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Last 5 reviews
A Real Retreat
I stayed at this lovely hotel for the first time recently. I was on holiday with a friend and really wanted a peaceful and tranquil hotel where I would be able to rest. I could not have made a better choice. It was rather like stepping back in time. Very caring staff who always seemed to go the extra mile to make sure my friend and I had everything we needed to enjoy our holiday. Great value for money, we couldn't fault it and a room with a view that I will miss. I hope to return one day.
Charming family owned and run hotel with great attention to detail. Wonderful views and gardens. Comfortable and well maintained room and public areas. Very good breakfast with lots of variety and proper tea with boiling water, loose leaf tea and a teapot! Dinner in the Yacht Club and Old Mill restaurants was good but would be better with more variety and daily specials. The staff and personal approach make this hotel stand out.
Typical R&C, but a couple of issues
We often opt for the Relais & Chateaux family of hotels as they always have a special feel about them, and you get that with Elounda Mare for sure. The staff were exceptional and nothing was too much of problem – always with smiles. It’s a pretty hotel with lots of little paths and places to sit, but there were some downsides: Bathrooms are dated, looks like 1980s as you walk in, but the water pressure is great and everything works just fine, and the products are lovely too so not a huge issue. (a light in the shower would be nice!) Pool is salt water and cold – great looking pool, pity it’s not fresh water and heated. The sea was warmer when we there and few people were using the pool, I presume because it was so cold. Food was a little disappointing at times. I don’t mind paying good money for good food, but steaks and lamb had to be sent back on one occasion. If you are sticking to sea food you will be fine. Wine list is expensive (4-5 mark up on retail) and there is little from the rest of the world under 100 Euros. All in all we liked the hotel, but not enough to entice us back again anytime soon.
We were very satisfied when we went in 2019, but wondered how the hotel would have coped after Covid. We needn't have worried as they had the same excellent and friendly staff. We like a bungalow with a pool near the beach area and were fortunate to be allocated Room 41 which had just been refurbished. The pillows are harder than we were used to, as was the bed and the overhead shower needs a pump. When this was mentioned on leaving, they were right onto it. The food is excellent but it would be best not to be on half-board as there are some excellent tavernas along the harbour in Elounda to try for a change. In the evening, the only bar area is in Reception. Some form of bar near the beach/shopping Square would be good in the evening as the beach bar closes. We shall return as the hotel has everything we want for a relaxing holiday.
Amazing view, great service. The crowd was definitely on the older side. Several restaurants on the property. Our daughter has food allergies and they were very helpful and knowledgeable. Rooms were spacious but felt a bit traditional and dated to us.
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