We have stayed in this lovely little hotel near Elounda. It is built into the hillside looking out over the wonderful Mirabello bay and towards Spinalonga. We went for a deluxe room and had loads of space and a great balcony. Don't know what the standard rooms are like but it may be well worth splashing out on the refurbished rooms. Aircon great and the bathrooms very nicely finished too.
The excellent food is served buffet style and there is a good little bar by the pool which offers snacks and salads during the day. The staff are extremely friendly and cannot do enough for guests.
The pool terrace is a great way to pass the day, with spectacular views to the sea. If you would prefer to swim in the sea you will need to cross the quiet road in front of the hotel and go down a lane to the waterside where there are sunbathing platforms and rocks to swim from. All in all an idyllic spot away from the crowds. If you want night life you have to get a taxi into Elounda village, but even that is not like some of the more "out there" resorts - it's more about restaurants on the quayside and in town.
Sightseeing is great - Spinalonga is a must see but you can also catch the bus into Aghios Nicolaus for a small fare - the worst bit being the climb from the Elounda Ilion up to the bus stop on the hill. Ag Nic is well worth a browse around the lake.
Do go and visit the Ilion - you won't be disappointed. Be warned though that it IS built into a hill so there are lots of stairs which would definitely hamper those with walking difficulties.
- 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