Good location, about 5 minutes walk to beach, near to local bus stop and about 6 or 7 minute walk to taxis and shopping. Supermarkets nearby, also restaurants and cafes. Small shop opposite was open 24 hrs; very useful for buying water and icecream at all hours!
Rooms are very large with seperate living area with kitchenette. Our room had a balcony off the living area which overlooked the pool and also a balcony off the bedroom which overlooked the street. We were on the 3rd floor. Rooms are clean and well serviced. Air con is good and WiFi is excellent.
The pool is not overly large and is shaded in the afternoon from about 2.30pm. Neither of these were a problem as not many people used the pool (often I was the only one in it) and we were there in mid summer, so the shade in the afternoon was often welcome. There is not a lot of space around it for lying about(although there are sun lounges and chairs), so if you plan on spending many hours by the pool, I would suggest that this is not the place. However, if you only want to have a swim to cool down after coming back from the beach or other places, it is perfectly fine.
There is a cafe downstairs which also has an Internet Gaming room; never seemed to be too many people in it and we were never bothered by noise. The cafe is expensive though, so even for a drink, better to use the plentiful cafes/restaurnants.
Breakfast was basic and if you have a choice, better to have it elsewhere. Coffee was truly dreadful!!
Staff were very helpful, welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. It is not a Hotel which will suit everyone but if you want a large room, good location, reasonably priced and friendly staff, this will tick all your boxes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elina Hotel is a modern recently renovated family running Hotel,in the center of Rethymno,with spacious air-conditioned maisonettes, soundproofed (with double glasses) apartments of one,two and three rooms.Every apartment and maisonette have kitchen facilities,Plasma TV(with satelite channels),hair dryer and safe box.Also,there is swimming pool, available and for childre and Internet Cafe-Bar around the clock open.Wireless Internet in every room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elina Hotel Apartments Crete/Rethymnon