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Ionian Blue Bungalows & Spa Resort
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Nikiana
Bucharest
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“Not what you expect”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

All amenities are fine for a 5 star, big rooms, spa, two pools one indoor and one outdoor(infinity pool) but the hotels needs major refurbishments asap. What i didn't like was that in our room the shower handle was broken, and water was spilling in all directions when you wanted to take a shower, also the toilet is somehow in the shower cabin and not separate...the shower glass door was also broken and was making a very big noise when closing and opening. Room is big, AC is working fine also with the balcony door open. The TV set is kinda small for the room and not so many TV channels...around 15 of them and all in Greek. Also you don't have WIFI connection except the lobby.The hotel doesn't have a beach. There is a wooden deck with sun chairs from where you can enter into the sea. The pool is big but is not very clean. It looks clean but if you swim with goggles you will see a lot of dirt on the bottom of it. What i dislike the most is that i saw a lot of hair on the bottom of it. The hotel garden could be very nice but is also not very well maintained...a lot of dried grass patches and electrical cables going in and out of the ground from place to place. I also saw a small rodent in one evening but it was scared and quickly disappeared in the bushes. Breakfast is generous and is ok for a few days from the point of view of variety.
One of the good thinks is that the sea view is excellent from all the rooms, and you can catch spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
As a conclusion, the hotel is a 5 star hotel but not very well maintained and with an urgent need of refurbishment. My overall feeling regarding this hotel is that the overall cleanliness was definitely lacking. Next time i will look for an hotel with less amenities but where the management will pay much more attention on the details and cleaning. Those things give me comfort, not the spa or indoor pool i never used.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Lefkada is a dreamy place to be...and if u want to stay at the best hotel of the island,then stay at this hotel!It is just perfect!Very good location,excellent breakfast and dinner,and wonderful sea view from all the rooms!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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athens
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Hotel is situated in excellent position, was once a spectacular resort but has been more or less left to it's fate. We stayed 4 nights and hoped we would have an excellent time. Unfortunately it did not meet a 5* standard.

For example there is no wifi connection anywhere except for lobby area. Rooms have a LAN connection but at a cost of 10 euros per day. Pool personnel (service) basically non existent, hotel has excellent rooms some with small private pool, but in general the hotel needs a facelift. Only a very basic touch up has been dealt with. All the personnel where basically very very young and inexperienced. Not to 5* standards. What has made me furious is that although in high season with a full house, the management leases the pool area for private weddings which of course play loud music till 4 am disregarding their customers rights.

Now the positives. Great breakfast buffet, nice spa (no sauna as far as we saw). Comfortable beds and everyday cleaning was nice. Parking facility was good (when not taken up from wedding parties). The hotels position is really excellent, all rooms have sea view. Restaurants a nice but quite expensive.

Room Tip: Do not get a room near the pool before enquiring if there is a wedding function.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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yorkshire
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

I can't find fault,... stunning views, peaceful, relaxing, Every member of staff we spoke to was polite and helpful and went out of their way to give us amazing service. The guys down at the beach bar served us as if we were members of their own family, receptionists couldn't do enough to help, restaurant & bar staff were adorable. Even the manager was smiley and friendly and often to be seen around the hotel. Our room was huge with a lovely bathroom and comfy bed and that fabulous view.....The moon shone down on our alfresco dinner each night and the food was gorgeous. It isn't often a place fulfils all expectations but this one certainly did. If you want a classy, peaceful break then this is the place to find it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

This is a top class 5. Star hotel. We stayed for our wedding anniversary and enjoyed every minute. The staff are very friendly helpful and experienced. Breakfast is very good and the pool is lovely. Great hotel, car hire is cheaper in the town than the hotel. Some great local restaurants in the hills and the marina nearby.

Room Tip: Rooms on level minus 1 are close to reception and the restaurant. It is a long way from rooms to the...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ioannina, Greece
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

The hotel features some excellent designed and comfy rooms which are clean and spacious offering amazing view to the sea.
Both the interior and the exterior design of the hotel are breathtaking. Thee pool is one of the best in the lefkada and the gardens, the view from the balkoni or even the tavern and the bars are beyond anything I have ever visited in Greece.

The gardens are a true diamond!

However, the hotel is definitely understaffed and lacks the services one would expect from a 5 star hotel. The people are certainly over burned (you can watch them running up down the quite long staircases in different roles throughout a day) and they don't treat you as per what the hotel emits (aka tranquility, relaxation, luxury, natural beauty)
I was amazed to see that there were only 2 people serving for the breakfast which I have to admit it was veeeery rich offering a wide range of food and fruit.

Also the snacks at the pool bar are very pricey ( a club sandwich cost 11 EUR and it is actually self served and ordered...)

  • Stayed June 2012
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1 Thank ThanasisNa
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thessaloniki
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2012

The best view of Ionian sea! Big rooms,a bit delay in service but very kind people in general,quite good breakfast,nice little shop inside the hotel area and very quite(at least at the time we visited the hotel)nikiana is 5 minutes by car from chora and from nydri.the best choice for leykada!i reccomend it!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Additional Information about Ionian Blue Bungalows & Spa Resort

Property: Ionian Blue Bungalows & Spa Resort
Address: Nikiana 31100, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Lefkada > Nikiana
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nikiana
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Nikiana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Ionian Blue Bungalows & Spa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ionian Blue is a luxury hotel on the eastern seaside of the island Lefkada. The hotel is built on a natural descent, while its rooms are going downhill in front of the calm blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The fantastic view cross the straits between Lefkada and the mountains of the western mainland Greece, additional with the magical images of the white triangular sails of the passing yachts offer a great sense of serenity, contemplation and escape from the daily routine. ... more   less 
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Ionian Blue Bungalows And Spa Resort
Ionian Blue Bungalows Hotel Nikiana
Ionian Blue Lefkas
Ionian Blue Hotel
Ionian Blue Bungalows & Spa Resort Lefkada, Ionian Islands - Nikiana

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