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Minos Beach Art hotel
Ranked #2 of 94 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
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“Wonderful sea, nice ambiance”
Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

We spent two days in Minos Beach Hotel and the overall impression was positive. If your first priority is a crystal clear blue sea where you can swim freely without people making jetski, water ski or other annoying things around you then this hotel is the right place for you. We stayed in a seafront bungalow and we saw that many seafront and all waterfront bungalows are very close to the sea; so from your room it takes less than a minute being in the water :))
We also observed that there were not many children around and the majority of the hotel clients were couples without kids.
The staff were always polite and proffessional. Especially the girls working in the restaurant, two ladies in the beach bar and porters deserve a special thank.
Overall we enjoyed our room, spacious and modern. Bed was new and not so hard but not so soft either.
We stayed on halfboard and had two dinners in the hotel, they were OK but not that great. Breakfasts were better though.
My only critisism would go to the bathroom in our bungalow. Bathroom really needed some improvement. It looked old and it was very hard to close its door. Also the stable shampoo cups on the walls looked cheap in such a nice hotel.
Overall it was a very nice two days for us in Minos Beach and would like to stay again in this beautiful hotel.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Dear Senol,

Thank you very much for coming to Minos Beach and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read, that you enjoyed your short, but relaxing stay in Minos Beach. Also for your suggestion we are very thankful, as it helps us to improve.

It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again and that you stay a bit longer with us!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

When we arrived and stayed our first night at the junior suite we were really dissapointed . The room was dark , two singles beds together and the Tv was so small that we couldnt see it from the bed. The day after We have complained and the hotel manager had offered us a superior room with a discounted rate. We were then very happy with the room and all the rest of the hotel .... Beautiful location, great service and lovely food !!! The colour of the sea is breathtaking .... Try to get the sunbead on the beach !! Very relaxed ... We have an amazing time

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear Priscilla,

Thank you very much for choosing Minos Beach and sor sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a pleasant flight home.

We appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read, that you enjoyed your well deserved holidays. Your compliments for the whole team are a big motivation to continue giving only the best to our guests.

For us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

The hotel is beautiful, set in its own grounds on the waters edge. We stayed in a superior suite with a sea view and have to say the views were amazing.
The food was good quality, part buffet and part waitress service. We paid extra to have the Lobster night meal in the La Bouillabaisse restaurant, the meal was excellent and so was the service. The service in the other restaurant was good but a little slow sometimes.
Drinks were quite expensive and this resulted in people going out of the hotel in the evenings, making the evenings every quiet.
We arrived on a late flight and was given a bag with sandwiches on arrival and had wine and fruit in our room.
We will defiantly be returning.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear guests,

Thank you very much for coming to Crete and for staying in Minos Beach. We hope you had a smooth flight home.

We are very pleased to read that you really enjoyed your well deserved holidays and especially the lobster dinner with the very nice view from our gourmet restaurant. Thank you also very much for your open words concerning the main restaurant. When we are fully booked, indeed sometimes it might last a bit longer, but we are doing our best in order to quick and correct service to our guests.

For us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we are looking very forward to see you again!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Good location within walking distance of centre of Agios Nikolaos. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent food (and lots of it). Also useful having a watersports centre right next door - try the dive centre - the best!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear Tony,

Thank you very much for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read that you enjoyed your well deserved holidays and especially the food and our service.

For us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Stamford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have just returned from two weeks at the Minos art hotel. We can thoroughly recommend it for a great unwind. Our junior suite villa was spacious, clean, with great views, and considering they are built in clusters around the grounds, we had ample privacy. Our only gripe with the room would be the VERY hard beds. The staff were attentive and cheerful especially the two ladies running the beach bar - maybe the guy on reception could learn a thing or two off them, grumpy wasn't the word. The food is fantastic with great variety and considering the varied clientele, they manage to cater for all .We did struggle to get sunbeds on the beach as some guests were going down to the beach at 6am to reserve them, fair enough if you are planning on using them all day, but there were several days when every sunbed had a towel on it..yet no one showed up until lunchtime, maybe the hotel management need to address this issue??? All in all...a great tonic.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Sarah,

Thank you very much for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We are very pleased to read that you appreciate especially the privacy of the bungalows, the cleanliness and the food. Concerning the beds we would like to add, that each person has individual needs and habits concerning his sleep comfort. If somebody feels his matrass too hard, with pleasure we provide several kinds of toppers in order to customize the beds to each individual needs - just a short information at the reception is needed.

Normally we have more than enough sunbeds in the hotel at the pool, at the platforms surrounding the hotel and at the beach - so reservation is not needed. It is not our policy or our philosophy to remove personal belongings of our guests from the sunbeds and we also do not want to disturb our guests in this way. Therefore we kindly ask our guests to behave themselves considerately and not to reserve sunbeds.

Dear Sarah, for us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

My fiance and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Minos Beach but 7 days was definitely not enough! This was our first holiday abroad together and was perfect for a romantic stay. We enjoyed it that much that we are already looking to go back May 2014 for 12 nights for even more relaxation.

This is the most relaxing place from the start - as we arrived late we were given sandwiches which were very welcome and tasty and it was lovely to have our cases taken by a porter to our Garden View bungalow (also collected again when we were leaving). Very nice touches that I have never had before in Greek hotels.

We were on half board and ate at the Bacchus restaurant for breakfast and dinner, which were amazing, with lots of choice and very friendly and helpful staff. The freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh pancakes and omelettes at breakfast went down very well. On the Saturday night there was a lovely Gala Dinner and the Sunday was a Seafood buffet. Even though I am not a great fish eater, there was plenty of choice at the Seafood buffet. We also ate lunch on the last day at Terpsis which again was delightful, beautiful views, sat in the cool gardens.

The room was very clean and a good size. We found the beds comfortable without mattress toppers and I wish I had brought the pillows home! They were so perfect which is unusual for any hotel! Lovely to have dressing gowns and slippers too.

Yes the room could do with a bit of an update, mainly the old fashioned TV and it would be nice to have more upmarket toiletries, an IPOD dock and a coffee maker/machine. A bulb was out in our room, and we mentioned it at reception at 9.30pm and when we came back 2 hours later it had been replaced which was very impressive.

We didn't use the pool but it looked quiet and there were plenty of sunbeds even in high season. The areas down by the sea were beautiful and we found sunbeds easily. Lovely to get into the sea via the ladders but the sea is very deep straight away. Shallower at the beach though.

The gardens are absolutely beautiful and whilst the paths could be uneven, they were nothing compared to the pavements on the walk to Agios Nickolaos. Ag Nik is beautiful and worth a stroll for coffee or cocktail overlooking the lake.

The hotel staff were very helpful, always friendly and smiling.

It would be nice if the gym could open earlier (hours were 10am-5pm I think) as it would nice to go in before breakfast and before it got too hot.

Finally, I would recommend a private transfer from the airport if possible ( the very long coach journey to and from the airport via Malia is a bit of a pain).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Ann,

Thank you very much for choosing Minos Beach and for taking the time to write your nice review. We hope you had a pleasant flight home.

We are pleased to read, that you and your fiance enjoyed your week of relaxation. Your big compliments for the whole team are a big motivation to continue giving only the best to our guests.

We are looking very forward to see you again next May! This is a very nice time to travel to Crete. It's not so hot, the season just started and the island is still very green with a lot of blooming flowers everywhere.

All our best wishes and sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I loved this place, the bungalows a little tired but everything else more than made up for this. Our seafront bungalow was exactly that, in the sea with private platform over the water, choice of beach or swimming pool and lovely restaurants which served food of a very high standard. The staff were helpful and friendly. I felt very relaxed and comfortable, my bungalow was very private, will go back here!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear guests,

Thank you very much for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a pleasant flight home.

We are pleased to read, that you enjoyed your relaxing week and with pleasure we will forward your compliments as a kind of additional motivation to our team.

For us, it was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Property: Minos Beach Art hotel
Address: Akti Ilia Sotirchou, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#7 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Minos Beach Art hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minos Beach art hotel has been influenced by the traditional architectural style of fishermen’s villages of Eastern Crete. One storey, whitewashed bungalows and villas with terraces and minimal interiors are almost touching the sea. The unique environs of the hotel with its sumptuous gardens and narrow stone paved streets host the 45 works of Greek and foreign artists. In the eastern part of Crete, only a ten-minute walk from the town centre of Agios Nikolaos and a 45-minute drive from the airport of Heraklion. Exquisite decoration features, minimalist forms and Feng-Shui elements enriched by the Greek aesthetics of cotton and wood, handcrafted details, candles and water syntheses, create unique spaces and corners, making your stay in Minos Beach unforgettable. For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, we offer one presidential villa and three executive villas with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary “caressing” the sea. ... more   less 
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