Panorama Hotel - Chania
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This morning we set off for a little beach just outside Chania for a few hours of relaxation before a late lunch at Johnny's aunt's house. Lunch was in the village, and again under a beautiful canopy of grape vines that kept you very cool and comfortable. On the menu was an octopus casserole type dish with olives and a slight BBQ flavored sauce, some grilled octopus, ...
We got up at a leisurely pace again this morning and set off back towards Chania driving west along the northern coast. We stopped at Rethymno which has an old Venetian section and port a lot like Chania. We at lunch facing the old harbor, but were all a little disappointed at the meal. Nothing bad just not what we've gotten accustomed too. And poor service. After not being able to find a hotel ...
This morning started off with Manoli speeding us up the mountain around more switchbacks than I can count, even squealing tires around some. To summarize most of the day: about 13km (8 miles) downhill across uneven and rocky ground. About a third very steep coming down the mountain, about a third semi flat as we entered the gorge, and the last third pretty flat at the base of the gorge as ...
Well let me first start off by saying that the shades have come off. I was welcomed just like family last night just like the first night in Surin at maMA's sala na. Right up to sitting down for dinner at 11pm on a dock overlooking the Mediterranean Sea (and that wasn't even late compared to some we saw sit down after midnight.....and we didn't leave until almost 2am). Dinner was tapas style appetizers: octopus, calamari, shrimp, cuttlefish, ...
... on our first of two dives. We paid extra to have one of their underwater photographers dive with us and hopefully catch us in all kinds of swell scenes so we could take home a CD of our first dive in Greece.
While the guides seemed to be a little disappointed by the clarity of the water (about 15 meters though they said they usually expect 25-30 meters of visibility) we thought it was pretty good and since most of the underwater life that was to be found in that area ...
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We have just returned from this hotel. It was very clean and i was nicely surprised at the standard of the hotel considering it was a Greek Island. Chania, 20mins 1euro on the bus, is beautiful with loats of shops...your traditional markets with leather jewlery etc to your very upmarket designer shops. The harbour has loads of restaurants.. i can highly recommend a restaurant just set back from the harbour called "eVa". If you find the Calypso restaurant in the middle of the harbour, facing it if you take the street on the left it is just up there. The hotel meals were very nice, simiar each night but always a good salad, soup and desert selection. Take beach towels for the loungers as the ones they provide are hard and small. The beach is cobbly and not worth going down to. Water, cigarettes and alcohol can be purchased at the shop outside the hotel for a 5th of the price. If you turn right out of the hotel and walk for 10mins(be carefull there are no pavements in places) there are a group of restaurants and before you get to the bank there is a lovely cake shop which sells the most amazing doughnuts! The bar in the hotel has a lovely, but quiet atmosphere with a piano player some nights and has great views of the sunset. The bar provides several board games...chess, backgammon etc.
Let me begin by saying that I think TripAdvisor is great, in fact, it has been superb on every hotel other than this.
We have just returned from 7 days Bed and Breakfast at the Executive wing of this hotel. We paid £800 each and therefore expected something special.
My wife and I stayed at the Panorama Hotel for a week in Oct 2004. It was advertised as a 5 star hotel. Whilst it isn't in the same league as the leading 5 stars of the world, we thought that for the money, it was a good deal. Our room was modern, spacious and clean as were the public areas and the food was good. The pool and surrounds are stunning - the elevated position providing a broad view over the bay towards Chania. Probably the biggest downside of this hotel is the surrounding area which is a rather ordinary. There is a beach outside the hotel but its nothing to write home about. That said there are a few local bars and resturants within walking distance and many buses stop outside the hotel making getting around the island very easy. No need to hire a car unless you really want to.
Panorama is great!!!!!
Panorama is great!!! Chania the best!!!
I spent there the 2 nights after my wedding with my husband. I wish we had stayed more!! It was fantastic. The room was great, with a fantastic view and a private pool. I would recoment that hotel to anyone.
The hotel has the main hotel area (4star) but we stayed in The Panorama Blue Executive Wing (5star) and were upgraded to a private pool sea view room free of charge for our honeymoon. We also received champagne and fruit on our arrival. The hotel is beautiful, the food is fantastic and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We were bed and breakfast at first and ate breakfast in the Panorama Blue restaurant overlooking the exec pool and the sea, and then went up to the main hotel for evening meals. After eating dinner at the hotel on the 1st night, we decided to upgrade to half board as the food was fantastic and the setting was very romantic. You sit on candle-lit tables under trees with lights in, surrounded by panoramic views of the sea. The sun set at 8pm every night over the sea and we could sit on the loungers outside our room (sometimes with champagne) and watch it every night before dinner. There is entertainment most nights but although it's always in good taste, if it's not your cup of tea, you can simply sit by the beautiful pool with a cocktail or 2! There is no swimming after 7pm so the pools always look gorgeous in the evenings.
We have just returned from a week's half board at The Panorama Hotel and found it excellent value... we paid £ 1,000 including private air-conditioned taxi transfers and room upgrade to sea view. Our room was in the main building and was well furnished with good views. The hotel is of a good standard .. but watch the prices of drinks in general and particularly the mini bar as they are a bit steep. Food was of a reasonable standard but fairly typical of half board buffet fare and got a bit monotonous. We ate out in Chania Harbour several times .. the Ministri restaurant is superb for fish and one of the few in the harbour area who do not tout for business.
Lovely Hotel, Very relaxing holiday
We stayed at the Panorama hotel in June 2004 and had a standard room with a sea view. The room was clean and nicely decorated and spacious. The hotel is very tastefully decorated and offers lots of facilities including the gym, massage, and Internet access. The restaurant is outside and has great views of the sea and the food is very good (even for vegetarians). There is not a great deal to do in the surrounding area unless you take a bus to Chania, which takes about 15 mins. Although the hotel is perfect for a relaxing holiday and has superb views. Tip: Fly to Chania Airport, not Heraklian, because the transfer is about 2 hours.
Stayed at the Panorama for 7 nights in September and would recommend it for sure. The food and service is excellent and the views are amazing.
We have just spent two weeks on a half board basis in the Panaroma hotel Crete (Aug 2003). We upgraded to a sea view room. In fact most of the rooms do have sea view which are great. Our room had some noise from the nearby go-karting track but that ended at midnight and wasn't really a problem. The rooms were well decorated with a decent terrace that was not looked upon. The minibar prices were v. high though. Food was v. good and plentiful. The staff are friendly, efficient and professional. The hotel had a somewhat dignified air (not the sort where people do topless sunbathing). The pool was excellent with plenty of sunloungers even in the peak season. There was a couple of evenings with entertainment - Greek dancing and music which was fun. It was easy to get chatting to other guests as well. Mainly Brits, German and Greeks. It is a bus ride away (15 mins) from Chania town which is buzzing in the evenings. As we went with a package holiday, we had a rep who told us of excursions. If you are going independently, you may want to factor in the cost of hiring a car to explore the island. Would definitely recommend the hotel.