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Review of Olive Grove Apartments

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Review posted 9/12/2009 view all
J P Nunes from , London
Good but not the best in Elounda
I stayed at the Olive Groves studios for a week between end of August and early September and although the place is nice I am surprised that, at the time of writing this, the place ranks as the first on the Tripadvisor list for Elounda.

Let me start by saying that my opinion about the Olive Grove apartments is very personal. The studios are nicely done, nicely decorated, centrally located and the owners are very friendly and helpful. What stops me from giving a better rate to this place is the actual location (being central also means you get considerable street noise at night) and the clientele, which is mainly British and the kind who stay by the pool day and night being drunk and loud.

We tried to sleep without air-conditioning the first night and with the windows open but the noise from the customers in the pool bar and the music was such that we had to close all windows and shutters. The following day we had to ‘hire’ air conditioning for the rest of the week (you have to pay 60 euros for a week of air-conditioning which should come included). Also, on the first morning we were woken up at 6 am with vibration on the windows and lots of noise from a truck cistern dealing with sewage blockage on the street outside the studios.

The studios are nice if you want to stay in town but mind the noise from the street and fellow tourists. Elounda is a lovely village with some really nice hotels and a nice harbour and beaches. If you stay in Elounda, pay a visit to the church in the main square in the harbour: a nice surprise! I would recommend this part of Crete but would think twice about going back to the Olive Grove and would not recommend it if you want a relaxing holiday.

We hired a car which was worth it as there are lovely beaches and places to explore in Crete, like Vulismo beach nearby or Vai (a two-hour drive but a spectacular beach), as well as the ruins of the Palace of Knossos (an hour’s drive but be patient with crowds, even very early in the day). But the bus network is also good and the buses are brand new and comfortable.

Restaurants in Elounda are very good and we recommend Paradisiakos and Marilena, where the meze are great. As the resort is mainly for British tourists, beware of the traps offering chips with everything and all sorts of awful British food. When in Greece, try the great food there: meze, grilled fish and octopus, fresh vegetables, etc.

I travelled with my same-sex partner and we didn’t encounter any problems in Crete and from the Greeks. The only odd looks we got were actually from the Brits.
Month and year of stay:
September 2009
Length of stay:
7 nights
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Describe the hotel:
Mixed gay/lesbian/straight
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Acceptable but not special
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