My advise is don't believe everything you read in these reviews. Unfortunately some people have a different agenda to the rest of us who just want a rest and / or to have fun. I am amazed at what some people will do to try and get a free holiday!
Anyway, from my experience you must read between the lines and make a judgement based on a number of recent reviews. You will find that if one review is poor a few others will follow which are just as scathing since these reviewers were suffering with 'Lemmings Syndrome'. A condition where people meet in the hotel and write reviews together within a few days of arriving and can I suggest, get great pleasure out of whinging and encouraging others to do the same. Please avoid these people if you want a good holiday.
Fortunatly this hotel hasn't had to suffer these reviewers for quite a while and believe me it does not deserve scathing reviews.
This hotel is not perfect but having stayed in the best hotels in the world, in my experience no hotels ever are.
However, I can say with confidence and without hesitation that this traditionally set out Cretan hotel is excellent value for money.
All I wanted was to relax and take in the sun's rays BUT I was pleasantly surprised to get, free of charge, a breathtaking view out to a crystal clear blue sea. A 180 degree turn and I have the mountains stretching up to the clear blue cloudless sky. Breathtaking! Five minutes walk into the village will take me to the most picturesque harbour you will only see in travel brochures of on Hollywood film sets. Then to top it all a sunset to die for.
When I go on holiday I want a relaxed atmospheare, friendly staff, decent food and somewhere to sleep. You get all this at the Sissi Bay Hotel.
From my experience you will not get more friendly and helpful staff than at this hotel, as long as you treat them with respect.
A message to some Eastern European countries, please do not treat the staff like slaves and never ever click your fingers to attract attention. This is considered very insulting.
Anyway, with that off my chest I know I am bound to miss some names but a special mention for the hard working Kara (the Greek speaking English girl who is always good for a translation), Jimmy (the Geordie barman at the Tropical bar) Daytime Nico (smiler), Nightime Noco (the best Raki distiller on the island..........he says) and the ever reliable Joseph (ephie) and Demitri.
The rooms are basic, unless you go for an upgrade, but are more than adequate with a TV, which I don't need on holiday, and Air Conditioning which is essential in July and August for anyone from the UK and available for an extra charge which is clearly stated in the literature. I find it amazing how some holiday makers suddenly go blind when reading the brochures.
The food is perfectly adequate and you will always find something to eat. If you are put off that you might not get chips everyday then you really are in the wrong place.
This hotel really is the place to relax but if you want entertainment all day long you might be disappointed. I find entertainment is always difficult for hotels with so many nationalities and tastes but the Cretan Night is a must. A small charge is required for this but pay up and enjoy, you won't regret it. If you want 'lively' then Malia is just a few miles away but that is perhaps for the under thirties. You could however, join Jimmy at the Tropical Bar (known as Jimmy's bar) and join in the quiz (don't take it too seriously, it's a laugh) or you could sing a song on Karaoke night. Jimmy and Kara (yes the waitress who seems to be everywhere) will always sing you a song if you just want to listen. Anyway, get up and have a go afterall Karaoke is all about having fun not how good you are at singing and I can guarentee you will ALWAYS get a cheer.
If that's not for you try the sports bar next door called the Jolly Roger run by Dave and Daniele
from Bristol or for a late finish with a great atmospheare try Peggy Gordon's, the Irish Bar which is not only open till about 5.00 am but is also run by Cav who is a real Irishman which is most unusual.
If your skin needs a rest from the sun try hiring a car for a couple of days and visit other places on the island which must include a trip to Spinalonga. You will have to park your car and get the boat over to see the last Lepar Island to be vacated in Western Europe. Crete is a very big island and will need many holidays here to see it all which is probably why I met so many returnees.
Finally this hotel is excellant value for money. I met someone who paid £800 for 7 nights for two people All Inclusive. Working that out in my head I figured that the hotel must have been paid only about £30 per person per night for 3 meals each day and drinks all day until 11.00pm. In the UK a budget hotel would charge between £100 - £130 per day which is incredible. I understand that the staff earn half of the UK's minimum wage per hour to work in that heat. So I left a small tip of 10 Euros for the dining room staff and another for the cleaners and bar staff. Afterall that wasn't a lot to ask for the hard work and effort put in by all those staff to make my holiday so enjoyable.
Of course if you don't go All Inclusiive you should visit one of the many Taverners in the
harbour and lets face it they need our money. At the end of the meal I will pay and leave a tip so why should I not do the same if I go AI?
Anyway, book a holiday in Crete, in Sissi and at the Sissi Bay Hotel. You will not be disappointed.
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