We decided to stay in self catering apartment to avoid any time pressure during holidays. The apartments are very, very well situated, just a couple of meters from perfect sandy beach and “main” street in Platanias (many, many restaurants and shops). They organized a local Taxi for us from the airport, which was a perfect start to our Greek adventure. The driver was very polite with plenty of useful information.
At the check in, we were surprised for the extra payment (AC and room safe), but at the final end General Manager (very polite and willing to help) confirmed, that our direct booking quotation includes this cost as well. Interior of our apartment was exactly as you can see from the hotel web site; perfect! The whole building, outside area and the pool are very well maintained. They clean the rooms every day, cleaning lady is perfect. Do not expect well equipped kitchen, but the owner (you will recognize very fast who is the boss in the house :-)) was ready to borrow even their big pan and wine glasses from the pool bar. The place is quiet, even only meters away from the main road. The pool bar somehow does not work well, due to lack of customers, maybe they should think about some entertainment and/or connection with local producers (wine, food…) for organizing some Greek degustation.
We can “complain” only on the limited towels (change every third day) and our beds were really hard, but this could be more personal issue. At the end of the day we can strongly recommend the place and we would come back!
Just a few sentences about the area itself: the whole area is crowded by Scandinavian tourists and the prices in some restaurants and shops are adopted on this standard (a bit higher, but still not expensive). You do not need to worry about the markets, which are steps away and if you prefer to cook, there is a Lidl market with daily fresh meat and fish as well. The sun beds at the beach are 3 €/person, beer on the beach from 2,5-4,5 €, fast bites from 4€-7€. There is also a beach volley and water sports which we can recommend also for families with small kids. A must is to take a public bus (every couple of minutes operating 24/7) to visit Chania and dine at the old harbor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lambrinos Suites is a small charming hotel a few minutes' walk from the Platanias village center, and a stone's throw away from the sandy beaches of the northern Cretan shores. It is nestled between the main Platanias road and the sea on a quaint side street with lovely green gardens all around. Its position offers convenient access to the many shops, restaurants and distractions located on the main road, but still assures a peaceful and quiet atmosphere for relaxing and enjoying the views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lambrinos Suites Platanias, Crete