Myself and two friends stayed here a for a weeks holiday this September. We had a one bedroom apartment which was immaculate. Everything was spotless. Cleaning was on request, same with towels and sheet change. The pool and bar area was also very clean and plenty of sunbeds. The apartments are right on the beach, again with plenty of beds. It was rather rather windy during our stay so swimming was ab hard work, easier to fall into the pool. Maria and her family were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The town was about a brisk 20 minute walk or leisurely 40 minute. There were plenty of bars and restaurants on thew way in along with supermarkets and shops. I will definitely stay again in hopefully more normal times.
Hubby and I stayed here for the first 2 weeks of October, and as this was our first visit to this particular area of Crete we were a little apprehensive of what it was going to be like. We were certainly not disappointed at all with IIian Beach, upon arrival we were given a welcoming cold drink of fresh orange juice in the reception area, much needed after a very warm and tiring trip from Chania Airport, the journey was longer than we had anticipated. After we were told our studio apartment was not quite ready for us, we were shown to a 4 bedroom apt, and told our room would be ready in the morning, not to unpack. This was not a problem for us, we were glad to be here. Unfortunately it was not until lunch time we were shown to our studio, so we made use of our time, having a good look and getting something cold to drink at the bar. Our studio was spotlessly clean and had everything in it for self catering and more,(many places we have stayed at in Greece have always lacked certain utensils, etc, but at the IIian they had thought of everything and more in the Kitchen). One could tell that they certainly made their customers feel very welcomed, with their attention to their guests IE, the small bottle of Ouzo and shot glasses on the dining table, free sample bottles and tablets of soap in the bathroom, fresh fluffy and whiter than white Bath towels that smelled lovely.
There was plenty of places for clothing and hangers, washing liquid by the sink, with sponge, a ready made washing line with plenty of pegs,..the IIian had everything covered. Rooms are cleaned everyday apart from Sunday, and certainly cleaned to a very high standard! outside was taken care of everyday also, gardens kept clean and watered daily, the path areas, stairs, bar area, the swimming pool too, Our stay at the IIian was so relaxing and most enjoyable and the only disappointing thing for us was our holiday coming to an end, the staff were so friendly and made us feel more than welcome, and I certainly miss swimming in the pool......waking to the sound of the Sea every morning, having my morning coffee on the balcony and just simply soaking up the peace and quite. Come visit, we will be returning.
We booked direct with the owner and arranged our own flight. He arranged our taxi to and from the airport at a very special price. It all went like clockwork. Arrived to find that our studio was spotless as was the whole place. Stayed in studio 4 right next to the pool which we had to ourselves for our 8am morning swim. Family owned and managed. Everyone simply lovely and friendly. Maria cleaned our studio every day with fresh towels provided every couple of days. As no toaster was provided she obtained a sandwich maker for us so we could make toast for breakfast. The pool was super as were the intimate gardens which lead directly onto the beach. Sunbeds were chargeable at 5 Euros a day on the beach but not around the pool and garden areas. We could not get over how warm the pool and sea were in September. Whilst we were staying the guests were mainly Dutch. Room safes were charged for which was not clear on the booking details but everything else was just great. Close to mini markets for essentials and a number of restaurants which catered for most tastes although we went into the old town for the variety. Taxi cost 5 Euros into old town. The walk into town took about 45 minutes along the front of the beach but it was great to be away from the resort traffic and hustle & bustle of the main resort. Loads of restaurants along the way in to town. No shortage of choice. This was a real gem of a find so don't book next September and fill it up before we get booked for a return visit.
I stayed one night at this cosy and easy going place. Everything was very clean and the hosts were very helpful. The bar stuff was ok.
I was lucky and got a bigger room than I booked. It was a huge : ) WLAN just worked perfectly. Maybe because only elderly people stayed here and maybe did not use it.
4 out of 5 stars because The Appartement was Souterrain so without any view on the sea what I expected to have cause it was shown in the description.
Unfortunately the other guests were very loud in the morning and started yelling around at 7 (!) am.
Gemütliche Unterkunft die ich für eine Nacht gebucht habe. Besitzerin Maria war sehr nett. Das barpersonal war ok.
Habe ein größeres Zimmer als gebucht erhalten, was irgendwie ganz nett war. Allerdings nur Souterrain ohne Meerblick was bei Buchung angezeigt wurde. Daher nur 4 statt 5 Punkte.
WLAN war super. Leider haben die anderen Gäste bereits ab 7 Uhr morgens ordentlich rum gepöbelt sodass ich senkrecht im Bett saß. Sonst alles schick.
This was our third visit to Ilian Beach and I'm sure we'll be back.
We had a studio on the top floor - I had requested a particular room and we managed to get it which was great.
The studios are basic but VERY clean and right on the beach.
Obviously depends what you want on your holiday but for us the location us perfect - beach, bakeries, restaurants, bus stop etc within easy short walking distance. And the centre of Rethymnon is about 45min walk away.
Staff were still as friendly as before and even the lovely hotel cat was still there.
Only thing we still didn't like was the awful entertainment from a neighbouring hotel which lasted till after 12:30 at night a couple of times a week. Otherwise Ilian was very nice and quiet.