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Istron Bay Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Istron
Reviewed August 26, 2012

The hotel is 10 minutes from Agios Nikolaus ( I think is the most beutiful and atrractive city in Crete). so it's quite but still not to far. The hotel is very othentic and not modern, and so are the rooms.
The is amazing, The private beach is also amazing. We stayed at the hotel 5 days and were very satisfied, but was one big problem:The food is terrible.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

The hotel is located in a very nice gulf with a beautiful beach (next to one of the best in the area: Vulisma). It is great place also as a base for excursions around Lasithi.Staff is great and always very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is excellent: recommendation to add some traditional tastes (eg. pita). Rooms are really big, we really enjoyed the space!!! The hotel is quite old and although it is well maintained and very clean, renovation will be required shortly. Wi-fi should be considered to be offered for free.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Maria G
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We have stayed 4 nights in this nice hotel in August 2012, in 2 rooms, parents with three youngsters.
The hotel has lot of nice positive things, but some things were disappointing and need improvement.
Some Positive things:
Friendly and helpful hotel staff, we had good reccomendations where to go and what to do, as well as a good will to resolve any problem.
Very nice view of the bay
Hotel is clean
Nice swimming pool, Nice beach, Excellent food

Disappointing issues:
Wi-Fi:
I paid 10 Euro for 200 minutes of connection in public areas (If you are lucky, you may have wifi coverage in your room). I would expect from a 5-star hotel to have free wifi in all rooms.
No Shampoo:
Only two small soap sticks in the bathroom, if you need more soap on following days, you need to ask for it. No Shampoo, nor conditioner. At the hotel shop they sell only small medical shampoo at a high price of 12 Euros. You have to discover by yourself that there is an outside Supermarket, 15 minutes walk from the hotel, where they sell a good shampoo, in a larger bottle at less than a quarter of the price.
There is a safe in the room, but I had to pay 7.50 Euros to use it.
The Air condition in both rooms did not work and we were without aircondition for 24 hours, in each one of the rooms. In one room the aircondition also leaked and there were lots of water on the room floor and continuous noise of drops during sleeping time (we had to shut down the aircondition). We had to ask three times, morning, noon-time and again in the evening, until problem fixed.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank FamilyW140812
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We spent one week of our holidays in this hotel. Room was spatious but need some refurbishing, looks a bit used. Very nice small beach marked with blue flag, pool with salt water. Food good and enough, just in a 4* hotel the orange juice served for breakfast should be made from a concentrate. Staff very friendly.

Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

we recently stayed at the istron bay hotel and found it an oasis of quite off a very busy road. this family run hotel which we first stayed at 15 years ago, is still a "class outfit". i would not recomend going with chidren, as the food is mainly cretan cooking ,but delicious, this hotel is a perfect chilling out spot.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights with my daughter. I booked this hotel based on the previous reviews. Before booking my husband wrote the hotel to ask if they offer sight seeing tours and how far is the hotel from the airport. They replied and I quote " you can book tours to all destinations from reception and that it will take 65-75 min to the hotel."
The drive to the hotel took 2.5 hours and on the way back 2hours and 10 min more than the flight from Israel !!! ( Includding pick ups from 3 other hotels)
When I arrived to the hotel I was told that they only offer walking tours !! The only place that we could visit was Agios nikolas 30 min by bus. The other 4 days we were stuck in the hotel we tried calling tourist agencies to arrange a bus tour but they said that the hotel is to far to pick us up. There is no airconditioning in any of the public areas including the dining room so the wifi they offer only in public area is useless nless you dont mind to sweat like a pig. They offer 3 resteraunts but only one was open. The pool was large but with salt water. Allot of stairs to get to the dining room, we were very dissapointed This is no way a 5 star hotel
No shampoo in the rooms only soap everything costs extra the safe the wifi and even the ping pong racks

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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10  Thank ManoloRehovot
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

The hotel is nice and wonderfully located on its own quiet beach. The front of house staff are friendly and helpful. We stayed in the grounds of the hotel in the Istron Bay Villas which give use of all the hotel facilities. The overall ownership seems to be the same extended family. The villas, managed by the excellent Dmitris, are exceptionally good - each with it's own pool - but the children in our large group found the beach and the large hotel pool irresistable. All went perfectly until one child cut herself badly on the metal steps of the hotel pool, and in trying to locate the cause two others were also cut. The receptionist expressed concern but said that there was no maintenance staff to deal with the problem, and it seems that the management did not bother. Together with other guests we sealed off the steps, but from subsequent correspondence the management admitted to doing nothing for four days to remedy a simple problem which exposed all the hotel and villa guests to unnecessary danger This poor reaction to a simple safety issue was a major surprise and a nasty shock.

Overall the hotel, and especially the villas, are idyllic. Apart from the safety issue the only gripe was the imitation orange juice for breakfast. In summary the management's attitude and response to a simple problem, the location of which was clearly pointed out to a number of staff and in writing to the management, was appalling and certainly does not fit well with the general helpfulness and concern of their friendly staff.

If you decide to use this otherwise very nice hotel be aware that the management does not seem to care.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Istron | Agios Nikolaos, Istron, Crete 721 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Istron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Istron
Price Range: $36 - $311 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Istron Bay Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 142
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