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Mike Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Maleme
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2011

We stayed in one of the apartments for two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed the time there. The accommodation is particularly well-kept and the apartment has a good standard of equipment including a kettle, toaster and basic cooking facilities (the usual Greek two-ring electric cooker (no grill or oven)). Add to that free wifi and computer in the pool bar, free air-conditioning in the rooms and a television (only BBC World in English) and a DVD player in every room.

There's no need to cook in the room, however, as the local restaurants are good and inexpensive. The restaurant at Mike's Hotel is top of the list for value, service and quality of food but To Kyma (The Wave) next door to the apartments on the promenade is also very good with the added advantage of its tables on the lawn just a few feet from the sea - they have a few sun beds on the beach for their customers, too. We also enjoyed the Italian restaurant in the village.

If you are looking for a quiet holiday with plenty of time to relax, this is an ideal place. The beach is mainly pebbles and drops quite quickly to about a metre in depth where the bottom is then sandy, so not very good for non-swimming small children but the pool at the apartments is great for them with a good 60cm depth section as well as the main pool which has plenty of scope for swimmers and a depth of 1.2 to 3 metres.

Traffic on the beach front promenade that separates the apartments from the sea is minimal and there is not much noise - just a little from time to time from the two nearby hotels but nothing to worry about.

Maleme is only small, it has 3 supermarkets, a baker, butcher and a few souvenir shops as well as a modest selection of restaurants. The big Co-op supermarket on the main road in the village centre has the best selection of food and its prices are often the cheapest but the one closer to the beach (and the apartments) has all the basic supplies (and was cheapest for bread, even cheaper than the baker). A few places seem to have closed recently, no doubt victims of the Greek economy, but not so many as to create any problems. If you want more, KTEL buses run about every half hour from outside Mike's Hotel to the bigger resorts between Maleme and Chania and continue late into the evening (€2.30 each way to Chania, less to the nearer resorts). With some careful planning you can also take the bus to other places to the west and south including Paraskevi beach and the lovely town of Paleohora on the Libyan Sea. Taxis are usually available but were on strike during our visit!

For sightseeing there are a couple of car hire shops - we used the one next to Mike's Hotel which had the advantage that the car could be left in the road outside the apartment at any time in the evening of the last day's hire with the key given back to the barman in the hotel across the road. The road train which can be booked from the kiosk in the middle of the sea front offers some really good half-day or evening excursions into the surrounding countryside and the edge of the mountains; it will also take you for a day's visit to the water park near Chania. Coach trips are expensive, whether booked from Thomson or (slightly cheaper) the tour office at the Chania end of the main road so we avoided those.

Cheapest of all is walking and there are some lovely walks up into the hills behind Maleme with extensive coastal and mountain views from every corner. Try the road to the left of the church, going up past the school.

So we thoroughly recommend Mike's Hotel (which I'm sure is to the same standard) and Apartments to anyone looking for a peaceful holiday in attractive surroundings at a price that will leave plenty of money in your pocket to enjoy the food and scenery of western Crete.

Oh, and don't worry about the cicadas - they look threatening, make a terrific noise but are entirely harmless!

Room Tip: Some of the ground floor apartments have a sunken terrace so the outlook is not so good. Both apart...
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We stayed at the hotel in july 2011.Sofia and Manos run the hotel and pool bar 100% we ate at the hotel most evening the food and portions were brill always after meals we were given small dessert and ouzo free. (most resturants do this with either fruit or dessert for free). Mike (dad) made his own raki with honey you could have if not ouzo. We last visited malame 19 years ago some small changes but still has the laid back feeling suitable for young familys and couples. Hotel room was comfy and clean. Saving now for our next visit in September 2012.

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Reviewed 13 August 2011

If you're looking for chilled out family holiday or a relaxing atmosphere for couples in clean, friendly surroundings - look no further than Mike's. We've been here 6 times and it gets better and better. Situated in an ideal location, a short stroll from authenic, friendly Tavernas and within 30 seconds walk from the warm Aegean sea, Mike's is the ideal holiday location for the perfect family holiday. You will receive the wramest of welcomes from this family run hotel and will find the facilities modern and clean.
Once you've been, you'll keep coming back for more - we do!!
Keith, Manchester

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Reviewed 10 August 2011

stayed for 1 week in the apts - very clean and very pleasant - good self catering facilities but restaurant was very good value (avoid the beach front ones if you are on a budget). Our teenagers met many other kids and had a ball - they were sorry to leave. Pool and bar are very nice, busy atmosphere but friendly and efficient service. Many guests return annually and a number of bar patrons have bought property nearby. Handy for exploring the west of the island.

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Reviewed 30 July 2011

We returned from a two week holiday to Mikes hotel this week and quite honestly loved the place. Sophie, Georgiadis, Manos and their parents Mike and Helena and all of the staff could not have tried harder to make our stay pleasant.

Firstly there are two sites about 100m apart with Mikes hotel and restaurant on the main road through Maleme and the apartments and pool bar about a 100m stroll away.

Firstly the Hotel rooms are starting to look a little dated with the largest wash handbasin in the world and square toilet seats! However it was all beutifully clean and well presented. the rooms had a small fridge, free aircon, wardrobes, safety deposit box and nice firm beds. We had a sea view room on the top floor that offered great views of the beach area and along the coast to Chania and up the peninsula up from Rodopus.

The rest of the hotel was a gem with a small comfortable bar lounge area and a fantastic terrace restaurant overlooking the veiw to the apartments and the sea. The food at the resturant was excellent with a good choice of great value greek and international dishes all prepared by mama. There was always a nightly greek special that was always tasty and authentic. All meals were followed by a complementary desert and a small jug of honey and Raki.

Breakfast was also served in the area with a buffet style continental offering everything you may expect except pastry or you could order cooked food ranging from omlettes to a fry up.

During the day the pool bar adjacent to the beach and apartments is a great place to spend the day. The pool area has plenty of sunbeds with a safe shallow area for kids and a nice cooling deep area for swimming or messing about. Whilst we did not stay in the apartments those who did said they were well appointed, comfortable and modern.

The bar offers a daily snack service of simple salads and pizzas at resonable rates. All served by friendly staff.

Manos runs the pool bar and is a font of local knowledge and dodgy greek translations. Ask him about Kate Middletons sister! There is a good selection of beers, spirits and cocktails available at the bar as well as all soft drinks you could expect.

Maleme itself is a little bit quieter than we are used too. There are several other bars and restaurants in the beach area that appeared popular as well as the Imperial which is next door to Mikes and owned by the same family, although all its holidaymakers were Finnish. This made Karaoke an interesting experience. Many people have commented about the volume of the barman at the imperial and whilst he is loud and can be heard across the road you can quickly drown him out and forget he is there. Alternativly pop across to his bar for a drink and watch him in action as whilst he is loud he also has great entertainment value.

There are three supermarkets in maleme and a couple of tourist shops however there are regular buses to plantanias and Chania for the more determined shopper.

We also ate at the black lantern which is also good for service and quality and the little pitta gyros bar/cafe on the main street which offered excellent value meals and a Greek /Canadian proprietor with a million stories.

All in all Mikes is an excellent hotel with excellent facilities and if you are looking for a quiet holiday as a coule or as a family maleme is worth a visit

Room Tip: try to get a sea view room as the fron of the hotel just overlooks the road
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Additional Information about Mike Hotel & Apartments

Address: Maleme, Crete 730 14, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Maleme
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Maleme
#1 Romantic Hotel in Maleme
Price Range: RM199 - RM548 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mike Hotel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mike’s Studios & Apartments are situated on the beach in the village of Maleme, 17 kilometres west of Chania. The self-catering apartments are modern and spacious and are all surrounded by a beautiful tropical gardens. 100 metres away from the apartments is Mike's Hotel and Restaurant. Based on more traditional design, the hotel includes sea view or mountain view rooms. Enjoy Mediterranean specialties on the restaurant terrace gazing at the blue horizon of the Aegean Sea. ... more   less 
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