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Ideal Hotel Apartments
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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“Good appartments in a nice location”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

I stayed here with my other half in early September for a week and we both had a pleasant holiday.

The hotel is only 15 minutes away from the airport so very quick transfers. We stayed at the back of the hotel in a double appartment which had a large living/kitchen area and a spacious bedroom.

The only problems I had with our room is that we were in an appartment that was below ground level (still had windows but was that of a basement flat etc) and our bathroom window wasn't frosted, SO, whenever having a shower or going to toilet anyone walking by could have a nice peer in. Thankfully due to being at the back of the hotel not many people walked by.. still puts you a bit on edge when standing in the shower!!

Our room also had a slight outburst of small ants by the window (probably another factor of being below groundlevel) but after a hefty spray of insect repellant they dissappeared very quickly and didn't return.

The rooms don't have a hair dryer and the hotel doesn't offer one to rent... So any ladies like me who have a lot of long missbehaving hair may find that a problem! I automatically assumed that every hotel had one so didn't bring my own... Bad mistake.

The aircon is 7Euros a day, we tried sleeping without it for the first night and it was seriously muggy and very uncomfortable. Definitely worth the investment.

The food at the hotel I was really impressed with for value. Its very cheap and has a lot of variety from traditional Greek dishes, seafood and general burgers and chips. A burger and chips tended to cost 4.50 Euros. A full english breakfast is 7Euros.

To buy a large bottle of water at the hotel is 2Euros which was the most expensive we ever saw. If you go down the road to the supermarket a 1.5Ltr bottle will cost you 32cents. Even the shop right next door the water is 70cents.

The owners were very friendly and spoke good English. If you like your coffees I would reccomend the "cappuccino" that they serve. It's more like an Americano.

Overall the hotel is in a really good area. There are other restaurants a short walk away (about 5-10 minutes or so), a bus stop with regualr trips to the city is just 3 mins walk away. It will cost you 1.60 to get to Heraklion. The beaches in Kokkini Hani are LOVELY. I'd reccomend walking down to Knossos beach and purchasing a pair of sun loungers here.

Overall, we paid very little for our holiday through Thomsons although if you haven't yet booked I would try and book direct with the hotel. We could have saved about £100 between us if we'd done that ourselves.

Very pleased with our trip over all :)

Room Tip: Request one above ground, the bar area is open till late and does play constant music.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Market Drayton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

I cant really recommend Ideal enough, after 2 fantastic weeks in June we would love to return next year.

Location:

Very close to a clean and sandy beach, if you are prepared to walk a little further there are sun loungers offered free if you eat or have a single drink at the various restaurants. Now usually you' ll be paying 5 Euros a day for each lounger so this offer is great. We walked to the beach at around 11am and were still easily able to get the a spot right by the sea

There is a patisserie right opposite which is real trouble as you cant keep out of it and this from gymaholic people who watch their weight.

There are a variety of supermarkets, bars, car hire,restaurants and souvenir shops within a minutes walk.

Ideal is bang in the middle of the main stretch of Konini Hani, so perfect which ever direction you want to go.

Accommodation:

The rooms are very big, very clean and very cheap. The rooms stay cool without air con even if the temperatures are high outside. Its basic self catering apartments, you have a kettle, plates, hob, pans etc.

The pool is great, small, clean and not too deep for those with children. There was always sun loungers free at any point in the day.

The Staff:

The family that own the hotel are great, they made us feel part of the family from day one and we felt sad to leave. George, Panagelis, Maria and all the staff never stop, they endeavour to make your stay enjoyable. We had problems when our card was swallowed by an ATM and they allowed us to use our other card with them instead of risking it with another card.

The bar staff- We made great friends in Wim, Rhian and their son Willem. They truly did make our holiday what it was and that is the best ever. They treated us so well whilst at work and met up with us later like true friends. I can not praise these folks enough. They work hard to make sure that the pool area is clean and will even make things not normally on the menu if they can. They are great, great people. Wim was probably fed up of beating me at chess though in the end lol. we have kept in contact with them and offered them our home to stay if they ever visit the UK, that is how highly we regard them.


Food:

We ate most nights at the Ideal, the quality, selection and price was great. yet again the staff endeavour to make your dining experience as good as possible. The home made food is delicious and some of the best Greek food we have ever eaten. The pizzas are awesome too!! Freshly made bread and Meze was our fav tho.

There are lots of sea front restaurants to further to the left of the Ideal and some of these are really good and watching the sunset over the sea whilst eating is a great experience. The fish restaurant owned and run by a greek family all year is amazing, the staff and owner are brilliant.

Beach:

Lots of small sections of beach all very clean and great restaurants serving drinks on the beach, I would recommend walking a little further to the right as you get to the beach as the first is part of an all inclusive and not much food on offer.

All in all we had the best summer holiday we have ever had, we have been to 5* all inclusive hotels around the world and self catering as well but the Ideal bettered them all in service and price.

We very much hope to return in the near future.

Yiamas!

Room Tip: Beds can be a little hard but there are blankets which you can put underneath to soften them, after...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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cornwall
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66 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

Just got back from a great time at these apartments.
Warm welcome from the family which continued all week.
Very quiet room area and spacious apartment .Air con is a must if you visit in August.
Ate 3 times in the restaurant and we were very pleased with the meals and price. You can get good meals else where but I am not going to recommend,as part of the fun of being on holiday is to find your own.
Close to the beach and 5euros for 2 sunbeds and parasol all day was good value for money.
Spar shop has all you need and cheap.
An enjoyable time and hope to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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bridgnorth
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2013

this is our first time staying at the ideal apartments in kokkini hanie in crete. we booked this apartment after reading the excellent reviews on trip advisor. as a family and a couple we have travelled to many places and have stayed in luxury hotels.
We would recommend these apartments they are super clean, we opted for bed and breakfast and did on occasion up grade to a full english which was excellent. It is run by a family who are very friendly and kind. The food was also excellent, we stayed for 7 nights and every 2nd day the rooms were cleaned and change of towels and bed linen. will most certainly re visit again.

Room Tip: we stayed in room 104 which was on the second floor very quiet and spacious
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

My partner and I stayed here for two weeks in July this year. We had a great time! The family who run the apartments are very welcoming and hard working. Our apartment was spacious, airy and very clean. Originally we were in a room over the bar but as we found this a bit noisy we asked to move. Maria was only too happy to accommodate us and moved us to a quieter room at the back which suited us much better. Most days we went to the beach but the pool is lovely and the Dutch couple who run the pool bar were great. They were always helpful and friendly with lots of good advice about the local area. We enjoyed all the homemade restaurant food and especially the pizza made in the wood burning oven.
Overall this was a charming place to stay. This is an authentic family run business with real people who take pride in their business and care about their customers. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I was here for two weeks with my parents. Overall Ideal was great. The people were friendly and it was spotless. The food was average, however my family particularly enjoyed Biz Biz which is directly across the road, highly recommend as it is huge, delicious portions for inexpensive prices. Thomsons did tell us that there would be karaoke nights and BBQs which there were not, we did make our own entertainment but my father, in particular was disappointed. Also greatly disappointed with the expense for air conditioning, 7 euros a night, which meant we had spend almost 100 euros before we even got to our room. In conclusion, I would recommend Ideal apartments, however do not go with the expectation of a wild night out.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Combe Martin, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We stayed at the Ideal Apartments the first two weeks of July. Given the moderate price of our package we didn't have high expectations but Ideal was just one of many pleasant surprises.
Our apartment was directly above the taverna, at the front of the building, overlooking the road, which caused some trepidation, but we had two large terraces (so could usually get or avoid direct sun) and actually enjoyed sitting out, breakfasting, watching the world go by on the not-too-busy road. The rooms were very big, very clean and reasonably equipped (we bought cheap tea towels, a couple of glasses and knives to enhance our stay, and left them for the next occupants). Beds and shower room were all good and we felt very much at home. One negative point was the very real need at this time of the year for air-conditioning which added £100 to our two week stay. We tried doing without for a couple of days but it proved impossible.
Without exception all the staff, one big family, were friendly and helpful. Fluency in English varied but was never a problem. Given that the local beach wasn't great, the pool was a real gem. It was a perfect size, clean and welcoming, with free use of sunbeds and lilos, and we spent at least part of every day there. Brilliant.
The Ideal is situated nicely for bus links, a short walk to the very handy supermarket for us self caterers, and opposite a fantastic bakers (we tried a different bread almost every day) .
Kokkini Hani was a pleasant surprise. One guide book we’d read was pretty scathing about the place but it was a nice size and had a genuinely pleasant feel, fine for early morning or late night strolls and well equipped with enough shops and good tavernas to keep most people happy. Visits to Heraklion and Agios Nikolaus confirmed our lucky choice of resort.
The Ideal was an important part of a wonderful, relaxing two week stay. So, many thanks to them for all their efforts because they seemed to genuinely care that we should have a good time and perhaps return one day.
Thomsons weren't so good, seeming to care more about selling overpriced day trips than giving accurate information. If we do return, we will book with Ideal direct and get the bus (£1.50) from outside the airport. It’s easy.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Ideal Hotel Apartments
Address: Main Road, Kokkini Hani, Crete 715 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Kokkini Hani
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Kokkini Hani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Ideal Hotel Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideal hotel apartments offers a range of 25 tastefully decorated self-catering accommodation from family rooms to apartments.All apartments have two bedrooms, kitchen, lounge ,bathroom, WC, air conditioning and balcony over looking the pool or gardens and are equipped to a high standard with all necessary appliances. Cleaned daily and fresh bedding and towels provided. ... more   less 
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