13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
very nice/food let it down!!!!
"In summer 2004 I went to the elpida hotel with my family.When we arrived we had to put our bags in a van becauce it would just be so hard to carry them up the massive slope by yourself.When we had put our stuff in our room which had a balcony,three beds,a sink,toilet,shower phone and radio,Well after that we had a look around,the pool was the best,it had a kids pool and a bigger pool,the bigger pool was like 3 metre 80 cm deep.The play area looked alright the was a slide,a spinner and a horse shape that goes up and down.There was hardley any choice in the resturant,for breakfast I had to have bread with nothing on it. the chef was extremely rude,you felt you had to leave the small buffeu and for tea I had to have chips every nite.We went half board.Also,when you were getting food the chef made rude comments to you!!!! They did do some good stuff like quizzes,we came second in one quiz and won four free drinks.Also there was film night and they had kids club and a pool table.There wasnt much in the village except for about 3 shops.We went to the water park wich was really fun and something to do. The beach was miles away and when you got down there it was so windy.So Elpida hotel is worth a visit but if you want a holiday wich is more fun filled thes isnt for you,its more for people who just want to relax!!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of February 2005
Fantastic Elpida Hotel
"We just returned from Crete with our two friends and what can we say? We had a fantastic holiday and the Elpida made it! The staff are all lovely, Despina, Stavroula, Manos's 1 and 2, Stathis the Chef who made my vegetarian meal specially every night. The hotel has wonderful panoramic views. Glorious weather, great food. The steep climb to the hotel is a hard work, but we didn't let that put us off.
Agios Nikolaos is well worth the 1 euro bus ride. We'll definitely go again."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of October 2004
Had a great time
"We have just returned from 2 weeks in the Elpida. We have had numourous holidays on Greek Islands and we found that the Elpida was the best hotel for the money, that we have stayed in. The hotel is clean & friendly, there was plenty to do for our 12 year old daughter, including pool, table tennis, satalite TV, There was a decent sized pool & a kids club. There was not as much to do on an evening as we have had previously but we enjoyed the meals we had in the local tavernas & went to Ag Nicholas some evenings about 15 mins away, 1 euro each on the bus there & 10 euros in a taxi back. The hotel bar was great with terraces to sit out on to enjoy the warm night air. If you enjoy quiz's or karaoke go to Commotions for a good night out."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of September 2004
What a lovely and relaxing holiday
"Had a fantastic holiday at the Elpida. Apartments were lovely, basic but very clean with an outstanding view of the bay. If you just enjoy the relaxing greek way of life this is the place to come. There are many tavernas to choose from at very affordable prices and excellent food. Also, lovely place for children as there is a little playground at hotel and a nice kiddies pool. Also, a fabulous beach 20 mins walk away."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of June 2004
The locals made the holiday
"First sight of crete - a bombsite, rather like Malta. However, once we reached the hotel, after a slight mix up over rooms, we were very relieved. We stayed in the self catering apartments attached to the hotel, they were basic but extremely clean. The rooms were cleaned daily and the staff were always very pleasant and tried to speak your language. We spent most of our nights at a taverna down the road, George owned it and ran it along with his family. You couldn't have made us feel more welcome. We hired a car and travelled, all the way to Vai beach, treacherous roads but beautiful scenery, again every local that we came across was lovely. Avoid Lerapetra if you want the real crete, too over commercialised, they tend to grab you and harrass you.
Do take the boat trip to the island off Lerapetra, very secluded. An old gent and lady live on the island in nothing more than a beach hut.
Take a trip back in time and visit crete, but hire a car and travel, a most friendly nation of people. Thats why we are going there again this year!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of April 2004
Very scenic, friendly
"We stayed at the Elpida may 2003. We were overwhelmed by the beautiful
scenery and the friendly staff, especially Manos behind the bar.
Although a quiet place we loved it and our little girl loved it. The golden beach was so pretty and the water clear and warm.
We're going back this May and are looking forward to meeting the staff again.
Elpida is brilliant for those looking for a quiet friendly holiday."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of March 2004
"my sister and i stayed at the elpida in july 2003. loved the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Beautiful views from pool and bar area ,well worth the hard walk up to the hotel! A short bus trip to ag nik ensured a more lively night with plenty of 'cosmopolitan' bars , not like the dives found in some lively resorts. thorughly enjoyed our stay and were made welcome by all the staff and jaquline the rep. hope to visit again this year. * not recommended for people wanting a more lively holiday *"
- Travel date: Sat 6th of March 2004
Elpida Hotel / Apartments
"We stayed in the Elpida apartments which were very clean & looking onto gorgeous scenery.with very friendly & helpful staff.A beautiful & quiet beach 20mins walk away with golden sand and a crystal clear sea ideal for swimming & snorkelling and with jet ski,canoe,kayak and peddlow facilities.Plenty of tavernas serving lovely food & all hassle free,(recommend El Greco,Berry's & Roof Top Garden).Just across the road is Commotions, a bar with quiz nights & kareoke entertainment or a terrace to just relax.A 20mins bus ride costing 1 Euro each to Agios Nikolaos is recommended,a beautiful harbour with lots of restaraunts but with slightly more hassle for your custom.We took a boat trip to Spinalonga (an old Lepar colony), very interesting.Booked thru' Thompsons & the rep Jacquiline was brilliant ."
- Travel date: Thu 9th of October 2003
worth a visit
"Not much to do of an evening but - the views from the hotel are very good and if you like walking you can be up in the hills within minutes of leaving the hotel. The local villages are well worth a visit - the villagers are shy but will respond when you say Kala meera or good morning.Local buses are quite good but not always on time and you can visit other parts of the area.Agio Nicholas and Elounda well worth visiting. All staff in hotel very friendly - the INternet Cafe down the road has a happy hour and a half which considerably reduces the bill."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of October 2003
loved kalo chorio
"i stayed in the elpida the beginning of the season we were the first people to stay this year ihad a faboulus time the only problem was it was up abig hill but once you are up there you have the most fab view and because it was the beginning of the seaon we never had any entertainment but costas and all the staff were very helpful"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of August 2003
Set in a lovely location with a few shop...
"Set in a lovely location with a few shops and tavernas nearby. The views from the pool are amazing and overall we had a good holiday in Crete. However, the Elpida hotel is not a hotel I would choose to revisit.
The "all inclusive" holiday at the Elpida is the worst all inclusive experience I have ever had. The food was ok but very repetitive, outside of mealtimes the only thing available was cheese or ham sandwiches on dry bread (only available between 12-1 and 3-5 pm) you could only have 1 scoop of ice cream per person (between 3-5pm) try telling that to the kids, and drinks were rationed to 1 drink per person per visit to the bar. You have to return your glass to get a refill.
Staff are very hard working and some were nice but on the whole you felt like you hadnât paid for anything and were asking for freebies when you went to the bar. The dining room had a huge leak in the ceiling right by where the food was served. For the whole of our two week stay we had wet floor and towels to manoeuvre round whilst you got your food.
Electric socket in games room hanging off the wall with live wires exposed. Took me three attempts to get something done about it. The pool was lovely but sometimes cloudy. Four of us crammed into a tiny room.
The beer at the bar went flat by the time you got to your table and don't even think of asking for a large glass they donât like to give you that much beer in one go. The only spirits you could have were ouzo or raki. Anything else you had to pay for. Defeats the purpose of all inclusive really.
We met many really nice guests during our stay and every one we spoke to was writing a letter of complaint when they got home. Some people had been several times before and apparently it used to be a really good hotel before they went for the all inclusive market. Perhaps they just need to learn to do it properly. Having said that we all really loved Crete and will definitely return, just not to the Elpida hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of August 2007
The place of Kalo Chorio was quiet with...
"The place of Kalo Chorio was quiet with some beautiful breathtaking views.
The Elpida Hotel was a disappointment. The room as advertised on the website of On The Beach Holidays was nowhere near the same as the room we had when we arrived. The website stated that the hotel had gone through a refurbishment in 2001, which we found astounding as the hotel was in desperate need of some TLC.
The food was also disappointing. We did not experience any local dishes and the menu was not very adventurous.
As we were all inclusive, for the first few days we felt we had to stay and eat in the Hotel, but mid week we decided to try the local tavernas and experienced some very tasty dishes.
We also found the local bar, which was called "Commotions" was very warm and friendly and was run by a couple, George and Joan, who between them made everyone from all walks of life, very welcome. The best accommodation you can have is by renting the local apartments, as we found out from previous and existing holiday makers and residents.
We would strongly recommend visiting Kalo Chorio and the surrounding villages and towns, including Agios Nikolaus and the island of Spinalonga.
Crete is a lovely place to visit, with some beautiful historical buildings but the only disappointment was the hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of September 2007