In brief: We had a fantastic stay at Bellos. It was the perfect holiday for us and we look forward to staying there again; We would recommend this holiday for just about anyone.
The detail: We stayed at Bellos for 7 days. We booked 3 weeks before via Thomson and travelled from Birmingham
We got to Bellos around Midnight - you will have seen in other reviews about that “slope” down from the road to the apartments. It is steep, but its not difficult for those who are amble. We had a warm welcome from Eric who was serving at the bar. It felt very warm so we took aircon at 6 Euro per night and a safety box. (Boxes are located in reception). One of the staff showed us to our apartment. We opted for the one bedroom apartment rather than studio for a bit extra space and the fact that when we booked, it was only £10 extra. We popped back to the bar after dumping our suitcases and enjoyed a complimentary drink
The bedroom had two singles with firm, but comfortable mattresses. There was a wardrobe with lots of coat hangers. The living area had two day-beds and a dining table. The kitchen was compact, but better equipped than I expected. There was a kettle, toaster, coffee pot, 2-ring burner and various utensils. The bathroom was compact, but ok. Plenty of hot water at any time of day.
The apartments are close to the bar so was little nervous that noise could be a problem, but was really surprised. There’s really good double glazed windows and balcony door. They did a great job of keeping outside noise to a minimum. However, if you are a light sleeper, I would perhaps recommend some ear plugs - although noise from outside wasn’t a problem, the internal walls don’t keep out the noise from next door, below or above. The apartments echo quite a lot, so you can hear your neighbours drop a pin.
On our second night, three younger Dutch lads moved in next door. They came home at around 3am after a “few too many” and were very noisy. The next morning, I complained to Mrs Bellos who promised me that she would deal with it. A short while later, I passed two of the neighbours on the stairs and they apologised. After that, they were very quiet. Clientele at Bellos was either Dutch or English, and we all got on really well. It made for a very pleasant and sociable week.
We attended the Thomson welcome meeting with Becci (rep). It was useful although we didn’t take any of the arranged trips - they seemed a bit pricey
The garden area is used for sunbathing during the day. There were ample sun-loungers and none of that early morning sunbed towel-laying, although there were a few eager-beavers staking out their spot. Shade is a little limited, but can be found by moving around the garden. It never felt crowed at any time. The pool was really decent. Again, it never felt crowded or monopolised.
There were a couple of themed nights - the most notable being the BBQ and Greek Night - I wasn’t sure what to expect as previous reviews had been mixed - and I think on the night, opinion was split - although we loved it. It cost 15 Euro each. Food consisted of four types of salad, shared, some pork, kebab, sausage, jacket spud and ribs. I understand that there was alternative provided for some vegetarians. A couple of people grumbled about the food - but you wouldn’t hand over your money without enquiring what was on the menu, would you! (Although clearly some did and then whinged). Eric seated us for the BBQ, which meant there was no free-for-all to get seats and meant that we were able to chat/get to know others. (Hello Helen and Jim!!)
Another night saw a quiz for teams of four, prize of a bottle of bubbly. It was the inaugural quiz run by ‘former BBC Presenter Rick Bailey’ (no, me neither). Thursday was Karaoke night, only a few in the bar that night, but was really good. Host Eric was first up and then one-by-one most of us had a go. Again, it was a good social occasion and we really pleased to sit and chat to other holiday makers (Hello Uri and Anouk) whilst dodging the microphone.
There was also a cocktail night - a decent variety of drinks for 4 Euro each. Spirits were generally served in generous measures and every now and then, free shots were handed around.
The upstairs restaurant was better than expected. The food prices were on a par with other restaurants round and about and Maria was a most charming hostess. Each night, they had a couple of set menu specials for 12 or 13 Euro. We thought them good value. The bar snacks available during the day were good quality and very tasty.
Bellos is about 15 mins walk away from in Hersonisos town - obviously a little longer on the way uphill. Its also about a 15 min walk up to Piskopiano - a nice little village with a variety of bars and restaurants. We especially liked “Elisavet” on the main street. We ate there twice. The best Moussaka I’ve ever tasted. On Monday, Greek night in Old Hersonis is worth a visit - too about 30 mins stroll to get there, but you need to get there early to get the best seats - very surprised how busy it was. We ate at “Georgios Place”. Really nice food and atmosphere. Walking up to the villages is quite straightforward. Most of the road is lit, although there’s a couple of places without streetlamps and a torch would be handy. I understand taxi’s are easily available and reasonable, although we walked without any problem
The little shop at Bellos stocked a good selection of essentials. Prices were ok - no more than other mini-markets, but not as cheap as the Spar in Hersonisos. You have to try the doughnuts they have - but get them early!! We didn’t spent too much time in Hersonisos - it was very vibrant and much more for the younger set. Be careful of the English lady doing a “survey” - basically, a veiled sales pitch for a local hotel. Sun tan cream is extortionate there, so take plenty, or shop around.
Check out is midday. We paid 25 Euro to extend until 7pm (we left at 9:30pm). We loved our holiday there and would gladly go back. Bellos is perfect for people wanting a chilled holiday, who are able to walk up and down hills and don’t have children (there’s really not much for school-age kids to do here). It’s not a place for those with mobility problems and its not a place for those looking for a lively time. If you want to party, go to Malia or stay in Hersonisos. If you want a great adult holiday, with good food, drink and a bit of socialising, Bellos is the place for you. All of the staff are friendly and helpful, but if you’d sooner just spend your days by the pool or in your room, that’s fine too.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellos Hotel & Apartments is located in a prime position in Hersonissos Village of Crete. This 3 Star Hotel makes a great base for everyone with 72 rooms in two different types split between five blocks for all your needs. The resort operates more than 25 years in the Greek touristic industry. Bellos Hotel has the main advantage of its reputation for incomparable hospitality and warm, friendly service to all its guests. The hotel stands successfully compatible to meet all guests’ satisfaction, to create a promising, ideal and impeccable environment, a hospitable, attentive service and a relaxed, memorable holiday. From the first moment in the hotel, it is proven that it is the perfect choice for holidays in Crete. Just a 15-minute walk from Hersonissos Beach and 10-minute walk from Hersonissos center, Bellos Hotel offers many facilities such as water slides, football and tennis court. The hotel is only a 10-minute walk from scenic Piskopiano village that has taverns and shops with local products. The Resort is reserved to integrate into the town’s natural environment and combines the relaxation offered by the lush vegetation that is surrounded by, the unique sea and mountain view and in addition, the excitement to cruise along the numerous shops and bars, the glittering night life and the beaches. On the top floor of the main building, Bellos Hotel has its Restaurant with Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine for a delightful gastronomic journey. In addition, operates in Self-Catering, Bed & Breakfast and Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner) base. Breakfast with delicacies is served daily. Guests can enjoy drinks, cocktails and snacks from the pool bar around the two swimming pools and the sun terrace. An on-site shop stocks a good selection of everyday products and gifts. One unique experience in Bellos Hotel is the Barbeque night which occurs once every week with Greek music, Greek dancers and plenty food choices. To complete the fun, many other events also happen in the hotel every week such as Karaoke night, Quiz night and Cocktail night. Guests at Bellos Hotel have many wellness options such as a well-equipped gym, a sauna and a steam bath. A playground and two children’s pools are available for younger guests. The resort has also billiards, darts, board games and table tennis. Free Wi-Fi access is offered in public areas and free private parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellos Apartments Hersonissos
- Bellos Apartments Hotel
- Bellos Hotel Apartments Crete, Greece