This modest hotel in Crete has been voted the best in the world, pushing five-star luxury resorts and establishments out of the way. The cheap and cheerful Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia costs just 30 euros a night but is tops for a warm Greek welcome and service, say fans who voted for the accommodation in an online poll by TravelRepublic.
The travel site compiles a list of the top 20 hotels every year from 70,000 reviews submitted annually. On closer examination (this story did appear in The Daily Mail after all), it’s clear that Aegean Sky appeals to young Brits on holiday more interested in partying hard than inspecting ancient ruins. There’s a lot of hotels in Greece with similar offerings, although Panos, the hotel’s manager, is widely praised for going the extra mile to make his guests happy.
When the Greek general strikes last year disrupted holidaymakers’ travel plans, he let affected guests stay at the hotel without charge. TripAdvisor also lists over 300 positive reviews, many of them praising Panos and his team for their genuine warmth and efficiency. Malia, which has wall-to-wall nightlife, is 40km from Heraklion and has a regular bus service. There are hundreds of hotels and resorts in the area, all mainly controlled by tour operators. The main beach – five minutes walk from Aegean Sky – is narrow but a real beauty, with fine golden sand and clear, aquamarine water. High season in Crete, which is July and August, is crowded with Greek and foreign visitors. The weather is hot, hot, hot.
September and October have warm settled weather, and it’s still great for swimming.
TravelRepublic’s Top Ten Hotels:
1. Aegean Sky Hotel, Malia, Crete
2. Villa Cortes Hotel, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
3. Savic Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
4. Pestana Alvor Hotel, Alvor, Algarve
5. Hilton Dalaman Resort, Turkey
6. Corinthia Grand Hotel, Budapest
7. Fitzwilliam Belfast Hotel, Belfast
8. Areias Village Hotel, Algarve
9. Seaside Los Jameos, Puerto del Carmen
10. Hilton Malta in St Julian’s, Malta