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Great hotel on the beach!
We stayed at the Ammos Hotel for 6 nights in June. Our room was very nice, recently renovated with a beautiful pool and ocean view.
We found Nikos, Nectarina and all of the hotel and restaurant staff to be very friendly, helpful and always attentive.
Originally we had planned to stay right in Chania but decided on the Ammos Hotel partly based on the great reviews in Trip Advisor. As it turned out, the weather was quite hot and we were so thankful that we stayed somewhere with a pool and on the beach for a refreshing dip after a day of sight seeing. We spent the entire day at the hotel a few times as it was so relaxing and enjoyable. It was also very convenient to have a restaurant right there!
The buses to Chania ran often and it was just a short ride to town so it was never a problem to head into Chania for the day or even for dinner.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Ammos Hotel and would highly recommend it.
Thank you Nikos, Nectarina, the restaurant and hotel staff!
Ray and Linda Riopel,
Great little hotel
Well what I want to say about Ammos hotel is that I booked because of the many good reviews here on this site. And yes I agree that this small hotel is really good and it attracts the kind of people who are all looking for peaceful vacations and even the children are well behaved.
The rooms are nicely decorated and the bathrooms are nice. I liked it very much.
The hotel is very good maintained and has a good atmosphere. The pool is a nice area where you can relax and sip a cold drink and enjoy the sun. We ate in town only one time and because we are Greeks we understand what good food is or not and we found that on Crete its difficult to eat good. We heard this complain from many people who visit Crete but we tried the food in the hotel and we decided to eat in the hotel because the Greek dishes they make where really good. The beach is ok not perfect but this is logical because it is only 6 km from the town of Chania. Please take trips because the nature on Crete is beautiful and only a 15 minutes drive takes you where it seems there live no people at all just you and nature. We had a perfect week and we can recommend this hotel.
As good as the reviews said
We chose the Ammos Hotel from the trip advisor reviews and it was as great as everyone said. The room was lovely. We had a room facing the sea with a private balcony, and you really could lie in bed and listen to the waves, that is as long as it's not so hot you can't sleep without the air conditioning, which also works very well. The bathroom was newly renovated with fthe most modern fixtures which I would put in my home, including a rain showerhead. The breakfast buffet was simple and lovely. There was a little refrigerator, sink and dishes in the room. The owner speaks fluent English and was very personable and helpful. You can walk along the beach and have your choice of restaurants. The one thing no one mentioned was the little bugs that bite at night. Bring bug spray. Overall we had a very enjoyable, relaxing stay at the Ammos, which is just as picturesque as the pictures.
Super Hotel and Super Restaurant
I am travelling a lot with business and I have stayed in many hotels around the world. This is one of the best I have stayed in. Beautifully decorated, homey clean room, friendly people. The restaurant was very good, certainly better than most of the ones we have been to in Chania, so we gave up on eating out. Location wise, it is very close to Chania and 1 hour away from the beaches of Falassarna and Elafonissi. Unfortunately we were there at beginning of May and the weather was quite cold, so we want to go back again at the end of the summer.
Simply the best...
Our family stayed at Ammos during the Easter holiday, we had booked it well in advance but we were completely taken by surprised by the hospitality and warmness of the staff, nowadays it is not often that you feel "at home" on a hotel. The staff is wonderful, taking care of every little detail during our stay, recommending restaurants, looking after the kids on the room while we were dining at the restaurant or otherwise being helpful. The facilities are great, clean and apparently newly renovated. The hotel is literally, on the beach, and that was one of the key reasons for our choice - the good service and wonderful people at Ammos then came as a bonus. I would recomment the hotel to everyone, simply the best hotel we have stayed on until now and we have been around quite a bit with our family. We are going back at least ;-) Bjarni & Katrin, Iceland
Amazing experience at Ammos
My husband and I were in Europe vacationing and stumbled upon Ammos by reviews from tripadvisor.com regarding this hotel. This hotel lived up to evey positive review. It was PERFECT. The food at the hotel was the best we had while in Chania. It was a quick bus ride or fun walk to old Chania. There were numerous little shops and grocery markets to stock up on snack/breakfast items. Everything there was amazingly fresh. There were lots of other nearby restaurants to try out, which was fun. It was enchanting. It was the ultimate beach experience. The hotel staff all spoke English really well and were able to help with any excursions. It was truly spectacular. It is a must-stay if you are in Chania.
We have just returned from a weeks stay at The Ammos. It is without doubt an excellent hotel in all respects - position, rooms, restaurant and of course staff. The staff are very committed to making your stay enjoyable, Nikos, Nectarina, the smiling ladies who service the rooms, the restaurant and bar staff - they all contribute to a very nice atmosphere. We had a sea facing studio, very smart fixtures and fittings and an excellent shower/bathroom which is important to us.
The position of the Ammos along that coastline to the west of Chania is worth mentioning because there is a lot of tourist and commercial development along the main road which we weren't expecting - the road is busy day and night because it leads to very busy tourist resorts like Platanias - but the Ammos is off this main road down on the beach and you find it very peaceful and quiet after a day out in Chania or touring the area. I would be very careful about booking accommodation actually sited on that main road unless you are used to traffic noise.
The restaurant food was the best we found in the area, some good authentic Greek dishes which were appreciated. Ordering a fresh orange juice from your sun lounger on the beach was a nice experience, good service, smiling staff. Am missing that already !
The mix of guests also worked well as there were Danes, French, New Zealanders, Americans and British there during our visit and that led to a quite cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The weather 16-23 May was wall to wall sunshine, blue skies and temperatures starting at 24 deg. and moving up to 33 deg. while we were there. The weather obviously settles down around mid May. We are now back in England with 12 deg., wind and torrential rain - oh dear.
Places to visit - obviously Chania harbour and old town, Paleohora (nice seaside town, not too touristy), Elafonisi (very pretty lagoon beach and bathing spot, quite touristy) and best of all, the Cretan mountain scenery and villages where hardly any English is spoken and you met with genuine friendly Cretan people. The Cretans are a very sunny, good natured race - no surly faces, and the only other country we have visited where there were similar people was New Zealand, again a race happy with their country and their lot we think.
I am trying to think of negatives, and really there aren't any. The only thing we would change on our next visit would be to have a first floor sea facing room as the balconies afford a little more privacy than ours which was ground floor next to the pool. A minor niggle and one which can be sorted out. More sociable people than us might like the pool terrace set up - horses for courses and all that.
So all in all the Ammos has to be the best hotel in that area and we would certainly hope to re-visit sometime soon. Well done Nikos and staff.
chill out at the Ammos
Found the Ammos on the internet, booked it afterbeing reassured by Nikos's friendly e-mails. As we had only booked through tour operators before we were a little worried, but it was a brilliant decision. We didn't get around to much sight seeing as it was rather hot and we couldn't drag ourselves away from the beach.
The hotel is in a wonderful location and our sea-view studio gave us fantastic views, the relaxing sound of the waves was mesmerising.
The hotel retaurant is very good, with friendly service and the cheese pies were to die for, the best I've had in Greece.
We did manage to get into Chania itself in the evening and found it as busy or relaxing as you wanted it to be. Spoilt for choice for dining, all staff we met were very friendly and obviously took great pride in their work.
Maybe next time we go back we might get out & about more, but the temptation to just to chill at The Ammos will be hard to resist, but we will definitely go back!
Perfect holiday hotel
We ( my husband and I and our two sons ) for eight nights at the beginning of June. This is a fantastic hotel, and the fact that it is run by the people who own it who really care about you having a good time makes all the difference.
The hotel is in a perfect location. We hired a car ( arranged by Nikos – for an amazingly cheap price ) and visited lots of other areas, but always felt that we had picked the best location on the island to actually stay. The hotel is right on the beach, and although you do hear the road noise at night, it is quieter than the sound of the sea. It is a short trip into Chania which is lovely, and we were also able to walk along the beach to other restaurants when we fancied a change from the Ammos ( and could therefore have a drink with the meal and not worry about driving back )..
The rooms are large, and although ours wasn’t facing the sea, we could see the sea from the balcony. There was a large bedroom and a separate kitchen/sitting room, with two sofa beds for our two sons - perfect. The bathroom has a great shower - both rainfall and a hand shower ( useful for rinsing just your feet etc. ), and all is very modern and stylish and very clean. The aircon worked very well and the sheets/towels were all changed every other day.
On the last day our plane wasn’t until the late afternoon, and they let us stay in the room until 2 ( other people were arriving for it later in the afternoon ), letting us have the morning on the beach and getting ready at lunch time. They also said that if we had had to vacate the room earlier, they have a shower changing room that we could have used as well.
This hotel is like having friends with a fantastic beach house. They are proud of Crete and tell you the best places to go, and you have a wonderful sanctuary to come back to.
Believe Everything you hear about Ammos!
My husband, myself and another couple stayed at Ammos in the beginning of June, 2006. After lenghty research, the decision to stay at Ammos was an easy one. Nikos was very helpful with his informaitonal emails and once we arrived Nikos and his staff couldn't do enough. From Nektaria, Meti (as someone else called him - the best waiter in Crete) and Mihalis (one of the best chef's in Crete) our stay was excellent. The food was the best we had in Crete, even though we did eat at other restaurants that were also very good. We had seaview rooms on the first floor that were impeccable. Great new bathrooms with great showers and lush towels. We did venture away from the hotel on some sightseeing trips, but were always glad to come "home".
I would highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again.
Ammos Hotel Feedback
Planning to be in Chania in early July.
Has anyone stayed at the Ammos Hotel (about 4 km west of Chania). Is the location convenient for evenings in old Chania? Are there tervernas or cafes in it's vicinity or is it very secluded.
How are the views from the sea side rooms? Hospitality?
Thanks for your help.
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Ammos is a beautiful hotel. there are many popular beaches around.
Regarding going out you will find so many spots!
Here are my favorite ones: Tavernas: Almiras in Platanias and "Milos tou kerata" also in platanias, "Salevantes" in Kalamaki or have some "ouzo" (greek spirit) with a mixed plate to the taverna next to Salavantes "bamboo". There are many nice tavernas such as "tamam" "Ela" "semiramis" and so many others in the center in the "old port". It is so worth going to the old port as you will get the most beautiful pictures. On top of that there are many bars and cafes there. An other beautiful place to visit (you will need a taxi) is the "Venizelos graves" go there in afternoon and watch the sunset. There are two beautiful cafes up there, "Koukouvagia" and "Ostria". The view is breathtaking.
Going out at night: Platanias is full of bars and nightclubs and restaurants. My favourite bars/clubs : Milos(dress code), Utopia, which are in Platanias. Then two nice places close to where you will be stayins are "island", "safari" and "de stigle" (the last one has a very strict dress code and is getting full rather fast which means that you face the risk of not being able to get in- but it is so worth it)
There are many bars in the old port too (so many, I cant number them).
Regarding the hotel's location, it is a bit far but taxis in Crete are rather cheap. You can also rent a car (motorbike would be the best) or get the bus (busses are kind of irritating in Greece though).
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You will have local buses (cheap) on the main road that will take you to Chania in no time. Ask in your hotel for schedule and details. Also carpooling with other people from the hotel for a small fee (or a beer) is a good idea if you are planning to come back late at night.
Chania is great place to have fun at night. The best spot is on far East coast of Chania town (past the touristy part) I call this area SOHO of CHania or Manhattan of Chania, it is full of sophisticated bars and young people. No tourist in a khaki shorts there.