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Koula Apartments
Ranked #42 of 64 Speciality Lodging in Stalis
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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“best two days in Crete”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

during my stay in crete, this was the best accomodation.
It is well situated in Stalis, just a few steps both to bus station and to the main road.
It was very clean though.
Stalis has a very good beach, way better than Hersonissos or Malia.
But I travelled there to head for the party destinations from above (Hersonissos is the better one).
I stayed in Hersonissos for 4 nights before, and accomodation there, situated at main street, was bad because of noise, cleanness and price.
If you´re travelling for the party, I´d stay here in Stalis.
The bus is leaving even late at night, and a taxi is cheap, too.
You will have a better time at day because not so crowded streets and noise and the good beach.
I became introduced by the manager Theodore and his lovely wife and daughter.
I travel a lot, and it´s very rare to meet so hospitable and warm people. They made me very welcome.

Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Gateshead
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Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

Didn't stop at the koula but went to the yammas bar on our way back from the bars on the beach road. The bar is situated on the street facing the La Luna hotel & is run by Steve & Edna, lovely couple from Birmingham & very welcoming, if you pass this bar, even if you dont go in, shout a big Yo to Steve from the Gateshead girls please. X

  • Stayed June 2013
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

just returned from a weeks stay at the koulla apts,was met with a very freindly welcome from steve and edna was made to feel at home wright away (as a single traveller means a lot) and the bar was still open till 4am horray!!! were everyone was all very freindly and was always busy wich tells you everything...the rooms are kept very clean,of a good size. towels and bedding changed regular. can't comment on cooking facilties in the room cause i neaver used them, you don't need to...! so from me a big YAMAS to steve and edna and all at the koulla.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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birmingham
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Hi had a gr8 wk at koulla apts .met some luvly people . apts are clean and spacious with gud size balcany.This was my first time to Stallis and wud def return.
Edna and Steve from Cheers bar were fab, really friendly and made us very welcome, gr8 hosts and Edna's breakfast is a must.Overall holiday was amazing cant wait to return.......
Thanks again Edna and Steve you are both luvly people and look forward to see you soon

JULIE BILLY,CHARLIE SAM XXXX

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Leeds
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Hi, Just got yesterday from the Koulla apartments. Had a fantastic 2 weeks, met some fantastic people and made some good friends. The rooms at the Koulla are what you would expect from a Greek 2 star, they are clean, tidy and spacious, location is great. Yes it is on a main road but after the first few days you don't even notice the traffic, but its location is perfect for the main strip and the beach not even 2 minutes away.

Great restaurants on the door step and of course the Yamas bar run by Steve and Edna is beside the rooms and they are there from early in the morning until 4:00 am should you have any problems and they will sort it. We tried a lot of the bars on the main strip (we were on holiday!) and were disappointed with several of them especially with the quality of the cocktails served. We returned early one night and went to the Yamas bar where Steve served up some lovely cocktails (full strength no half measures here! Yummy). Steve was more than happy to make other cocktails that weren't on the list with the use of good old google, so then the challenge was set!! For the rest of our holiday we were finding new cocktails to challenge Steve with and every time he came up trumps, great guy.

Edna supplied the food with great bar snack from your full english breaky which was superb to toasties, sandwiches and burgers and my hubby's fav the bacon and egg baguette which Edna cooks perfectly with a nice runny yoke, yum yum.

Really looking forward to returning next year and to see Steve and Edna at the Yamas bar, get the Dooley's in ready Steve!!

Hello to all our new friend we will see you next year and many thanks to Steve and Edna for making our holiday so great, we would recommend Koulla apartments and especially the Yamas bar to all.

Room Tip: Challenge Steve at making cocktails if he has the ingredients you will get it!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

We have been travelling to Crete for many, many years now and we love the Koullsa Apartments.
Manos and Nifula make your stay so wonderful and are always attentive to your needs.
Unfortunately, Nifula and Manos have had a year off as they were expecting a baby and the Yamas bar connected to the Apartments is currently being run by Steve and Edna Watts from the West Midlands.

The apartments aren't the most modern of apartments, but they are clean and everything is there for your needs, admittedly, apart from the odd breakfast on the balcony, I didn't do any cooking as the best cooking in Crete is Rania's cooking at the Katerina Taverna - the food is to die for and George just makes you feel like the best person in the world - just love it.

The Yamas bar is a great little bar, serving ice cold beers in ice cold glasses, the food is excellent and the breakfasts are amazing for the price.
The pool area is only small but it is always clean and sunny and sheltered.
The Koulla apartments are situated in a side road, in May it's not really noisy at all but we have been in August when it's a little noisier but nothing to get upset about!
Love Stallis - so many shops and Tavernas and great value bars, it's still les than a Euro a pint in some places if you look carefully!
All the Restaraunts we have tried over the years have been delicious - George's is still the best but there is a wide choice and you can sit on the beach and enjoy your meal if you wish.
Can't wait to visit again in 2013.
It appears that the family are severing their links with Olympic next year and are going private, they have a website and you can book online.
This is a shame as it was a great deal with Olympic.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

Stayed from 3/09/2011 for 1 week
arrived about 4,30 am at apartments -met by manager who directed us to our room no 4 top floor. it was pitch black with no lights working on the stair way . having used our mobile for a light we entered the room. first impressions decent size room, tiny bathroom and very basic kitchen.|veryhot room with no aircon -
Apartments are on a very busy side road whitch joins the main stalis to malia road and onto the beach road, traffic all day and all night with coaches , moped and quad bikes using it at high speeds ,so you will have to sleep with windows shut if u want to get any sleep.
hired a fan next day at 15 euro,s for the week and a safe for the same amount of 15 euros
fan wasnt much help as all it did was recirculate the hot air all ready in the room so we had to sleep with our balcony doors open to try and get some air yet and of course the traffic noise.
the shower was tiny and designed so more water ended up on the floor than down the plug hole.
reported some minor problems with light outside and in room which was fixed straight away so that was good.
apartment pool small but the apartments only had 10 rooms so was big enough - sun all day around the pool area and always clean .
bar man very friendly and always helpful. didnt spend much time around pool area - just towards early evening after day at beach but always a sun bed available.
good location for bars etc and beach being only about 5 mins from both.
we spent most evenings in dwyers irish bar on the stalis strip - good singer owen and great bar staff (,never letting ur glass get empty) also great during the day with 2 sunbeds umbella and toastie lunch for 3 euros each,plenty of decent restuaranst to choose from but very slow service at Jasmine chinese rest .

for price we paid the apartments were ok - but we booked thro olympic holdays which we wouldnt do again see my report on olympic holidays

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Koula Apartments
Address: 9 Eleftheriou Venizelou, Stalis, Crete 700 07, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Stalis
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 64 Speciality Lodging in Stalis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Koula Apartments 1*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Koula Apartments and experience the Cretan hospitality and an exeptiomal , for their category service quality. Koula Apartments in Stalis is a traditional apartment complex, just 150 meters away from the sandy beach of Stalis. Recently renovated, we are a family-run hotel which prides ourselves in providing a warm, friendly environment to our guests in a unique traditional greek setting. Our Studios and Apartments providing the most modern of comforts to our guests. Such amenities include digital flat screen TV's, AC, refrigerators, Full Equipment kitchen, and each one, offers a terrace ideal for sun-bathing. It is an ideal place for families, people seeking rest and relaxation, and those looking for fun and excitement during their holidays. Both studios and apartments offers: Full Equiped kitchen Krups Espresso machine Dining area Private bathroom with shower Balcony or terrace. Air contition Full HD Flat screen TV set with media player via USB Washing machine Hair Dryer Toaster Filter coffee machine Extra Services: Free beach toys for kids Airport tranfers Car rental ... more   less 
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