I was staying at friends place in the Cretan village, Vasilopoulou, in the mountains. A beautiful house with swimming pool. And one day, quite early in the morning, I decided to visit Avra in Kolimbari, in case I would like to come back to Crete end of July - August. I have visited a standard room, which was apparently correct, as well as a suite, with private swimming pool which appeared correct as well. While walking along the outside corridors, I thought myself in a military caserna. A lake of green is sure ! On my last day in Crete, June 23, I went back for having lunch, checking the food, since in Crete, they have excellent basic products and very tasty. My first disappointment was to notice the kind of clientele, all inclusive apparently. Many families with jelling children. Since I'm not appointed by a gastronomical magazine, I just gave it a try at the pool bar and ordered a club sandwich. No taste, industrial french fries, a real shame, if you know that outside the hotel, tavernas have fresh potatoes. Beer in plastic glasses, as well as the café frappé ! According my standards it was just disgusting. Not to mention mayonnaise and ketchup in little plastic sacs. To make a long story short, this hotel, if given more warmth and green, could have success with upper class clientele. But therefore, lots of work must be done and surely not sacrifice to all inclusive clientele. Its a shame, I would have loved to come back on my own for a fortnight ! I will make it to Elouda Bay or Beach, hoping they haven't sacrifice to all inclusive !
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- Also Known As:
- Avra Imperial Beach Resort And Spa
- Avra Imperial Beach Hotel Chania Town
- Avra Imperial Hotel Crete/Kolymbari