We stayed at this hotel for 7 nights in the first week of september. We were worried based on some negative reviews and can appreciate some of the comments regarding room allocation (we booked a sea view which took us a day to get once we arrived-we were originally allocated an upgrade as they had over allocated the room we had booked but the view was of the back of the garden!) however the location of the hotel is incredible, the coast line is stunning and probably the best in crete.
We were half board and the food was great and very plentiful however we found the buffet experience a bit stressful due to the behaviours of other nationalities (this hotel is v popular with Russians.....) Also tip for the guys, stick to trousers for the evening buffet to avoid an embarrassing confrontation despite other guests being in shorts..very confusing-rules were not consistent for everyone! We also felt that small touches like greetings by staff etc weren't always consistent as they were clearly understaffed and had no time to engage in polite conversation.
Would love to come back to the Elounda Beach Hotel which had stunning sea side villas that we saw from the Jetty Bar (very quiet bar-no one seemed to know about it but reminded us of a James Bond style bar experience!) however with the likes of Maria Carey, Bono and others staying there, its safe to say the ££ for those is far above our budget!
In summary, great location, half board definitely recommended (with drinks included-otherwise would have been really expensive) and don't forget your Russian phrase book!!
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Bay Palace Hotel Elounda
- Bay Palace Hotel Elounda
- Elounda Bay Palace Crete