In brief, its very clean, comfortable, great pool area, really friendly staff, good housekeeping, good food, good atmosphere, and run very efficiently, almost effortlessly but you can tell everyone works hard. I would have no hesitation in returning or recommending to others and the location and views are outstanding.
In full, if you can afford a superior sea view bungalow, do, as the views are amazing. Room 32 was perfect. Great bathroom, 2 bedrooms, lounge area, 2 balconies, air con and mini bar/fridge. Some say the smaller bungalows are "dated", I would say they are more "Cretan" looking but still comfortable. The buffet style breakfast has everything you could need and is of quality. Food is good at the evening also, though it could do with a little more variation but its hard to fault and all restaurant staff were friendly, though no drinks are offered they must be purchased with dinner.
Everywhere is clean and the pool area is pretty with a small infinity pool and a larger swimming pool. Comfortable seating and tables are nearby to take in the views on. Plenty of beds and parasols, a great little snack and drinks bar, where a large pizza for 2 was €8, baguette and fries €6 and a larger well lit and well stocked bar area. € 3.50 for a beer, €2 for a coke, and €7 for a large short and mixer. I include the prices as a guide but don't get hung up on them everything is reasonable and well worth it.
It is a 20 to 30 minute stroll into Elounda, with a couple of small inclines so you have to have a little stamina in the heat, but a taxi is only €7 and the bus stop is out through the back of the hotel up a slope and left and left again onto the main road and a few feet along. It costs €1.60 per person one way. Buses have air con and conductors and are very efficient. Cross the road and you can get a bus to Agios Nikolais. A taxi to Ag Nik cost €13 and its well worth a day or evening out.
Spinalonga was worth the trip as was the boat which we took from Plaka. I found this village small but really pretty and you can get the mini train or bus to Plaka from Elounda. Finally the small beach/rock area belonging to the Hotel is down an alleyway directly across the road from the hotel. Not a lot of room but the rocky part in front gets you directly into the cool sea and is quite private. If you can hire a car its worth it because of the walk back and to and or the cost of taxis to get about the area however we still enjoyed our little hikes out to Elounda.
Ate at the Ferryman, stunning waterside setting, approximately € 24 each with a carafe of house red and water, starters and mains. Really good food and lots of it. Also tried Mams House which cost less but we still enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, music and friendly owner. Didn't enjoy the taxi strike on Monday and Tuesday but they have the right to do what they feel is right. Just wish they would have given me notice as the walk home in the dark under the influence, ( a little), carrying Ouzo,wine, water and souvenirs was not a lot of fun. Neither was the blockading of the airport and the walk down from the road with our cases..... All in all, a beautiful part of Crete, with warm friendly people, clear blue waters, plenty of bars and eateries and a great hotel and stunning location, I would go back for another stay..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Elounda Ilion Hotel in Crete was built in 1990 and since then has undergone many renovations and extensions with the final being in 2015. The hotel is built on a hill side offering a panoramic view to the bay of Elounda and the island of Spinaloga with its medieval castle. It is situated 10 kilometres from the city of Agios Nikolaos and 2 kilometres from the village of Elounda. The facilities of the hotel include a main restaurant, a snack bar, a central bar, satellite television room, billiard, children's playground, tennis court, mini golf and ping - pong. Also you can enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and your children the separate children's swimming pool. The hotel offers its own parking area. ... more less
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- Elounda Ilion Hotel Crete