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... all the Greek people have been the restaurant owners were great. Apart from a slip down the stairs, we had a great night capped off by a classic taxi driver. The next day we signed up to see more of the islands which included a great view of 'Thira' (Santorini's main island), a climb up the active volcano, a swim in the hot "springs" ( more like a warm Murray river), swim at little Fira and its clear waters and finally finishing ...
In many ways, Crete has been the Greece we traveled halfway around the World to experience - while our expectations for the Cyclades were high, they really didn't live up to the billing. Mykonos and Santorini may look pretty in tourist brochures designed to attract people to the islands, but they seemingly lacked character and soul, qualities which Crete has in abundance.
Being the largest of the Greek islands, it offers ...
... but we met a famous DJ and the music was very good so still lots of fun! And it means no hangovers this morning. Bonus! Now just waiting for Michael and Hannah to wake up so we can pack and be away from our incredibly creepy hotel manager who we suspects hates us, though we don't really know why! Bring on Venice! Love Molly ...
So there's nothing to do in Crete except lie by the pool or get drunk at night, meaning the blogs are a little boring! Last night we were all trying to save money and catch up on sleep so we decided after a day in the sun that we'd stay in and left the girls to go out. It was actually really nice to have a night of peace and quiet and Hannah and mike bought tea so they ...
... sprinkled with olive oil, and smeared with chopped, fresh tomato before adding crumbled feta cheese to the top. This is something that the shepherds traditionally ate when they were in the hills tending their flocks. Finally we made a dessert called Sarikopites, for which we made a dough, rolled it very thin, added a sour white cheese mixture along one of the long edges, and then we rolled it into a long snake. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberostar Hermes Agios Nikolaos
I prefer luxury hotels and I really wanted to stay at one of the rich resorts at Elounda (next town over) but the $500 a night average price was just too much for our budget last summer. So we chose the Hemes and so glad we did. This is a lovely hotel. The views from the pool terrace and the rooms is breakthtaking, the breakfast buffet is so big and varied it counts as brunch. The staff is friendly and the rooms are nice. The internet center is private and open all night. The middle class guests are mostly European and quiet folks. You can walk to the town center (recommended). In the monring walk down to the picturesque harbor and take a water taxi tour of the Mirabello bay and Spinalonga island. Or take a day trip to Santorini. There is a nice little beach in front (you cross the street) but you can also walk five minutes to several others. And there are no hidden or extra charges--the beach chairs are included and so is the breakfast--tipping not required and not added to the bill. Stay here. You will not regret it.
Just back from a week spent at the Hermes. Service was excellent throughout our stay. Staff were pleasant and helpful. The buffet breakfasts and evening meals were brilliant with lots to choose from, all excellently presented, couldn't be faulted. The views from the balconies at the front of the hotel were stunning. Close to the town centre it was great for strolling, shopping, having a coffee in the many cafes or just watching the world go by. Myself and my husband would recommend this hotel and wouldn't hesitate to return.
Stayed at the Hermes in May with my wife, daughter (aged 1yrs), and grand parents (both retired) for two weeks and had a fantastic stay. The hotel, as some reviewers have mentioned, is popular with couples and older groups, so we were a little concerned as to how we would fare with our 1 year old! We need not have worried, the room was clean and spacious with plenty of room for the hotel supplied cot (which was great). The staff were fantastic throughout the stay, the housekeeping was daily and they were happy to come back later in the day if our daughter was sleeping. We booked on a half board basis, but were expecting to eat out in the resort most of the time. However we were pleasantly suprised by the standard of the hotel food. Although buffet based with hot options, the variety was fantastic, with variations such as a barbecue and themed evenings. Most importantly for us with a small child, the staff were fantastic, positivly doting over our daughter during meals, the chef even going out of his way to recomend certain dishes over others, for example due to the some fish dishes containing bones and others not.
Stayed at the Hermes OCT 05. This hotel is first class the staff are friendly the hotel is very clean.If you are planning to stay in AD.NIK. you could not pick a better location. booked to go back next year (cant wait)
We stayed at the Hermes for a week in August 2005. Excellent hotel. Rooms Air conditioned with Balcony, cleaned daily. Make sure you pay the supplement for sea view though otherwise you will end up looking over a narrow street.The food was brillant.We stayed half board. Such a selection every morning and evening all cooked to high standards.You must try a little of everything. The desserts also need a mention. Staff generally very helpful. Good swimming pool and sun bathing area on the fifth floor even though it is sea water.Entertainment a bit to be desired, for a laugh go to the Greek Dance evening. Hotel positioned very close to Town Centre with lots of shops and places to eat if you need to especially around the Lake. Excellent beach especially for children less than a 10 minute car ride just out of the town. You can hire a car just 100 metres down the road (AVIS) free parking opposite hotel.Whether you are old, young or middle aged, want nightlife or just a quite holiday Agios Nikolaos seems to have it all still unspoilt really. Don't forget to do the boat trip to Spinalonga a great day out. This is one of the few places and hotels we would return to. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
October 14th 2005 Worcestershire Couple mid 50s
Have just returned from a super holiday at the hermes hotel in crete. This hotel has got it right, great friendly staff, perfect location and beautiful food.We were greeted with smiles on arrival and nothing was too much trouble for the staff in this hotel. George, the restaurant manager makes everyone feel so special and is so helpful. Thespina was our table waitress and she was always friendly and chatty no matter what time of day. She really looked after my son who loves ice cream. The food can not be faulted and there is such a great variety.
My family has just got back from the Hermes hotel and we had a great week. The hotel is a little old fashioned but the staff, the food and the rooms are excellent.
Hot at the Hermes
Stayed for a week in the Hermes in September 2003. Good selection of main course dishes, vegetables were overcooked (catering for several hundred guests). Service was good and friendly, staff were helpful, rooms clean if a little uninspiring. There was only one power socket in the room and you can't leave the electrical power on in your room when you go out for the day or evening so charging batteries for cameras/camcorders needs planning. This also applied to the air conditioning and so the room was hot when you returned. If you ask for a lower floor room on the front you get a cooling sea breeze (if there is one).
Loved the Hermes
Stayed with a friend for a week last year, and absolutely loved it. We arrived late at night, but there was a chicken salad and fruit in the fridge. the staff were attentive, the service was excellent, and there was a very good choice of food for the buffet-style meals - and the cold table in the morning and evening has to be seen to be believed!!!
The room was spotlessly clean, comfortable beds and a terrace. Very highly recommended - close to town, but away from the bustle