Date : 6- -0 2006
Time : 18 : 0
We stayed in the Alkion Hotel last year. The most friendly people you could wish to meet. We had a wonderful time. It was now our first visit we have been to Stalos 5 times.On the bus route to Chania or Platanios. Excellent base for travelling around. There is every thing you need in Stalos, and the people are so friendly. We are going back again this year to stay at the Alkion Hotel
| Matthew Greenland
Date : 9- -0 2005
Time : 30 : 1
Kato Stalos is part of an almost continuous strip of development along the road heading west from Hania (Canea)towards Kastelli, about a 20 minute taxi ride from Hania airport. The architecture tends towards the concrete and non-descript but won't come as a shock to anyone has been to Greece before! After a few hundred yards' walk inland there are olive groves and vineyards. There were more than enough tavernas for our two week stay and, needless to say, the staff couldn't have been more friendly to us and our two children. I would especially recommend the 'Paralia' on the north side of the road both for the staff and the menu which included Cretan specialities. Each meal was inevitably followed by complimentary water melon and local Tsikoudia (rather like schnapps). Many of the tavernas are situated on terraces overlooking the long stretch of sandy beach with views across to Hania Bay. The beach is deservedly lauded and, although there is a noticeable tide, is regularly patrolled by life guards.
Our fellow holiday makers tended to consist of civilised Scandinavians and Germans and one of the advantages of Kato Stalos was that there was no large British presence (sorry!), unlike neighbouring Platanias and Aghia Marina. The siting of Kato Stalos means that Hania - the very attractive Venetian/Turkish former capital - is only a few miles away and (2005) was a 1 Euro bus ride away (under 5s free). Anyone who enjoyed Rhodes Town will love both Hania and Rethymnon. There were plenty of reasonably priced car hire places in the village; our air-conditioned Hyundai Atos cost 150 Euros for 4 days.
The only drawback I would mention in regard to Kato Stalos is the busy east-west main road which could take several minutes to cross (In fact, someone had been killed the week before we arrived). However, despite its proximity to accommodation, shops, restaurants etc, I have to confess that I did not notice any traffic noise.
In conclusion, we would go back to Kato Stalos.