My wife and I arrived to Alianthos Garden on Sunday Sept 2nd just after midday. It was about a 90 minute drive from Chania Int'l Airport (CHQ). We were amazed with the property as we were driving up the main road. Beautiful beaches, quiet and peaceful surroundings. We checked in promptly and were given a room, not exactly the view we were hoping, we were staring at a powerline transformer. Someone has to have the view I guess, we were just hoping it was not going to be us. We kindly asked the front desk if anything was available but they were fully booked. We came to Plakias for the views and beaches so it was okay with us. I took out my UV Blacklight and checked the sheets as is the normal for me. The entire room was spotless, the linens were fresh and clean, the bathroom was spotless and smelled beautiful without the use of fresheners, you can just tell that it was tended to properly. The breakfast the following morning was great, eggs, fruits, coffee, juices and cold cuts. We went on our trek around the city to check out what were in store for. Upon returning to the hotel we were notified that another guest had checked out and they could relocate us to another room with a better view. We gathered our things and headed off to the other building. I once again checked everything with my UV blacklight and guess what... we were astonished with the cleanliness of this room as well. The management has a high standard for their housekeeping service and this was proof positive of the hard work that Alianthos Garden strives to prove, you can also take note of the countless certifications they have received in past years right on the main column in the reception area. Have you slept on a CoCo-Mat mattress before? It was amazing, it was like a custom built cloud made to order for my sensitive back. It cradles you all night and there are 6 pillows to choose from in the room. All rooms have this as standard. Had a fridge (make sure to crank it up when you get in there otherwise you will wake up to warm water in there.
The front desk and kitchen staff were exemplary and very conversational, always ready to help out the travelers get to where they need to go, we heard Dutch, German, French, Italian around us. The typical age of the hotel guest seemed to be pensioners on vacation but where was a small percentage of younger couples such as ourselves. We didn't use the pool so I cannot comment on it, how could we, when you have the beautiful sea not even 2 minutes away from the front doors. If you are looking for a great cocktail head to Gialos and Irene will take care of you...Probably the best Long Island Ice Tea I have ever had. Bounce over to Gio-Ma a little further down and be sure to try the fresh Calamari and the Dolmades. We had to go back twice and fill up on both of those delicious dishes. We were sad to go but we will definitely be returning.
I would honestly say that the only upgrade I would perform in the rooms is the bathroom shower/tub. Maybe place a glass enclosure instead of a drape. Instead of the "telephone" maybe install a body shower unit that has four different heads hitting your body. It is not a deal breaker but maybe with time there might be room for this in the hotel budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The sunshine of the mind Time is still. The clouds of daily routine have faded away. The sun is shining in your mind. Holidays. It is not just a break for you; it is a reward, a generous gift to yourself and your family. You have been waiting a whole year for these days, you have worked for them, you have earned them. But when they arrive, they always seem so few. Well then, let's make them unforgettable. If you are just looking for any hotel in Crete, then you are going to have to deal with a whole lot of choices, good and bad. But if you are looking for a beautiful, quiet, authentic and hospitable family hotel in Crete, combining comfortable and quality accommodation with a fascinating journey in Cretan tradition, history and nature, then the decision becomes much easier. It is not by chance that over 90% of our guests say that they would choose Alianthos Garden Hotel for their holidays again. And it is not by chance that over 30% of them do so, for many consecutive years. This is our reward, our gift. Alianthos Garden Hotel is located in the peaceful and beautiful Plakias, in Southern Crete, in front of the immense and mystical Libyan Sea. Everything here is made for holidays, even the "architecture" of the natural scenery. It is like God has specifically designed this place for the clearing of the mind and the relaxation of the soul. But it is not just its location in the heart of Plakias that makes Alianthos Garden Hotel one of the most beautiful hotels in Crete. Above all, it is the kindness, the hospitality and the open heart of our people. After all, this is Crete: an open heart. All of us at Alianthos Garden Hotel welcome you, with the promise that we will do our best to take the past year "off your shoulders" and give you strength and beautiful memories for the next one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alianthos Garden Hotel
- Hotel Alianthos Garden Plakias, Crete