonga. We met some great friends and will definitely be returning next year! If your looking for the best of both worlds, peace and quiet but also companionship if you choose, the Alikes is the place to go.....Truly wonderful!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Elounda
Price Range: £33 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alikes Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 2002, the Alikes Hotel Apartments are a family run business, offering a high standard accommodation in the beautiful resort of Elounda on the north coast of Crete. To ensure that you have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday the Alikes offers many facilities including a gym, sauna and hammam privat parkig pool bar and snak bar. ... more   less 
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