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“A very loyal customer”
Review of Xenia Hotel

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Xenia Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sfakia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Over the last 25 or so years we must have stayed in this hotel at least 30 times. A local businessman bought it from the Greek Tourist Organisation but was wise to retain the services of George Lykoiannakis as manager. George's warm helpful personality is a big incentive to visitors to keep coming back and over the decades he has built up a large clientele of repeat customers who become friends. The hotel has been swollen by the new owner with accretions not all in keeping with the original neat design but suffice it to say that the hotel is very popular.

For the first time visitor the prime attraction has to be its location - right by the sea with views in all directions. The rooms, especially the newer ones are large but they all have one main characteristic: they are furnished with supreme lack of taste with ugly items. If only the owner had invested in the services of an interior designer who could have come up with a decent plan for custom-made furniture. As it is, the furniture that is modern-ish looks as though it has been chosen haphazardly from a catalogue, while the older furniture is heavy, ugly and ill-equipped. A narrow table serves inadequately as a desk/dressing table: the wardrobes are brown, brutal and shabby . The beds are old-fashioned heavy, viciously-cornered wooden beds with good but heavy mattresses which must make preparing the beds a nightmare of lifting for the extremely diligent housekeeping staff.

Recently the hotel has started to take in groups e.g. of swimmers or those wishing to learn Cretan dancing. Excellent; but it does mean that sometimes regulars like ourselves have to look elsewhere to stay. The result for us was to find that for the same room price or less you could rent a very much better equipped and designed studio apartment nearby (not in Chora Sfakion).

The Xenia hotel deserves some shrewd investment in a redesign of the furniture and fittings throughout the hotel which would take it forward triumphantly into the 21st century, provided the management remained the same. It might well go up a star rating and thus be able to charge more for its rooms!

As it is, we shall continue to go back as long as we are able: curse the weird satellite TV, feel despair at the iffy wifi, and long for the better internal design the place merits. No praise can be too great for the quality of the housekeeping. the taverna, a separate enterprise, provides very good freshly cooked food - which is not always the case in tavernas these days. Above all it is a friendly place and George Lykoiannakis is its lynchpin. No wonder it is so well subscribed.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at Xenia hotel, good size room and toilet, great view on the sea. Best location in town and nice little beach accessible through the parking lot with free lounging chairs and parasols. Considering that breakfast is included, great value and perfect place to explore the area .

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Caroline L
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I echo the sentiments of like many users have reviewed so far. This quaint hotel has such wonderful views of the sea and the harbor. Pretty much from every room there's a gorgeous view. Our room had charming wood ceilings and a spacious bathroom the size of a bowling alley.

What I liked best:
Balconies with endless views
Dinners of roast chicken legs w/potatoes
Cheerful and meticulous housekeeping
Great AC in room
Best OJ and Coffee
Friendly evening staff at restaurant
The sea ladder access at the back of the hotel

What I liked least:
Mattresses-so hard on my lean frame. Not at all restful.
One bedspread. Brrr.
Breakfast was rigid: egg, bread, a slice of meat and cheese, excellent coffee and OJ, but only served after 815. (Go to Marco and Niki's bakery instead!)
No washcloths. Bring your own.
Shower was handheld and made a wet mess; warm water was spotty.

For the price it's still a great deal!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Skrzypeks
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We stayed in a spacious room with a balcony overlooking the Libyan sea. Sitting on the balcony with a cold beer watching the sunset was idyllic. The food in the restaurant was excellent and in traditional Greek style, you are invited into the kitchen to see what is on offer. Try the wild mountain goat, but everything we had was superb. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. Chora Sfakia itself is an excellent base for exploring Loutro, the Imbros Gorge and the south coast. It has a number of really good tavernas and a couple of excellent bakeries. Although it gets very busy during the day with people coming on and off the ferries, it is peaceful and quiet in the evenings. Overall, we had a great stay and at 58 euros for bed and breakfast, the Xenia was great value for money.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Colin M
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Away from the hustle and bustle, nestled in the village of Chora Sfakia, the Xenia Hotel offers comfortable, affordable accommodation, coupled with a great restaurant where you can eat tasty Cretan food (all made in house) while sitting beside the old village harbour.

But this is not the top of the bill. The gem of the Xenia is the staff, especially the manager and his wife. They provide a wholesome welcome, and respond to the guests wishes with charm and respect.

The Xenia is well located, by the sea, with beaches front and rear. These offer swimming opportunities for both the timid and experienced. The village is just a step away. There one can find a number of shops and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. And always, the Cretan welcome is hearty and genuine.

I can imagine it is very hot and humid here in the peak summer months. If this is not for you, then choose a time when the season is milder. In the springtime and autumn, the people are less stressed, and able to offer more time to the passing tourists.

In summary, my verdict.... The Xenia Hotel is a lovely hotel, in a great location, where you are made welcome by GREAT hosts.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Xenia Hotel

Address: Sfakia, Crete 73011, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Sfakia
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sfakia
Price Range: HK$553 - HK$646 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12

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