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... with an awesome pool overlooking the sea. We watched the last of the sun setting and headed for bed. The next morning we shared breakfast on our balcony in the sun and questioned whether this was for real, such a great place! We headed to Fira for dinner that night, the white town right on the clifftop where the first rain on the season hit. We laughed a huge water drops fell through the roof into our wine, we didn't mind and ...
... things off by getting a little bit sloshed before boarding a flight out of here? Too bad that today was a Sunday, which we found out is the day that all the wineries are closed!
Still, we managed to find a way to enjoy a bit of Heraklion's wine country by having the customary Cretan experience of a lazy and drawn out Sunday lunch at Elia & Diosmos, the prototypical type of modern restaurant you would expect to find in ...
Earliest start we've had in a while today and, due to my horrendous cold that I'm blaming Malia for, I've suffered another sleepless night. Potentially also a little bit to blame is the fact that we didn't get home until it was starting to go light outside... Due to a lack of funds all of us had a reasonably sober night ...
... Michaels phone is playing up and won't turn on or charge so he's a little annoyed I think, and mine has become the only fully functioning one - if anyone needs to get in touch with us I'd go through me! Another late start today (my body clock is already destroyed) and we're going to make the most of our apartment's pool before our last night out tonight. Lots of love Molly ...
... Cretan village about an hour away. This island is famous for its thyme flavored honey, and its olive oil. They have over thirty million olive trees! We drove west along the north shore of Crete until we turned to go up into the rolling hills to our destination. The village was abandoned years ago, and a family has purchased the property and restored the village. Many of the houses were now shops ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Minos Palace Hotel Agios Nikolaos
We stayed here for 2 weeks in August 2004, and the entire family (2 adults and two teenagers) all agree it is simply the worst holiday we have EVER had!
We initially had a partially renovated bungalow which did not look anything like rooms shown in the brochures - decor was decidedly German 80s style - stuff you see in cheap furniture stores there - brown, olive and purple fabrics in camouflage-type style, yuk! We got moved to a much nicer room the next day.
My wife and I have just returned from a two week holiday at Minos Palace. We found it excellent.
The room was spacious with a large balcony facing the sea. There is a large seawater swimming pool. The airconditioning was very efficient. The staff were friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed the food which came in a great variety.
True there was a big mark up on wine but this is universal in restaurants and hotels.
We can thoroughly recommend it.
We stayed here five nights in June - July 2004. I wish my stay was as enjoyable as the other reviewers, but it wasn't. This was our last stop in Greece after five other islands and as many hotels, all wonderful. Unfortunately, our air conditioning never cooled the room and no amount of begging, pleading or simply venting got it better than borderline livable. The divan in our room must have had bed bugs because I sat down in my shorts and was bitten in 10 or more spots within a minute or two! Yikes!!! Nice welts. We avoided the couch thereafter at all costs. Property location was fantastic and the pool looked great. They hooked us up with a dive master that was increadible - located across the lagoon in front of the property.
I think I know the Minos Palace
I have visited the Minos Palace Hotel on and off for more than 15 years and can honestly say that every time I go I find more improvements. I am surprised that one of your reviewers found the restaurant staff unfriendly - I have found the reverse. As to the complaint about the wine prices, there is not just a hotel mark up, there is also a tax to be paid and it varies according to the standing of the hotel. Yes, to be honest, the food is perhaps, just above average, but given the dietary requirements of so many guests, and the turn over in guests, standardisation has to be used. I am certainly looking forward to my next visit - whenever it may be!
We spent 11nights at the Minos Palace Hotel arriving on the 11th of sept 2003. The bags were collected from the taxi within minutes of arriving and taken to our room, which over looked the sea, stunning views. I agree with the other reveiwers, the food was ok, but not spectacular, certainly not for a 5star hotel. The dinning room staff were miserable and rarley smiled, at the time they were understaffed, the wine list was extensive but expensive, the house wine had a 350% mark up on the same wine you could buy in the local supermarket.
Overall the hotel is very nice, clean and set on a headland with superb views. If you are intending on staying in every night, take plenty of cash.
HiI spent 2 wks at the Minos Palace end September 2003, buffet was not great but Taverna was excellent. Staff were friendly and best of all I got married there. I couldn't have got married in a nicer place.Toni
I have just returned from two weeks at the Minos Palace, had a great time, views to die for - loved every minute, made some great friends.
Minos Palace The Great
Must write this review after seeing feedback from some disgruntled customer.
Food was not great but was okay and was what one would expect from buffet type meals; the breakfast was as good as any other similar priced hotel.
The porter collected cases within seconds of arrival and the combined sea and pool views were fine.
Thankfully I did not cross paths with this person. All the people I did meet though were like me; very pleased with the hotel and had a good holiday.
The manager need to take a course on manageing and diplomasy
Food Poor, Manager does not want to know about problems, booked a sea view got a view of pool.
25 minuits for bell boy on arrivel to clime up 20 steps with luggage This place is like Faulty Towers A very annoyed customer