My wife and I spent 2 weeks here in October. I am aiming to give information that would have been useful to us before we went but couldn't find.
Firstly, let me say that when we arrived Nektarios (Manager/Owner?) was waiting for us and carried our suitcases upto our 1 bedroom apartment on the first floor (there is no lift). He was on site quite often but not all day or every day (maybe because it was the end of season) When he wasn't a pleasant young lady was often on reception. A mobile number is provided should you need to contact them when they were not on site. Nektarios is very helpful and we had many interesting conversations and help with our Greek speaking. His dog ZEUS some kind of spaniel is absolutely gorgeous and is often wandering around.
On arrival we were given a welcome gift of a bottle of water, a bottle of wine and a plate of fruit. Our room overlooked the pool and had a very large balcony with patio doors from the lounge and the bedroom. On it were four chairs and a table and also a good clothes airer.This side of the hotel faces north so only had the sun for a couple of hours in the morning. I think earlier in the summer it would get more and also in the evening when the sun sets over Souda bay. From this side of the building you also look over the road and the bakery opposite. Some reviews have said that it is a quiet side street but in fact it is very busy during the day as it is the main route through the village (there is a crossroads just to the side of Niriides. For the first few days the noise from passing traffic bothered us but then we got used to it and it became interesting watching the world go by. Also the bakery has a counter outside where they serve freshly ground coffee. There are often locals outside chatting away to each other (upto 9pm) but again like the traffic it was quite interesting. It is quiet at night though. The rooms on the rear of the building get the sun all day and face over a garden area and would be quieter if that's what you prefer. Note - parasols are provided for balconies but plans are in place to put pergolas on the balconies so maybe they won't be so necessary in future.
The rooms are serviced 6 days a week and we got clean towels every other day and sometimes 2 days running. The bed linen is changed every 3 days.
In the kitchen area there is a oven with ceramic burners on top, a full sized fridge and various cooking impliments, cutlery and chinaware. A washing up sponge, washing up liquid and tea towels were provided.
In our lounge there was a bed for a 3rd person, a settee that was so deep it could be used for a bed and was rather uncomfortable because of the depth. There was a sausage shaped cushion at the back which you had to manipulate into position behind you to make it more comfortable.
There is a television but with very limited channels and really only BBC World News was worth watching.
The twin beds were comfortable with sprung matresses but unfortunately mine had 2 or 3 springs which pinged loudly when I turned over. There are bedside lights and cabinets. The bedroom has the air conditioning unit in it. We used it once and it was efficient but wasn't really needed in October. There is a double wardrobe with 2 drawers below. This also houses the safety deposit box .
The shower has concertina doors on 2 sides but once inside it is quite tight for space and our shower head was fixed at 7 feet height, so if you don't like getting your hair wet bring a shower cap! There was always hot water but sometimes it took a while to come through.There was a glass shelf over the sink where you can put a few toileteries but you would need to keep a washing bag in the bedroom. You are provided with a small tube of shower gel and shampoo each when you first arrive but it is not replenished. Toilet rolls though were provided throughout our stay.
We found the soundproofing of the rooms to be lacking and could hear the breathing/snoring of people in the next room. As the floors are ceramic tiles people moving about can be quite noisy as can televisions (but normally quiet after midnight). As I am a light sleeper I had ear plugs with me and when I used them I got a much better sleep.
THE POOL AREA
The whole area is kept very clean. The paved area around the pool is swept frequently and washed down when required. The pool is very clean, in fact we didn't see a cleaner pool anywhere else during our stay. As stated by others, the water is cold but if you have a shower before entering as requested it helps and once you are in it is great. We had it to ourselves most of the time. Apart from the sunbeds there are also 10 or 12 comfortable chairs with a couple of large parasols and 2/3 tables which are pleasant for eating at or reading as an alternative to laying on a sun bed.
In reception there is television and there are probably 50 or more books people have left behind
and also a few games you can use. The reception door is closed when Nektarios or the other lady are not present for security. You do get 2 keys to this door. There is also CCTV coverage of this area and outside.
In your room you put a card in the slot just inside the door to operate the electric. This is on the same ring as the door key.At night when entering the room it is hard to see the keyhole in the dark to lock the door so would recommend you have a small penlight or similar.
There are a lot of dogs in the neighbourhood which barked a fair amount during the day. We were probably more sensitive to this as we have a problem at home with neighbour's dogs.
There are 2 supermarkets within 50 yards which is really handy for carrying bottled water back to the room.
Immediately next to the Niriides was a jewellers and joining this was a cafe bar. This was closed in October, it might create some noise when open although havn't seen it mentioned in any other reviews.
There are a few tourist shops selling the usual beachware, several bars and coffee houses and about 7/8 tavernas most of which are adjacent to the sea. We went to Dimitris taverna everynight but the first (went to Lagos then and didn't like it - surprising to us as it is rated No1 in resort). At Dimitris we received good service, consistently good food and a free dessert when we didn't order one - also free raki which we declined as we don't like it. It was really lovely having dinner watching the waves roll in just a few feet away.
The beach is quite narrow but the sand is really fine and the sea crystal clear when calm and pretty warm as it is shallow.
If you bring travellers cheques as we did the only place to change them in resort is in the 2 big hotels on the front (Almyrida Residence & Almyrida Beach) with 5% commission. We found one cash machine next to the estate agents on the Plaka road. Didn't use it so not sure what cards it takes.
The buses to Chania stop right outside Niriides and there are about 4 a day cost I think about 2 euros 60 each way.
It is worth walking upto Plaka. It is a steep walk and mostly uphill but the views are great and just outside the village is a Taverna called Sunset . This has stunning views of the bay from the rear balcony and the food we ordered (stuffed mushrooms) was absolutely sublime. I am sure in mid summer the sunset from there would be absolutely spectacular.
There is car hire in resort at Flisvos. We hired a car for a week and went to many places that are worth visiting i.e. Georgioupolis, Rethymnon, Plakias on the south coast, and closer to home Kalives and Gavalachori .
To sum up, when the sun came out after 3 days of grey cold weather, the October weather was lovely and we had a really good time. During the last few days there was only one other couple on site so it was like having your own private villa! On leaving we were given a present by Nektarios - a bottle of Raki which he said would be much better than the free stuff in the tavernas and a bottle of local olive oil - it was a nice surprise.
Would we go again YES!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Niriides Hotel is a small complex of 12 comfortable apartments. Air-conditioned studio-apartments and two-room (one bedroom) apartments are situated inside a beautiful garden, each with its private bathroom, satellite TV, safe, telephone and fax facility, wireless internet and a fully equipped kitchen. There is wheelchair access and parking space. The hotel is only 150m away from the two shallow, sandy beaches of Almyrida while it also has a large swimming pool (12,5m X 6,5m) with a special section for children. Almyrida's beaches have been awarded the blue flag, a symbol of quality based on strict criteria, and there is always a lifeguard on watch. ... more less
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