What We Love
- A studio or apartment on Crete's gorgeous coast, with breakfast includedWalking straight from the hotel to the golden sand of Chrissi Akti
- Enjoying the view of the sea or the hotel garden from your apartment's balcony
- The delicious Cretan cuisine on offer at the Forum Bar & Grill
What To Know
- Located just minutes from some of the best beaches in Chryssi Akti and Agios Apostoli
- Free WiFi works well
- Complimentary onsite parking is available
- All rooms have balconies with views of either the pool or Aegean
Forum Suites is a collection of stylish apartments just outside Chania, the second-largest city on the beautiful Greek island of Crete. The accommodations themselves represent a modern take on a classic Greek aesthetic; all clean, straight lines, whitewashed walls and flat roofs. Their surroundings are even more eye-catching – they’re set in beautiful gardens, a stone’s throw from the sandy beach of Chrissi Akti.
Everything you’ll need is on your doorstep. There’s fantastic Cretan cuisine at the Forum Bar & Grill, and a mini-market is on hand should you feel like picking up some fresh local produce to whip up for dinner in your apartment. The resort also offers two outdoor pools, a playground for the kids, a library and a gym.
You’d be missing out, though, if you didn’t venture further afield. There are several other beautiful beaches in the area, while the city of Chania itself is well worth a visit. Boasting a stunning location with the Aegean Sea on one side and the White Mountains on the other, the city is home to ancient Minoan and Byzantine ruins, arts and crafts boutiques, and cozy tavernas.
How to Get There
My partner and I were very happy to have spent our holiday in Chánia here and we would like to credit Cristina and Natalie who were very accommodating and helpful with booking local excursions for us!
The price for 6 nights stay was extremely affordable and I would have been happy to pay a bit more more due to the quality of service and cleanliness. Forum suites has a relaxed Mediterranean feel (the lobby in particular had a nice atmosphere and setting) and the rooms were minimalistic but equally functional - to name a few we had towels and toiletries, a plug in hob, kitchenware, Netflix on the telly and even a money safe. We would have liked an ironing board and a microwave but we really couldn’t complain as we had a lot of things to get us by. The breakfast was also really nice, we loved the fact that it was a buffet so you could practically fill yourself up to your heart’s content; the beach was nothing but a 2 minute walk (and forum are happy to provide the towels), lovely clear and warm waters when the pool seemed too small for the regular guest, and a bus which stopped and went just in front of the building, ready to take you to Chánia town and the Old Harbour. If you hired a car for your travels there is also an ALDI just a few minutes’ drive away and surely this would make your days’ stay cheaper as you could make your own food rather than eat in the restaurant. Forum Suites also has a neat mini market in case you ran out of essentials (in our case, toothpaste) and they are happy to put the tab to your room and give you the space to pay whenever.
The only thing we didn’t like was the food in the restaurant - I’m sure plenty of people liked the cuisine but I found the fish to not be so fresh, and of course this is disappointing when Chánia is known for its fresh sea food. My partner liked his tuna salad well enough but my octopus was stringy, fell flat in my mouth and just didn’t taste right. We also tried the garlic bread - which ended up burnt, and the baklava which seemed store brought and served past its date. Having said this though, we can’t complain about the service given and the serving size of these meals - they were filling, and evocative of the large meals you’d come to recognise if you were to sojourn and eat anywhere in Greece. We also ran into a slight misunderstanding with one of the receptionists come the end of our trip - after communicating that we were waiting for a hoppa trip, she unknowingly pointed us towards the wrong taxi on our way to departures so we had to fork out an extra €35, but we recognise this was as much our fault and just came as a lesson learned when travelling in a foreign country.
We have absolutely no second thoughts in booking with Forum Suites given the opportunity that we travel back to Chánia. It is a fantastic stop and provides a convenient location to any traveller - regardless if you just want to laze under the sun or if you want to use this as a rest stop to travel to the other parts of Crete. We really enjoyed our holiday and Forum was a significant reason why. We give it a 4.5 ⭐️
We have just returned from a week at this lovely hotel located outside Chania town and opposite the beach.
Rooms were clean and modern although as said in many other reviews we found the bathroom too small with no space to put your toiletries. Beds were comfortable but in our suite we slept under the air con unit and the temperature display lit up our bed! Bit of a design fault there!
The breakfast choice was a little limited but was only a very small restaurant and the staff were helpful and friendly.
The swimming pool area was quiet whilst we were there with plenty of sun loungers, we probably wouldn’t of spent a whole day by the pool but it was inviting after a hot day on the beach.
I’d definitely recommend this hotel for its cleanliness throughout, location and friendliness and efficiency of staff.
I would give this accommodation a 4.5 rating overall. Nice clean modern apartment (252) first floor. Good for late afternoon sunshine on enclosed balcony. A bit of road noise can be experienced. Although apartment very modern its not really well thought out as far as cupboard space and also shelf space in bathroom to put toiletries on etc. Nice big shower. However room air con good with ceiling fan when you want air con off. Comfortable beds
with crisp white sheets. Small kitchenette okay for drinks and snacks but not much more. Good fridge. Super room service and housemaid kept room immaculate.
Christina in Reception first class in every respect. Nice little mini market facility for the odd thing you may require like water and soft drinks & snacks. Small pool but nice and deep for a swim. Not so good when you have screamers in there disturbing the peace and quiet though. Timing is important regarding its use. Breakfast included which we thought was very good especially having Cappuccino made for you. Good selection of fresh food including fruit, breads, eggs etc. The Breakfast chef Theodore ( English version) was great making the poached eggs to order. Sophia was the smiling waitress with whom we enjoyed every morning breakfast. Nothing was too much trouble. Bus stop right outside every 15 minutes. Bus tickets 1.20 Euro from Christina. Taxi 7 Euros to Chania Harbour. Good beach 3 minute walk but the road can be a bit busy so you have to be watchful especially when crossing. We had a lovely four night stay and would definitely return if in Chania.