Soula Mari
 40 Stars Hotel in Crete Crete
Customers' Rating: 40 over 5 stars
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Address: Malia   70007    Greece
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Age: 18-24 from Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 28, 2012

"Amazing location, amazing staff"

Rate:  4 Stars

Absolutely amazing. This hotel really is a lot of laughs, the rooms are clean, the staff are really friendly, particularly Sonia who is so so lovely and an absolute laugh. The view from our room was a building sight/half pulled down building which was actually pretty funny, but if you`re expecting a nice sea view you won`t get it!
It was such an amazing position right in the middle of the strip and really easy to find (just incase you get a little bit too drunk)
Obviously as you`re in Greece it is incredibly hot and getting a fan is a good idea, if you really don`t like the heat get one fan for each person in your room as one fan per room won`t keep all 3 of you cool.
The pool is really merky at some points but if you can get past that it`s good fun and you get to meet loads of people, we spent half of our time there but also went and found other pools which were free and a lot nicer, it`s worth having a look around as there are a lot of much better pools that you don`t have to pay for.
We also got a safe between the 7 girls, unfortunally 100 euros did go missing, Sonia did check the CCTV but didn`t find anything and we didn`t get to the bottom of that problem, my advice would be to not get a safe and hide your money all around the room and lock your doors all the time.
It is a lovely hotel and you will make loads of friends there, also it`s really close to help bar which is amazing for fish bowls and pre drinks!
Do be careful though as some balconies have CCTV cameras which are regularly checked!
Also if you can get out of the BBQ do cause the food isn`t great and it`s not worth 15 euros.

Stayed at July 2012

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from Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed on June 20, 2012

"perfect location great staff, awesome time"

Rate:  4 Stars

a group of 10 of us went and stayed here on a hen do we got back yesterday. we was a little worried as we had read some reviews and we were really nervous from what we read, but from the moment we arrived to the moment we left we had a great time, end of the day you get what you pay for so if your expecting a 5* hotle your in for a shock lol
seriously though the staff was so friendly very welcoming and SONIA was amazing very caring lady
they even bought a birthday cake for one of my party. great atmosphere as we spoke to everyone around the pool, (its not the biggest so its hard/IMPOSSIBLE not to make friends in the bar, pool area.
the pool is very deep, the shallow end is 170cm so no playing vollyball or owt lol. honestly though if you are looking for somewhere cheap, and cheerful, clean, friendly and BANG IN THE MIDDLE of everything
if i was to ever go back to malia i would 100% stay here

Room tip: room 303 is exceptionally hot even with a fan all others are great though

Stayed at June 2012

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from Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 6, 2012

"Good location - ok facilities - horrible staff"

Rate:  3 Stars

The location of these apartments cannot be beaten if you`re looking for a clubbing holiday - but if you want a quiet nights sleep do not stay here!
The facilities are basic but the rooms are quite large with balconies, ok showers and hobs to cook on.
Lots of complaints about the pool but we really loved the pool - more than the beach!

Bad points:
The staff are very pushy and rude. We arrived at 11pm and were absolutely shattered but they wouldn`t let us have our keys until they tried to sell us lockers and fans and would not take no for an answer.
They wouldn`t allow us to have water that wasn`t bought from their very expensive bar around the pool - unsafe in that heat.
They say free shots - taste like water and juice!
Don`t to their BBQ - they tried to con us into spending 15 euros on a few sausages and salads and no one went to it.
No air con and the fans they rented out were faulty and did very little!

Overall, if you can find an apartment with a similar location and similar price i`d go for that over this as it wasn`t the best. there are definitely some other apartments on the strip so i`d look up them before this one.

Room tip: The rooms on the ground floor are much cooler but the ones on the upper floors have balconies so dep...

Stayed at June 2012

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from London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 30, 2012

"Perfect for 18-30"

Rate:  5 Stars

Hotel was much better than expected. We read some bad reviews before we went but it couldn`t have been better. Rooms were cleaned regularly and well, no matter how much mess there was.

Nikos and Sonia were great people as well, making us feel welcome from the moment we walked in, throughout the holiday they gave us free drinks and made sure we were looked after. Marilena, who worked on the bar was also just as good.

There are things to do at the hotel itself with pool tables, a PlayStation & a big enough pool but also because of the good location of the hotel you don`t have to walk too far to find other things that you might fancy.

The food at the hotel is basic but still very good, a full english breakfast for under 5 Euros contained two of each regular item as well as a drink.

Don`t be put off by previous bad reviews, if you are looking for a young persons holiday as a group then this is perfect for you.

Stayed at July 2012

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from Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 22, 2012

"Perfect for LADS and LADETTES"

Rate:  4 Stars

Listen guys is you`re looking for a 5 hotel with an air-con and perfection on every aspect of the room then maybe keep looking but if you`re heading out with group of mates for a week or 2 this is the place to be the owners of the place are amazing, very welcoming and very fun people they love having a cheeky shot with and trust they will throw a few your way for free if you actually decent people towards them.

I`ll be honest this place is prime location if you`re heading to malia to get blitzed every night, don`t expect to get a quite night sleep as this hotel is right on the strip and the amount of drunks, quad-bikes and cars that go past aren`t going to do you any favours.

We struggled to find this hotel due to our bus just dropping us at the top of the street and just pointing towards nothing... It will only take a couple of minutes walk to get there from where you get dropped off but its fine dont worry.

when you first walk into the hotel the heat does hit you and unfortunately the hotel will charge you €20 for a fan for however long you are staying, and to be honest its not really neccesary nothing cracking out a window cant handle.

if you were like me and read loads of reviews about this hotel and stumbled apon a couple that said items and money had been stolen from there rooms dont worry there is nothing wrong there and no will touch your stuff unless you leave your door wide open for straggling drunks to stumble into, if you are that worried you can pay to use a safe for however long you stay there!

You need to choose this hotel it is truly amazing,

say hi to Nikos from me!!!

Stayed at July 2012

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from Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 19, 2012

"Amazing (:"

Rate:  4 Stars

I went to Malia with five other girls and I got to say we had a amazing time. When we got to Malia we had a slight problem trying to find the place, but when we did find it, It`s in the greatest place possible.

They had a great pool and they also had chairs which you could sit on and sunbeds. The food was great there and we got loads of free shots.

I know loads of people are complaining about the heat but, we didnt buy a fan, and we were fine. When your drunk and naked everything`s fine (: But, even the nights we weren`t that drunk open the door and its fine. We didn`t buy a safe, but a good idea is to bring a suitcase with double locks and put money in socks (: Sounds stupid, but thats what I did (:

You will meet some great people and the strip is just amazing. The owners are great and don`t worry about the other reviews, the bad ones because it was the best holiday going.

Pluse, if you want any advice about money, I brought £500= 600 euros and I actually brought some of that money home. Drinks, are great on the strip.. you can get two drinks (malibu, archers,vodka) with pop or something, two shots and a fish bowl for 5 euros (:

Btw any sicky mess, tell the ladies and they will get you clean stuff (: I`m going to be honest the only thing that wasn`t worth it is the BBQ. We didnt get alot and it was 15 euros. Go to the Bull or Dominoes....... great!

But the stay is amazing and you will have a great time no doubt!

Stayed at July 2012

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from Crawley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 18, 2012

"Great location, great people, great time."

Rate:  4 Stars

Before the 10 of us arrived in Malia, we had read some bad reviews of the hotel (about having money stolen, it being dirty etc) so were a bit wary about going but I`m glad to say the reviews couldn`t have been more wrong. The apartments were situated right in the middle of the strip, so was in a great location - although it does mean you can`t get to sleep until the next morning. The owner, Sonia, literally runs the place by herself, with help from her son, Nikos, and they were the loveliest people ever; we got loads of free drinks at night, and they were just generally really helpful. The rooms were adequate - no frills - the only downside was that they did not have air-conditioning, so buying fans at the hotel was a must. The rooms were cleaned every day, and we had no issues at all with losing money or things being stolen - we felt pretty safe in leaving our rooms unlocked whilst by the pool. The pool itself is pretty tiny, but it was enough to just lounge around by and the beach is only 5 minutes away. The security guard at night was also really nice - slightly scary if you`re too loud, but he makes you feel safe and stops people coming in to the hotel.
Overall, the hotel suited its purpose - great place to just recover and prepare for the next night, with friendly staff who we`re going to miss and a great atmosphere. All the rooms started chatting with eachother and doing pre-drinks and it was a really nice vibe. Take me back!

Room tip: Rooms on lower floor get less sound from the strip, but more likely to get bitten by insects!

Stayed at July 2012

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from Horsham, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 17, 2012

"Nightmare"

Rate:  1 Stars

9 girls turned up to find out they had over booked so had nowhere for us to stay, do not book here! Book Marianna Studios, a little further away but still walking distance, we had the most amazing time at Studio Marianna, Soula Mari looked awful on first impressions.

Stayed at July 2012

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from London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 12, 2012

"Overbooked"

Rate:  1 Stars

The hotel was on a perfect place in the strip, however the transfer company didn`t know where it was, after 20 minutes of wandering round the strip being sent in the wrong direction we found the hotel. However we were told that there was no room for us in the hotel, despite having booked months in advance. We were sent to another hotel that the owners said was a 10 minute walk from the strip, however we were a 45 minute walk away. I wouldn`t recommend this hotel because of their disregard towards paying customers.

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