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“Noisy place no relaxtion”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Bay Hotel

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Blue Bay Hotel
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Afitos
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Leuven, Belgium
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“Noisy place no relaxtion”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Stayed here with friends for 4 nights and with mixed feelings
Good :
- location : above a cliff facing see, quiet surroundings, great views, altough down the stairs to the beach and up again is not so easy, some 700 m from afitos city center wich we found a very relaxing and easy walk
- clean : specially grounds and pool very well kept, rooms also ok
Medium :
- breakfast : large choice but not always best quality, no fresh juice, no decent coffee (nescafemachine)
- staff : not to friendly at all, doing there job but it seems they don't care
- pools : a small one and a decent sized one, very clean, nice scenery but with awfull sun loungers, way to hard and hard to adjust
- Wifi : works good in main building and pool area not in room
Bad :
- Noise : worst off all for me : you can hear everything from all rooms around you and lots of guests use there balcony for loud conversation and drinking only to disturb other guests, so sleep quality is really uncertain , also screaming children makes it sometimes hard to bare
- Safe : no safe in room !!
- price : we paid 105 Euro a night for a double, but didn't feel that it was worth it, expectations were higher, also because the building is made out of cheap materials (see also noise)
Did not use or find :
Spa Wellness : it would surprise me anyone using it with 30 ° but it should be there in the hotel, never saw it nor was it advertised to use it, why i don't know
Bar/Restaurant : except for breakfast we did not eat in because there are so many nice places to eat in lovely center of Afitos at very cheap prices and with real greek food, one should be crazy to eat here
All in all i guess you can have a nice stay here but only if you can find a quiet room and/or neighbours

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

Generally good hotel , we had a mini suite which size was good,facilities ok, Internet in the room,But what I didn t like was that the a/c was working only with the key in the slot, so when we were away and we where coming back the room was like sauna,
nice 2 pools,
breakfast was just ok
I find 180€ overpriced but you won t regred the stay there
Enjoy

  • Stayed July 2012
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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

The hotel is very good in all aspects: the location is good with exquisite view, there is gym, spa, swimming pool, the breakfast was very rich and the service excellent! Highly recommended. All these come at a price, but the price is good for what it includes.

  • Stayed July 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

This hotel is a definate find!! The service was great, very helpful staff. The rooms look brand new, the hotel is in top condition with a good range of food for breakfast!

The beach is quite a steep walk down but was good after a day of lying on the beach! Afitos is beautiful, an old town with beautiful restaurants and local sea food and not many tourists. Could not have asked for more.

Will definately be returning some time in the future. Take your own beach towels, as you need to rent them daily!!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

Afitos itself is on a cliff, so getting down to the sea and back up at the end of the day is an effort. But the hotel itself is amazing for the price, you definitely get your money's worth. I went with a friend for a holiday and it was perfect as Kalithea (the largest town of halkidiki) was only a short cab ride away, and we could go to loads of great restaurants, bars, and clubs. Definitely go and enjoy this beautiful hotel and location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Cambridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

The blue bay hotel is a beautiful hotel, about a 10 minute walk to a town called afitos. The location wasn't exactly perfect as the 10 minute walk was down a back street which was fairly quiet but not lit up atall at night. The beach was a 5 minute walk down some STEEP steps. and probably a 10 minute walk back up (most of this is shaded but still quite a work out). I've been to many hotels in Greece, and this was exceptionally clean and a very good room. The aircon was great and the room was cleaned most days. The staff are mostly friendly minus a few, but they were always happy to help. The only thing that wasn't very good was the food. I'm not a fussy eater but the food was to an average standard and pretty basic. Overall, I would definitely go again and I would recommend it to couples or families.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

The hotel is pretty low key, there is no evening entertainment (thank God) which makes for a nice quite relaxing atmosphere, there is piped music in the reception and restaurant but unfortunately they play the same 2 CDs over and over again. During the day there is a beach bar below the hotel and they play loud bass heavy music most of the day which is pretty intrusive considering the hotel and grounds itself are nice and quiet.

The grounds and pools are very well maintained as is the reception and general areas, most of the sun loungers at the larger pool were "death traps" but on our last day someone had started to repair them, hopefully that would sort the issues out. even when the hotel was full we never has an issue getting a couple of sun loungers, there were of course the odd Italian couple who thought they were better than other folk who put towels down hours before they used the sun beds but by and large this was not the norm, it would have been better if the smaller pool and area would have been adults only, there were a few children in the small pool shrieking etc (as kids do) but that is not what I come away for, and specifically chose this hotel because of the lack of support for kids!

There are quite a number of Wasps around the edges of the pool, but they did not cause any issues that I was aware of, we did see some 3 wasps nests during our stay, but again no real issue with them.

Our room was one that had been refurbished and had a great view of the small pool and sea, unfortunately it was not really up to spec: The house keeping was first rate, but the screen door was ripped so we could not leave the balcony down on vent in case insects got in at night (and there are a few large one lurking about), during the first 5 days we tried to take a shower after 17:00 and often got tepid/room temperature water, after having complained 3 times to reception it was finally sorted. There was a deflector missing from our AC unit so we ended up having to put a blanket on our bed at night as the cold air was blown directly onto us, but it was far too hot not to use the AC with some daytime temps reaching 41c and most days were 37c+ but the AC could not be left on in the room as once the key card was removed power would be shout off shortly after. The fridge worked fine and we managed to stock it well with large bottles of water. Some of the power sockets were loose and when pulling our adapter out one 2 of them they started to come out of the wall as well. The room lighting was very low key with no overhead light in the main area that you could turn on at night to light the room properly. The bed was very firm (too firm for us) as were the pillows but the helpful reception staff sorted us some pillows to our liking. The balcony was excellent with a pull out clothes maiden to dry swim things etc.

The food for us was probably the biggest disappointment, we took the half board option and thought that Breakfast was particularly poor with no toast option as well as fried eggs that were completely dried out, if you liked cold meats and cheese then I guess you would be OK but none of the food was covered and there were a number of flies hovering around the food not to mention some people who sneezed in the food area, not very pleasant! The views from the restaurant were fantastic as it overlooked the bay directly with no real obstructions. Evening meals were a little better with extensive use of Pork each evening, at least they appears to have a 14 days menu so they would be something different each night but on a number of occasions we saw food that had been served up at breakfast mixed with something else and served up as a dish in the evening! All in all the buffet breakfast were very poor and the evening buffet meal adequately average, with better choice but with food still uncovered and overall poor selection. We did eat out one evening in Afitos and had a really excellent meal, and spent a couple of nights in town at a cocktail bar that was fab and well worth a visit. An evening meal for 2 will set you back around 30 Euros for 2 courses and very modest drinks. The walk to the town would take 15 mins max and although not well lit it was perfectly useable and the street lighting that was present.

I used the onsite gym and found it to be OK, there is a selection of equipment that looks fairly new and the weight machine and tread mill both worked fine, the off duty staff do use it as well and it would also appear that the waiters live on site in one or 2 of the rooms near the Gym.

So in conclusion I would say it was a 4 start hotel but it could do better, most certainly on the food front and perhaps with a little better maintenance in/on the rooms, but overall I would stay again but get a discount by not having anything to eat and go to Afitos to eat instead.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue Bay Hotel
Address: Afitos 63077, Greece
Location: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Kassandra > Afitos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Afitos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Blue Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Bay hotel is situated in the traditional village Afitos, on Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki, 72 km southeast from Thessaloniki and "Macedonia" airport. It is built amphitheatrically on the most beautiful part of the dorp, only 60 meters far away from the seaside, with a gorgeous view to the endless blue of Toroneos Gulf. We have 68 comfortable and nicely decorated rooms of all types, single, double, junior suite and suite, all non smoking with sea view for a convenient stay and unforgettable moments of summer relaxation. Our room facilities include direct phone, air conditioning and heating, satellite TV, mini fridge, bath cosmetics, daily cleaning and baby cot for our young guests. You can enjoy breakfast buffet with local products in our restaurant or a delicious dinner from our buffet with a big variety of Mediterranean specialties and wines from our cellar. Our a la carte restaurant Veranda offers mezes for Ouzo while relaxing watching the endless blue, during lunch time. During day and night you can enjoy your drink at our bar or our pool bar next to the swimming pool. We also have a baby pool as well as a children's playground. There is a covered parking lot. Bicycle and car rental, internet corner and free Wi-Fi, pharmacy, doctor and fitness room are some of our special features. Blue Bay Hotel guests may visit our unique rejuvenation salon. Experience the anti-stress therapies from our professionals and feel again relaxed and fit. For eastern therapies' fans we have special shiatsu programs. Blue bay hotel with its magnificent view to Toroneos gulf and the green surroundings offers the perfect place for events. Our fully audiovisual equipped multiple function hall with a capacity from 20 to 100 people is ideal for meetings, incentives, seminars, presentations, exhibitions, product launches or receptions. Wi-Fi and internet corner is available. We can provide you efficient and experienced staff and also a technician to ensure that no technical issues happen. Our banqueting department offers you a variety of food & beverages proposals for your coffee break, cocktail reception, buffet reception or Gala dinner and guarantees you a successful event. For details please contact us. ... more   less 
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