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Reviewed 11 May 2015

This is the second time My Wife and I have stayed at the Bella Vista and we are already looking forward to our next visit.
The hotel is located in a wonderful setting just a few hundred yards from the centre of the Old Village of Hersonissos, with delightful views over the village and sea to the front, and a view of the breath taking Mountain to the rear. The Hotel is very well laid out, with spacious and very clean rooms located on three different levels centred around a pool and bar/patio area,
The Hotel is wonderful for couples and families alike, somewhere to relax and enjoy yourselves without the rowdiness that you get in some establishments.
What really makes the place outstanding is the wonderful and genuine hospitality shown by the family based team that own the Hotel. They really make you feel welcome, and are always willing to go that extra step to make sure you have a memorable time.
There is Spiros who must be the most genuinely funny man in Crete, with a wonderful and amenable disposition, his delightful German Wife Melanie, Interesting and very charming Sister Ellie, and last but not least the truly lovely Martina who works behind the bar and is an outstanding cook of traditional Greek dishes. The best meatballs I have ever tasted, and her Stifado is out of this world, it was so delicious I couldn't resist soaking up the gravy with a couple of slices of bread!
Spiros charming father Pano is always available to lend a helping hand
The Hotel is frequented by various Nationalities Dutch, French, German, Scandanavians as well as English/Irish which leads to a very convivial situation and the beginning of many new International friendships. The staff are happy to help if you wish to hire a car and there is plenty of room to park in the immediate vicinity. The Bar area has a large TV screen with sofas for group watching of TV, along with Wi-Fi and a couple of internet terminals. Nearby is a play area for the younger guests with a good selection of toys. There is also a small store near to reception which contains a variety of food items as well as those individual items because you always forget something when you travel.
We may be home now but part of our hearts will always be at the Bella Vista, the family team treat you like family. We have wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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3  Thank NEWLIFE2
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Elli p, Owner at Bella Vista Hotel Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2015

Dear Gerry and Anona,
I apologize for my late replay. It is quite hectic now as you most probably know.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our harts for the great review and for the delightful comments you have made on tripadvisor for our settlement. It was a real pleasure to host both of you in Bella Vista. Thank you also for your politeness and the interesting conversations we had.
We really hope you will be able to travel again so we could see you once more in October .
Love and greetings from all of us!
The family of Bella Vista

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Reviewed 28 April 2015

A gorgeous place! The apartment was spacious and well equipped and the view just incredible! Set up on a small hill above the old town of Hersonissos, the view from the balcony looks right down over the town to the sea in the distance - beautiful! The town is quiet with just a handful of restaurants and tavernas and is a 5 minute walk - ideal for couples and families who don't want a loud music type scene - it is not 18-30 territory! The main road is behind the hotel which allows a quick access to Heraklion or Agios Nikolias and inland to the lovely mountain areas around Lisithi Plateau.

The staff are awesome. Spyros and his wife, Melanie, and Martina and Ella are always available and invariably friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We were staying as a couple using this as a base to explore the East end of the island and looking for birds and wildlife, and in the evenings we wandered down to the old town for dinner at one of the tavernas and a bottle of retsina. It was exactly what we were looking for!

For any fellow birdwatchers, this place is only 15 minutes from Gouves Lagoons, one of the best places I've been to for bird photographs. You can park the car at the edge of the pools and be within feet of migrating waders - Marsh and Wood sandpipers, Black-headed wagtails, Purple Heron, and nearby Whinchat, Red-throated and Tawny Pipit, while up in the Mountains we had Griffon Vultures, Golden Eagle and Lammergeier, - what a place!

We had an awesome holiday, a BIG thank you to Spyros and his family!

Room Tip: Top floors have best views - but stairs to climb!
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank dipper
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Elli p, Owner at Bella Vista Hotel Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2015

Dear Martin and Gil,
We want to thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and for your lovely reviews.
It was a real pleasure to host you in Bella Vista. We are also glad you found so many birds to take a photo from in the areas around! It is true, that the nature near by is absolutely marvelous!
We will be really happy to see you again, if you choose to travel to Crete in the future!
Greetings from all of us,

The family of Bella Vista

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Reviewed 26 April 2015

Found this place on the net, we didn't get in till about 12.45am after a disastrous wait to collect a hire car in Chania (Don't use FIREFLY RENTAL) Martina was on hand and even made me a snack. Met Spiros next morning.Everything was clean and worked, a surprise for Greece, Our hosts were excellent. The location is great and only a short walk to the old town center with all it's restaurants. A car/scooter is a must as the beach is a good distance away, however if you want to relax this is the place. One of the best value stays I've ever had, highly recommended.

Room Tip: All seem good
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Digger58
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panagiotis p, Owner at Bella Vista Hotel Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2015

Dear guest,
Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are very happy that you had a nice time with us, and we really hope to see you again someday!
Many greetings from the family of Bella Vista Hotel Apartments!

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Reviewed 14 December 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful structure in a not very good place; the city is old and not clean. If you walk along the street is possible face to face with most dog and cat, many many dog.this structure is in the centre of hersonissos but is far to the sea 5 or 6 kilometres. The boss of the boss is SPYROS is very special person and very good dancer to tipical dance and sirtaki and he organize a beautiful party near the swimming pool.

  • Stayed: September 2014
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1  Thank Andreacesena
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panagiotis p, Owner at Bella Vista Hotel Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2014

Dear Andrea,

Thank you very much for your lovely reviews for our hotel apartments.
We are all doing our best to provide our guests the best service.
We are realy thankful you apreciate our efforts.
Kindly note that the nearest beach is only 2km from the village we are located, althouth there are several others at a distance of 5-6kms as you say.
We realy hope we will see you some time again in the future.


Always friendly,

On behalf of Bella Vista Hotel Apartments
Elli

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Reviewed 9 September 2014

If you want good spacious, clean rooms, a swimming pool with plenty of loungers and a welcome from the staff second to none this is your choice. I can't fault it, even the bar music at the swimming pool is great taste, Adele etc, none of the Euro trash. Go to the BBQ on Saturday night, good food and an opportunity to meet your fellow guests. The resort is quiet and traditional, and there is a short but pretty steep hill up to the apartments from the village centre but if you are pretty fit and not looking for party party but a chilled laid back stay this is your place. Guests are typically Dutch but, as a rule, we prefer that to English places, the rooms tend to be better standard, especially bathrooms, the availability of pool space greater and the friendliness of fellow guests (Dutch speak great English) better. Our only gripe was the roadworks at the back of the apartments which were noisy on weekdays but I am sure they will be done by the time you read this and book your stay next year.

  • Stayed: September 2014
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Elli p, Owner at Bella Vista Hotel Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2014

Dear Darren,
We want to thank you very much for your lovely reviews. We wish you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Bella Vista and we hope to see you again sometime!!!
On behalf of Bella Vista Hotel Apartments
Elli

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