We visited the Nereus over Easter with my parents. When the coach dropped us off, we looked at the front and thought "OMG, what have we come to?" as, to be honest, it looked a bit of a dump. By dinner on the third night, we were saying that we'd definitely go back, and that was the opinion of many first time guests. Many other guests had been back time and time again.
The main problem with the Nereus is the decor. Its the hotel's 20th birthday this year, and its looking its age. However, if you can get past that, its a great hotel. Its very clean, my Dad always gets up super early and he said there was always an army of cleaners at work. We were only there a week, and we had our bedding changed once mid-week, and our towels were changed as we wanted them. There were absolutely no problems with cleanliness.
The location was excellent. Its on 'bar street' so about 2mins from the bars if you're there to party, 5mins from the seafront with all the restaurants, shops and bars down there (perfect for a walk at lunchtime or after dinner), and ten minutes from the harbour area, so there's always somewhere to go. We didn't use the buses, but there was a bus stop about 5mins walk away.
The rooms were a bit tired but spacious enough - there were 3 adults in our room and we had plenty of room. The beds are quite hard, especially the camp bed I was in, but we asked for an extra mattress and then it was fine. Storage was limited, especially in terms of draws. Our bathroom had obviously been re-furbished, and would have been a good size, but the sink was absolutely massive, on a large cabinet, so it probably halved the available space in the bathroom. The two negatives about the room were the fact that all 3 of us couldn't fit on the balcony, and we faced the street, and the locals had a bad habit of beeping their horns at 3am!
The service was excellent, you were always greeted with a smile and staff helped you as much as they could. We were half board, and the food definitely exceeded our expectations, as every meal we had there was tasty. There was either a variety of salads or soup to start, and then 3 main meals, with a good choice of sweets. However, I was not aware of a great deal of vegetarian choices, so veggies be warned.
The people in the self catering flats could eat there for 8 euros 50, which was the best value we saw anywhere. The drinks prices were also the cheapest we found, very unusual for a hotel, and if you didn't finish your bottle of wine at dinner they'd put it away for you for the next night.
What was nice was that there was a mixed age group in the hotel - pensioners, families with children, young people on girlie holidays, families with adult children, and all seemed to like it. I'm disabled and I'd say it was fairly accessible, but it would probably be awkward for people with no mobility. The entertainment was good, especially the Misfits/Blues Brothers and Costas' quiz on a Wednesday night. There was also a pub attached to the hotel where you could go if you didn't fancy the entertainment but wanted the same prices.
All in all, the family feel of the hotel made for a relaxed atmosphere and I'd definitely go back1
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