We really liked the reviews and pictures of Lili and therefore decided to stay here, however it truly is a two-star hotel only.
+ beautiful garden around the hotel that gives privacy, but doesnt attract bugs
+ staff is very nice
+ Air conditioning works great and without any additional charge
+ breakfast is the usual stuff, great greek yoghurt with honey
+ a rather large pool that is clean
+ large and nice balcony
+ the hotel is close to many tavernas, car rentals, bus stations, supermarkets etc.
- food is SUCH a disappointment. We expected traditional greek cuisine, but they obviously got very influenced by the amount of German guests. In 5 days, we had spaghetti and schnitzel both twice! Almost everything is deep fried and the only side they serve are french fries.
- we also really didn’t like the fact that for dinner, they serve each guest two different main courses (4 plates in total for us) but we always received only one salad and one fruit plate for 2 people. We couldn’t eat two main courses each, so every night they threw the leftover untouched meals away which is such a waste, especially during these corona times when many people are short on food.
- ashtrays are everywhere so be prepared to smell cigarettes every breakfast and every dinner or even at the pool.
- Wi-Fi is for free, but it doesnt work much. Expect loading a single page for minutes, especially when overloaded. In the evenings, it worked better.
- the fridge (and the air conditioning as well, but you can turn it off for the night) is so loud it woke us up many times during the night.
- every single noise from other rooms and the hall you will hear as if it was in your room. If we didnt got woken up by the fridge, other guests took their part, so every night we were woken up about 3-5 times.
- the rooms cannot be locked and there are no “please Don’t distrub” signs available, so we didnt feel much privacy
- the sunbeds around the pool are very old and around 80 % of them are broken.
- there’s plenty of stray cats in poor condition that always come during breakfast and dinner. As soon as you leave your table to get some drink or whatever, they jump on the table and eat from your plate. Since the animals looked ill and had visible wounds, we weren’t very happy about this.
- standard rooms are tiny even when travelling as a couple, you almost cannot open the bathroom door
It's a nice, cozy hotel located at such a place that you are far enough from the main street with all the restaurants and shops that it's quiet and peaceful but also close enough that you can easily access everything (the beach is not that far from it but also not really close which could be considered a disadvantage).
We had breakfast included which was nice and there were enough options to choose from but because we overslept a lot we managed to catch it only a few times (breakfast is from 6:30 until 9:30). It seems that the breakfast options were the same every day of the week - so it's actually good that we got to eat outside the hotel as well. You can also choose to have dinner at the hotel - it was okay for the price (8 EUR if I remember correctly).
The hotel was kind of a 50/50 choice for our group because on one hand we were the loudest ones there - hanging out by the pool very late, getting asked to go to our rooms by the staff, getting the outdoor lights turned off on us, being a little bit too loud a little bit too late in the evening and probably annoying the guests with children (most of the guests seemed to be staying with their families). On the other hand - we spent our days travelling around Crete, coming back to the hotel just to hang out in the evenings and to sleep - so it was a good fit because it doesn't really provide any entertainment on the premises like it is at big resorts so it's cheaper.
Our room was okay but our friends got one of the renovated rooms and theirs was a lot nicer - with a new air conditioner, big shower, actual double bed etc. while our room had a loud, old air conditioner, really small bathroom and a shower that leaked (every time after taking a shower there was a big puddle on the bathroom floor which actually had a drain so I guess the hotel staff was aware of the situation) and three single beds (two of them pushed together to make a double).
The staff barely speaks/understands English and I was really disappointed with the cleaning service - I don't believe they changed the towels and sheets once for the week that we stayed there. They didn't change the glasses as well (I left one of the two glasses from our room by the pool and they didn't bring us any new ones). While unpacking and putting my stuff in the closet two different socks fell out of a shelf - probably left there by previous guests.
Also it's a minus that they don't provide you with free bottles of drinking water and any toiletries (except for hand soap) like it is at other hotels.
I love the style of the hotel (mainly the outside of it) and every room comes with a safe with no extra charge - that's a nice little bonus.
Overall it's obvious that it is a better choice for families with children but even then I think it's much nicer to stay at a resort if you're travelling with children because at least then you know that there are other sources of entertainment there other than an average sized pool.
Hotel is located at the edge of Ammoudara resort and about 300m from sandy beach. Hotel room was clean, but small and especially tiny was the bathroom. The pool was big and clean and there were enough lounge chairs for everyone. Hotel was quiet and family friendly, but the doors and walls were very thin. Breakfast was with very few options (they didn’t even have fruits), but the coffee was good. Negative thing is that there weren’t anyone at the reception when you needed something or wanted to ask about something. Couple days before we left, appeared a sign next to the door that you need to ring bell when you want reception service, but on the check-out day we ringed and ringed and then went to find an owner, who usually operates the pool bar.
We did not enjoy our stay at this hotel as much as we would have wished. The hotel was probably a nice place years ago and it looks like it has all the modern equipment you would expect, but for us it was a trip back in time. Other hotels offer more luxurious rooms, less noise at night, a bathroom with more space and more comfort in general for the same price. Basically this hotels offers too little value for our money.
Nice pool with enough shade and sunbeds
Good place for kids
Out of town so not as busy as "the big city", but this is also a con.
Old fashioned interior (despite the modern TV and AC working properly). We had old blankets in the beds and the sheets didn't look very fresh and had holes in them.
Very noisy, because the thin wooden doors and thin walls can't keep any noise out. We heard people in the room above us, people in the hallway at night and even cars in the street. It's too much noise for a quiet night.
Out of town so not as busy as the big city, but plenty of other hotels in the city can actually offer a more quiet and peaceful place than this place. It's close to the beach and some little shops, bit other places offer the same thing so this isn't exceptional for this hotel.
Just back from staying at this hotel for a week and loved every minute of it. The rooms are adequate and clean with free air conditioning, safe, wi fi, television and there is a good sized fridge. I was in a room overlooking the road and didn't find it noisy and liked the sea and street view. A maid comes in to clean every day too.
The kind gentleman who owns it is not so good at English but is friendly and accommodating. His lack of English was not a problem as the other staff/family members were able to assist if he didn't understand. He is very proud of his hotel and beautiful gardens which he maintains to the highest standard and even picks up litter on both sides of the street in front of this hotel on a daily basis.
The continental buffet breakfast was good with enough variety of things to choose from including delicious yoghurt and honey. I also appreciated the calm of the dining area first thing in the morning and how efficiently it was run. Throughout the day there are snacks that can be ordered from the bar, Greek salad, toasted sandwiches etc. at a reasonable price although the evening all you can eat buffet was the best value for 7Eur. It is easY to buy in supplies from the supermarket across the road for snacks in the daytime if preferred and keep them and drinks in the fridge. Nothing was said if you were eating or drinking your own food around the pool area,
Loved the mojitos from the bar with mint and lemons picked fresh from the garden, the lovely iced coffees also worth a try. The owner also never charged me or my friend for bottles of chilled water.
I have never stayed in an hotel with such a calm and peaceful atmosphere and, as the weather was hotter than usual when I was there, spent many days lost in the peace and beauty of being by the pool (which I usually don't do!) which never seemed crowded or noisy. There are olive trees to provide shade, dappled shade and oxygen, swallows swooping down when empty to take any flying insects from the surface, brightly coloured flowers and mature gardens surrounding it that attracted butterflies and birds. It was so beautiful and I felt so serene there it took me three days to venture to the beach during day time.
By evening the garden becomes magical with lights and the sound of crickets. I saw many passers by look in wonder and comment as they passed in the street and could glimpse it through the gates.
There were only four British guests while I was staying there (me and my friend being two) and Amoudara as a resort also seemed not to have many British tourists about. Not a real problem although for me it is nice to have someone to speak English with and get to know when on holiday. Luckily the English couple there were lovely and we got on well.
Other plus points is that it is only a short walk to bars, tavernas (Maxim's, the closest was brilliant) and shops, on a bus route and only a short walk to the beach. It is easy to get about from here and explore more of the island.
Amoudara was not the most picturesque place I saw whilst on Crete but I was most impressed with and happy in choosing Hotel Lili, a place where I felt relaxed, rested and perfectly content.