I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and would certainly stay there again. Elounda town is a 25 -30 mins walk away and serious consideration should be given to taxiing back as some of the road is not that wide with at least half of the journey being unlit. Back to the hotel itself where the views are out of this world. We stayed in what is termed a 'bungalow '. The room was relatively spacious and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was adequate but in need of a little work around the bath. Other than that it was absolutely fine and had very comfy beds.
The staff were first class and always extremely helpful. We stayed half board. However, I could see why some have described the food as lacking in variety but to be fair we had no issue with this or the standard which was more than acceptable in our opinion.
We stayed mid to late September and the weather was outstanding. The pool at the hotel is excellent and as with the rest of the facility, was spotless. The pool bar has a decent menu and the food was tasty and plentiful.
There is a local shop some 2 minutes down the road towards Elounda (Turn left at the bottom of the hotel drive). The shop is well stocked and the local beer is called Mythos and a half litre bottle can be purchased for one euro 35 cents from the shop in question. A pint of Mythos at the Ilion hotel will set you back 5 euros normally or 3.5 euros during happy hour (Literally one hour during the early evening!!)
Elounda town was unusually quiet to be honest but the locals put that down to the current lack of faith in the Greek economy.
There are excellent walks in and around Elounda and it's clear that a considerable amount of money has been spent on the harbour and surrounding area.
Do not miss a trip to the former leper colony of Spinalonga. This is an amazing location with an incredible story to tell so be sure to go. The boat ride takes some 30 mins or so and cost 10 euro return.
- 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