44 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Definatley going back!
"Very nice hotel, very friendly, perfect holiday couldnt be better i 100% recommend this hotel for anyone of any age. sure to have a great time. no doubts very clean, healthy environment and full of energy and fun fun fun
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2012
GOOD CHEAP HOLIDAY
"At the Maria apts you get what you pay for. A good cheap holiday. My sister & I spent a fab 2 weeks there. Our room was kept clean by the maid, we got sheets & towels changed regularly. Yannis & his wife Sophia ( the owners )were very friendly & most helpfull. The pool area was nice & clean, only problem we had here was the guests putting towels on sunbeds at silly o' clock & not useing them till much later. The food we had at the bar was always hot, freshly made & tasty.Plus reasnably priced. The village of Sissi is quiet, with good tavernas.A trip on the Happy Train is a good way of seeing some of the surounding area.
To sum up, if you want a good cheap holiday then book the maria appartments. If you expect 5* dont."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of August 2012
you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend
"If you want a relaxing holiday then Sissi is for you. If you have teens with you then send them to Malia in a taxi and they can enjoy Teen paradise whilst you sit back enjoy lovely food and a harbour view that will live with you forever.
The Maria is a friendly family run hotel and apartments. The family want you to have an amazing holiday and will do anything they can to see you have a smile on your face day after day...
The rooms are spotless - Barbara who has looked after housekeeping for over 20 years is a true professional and she ensures that every room is spotless 6 days a week.and the children
If there is any problem just ask...my showerhead broke- 10 minutes later it had been replaced.
The rooms are in good order and for the budget price you pay are superb.
It is no wonder that people go back year after year.
The heart of the complex is the bar and food area. Gannis and Sophia are amazing people, and Sophia is a great cook from english fayre to local Greek cuisine there is something there for everyone. Prices are very good indeed!
The bar is stocked with everything from draft beers and ciders to bottles of hard and soft drinks. Buy a cocktail and enjoy the care that is taken in its presentation.
Apart from the 50 inch tv in the bar Gannis arranges BBQs, A Greek evening of food and traditional dancing and karaoke. There is no pressure to do anything other than chill out.
I spent 6 weeks there and had the most relaxed time of my life. You leave with a tear in your eye as though you are saying goodbye to your family. It is a great place to be and I am booking for another chilled out holiday with Maria, Gannis, Sophia her children anos and maria and of course the wonderful Barbara."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2012
"We found the maria apartments adequate for our needs and good value. We have two girls aged 13 and 11 so we didn't stay in the room that often but we found it clean and tidy and met the maid several times as we were coming and going. The staff were attentive and helpful at all times. Our children loved playing at the pool and also walking to Boufos beach which was about 5-10 mins away. Sissi is a lovely quiet area, not full of noisy people, just nice and relaxing, ideal for a family holiday. We would go back again."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of August 2011
Very Good value for money
"Enjoyed a wonderful weeks holiday in Sissi and would recommend the Maria Complex. Had a clean room, the pool area was great. The Hotel people are very friendly and made you feel very relaxed.
I would recommend Sissi as a location we anyone how just wants to get away and have a peaceful and relaxing time away with out the drama's of the big resorts like Malia for example.
Great variety of restaurants within the area. Never had a bad meal and all meals were very much above average.
- Travel date: Tue 12th of July 2011
"having recently returned from holiday here, we can quite honestly say it was one of our favourite greek holidays. we booked a studio for 3, balcony overlooking the orange and banana trees, immaculately clean, plenty of hot water, adequate crockery and cutlery, kettle, hairdryer etc. maria and her family were genuinely friendly, giannis even asked me if i wanted to stay all summer and work behind the bar ha ha.the food and drinks were reasonable and their special pizza at 5 euros was really tasty. he also serves beautifully chilled alfa beer on draft (not the cheap all.inc hotel stuff) we will definately return"
- Travel date: Sat 9th of July 2011
Warm and friendly hosts, good food (Greek and English), clean pool, beautiful views
"A lovely chilled out resort with typical warm Greek hospitality. Ideal for couples and families. The apartments are clean and well looked after. The pool is also clean and the bar sells a wide range of drinks and snacks (Greek and English) at decent prices. The landscape surrounding the complex is very humbling. BBQ night is a good evening where there is lovely Cretan cuisine on offer followed by Cretan Circle Dancing which is very good fun."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of June 2011
"Spent 2 wonderful weeks at Marias warm and friendly sissi is a lovely place to visit, plenty of Tavernas and bars though quiet enough if you like it that way.
Marias pool is clean and great for kids, the bar is open until the early hours and snacks are served all through the day at reasonable prices.
We will be back this year for sure."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of April 2011
Lack of . . .
"Sissi is a fine little resort and definitely worth visiting for a holiday but not for the young and wild. Sandy beaches are limited (try Bufos) but it has enough places to eat and drink, especially try to eat at Liofito, on the main road out of the village, (Mikeâs has a âplate for womenâ!), and have a drink at Peggy Gordonâs.
Hire a bike (Roadrunner at the western end of the resort give a pleasant service) and head along to the bigger, sandy beaches at Malia. While you are there do some shopping because itâs cheaper than Sissi and car hire is cheaper in Malia. In fact Malia is a decent resort and we were surprised, given its reputation.
For transfer to and from the airport we used Holiday Taxis: Â£28 compared to Â£70 with Thomas Cook!
Good things at Mariaâs. The bar area is fine and the young woman who looked after the bar (whose name Iâve forgotten) is very pleasant. The apartments are located only a couple of minutes walk from the village central area but far enough away to be peaceful.
Now then, over the past twenty years my wife and I have had at least one holiday every year in Greece: at first with our children but now just us. So, weâve experienced (and enjoyed) the idiosyncrasies of a Greek holiday and stayed in all types of accommodation. We werenât first-timers to Greece but seasoned travellers. If Mariaâs was to be ranked against all of the other accommodation, well, it would be at the bottom.
When considering the provision just put âlack ofâ in front of everything and youâll get the idea.
Self-catering in Greece and you expect to have a limited supply of cutlery and crockery but not a lack of space to prepare and eat the food. Our room had just enough space to walk around without scraping your shins on the bed. Preparing and eating could only be done on the small balcony which was only big enough for two chairs and a small table. Luckily Sissi has some good restaurants, so we were able avoid having to eat anything but breakfast at the apartment.
Hot water in Greece is always a bit of lottery but not at Mariaâs; you donât get any. Not quite true, we did one day but just for the day. Get showered at the beach, the water is warmer. If you do take a cold shower at Mariaâs and drop the soap behind the toilet, just leave it! Alright, the bathroom at home doesnât get cleaned every day but I would make sure it was cleaned regularly if people were staying. Iâd also make sure they had linen without stains and holes.
The pool didnât have a lack of sunbeds. In fact, there were so many packed around the pool that you could hardly get to one without standing on someone and you couldnât roll over or youâd finish up rolling onto your neighbour. At least this prevented you from falling down the uncovered manhole!
âKeep calm and carry onâ because any complaint will be met with sincerity but treated with indifference.
Thatâs how it was for us in September. There were other minor points but letâs leave those. Yes, itâs cheap at Mariaâs but cheap doesnât have to mean nasty.
Things are financially tough at the moment in Greece but in Sissi we found that treating tourists cynically like cash-cows isnât the way to encourage us to return to support their tourism industry. Examples are the lack of respect at Mariaâs and not bothering to make an effort (so we didnât bother spending much time financing the bar) , the Alpha supermarket in Sissi charging â¬1.62 for a peach and a banana, and Genesis cycle hire wanting to charge â¬5 for one day or â¬14 for two days! Thankfully, this is only a small minority and most of those working in Greek tourism arenât like this. Earlier this year, our holiday on Kos was absolutely fine (see our review for Olgaâs Paradise: cheap but certainly not nasty!).
- Travel date: Fri 8th of October 2010
Poor Accommodation Worse Attitude
"Having just returned from a fortnight stay at Mariaâs I can honestly say I have never experienced anything like it.
The Maria website states all rooms have a kitchenette..no they donât.(although they blame the travel agents for not correcting THEIR misinformation.)...it also says you will receive a warm and friendly greeting from Yannis and staff...no you wonât..(a more surly and unfriendly man I have never met and his petty pranks (like removing the air-conditioning key whilst we were out) were the low point of our holiday). The room we had was absolutely NOT suitable for 2 adults to share for 2 weeks and the double bed took up virtually the whole of the floor-space with no room for 2 people to walk around it. When you opened the door to the room it hit the bed and you had to squeeze along the side of the bed to be able to shut it... There were no storage drawers etc so we could not unpack for the whole fortnight. There was NO kitchenette as advertised and when we asked to move to a room more suitable we were told that we had not paid enough and anyway they were fully booked...well the holiday was still available to book via teletext etc (cheaper than we had paid) and the board outside the apartments offered rooms for rent..!!
The bed linen was changed once during our stay and towels (hard as sandpaper) were replaced twice. The bathroom floor was mopped only the once the whole fortnight. So cleanliness is not a high priority at the Maria.
If you are a backpacker staying for a night or so this is a cheap option..but, for any longer there are hotels and rooms in Sissi that are much better and nicer. Also remember that this hotel is a good five- six minute walk from the town down a steep incline and the road is quite busy with scooters cars , buggyâs and coaches speeding up and down.
Sissi is the most charming place and all of the other people we met were so different from Yannis and his staff.
Give this place a wide berth..!!
- Travel date: Thu 16th of September 2010
"We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Maria apartments, We found the accomodation poor regarding the cleaning, towels only changed once and sheets not changed at all, all that appeared to be done was empty the bins, the floor was dirty, sink and shower tray never cleaned once in the bathroom, and also toilet smelly.The kettle lead was to short to plug in socket, we had to turn saucepan upside down on some towels so that the lead reached the socket.Also the fridge seal was filthy dont think it had ever been cleaned. In saying all this we thought Sissi a lovely place and would return again, but not to the Maria apartments. We have stayed in various places all over Greece and this accomodation was the worse."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of September 2010
ignore the bad reviews!
"it was a stunning place and fantastic holiday. my boyfriend decided to propose whilst staying and i wouldn't wish for a nicer friendlier place to get engaged.
go to maria apartments sissi for beauty, frindships, traditional food, family atmosphere, you will go back!
zoe and russell"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of July 2010