We arrived at the Elounda Blu slightly worried after having read some of the reviews on this site, however, we could not have been more happy with our honeymoon! The hotel is clean, modern and the staff are so friendly.
Personally, we encountered no problems with anything in our room or at all during our holiday but I have no doubt that anything would have been dealt with efficiently having seen how well the hotel is run.
Our room was spotlessly clean and perfectly adequate for our needs. We arrived to flower petals in the shape of a heart on our bed, a bottle of Cretan wine and a lovely bowl of fresh fruit to celebrate our honeymoon-a lovely start to our holiday. The porter who brought our bags to our room was so friendly and whenever we past him at the hotel he asked about our holiday and asked if we were having a good time. All the staff from the receptionists, restaurant waiters/waitresses right to the maids were polite, friendly and took every opportunity to make genuine conversation with you.
The views from this hotel are outstanding, we had a room with a shared pool looking directly out over the island of Spinalonga (a must see for a day out-very interesting) and to the aegean sea beyond-it was so beautiful we hardly moved from our sun loungers the entire holiday! Others have commented on the steepness of the hill leading to the hotel and subsequently to some rooms-there is no doubt that is steep but in our opinion the elevated position and views that this hotel offers makes the walk so worthwhile. We are in our 20's and fairly fit and in the heat of the day the walk was hard but as long as you take it slow and take plenty of water it's fine!
The food at the restaurant was varied and there were various 'theme nights' including Italian night (where you were offered Grappa and bruscetta canapes on arrival) Greek night (free shot of Raki) fish night etc. The food was of good quality and freshly prepared at breakfast and for dinner, as we were half board we did not have lunch but our neighbours said it was as nice as the evening meal. Only downside was the price of drinks if not all inclusive (3.50 euros for a beer and 4 euros for a small glass of wine) and prices were also expensive at the bar in the evening compared to places in Elounda town. I have mentioned staff already but particularly the waiting staff in the restaurant were fantastic, so friendly and attentive-under the watchful eye of Manos, the manager, they did not put a foot wrong but remained relaxed and personable to customers.
The walk into Elounda town is a pleasant 20-25 min stroll along a coastal path, during the heat of the day take water as its a little way from the hotel before you get to the nearest supermarket. At night the pavement is quite dimly lit and as the path is a little uneven I would say to be careful (I broke 2 pairs of sandals falling into ditches!) a taxi from Elounda to the hotel is only 5 euros and i would recommend that as it takes 2 minutes and they take you back up the dreaded hill at the hotel (bonus!) !
All in all we had a fabulous honeymoon, we are so happy that we booked the hotel and having a private shared pool was our best decision as it was so peaceful and the views sensational. We hope to return very soon!
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Blue Bay Hotel Elounda
- Blue Bay Hotel Elounda
- Elounda Blu Crete