The Coral Hotel is a Greek three star hotel. You should take that into account when you book and evaluate this hotel... you get what you pay for. If you are looking for an all inclusive holiday in luxury and are not willing to spend a euro outside of the hotel: go somewhere else. If you like an occasional lunch outside and and evening stroll in town with a beer in a pub, then this is a nice hotel.
The rooms are reasonably sized (we were staying on the 7th floor), with enough closetspace and a good sized balcony. However, it definitely needs renovation. The carpet is stained and worn, the bathroom a little outdated but functional and clean. The view from the balcony is stunning and lets you forget everything else. Seaview is definitely worth paying for, the other rooms all have views on other hotelrooms or other buildings. The TV offers a lot of different foreign channels (also BVN, Euronews, several German and French channels) but reception is poor. The hotel offers wifi which is nice, but reception depends on where in the hotel you are staying and you have to login again and again. (sometimes the reception of sisterhotel Hermes wifi is better; login codes have the same system as the codes of Coral...) The cleaning service has a lot to be desired. Sure they come everyday with clean towels and every couple of days clean sheets, and they sweep the bathroom floor. But we were staying for two weeks and not once the carpet was vacumed, I wonder if they even own a vacuum cleaner. And we had to use the same soap bar for 2 weeks... (impossible) Leaving a tip for the maid did not have notable influence.
The fresh food they offer is good. Daily you can choose from 2-3 meatdishes, 1-2 fishdishes, a vegetarian dish and several vegetables of good quality.There is also a good salad bar. Lunch and diner had different dishes and in two weeks ofcourse you see the same dishes again but never in the same combination and for example meat balls we only had twice in two weeks. There is a wide choice of pastries for desert. But, for this price, there is a downside. They rarely serve french fries and there is no icecream at the buffet (you can ask the manager but that is sort of an extra favor). And the basic, non fresh food is poor: jelly tastes chemical, pepsi coke has just a little to much water added and what they call orange juice is almost a criminal offence (for the Dutch readers: daar werden wij niet vrolijk van). And do not try cappucino: you pay extra and it tastes horrible (nescafe with too much water and some milk)
I read a lot of comments about the staff but all but one are really friendly. Try smiling yourself and see what happens... :) The lady at the pool can come across a little angry but she is simply working very efficiently and will answer friendly if you are too. One big warning though: they re-use the paper cups for soda's at the pool (yes: ieuw!). Simply take a plastic watercup and ask her to put your drinks in that.
Agios Nikolaos is a nice town with lots of bars and restaurants. We were there last two weeks of september, only the last week it became more quiet. If you like cocktails and want to try something new then definitely try Puerto Spirit and Puerto Mojito at Puerto bar (at the harbor). If you want to dine in luxury: the food at Gold Lounge Bar (main shopping street) is excellent, but it is fairly expensive (18-22 euro for a main course). The first days we went around the Dutch bars in town (why travel 2000 miles only to meet fellow countrymen?) but we have to admit: the coffee at Toedeledokie is the best in town (we tried all :)), their baguettes delicious and the homemade burgers at Obelix (opposite Ammoudi Beach) are worth the detour. Also nice to know: Agios Nikolaos is free wifi heaven; there are free accounts for 20 minutes which you can use twice a day and a lot of bars offer free wifi as well.
If you decide to go to Heraklion by car: follow the signs for Port and park there, driving and parking in the town center is horrible. And when leaving, don't count on a decent meal on the airport; it is small, crowded, hot and only has two takeaway bars with cold pizza and lukewarm fetasandwiches.
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Coral Hotel Aghios Nikolaos
- Coral Hotel Crete/Agios Nikolaos