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Historical Traveler Reviews Eri Beach & Village Hersonissos
We have just got back from a week's stay at the Eri Beach Hotel and I must admit we were a little dubious to go there, especially after reading all these reviews. But there was absolutely nothing to worry about. I wouldn't say the hotel was a 3* Superior which they advised on booking more like a basic 3*, but the Hotel had everything we needed. We were greeted by friendly reception staff who directed us to our room, which was reasonably clean, we were in the old part of the Hotel, needed the air conditioning.... I'd like to thank Dan for his review (lifting off the front of the air conditioning and switching to manual) this saved us 30 Euros for the week!!! The food was average. We went down to breakfast once, but decided it was not worth getting up for as lunch started from 12.15!! The dining hall was a bit of a free for all, and it was difficult finding a table that was set!!! The food was ok, but to be honest in a week it did get a little bit repetitive. There was always a Greek speciality on the menu.....which you had to work out what it was, but most other food items were clearly labelled! There was always a salad bar and a choice of two soups. The all inclusive bar opened from 10am where Beer, white and red wine, ouzo, raki and Brandy were free flowing and help yourself!!! The bar did close at 11pm sharp, which reminded us of being back home. The entertainment was a little bit repetitive and was all in German (with a tiny bit of English when they remembered!!) It did start to get on our nerves getting woken up by the pool at 12pm and 3pm on the dot, with "eins, zwei, drei" but it didn't spoil our holiday. The swimming pools were lovely, although be prepared for the salt water, and they are VERY cold!! We had a fantastic time in Crete, but we probably wouldn't return to the Eri Beach Hotel. We booked it last minute for less than £300 each flying from Manchester, and were happy that we got our £300 worth!!!
food was of very poor quality,ice creams with no ice,toilets in so called restaurant were absolutly disgusting, stank of urine,and were quite often blocked we had a room above the main entrance, a night mare if you have young kids. the bar shuts at 11-00pm and immed,the beach bar opens and then they blair out the music,untill the early hours of the morning.then you got all the drunks coming back to the hotel through until 6am,and not forgetting the new arrivals throughout the night shouting and bawling,and those POXY,POXY CASES ON WHEELS ECHOING THROUGH THE COBBLED PATHS BETWEEN THE TWO HOTELS!give this island a big wide birth,my son re-named it CRAPY CRETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No smiling faces wen you walk into this hotel from day 1 wen we checked in a grumpy man gave us the the key to asked me to fill out a form then told us the way to the room, i had to ask for the air-con remote to use the air-con in the room witch aftrer 3 days the maids took the remote out the room so off again i went to get it this time they told me i need to pay for it for the rest off my stay. The food was bad to gave me and my wife bad tummys just what you want on hol. The crete people are lovely outside the hotel id go again as long as i'm no were near this hotel. i could go on for ages about how bad the hotel is but im about to e-mail the travel company to let them no how bad it is.
Get your monies worth
We went to the Eri Hotel in Aug 04, we thought its was value for money, the meals are slighty boring but we managed to get our monies worth with the beer, the bar shuts at 11pm, so we decided to start collecting the plastic cups under our table, when it came to 10.45pm we would go and fill our cups with beer, so we were sorted for the next couple of hours!!!! But then there is the problem of getting up earley the next morning to get a sunbed - this is a german hotel so be warned!!!!!!
All in all we really enjoyed our time at the Eri Hotel
The German Experience !
Went for a week All Inclusive, good weather in May. Great facilities, 3 huge pools, 2 salt water. Good food, breakfasts and sweets a little limited but adequate. Had great time, room was very good, satalite TV and air con (chargable, but pull front off and switch to manual!!). Only problem was it was very German, all German spoken entertainment, NOT somewhere to take UK children. Good trips offered by MedHotels.com rep. Huge island, lots to see. I would recommend it, but be prepared for all that Germans are stereotyped for, it all comes true.
Excellent value for money !!!
Booked late deal in July 2003 and afterwards found this site and wished we hadn't.
For the price paid found this hotel excellent value. The selection of food at every meal was amazing and let's face it if you did not like what you chose you just went round again and got something else. Plenty of good quality beer and soft drinks from 10 am till 11pm. Greek brandy and ouzo also but tasted like U boat fuel. Don't buy anything in the local supermarket walk ten minutes into the town for local prices. Excellent entertainment in the town but entertainment is centred on the German clients in the hotel. Try snorkelling in the sea but wear sandals. Take mosquito repellant!!!!!
Price comparison we paid about £330 for 6 nights including flight from Gatwick
Avoid at all costs
visited the hotel in October this year - and quickly tried to move out!! Sadly there was no other accomodation available
hotel was what you woudl expect from a poor 3 star or even 2 star!! and you get the impression that penny pinching is the hotels main objectives
"all inclusive" is not what you would expect - airconditioning is extra - and not really provided in communal areas - making your stay unpleasent especially if hot - the eating area is indoors only - making hte temperature unbearable as the airconditioning was normally not on
food quality and choice poor - especially for vegetarian as the hotel clearly were focused on their german guests who occupy the vast majority of the hotel - This is also reflected in the entertainment / TV and kids clubs
we stayed on the "old" side of the hotel - dredfull accomodation - mouldy ceilings - broken appliences and fixtures - the lsit here is endless
we were vry disapointed and to some degree it spoilt our holiday. We had to spend considerably more money than we budgeted for - to provide food and to entertain ourselves - outside in restraunts (with air conditioning)
on the plus side - the medhotel rep - is very nice and down to earth - hello carole - and she managed to mittigate what she could which did improve the holiday slightly - but would not recomend this hotel
What are u all moaning about?
6 of us have just returned from the Eri Hotel Crete, 4 Adults 2 lads aged 15. We too booked this late from the internet, then unfortunatly found this site and "HORROR" what had we done, still we went and we are all so pleased we did. Our rooms were fine, the food was very good, plenty to eat, clean restuarant, clean tables, Yes it was a little warm in there but then the temperature outside was 34, if you sat near one of the airconditioning units it was not so bad. We never got a sunbed the first day as we did have a late flight so not an early start, after that we learnt the ropes and one of us would put the towels on the beds at 8am on our way to breakfast then we stayed on them all day, there were some sunbeds with towels on and no-one on them but our rep told us, if your without a sunbed and one has been empty with a towel on for a long time, take the towel off and get on it your self, we never had to do this though. We agree the Beer was of low strength, which is not a bad idea as the amount some people were consumming could have led to drunks everywhere. There was a group of English that arrived whilst we were there and they were prime examples of how greedy people become when they think its all free, each evening they were getting trays full of glasses of the local brandy and taking it to the pool area to drink, and as expected were extreemly drunk by the end of the evening and went in the pool naked whilst families were watching, it never offended us as we saw them for the idiots they were, but What the Germans must have thought lord knows. Yes there were Germans there, they were very pleasant, not at all rude. I could go on about how well our holiday went, but I wont, I wouldn't normally write anything on these sites but was so incensed that others might have done the same as us and found the site after booking that I wouldn't want them to go through the worry of going to somewhere horrible or even pay out more to change thier holiday...As we very nearly did... Finally I'd like to say to all of you who had nothing good to say about Eri Hotel...Good Luck on you future holidays, but you actually sound like you'd find something wrong with the Ritz if you stayed there. But, remember, we got the holiday cheap off the internet, You actually wouldn't find the Ritz advertising a cheap break on it I dont think...Do You?
My partner and I have just spent 14 days at the ERI Village/Beach Hotel.To any late booking and unsuspecting Brits-you have been warned.At the outset the travel agents failed to tell us that this was a German run establishment-Guilty of Racial discrimination from the outset. Being all inclusive board we expected better-Mind you its not Jack Tar(Carribean Standard) more like failed holiday camp.School dinners were never worse.Many tables were not ready to consume food at.Dirty tablecloths,uncleared dirty crockery.lengthy queues for food which could only be described as an unknown quantity as there were no written signs as to what it might be.Supposedly hard boiled eggs were partly done. All the food had german overtones.The dining room was very often too hot to eat comfortably as the air conditioning was not up to it.Coffee was not available at either mid-day or evening meals.Wine that was available was the poorest of the poor.What hope was there for a good vegetarian meal?By 8.00.a.m. every morning every possible sunbed was occupied by a non UK towel.Bodies did not appear in many cases until mid-day.All entertainment(what there was) was in German,with an odd looking bunch of orange clad bodies who could only sing "eins,vai,dri" Pity the english kids-not one single word for themSome days the lifts did not work,one sunday the phones packed up.another day the water packed up. In the early hours of the morning ,late night revellers returned ,waking all and sundry around them.Staff at reception need to go on a public relations course,similarly does the woman in the small supermarket who chooses to stock the shelves whilst you wait to be served.I doubt whether this hotel would past muster in England with the health authorities.There are no signs to "Fire exits".Our room and several others had no information on what to do in an emergency. i.e.no phone contacts,emergency exits etc. Some electrical fittings were held in place by tape and light bulbs were not securely mounted. At the rear of the hotel,close by the dining room and volleyball area an unpleasant odour of waste products could be detected whilst unlocked doors showing drinks barrels were clearly visible which could easily be vandalised or tampered with. No drinks were available after 23.00hrs and for being "All Inclusive" this was a very poor show. Unless the owners of this establishment get their act together this premise will not survive for long.Maximum profit for minimum outlay and guest comfort. Good job many local bars and tavernas are close by-but then we did not budget for them
Welcome to Germany
Not a very nice place at all !! We booked a short break via the internet.Visited the hotel site and thought great. They neglected to tell us that the hotel was packed with Germans. Not the germans fault,but everything was German. Kids Club was the biggest let down for my 5 yearold daughter who cannot speak or understand German !!!!! The rooms were very shabby and in desperate need of a refurb. We were on the 4th floor with no lock on the balcony door,I had to slide a bed across the door so my daughter would be safe. The Eri Hotel is not recomended,unless you are German without children.