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I have just come back from a lovely two weeks at the Blue Bay. The hotel is situated up a steep drive and rooms are again up a steep path and depending on your room number several flights of stairs. The more infirm should be cautious and ask for rooms in the 100-200 numbers or avoid hotel. They would then depend on the good taxi service at 4 Euro each way.
The food is hit and miss some nights good others poor. A menu goes up every day and allows you to avoid the poor days and go into Elounda. The two main waiters are indeed friendly if you buy wine at 17E a bottle (3E in local spar) but otherwise are a pain. The other younger waiters are fine but often get bullied by the older ones.
The bathrooms are a let down. Small baths that the infirm would struggle with, shower basic.Rooms are otherwise fine and sea views are lovely from balcony. Air con and tv free (BBC world news that is and CNN).Towels and sheets changed regulary.
The walk into town takes 20 mins but is straight and very pleasant along the coast.
Anyway the positives. Reception and bar area great as is the pool and toddler pool. The staff are great and very helpful although guests arriving late were left to find own rooms difficult at times. Found one older lady in a hedge at 2am having struggled after 2hr transfer to negotiate hill with luggage. Bar man is lovely and a hard worker (taste in music questionable due to limited CD collection and a little too loud). Bar is friendly you meet loads of people. Lunch by pool is nice. Views are lovely.
Hotel overall 3*suited to over 30's, couples who want a relax.
Elounda is lovely lots of tavernas (loved Eden were Helen and her brother Marios will fall over to help you out) AgNik 1.50e BUS from outside hotel Placa also nice. We paid 400 each for 2 weeks half board good value in all honesty.
We will be returning to the Blue Bay Hotel this May, which will be our fourth trip since discovering it when booked as a last minute holiday in October 2003. We love the area, it's so beautiful and the staff at the hotel are so helpful and friendly and really nothing seems to be too much trouble. I can whole heartedly reccomend this hotel for relaxing and recharging the batteries, a day by the pool felt like a week. It is a quiet hotel so not suitable for young people who want to make a lot of noise, it's more suited to couples who want to kick back and relax. We think it's paradise.
Fantastic little hotel with breathtaking views
My girlfriend and I booked a last minute holiday to the Blue Bay and after reading previous reviews here, we thought we had made a good choice, but were still a touch apprehensive.
I can say that after spending a week there, we really did not want to come home.
As has been said before, if you suffer from impaired mobility, this hotel is not for you. The main entrance drive is a steep climb, as are the steps to the majority of the rooms. That aside the hotel was nearly perfect in every way.
Our room was large, had free of charge TV and Air Conditioning. There was a small patio at the back with a table and chairs. The ensuite bathroom was basic, but clean. Towels and sheets were changed every day.
The hotel has a fantastic view and couldnt be better located for looking out onto the sea. The pool contained salt water but was very clean and not very busy. he resurant provided a buffet lunch and dinner with a small but varied choice of food that should cater for most. Fussy eaters may experience a lack of choice, but nobody seemed to be unhappy by the range. Lunchtime food could be purchased in the pool bar and was very good.
A beautiful 20 minute walk takes you to the centre of Elounda with plenty of super markets (cheaper than hotel shop), souvenir shops, tavernas and bars. We visted the Elli's Bar as mentioned in another review and found the food and service to be very good. Our favourite was the Babel bar which played sport in the evenings with English commentary so you dont have to miss the football!
If you want to get away from it all, there are plenty of more traditional Greek restaurants on hand.
Hiring a car through the hotel was easy and allowed us to venture beyond the boundaries of Elounda; well recommended.
Hotel Staff were friendly and reception provided 24 hour service. We travelled at the end of Septemeber and despite the hotel apparently being at full capacity (155) we found the pool to be very peaceful and had no problems whatsoever. The hotel has a small private strecth of beach were you can lounge an swim in the sea if it takes your fancy.
This is one of the few hotels I would gladly go back to and we were very pleased with the Blue Bay.
A perfect holiday
Our holiday in Elounda, Crete, was perfection in all aspects, thanks to The Blue Bay Hotel. The position and views are magnificent. The accomodation is first class, as is the staff and the food. thankyou Blue Bay Hotel, we are coming back!
G. M. Cross
Loved the Blue Bay
Looking for a last minute holiday 24th May I found the Blue bay Hotel>> What a bargain price for all inclusive.. Booked it online one week before departure. Then I came across this review site with bad and good coments...
Oh god what have I done>>Dreaded the holiday but was in for a great shock..Beach side location & even carpet in the bedroom.. Rooms do need some modernisation but clean.. Bed linen smells lovely and fresh and all pillows and mattresses are spotless. Food well, no bad comments here, not a vast variety but there was always something there and 1st class food.. Staff were again 1st class and I have stayed in 5* places but for the price I would stay there again. Rating out of 10 I would give it a good 8
Great price, great people and great views
Before going we conducted a vaste amount of research into the hotel and resort, as we were some what put off by previous reviews.
I am thoroughly glad we went. The staff were efficient and the rooms were always clean - even though very basic. They were very protective of their towels and changing them. The food was basic so be prepared to head to the many restaurants in Elounda.
Nevertheless, the views were breathtaking, the sea was clean, walm and sealife wasin abundance - ideal for snorkelling.
If one intends to visit, ask the receptionist to call 'petrus' at the watersports centre to pick you up in the speed boat, to Driros Beach.
Additionally don't go in August...unless you enjoy temperatures which are in the 40's (also very dry heat!)
Blue Bay / Rhodes 3rd November
We went to Greece in September. It was an all inclusive package. I was a bit worried at first, after reading bad review of this Hotel.. But after been there, I can reassure anybody, that it was brilliant. The food is gorgeous, you must be very difficult if you disagree with me..it changed everyday. they have theme nights too, everything is fresh.. and you have plenty to eat at lot of variety.. breakfast are brilliant...full english... gorgeous.. lunch are light but very good..
dinner exceptional...food for children too.. drinks are free too....lots of choices.. If u ask for a Vodka + lemonade for example, Greek people tend to give you half and half...you can gets drunks easilly... The complex on itself is very nice and handy.. very clean..
animations are brilliant.. teh team is superb... ( billy is the best ) you have the beach next to the hotel...al clean...the hotels has some shops...a night club.. a cocktail bar.. everything was nice and charming, the staff were exceptional too. The only drwaback of this hotel is the aicraft noice.. if you are looking for peacedul and quiet holiday forget it... And the rooms are not very modern.. very basics..
the avocado bathroom suite will turn u off.. but you are not in greece to stay in your room !! so it is ok enough Any question, please send me an email... enjoy your holidays....
Tremendous food and views, but steep climb
Spotlessly clean accommodation . Breathtaking views from every window.Children and I loved the Greek style food at the half board buffet . Hotel's private beach lovely and clean .Lovely turquoise sea (beautiful going snorkling in,to see all the exotic fish).But the little steep hill that the hotel sits on is quite tiring to walk up .
We would definetly go again .
Nice hotel,shame about beds
sits on a steep hillside with stunning views across the bay at dawn. sorry to say that the beds are like concrete and very hard to sleep on, walls of the rooms are paper thin and you can hear every movement and use of the faucets, food at the hotel can be missed, a little too continental for our tastes. food in town can easily please any tastes, being cheap with very friendly taverns .staff at the hotel were extramely friendlly and nothing was too much trouble in their very modern hotel. main road into elounda is still under construction and can be hair raising at times with coach drivers crossing themselves when they meet. would go back to elounda but not to the blue bay
In the words of one of the waiters: You're welcome!
Relaxing resort, but make sure you know the price of the meal/drink you are purchasing downtown, we found one or two a little too sharp for our liking. As for the other 99% of shops/restaurants etc... very laid back and trusting. Great little eating place for lunch in "Ellies bar" opposite the harbour. As for the hotel: only one drawback that we noticed, that was the steep incline to reach reception and ultimately our room. Once in the room, the air-conditioning was superb, television, hair dryer, fridge, safety box, sea view etc... all as described and satisfactorily comfortable. Towels, bedding, cleaning all done regularly. (Sewage system as everywhere else in Crete/Greece)Half board food superb!! Good variation of food, but drinks prices grossly inflated; the two main waiters like you if you buy lots of these, if you don't they'll ignore you. We drank only bottled water, but the other waiters were superb and couldn't do enough for us. (We made sure we tipped only these when we left)If you hire a car/scooter the incline to the hotel isn't a problem. Swimming in sea at closest beach at foot of hotel is safe and we found it mostly calm. Lovely walk from hotel to main town; a long way but all next to the sea. A little shop high into the far part of the town is run by a charming English couple, and there you can even exchange holiday reading material for no charge! Try the oranges! The biggest have really thick peel, but they are the sweetest. There's a market once a week in the main town. We wanted a quiet holiday and got it!To sum up, we intend to visit again one day!
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