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Cretan Village Hotel
Ranked #22 of 33 Hotels in Amoudara
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“a total rip off, stay away.”
Reviewed 18 June 2010

horrible horrible hol, 100 steep steps to your room with no lift, owner dont like kids and she stated this, not bottled water on all inclusive, only beer,raki, ouzo. i dont drink, but no tea or coffee from 10.30am-5.30pm---" what" unless you pay for it, no kids pool nothing for them to do, no entertainment at all. miles from anywhere, food ok, but desert, rotten every night, pool is 2m only not for kids, severly overgrown, infested with mosquitos because of this. service is non existant, mrs hitler the owner is a penny pinching greedy old git. staff are lovely, but are in fear of the boss. wifi does not reach rooms, have to carry laptop down 100 steps to get connection. its the first hol in 35yrs that i have wanted to come home from. everyone else that where there said the same thing, also, no shop, will not exchange money,tea and coffee making in your room is fine, as long as you bring/buy your own, please stay away, the only thing is that it is a beautiful spot, thats it. dogs start barking at six am. john and familly.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2010

Having researched this accommodation we knew what to expect as far as location and surroundings was concerned, but did not quite expect the steepness of the hills. Cretan Village is not suitable for the elderly (unless very fit), infirm or children in buggies. There are lots of steps to all rooms.
The Hotel is decorated in traditional Greek furnishings and is very cosy and homely which is a huge bonus if you want to relax. Far better than sitting in a lounge that looks like a surgery of some sort.
The hotel is advertised as 'All Inclusive', which it is not as there are some restrictions. There is not a huge choice of food compared to other All Inclusives. Breakfast is totally continental. Do not expect a fry-up. For lunch and dinner there are 2 or 3 choices. I'm not a fussy eater and when abroad I am happy to eat the food the way it is cooked. After all, we would expect visitors to the UK to eat what we cook wouldn't we! A majority of it is tasty and fresh and I only saw chips once. The Greek salads are wonderful and always plenty of feta cheese on hand.
Tea and coffee is limited to breakfast and dinner. If you want it at any other time you have to pay. Bar drinks are limited too. You can have wine (Rose, White or Red), Beer, (always cold) and Raki. Soft drinks and water is always available. If you fancy a G&T or V&T you have to pay 5 euros. And if you go with children they are limited to one free ice cream per day. There is no entertainment of an evening which for us, was quite nice.
Maria and her staff are a mixed bunch. Maria can be very helpful but you have to pick your moments. If you are going to Amoudara beach or Aghios and she is going that way she'll give you a lift. Dragan behind the bar is a hoot! Although he and the other staff do watch how many drinks you have. They do question you sometimes, especially just before last orders at 11pm.
We stayed in a studio which was more than big enough for 2. We had a lounge with double bed (and mozzy net as which is very much needed) sofa and dressing table, another room with dining table and kitchen and then a bathroom. The bath is tiny though.
The pool is clean and there are steamer loungers instead of plastic ones. The water is very salty though.
The beach, situated just over the road from the hotel, is not brilliant. Very rocky but with plenty of watersport. We found a lovely one, Amoudara Beach, within a 10 min walk away, which was sandy and very picturesque. You do have to pay for sun loungers and brollies though.
I must mention Nicholas who owns the supermarket behind the hotel. He has a restaurant above his store and cooks the most amazing Greek food, all fresh and mostly organic as he growns the veg himself. There are no menus and just asks if you like fish and meat. Leave the rest to him. For 4 people dining with endless food, 2 bottles of wine and, of course, Raki, it cost 56 euros. He is a lovely person who is always happy to have a chat.
With the hotel having only 36 rooms the atmosphere is very informal and we met some lovely people. You are not on your own of an evening as everybody is happy to sit and have a chat.
This hotel, which used to be B&B or half-board, is trying to compete with the huge All Inclusive one next door, and they are struggling.
Overall, we did what we wanted to do and that was to lie in the sun and have a well earned rest, which is what we did. We throughly enjoyed out stay, even though there were some hiccups.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex
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Reviewed 5 June 2010

I stayed at the Cretan Village Hotel in late May 2010 with my husband. We had done our research before going, so were well prepared for the steps (we counted 87 down to the bottom!) and knew that the hotel was situated in a fairly remote location.

We arrived at around 1am, and the receptionist showed us to our room. We were very impressed with the setting of the hotel- it is typically Greek with many archways and white washed walls and pretty flowers. Our terrace was large and was covered in grape vines. The sea view from the terrace was beautiful. We had to share the terrace with the room next door, but we didn't mind. Our room was very large, again very typically Greek, with a separate downstairs bedroom and a living room area with TV. We also had a kitchen with fridge, cooker, sink and all the plates/cutlery etc you would need. The bathroom was not of a high quality, but sufficient enough for a weeks stay. The cleanliness of the room was generally good.

The food was quite basic but tasty. The restaurant is situated overlooking the sea view which was very nice. Although described as all inclusive, I would say a better description would be full board as food and drink are not unlimited all day. I would recommend hiring a car for your stay here as there is not much to do within walking distance of the hotel, but this does make the hotel very quiet and relaxing. We found the hotel staff to be friendly and helpful.

I would not advise families with young children to stay here, and you also need to be reasonably fit to get up and down all those stairs! Having read all the other reviews on here (some of which are laughable!) you do have to bear in mind that you get what you pay for. My husband and I paid just £550 for both of us for a weeks stay with all of our food and flights included, and I consider this a bargain. If you want top quality service with high spec bathrooms and facilities, a huge variety of food and nightly entertainment then expect to pay a lot more for your holiday. If however you want a budget holiday in a quiet and relaxing place with fantastic views then you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Seaham, County Durham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2010

Having just returned from Crete spending 1 week there with my husband and teenage daughter at the Cretan Village we were overall impressed with the hotels quaintness and authentic Greek style. However the majority of staff were rude and unhelpful, the all inclusive stopped promptly at 11pm and any drinks consumed after that had to be payed for. There was no snacks, 3 set meals a day with breakfast comprising of boiled eggs, greek yoghurt, 1 cereal, bread, cheese and spam EVERY DAY. Lunch and evening meal was greek salad and then 2 main dishes - again EVERY DAY, no variation. Coffee/tea was only served between 8-9am then again at 5.30-6.30pm. No snacks between meals. Location was advertised as Agios Nicholous however the town was 4 km away which you could get to via a 1 hour walk or bus which come every hour if that. There was 1 minimarket/taverna behind the hotel where the owner was very lovely and helpful, and food and drinks cheap and delicious. A further bar was a 10 min walk, owner was rude and drinks ridicilously expensive - malibu & coke and peach snapps & lemonade 12 Euros. Rooms were a good size with fridge and hob. Air con was 8 Euros PER DAY, all rooms located on a VERY steep hill, no good for young families (pushchairs) or diabled people. Beach was across the road which was lovely, crystal clear seas. Had the staff been more pleasant and the food more various this would have been an almost perfect holiday. Agios was lovely, good selection of shops, plenty of bars/resteraunts, however pretty expensive all round with prices on par if not more expensive than home.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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East Midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 June 2010

What can I say? Good & not so good things to say....
First week of the season so apartment was clean but lots of things weren't working or broken. Most put right within 2-4 days (except the urine stained bed throw! uwww!!! Eventually they gave us a further throw.)
The steps were more than expected so Asthma suffers beware. Half the people stopping had tripped up or down the steps.
Views from the place are very pleasant.
Do be careful with the pool as you can't stand up anywhere in it unless you are very tall. I'm nearly 5 foot 9 & only managed to stand on tiptoes at one side. It is salt water.

Katerina (who does the breakfast/lunch shift) is an absolute gem. Really lovely lady.
Dragan (who does the late bar shift) is a giggle.
Kristina (does the early evening shift) was lovely with me but some felt she was a little cool with them.

The food was good quality Greek 'home cooking'. Not fancy in anyway but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

There was a definate change in atmosphere when Maria, the owner was around & you could hear her dulcet tones within a 50 metre radius!
It is worth noting that if you are getting away for a girlie break after a difficult time & feel rather delicate or sensative, DO NOT BOOK HERE! Maria often 'told off' ladies who were staying there without husbands & families. This resulted in people giving her nicknames such a Rottweiler, Pitbull & even Basil Faulty!!! Maria's daughter was even less charming & refused to even speak to you, unless it was to say " sign here" to pay for something. She was a disgrace, quite frankly :o(

If you are a people watcher & a group of you were going, it could be a giggle but I would not go back here with just one friend.

There is a handy little shop just up the hill directly on the left of Cretan Village. The guy who owns it is a real sweetie & gives you a drink of Raki as a welcome.

If you want a lovely sandy beach with some private little coves, take the bus to Istra & visit Vulisma Beach 6km away, on way to Ierapetra.

The lake has some nice tavernas to visit, in Agios Nikolaos.

The Spinalonga trip is worth going on with the agent, as you go on a boat trip with BBQ etc. too, not bad at 35 Euro.

Prices have gone up ALOT in Greece!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Furrykidsgowithus
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brighton
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2009

Having originally made the mistake that a lot of people seem to make and looked at another cretan village hotel, when we arrived i was a little dissapointed,however a holiday is what you make it !
The staff on the whole were friendly, approachable and happy to talk to you.Our apartment was tidy and the broken shower was repaired very quickly, however you need to be vertically challenged to use the bath !!!!
The food was reasonable although a bit lacking in selection and there is only so much salad or boiled eggs you can eat in 1 week ! so my partner ( who is quite fussy) went hungry a fair amount of the time.The all inclusive was very restrictive compared to what you would normally get elsewhere,very regimented times and very small selection of drinks etc.....
The location is beautiful if you can see past the litter thats a common problem in crete and the fact you have to climb everest to get to your apartment !
Its definately worth hiring a car if you want to get anywhere of interest !
not all rooms have sea views as promised (we saw another apartments views of the hills!) we did have a sea view but unfortunatelt there were great big solar panels and aerials in the way !
Facilites in the area are very lacking but i think that is mainly due to the time of year and the fact they are now winding down for the season.The nearest shop is only just behind the hotel not half an hour away as somebody else has reported.
All in all it was a reasonable holiday at a reasonable hotel.
The thing that stands out most are the people that we met and how friendly most of the other guests are,something of a dunkirk spirit i think !!!!!!!!!
Sorrento`s bar in agios nikolaos is well worth a visit if you fancy a laugh one evening !
Did i mention my toe at all???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank mrkbrock
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yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2009

we have read all the reviews on the cretan village and some of them are laughable,, this is a lovely, family run place with well kept rooms and all other areas, the staff are all very attentive and hard working. the food is well presented and cooked properly, the views from every room are to die for. . it is isolated so hire a car online and knock the transfers off the price of your hol.. it's a 5 minute drive into agios nikolaos which is a lovely town with everything you could want. all in all this was one of the nicest holidays we have had.. just for your information, there are two cretan villages in crete, we tend to think that all the bad reviews are for the one in hersonissos because we could not fault the one in amoudara.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Cretan Village Hotel
Address: Amoudara, Crete 72100, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Amoudara
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Amoudara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Cretan Village Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cretan Village Hotel is a unique resort, built on the slopes of a hill, amidst savage vegetation, in an old Cretan village style, with stone covered walkways, and two squares. The village is situated across the street from a small bay with mixed pebbles and sandy beach. This resort offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and Agios Nikolaos gulf and town. The resort is operated by Mrs. Maria and her family, offering the traditional known Cretan hospitality, making you feels the Cretan Village as your second home away from home. Facilities include a swimming pool, pool bar, lobby, al fresco traditional sitting area, reading room with TV, internet corner, free Wi-Fi at the reception and the swimming pool area and a restaurant overlooking the beach ,offering home cooking authentic Cretan dishes based on the Cretan products and recipes. Cretan Village feature modern amenities combined with traditional decorations.Distances:Beach - across the street50 meters - Bus stop5 Km from Agios Nikolaos town center12 km from Elounda14 km from Spinalonga island69 km from Heraklion airport ... more   less 
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