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“lovely hotel with beautiful views” 4 of 5 stars
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Elounda Blu
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Agia Paraskevi, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece   |  
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Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
Leeds
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8 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“lovely hotel with beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed here in September for 1 week, the hotel itself was lovely, the people that worked there were friendly also. The hotel is up a hill so if you have walking difficulties this hotel may not be right for you. The rooms were nice, ours had a beautiful view. Our room was up another hill but for us it was worth it for the stunning views. The food was good we didn't have a bad meal whilst we were there.
Would definately return again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

A great little hotel, not for the faint-hearted as it has a very steep climb up to the building itself, but the view from the pool area is stunning. Elounda Blu is far enough out of Elounda to be peaceful but close enough for a gentle after dinner stroll into town, where there are lots of great bars. Miakoda halfway down the coast road should not be missed, great Mexican food and excellent company. The best bits of the stay were Mondays, when Michael entertained. Acoustic guitar and then some fabulous reggae, very hard not to get up and dance. He also played at Miakoda on Thursdays and we made the effort to go there too. Not to be missed, and such a refreshing change from the kind of entertainment most hotels offer, boring and outdated, like a Greek version of Chas and Dave. Will be back!!

Room Tip: Away from the pool area and reception, but too high up and you'll need a donkey!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A great hotel, friendly staff, clean property throughout. Don't stay if you have any trouble walking though, as access to most of the rooms is via steep paths. On the other hand, great if you want a fantastic view of Elounda Bay and some peace and quiet! The setting for the hotel is good, the area feels safe and the hotel is located on a bus route, so visits to nearby towns and cities isn't an issue.
I hadn't stayed in a 'couples only' hotel before and it was lovely, though I'd plan to have some evenings away from the hotel if staying again to add some variety..
Make use of the spa as the treatments are well worth the money. The therapists there are better than many in London. Also, the private beach is really good and the sea is beautifully clear and good for swimming.
Overall, definitely recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Visited for a week in October with my wife and two very good friends. The hotel was everything we expected and more, the staff were all friendly with one or two going the extra mile to ensure we had a great time (Natassa kept us in drinks all week!). Took a walk to Plaka with the idea of going to Spinalonga and on the way found a man offering speedboat trips, we arranged to go to Spinalonga and then be dropped at Plaka afterwards and this didn't cost any more than the larger boats! - Evening entertainment was varied and we met some wonderful people, in particular we enjoyed the Disco night as the DJ quickly found his target audience then kept the theme going for 3 hours, must admit to being a tad tired at the end of the night with so much dancing!! We were all inclusive but used the offer of a sandwich/bagette at the Beach Bar or Pool Bar instead of eating an additional meal, the food on offer was varied and every evening there was something for everyone's taste. Would I return - YES, Would I recommend - YES

Room Tip: We asked for 'lower rooms' as the hills are steep and I have asthma, the request was accepte...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

Even before we arrived at the hotel we were overwhelmed with the views and weren't disappointed when we arrived. The view from our room was restricted by the neighbouring hotel but nonetheless we could see the sea and passing boats
The room was quite basic with completely blank walls which made the room feel a bit 'cold' and empty. This could easily be remedied by paintings
The staff were very accommodating most of the time. Poor Mary at the pool bar is overworked though and she needs help to run an efficient service. Restaurant staff were a little too keen to clear plates sometimes resulting in losing my supper! Hot drinks were heavily overpriced in our opinion. It often felt like we were paying for the all inclusive guests! Reception was well maintained and bar staff were pleasant and accommodating with our requests
Food was varied. The buffet was not varied enough and we returned to a very similar offering night after night. The lunch buffet is not worth going all inclusive for. It's like a sample of dinner dishes waiting for you.
Overall we had a lovely holiday and enjoyed the varied facilities. Perhaps a rethink on drink prices (steep spa prices too for that matter) and decor would push this hotel into the 'Outstanding' category.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We were looking for a quiet location and we were not disappointed. Overlooking the island of Spinalonga and situated a twenty minute walk from Elounda this was perfect. The staff in every area were extremely pleasant, friendly and helpful. The meals were always very good. The views from the outside dinning area were super and in the evening something special. A leisurely half hour walk takes you to Plaka where you can take the boat to Spinalonga. There are other walks in the area around the headland and into a few villages. For those who do not want to hire a car the buses can get you to most places with a little planning.

Room Tip: The higher you go the better the view!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This was a great experience from initial contact to the end of our holiday. I exchanged e mails with staff who arranged the following on request, transport to and from the airport ( a bit expensive I thought) flowers delivered to the hotel for my lady friend, free transport to a sister hotel for our last night as the hotel was closing that day.
We started the last week of the season so we were a bit worried but needn't have been. The staff were always friendly and helpful. The food was varied and good quality. Rooms were clean and maintained daily. It's about a 15 minute walk into the village of Elounda. The Ferryman in the harbour is well worth a visit. If you are not very mobile then this is not the place for you as there are steep climbs to your accommodation. There is a buggy available on request but if you are in the top section then it's not much use. Reception very helpful with information on available tours, bus times etc. Kostas and Eva in the main and Asian restaurants were also very helpful and courteous. I would like to think I would go back again but would probably hire a car as transport is not very frequent e.g. the bus could take up to 3 hours to get to Heraklion as it goes to Agios Nikolaos first where you then may have to wait to catch a connecting bus to Heraklion. A car would do it in about an hour. Adults only is definitely a plus.
It appeared there was an audit of staff whilst we were there but amazingly we and other guests were a bit surprised we were not asked for any opinions/comments.

Room Tip: If you are not very mobile look for accommodation on the lower rooms
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Agia Paraskevi, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lassithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Elounda
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#4 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
#9 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Elounda Blu 4*
Number of rooms: 147
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Also Known As:
Elounda Blue Bay Hotel Elounda
Blue Bay Hotel Elounda
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