My boyfriend and I stayed for one week all-inclusive at the Coral Hotel and we never wanted to leave. We paid extra for the sea-view which was worth every penny and more. I couldn't wait to open the curtains every morning!
Transfer from Heraklion took two hours as there were so many drop offs along the way. We missed dinner by a long way so they had left two salads and some water in the fridge for us which was very nice.
Room was great - we had air con, a safe, a TV, a kettle and teabags / coffee / hot chocolate (plus powdered milk - good thinking!), dressing table, room phone, and a hairdryer in the bathroom. The maids cleaned it every day and brought fresh towels and bedding. We were also provided with a beach towel each.
Pool area was nice too. It's a rooftop pool so I often felt a bit like I was on a cruise! Great views out over the bay, free drinks and ice cream for all inclusive guests whilst snacks were half price. Never had any trouble getting a sun lounger, and there was direct sun there from first thing in the morning until about half five. The pool wasn't massive but there were only ever a couple of people in it anyway, just having a dip to cool down. It would be a waste to have a bigger pool really as the sea is right outside the front of the hotel.
The pebble beach across the road from the hotel is just great. It doesn't look a deal from the road but we gave it a go and ended up spending most of the days there. The pebbles are plenty comfy enough to lie on (although you can hire sun loungers for 2.50 and parasols for 2 euros), the sea was lovely to swim in and there were buoys to mark out the safe area, and they also have scuba diving there. If you want sandy beaches there is one a five minute walk to the left, and one ten / fifteen minutes to the right. I would recommend the one on the right, you have to walk through town but the sea there is so calm that it's like being in a huge Swiss lake (just a lot warmer!)
The food was lovely, all buffet style so you can try whatever you want. Breakfast was full English, continental, bread, fruit, cereals, yoghurt, etc. Lunch and dinner had plenty of different dishes - usually spaghetti, lots of nice fish, different meat dishes, rice, potatoes, veg, pizza, etc, and they had some traditional Greek dishes too. More salad than I ever seen in my life - all very fresh. Dessert was a selection of cakes / mousse and there was always ice cream and sauce. At lunch and dinner the waitresses took drink orders at the table. They gave us a packed lunch when we went for a day out - this was a ham and cheese sandwich (they put butter and a tomato in the bag so you could add what you wanted), an apple and a boiled egg.
The bar downstairs was fine for a drink or two in the evening. It wasn't the most amazing decor (the furniture reminded me a bit of a sixth form common area) but the staff were lovely (as they were through the whole hotel) and we enjoyed just having a drink there before / after dinner and then walking into town (five / ten minutes to the right). It's not the sort of place you could sit in all night every night, but that's not what we wanted. They had one or two nights of entertainment in the week we were there but we didn't see it as we were usually walking around the town.
We left late on the last day (9pm pick up) but we had to check out of the room by 12 noon. I was a bit unsure about how that would work but they gave us somewhere to store our luggage and provided a room where we could have a shower and get changed later on so we could still go the beach and freshen up afterwards, they left lots of towels and shower gel for everyone to use. There is only one room though so don't leave it til the last minute because you might have to wait for other people to finish! As we were so late leaving they let us have an extra evening meal free of charge which made life a lot easier too (our board was meant to be Tuesday evening til the following Tuesday lunch).
I really can't emphasise enough what a lovely hotel this is. We were just looking for a sunshine getaway to chill out after a busy year, but we somehow stumbled upon this little gem. Perfect location, great service and it didn't break the bank!
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Coral Hotel Aghios Nikolaos
- Coral Hotel Crete/Agios Nikolaos