My sister and I have just spent 5 days at the Ilion. All the reviews here are pretty much spot on.
NEGATIVES: Transfer from airport took us 2.5 hours, late at night - book a 'fast transfer' without stops, on the return transfer, we barely made our flight in time!
We asked to change rooms - as our standard room had a dodgy shower, smelt damp and was generally very tired. The management showed us 2 more rooms to choose from, which were slightly better. Altough we still had dodgy air con (turned itself off from time to time), shower not fixed properly, door knob fell off, TV not working etc... we were not in the room much.
The breakfasts were fine, lots of choice for all tastes. Poor coffee though from a machine. We took our own kettle and fresh coffee (having read a previous review) and that was fine. Dinner food was pretty poor. Dry meats, lacking in flavour...walk into the town for a decent meal. The bar was great, but pricey. We bought a bottle of wine during Happy hour, at half price and asked Dimitri to keep it in the fridge until dinner time.
There is a shop about 100m down the hill, and we kept our mini bar stocked with cheap beers and reasonable greek wine. (take your own corkscrew - our room own was broken & they never got round to replacing it)
POSITIVES: The purpose of my short trip was to relax, sun bathe in peace and quiet, with a great pool, and the Ilion provides all the above. Rooms had fresh clean towels and bedding. A fridge, hair dryer and plenty of storage space, and hot water & basic shower products provided.The pool area, although small, is clean and a perfect temperature, with amazing views. The pool bar provided great snacks and cold beers, plenty of loungers (although was sometimes a little cramped as people looked for shade). Not a lot for kids to do, there is a table tennis table and pool table beside the pool area. I looked at the mini golf and playground - they are in a bad state and no one used them while we were there. Bring a pair of binoculers - the views over all the posh 5 star hotels, and private yachts kept us occupied for hours! Elounda is the rich and famous haunt and Lady Gaga was apparently in residence somewhere!
The walk into Elounda is absolutely fine. We walked there in less than 30 minutes, and had no problems during the night or day. Lots of bars, cafes and shops, great food places along the water front. Be prepared to pay top prices though.
SPA: The 6 Senses Spa belonging to the 5 star hotel at the bottem of the drive lets you use all their spa facilities for E30 a day. We went there after check out, and before our evening pick up. AMAZING!!! lots of free products, infinity pool, loungers, saunas etc. Best thing we did all holiday. Try the 'Sunburn soother' treatment!
ELOUNDA VILLAS/ ARGO: Opposite the Ilion is this boutique hotel/ villas - we went over for a drink in their bar, and people watched - absolutely beautiful place. Fabulous martinis.
If you can put up with sub standard rooms,and the hideous transfers, the Ilion is in a perfect location, the views, perfect climate and pool made up for everything else and I would visit the area again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Ilion Hotel Crete