I stayed at Parthenis Beach Appartments in the first weeks of the summer season (April) so it was very quiet, only about 4 people on the beach, luxury! So it was a very peaceful, relaxing stay. The apartment was very clean (cleaned daily) and kitchenette provided with enough basic equipment to cook a simple meal (2 electric hobs, kettle, fridge, sink). A few pieces of fruit were provided on arrival, which was a nice touch. I did find the Deluxe Studio (for 2) a bit bare and drab compared to the promotional photos of the appartments, a few nice pictures on the walls would have really brightened it up. The size of the studio was decent (especially as most time was spent outside) for the price, the bed was comfortable, plenty of hanging space in wardrobe and free safe in room was a plus. I didn't really need a TV, all channels were Greek apart form one Dutch (?) one, a couple of the Greek channels were showing English language films with Greek subtitles. The balcony was a generous size and had a beautiful view of the sea, as promised. The hotel's restaurant Drossia was closed as out of season (as were many facilities in the resort), but I was recommended 2 restaurants in the Old Town. Staff were very helpful and gave me a map of Malia and guide book to borrow to read up about Knossos and Malia archaeological sites. Food served all day at the pool bar was quick, cheap, basic but tasty, with quite a good range. Portions were enormous and the Cretan Salad was especially nice. The staff, particularly one Dutch girl, were very helpful and friendly, which made staying as a lone traveller much more enjoyable. The one disappointment I would mention, is that there is no hot tub at the hotel. I had chosen the hotel on the basis of this (listed in the hotel description on booking websites) as I was staying early in Spring and knew the pool was unheated. So this was disappointing to be told when I got there that there was no hot tub, but a visit could be arranged (at extra cost) to a place which had a hot tub, gym and massage services. I chose not to pay extra for that, so I can't comment on what it's like. Other than this, I would recommend the hotel as a good choice for a budget stay on a beautiful beach where you couldn't possibly be closer to the sea!
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