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“Peaceful oasis, a wonderful place to recharge your batteries.”

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Hotel Irida Plakias
Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in Plakias
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I would like to begin by saying that our weeks stay at the Irida Studios was the tonic we needed away from our busy and hectic lives. This little haven is positioned on the road side 5 mins from the town, nestled in olive trees.

Our hosts offered a personal touch and made us feel welcome. We took advantage of a lovely traditional Greek breakfast by the pool each morning. All foods fresh and sourced locally. This was a relaxing and good start to the day.

We ventured into Plakias in the evening trying different tavernas. The ones off the main roads were the best.

Our studio was clean and tidy with sheets and towels changed regularly. The pool was clean and inviting.

The beaches and bays surrounding are stunning and plentiful. We enjoyed the naturist beaches, the nearest being the far left side of Plakias. There is plenty to explore.

Now for the not-so-good part of the break: the horrendous and unhealthy airport transfer. We were aware of the 3hr journey outlined by Olympic in the brochure. What we didn't expect was to be seated in temperatures of over 50 degrees for over 4 hours.
A good hour was spent waiting on the coach for another UK flight to join us. No air conditioning kicked in and the driver chained smoked throughout.

We had no option but to pay for a taxi on the return which took 1hour 30 mins!!!

We would like to return to the Irida Studios, sadly not with Olympic.


  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Stayed here for one week only. The owners are lovely people and make you very welcome. Lovely peaceful pool area, usually only about 6 people round the pool. Rooms are a bit small but they are very clean, the beds most comfortable that I have ever slept on, I think they had Tempur matresses. Nice powerful shower with a very clean and rust free shower head (unusual for this type of property). Not keen on the kitchen area being right opposite the bathroom but that is a typical Greek lay out and I'm being picky.Had breakfast at the side of the pool most mornings and very good, keeps you going most of the day. We ate one night also, Maria makes fantastic pizzas. At night time the pool and bar area did lack a bit of ambiance usually only me and my husband there for a night cap, which is a shame but it may differ throughout the season. Les the rep is a nice bloke and very funny, we never needed him for anything but just enjoyed having a chat with him.

The not so good is the transfer, 3hrs 20 mins coming in, due to lots of drop offs, double back and driving large coaches down little narrow streets. Going back it took about 2 and half hours but half an hour into the journey had to go back because he had forgotten to pick up a couple just outside Plakias (no rep on bus until Rethymenon). The transfer a bit of a breaker for us, unless we could pay for at least a taxi transfer one way. All in all loved Plakias and the Irada apartments.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

I think we stayed here at the same time as blowinfree, and I agree with the vast majority of what they said. The no-frill rooms are extremely clean, and the beds very comfortable, it's a good base for exploring this part of the island. It was perfect for our requirements.We had 2 apartments for my husband and myself and our teenage kids. The owners are lovely and friendly, and run a relaxed and laid back establishment. They were always on hand, and immediately fixed the kid's shower when they dropped it on the floor and broke it - teenagers! We enjoyed the pool and garden area - again it was spotless and the gardens were pretty. We stayed for 2 weeks, and some of the days in the first week were very windy, but we had done our research and knew this was a possibility, and so were not surprised. In fact, we quite enjoyed the wildness of it, as it was so hot and the sun was still shining! We tended to take other trips on these days rather than go to the beach as we had hired a car, and enjoyed Rethymnon (45 mins away), Chania (1.5 -2 hours), Aquaplus water park (2 hours), Preveli monastry and Palm Beach, Lake Kournas and, my favourite, Loutro (not all in the first week!). By the second week, the wind had gone, so we had a few lovely days lazing on the beach. Damnoni beach, about a km away was great, a bit sandier and more sheltered, and you can hire pedaloes and kayaks, which was great fun. Yes, the transfer was long, and we agreed that we would not have liked that if we had only been on a week holiday. The transfer back was shorter in duration. All in all, we had a fabulous holiday. Crete is a wonderful island and we would love to explore it further. We loved Plakias, a quiet, charming little town, surrounded by majestic mountains. It has enough tavernas so that you could eat somewhere different every night. We liked Scirocco (good food and great sunset!) and Kri- Kri for superb pizza.
I would definitely return to the south coast, it seems less commercialized than some bits of the north and was more our sort of thing - we like to explore, and next time I'd like to walk some of the gorges.
I would heartily recommend Irida if you want a decent, no-frills base, but which hits all the right notes for the all important atmosphere, good night's sleep and cleanliness.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Having just returned from week in Plakias, staying at the Irida Apartments, I can only echo the fulsome praise and glowing compliments from the other reviewers regarding the Irida. The rooms are small, but comfortable, with a wet-room style shower room / WC and decent kitchen facilities. What really makes the Irida special, however, are the little touches -- the really comfortable mattresses, the spotless cleaning...even down to the quilted loo paper! The apartments' strongest suit, however, is its lovely pool area. Surrounded by hills and an olive orchard, the setting is lovely, the sunbeds are really comfortable and the pool is a decent size and spotlessly clean. Everything at the Irida runs like clockwork under the friendly and efficient management of Maria and Manolis. They really put their heart and soul into this place -- and it shows! In an ideal world the apartments would be set a little further back from the road, but it didn't bother us too much and the pool area is located at the back and is nice and quiet.

The resort of Plakias is charming and has a nice relaxed feel about it. There are around twenty or so tavernas and several bars to choose from, some of which front onto the sea. We went to a different taverna every night and all bar one (Muses) was of good quality and reasonably priced. None of them really had that 'wow factor', though, mainly due to the fact that we love our seafood and although all the fish is locally caught, the seafood (shrimps, octopus etc) is largely frozen and 'brought in'. A quick day trip to Rethymnon, where the seafood was fresh and the mixed fish dishes on a different level, revealed the shortcomings of the menus in Plakias (although the prices in Rethymnon were similarly higher!) Best taverna in Plakias was the family-run Gorgona Taverna with its simply brilliant mousaka and delicious lamb kleftiko. Pity we only discovered the place on our last night! The beach was OK...nothing special -- a bit steep going into the sea and the water was choppy (see below) so nobody ventured more than about ten metres out.

OK, that's the good stuff. Now for the two things that didn't go quite so well. The transfer from the airport to the apartments was dreadful. Having decided against buying pricey snacks on the flight over (no meal provided), there were no refreshments available in the arrivals lounge at Heraklion Airport. We then had to sit on a coach for an hour, waiting for the Birmingham flight to arrive and join us. The transfer then took another three hours, with the coach disappearing into every single resort en route to drop people off. At Bali we took twenty-five minutes squeezing through the narrow, twisting streets in an enormous coach just to drop one person off! Bonkers! We finally arrived at the Irida, frazzled and exhausted having not had anything to eat or drink for eleven hours! The experience was not a deal-breaker for us, but we would think long and hard about going through that ordeal again. So, be warned -- take some food with you and / or eat something on the plane. Other people had a slightly shorter transfer time than us in a minibus, but it will be two hours minimum.

The other aspect of the holiday which didn't work for us was the wind in Plakias. We were told by people who lived there that during July and August the wind often gets up to virtually gale force. This summer seemed to be particularly bad with the wind closing the beach for a couple of days and making even lounging by the pool difficult, with clothes and belongings that weren't anchored to the ground flying everywhere. Even when the beach was open, the wind whipped up the sand and 'sand-blasted' every bit of your body. Only Crete's south coast seems to be affected by this. On a day trip to the North coast there was only a gently breeze. You can hear the wind howling all night at bad times. Bear it in mind...a bit of breeze is very welcome, but we both felt that the three days of howling wind we experienced took the shine off the holiday a bit.

Overall, we would still recommend Plakias -- probably not just for one week, however, due to the transfer issues. We would love to go back to Crete next summer - it's a big, interesting island with lots to explore - but we will look for somewhere on the North coast and a bit closer to the airport!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank blowinfree
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Stayed her for a week in August.
The fellow guests very quiet decent sorts of people.
No music around the pool.How refreshing!
The rooms are small,basic and well maintained.
Cleaned well every day.
Great location.
Nearest shops and restaurants are minutes away down the road.
Plakias itself is nice enough.
Its starting to fray at the edges with new apartments at the east end and billboards advertising more to be built.
There weren't many British people around town.Seemed to be mainly French,German and Russians
The nearest supermarket to the studios is excellent.Reasonably priced with a lot of choice.
Did a lot of walking and birdwatching around the gorge,Souda, and Damnoni Bay[ see report on the Plakias forum]
The transfer is a pain.Took around 3 hours each time.Mind you it gives you a chance to see the rest of the island!
All in all a pleasant quiet week.
No complaints.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank larkspur12
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Large room with a balcony, Vewry comfortable beds. Effective AC. Good Bathroom. A few times hot water a bit cool though. Nice pool and a really good breakfast. about 5 minutes walk to town or beach. Easy safe parking,Really good price. Owners are nice and freindly.
They have Free wifi but it does not work in the room. Only in pool area and about half the times we tried it it did not work. We did not complain though.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

After a long and tiring transfer at 6.30am we arrived at hotel irida,plakias and what turned out to be, after this bad start,a wonderful relaxing week at this lovely hotel and resort.Many thanks to Maria , Manolis & family for there hospitality .Hotel irida is well positioned in plakias a short walk from the taverners and beach and well stocked supermarkets.The hotel is small and quiet,well maintained and very clean with pool and outside eating area,our room had all we needed.There are lots of taverners in plakias all seem to be reasonably priced but the best meals we had were on our balcony prepared by Maria& Manolis.The Olympic rep Les was excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic,thanks Les! We must mention the wind that is a feature of plakias cool and refreshing but gusty and for us uncomfortable at times on the beach ,it would not put us off returning already planning.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Rethymno, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Plakias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in Plakias
Price Range: £60 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Irida Plakias 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Hotel Irida Plakias Crete

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