18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
What Happens now
"I love this place, I love the people especially the family, who will do anything to make sure you enjoy your stay. It's not 4 star but you are not paying 4 star prices so don't expect 4 star accommodation. Every thing is clean and the rooms are a good size.
My only problem is how to book for next year, as Thomas Cook are not taking bookings for this accommodation for 2013.
Any one know what is going on??"
- Travel date: Wed 12th of September 2012
great holiday place
"we had a great time her the family run apartments was just great my 3 children loved them.... good all round place to stay in greece "
- Travel date: Fri 4th of June 2010
Ok until i got their?
"The island of crete is nice but the minas apartments are-well where do u want me to start,maybe the fact that it is not scotland friendly and if you do not speak to or spend money in the apartments you might aswell be invisible.If you want to enjoy yourselves maybe you should go in august/september as the minas apartments only had old people or people with babies and when you went down to the pool during the day you had to be very,very quiet as some of the holiday makers had there babies down at the pool and you felt that you had to tiptoe every where i felt like everyone was talking about us as soon as we were out of earshot i looked forward to this holiday and i can safely say that the only time i enjoyed myself was when i was away from the minas apartments,please don't be put off crete but do not go to the minas apartments to stay as your holiday will be more enjoyable. "
- Travel date: Wed 11th of November 2009
THE WORST HOLIDAY AND APPARTMENTS I HAVE EVER STAYED IN
"the first night we arrived we were dissapointed the appartments didnt look anything like the brochure we were took 2 the back of the appartments asked where our room was and we got showed in 2 something like a bedsit. the first afternoon marie and stephen seemed friendly then we spoke 2 another guest they told us if we didnt spend money in their bar/snackbar they wouldnt entertain you. we went a walk down hte harbour came back 2 the appatments and had a refreshment in their bar 3 vodkas and cola 15 euro we thought was ok after a journey 2 our appartment 4 refreshments we sat on the balcony listening 2 the music from the bar till 1am. next day thomas cook rep chapped our door with a complaint from 1 of the guests saying how rowdy we were the night before which we objected 2 as we were in our beds be 4 them and their was still music coming from the bar when we retired 2 bed. we explained 2 the rep tht we were in our bed when the music was still on going at the bar. we went 2 the swimming pool tht day and none of the guest seem 2 be friendly towards us. we tried our best as us scots do to enjoy our holiday but the next morning after a good night we got a knock at the door from the thomas rep once again saying tht we were arguing in our room the night b4 but as a was sharing a room with my sister and young daughter we assured the rep tht we were talking and wouldnt b arguing with my sister. unfortunately this whole incident spoiled our vacation in crete and we wont b returning back their for another holiday. we think these appartments are for the older generation and wouldnt recommend familys or young people. theirs one thing we wont ever be back at the minas appartments."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of October 2009
Great People, Great Pace
"We have returned from a great 2 weeks at the Minas Appartments in Hersonissos, Maria and all of her family, are just the right kind of crazy to make sure you really enjoy yourself. Everyone we met was really friendly, and many of the couples have stayed here for a good few years, Weare already trying to re-book for next year, but may be dissapointed as Manos flights have been changed. Some people compalin about the appartments, I say get a life ours was clean well maintained an everything you need.
To all we met, Wayne & Chris, Sue & Paul, Debbs & Billy, Shane, Stuart and many more, thanks for making our holiday a great one.
To Minas and Maria, we hope to see you again. "
- Travel date: Sun 4th of October 2009
Not a relaxing break
"My husband & I Have just returned from a two week stay at the Minas Apartments, arriving in the early hours, we were shocked to find the bathroom dirty and full of flies. The following morning proved no better with the balcony proving to be a walk through for three other apartments and it being open to the stairwell. Noise was a major problem with people returning to appartments after a night out constantly passing our door, bathroom noise then followed for the 15 minutes and being in the lower apartment we heard every rush of water and flush of the toilet.
If anyone else started to shower while we were using the shower the water would come back up through the floor drain, we were constantly mopping up the floor.
The linen was clean and the bed small but acceptable, the kitchen was very basic and had no bowl or plug for the sink, nothing to wash fruit and salad and no bowls making self catering difficult. We had to purchase a colander and mugs.
The price of food was very high 3.5 euros for a jar of jam, or half a pound of butter.
Many people complained to Maria or the rep and had little joy. If you want a holiday in the sun where you will be out partying all night this may be the place for you. "
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of June 2009
"stayed at the Minas appartments for two weeks in early october.The appartments are basic but very clean what do you expect for a two week holiday in Crete it would cost more for two nights in London.Minas and Maria treated us like one of the family,My wife and I wanted to go to the City of Heraklion and to our suprise their son Steffan took us in his own car and picked us up when we were ready to come back.The other guest were great thats if you want to mix in thats up to you .Allways a smile when you comeback from a trip .Rooms were cleaned every two days with fresh towles provided .Steffan even took myself and two other male guests out for a meal up in the hills .Made some good friends willbe going back next year.
- Travel date: Mon 1st of December 2008
The worst apartments I have ever stayed...
"The worst apartments I have ever stayed in. It was so bad that not even the mosquitos would go there! It was so bad that we paid extra to stop in another hotel half way through the week. We lasted three nights in these grotty apartments before we could not take any more. We stopped in room 26. Which was supposed to be a one bedroomed apartment. it was literally 3 beds in a room. Bathroom had black mould all over walls, Glass smashed on each corner of 'dining room table' (if you could call it that) Wires overheating in walls of plug socked in 'bedroom' and patio door wouldn't lock with a low balcony in the room where my 3 year old son was meant to sleep. The bar was opened whilst gone 3am every night and opened at 8am every morning. We requested a quiet room so we were situated directly above this bar. The owner was rude and unhelpful. refused to move us as she said she had no other rooms available however she was taking in new guests that very evening. She didn't even offer to turn the extremely loud music down or shut the bar earlier. Whilst we were there we heard 3 other guests complain to no evail. After 3 nights of no sleep we couldn't cope anymore and I rang Thomas Cook to request either new accomadation or the next flight home. It was that bad. Anyone with Children please be warned that these apartments are completely unsuitable and even dangerous. We moved to the Saradari apartments in Hersonissos which were much better and I would thoroughly recommend. "
- Travel date: Fri 29th of August 2008
"absolutely fantastic we had the time of our lives :D
great atmosphere and incredibly welcoming hosts...with great humour and pranks from minas.
maria was the perfect hostess and was always willing to chat..
would love to go again if they could cope with the 18-60 club haha
thank you for a lovely holiday ,
and thanks to stefan and jenny and family.
The 18-60's Club x"
- Travel date: Wed 29th of August 2007
fantastic family run appartments
"my girlfriend and i had a great time at the minas appartments, the family.. minas, maria, stefan and jenny are the most wonderful people, the rooms are clean and basic you get what you pay for, but you can't put a price on how welcome they make you feel and they are so full of fun and kindness.
maria makes a wicked bacon and egg batch, that sorted me out each morning after a good drink the night before.
if they have a barbeque night on it is not to be misse,great food ond lots of drink we had a scream, hope to get back there soon."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2007
"We have just returned from our 3rd visit to these appartments in the last few years,why do we return?
The reason is that Maria,Minas and the family always make sure that you have a holiday to remember,they are the friendliest people you would wish to meet.
Rooms are always clean and tidy as are the pool and bar areas.
Nothing is too much trouble...dont hesitate to visit thoroughly recomended.
Thanks from Alan,Margaret and Ally"
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
Minas apartments "i loved it""maybe later"
"Great place to stay, maria, jim (minas) and stefan are very nice and helpfull, very close to the beach and all the shops and bars. Pool very nice and bar cheap with great food (Marias breakfast can nurse any hangover!!). They all speak very good english ( better than most english)
I gave 5 stars for feeling welcome and wanted, and the rooms where clean with new sheets everyday.
I would reccomend the BBQ night to everyone as the quality of food is second to none! and the atmosphere is great, with loads of games, You do have to watch minas though because the amount of free drinks he will give you will definatly get you drunk ( it did us :) )
Thanks alot maria and minas look forward to seeing you next year Cheryl & Aiden "maybe later" The pool table champs!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 21st of July 2007