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Na de afvaart gaan we naar onze cabine en bellen de hutsteward om te vragen of hij de verjaardagscake nog in de koelkast staan heeft. Hij brengt ze ons meteen. We genieten op het balkon van de lekkere taart en het mooie weer.
Vandaag hebben we geen restaurant reservering en gaan we eens vroeg eten. We gaan deze keer eens naar het buffetrestaurant. Het weer is heerlijk en dus zitten we buiten op het achterdek waar ...
... We greeted him in Greek and he seemed very excited until he realized that "Kali sperah" is one of the only phrases of the language we know. He asked "American?" and laughed. He led us inside where an older women, we assumed was his wife, also greeted us and had us sit. They poured three wines for us, and we exchanged lots of awkward gestures and smiles trying to convey information to one another. The wines were excellent, as we hoped they ...
... up ( and I do mean up) to the cave opening, then down several hundred steps, then back up. The cave felt pretty good as it is almost as hot as Kansas here. We then did a city tour, and then back to the resort to swim and just enjoy the evening. Today we are doing something with sea turtles, learning Greek dances and getting a little beach time. Looks like a great day ahead! ...
... so we will have to have round two of that.
As we were quite roasted from yesterday and the sun was burning down we stayed indoors for a bit doing admin etc. Our rather large dirty clothes bag came to mind so I asked Big Dora where we might do some laundry. Turns out apparently the closet one is in the town towards the beach and according to Big Dora “Must walk, only 20 minutes, yes yes you fine, go go”. Cool so off we set with the bag on our backs…at least ...
... nothing less.
It was then time for round one of Aussie vs Saffa Ping Pong tournament – different code but I still won 2 games to 3!!
More roasting in the sun, a very relaxed arvo, dinner then another early night. All this chilling out really takes it out of you.
Tomorrow we hopefully have another game of tennis, possibly the beach before packing up and moving to our originally intended ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberostar Hermes Agios Nikolaos
Beautiful and great value
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.
Friendly staff - but not a family hotel.
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.
We found the hotel bar to be lacking atmosphere (despite the friendly barman), so we spent a lot of our evenings in the bar next door called "Todeledoke" (please excuse spelling!), situated between the Hermes and its sister hotel the Coral. The bar is very small, but extremely friendly and a nice antidote to the size of the Hermes.
The only other minor gripes revolved around the pool, which was extremely cold and not very child friendly, and the limited number of sun loungers. Luckily our daughter had us up and about early, so we never struggled for a lounger, but others who came down after breakfast certainly did. Overall the hotel is fantastic and caters for babies with ease, but I would not recommend it for toddlers (who are walking) as there are no real facilities for children.
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)
Excellent Value. Highly Recommended.
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.
Hotel Hermes One Of The Best
October 14th 2005 Worcestershire Couple mid 50s
Just back from a great holiday, the hotel was very clean with excellent food
all staff were smiling, friendly and helpful. Fabulous sea views across the bay to the mountains. No garden or lawned areas, so not suitable for children or disabled. Hotel fronts on to a busy road you cross this to reach the small pebble beach, however there are several other safe sandy beaches within walking distance. Swimming pool very clean with sun beds and umbrellas all on the fifth floor and with super sea views. Hotel is thirty years old and some of the rooms need refurbishing however all other public areas are well kept with nice funishings and plenty of comfy sofas in the lounge and corridor areas. Rooms at the back of the hotel look out on to buildings so choose a room at the front with a sea view, its well worth the extra cost.Immaculate restuarant has large non smoking area with lovely sea views you can watch the cruise liners and ferries. We would certainly go back and visit this hotel again.
Hermes hotel is a gem of a hotel
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.
We were lucky to get room 511, overlooking both the pool and the beautiful bay of mirabello. Our room was cleaned, linen and towel changes every day.
The pool area is lovely and there is a great snack bar, serving super food and served by two staff who work tirelessly but always with a bit of chat and a smile.
Ag Nik is a beautiful resort with loads of restaurants and shops not to mention the tavernas.
A must is the trip to Spinalonga Island. Use the English speaking tour with Lana as your guide as she is a wealth of information and knows the history of this former leper colony inside out, she makes the trip very interesting.
Hope to return soon
Really good holiday!
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.
The staff could not have been nicer - we too had a cold plate when we arrived which was very thoughtful and greatly appreciated! The food overall was lovely especially the salad and the deserts. The rooms were spacious but there was only one plug socket and this took some managing! The area the hotel is in is very quiet and if you like the nightlife then you picked the wrong hotel. Entertainment is limited to about three nights - the Cretan dancers have to be seen to be believed as they are hilariously bad! My Dad says that they tried their best!
We loved the quietness of the hotel and found the whole stay to be great.
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