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Julia Apartments
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

As with most reviewers here we had a great stay at Julia Apartments (Garden Taverna). We booked in for 3 weeks self catering and arrived back last night. Vasilis and Brenda and their family are lovely friendly people and go out of their way to ensure a comfortable and happy stay. The rooms were cleaned regularly, the terrace (we were on the ground floor) remained amazingly cool throughout the day under the shade of the trees so you could escape the blazing sun. The pool is small but ideal for cooling off. The beach is a 5 minute walk away and there's plenty of shops, restaurants and bars close by.

There is a busy main road near by but as we were on the garden side of the building this did not bother us as the rooms are quiet if you close the doors and there's air con to keep a comfortable temperature.

There are bus stops nearby so you can take a bus into Rethymno which is a beautifully mellow city that doesn't feel like the city but has plenty of restaurants/shops/pretty alleys and streets) or further along the coast (we enjoyed a great day out to Panormo, a 15 minute bus journey eastwards).

It also says a lot that we got to meet other friendly guests - there's a very easy atmosphere altogether - we'd thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting a mellow time.

Room Tip: We enjoyed being in Room 3 on the ground floor - it is overlooking the restaurant so not totally pri...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Have just returned from here yesterday and after read all previous reviews thought what a good place...well it was a lovely place the owners Vasilis and family very friendly and helpful. The apartment we had was very spacious daughter had her own sleeping space.. they were very clean, were cleaned every 2 days and had just what we needed..had 2 balconies one over looking the beautiful kept gardens and taverna at one end and spotted bananas growing from the other balcony. The pool was lovely and clean and chairs around the pool and bar....We ate at the apartments one evening and had the stifado can highly recommend it....
The beach wasn't too far away across the road and down one of the side roads to a lovely beach.Lidl is around the corner but we tended to favour the supermarkets on the main road as had lots of selection and most nights ended up at the coffee bar next to the apartments ran by owners sister. the area is quite busy and there is some road noise but apartments have double glazing and air con....

Room Tip: we had room number 11, which overlooked the gardens which was a family room but all rooms are very c...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This was the second time we stayed at the Julia apartments and were not disappointed. The rooms are spotless and comfortable. The Taverna is one of the best we have visited in Greece .
The owners Brenda & Vassilias are really nice people and will go out their way to help you and make you feel very welcome.

We will be returning next year.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

I have just returned from here on Tuesday and it was a great family hotel. Very clean spacious rooms and hotel staff were very friendly and always happy to help. Close to the beach and all the restaurants and bars. Pools were a perfect size. Would recommend to anyone :) there is also a lidl round the corner so it's cheap for self catering we came home with money left!

Room Tip: We were in a room with a garden view this was perfect as we were on the ground floor so with my chil...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

It was late June when we went and Vasilis the owner greeted us and helped with luggage. Can't fault the hotel, clean, quiet and location was perfect for nightlife and beach.
Pool was small and perfect for my family of 2 adults and 2 kids.
Food was great, we were b&b and Verselis and Brenda were always there to serve us any time.
Car hire was only 120 euro for 4 days thanks to versalis's mate a few doors down.
If you want to eat cheap then head across the road for a pita youros (gyro) for 2.50 euro.

Loved everything about the place and will be going back in a few years!
Love to the owners xxx Steve and Mikey.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Absoloutly amazing service, someone always around to help if needed (even 11pm when we find one insect and being two girls we didnt like to touch it!!) The Julia apartments are central to the resort and everything within a 10 min walk. Even the shops and restaurants everyone was so friendly,
Anything we needed all we had to do was ask and was sorted right away, even down to the car hire. Would definatly reccomend to friends and family and hoping to book again for next year.
Small house and toys to play with for my young daughter and she loved them.
The pool was as described in previous reviews quite small but as we went before the season started it was perfect for the four of us.

Room Tip: We had a ground floor apartment number 3 and 4 (two familys) and looked straight onto the taverna, i...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

The apartments are in Platanes, effectively a one street strip of shops and tavernasand are situated behind the Garden Taverna also run and owned by the same family that own the apartments. Stayed in a lovely ground floor room overlooking the taverna, noise isn't a problem, thankfully they are not into loud music and because it is hidden from view the bar area doesn't get crowded out. There is a superb beach nearby so the small size of the pool doesn't matter as many people go to the beach for the day. Room is as you would expect, basic but very clean and nothing is too much bother. It's run by Vasilis and his Scottish wife Brenda with help from elder daugther Julia, Vasilis is like a growly bear and Brenda is always upbeat and every one is really friendly. If you really want to self cater ther is a Lidls a short walk behind the apartments and a fabulous bakery almost next door plus a couple of mini supermarkes. There is a good range of tavernas to eat out at including of course the Garden Taverna itself where the food is very good and just one nightclub which you wouldn't realise was there. It's quite cheap to get a taxi into Rethymnon town, 6km away, but beware the cost of the harbour side restaurants which is the only place we were plagued by touts trying to get us in. The costs are not obvioulsy dispayed and they are outrageous, we got stung for the equivalent of £80 for a one course lunch with wine! The apartments can be booked via Thomson but aren't easy to find on their website, they are very good value for money and I would thoroughly recommend them. Will definitely be going back for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Julia Apartments

Address: Platanes Square | Platanes, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 114 Speciality Lodging in Rethymnon
Price Range: £26 - £36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly, family-run self-catering apartments. ... more   less 
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