Ok before I start this review I think it only right that I let you know a little about us:
We are a couple who makes the most of things and not people who take pleasure in taking photos of bits of fluff under the bed and counting how many times the towels are changed. We do not know the names of all the staff or the names of the poolside cats.
We are not horrified when a strange insect enters our room for a quick nosey about. We do like to get out as much as possible. We do like to eat the local food and meet the local people. We do not take our own tea bags and favourite baked beans with us (cos there not like wot you get at ome are they?)
That done with, back to the Hotel and it's location:
I read a lot of the reviews on here and decied to give it a shot. I went with the attitude that I hadn't paid much and I was not expecting much.
I really wanted to give this Hotel a good review and blast all the critics who slated the place. Alas this is not to be.
We arrived at about 9.30pm and was shown to room which did not resemble in any way the photographs the hotel has posted. It had 3 beds in a very small space but what the heck we would be only sleeping in there so we duly dropped our bags and went on the hunt for the bar and some food (more on the room later). We found the bar and got one drink in a plastic cup before the all inc finished. we asked if there was a snack available because we hand't eaten since breakfast to be told the kitchen was closed. when I offered to pay all of a sudden a full menu was produced and the kitchen mysteriously re-opened.
Next moring and we were raring to go. Went for a shave and found the plug from the sink missing had a shower and as other people have commented the shower curtain is to short and flooded both the bathroom and the bedroom even though I was careful. Only one socket but I knew about that from reading other review and i took an extension lead. The bed side lights had been pulled out of the wall so only one small bulb. Oh well as I said we are only going to sleep in there. (Iwas issued a plug at reception later).
On reading the bad reviews I thought it was. a case of Brits not getting the "food like wot we get back ome" but I was wrong......... it truly is awful And is dished out to you by a nice lady wearing a thunderbirds hat who could't understand that I didn't want sheeps (chips) with everthing. The food was always cold ,even when it was first put out, but I have been to most greek islands now and this seems par for the course. They are trying to cater for British tastes whilst still being a bit Greek and they are failing on both counts. I had already decided that the food was not going to be brilliant by reading the reviews so it didn't really bother us as we eat out a lot anyway. Anything they dont have to cook by the way is good, the salads were really nice. The chef can cook but is obviously given a very low budget to work with.
The Hotel was closing on the day we were leaving and there was only around 20 people staying there so I think they could have done better.
This hotel seems to attract the sort of person who does not leave the confines of the hotel (except to seek out brown sauce and John Smiffs Smoove) from the local supermarket. They sit in the same place at the bar day in day out and use expletives that I have never heard before (even after my 20 years in the Army!) I am serious! I never saw most of them set foot outside the hotel which brings me nicely to the location.
What was not really mentioned in the other reviews was the area the hotel was in. I think this is because the vast majority didn't venture out. The place is like a run down English seaside town on a Suday afternoon. There are better locations on Crete to spend your holiday don't stay at any hotel in this area unless (like us) you hire a car and see the other parts of the island which are far more vibrant.
Enough has been said about the hotel bar and limited drinks already.
The staff are mostly eastern europeans and are very hardworking and polite.
I really wanted to give this holiday a blazing review(as I have on most of my other reviews) but sadly this one is going into room 21.
This doe's not mean we didn't have a Brill holiday, we did, because we got out and about and spent a lot of time with the locals and went to some lovely places. Go to Crete but, if you can afford just a bit more of your hard earned, go to another location not gouves.
The weather by the way was brilliant I went swimming in the unheated pool most days
Hope this has been helpful.
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