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Castello Apartments
Room type 1- Living room
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The Standard Double
Room type 1- Living room
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Room type 1- Bedroom
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12 Bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms, Sleeps 3
Panormos, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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maymayCor...
Cornwall, UK
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect place to stay in authentic quiet village by the sea”
Reviewed 24 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Castello Apartments are clean, modern, comfortable with excellent facilities and Wifi in the best location in Panormos - a few steps from the beach and the tavernas and managed by a lovely lady, Tina Fragaki, She made us feel very welcome. (My daughter and I spent a week there as a chill after the stress of A levels). Tina extended such a warm, welcoming personal style of hospitality, collecting us from our transfer in her car, making a special Cretan dish for us to try and sharing a beer on the last night with us in a local taverna. I left feeling she had become a friend.
If you're looking for an authentic small traditional Cretan village to spend a relaxing quiet idyllic holiday by the sea, Panormos is a perfect choice. With two small beaches and a selection of family run tavernas, there's enough facilities to meet the needs of holidaymakers without the village having lost its unique charm and Cretan traditions. And when you want to explore further afield, the half hourly bus service to Rethymon (which runs 7 days a week until midnight), steeped in Venetian and Ottoman history, provides a cheap and convenient day or half day out to satisfy any cultural interests, without paying through the nose for any kind of organised excursion.

One of the great things about Panormos is the lack of noise and music. Here, no blaring cafe juke box, no hassle from waiters, no commercialised tourist toot. Just a grocer, a butcher, a baker, a couple of small corner shop supermarkets, a hairdresser and a couple of retail shops to satisfy the need to buy a sunhat, a last minute present or a forgotten toiletry.

We slept peacefully. We woke to the gentle sound of cooing doves or wood pigeons, we strolled through the tiny village retaining an atmosphere of times past, where Greek gentlemen sip Raki and Ouzo in the shade, playing backgammon and cards in the village square.

There are four or five tavernas in the one village street where eating offers a unique experience of 'no menu'. Try Makis - just follow the owner to the kitchen and he will show you the home cooked dishes of the day in the oven. Stuffed peppers, dolmades, kleftiko, chicken stuffed with spinach - changing daily. Or if you prefer a sea view, over lunch or at dinner, while watching the sunset, a few tavernas perch on the rocky outcrops above the sheltered bay, protected by a rocky headland to the right and a harbour wall shielding a safe sandy beach. The shallow gradient and clear water with gentle waves is appreciated by parents of babies and toddlers who obviously favour this resort for a first family holiday, along with local kids whose whoops and chatter permeate unobtrusively across the water as they jump from the harbour wall.

This is Crete for the discerning visitor. Even the cats have manners, waiting for a morcel to be thrown. And Castello Apartments was a perfect place to stay. Will definitely return.

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Liked best: Location and Hospitality
Liked least: Bathroom lighting could be brighter
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laingfami...
Wellington, NZ
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic location in a great village”
Reviewed 21 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We loved this location. On the top floor we had a great view all around: of the village, the sea, the little harbour and beach below us. It was also close to the main arterial route along the north coast of Crete. Tina was very helpful with suggestions and the village had a selection of very good tavernas. The only average factors were the cramped bathroom and the loss of power one morning. However, the this was fixed promptly. Would recommend this as a great location for a chill out.

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talltache
York, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“fantastic apartment fantastic location with fantastic staff!!!!”
Reviewed 21 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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person found this review helpful

Fantastic apartment , Brilliant standard and great staff tina gave 101% to us and nothing too much trouble . A wonderful Greek time , we will be back .xxx

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PaulR67
Glasgow
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“Fantastic apartment”
Reviewed 19 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Great seafront apartments,clean spacious and great value for money,perfect location for beach and village.Tina was lovely and so helpful

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755Nelli2...
St. Petersburg, Russia
2 reviews
“We had a great time”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We spent 3 weeks at the Castello apartment. The stay was great: the location, beach closeness, sea view, the accommodation in general. But above all that 2-Tina Fragaki Operation Manager. She is the most wonderful person who takes care of the guests as if they have been her own guests. She is there for you every time you need it. Her hospitality is unlimited, and it made our stay unforgettable.

We hope to be back there and would recommend the place to everyone who is looking for comfort, cleanness, hospitality.

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