Minos Beach art hotel
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... to serve the dishes as they are ready (which works great eating family style) the meats seemed like they just kept coming and were topped off by an entire pig leg/butt/thigh/something. It was all delicious. Probably one of my favorite salads since I've been here (they're all slightly different variations of the same thing). The pork fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. We were all miserable when we walked ...
... maybe they weren't taken right there or they've changed things slightly. But he didn't remember a certain Dimitri from the late 70's. "There were so many of those crazy hippies back then." We spent a few hours walking around and soaking it in, but I couldn't stay. At least on this trip. A seat in a rental car trumped haggling with a bus to catch back up with only a couple of days left before flying back to ...
Tour of Crete in the morning. Visited the ruins of a palace, very crowded, hot and uncomfortable. 36c with no air conditioning on a packed bus. Very pleased to be back in town, having pizza and beer for lunch. Off to Rhodes tomorrow, hopefully a little ...
... great gifts! (Mostly we bought stuff for ourselves ;) ) We then came home to our home for the last week to pack up, which was an adventure in itself and now we are headed to bed. It's after midnight here and we have a ferry to Santorini tomorrow morning. Sleep well my little lemmings and keep following our ...
What a day! It started with a bit of a kurfuffel but the rest was well worth it. We had been planning all week to hike Samaria George (the longest gorge in Europe at 18km, about 11 miles). We knew it would be an early and long day, the bus was scheduled to pick us up at 5:15 am and we would not return until after 11 pm. We did everything right packed last night, took out the clothes we intended to wear and I set ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Minos Beach art hotel Agios Nikolaos
Vom Essen im Restaurant gerettet
Wir wohnten für 5 Nächte in einem VIP Seafront Bungalow. Der Bungalow war zwar an einen anderen angebaut, was die Privatsphäre aber praktisch nicht beeinträchtigt hat. Von dort aus hatte man einen sehr schönen Ausblick aufs Meer.
Bei unserer Ankunft war die Dame an der Rezeption kalt und unfreundlich. Wir wurden dann vom Portier zu unserem Zimmer gebracht und auch er war eher uninteressiert daran, uns willkommen zu heißen.
Der Bungalow war angenehm groß und hatte einen angemessen großen Ankleidebereich, einen Wohnbereich und ein angenehm großes Badezimmer. Die Hantücher, Bademäntel und Bettbezüger waren von guter Qualität.
Das Kopfende am Bett war aus Stoff und hatte Fettflecken von früheren Gästen. Das Sofa im Wohnbereich hatte ebenfalls eine Reinigung nötig. Wir beschwerten uns darauf hin beim Management und man bot uns einen anderen Bungalow, mit denselben Problemen, an. Das Beste, was sie machen konnten, war Bettlacken darüber zu legen, sodass es zumindest besser aussah. Die Betten waren wahrscheinlich die Härtesten, die wir je benutzt haben.
Wir hatten Halbpension gebucht und sowohl das Frühstück als auch das Abendessen waren erstklassig.
Die Wege um das Hotel herum waren stellenweise uneben, was abendliche Spaziergänge etwas gefährlich machte, besonders für Damen in hochhackigen Schuhen. Die Wege waren ebenfalls schlecht beleuchtet.
Dieses Hotel könnte eines der Besten auf der ganzen Insel sein, muss aber unbedingt einige Dinge, wie oben angemerkt, verbessern, um seinen Standard zu halten und konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben.
Luxury in Crete.
We have just returned from two weeks holiday here booked through Argo Holidays. This hotel is supposed to be a "De Luxe" grade. It may have been in the past, not now. We had a waterside bungalow. The bungalow was in a terrace of four. It was clean but basic, however it was cut off from the rest of the hotel in a place on its own. The service in the Ambrosia restaurant was slow, the portions very small, tepid temperature and the food was heavily salted . One evening it took two hours and ten minutes to get to the main course. The hotel is understaffed [albeit the staff are very friendly]. The following evening the staff numbers were increased, however all returned to normal the following night. The situation of the hotel is good, dont get a room by the road as it is very noisy. We felt that the hotel was trading on its past reputation. Would we go again - yes to Crete, the island is truly stunning and the people all very friendly, however we would need to find a much better hotel. This hotel does not warrant the charges made.
I am writing this in response to the poor review, it cannot be further from the truth. we stayed for one week in late august 2005, we arrived in the middle of the night to be taken to our upgraded bungalow. I had ordered a waterside but been put in a VIP sea front, the difference was only 20 feet and the room was far bigger. The beds where firm ( great as i have a bad back), the rooms airy and the bathrooms clean. All furnishing are to a very high standard and the rooms all have tv's, radios, and mini bars.
The bungalows where we stayed have dedicated areas for sunbathing, your room has a parasol linked to it, this area was only shared with one other room, so nice not to have to get up early and "bag" your lounger.
We found the food to be fantastic, the breakfasts an experience and as a previous review said there where 2 juicer machines, one manual and one automatic (makes it frothy!!). They even had a theme night and where we tried Sushi, defiantly not for me!!
All the staff where friendly, and so peaceful, no kids running around as most of the guests are couples.
The drinks are expensive, but your a 10 minute walk from town, and 5 minutes from the neatest bar.
The guests are very loyal and one couple we met where on their 23rd visit. We have booked to return again this year.
If your after tacky entertainment, cheap drinks and in your face staff then this is not the place for you.
If your after a relaxing time, where the staff are attentive and the food excellent then you will have to go a long way to beat this.
Our vistit to this hotel was not good. The room was 3m x 3m square with no window or air conditioning, painted battle ship grey. We were limited to only one restaurant unless we paid a premium.
The entertainment was on one night only for about an hour in the outside restaurant for which you paid an extra 23 Euro as well as having paid for your meal on half board.
Food selection not that good, meat cooked but very chewy.
Some of the staff where good others useless.
We booked on the basis of a brochure and the hotel web site, but where misled as both said five star, but only the VIP suite is that the rest not good.
Favourite hotel ever
We stayed here for a week in May in a VIP seafront bungalow, (which was exactly that!)What a fantastic setting, always somewhere quiet to sit, whether by the pool, on one of the little beaches or the rocky outcrops by the sea.
The food was wonderful - I think the author of the previous review must have got the wrong hotel as one of the highlights of breakfast was squeezing your own fresh oranges for juice - how fresh is that!!
Our bungalow was fab - only complaint was the hardness of the beds! The bathroom was spacious and the housekeeping brilliant, fresh bath AND pool towels each day. The staff were wonderful, especially Maria at the pool bar, and especially if you try to speak a few words of Greek.
We are hoping to return next year for another glorious week.
Don't go there
Sold as a luxary independent it is actually rip-off package tourism at its worst.
exhorbitant prices, staff unfriendly and unhelful, snooty.
rooms would be mediocre in a city hotel and are boring, dark and frankly badly designed and put together (ours had damp).
Not enough hot water for a bath or for two people to shower and even though we were out all day our room was not serviced, on asking for it to be the staff were moody and rude.
Food we had was nice but breakfast and the resturant are full on 'package city', this is the only place in Crete we found which did notserve fresh orange juice.
Really, believe us, don't go there!
Saved by the restaurant food
We spent 5 days in a VIP seafront bungalow. The bungalow was in fact attached to one other bungalow but it didn't really affect our privacy.It had very pleasant views of the sea.
On arrival the receptionist was cool and un-friendly. We were shown to our room by the porter who was also fairly un-interested in making us feel welcome.
The bungalow was a good size with a decent sized dressing area, living area and a decent sized bathroom. The towels, robes and sheets were of good quality.
The headboard above the bed was made of linen which was had greasy headmarks on it from previous guests. The couch in the living area was also in need of a clean. We complained to the management and we were offered an alternative bungalow but this had the same problem.
The best they could do was to drape a linen cover over the affected area which at least looked much better. The beds were some of the hardest we had ever slept on.
We were staying on half board and the quality of the food was excellent both at breakfast and dinner.
The paths around the hotel were in places un-even which made walking in the dark a little dangerous especially if ladies were in high heels. The paths were not that well lit.
This hotel has the potential to be one of the best on the Island but needs to sort out issues such as the above to raise the standard to that of it's competitors.
Beautiful Relaxing Private Hotel
We stayed at the Minos Beach Hotel (which is a member of the small luxury hotels of the world / ----) for 11 nights and would like to have stayed for longer. We arived early in the morning at about 4-00am at the hotel. On check in we got a complimentary upgrade to a Superior Bungalow and was given some sandwiches incase we were hungry. If you are going to book a room or bungalow and you have the money, book a VIP Waterfront Bungalow the views are brilliant.The Hotel is low level and not intrusive, the reception looked cool and minamilist with a fish tank built into the reception desk. When we got to our bungalow it was secluded and had a private verander / Balcony with furniture and no other bungalows overlooking us - Brilliant !!. The Bungalow itself was very spacious 45 square meters. Seperate living and bedroom areas, nice big bathroom with bath and power shower and a dressing area with fitted wardrobes. The next morning we had breakfast on our balcony and then went down to one of the private beaches with our in room beach towels which got replaced fresh each day. We had lunch in the The Greek tavern 'Terpsis' which specialises in the most traditional Cretan recipes derived from fresh ingredients and local spices, open from mid May to mid October. Member of "Chaine des Rotissseurs", set in the beautiful gardens on the water's edge with its open air terrace. Guests can have their half Board meal at Terpsis restaurant at mid day if they are eating out at night.
Most evenings we ate at the hotel at the Bacchus Restaurant
as the food was some of the best I've tasted and I've stayed in quite a few 5 star hotels. You could choose from a selection of main courses from the daily menu and also enjoy a lavish buffet selection of appetisers, salads, cheese and a rich choice of desserts. Also they had two bufet nights during our stay, I usually hate buffet but it was great. We celebrated our 1 year anniversary whilst on holiday and had a few meals at their restaurant La Bouillabaisse Overlooking the sea the Gourmet restaurant 'La Bouillabaisse' is where guests can enjoy a romantic dinner by the water's edge. A member of the renowned 'Chaine des Rotisseurs', it is highly acclaimed for its exquisite gourmet cuisine, excellent presentation and attentive service. Also, for those occupying Presidential Suite and Executive Suites can have their Half board dinner entitlement in this restaurant. Here they have a Lobster and champagne night which you pay a suplement for but it was lovely if you are celebrating. For more information and photos of the hotel here is the website - ---- . The hotel is just 10 minute walk from the centre of Ag. Nikolaos and close to the hotel are some Greek tavernas and a small shop which we used for drinks and snacks as you could get a large bottle of beer for 1 euro instead of paying the mini bar bill and a beer at the tavernas was only 2 euros 60. If you eat out in Ag. Nikolaos try Cafe Du Lac overlooking the lake very nice it looked the best place for top quality food but there is lots of choice. Other things - car hire is very cheap at around 20-30 euros a day with fully comp insurance and the driving is easy don't be scared ! We visited Sitia, Via Beach, Elounda, Hereklion, Rythmnon and Chania over 3 days and the views along the coastal road up to Sitia were amazing. The only other resort I would visit apart from Ag. Nikolaos would be Chania. The airport is poor but the rest of our holiday was amazing and I would have no problem recomending the Mamadikis Minos Beach Art 'Otel to anyone. This would be much higher on the reviewed hotels in Crete but the reviews are under lots of different locations on Tripadvisor.
Stayed on honeymoon at the hotel in early October 2004. The standard of the main restaurant was fantastic with great food and excellent service. The grounds of the hotel are also very attractive with winding pathways set amongst olive trees and vegetation, and a number of 'private' sunbathing jettis by the sea.
We had booked a 'standard' bungalow but were upgraded to a 'superior' bungalow because we were on honeymoon. This was a kind gesture. However, it is the first bungalow I've ever stayed in which has three apartments beneath it! There are also numerous 'bungalows' located over the main parts of the hotel - the restaurant and reception for example. These are really just apartments.
So although the pictures in the travel brochures lead you to believe you will be in a detached bungalow by the sea, you may well end up in an apartment - oh sorry - 'bungalow'! Apart from this the hotel was great however. Maybe check exactly what you're paying for in terms of accommodation before booking.
Paradise on earth
We stayed 1 week in the hotel with a marvellous view of the sea.the kitchen was excellent. The staff was very friedly and correct. The rooms and the garden were clean and nice. Like I said: a paradise on earth.