Just returned from a two week stay in Malia with 6 of my friends and it was crazy! Never known a place like it.
We stayed in the Elkomi hotel which was a lovely place. It has some period features and a modern feel too. It is more or less a crash pad for when you need to recover from the night before, but you can also chill out in your room or by the pool when you want to have a lazy morning/afternoon.
The location of the hotel is perfect as it is more or less dead centre on the start of the strip and near all the restaurants. I wasn't expecting that as the maps that I had seen showed the hotel a good bit away from anything but it was a pleasant surprise.
For me, the staff made this holiday special as everyone was so friendly, especially a certain woman on reception who was always cheery and happy to have a talk with you if you were around reception (sorry I forgot your name).
You can buy air con for the room and a safe which is located at reception. Feels a bit strange to have it there but it is well protected with CCTV and someone always about. I would say invest in the air con for your room as it does tend to get warm at night which will make you sleepy when you should be buzzing for your night out. You can also put it into sleep mode so that it doesn't disturb your sleep.
The rooms have a bed as you would expect, a fridge, some furniture, wardrobe and a wet room. I noticed that someone complained that they had to hold the shower head, I didn't find that a big deal as I prefer those to the fixed head ones. They are cleaned every 2-3 days and towels and bed sheets are also changed at different times. Best to have a shower in the late evening as there isn't any hot water during the day which wasn't an issue as that's when I took my shower when I was getting ready to go out.
The lack of a kitchen wasn't an issue for me, but the girls had brought some food over with them (pot noodles, mug shots) but all we had to do was go up to the breakfast area and ask for a pot or two of hot water and we were allowed to sit on the dining area to eat our stuff.
If you have paid for bed & breakfast and are on a 2wentys holiday then I very much doubt you will be up for it as it is served quite early in the morning. Some of us were up on the 1st day because we didn't have a hangover. You get offered tea or coffee and a small breakfast of toast, egg, beans, cheese and ham, or you can have some fruit instead, You also get a choice of fruit juice. It is ideal if you are in the mood for a small breakfast, but as others have said there is a place directly across the road if you want something bigger, or you can get a breakfast at the pool bar too.
The balcony is big enough to get about 6 folk outside (on the ground floor, other balconies may be a different size) for some pre-drinks as we did most nights. The patio doors also have a black out screen and a sliding door as well as French window style doors so you have a good enough barrier from the outside noise should you be having a quiet night.
The pool area is big with plenty of sunbeds and comfy chairs to lounge on. There is also a bar which sells food and drink at good prices and the barman doubles up as the DJ so you have tunes to listen to and he takes requests for music.
Last but not least, I couldn't finish this review without mentioning the legendary Costas! Everything that has been said has been so very true, he is a great guy, happy to talk to you when you are heading to your room and if you get into his good books he might make you a toastie, then you will just love him :-) Just don't make trouble for him and he will be your best friend.
If I ever visit Malia again I will be sure to stay here. Thanks for a great holiday :-)
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