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Hotel Lisa Mari Beach
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Reviewed October 13, 2006

After reading the first review on this hotel it has prompted me to write about our worst holiday experience yet.

Firstly, Bali is a beautiful picturesque area and worth a visit just to sit and look at the mountains and calm sea.

The first room we were sent to was on the ground floor and opened straight onto a public path and was not at all practical to leave the door open because of lack of privacy. The furniture was painted grey and very basic. It felt more like a beach changing hut than a hotel room.

We rejected this ground floor room and asked to be moved. The second room was on the first floor above the taverna and had at least got a private balcony.
The beds were very creaky, and we used a blanket as a buffer in the gap between the beds.There was a small dresser with 2 tiny drawers, not big enough for clothes really, a mirror and a chair was on one wall. Also there was 1 bedside cabinet, with a tiny drawer, suitable for reading matter and a fridge next to the bed, which was in effect the second bedside cabinet. The fridge and air con constantly made noises throughout the night as the power surged on and off, making sleep almost impossible.

The bathroom was in need of regouting and needed somewhere to hang the shower head. The shower had a dangerous small step into it, about 1" in depth, and the room flooded the first time we used it. We were there for 4 days before we had any hot water as they use solar panels to heat up the water.

My husband could not shave at all as it is virtually impossible to shave in cold water. We were constanly sweaty and didnt feel at all clean.
it would have been useful to have a kettle to use in the rooms- normally I pack a travel kettle but have rarely used it as previously the rooms have had kettles in them....we could have done with it this time.

Maids took the rubbish out of the rooms regularly, but only replaced the sheets and towels every 4 days. The sheets still didnt smell too fresh and the towels were threadbare. Good job we didnt need to use them too much as we only had 2 showers each whilst there.

We only used the pool once in the week, it was cool and fairly clean, although we didn't see it being cleaned. There was nothing to hold onto once in the pool, but it wasn't too deep as I could touch the bottom all the way around the edges. In the ful week we were there we only saw 1 person in the pool at once as it was rather small. The sunloungers were occupied by dogs laying on them!

We were booked in for half board, but found the meals were not to our taste, and had to buy more meals in local tavernas. Breakfast consisted of cold processed meat, cheese, bread, cake, butter, yohurt and honey, and cereals. Some mornings there were boiled or fried eggs, well, we think they were fried. Juice, coffee and hot water from a machine to make tea and coffee. I usually drink tea and found that they only had peach teabags which tasted awful. The evening meals consisted of salads, and 2 choices of 'hot' food and there were grapes and fruit available. The food looked very unappetising and we both only ate salad and grapes all week from the hotel.

The cats at the hotel seem to be constantly hungry and everyone was feeding them.....a word of warning....DONT! We are both cat lovers and I gave the cat my bread and butter only to be bitten quite badly and needed to go to the medical centre for treatment.

The only entertainment that we saw at the hotel was a Grecian night which was an extra 15€. How can they ask for payment for an evening meal when it had already been paid for? This entertainment was on the monday night and as we were to be up and ready for 4am the next morning, it was not appreciated.

The electricity went off quite often, especially during the night, there were often no hot drinks in a morning. It was especially difficult if you needed to use the bathroom during the night.

We found that the car hire from a local car hire firm was good value and a good way to see the island. We visited most of the main areas going as far as Agia Nikolas in the East and Hania in the west, and crossed the White mountains to Agia Galini on the South Coast, which is a beautiful little village cut right into the cliffs.
Watch out for police in unmarked cars, speed limits and pot holes as sometimes the roads just turn from lovely paved roads into dirt tracks. There are often diversions as they have land slips, and the maps are not always accurate, some roads were just not on the map. Take plenty of time on the mountain roads as they are very narrow, but the best views of the island can be seen from venturing up them.

We would suggest parking up as soon as you see a car park and venturing into the main centres on foot.

If you get chance, take a mountain bike up into the mountains for the best views!

As this was our first visit to Crete, we were not very impressed with the standard of hotels and would not consider returning.

We returned home on the Tuesday and went straight out to book a Cruise for January as we felt so tired and needed another holiday to recover!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank DeeBee132
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Reviewed October 1, 2006

Cretan hotels can have treacherous features.
I loved the island of Crete. Ever since I was a little schoolgirl, reading old, traditional Greek legends, I wanted to visit this island to visit the Palace of Knossos - reputedly where Theseus fought & slew the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. So after more than 30 years of waiting, I actually went - accompanied by my husband and my brother.

I thought I had picked a hotel ever so carefully from the "Olympic Holidays" brochure. The little village of Bali seemed just the place I wanted to go to. A real little Cretan fishing village - not some heavily, "over-touristised", great "concrete jungle" of a place specially built for holiday-makers. I wanted to see the real Crete; and Bali is nestled in between high mountains at the back and a really lovely, sandy beach by the bay.

I was right about the location: Bali is beautifully sited and a lovely little village, (though it had far more small hotels than I expected).
The surroundings of the hotel (the Lisa Marri in Bali) were very attractive to look at; and it was just lovely in the early morning to eat breakfast in an open-sided breakfast room / lounge, whilst looking at the mountains and the gardens. It felt like a rich man's privilege.

But then the disappointment started.
The hotel accommodation was VERY POOR standard.
Our bedroom was a bare, undecorated, concrete box, with a few scanty pieces of cheap furniture. Inside, it looked more like a big shed or a garage than a bedroom. It had been advertised as a "most comfortable hotel" : but comfortable it was NOT!!

The shower/ WC was awful and downright DANGEROUS..
The shower had neither curtains nor fixed doors, and the shower head had no mountings on the wall. It was simnply stuck behind the taps, and had to be hand-held. There was nothing to stop the water going all over the floor - and of course it did. There were no bath-mats of any kind; and when I stepped out of the shower on my first morning, I had a nasty accident. I slipped ion the wet floor, and crashed down, very painfully, on to the ceramic tiles. I broke at least one rib, and received a massive & hideous bruise (nearly the size of my hand). I went into the pool thinking cool water would soothe it, but it was far too painful to swim with - and I would have drowned if I had tried as I couldn't get into the correct swimming position. I spent the whole of that week in a lot of pain.

I complained immediately to the Olympic rep, who was utterly horrified; but then she told that's the worst feature of Cretan hotels. They all have awful shower/ WC - even the expensive ones don't seem to believe in proper shower cubicles, curtains, wall mountings. I said they could at least supply proper bath-mats - cork ones are the best. She spoke to the manager, who never came near me to apologise - in fact, any time he saw me he either avoided me, or glared at me silently. Olympic seemed to take a "couldn't-care-less" attitude, even though the rep. phoned them more than once. They had the attitudce that it was buried in the "small print" somewhere, that clients should be aware that in other countries the plumbing wasn't always of the same high standards as in countries like Britain; and it was up to the clients to watch themselves. I thought that attitude was utterly despicable. It wouldn't have cost much for Olympic to make it condition of the contract with the hotel, that proper bath-mats & cubicles were supplied; - But they didn't.

That wasn't the only disappointment.
We only had 2 poor quality single beds, I had asked for a double.
I asked for a ground floor room if possible, becasue of my husband's walking difficulty: but I didn't expect one with a door which opened directly on the outside path, right at the corner of another path, where people were always walking back & forth.
There was only one small window, so we tended to keep the door open a lot for ventilation - very little privacy there. There was no air-comnditioning, you had to pay for a fan - but it didn't do much good; it just made a noise. The air was stifling at night - how could we keep the door wide-open while we were in bed? Between that, the pain in my ribs, and the noise from the bar until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, and the less than comfortable single bed, I didn't get get much real sleep at all.

The breakfasts were very boring and not really adequate. Every morning, nothing but boiled eggs, bread, cake & jam, with coffee & orange juice. No cereals, no yoghourt, no sliced meats or fruit salads of any kind.

The swimming pool ( of which the hotel was so proud) was small, deep, withy any handrails, and totally unsuitable for children. If it had more than 3 people in it at once, it was already crowded.

Altogether, the Lisa Marri - (which I thought would be really nice) was the one of the most hopeless hotel I've ever been in. I wasn't looking for a luxury hotel, but I didn't expect the accommodation to be so awful.

Still, Crete was utterly gorgeous. I particularily recommend a visit to the Melidoni Cave, the Arkadi Monastery, and Souda Bay.
BEWARE, however of narrow mountain roads. They are VERY SCARY, as they have no safety barriers, even at places where there is a steep vertical drop down. Not for the faint-hearted or the greenhorn driver. BEWARE also of the way that Cretan drivers don't care whther they drive on the left or on the right : they just drive down the middle of the road anyway.
Watch yourselves if driving a hired vehicle..

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