This typically Greek hotel comes with a laid-back bar* and a quiet rural setting. And then there’s the sea view…
The Moonlight Hotel comes with first-rate sea views. It’s just a few steps from a sandy beach, with a café and restaurant on the doorstep. We don't take bookings for under 16s here, but children may be travelling with other companies.
The hotel has its own bar which does Continental breakfasts and evening cocktails. Elsewhere, there’s plenty of space for sunbathing in the grounds, and there’s a swimming pool you can use at the hotel across the road.
These twin rooms are designed with a light and airy scheme. If you step through the french doors you’ll find a balcony for that extra bit of space outside. Plus air-conditioning and fridge hire are payable locally.
My wife and I had a lovely two weeks here in October. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by George who carried our cases from the coach. Our room, which was on the reception floor, was spotlessly clean and was kept that way for the whole two weeks. The beds were comfortable and we enjoyed good nightsâ sleep. The shower in the bathroom had plenty of hot water at all times, but the shower alcove was fitted with a shower curtain which didnât stop water from leaking out onto the washroom floor. I understand this is to be fixed this year as part of a refurbishment of some of the rooms. There was plenty of space to hang clothes, a bit of a reach up though, and there was a good-sized fridge â at an extra charge. Maria did an excellent job of keeping our room clean and with a good supply of fresh bedding and towels. There is no kettle provided, but plenty of sockets into which to plug your own. Breakfast, eaten on the terrace by reception, is excellent for the grade of hotel: a choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, jam, bread for toasting, meats and cheese, and coffee from an urn and hot water for tea making. I was disappointed there were no olives with breakfast, but you can buy your own from the local shops.
The hotel is located on the edge of the main âstripâ of Sralis, but within a few minutes walking you can reach a wide range of restaurants, tavernas, bars and shops. The sea is also just two minutes walk away, through the hotel opposite which had a lawn running down to the beach and a pool available to Moonlight customers.
We had some lovely evenings in the bar by the roadside, meeting up there with new friends for a night-cap and a gossip before going to bed, usually early the next day. Thereâs an extensive range of cocktails available in addition to the usual drinks. Bojan does a superb job with this bar and it is one of the more pleasant places for a drink and a chat in Stalis.
Overall then this is an excellent hotel for itâs grade and is truly âsmall and friendlyâ. If youâre looking for some âchill-outâ time in this area of Crete then this is ideal. Thoroughly recommended.
Just two points from the Thomson description: there is no sea view due to the hotel opposite but there are views of the hills; and âruralâ is a matter of opinion, Iâd call it âvillageâ.
Relaxing and friendly
A friendly traditional hotel, a great place to have as a base. In walking distance to all the shops, bars & restaurants in Stalis and Malia.. We stayed B & B, ideal as we had ample places to dine lunch and dinner. Choice at breakfast, served by Maria is fruit, toast, yoghurt and cereal, with tea and coffee.. The rooms are traditionally Cretan with on suite bathroom & balcony overlooking the resort.. The staff are all very helpful and friendly and can't do enough to make your stay even more enjoyable.. The bar guys, Boyan and Simon, made everyone welcome, wine and cocktails flowed along with their humour!! A great stay, will b back
This is the fourth time at this hotel,the family who run it always make you feel welcome and are there to make your holiday a pleasure well done Manos George and Eva.
The bar is run by two brothers Simon and Bojan who make evenings fun and lively,they create a fun atmosphere while being totally professional.
The rooms are clean and comfortable and the hotel is well situated for beach,swimming pool( in the hotel opposite ) and restaurants.More
lucy j, 191280
Not what the brochure says !!!
I normally book my own hotels and flights and this experience has made me return to that practice.
Thompsons describe it as "rural and quiet". It isn't. The music in the bar carries on till well after 1.00am and the location is not rural. The street outside is busy.
Other reviews speak about the family who own it. We only encountered them when we arrived and when we left and one other occasion. We therefore can't comment on them.
The bar staff were friendly and helpfull.
My main problem was that on two mornings there was no hot water. This was apparently due to the fact that there was no sun to heat the solar panels ????????
Stalis has many restaurants and we did find some good ones. Some of the smaller ones offer better service.More
Another Fantastic Holiday.
Returned 2 weeks ago after another fantastic holiday at the Moonlight Hotel Stalis.
We would not stay anywhere else in Crete. Many thanks to Manos, Eva, George and Family for making us so welcome. You will find this hotel in Thomson Small and Friendly brochure and this is a perfect description for this hotel. Marie who is new to the staff since our last visit in 2013 did a wonderful job of cleaning the rooms and preparing breakfast each morning. Also new were Simon and Boyan (Twin brothers) who manage the bar. They too are very friendly and welcoming and do a superb job. We noticed how much the passing trade has increased since our last visit.
This hotel is set in beautiful well kept gardens. An oasis of greenery with splashes of colour here and there.
In the center of the outdoor bar was a beautiful dark pink hibiscus bush in full bloom.
We will be back for another visit in 2017.More