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“Lovely family hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dolphin Bay Family Beach Resort

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Dolphin Bay Family Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Galissas
Dymchurch
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4 reviews
“Lovely family hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Was a little apprehensive about staying here for 8 night as we were 9 adults and 4 children aged 5,7,11 and 14, but no need to worry. This hotel was was excellent for everybody of all ages and was in an excellent location,The receptionists were very kind and helpful, and the restaurant and bar were very good. Eleni, who runs the hotel shop was also very friendly and will even teach you some Greek. The rooms we had were in different areas of the complex. We had 2 family rooms, each had 2 bedrooms and plenty of space, and 3 studios, which were also spacious and were cleaned daily. The studios which are surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees, were in an elevated location, but there is a lift if you dont want to climb up the stairs or walk up the hill. This hotel is mainly used by Greek families, and the restaurant was a little noisy, but had a great atmosphere and everyone was very friendly. No hen or stag parties at the hotel, just couples and families having a good time and a perfect place for children. The pool area was clean and you can walk from the pool to the beach in seconds. Galissas is a small village with a few shops, restaurants and bars. We found the restaurant Savvas to be excellent, also the small sports bar has a couple of Sky Sports channels and a pool table. Syros has lots of lovely beaches and restaurants to explore which are easily reached by bus, costing around 1.70euros each wherever you go. The main town of Hermoupolis is well worth a visit, although it is busy, there is lots to see. In the evening, when it is cooler, you can wander along the narrow streets or port side, or stop for a drink and a bite to eat at one of the many taverns. We reached Syros by flying to Mykonos and taking the ferry the same day. The Dolphin Bay hotel arranged a bus to pick us up at the port for a cost of 30 euros for the 13 of us. On our return journey, we stayed in Mykonos overnight to enable us to get the lunch time flight back and this was a perfect way to end our holiday. We will definitely return to the Dolphin Bay hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Athens, Greece
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

The only good thing about this hotel is the staff. Rooms are very old and not clean. The reception is old, loud and gloomy. It took me over 10 minutes to climb to my room which was far from the reception and had to take 2 old and creaky elevators. Breakfast was loud and poor. The pool area does not look clean. Would definitely not stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sandefjord, Norway
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140 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Ok place if you are on a family trip. Pretty big resort with the rooms spread some around. (If you have problems walking this is not the place for you!)

Takes about 20 minutes taxi drive from the pier to get there.

Some mixed feelings about this hotel as I am not very fond of this kind of resorts but worth mentioning is that we were welcomed by maybe the most wonderful receptionist ever. Fantastic!

The apartment we lived in was nice. Spacious and clean. Small porch is the only drawback. (Make sure you ask for a big porch when reserving the room. )

It was crowded when we visited the place making the breakfast nearly looking like a warzone. The food was ok but I’m not fond of lining up in queues to get my food. The tavern located in the hotel is more like a café. Most of the dishes served were ready made and tasted like it also. I recommend too visit one of the nearby tavern’s for a greater food experience.

The beach is located joust meters away if you don’t fancy the pool but like nearly or other beaches in Greece they charge you well to rent the sunbeds.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Oistein_O
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Northamptonshire
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a week as part of a wedding party and it would be difficult to pick holes with the overall experience at the hotel.
Ferry times were awkward and with children it was long and difficult to get there and we left a day early due to the same reason but the hotel were very helpful in assisting us financially and practically to spend night at Mykonos. It was really worth it to make the effort.
Mainly Greeks at hotel which made it feel less international than at many mainstream hotels and the better for it. Good beaches near to hotel and nearby. The island capital is only 25 minutes away and very attractive and lively in a Greek way rather than the headline British way abroad.
Hotel very quick to respond to requests and good standard of facilities and cleanliness. Enough good eating places in Galissalas to complement Hotels offerings.
Super pool and children loved water slide. Breakfast busy and plentiful perhaps a little more variation needed and there could have been a little more organised activities for older children without the need to change the feel of the hotel. Great experience and great value.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Honeysuckle33
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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had our wedding in the dolphin bay on 1st june 2013 it was a greek irish affair and we couldnt be happier with the way everything went!! We had guests from all different countries and continents, new zealand, australia, america, holland, ireland, italy, greece and all said it was the best wedding they ever attended. Everyone loved the venue, in its picturesque setting! The staff were unbelievably accommadating, friendly and helpful! We were greeted with a smile and restaurant reccommendation everyday! The staff never stopped smiling even when we kept them up til 6.30am with guitar playing and singing!!! The cleaners were in and out in a jiffy leaving only a pleasant smell behind them. As for the food, all was delicious 2 of our guests were chefs and they were very impressed. The place is organised very well and all staff speak english to a very high standard, the management very friendly and helpful and reember you :-) the huge swimming pool and new twisty water slide brought everyone back to their childhood, big and small kids had a blast going up and down all day. The beach is a stones throw away along with beautiful prefumed flowery grounds. Overall, all i can say is they made our days there perfect! Thank you dolphin bay and we hope to come back before the year is out!!! Linda and evangelos C :-)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Linda K
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We arrived by chance and had a lovely room overlooking the beautiful bay of Galissas. The Hotel has lovely well maintained gardens and a superb swimming pool.
The staff could not be more helpful, especially George in the restaurant (despite being a Chelsea supporter!) The buffet breakfast was first class.
If you want a quiet, relaxing beach holiday this is the place to come.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Pauline M
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Athens, Greece
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31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed recently in this hotel having half board for more than a week. This was the second time I stayed there, the previous one being more than a decade ago.

Overall happy with the experience of staying there. It's main advantage and the reason for choosing it was its location which is next to best beach of Syros, which is also perfect for young children as it is sandy and deepening very slowly. The people working have been very helpful and friendly and these include the people in reception, restaurant, bar, bell boy and cleaning ladies. There were lots of facilities mainly for children (3+ years) including playground, kids movies and swimming pool. Quality of food was ok, nothing great though. The room was so and so, okay in terms of space but with a very small veranda which if you pay significantly more for a sea view you want to enjoy. The room was not thoroughly cleaned when we checked in but a call in the reception fixed it.

I would stay again and I recommend it but for families that have children that are at least three year old. It can be also a good hotel for couples but be advised that is full of families

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Dolphin Bay Family Beach Resort
Address: Galissas Beach, Galissas 841 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Syros > Galissas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Galissas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Bay Family Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dolphin Bay Hotel is an elegant, relaxing and classically beautiful 4* hotel, built amphitheatrically in the traditional Cycladic architectural style, will impress you with its multi-level architecture, its natural stone structures and its typical Aegean blue and white color scheme.Located in the large gulf of Galissas only 7km from the capital of the island the stunning medieval Ermoupolis, overlooks the largest and most well organized sandy beach of the island awarded with Blue Flag by E.U. All rooms are beautifully decorated and have private terraces or balconies, A/C, direct dial telephone, color satellite TV, radio channels, fridge, safety deposit box, hairdryer.Friendly service, tranquil surroundings and excellent quality are the secrets of the success of Dolphin Bay’s Food and Beverage departments, large selections and unique tastes at the Breakfast and Dinner Buffets at the Posidonia Restaurant, daily Greek traditional and Mediterranean cuisine at Cavos beach Tavern with its great sea view, if you love exotic cocktails you can relax at our large size swimming pool, while enjoying a nice and refreshing drink by visiting the Day & Night pool bar and enjoy your evening coffee or drink at the Ermoupolis bar. It is a perfect base for a relaxing holiday and exploring the attractions of the Island. Serves also as an excellent GATEWAY towards other Islands of The Aegean Sea as Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorin. A unique combination of a warm atmosphere and high standards of service, in our hotel every last detail is carefully designed to please our guests and you will find everything that is required to make your holidays in Syros a wonderful experience and you’ll love us for it. ... more   less 
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