Welcome to Socrates
Wonderfully located along the beach road just outside of Malia, the Socrates Hotel makes an ideal spot for visitors looking to be close to much of the attractions and location around Malia. Set in a quiet spot the hotel is only 2 minutes away from the beach and 10 minutes from all the shopping, dining and entertainment found in Malia or Stalida, as well being not far from some of the popular tourist attractions in the area such as the Palace of Malia and Star Beach Water Park.\n\nWith it's brilliant location close to much of what Malia has to offer, the attractive 3-star Socrates Hotel & Apartments offers guests everything they need for an unforgettable holiday with 31 large apartment style rooms and some wonderful facilities to enjoy such as the sparkling outdoor pool and a restaurant, all set in beautiful surroundings. Guests staying at the hotel can choose of one many ways to relax whether its just soaking up the sun in the gardens or terrace, enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the bars or to really unwind you can try the spa facilities including a sauna, jacuzzi whirlpool and massage treatments. There is also a comfortable lounge and a snack bar where you can watch your favourite sporting events on the satellite TV, or alternatively there are a variety of activities to help keep everyone entertained such as pool/snooker, table tennis, a mini-golf course and also a playground for children. In addition there are also several useful services available such as the free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, free onsite parking and if you need any assistance there is a 24-hour reception where the multilingual staff will be happy to help such as with car rental, currency exchange and tour/ticket assistance to help you make the most of the many attractions in the area. \n\n##Location\n Malia is located 25km east of Heraklion, on the way to Agios Nikolaos. The town itself is unusual small town, unlike any other in Crete. It has developed thanks to tourism interest over recent years and is divided into two distinct areas the old town with its charming old buildings, squares and narrow winding streets and the newer more tourist-based modern side.\n\nWhat you see here is a complete different image of Malia compared to the old town. Filled with clubs, bars, cafes, English and Irish pubs and fast food joints, serving anything from souvlaki to pizzas, it is the place to be for those who fancy a good night out. Late in the evening and during the night it starts to be the busiest road of Malia. Most of the partying and drinking takes place on the street, which is closed to traffic at night.\n\nAlternatively just as close by you could head to Stalis, which is the perfect place if you are looking to spend lazy days out on the golden sandy beach and its blue waters. For a more adventurous day there are always plenty of water sports to try and if you are up for a bit of exploring then you can find some fascinating historical sites in the area like the Palace of King Minos at Knossos and Heraklion, with its impressive Venetian architecture and imposing castle. \n\n##Accomodation\n The 31 modern apartment rooms at the hotel offer plenty of space for couples and families with complete bathrooms, an en suite kitchenette and private balconies that offer stunning views over the ocean. Each room also come well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay including: air conditioning ? Wi-Fi access ? TV with satellite channels ? telephone ? minibar ? clock/radio ? safe ? fridge ? coffee/tea maker ? hairdryer. \n\n##Eating and Drinking\n The Socrates Hotel boasts a lovely restaurant located by the pool that serves a tasty selection of local and international dishes as a great alternative to using the self-catering facilities provided in all the apartments.\n\nFor a wide range of drinks, snacks and light meals there is also the snack/pool bar, which is open most of the day and provides a great place to sit down with friends/family as well as watch live sporting events. \n\n##Swimming Pools\n There are two outdoor swimming pools at this hotel, which includes the main pool surrounded by a terrace with loungers/sun beds and a smaller separate pool just for children.