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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

This hotel doesn't offer five star luxury, but it does offer very comfortable, clean rooms at incredibly reasonable prices very close to the entrance to the Samaria Gorge. There is also the most delicious traditional Greek food available at the hotel taverna - the grilled lamb chops, in particular, were divine. We ordered way too much food and wine for both lunch and dinner and couldn't manage to spend more than €30 at each sitting. A huge highlight. Our room had a lovely balcony and comfy beds. There was even a tiny tv in the room which had the champions league final playing live - all in all, it's a five star version of what it's trying to do. The hotel staff organised us a very smooth taxi transfer from Chania airport to the hotel (about an hour and a half drive), they were also very responsive on email prior to our arrival and were lovely and friendly during our stay - nothing was too difficult. There are three morning transfers run by the hotel to the Gorge entrance (about a 5 min drive down the road). We took the earliest (7.45am) and they even had a good breakfast ready for us in advance at 7am. Only one tour bus arrived before we did and we met almost nobody on the track after the initial dissent section (much better than taking a package tour). For a fee, the hotel will also drive your bags down to Sougia for you to pick up after the hike, if required, but we carried our luggage in backpacks so didn't use this service. We would definitely recommend this hotel as a great spot for fabulous authentic home-cooked food and a terrific option for exploring the Samaria Gorge and other walking tracks in the area very comfortably.

Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank ElizabethAmy
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

WE have been two dass in Omalos.Chequed in in the Morning.Climbed up Gingilos to,the saddle.good Dinner.Free Grappa.Next Morning Samaria Gorge.Back in the evening for dinner.Helpful for looking for petrolstation,checking Bus timetable.Ver petsonal.Also offering bustransfer to Samaria enter.Realy the best in the village.see also walkingguodes,WHO stay with their groups there.

Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Joerg O
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Reviewed 26 December 2015

We had a really enjoyable and fun one night stay before hiking the Samaria Gorge. We arrived with low expectations, thinking this would just be an early night with basic accommodations before our hike. Indeed, the accommodations are relatively basic, but the wool blankets and cozy beds were a nice touch given that it can get downright cold up in the mountains even in early September.

We headed down for dinner and were treated like family. The main waiter (very tall guy) was awesome and great fun. The lamb was homemade and incredible and the house red wine was cheap and excellent. We had such a fun night, that after our hike and a night in Agia Roumelli, we decided to forgo the ferry and hike back up the gorge for another night at Neos Omalos. As a side note, I would recommend the hell out of hiking back out towards Omalos for anyone who is reasonably fit. The hike back up was not bad, and the Gorge was incredible early in the morning heading upstream because it was completely deserted and serene, an experience you will not get if you do the traditional downhill trek.

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed 24 September 2015

We were picked up by the owner after our hike of Aghia Irini Gorge. If you easily get motion sick it is advise you take a gravol or other motion sickness pill before the drive to his hotel as the mountain roads are very curvy and he drives aggressively.

Our room was adequate with a decent washroom but a bit dark. There are extra blankets readily available which we used as it did get cold at night. Wifi is included, but limited to only one device and 150mb so video streaming/picture uploads is severely resticted.

Our stay included breakfast and dinner as there isn't much around where stayed except other hiker hotels. Some hikers had more choices then we had but I guess it depends on the package you subscribed to. We were given bean soup, salad, chicken and fries for our dinner. The soup was hearty and tasty and the salad was decent. However the chicken and fries dish was overly oily. I appreciate and love olive oil but not when it is oozing from the fries onto the plate. I guess this a classic case of a cook being to busy and rushing out the fries before draining the oil. The chicken was tasty but a bit too salty and oily (not sure if it's from the fries or oily by itself). After the main we waited for a bit and then left as we we getting tire so don't know if there was desert and raki (generally included in all meals during our trip in Greece).

The breakfast was juice, tea/coffee, over cooked boiled egg, bread, and yoghurt (with spreads). Fairly basic stuff.

The owner and his staff were helpful but generally aloof except for the young female waitress who was smiling all the time.

Transfer to Samaria gorge was done on time and efficiently.

Overall an ok hikers hotel, the only blemish during this stay was the food.

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Patrick C
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

We stayed here for one night before walking the Samaria Gorge. It was lovely to arrive at this peaceful mountain retreat after the heat of Chania. The staff were very friendly and helpful and not only shuttled us to the start of the walk but, for a small fee, transported our luggage to Sougia so we could pick it up from the ticket office when we passed by on the ferry on our way on to Paleochora!

Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank meerkat9
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