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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a beautiful, tranquil, mountain experience that allows you to immerse in the way Cretan villagers have been living for hundreds of years, Aspros Potamos is the place for you. The lack of electricity makes the stars unmatchable at night, you are a short drive from multiple incredible sand beaches, and the cave house where we stayed is clean, cute, and has a very comfortable bed. Myrto and her staff are lovely, accommodating people. We wished we had been able to stay longer! Come with a car and make sure to explore the incredible surrounding area too.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Melina R
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

It's a unique experience living in the caves of aspros potamos with beautiful outside view of the gorge. There are fans, oil lights, gas, fridge and you can charge devices in the reception area. The eastern part of Crete is empty of tourists. Our most favourite place was a 1 1/2 hour drive away in kato zakros where a combination of small tavernas, few people, long walks including a gorge and turquoise sea makes for a perfect holiday.

Room Tip: The two bed apartment is probably the quietest and has a beautiful view from the small terrace area
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank KarenEwan
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We stayed there during this weekend with a bunch of friends and we had booked for a 2 story room once we were 4 persons. The lady that was there was polite and showed us around at the beginning and then left. In total it was us and another 2 couples at the houses and noone else. It felt a bit stranded but I guess that was a part of the experience. It will be advisable to have with you basic things like food, shampoo, definitely a powerbank etc. The only place you can find power to charge a device and wifi is the reception where you have free access and you can also grab a book or some supplies like salt, sugar and coffee. There is a mini market and a perfect tavern called Haris nearby but you will need a car for that. It is also nice to visit the gorge near there. The only drawback would be the musty feeling that the room gives you when you enter, as I would want it a bit more clean and in order and not so clogged. Overall a nice experience it felt like camp

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Stelios K
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

We set out to visit this supposedly awarded facility on Christmas Eve. Once there, we had one of the worst and most dangerous stays in our life. It had been raining all day, and we had asked for a room with a fireplace. Initially, they took us to another room. Then after our complaints we got the room with the fireplace. It took us two and half hours to light the fireplace with wet wood and when we went to sleep that night the wind would constantly blow the smoke into the room. We woke up almost suffocating and ended up sitting outside. The next day we noticed the chimney was broken. They demanded money for the night's stay. Additionally, when it is a holiday, it would be nice and professional to welcome guests with traditional sweets and raki (as the wonderful hosts we went to after did). Very sad. The proprietor apparently has no respect for her guests. It should be closed down.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Maria_Real_Traveler
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

It is made very clear that there are no electric sockets in the houses but that you can charge phones etc. in the Reception area. It is also clear that wifi is limited only to Reception - so you need to be aware of this and if you need to be constantly in touch via wifi, don't book.

Sure, the houses and amenities are rustic that's the general idea - it a 300+ year old ancient settlement. If you are open minded, it makes you realise that the society we live in today dictates that we need this and this and that and a bigger house etc. We really don't.

It takes a little adjusting but I absolutely loved the place. My partner and I weren't tied to telephones, emails and TV's and you know what? We had a fantastic time for the 10 nights we were there. We spent time talking, laughing, sampling local food and wine, just sitting quietly and not being bombarded by social media and news.

We BBQ'd I think 4 evenings - yes, in the dark with a torch or oil lamp. We shopped locally and at roadside stalls. It's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it and realise you don't need all the clutter we live with daily. The kitchen implements are fairly basic - but with a little imagination, you can cope perfectly well.

As for the hygiene. We didn't find a problem. If we did, then get some soap and water and deal with it! It's not difficult.

There are improvements that could be made such as replenishing candles on a daily basis - we purchased extra ourselves rather than keep asking. Some fixtures could be improved by being securely fixed. It was difficult to shower and a fixing for the shower head would have been helpful.

If you are open minded and adaptable and read details carefully prior to booking, you should be well aware of the facilities etc. and not be shocked or disappointed.

Take a torch or two with you - especially if you are arriving at night.

This is not a place where the staff pander to your every whim or desire.

I would happily come back here again.

It makes you realise that that life can be cool, calm and peaceful.

Room Tip: Read room descriptions carefully. Some are not suitable for taller people. Even those that are can be challenging.
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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