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“Lovely place to stay, nice staff, cosy area, wouldn't recommend half board though (food not the greatest).” 4 of 5 stars
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Palm Bay Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sissi Village, Sissi, Crete 72054, Greece   |  
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Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Sissi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place to stay, nice staff, cosy area, wouldn't recommend half board though (food not the greatest).”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Had a lovely, relaxing, enjoyable holiday at the Palm Bay with my Mum in August.
We didn't arrive at the hotel until the early hours, but the older man met us at the reception and was very pleasant. He even carried one of our suitcases to our room as not to waken other guests with the noise of pulling them along.
The accommodation was really nice, reasonably sized room, with decent storage.
We were allocated a room with a massive balcony, which was great. However, our balcony attached onto a neighboring one, yet there was no divide at all. This did not effect us/the people next to us in any way, but could be an issue for some?
The hotel is situated in an ideal place, with access to a small beach just down the central path and is within reasonably close (e.g easy walking distance) to the local restaurants, shops, car hire etc.
Despite the close proximity to the small beach, we frequented a bigger beach. The bigger beach was roughly a 20min walk away, over mixed terrain (path, some slight rocks). The walk was very pleasant, as it took you along the coast of the sea; providing a breeze etc. This beach was much nicer/bigger than the beach 2 seconds away from the hotel. The only thing I would say is that the food and drink there is expensive, so perhaps take a cool-box?
The only thing we were disappointed about was the quality/choice of food at the hotel. The breakfast was o.k, we were both able to eat something everyday. The dinner however was not that great e.g. one meat option, over-cooked veg, sometimes a Greek option. I think they have tried their best to cater for the mixed tastes of Europeans, but the quality has fallen down in doing this. (The stuffed tomatoes for example were lovely, more food like that, for me, would have been preferable).
The drinks were all reasonably priced. Despite previous reviews I had read, we did not experience the 'drinking all night' image that had been painted, in fact, the bar area never seemed to be open past 11.30?
As we were disappointed with the food (although others did seem to enjoy it), we ate out several times. I would highly recommend two places within the village. As you go down the hill from the hotel towards the village there are 2 restaurants- further on than Mikes place- with 'fish taverna' written on the front (one of which also had 'steak house' written). We ate in the orange coloured place once and the other place (the one next to Hemmingways) 2 times. Both the food and the staff were exceptional! Mama Mia's was also packed every night.
There is a Norwegian bar that is really pleasant to sit and have a drink, as well as a few nice sea-front places to enjoy a cocktail or two!
Although the area itself is relatively small, the town/village area had a buzz about it at night (without being overly busy).
There are also several excursion operators in the area offering some lovely trips e.g. Santorini, Samaria Gorge, Beach BBQ, glass bottom boats etc.
We did the Samaria Gorge (which I would not recommend)! The trip begins very early, they were unrealistic with travel times (resulting in 20 hour trip overall) and the walk itself becomes very tedious. The scenery however is lovely and the swim in the Libyan Sea was great.
Overall, the holiday was great. The hotel offered a lovely place to stay, with good facilities. The surrounding area was lovely, the people were fantastic. To sum up, I would happily staff (one a self catering basis if possible) at the Palm Bay again, and would most definitely stay is Sissi again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Beautiful hotel in wonderfull garden. Excelent breakfast (many eggs :-( ) anf dinner! Near hoter is very bad beach but the beautiful beach is about 1,5 km far. Super holiday!!! Without many czech turists!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks in June. I travelled with my sister and we had seperate rooms. I expected a small pokey room which singl travellers are usually given but to my delight, we both received a double room with balcony. My sister had a lemn tree growing outisde of her balcony and my room overlooked the front of the hotel which was covered i palm trees and pretty flowering shrubs.
The hotel itself was brill - very clean, lovely pool, we ate our meals outside every day, wonderful views of the bay.
We both read the reviews of the food and were a little concerned before we arrived as we'd booked half board. The food is basic and greek. We ate in the hotel for 10 of the 14 nights and were happy with the choice and quality of food - however, we both like to try different things - if you;re an egg and chips person, you won't like it or the local restaurants either as English food is not on the menu. We ate out when we didn't fancy what was on offer and we weren't dissapointed, lots of places to chose from, all offering good home cooked food.
The sun sets were spectacular, the litle beach just a short hop from the hotel was wonderful and lovely to swim in.
We went on the glass bottom boat trip (Booked at the local agency rather than with the on site courier - much cheaper ). Had a lovely trip around thelocal area and the boat stopped in a beautiful litle bay with crystal clear water where we could jump off the boat and have a swim - even the fish joined us, it was magical !!!!!!!!
We had a brilliant time but the only recommendation I would make would be to visit this lovely resort and hotel with a partner - very romantic place whcih I would be happy to return to one day (but not with my sister !!!!)

Room Tip: Take a travel kettle, tea bags and coffee - whata difference it made !!!!!!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Hotel very clean, but rooms near the road a little noisy. The food was adequate, but don't expect Gordon Ramsay quality! The staff were very nice (especially Anna in the restaurant). A small man made beach is about 100m away, beach not great but the swimming is lovely. Make sure to take mosquito repellent, we were bitten to death!
Be cautious about organised trips to Spinalonga (lepper colony) and Knossus Palace, very interesting but too many people and not particularly well organised. The Sissi Arms Pub is very friendly and relaxing and the restaurants around the harbour were all very good. We would go back again, but this time we would make sure we had a room at the rear of the hotel. Be prepared for a cattle market reception at Heraklion Airport on your return! Enjoy!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at rear of hotel.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

Ignore,any complaints about this hotel, it is a small bit of paradise. The breakfast was varied to suit most tastes, and how anybody could say it was "mean" was not true, you could eat as much as you wanted! The rooms were clean and tidy and the surrounding pathways which were planted with palms,lemon trees and banana trees were a pleasure to walk through . Sissi harbour which is a leisurely 5 minute walk away was friendly with lovely tavernas at which most of them you can see a perfect sunset. We would love to go back there again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful week away in Sissi at the Palm Bay Hotel. In all honesty, we booked it as it looked lovely in the brochure and made a point to not check the reviews before we went so we weren't influenced.

Having read through them today, I genuinely can't understand some of the complaints. Agreed that the food was basic (we went bed and breakfast – and were happy with the choices on offer), and the rooms aren't 5 star but the hotel surroundings were stunning.

Our room overlooked the sea which was lovely to wake up to and the pool was always very clean. Sissi is a wonderful little place with more than enough tavernas and bars to choose from, and we found the locals to be very friendly and helpful. A tip would be to hire a moped or car to explore further afield, as the bus service in and out the town is a little hit and miss, and there is so much to see.

Overall, a fantastic holiday and I would highly recommend the Palm Bay.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Suffolk
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

Just come back from 1 week in Sissi. We stayed at the Palm Bay Hotel - very clean and quiet, pretty gardens with fun swing seats and lemon trees.

Sissi itself has a small harbour and a tiny patch of beach. We mainly used the pool at the hotel for swimming. Sissi has a variety of restaurants all serving good food. The best ones were Neromilos for 'to die for' meat and vegetables, Remezzo for its fish and the best calamari in Sissi and Avra for Baclavas and sea view/sunset.

The best bar we came across was Hemingways - sea view, strong cocktails (!), excellent music and good company. Run by a British couple who look after half the stray cats of Sissi - keep up the good work!

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Address: Sissi Village, Sissi, Crete 72054, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Sissi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Sissi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Palm Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
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