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“Great hotel, great pool and nice owner”
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Cosmi Apartments
Ranked #24 of 36 Hotels in Kato Gouves
Reviewed 15 August 2012

We booked last minute through booking.com and had a fantastic two weeks. We booked a studio that was basic but clean and had everything you would need to relax. The pool isn't big but is very clean and gets the sun most of the day. The hotel is small but is great for families of all ages or young & old couples. Nicos (the owner) was great fun (a little crazy) and always made us feel welcome. The beach is about 5 minutes away, and there is more small beaches in each direction. We visit Greece every year but never the same place twice, but after visiting Cosmi we would be happy to go again and again.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

I'm sure this is the first time I've ever taken the time to write something like this, but after our recently holiday then I think Cosmi and Crete really do deserve some words.

First of all, yes this is not 5* all inclusive so if you want that then stop reading now, but if you go anywhere near Hersonissos and want to real get the feel of the place, have some fun and come back having had the best time....then I would really recommend staying here and doing a few things we did.

First of all, if you get there late, it's dark etc, there will be a key in your door, and the family live in so you can always get help. Nikos, what can I say, he's Greek, he's really not crazy, just an amazing personality, it's all Malakas, just go have that drink and relax, oh, definitely try the 'Nikos' special cocktail. Diana, Niko's partner and Costas his son help run the place, and between the three of them, they do a great job. Remember, compare price with what you get in 5* etc, then take that money and do so much more with it. The rooms are fine, very clean, have A/C and a safe, perfect fridge etc, really are fine - considering you are not living in the place, just sleeping there. You do have to pay for the safe and AC, but well worth it.

Cosmi really does have one of the best pools in the whole area, seriously, perfectly looked after, clean, one deep end, really perfect. The bar area is great throughout the day and night.
Tip tip tip - drink Mythos beer, it's so cheap, and so refreshing, 2.50 to 3.50 Euros usually for a large cool beer!

For those going.....out the front entrance by the pool to the road, turn right and walk down 5 mins to the sea (you'll pass a little taverna on the left which is nice for food or toasties), at the sea front turn right and you walk to the Island sea front restaurant (personally for me, forget the expensive steaks and have the spag bol, about 7 Euro and it's lovely) and a few bars - nice there. If you turn left at the sea front, walk down 6 to 7 mins (or 20 secs on the quad) and you get to Gyros corner, turn left up there and walk about 150M and then you will come to main street where there are quite a few bars and places to eat, go stop at 'Baraki' - 300M (approx) up on the right, it's a good bar and the guy running the place looks like Jimmy Nail. If you didn't turn up at Gyros and keep going, look out for Zorbas - the burgers are quite nice there.

Get a quad and find you way to Limin Hersonissos, on the beach front find a bar called Mylos, they have cocktails for 6 Euro each - try one as they are amazing - Long Island Ice Tea - wow.
Also, either by quad or bus, go to the Water City waterpark at Anopolis - it's a great day if you love water and slides, wicked fun.

Quad again ideal but if not get the bus to Stalida, great place to spend the day with loads of great places to eat and nice beaches.

Also, from Cosmi, walk up to the main road (5 mins) to the top, cross over and get the bus to Agios Nikolaos, it's soooo cool, the harbour etc, well it's just so lovely, if you are a guy and want to impress the mrs, take her there. He's the great bit, a bus from the top of the road will cost you a smidge over 10 Euros (total for both of you!), will take about an hour but really worth it. You can get bus back, but also try doing a deal with a taxi driver as they often have to end up at the airport, so pay about 30 Euro most for taking you home if you don't want take the bus.
So Cosmi, it's a perfect (16 rooms not 119 as TA displays) (we had room 32 which was great), the pool is fab, the drinks are great and Nikos is one fantastic Greek character, and yes we'll be back there to see you Niko my friend.

OK so some other pointers and tips:

Get a quad bike for a few days, forget going on all the main roads, get off around the cost road and tracks, around farmers tracks etc, it's brilliant, out of Cosmi, down to the sea, turn right, follow along the road until you have to go right, follow up just a short way until you see a little dirt track, take that and see where you get - we hardly touched a main road taking the quad all the way to Malia. At one point there is a all long bridge - on the quad go down and under along the dirt track and then left off into to the olive tree fields - amazing.
In old part of Hernonissios, Monday night, in the square they have music and dancing, it gets packed but it's really worth going. We went ( and this shows how amazing the Greek people are) or rather we were taken by Niko and the family, in his Mercedes, he drove us! We ate at Mylos and you have to try the meat balls there - absolutely amazing.

From the airport, you can get the bus return shuttle which is fine but a bit slow - just take a taxi which is 10-15 mins and will cost about 10 Euro.

There are some cash points about by not many, closest is up main street by Gyros - and it works fine.

Stop at Gyros on Gyros corner, and yes, stop and have a Gyro, for about 3 Euro, wow wow wow.
So take it from us and we have done plenty of travelling, this really is a great holiday, stay at Cosmi and get to know Niko, the family and friends (and Uncle George), it's not luxury but it's fab, the pool is brill, get a quad, venture around and try loads of different places to eat.

This holiday was one of the best I can ever remember and what made it really special was getting to know the local folk who are just amazing people.

Room Tip: Room 32 is you can get it, very nice. Also try to get an AC in the Kitchen and not bedroom as it'...
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Been going back to see Niko and Co. every year since he opened. My advice is have a drink at the bar with him ASAP after arriving and forget all your problems. Relax, smile and have a ball. Chances are you'll see us there again some time in 2012!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Looking foir that simple, but friendly place to unwind in Crete? Well the Cosmi might just be the right place for you. Set only 200 meters from the local beaches, the rooms are clean and attractive, the pool is just great for families and adults, and spotlessly clean. There is a small poolside bar for drinks and snacks.
Owner Nicos goes out of his way to things go well, and will always help out if you need advice.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

My boyfriend and i stayed here last year at the end of August/beginning of September, it was a nice place to stay, the pool was a perfect sun trap and very clean. the area was nice it was a 5 minute walk to the nearest bars/tavernas, we often went to the Baraki bar, the staff/owners were very friendly. There is a lot of restaurants to choose from and i had no complaints about food at any of the places we ate out. i'd recommend doing some of the day trips offered or going to Heraklion for the day. The only only problem we had was the room only being cleaned once other than that it was a nice relaxing holiday all round. oh and the local aquarium is a fun experience.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

We booked to go to Cosmi in May 1993. Our daughter sent us a print out of the reviews, we had no internet at the time, and we trembled !!! Nikos was portrayed as the proprietor from HELL!!! He wasn't. We had a great time and have been going back since at every opportunity. We were made very welcome, none of the outbursts that we'd been warned of, no problems at all. I am now seventy years of age so can't be considered a noisy young tearaway, my wife is a little younger, we start having fun on the day that we arrive and it lasts for the two weeks that we are there. When we have been unable to book at Cosmi (twice) we always have made a point of visiting Nikos to say hello, and he phones to wish us Happy Christmas each year. We do our best to go there twice a year, the best holidys we have ever had. We invariably meet the same people there time afterr time Christine & Trev Jago

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

My girlfriend & I have just returned from Gouves, Crete where we stayed at the Cosmi Apts. We had a nice time however, we don't usually go for that kind of holiday. Gouves has some nice restaraunts, bars by the sea front to the right of the harbour as you are facing it. When you turn a corner to enter the "main drag" it becomes "brits abroad" Flashing lights, tacky shops, english pubs etc. That said, we never had a bad meal and if you are wanting a bit of night life but more family orientated (not for 18-30s) then Gouves will be a good choice. Our main 2 gripes with Gouves was the amount of litter everywhere. If they would put litter bins along the beaches maybe this would solve the problem. Also, The noise from regular aircraft coming into Heraklion.

Cosmi apts were well located, far enough away so you were not bothered by noise but not so far we couldn't walk anywhere. There is a bus stop 5mins away on the main road, the nearest shop is about a 3-5min walk, bars restaraunts are about 10-15min walk away-not far. We like a bit of a walk at night so it didn't bother us at all.

The rooms were lovely and clean when we arrived however, our room and a few others we had spoke to during our stay had only been cleaned once for the week. This sounds picky but when your bathroom starts smelling of [--] due to the toilet bin overflowing with used toiletroll and your towels are smelling a bit, it's time for cleaning! I emptied the toilet bin myself on a couple of occasions, didn't bother me too much but if the cleaner came round one more time in the week, I wouldn't have had to do this. That is the only critisism i have really. Everything else made for a quiet relaxing holiday. The pool is usually empty so we had the pool to ourselves most days, There is a pool bar for those who want to stay and drink by the pool at night. We read some bad reports about Nikos, the guy that runs the hotel. He aint full of the joys of spring or anything but he is helpful and will fix anything that may be broken/not working. Our bathroom light wasn't working, it was fixed within the hour.

All in all, a good relaxing holiday. I won't go back to Gouves, done it, seen it, got T-shirt. Too much "Brits abroad" for us.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 70014, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves > Kato Gouves
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #24 of 36 Hotels in Kato Gouves
Price Range: £14 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cosmi Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cosmi may be small, but we are a family run organisation dedicated to making your stay memorable. If your idea of a holiday is simply to chill out by the pool, or you want to explore parts of out historical heritage - Cosmi is for you. We cater for families, and couples and realise the importance of setting the right tone. The beach is just 300 yards away from our well placed accommodation. It really is only a short walk to the National Highway for Crete famously comfortable buses. If you want local shopping, then again it's a very short walk away. Nightlife here is not about "lager louts" and "pub jaunts", Gouves is civilised and has many fine tavernas and cafes around the beach area in which to enjoy some famous Cretan Cuisine, and we would be delighted to point you in the right direct. ... more   less 
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