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Country Hotel Velani

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05/06/2017 06/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the village Avdou you choose a small bumpy road into the hills and after 5-10 minutes you'll arrive in this little paradise! Sabine & Manolis are the best hosts you can whish for! And the staff is very friendly, like Nikos the waiter with a smile. We didn't ride horse, because we were there for work, not vacation. But...

Thank TrietsChand
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our 'occasion' was a riding holiday at the attached Odysseia stables (see separate review) but the hotel deserves a separate mention as it is a place I would want to stay in if I was touring Crete by car looking at the sites/sights (both are available in Crete!) or enjoying a cycling or walking holiday. 40mins inland from Heraklion airport...

Thank Thoughtful100
Sacramento, California
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. I came here to ride on the in guided-lassithi-trek. Due to weather we had to adjust the trip but they couldn't have been more accommodating. The country hotel is stunning but it is the hospitality that will keep you smiling. If they ever come out with a cookbook it will be the gift I give everyone...

Thank Alison F
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This remote hotel on the side of the mountain overlooking Avdou, Crete, is relaxing, romantic, and has great food. We really enjoyed our stay. The rooms are clean and private and very comfortable. What sets this apart is the food. Make sure to stay through a Sunday night when Manolis cooks in the outdoor oven - the meats and dishes...

Thank Jonathan J
HaZore'a, Israel
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The place is more deserving of 4 points than the three I've given it, as a balance to other reviews and a message to the extremely nice and helpful owners. The place is very clean. Very nicely designed property and rooms. Very welcoming hosts. However to justify the 3-star hotel category they claim and the price, there needs to be...

Thank Roy P
Paris, France
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Enjoy a truly refreshing experience - the setting is simply stunning, and wonderfully peaceful. The food is delicious, and plentiful. In a week we couldn't (sadly!) sample the entire menu... but it will satisfy both grown ups and children alike! The local red wine hits the spot... The staff is friendly and helpful. The horses are amazing: friendly, well balanced,...

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San Diego, California, United States
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful hosts Manolis and Sabine make Velani a spectacular Cretan mountain retreat. The food is local, fresh, authentic and delicious. The panoramic views, accommodations and stables top notch. This was our first stay at Velani after many visits to Crete and we will forever more stay only at Velani. Opa!

Thank Kenneth Z
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a wonderful hotel, with stunning views every way you look. Sabine and Manone are perfect hosts, and made us feel welcome from the moment we were picked up at the airport.The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. We did the beginner horse riding course, which was great, the horses are clearly loved and cared for. Sabine is a...

Thank edders500
Irákleio, Iraklion, Greece
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The place is fantastic, food is really good and tasty, just a bit overpriced, but the service and quality are on their best.rooms are very spacious and comfortable with terrace where one can enjoy the nice view.highly recommended for family vacations. ideal hotel also for horse riding lovers, since the hotel has its own stables and offers (with extra cost)horse...

Thank LocomodoHer
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We have just returned from a 7 night stay at the Hotel Velani and felt compelled to write a review as we enjoyed our stay so much. This really is a gem of a place. A beautifully landscaped and developed site with very well designed rooms which are well appointed and have everything that you would need including fridges and...

Thank Charlie U

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Luxury hotel located on a stunning hillside, over viewing the Avdou valley. Relaxing in the middle of untouched nature. 12 Hotel rooms located in bungalows.Infinity pool with separate children’s pool.Professional equestrian center on site, offering horse riding for all levels. Paragliding take off located above the hotel, and free available walking and hiking routes. Velani’s restaurant serves homemade cooking with fresh Cretan ingredients. A Family atmosphere with the very best in Greek hospitality. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Country Hotel Velani

Address: 46 Velani | P.O. Box 46, Avdou, Crete 700 05, Greece (Formerly Avdou Pediados)
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Avdou
Price Range: $87 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Hotel Velani 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“consider that rooms are spread out and might be 200 meters or so from car.”
roypeled_11, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the family room which has two rooms and was perfect for our requirements.”
CharlieU_11, 2 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The upper level rooms have a better view over the valley but the lower rooms have more comfortable terraces.”
ChrisAtech, 2 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are grand, although definitely get one with a balcony if possible”
Beth765, 13 Sep 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are fab”
789KimB789, 20 Aug 2015 | Read review
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