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“4 stars - it works against lovely IndigoMare”
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Indigo Mare
Ranked #18 of 69 Hotels in Platanias
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Kolding, Denmark
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“4 stars - it works against lovely IndigoMare”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Do you know what is the quality definition? Yes, it is what you get in comparison to your expectation. If you get 'rolex' for 10 $ you will be satisfied if the watch survives 1 year still working. If you get rolex for 10.000 $ you will be disappointed if it stops after 10 years.
Indigo Mare marks itself by 4 stars. And in fact it works against this nice place. Going to 4-stars 'apartamentos' people expect something special. And they get nothing special at all. It is decent hotel with many advantages and very few defects but that's all.

Indigo Mare are few different size 2-levels buildings. None of them has a straight view on the sea. Only restaurant, bar and swimming pool face the sea. Swimming pool is rather small. Wading pool for children is also not impressed. There are few attractions for small children as swings, etc. and many cats - maybe more interesting than man can expect. Cats are friendly and sweet.

Good things:
- location is nice, close to the sandy beach. The area is quiet but still only 50 m from he main street with dozens of restaurants and shops
- rooms are spacious and with nice terrace each
- TV, yes, but 14' and mostly in not understanding languages ;) - only CNN and eurosport (German version) could be watched
- AC (paid - I return to this point later)
- fridge, small kitchen, shower bath
- staff friendly and smiling whole time
- free wi-fi works surprisingly well
- there is an internet corner in the reception hall. 2 stationary comps work very slow but they are free from charge

Small things works against:
- rooms are not cleaned during your stay and to understand the system Einstein must be hired. The information in reception says it is expected 3 towel changes during your stay. How it works? We came on Sunday. Monday - nothing happened, Tuesday - our garbage plastic bag was replaced by a new one - nice! Wednesday - somebody make our bed and maybe swept the floor, more rolls of toilet paper appears in the bath so we had 10 rolls instead of 6 as in the beginning. New towels came in!
Thursday - new towels again! Garbage disappeared again. Friday, Saturday and Sunday - nothing happened.
Terrace was very dirty when we came. No rain on Creta from 4 months and white dust on Terrace balustrade was probably also 4 months old.
Beds are hard, very hard.
Hotel is full of useful instructions for the guests - wash your dishes (no rag and no detergent in the kitchen to do it), keep your room clean, close windows and doors if you are not inside, do not throw paper to the lavatory.
All public toilets on the ground level are closed and that way they are probably very clean.

I mentioned also AC - remote control costs 7€ per day. A simple coffee maker - it costs additional as well. Room service - yes, it is but again, very expensive. That facts make 4-stars label doubtful. If somebody wants to get more than must paid for.

All and all - cheap price make the offer very attractive but why 4-stars for something average?

I almost forget - the beach is not friendly for children - water is not shallow at all and sandy bottom starts from 1 m deep. 5 m farther water is 2 m deep.

I highly recommend Indigo Mare. Only very few details works against them. But, please, do not expect too much and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

Nice hotel near the beach in the middle of Platanias. It was clean, and very friendly staff.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2010

nice hotel but rude stuff,parking only for 3 cars,the curtain in our room was so thin (no shutter)we had to wake up at 7:00 every morning!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2009

Stayed here for 10 days. We had a one-bedroom apartment which was a good size. it's really quite even though it's very near the main strip. The complex is very well kept, lots of flowers and very clean. The pool is small and there are only very few beds, really you go to the beach right in front of the hotel where 2 beds / 1 umbrella cost €6. Great swimming.

Indigo has a great location, right between 2 of the best restaurants in Platanias, Milos and Symposium, both a little more expensive but well worth it.

Only downside to Indigo Mare is trying to find it the first time, so get good directions.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Trondheim
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2009

We rented a 2 room apartment in the old section for one week. Refrigeator in the room. Airconditioning and safe cost's extra. Good and friendly service by the staff, and closest neighbour to the beach (From the two pools and restaurant you go down the stairs and you are at the beach.)

Food is good, and prices is not bad.

Minor Complaints:
Hot water vary trough out the day so at times there is no hot water.
Internett connection is available but is extremly slow.

Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Horten, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2008

It has a great location close to beach. It was clean, and the price was very reasonable. Nice pool and poolbar, many scandinavian guests.
Very friendly people work at the front desk, some talk swedish. Good value for your money.

  • Liked — Close to the beach and resturants
  • Disliked — Local traffic
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled solo
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Property: Indigo Mare
Address: Kykladon | 450 meters from Platanias main square, Platanias, Crete 730 14, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Platanias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Platanias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Indigo Mare 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Indigo Mare hotel-apartments complex lies on the most beautiful part of the golden sand of Platanias beach. It offers hospitality, comfort and serenity giving the unique opportunity to relax right next to the sea.Indigo Mare is one of the most famous complexes in Platanias village. It is 15 minutes drive from Chania town. The airport is 30 minutes drive away and the port of Souda in 20 minutes, both through national road. ... more   less 
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Indigo Mare Hotel Platanias
Indigo Mare Platanias, Crete - Chania

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