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“Brilliant Hotel!”
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El Komi
Ranked #28 of 90 Hotels in Malia
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow
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12 reviews
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“Brilliant Hotel!”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

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 :-)

Room Tip: Room 10 was massive compared to my other two mates rooms, but its next to the safari club which does...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Myself and 3 other girlfriends planned our first wild girls holiday to Malia on the 30th of July for a week. I don't even normally write reviews but this hotel deserves one. We were all 18 and were nervous to see what the hotel was going to be like. We were so happy when we walked in and saw the place that we were staying at. The hotel location is actually PERFECT! Its literally right on the strip which is so handy when your drunk! The owners of the hotel are sooo nice, especially the night guard Costas - hes the absolute best! The rooms are basic but have absolutely everything you could need for a trip to Malia. Clean and spacious! The bathroom is clean and reliable. We bought the air con and a safe when we arrived (I recommend both). I cannot stress how perfect this hotel is - directly across from you there is a fantastic restaraunt that we ate at every single morning, they were so lovely and the breakfast there is so cheap and yummy. The pool area is fab also - loads of sun loungers and a big clean swimming pool. If I go back to Malia I will deffo be staying at El Komi again. This hotel is perfect and I highly recommend it. Malia 2013! :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Myself and 13 others stayed at the El Komi hotel from 25th July till 1st August 2013. We had an insane week in malia as you would expect and the hotel helped us do so.

The Staff: the owner and te staff in the hotel are lovely people and will do anything to make sure you enjoy your stay. You will obviously be fined for the usual things (stained towells and bed sheets and general damage). The bouncer (who starts work at about 12), named Costos, is the one of the nicest people I have ever met. If people disrespect the hotel or him then he will take action, but if you give the guy a chance and actually have a conversation with him (at 8 in the morning when your still smashed) then you will realise how much respect he deserves. He is ex Greek SAS so I recommend you make friends with him.

The facilities: the rooms themselves are basic but contain everything you need when you're constantly smashed - a bed and a toilet. The rooms are cleaned twice a week and your towels and bed sheets are changed both times. The bathroom is clean and the shower is very reliable. Air con and a safe are both available for a price of €45 and €30 respectively. The pool area is brilliant, plenty on sun loungers and a spacious swimming pool.

The location: the location is absolutely perfect. Opposite the hotel is a really friendly restaurant/bar which we ate at pretty much everyday (the bargain breakfast, for €2.90, is ideal. The strip is a one minute walk and the main clubs are two minutes away. The beach is a ten minute walk.

In conclusion, El Komi was the perfect hotel for our week, so is highly recommended by me :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Me and my mate booked this up as a late deal so we could come on holiday with our other mates, as we weren't going to pay 570 quid to stay at the same hotel as them which was miles away! This hotel was 350 for the week and had a great location!

We arrived at our hotel after being dropped in the middle of the strip, nowhere near the hotel, after asking for directions we found the hotel and the owner was very welcoming and sympathetic, a good start! We then got given the room right on the lobby, which you may think was bad, but it turned out to be great! We payed a standard price for a/c (which was way too cold) and a safe deposit box as you do! We were then met by a rep who showed us all the possible parties and stuff we could do.. Top bloke!

The room was basic and what we expected (get what you pay for) 2 beds well made, fridge, balcony, and wet room.

The wet room was a bit of a problem as if you wanted to take a dump after someone had showered, you would get wet shorts as the water took ages to drain! The shower it self was only warm in the evenings as they didn't generate their own hot water but that didn't matter as when we wanted to shower it was before going out in the evening!

The breakfast was decent, and as you had paid for it when booking the hotel, there wasn't anything to moan about! Now we generally got in at between 5-8am so breakfast being served from only 8-10 was a bit of a problem.

This brings me back to the room being situated on the lobby, on the odd occasion we came back at 5 the music was still playing from safari club next door so anyone sat in the lobby talking wasn't a problem, and even people being loud at breakfast wasn't a problem as the noise was very muffled.

Room was very secure and the maid was a great laugh as she walked in on my mate as he was getting changed after a showing and just chatted to him and then me after I got out of the shower like it was normal!

At night we gave our key to reception and the security gaurd would look after it and help you out if you needed to get into the room if the other room member had already gone in with the key!

Overall a top location, great staff and as far as value goes.. Couldn't get any better!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We arrived at El Komi on the 12th July, and as it was just two girls on holiday we were a bit nervous after reading some reviews before, but as soon as we got there (at quarter past 2am) we met some people and went straight out. We were met with a friendly reception and security guard costas who was lovely and made us all toasties when we got home at 7 in the morning. The room was fine to stay in had everything we needed as we only slept during the day, although would definitely recommend that people buy some toilet roll from the supermarket as its hard to come by!! The maid was also very nice and chatted to us whilst cleaning our room as we stayed in bed. Best hotel rooms are overlooking the strip (ours was 218) as it was good to sit on the balcony wwith a drink before you went out at night. The hotel couldnt be in a better place as it was a 30 second walk from all the best places on the strip but noise from the strip was no problem at all as you couldnt hear too much as soon as you were in your room. Lots of reviews about this hotel before has said owners would not let you play music in your room but this was never a problem for us as the security guard was really nice and couldnt have been more friendly to every guest in the hotel! Pool was good, music all day and drinks, occasionally a free fruit salad which is definitely needed when your hungover. Definitely will be returning to el komi next time we decided to come to malia!!

Room Tip: get a room overlooking the strip!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Went here in July '13 for 11 nights and after reading the reviews wasn't expecting this to be the nicest of hotels but with the great location it was a no brainer.

We arrived to a used condom and someone's shorts on our balcony which isn't really a balcony. The bathroom which should be the redeeming feature of the room is nice but not practical it is essentially a wet room that doesn't drain water so the floor is always wet, after a day it smells awful and was cleaned only 3 times in 11 days. You have to hold the shower (one of these silly telephone showers) the hotel doesn't produce it's own hot water so you can only really get a hot shower in the afternoon.

Reception told us rooms would be cleaned daily (3 times in 11 days), towel changed every 3 days (changed once) and bedding was only changed once. The worst thing however is the toilet roll we were forever asking for toilet roll going days at a time without any restaurant napkins are your new best friend. Also be warned there is no 'knock knock' housekeeping, you are just barged in on regardless of your state of undress or if you're sleeping.

The location of this hotel is fantastic however possibly the best situated hotel on the strip and yes you can hear the music at night but there are 2 set of balcony doors which make it easily bearable. On the other hand what also comes with being right on the strip is the noise of your neighbours, I experienced bleating music at 6am and people running up and down the corridors at all hours, people running into your 'balcony' and helping themselves to whatever, door banging and people actually trying to get into your room whilst the couple next door lull you off to sleep. DO NOT intend to sleep any time from 8pm until at least 10am it is truly impossible.

The hotel is bed and breakfast but honestly don't bother your probably not going to be up in time to have the 2 slices of packaged ham and cheese a bit of toast and sorry looking tomatoes there's enough places the do a €2.90 breakfast standard and the restaurant opposite give you 10% discount anyway.

The pool area is the best feature of the hotel music, loungers, alcohol, ice cream and you can buy food the only thing i can say is a few more parasols would be nice.

So overall if your young and want to party hard, not too fussed about being woken up in the morning and cleanliness is not on the top of your priorities this hotel is for you LOCATION CAN'T BE BEATEN.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

I stayed in this hotel with three girls on 27th June - 5th July and REALLY enjoyed it. Before we went we were reading the reviews and were told not to expect too much from the hotel as the star rating is low, however upon arrival we were greeted my the friendly hotel owners who took our passports and put them in the safe and explained where our rooms were. Although there is no lifts there is only one floor above ground level and one below ground level so dont worry!
We were given the keys for our room and were helped to carry the cases. The rooms are standard with a dressing table, mirror, fridge, two beds and a balcony. The bathrooms are tiled and very clean.
The breakfast is served from 8-10 but over the road is a great restaurant, with full English breakfasts waiting for you to crawl across too at less than £3!
The pool area is very clean with a bar serving icecreams, snacks, non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages 9-7 with up to date music playing and accepts requests too!
The staff are so lovely and friendly, this is a family run hotel but they understand thre hotel is in the middle of Malia and we are there to have a good time!
This part of Malia really is not for families but for groups of friends!
The hotel deserves a higher star rating with how great our stay was, HOWEVER the beds and towels are only changed once during the week so i recommend taking two extra towels - one for the pool or beach.
The beach is about a 15min walk down the strip (turn right at McDonalds and left at the quad-bike shop).
Overall i would recommend this hotel to any 18-30s groups, it is on the strip and you will have the best holiday!
There is a security staff that will usher you to be quiet when you come in as the hotel owners sleep in the hotel, his name is Graham, hes a nice bloke and providing you dont push your luck with him he will be fine with you.
The internet is good, 50cent for 30mins in reception

Room Tip: To buy a safe is 40euro for the week To buy the A/C is 45euro for the week Take extra towels Saf...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: El Komi
Address: 46 Democracy Str, Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
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#16 Romantic Hotel in Malia
Hotel Class:2 star — El Komi 2*
Number of rooms: 62
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