....little things let it down. First of all I would stay there again myself and would recommend it to my friends. The staff, bar one, are all very friendly and most have a decent grasp of English which is good for a barbarian monoglot like me. The house maids have a wonderful way of singing 'Calimara' to you in the morning which I never got tired of. The restaurant staff seem to be able to greet guests in most languages and one in particular seems to speak Esperanto like a native. The restaurant was always clean and well laid out with good, appetising food at breakfast and dinner. I was on half board so cannot comment on lunch. Not sure of the hot dog sauseges for breakfast though. Some minors - the desserts are a cold buffet and the plate warmers are on. Not good for the ice cream. Nae stodge and custard for a thick blooded Scot - forgiveable I suppose. Empty salt cellars and the outside ones having the salt so damp it won't pour. Remember the old trick with some rice grains? The soup was either packet or stock but the selection of breads to go with it was much more exciting than the soup!
The main pool has music with it from the entertainment team on most days so being a BOB I avoided it except for the one day the team had their day off. Very nice pool with a bar. There is also a quiet pool without a bar. Again very nice. The main bar is open in the evening with a good selection of drinks. Nae malt whiskies although plenty de-lux blends. The Mythos lager is pretty tasty for a thirst quencher.
My room was large, well appointed, clean and it strikes me that all have a balconey or small patio area. Two high backed chairs were in the room but a lounger would have been appreciated. Most of all I liked the quiet of being end of season in a comfortable hotel.
Now - remember 'the staff, bar one, are friendly'. I was on the Samaria Gorge trip with a 5 AM start and a 11 PM finish for wich I asked for early and late cold meals. No problem. Got back at 11 PM after a great but hard day totally knackered. There was disco on which I really wanted to just have nothing to do with so asked if I could take my plated meal to my room. Notwithstanding language and accent problems it seemed fine. Having taken my cold platter back tomy room I was just about to go to the bar to get some wine to wash it down when the hotel heavy (Security) is at my door agressively demanding to know why I had taken my meal to my room? According to him it 'upsets the guests.' All news to me. Anyway - I kept the meal but in a fit of pique stormed out of the hotel and bought my wine for 5 EUs at Gorty,s sopermarket instead of 17 EUs at the bar. I really feel that this was an unneccesary incident blown out of all context by the heavy and probably now being blown out of context by me. I looked in the hotel literature for any prohibition on meals in the rooms and could not find any, and if there is this is the first hotel I have ever been in with one.
But yes I would go back - but the meals in rooms policy needs sorting out.
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