We have booked through Newtravel.cz and Alex Travel in the Czech Republic. We usually travel independently so were at first bit worried about the level of services of Czech travel agencies, but everything was taken care of by Alex Travel to our satisfaction and we can recommend this agency as well as the hotel.
Accommodation: two buildings - one with rooms with sea view, other building accross a busy road in a garden with a pool. Underground tunnel can be used to cross the road.
We were told by the agency that we cannot book a particular room or building (sea view, garden view, pool view). My guess is that if you book through a large German or UK agency you could choose, but then we wanted to fly from Prague so we took a chance .....
Room - very good - nice and clean, had a nice view of the pool/garden, relatively small, air-con/temperature set switch in the room, no hanger to dry wet cloth, safe (EUR 15 / week extra charge)
Staff - excellent - very friendly and helpful. Used to the kids.
Food - very good - buffet style - fresh - both greek and international - very good selection. Excellent views from the restaurant. We could also always find something for our 1.5 years old daughter. Staff used to children making mess :-)
Location - both buildings near a busy road, but no noice in the room / beach. The hotel is in a little town with nothing but restaurtants, tourist shops, and car rentals. No romantic walks in the evening. Narrow sidewalks. Sometimes difficult to walk with a child trolley.
But - 8 km from Chania. Bus stop in front of the hotel. Bus runs every 30 minutes and costs EUR 1.50. Buses leaving in the evening from Chania back to Agia Marina are very crowded. Could be worth to take a taxi instead (10-12 EUR). Chania is one of the nicest towns I have seen. Great for romantic evenings out. Given the proximity of Chania I think the location is very good.
24 hour medical service (primary care) right next to the hotel. Supermarkets - 5-10 minutes walk from the hotel.
Beach - hotel is located on a long sandy beach - blue flag beach. A lot of other hotels are on this beach as well. The beach is very nice, great for children. 3 rows of sunbeds so not that crowded...Stayed for 12 days - most of the time the sea was calm, small waves 3 days.
I would especially recommend this hotel for families with children.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Marina Beach Chania
- Santa Marina Beach Hotel Agia Marina, Chania, Crete
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