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Maragakis Hotel
Ranked #65 of 178 Hotels in Hersonissos
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very friendly and good location.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

I stayed this hotel in Oct 2012 for 3 nights. The location is good, close to the town and seaside. The view from the room is excellent. Staff members are very friendly and helpful. Though the room is small, it is clean and the view is excellent. The breakfast is acceptable. A lot of eating places are nearby - within a very short of walking distance. Also within a short walking distance is the taxi station and supermarket.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank George C
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

Me and my best friend we spent for 10 years our holiday in Maragakis Hotel and we always have a great time. Friendly people, clean rooms, good food. Having a room with see view means that you listen to the sea all day long. Great! Especially for young people the hotel is interesting because it is very close to the bars and clubs of hersonissos.
For me it is like "coming home" every time. Thanks a lot to the team!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Rudi1101
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Izhevsk, Russia
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

Maragakis Beach Hotel is a very nice place for young people where you can meet new friends and it is only a few steps away from the sea :) We had a seafront room and that was lovely! All night clubs,shops and plenty of restaurants with delicious food are quite near. Especially, I'd like to point out the hotel staff, because everyone was very friendly and helpful to us (special thanks to our beloved Emmanouela!).
Many thanks for this friendly and homely warm atmosphere where you feel yourself a welcome guest!!
And by the way, where else will you find such nice people who are ready to serve breakfast for you at 5 o'clock in the morning when you are leaving the hotel? That was very sweet i should say :) Such things distinguish this family hotel from all the others..

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Julia P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

it was my first time in Maragakis) and i can say that it is veeeeeeeeery nice place) family hotel) not very big but that what makes u feel like home))) nice food, very polite stuff)) Special thanx to Emmanouela))))
it is 1 min from famous bar street, but it is still quiet))))
Efharisto poli)

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ksenia V
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Parnu, Estonia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

Me and my friends (there was seven of us) spent our holiday in Maragakis hotel. The location of this hotel is absolutely great - the beach was just across the street, also the main shopping street was only three footsteps away. The food was good. The staff who worked there was absolutely wonderful - friendly and good-natured. Special thanks to the security guard! The rooms were cleaned every day!!! In conclusion, the hotel is really cozy!
I strongly recommend this hotel to everyone, especially for young people.

Maarja

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Maarja K
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Kharkov, Kharkivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

We had the best holiday we have ever had!!!

Service:
First of all this hotel has the best staff: on reception you will be met by many smiles of Emmanouela and other nice girls (sorry I don`t know their names), at dinner you will find more smiles, and even in the late evening Vasilis will joke with You. A lot of thanks to all staff of the hotel. They are really nice, jolly and very helpful. Room service also is very good, you will always have clean rooms, new towels and clean beds.

Value:
Price is rather small for all you have in this nice place.

Rooms:
We had a big room with balcony, two beds, air condition, small fridge, cupboard enough for two people, table with a big miracle and many different lamps. We had a sea view from balcony, so we could watch for beautiful sunrising and sunset over the sea.

Location:
Location of the hotel is quite nice. Few steps to the nearest municipal beach with beautiful sea. The beach is not big and have a little beat stony entrance to the sea. But location of the hotel is very good, because you can walk for 10-15 minutes to the east or west directions and find pretty nice beaches. The next of Hersonissos is Stalida. It has a long seashore with good beach. You can travel there by the car or bus, that stops near the hotel. Also near the hotel there a lot of souvenir shops, bars, clubs and big supermarket "SPAR". Therefore you will not have time to be bored. In spite of closeness of clubs the hotel is quite silent.

Restaurant:
You will not have a lot of choices in food, but everything is tasty, particularly soups were very good. I think there was nobody who was dissatisfied of a food. And of course you will be awarded by beautiful smiles of Gorgia and jokes and talks of Vasilis.

The only bad thing about this hotel: we had left it :-/.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank Mihail_Poplavskyi
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Bucharest, Romania
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

Naked truth about Maragakis: You get even more then what you pay for!

We've had a very nice holiday at Maragakis in the middle of this June.
First of all, the location of the hotel is brilliant: is right next to the promenade along the sea.
The area is full of taverns, bars and clubs at a 2 minutes walk from the hotel.
Is very close to the shopping street of Hersonissos and also to the 2 level Spar supermarket with good prices.
If you have any problems, the police station is right in front of the hotel. :)
The beach in front is small, but if you walk 10 mins you can get to the beach from Creta Maris hotel wich is better.
So, you have all you need very close to you.

The hotel: Is a nice family hotel with about 50 rooms all nice and confortable. When you step in you get a very nice big welcome smile from Emmanouela or the owners daughter at the reception who will direct you to your room and give you any help or information you'll need during your stay.
The hotel hasn't got any pool, but for God's sake...why would you want one if is right next to the sea?
Also there's no hotel entertainment, but that's why you go to this side of Crete. Hersonissos, Stalida and Malia are full of clubs, bars, taverns, shops and places where you can have fun and drink/spend all your money if you're looking for that.

The room: Our room was big, with a little balcony, adequate for 2 persons, bathroom with bathtub, a big closet, nightstands, TV, small fridge. etc.
The whole hotel and also the rooms are kept very clean and well maintained so even though the furniture is not from the last catalogues is looking good and spotless.
The bathroom is also clean and has a bathtub, not a shower cabin as you get in most 3 or even 4 star hotels.
Rooms are cleaned every day and towels changed every 2 days.
Air condition is charged extra 7 euros/day but we didn't need any cause we were out all day exploring the island and because the hotel is right next to the sea, you can leave the balcony door opened at night and the breeze will give you a good night sleep.

Food: At breakfast you get the same food every day but there are many choices so I think is something for everybody: ham, feta cheese, tomamoes, cucumber, many choices of jam, butter, cereals, chocolate cream, cake, orange and peach slices...orange juice, milk, coffee and tea.
At dinner things look better. Pantelis, the young chef makes very tasty food. Each day you get a kind of potatoes (french fries, mashed potatoes, potato buletes) some meat or fish, coocked different each day, many kinds of pasta (with ham, cheese, mushrooms, tomato sauce, tuna. etc), tzatziki, 4 or more kinds of salad and some vegetarian food (i didn't get much into it :)).
You also get some cookies, cheese cake or ice-cream.
Drinks are good and not to expensive: beer or wine at 2 euro.
You can also get something for lunch from the Balcony cafe-snack bar next to the sea or from the other taverns nearby.
Breakfast is from 7:30 to 10 but i recomend you to get there before 9:30 cause some food choices finish sometimes. At dinner, there's no problem. You'll find everything you need from 18 to 20:30 and at the end Vasilis will come and tell you that if you want more food is better to fill your plates cause they will start to clean the buffet tables.
The restaurant has also 3 outdoor tables around the back garden of the hotel where you can get some fresh air while you eat and stay under the umbrellas and the lemon or olive trees.

Staff: Best smiling guys i ever met. Trust me, you won't get so many smiles and such polite and helping staff not even in a 5 stars hotel.
Even though they work every day, all week long and i bet they are tired many times, they will still give you a big smile and a good service.
At the reception you'll find either Emmanouela or the owner and her daughter. They can help you with almost everything and give you a good advice.
In the restaurant you'll find at dinner Viorel (or Vasilis as they all call him cause is easier), a romanian guy, very nice and helpful. He is always smiling or making little jokes with clients to make them feel like home. You will also find him at the reception from midnight till morning.
He's wife also works at a local paintings and souvenirs shop in the center of the city. They are both very nice and hard working.
At beakfast, you'll find Georgia, a young little albanian girl flying around like a bee through the restaurant and always welcoming you with "Good morning and a big smile".
They both take good care of the clients and keep the restaurant and tables nice and clean.
Pantelis is the young funny chef that was on duty on my week there. He makes miraces with his ingredients. Is true, you won't get caviar but all the food he cooks is very fresh and tasty.
Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Bottom line, Maragakis offers you a good location, nicest staff ever, clean rooms, good tasty food and a very good price, so for a 3 stars family hotel and for the price you pay you get all you need. Everything looks like in those pictures from their photo galery on the hotel site.

Tips:
Local car rentals are very tricky. They show you a price and tell you that you'll get full insurance for the car. You have to pay like half of the sum for reservation and the next day when you go there to take the car they say that price only includes regular insurance, and with full you have to pay double. Also the reservation ticket that you sign when you pay half of the sum says that the sum you pay is not refundable. Not all companies do that but i've had this problem with EUROTOURS so i won't recomend you this one. Best thing is to go there and say you want the car right away, without paying nothing in advance.
Hersonissos is full of shops. We've spent like 3-4 hours to check out all of them from one side of the town to the other. If you want to buy souvenirs you won't get any large variety of choices and better prices elsewhere. You also have Lidl and Spar supermarkets.
What to see:
Natural palm beach at Vai;
Pink sand beach at Elafonisi;
Voulisma beach, somewhere after you pass Amoudara;
Knosos and Heraklion old town;
Chania and Rethimnon and i guess all the west side of Crete is very nice. Towns have old venetian sides, ports and very nice views along the sea.
Ierapetra only if you want to go to Chrissi island or take a swim in the Libian sea.

Have fun and enjoy your holiday!

P.S: Special thanks to the staff from Maragakis!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank Catalin M
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Property: Maragakis Hotel
Address: 17 Minoos | Opposite Police Station of Hersonissos, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece (Formerly Viva Island Hotel)
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Hersonissos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Maragakis Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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