After reading the above average reviews about Akrotiri (and especially George the proprietor!) before travelling I was really hoping it would live up to them, and it certainly did not disappoint! Having recently returned both myself and my boyfriend wish we could get the next plane back as it is truly a gem and in our opinion one of the best spots in Agios Nikolaos.
The rooms are basic but clean (our room was tidied and we were given fresh towels every day) and they each have stunning views over the bay and on to the town itself. Yes the bathrooms are small but as modern as you need and most important of all have a powerful shower which never runs out of hot water!
If you think the views from the rooms are good then the wait until you see the views from the bar and pool area – amazing! To wake up every morning and have breakfast in that setting sets up your day perfectly. Breakfasts are simple but totally up to scratch with fresh bread, cheese, ham and freshly cooked eggs however you like them to order.
The nearest beach is Almiros (which you can reach by a bit of a rugged hill walk from the hotel in less than 5mins) which is by far the best beach in the area. It is sandy, you can rent loungers/umbrellas and there is a beach café as well as a water sports area. Also at the river end is a fab Pool Bar which serves great lunch food and Mythos beer in frozen glasses. We found the staff here friendly and they pay excellent chilled music.
For us the location of the hotel was perfect as all we wanted to do was relax but I think those wanting a bit of a crazy one might not be so happy. As other people have stated it is at least a 30/40min walk into town which we didn’t find a problem but I can imagine it could be for some. The walk after dark is a bit treacherous so definitely pack a torch if you don’t want to get taxi’s/drive everywhere.
The town itself is pretty mixed. The lake is fine for a drink (we liked Café Du Lac best) but I wouldn’t recommend eating by the water itself, the waiters have fantastic persuasion skills and don’t leave you alone until you take a table - annoying! We preferred the restaurants and bars nestled away from the lake and around both harbour areas. They are generally cheaper, serve better food and depending on where you go can be very traditional or totally cosmopolitan.
I think that’s most of it covered but I can’t go without mentioning the man himself – George! He was always there to help whether it be opening the bar up to cook us pizza on our arrival, cooking us and the rest of the hotel the most mouth-watering lamb meal for the best night of the holiday or letting us have our room until 7pm on check-out day so we could have a shower before we left at no extra charge! He was a true star and along with his lovely staff I’m sure are what make the Akrotiri so special! Stay there!
- Also Known As:
- Akrotiri Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Akrotiri Hotel Crete/Agios Nikolaos