Although this is by far the best hotel I stayed in Greece, it's not a true 5 star. Let's start with the good things. The hotel is located on a peninsula which means almost all rooms face sea. The view in my room was simply spectacular. The best part of this resort was the landscape, gardens and beach/water. The beach was quite small but they found a way to build platforms on the rocks for more sunbeds. The water is very clear and good for snorkeling (beware of the windy days, I made the mistake of going too close to the rocks with my snorkel and fins on such a day and was almost crushed on them by the waves). The hotel also has a very deep pool filled with sea water (2.75 to 3.9m) but I can't understand why the only keep it open from 10 to 18.00 !?. Cleaning was also good and the staff very friendly and helpful. There are 2 main restaurants, one that serves breakfast and dinner and the other, located above the beach only lunch. Both of them had great views and a good selection of foods. While I can't complain about the variety of food, they could have improved the quality. The weakest I've found were juices and fruit yoghurt. The best was the omelette made by a lady in front of you with the whatever vegetables you wanted in. Overall, I've had better breakfast at 4 star hotels in western europe ! The rooms are pretty large and have a huge bed + another small one. The design and finish of the rooms is mediocre and I hated the furniture doors slamming because they didn't install sound dampers. The curtains were amazingly good at keeping the heat away but very close to the door and if you didn't completly pull them to one side, they would get ripped by the door. The bathroom was by me the weakest point of this hotel. They had enough space but yet decided to install a very narrow bathtub which is a pain to use. The sink was also badly designed and difficult to use (sink too far from the edge of the countertop made washing difficult). The fan was really cheap and noisy also !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a rocky headland above the Agios Nikolaos Bay, the Minos Palace enjoys magnificent sea views and is just 2,5 km from the city centre. Sensimar Minos Palace offers 148 units with spectacular views of the Mirabello Bay. The hotel is luxurious but personal, picturesque, having high standards of service and accommodation. Add to this its beautifully landscaped gardens and enviable beach side location. Food & Beverage Facilities: Amalthea Main Restaurant - Indoor & outdoor restaurant located near the pool area. Serving an excellent choice of Greek and International cuisine. Enjoy the table d'hote restaurant with theme evenings offering buffet style also not forgotten are vegetarians & diabetic special menus. Culinarium Inblu Taverna - a tavern overlooking the beach serving lunch, ideal for those seeking al fresco with local specialties. Bacchus Lobby Bar - match your mood for refreshments, coffees or exotic cocktails in an elegant setting by the pool. Island Beach Bar - is the ideal place to relax and socialize, offering exquisite cocktails, hot and cold beverages, light snacks gazing the sea. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, HotelQuickly and Orbitz so you can book your Sensimar Minos Palace - Adults Only reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Minos Palace
- Minos Palace Hotel Crete
- Sensimar Minos Palace - Adults Only Crete/Agios Nikolaos