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St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
Ranked #2 of 95 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 9, 2011

The essential positives: an exceptional location, an elegant and well designed hotel, very well maintained, relaxed ambience and "good guests", very good but informal service, all grades of room offering something special. The rooms are stylish and uncluttered.

A special thanks to the front of house and Nicos who is very committed to making things work for his guests. This is one of those hotels where you should ask for advice and help if you need it.

We loved breakfast and lunch in the Blue Bay. The "Kafenion" greek restaurant often has very good fish, and the Minotaur restaurant is definitely worth trying. The evening buffet is perhaps a bit too samey for the price. Prices are high, but comparable to the more upmarket places in Agios - its expensive in greece now! There are good and cheaper places to find of course (there is a Greek/ pizza combo at the top of the main tourist street in Agios which was the best we found, but there are other good choices in the TA entries below). You can also use the room service menu in the evenings - they put on a good show, and it is (relatively) good value.

If you like the sea, there is some good snorkelling going up the coast - a lot better than many med locations, and there are 2 dive schools which you can access through the hotel if you want.

Many of the staff have worked there for many years, and they really do work well as a team.

Try a cocktail by the sea or on the rooftop terrace, both lovely spots.

simon w

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

We booked this hotel as it was secluded, but within walking distance of the town - it was small (100 odd rooms) and had a very clean, uncluttered look to it. Well, we booked with Thomas Cook and the cost included individual transfer - definitely recommend this if you can afford it. Everything about this hotel was superb - the staff, the location, the rooms.

What we really loved about this place was there actually wasnt much to do - other than chill out, have a drink, swim, maybe hire a canoe, have some lunch....

We loved it, especially the upgrade we were given to help celebrate our anniversary. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou - we felt very special.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

Our travel agent recommended this hotel and of course, after checking on TA, we booked to go.
We travelled with First Choice Premier and the flight out was OK. Heraklion airport is organised choas, but we eventually set off for the hotel.
Check in was friendly and speedy. The duty Manager took our luggage and us to our junior suite room No 415. He said it was his favourite room, for the views and the position in the hotel grounds - we have to agree!
The room was kept spotlessly clean and was comfortable. It does need a media update - who these days has a collection of cassette tapes & takes them away? An Ipod dock would be more useful.
The breakfast was fresh and delicious and varied every day. We had lunch at the Bay bar/restaurant once, very nice but expensive.
We trotted down to the local supermarket and purchased water, ham, fruit, cheese etc and ate on our terrace otherwise.
We ate out each night, with varied success. In Ag Nik we'd recommend Monte Mare, definately NOT Knossos unless chips with everything is your thing.
In Elounda - we enjoyed The Ferryman. Olondi would have been as good if they had got the lamb right, but the owner did everything he could to make up for it. He was very upset that the lamb was not his usual excellent quality.
The staff at the hotel were extremely pleasant and helpful, we couldn't fault any of them.
The cocktail reception was an interesting affair, where you could mingle or watch the other guests, always enjoyable!
We very rarely return to an hotel, but this could prove to be one of those that choose to return to. Other guests are mostly repeat vistors. some even over the last 30 years.
Well done to the St Nicolas Bay Hotel - just the restful break we needed.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

not the normal review but just wanted to share an experience.i stayed for 15 days this year from the 21 aug.on the 6th day whilst out jogging i took a heavy fall and injured a
leg which resulted in around 20 stitches around my knee.
The hotel,especially front office manager Nicos Demetzos was magnificent,he got a member of staff to drive me in his own car to hospital to help translate and ensure i was seen immediately.So much so that i was back at the hotel patched up in one hour ten minutes.Two further visits to the hospital for dressing changing was personally organised and supervised by Nicos.
It was the hieght of season,hotel full and the injury squarely down to me,however Nicos and the team couldn t have been more supportive in ensuring my family and i made the most of a very frustrating few days ,i can t thank them enough and we will certainly return.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

This was our second visit to St Nicolas Bay and the very first time that we have revisited a hotel where we have stayed before.

It was exactly how we remembered it - a great room, friendly staff and a very relaxed atmosphere.

It is definitely on the list to revisit again - I know what I am going to get and for sheer relaxation, it cannot be bettered.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Fiona B
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

We stayed here a couple of years ago and came back because we really enjoyed it first time around. We don't normally visit the same place twice but knew we'd be okay here and we we not disappointed. By coincidence, we had the same room as last time so can only comment on this to day it was just as good as last time.

Breakfasts are good, lunch by the beach is good but expensive although to be fair, you can share one salad between two as they are quite large. We only ate in the hotel once in the evening, it was good but again, expensive and I quite enjoyed the walk to Agios for the evening meals, there's a few tavernas's on the way as well but the walk only takes 30 minutes to get to the centre. There was food of similar quality and less expensive in the centre. Couple of decent meals at Migomis (Quite expensive at about 100 euro including bottle of wine for 2 but great food and view), Knossos (Half way to Agios from the hotel) which was friendly and a lot cheaper (50 euro with bottle of wine for 2).

The area around the beach is clean and tidy and the water is lovely and clear. We didn't bother with the pool area as we liked the breeze from the sea to keep us cooler.

I'd go again for a 3rd time so I guess that says it all !

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

St Nicholas B.ay Hotel a very nice place to spend a holiday. Wonderful location will also take a lot of beating

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Additional Information about St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

Address: Thessi Nissi 10, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#4 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range: $252 - $2,637 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A spacious Balcony or Terrace in each Room or Suite provides a private and secluded open air lounge to sit and relax with great sea views.- From the secluded privacy of your room balcony / terrace only 2 minutes walk through flower scented gardens to reach the private sandy beach and sunbathing terraces. ... more   less 
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