My family and I (travelling with children aged 4 and 5) have just returned from a week in Elounda staying at the Lena Apartments. Rather than feeling rested as one should after a weeks holiday in the Greek sunshine we are all absolutely exhausted! The two bedroom ‘family apartment’ (room 2) we were allocated was just metres away from the pool and bar area and we were bombarded with continuous noise all day every day. Each night we were disturbed well into the early hours by the sound of music, voices, people stomping about then followed by the clinking of glasses and bottles as the owner cleared away. The grandma (who I can only assume was quite deaf) would switch the TV on at full volume each night at 11:30pm, presumably to watch the Greek equivalent of Coronation Street. The TV was positioned inches from the bedroom window where our boys were trying to sleep, it was absolutely ridiculous! She would then go off to bed leaving it on. Even during the brief time between 3:00am and 7:30am when it was relatively quiet the flimsy glazing and wooden shutters did nothing to keep out the noise of the pool as it gurgled away. It sounded like there was a babbling brook at the end of our beds and this was in no way relaxing. As soon as it started getting light the sunshine streamed in through the windows as there was only a tatty piece of net masquerading as a curtain to keep it out. Call me cynical but I suspect this was a clever ruse by the proprietor to get everyone out of bed early and spending at the bar. In short, if we had pulled sun loungers onto the main strip in Malia we would have stood a better chance of getting a proper nights sleep.
I complained about the noise several times but they couldn’t care less. On the last night I was weeping with tears of frustration but was simply told by George (the son of the owner and barman) ‘ah well, you travel home tomorrow’.
On the Saturday night they held a BBQ and placed it inches from our terrace. It was so close that smoke was stinging our eyes and filling our rooms with cooking smells. I had no desire for my beach towels and swimwear that were hanging out to dry, to smell of barbequed fish, thank you very much. In a final insult George put the hot coals from the barbeque on the grate directly outside our door. We pointed out that this was extremely dangerous as our small children were playing close by and he agreed saying that we must watch them closely! The family showed a complete lack of regard and respect for our feelings. This place is not family friendly at all and unless you have lots of Euros to spend at the bar you are not met with a warm welcome. Avoid if you can!
- Also Known As:
- Lena Apartments Elounda, Crete
- Lena Apartments Hotel Elounda