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All reviewslimited sunbedsbedroom doorbeachfront hotelwalking distance to everythingrestaurants and shopsnice hotelper daythe main striphundred metersbreakfast buffetlocation is greatrooms are cleancleaned every dayhalf boardwifisundbedsbalcony
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We chose this hotel because of it's fantastic location. It's located right on the beach, less than 20 yards from the water. At the same time it's close to the Platanias' bars, restaurants, spas etc. but still so far away that we weren't disturbed at all, and we are both light sleepers.
We travelled with a Danish travel agency Primo Tours.
The hotel is located down a small road, so we had to walk around 70 yards with our bags. Not a problem for us, but nice to know if you have trouble carrying your luggage. The reception staff was friendly, though they were caught off guard due to the fact that we arrived 45 minutes before scheduled.
We were in a 300's room. Our's was on ground level but elevated from the street. The room was spacious and clean.
The kitchen/living room had a table for eating and two couches. It also had a door leading into the balcony. If you want to cook yourself, be advised that there is one 3/4 size hot plate and one 1/2 sized, and no oven or microwave. The tv was 12 inches and a rather poor signal. We didn't come to use it, so we didn't.
The bedroom was nice, with a door also leading into the balcony. The bed was firm, but that's how we like it.
The balcony had a rack for drying clothes, table and four chairs.
The bathroom was a decent size, though the door opened up straight into the toilet. The shower was alright, the holder for the showerhead broke, but was repaired the next day.
The air conditioning was 7 euros pr. day.
We'd chosen half board. The breakfast was not too exciting. They offered a variety of egg dishes and bread. There was also some fruits, cheese and greek yogurt. Tea, coffee, juice and milk was also available. At dinner we were given a choice of starters and mains. It was a mix of greek traditional dishes. Drinks were around 2,50 for soft drinks, 0,50 for water and 4,50 for beer. A pleasant surprise was that if you stay after the table is cleared the bring you a little dessert. Greek yogurt with honey and fruits, pastry with honey and rakhi on the side etc.
The view from the restaurant was amazing. The staff was very friendly and were efficient without pressuring people. We ended up having a shot or two with them.
The pool is not big and there are only 8 or so sunbeds around it. There was also a small children's pool. The sunbeds around the pool are free of charge but since there are so few of them, they are rarely available. The sunbeds on the beach in front of the hotel are 3 euros pr. bed for the day.
The mini market on the hotel was alright but we didn't use it. It is a bit cheaper to buy water there instead up the street, and you don't have to carry it back.
All in all the hotel is very nice, the staff is friendly and it's located great. Of course there are minor things that could use an update, but it doesn't ruin the overall impression that this is a hotel that you can book without being disappointed. Do stress the fact that you don't want the 200 rooms, except for the ones with a view of the sea, the rest are rather outdated.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank DKIlovelondon
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MANGEO1957, Manager at Indigo Mare, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2013

Dear Guest,

We are very pleased to see your comments on Trip Advisor
and we are most grateful to your responce.

We thank you once more for staying with us
and we are looking forward to seeeing you again at Indigo Mare.

Respectfully yours,

Manolis Georgiou
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed October 12, 2011

I was in Crete in 2006 and stayed in this hotel. It was a small hotel, but that made it kind of cosy. The pool was small to, but the staff was amazing! They were very nice to everybody, and the food at the hotel was good. There is also a little supermarket at the hotel which was very great to have so near. It is close to centrum, and litterally at the beach. At night you can see the turtles at the beach. The ocean is kind of muddy, so I did not enjoy bathing in it. Rooms are clean, and nice, but not overwhelming.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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MANGEO1957, Manager at Indigo Mare, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2013

Dear Guest,

We are very pleased to see your comments on Trip Advisor
and we are most grateful to your responce.

We thank you once more for staying with us
and we are looking forward to seeeing you again at Indigo Mare.

Respectfully yours,

Manolis Georgiou
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Positives:
1. A very nice seaside hotel.
2. The greatest and friendliest staff ever.
3. Clean nice rooms in a great hotel environment.
4. Perfect bar.

Negatives:
1. One is not supposed to throw toilet paper into the toilet but to the litter bin.
2. One is supposed to pay a rent for a beach chair (3EUR/day). But we were charged only the first day.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank OP255
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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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4  Thank Krzysztof N
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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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