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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mike Hotel And Apartments
- Mike Hotel & Apartments Maleme, Chania, Greece
- Mike Hotel máleme