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A most relaxing holiday
Just returned from Crete. The Elounda Blue Bay Hotel is a perfect retreat being in between the small and vibrant town of Elounda and the peacefulness of Plaka. About 20 mins walk to Elounda and over 30 mins walk to Plaka. The Hotel has a nice spot yards from the beach and the view of the hills and sea is outstanding. Beach is just down the driveway (steep but no mountain like some other reviews state), food not too bad but can get repetitive. room is neat and tidy and clean sheets every day. The staff are so friendly and helpful but that is also true about nearly all the Cretan people. Recommended for a relaxing and quiet holiday.
A good Holiday
My husband and I enjoyed our week at the Elounda Blue Bay. We were not disappointed by the hotel having read quite a few reviews, but it does not warrant four star status in our opinion. The bath is not a sink - it's a half bath - common in Greece.
I am surprised at the negative comments on the food as we found it perfectly acceptable, some evenings more appetising than others - but it is a subjective thing in any case. Our main complaint was the length of transfer from airport to hotel, in our case two and a half hours. But we still felt it was worth it when we got there. We found all the hotel staff to be polite and friendly, and Manolis the waiter had a great sense of humour!
Just returned on 4th Oct 2005 after a week at the Blue Bay Hotel Elounda which was very disappointing and should definately be rated a 3* and not a 4* hotel. The rooms were very small and dingy with a tiny bathroom which was dirty. The food lacked imagination both breakfast and evening meals. The pool was always unclean with some dead insect floating around. Having said the bad points the hotel is in a perfect position with beautiful views and is a 15-20 minute walk into Elounda centre.
Returned yesterday from the Blue Bay after having had a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately our flight out was delayed 3 hours but we were welcomed at Reception approaching midnight by Yiannis who could not have been more helpful. As previously written the views are absolutely stunning and we loved the location for it's peacefulness. It was great being able to walk into Elounda along the seafront approx. 20-25 mins. All the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Even the lady on the beach who looks after the sun loungers and snack bar was extremely pleasant and once again really helpful.
The only complaint I would make is the eating experience in the evening. Really felt it lacked imagination, and if you couldn't manage to get a table outside (which was a superb area - so romantic) you had to eat in the inside dining room which was very basic with extremely bright lights, made it feel as if you were eating in a school canteen. Needless to say we only ate there twice even though we had paid for a half board basis. Breakfast was okay, but a bit unimaginative. However, it was marvellous to try all the excellent restaurants in Elounda for our evening meals, especially the Ferryman and the Iloundi at the harbour.
Must mention the lovely ladies on Reception so helpful, again nothing was too much trouble and George the Assistant Manager. The barman was superb and even though he ran the bar single handed you never had to wait more than a minute. Also, the ladies who ran the snack bar for lunch were great and the food there was really well prepared.
Would certainly go again to the hotel but on a bed and breakfast basis next time. The warnings by previous reviewers about the hill were quite right, but we got used to it and felt the exercise was doing us good! (both in our 50's). Didn't understand some of the previous comments about some taxis and coaches not going up "the hill" - we didn't find this at all.
Would not recommend the hotel if you have young children or if you have mobility problems.
We have just returned from a week at the Blue bay Hotel in Elounda on Oct 4th, before we set off on our holiday we read the reviews on this site and went with an open mind of what to expect.
Firstly don't underestimate the other comments people have posted about the steepness of the driveway that leads you up to the hotel, If you have any problems walking etc... this is not the Hotel for you, One bit of advice is make sure if you transfer by coach that the driver takes you up the driveway on your arrival check this with your travel rep, We arrived at 12.30am and were dropped off at the bottom of the driveway and had to drag our luggage up the very steep driveway, What about our travel rep ? she got off the coach at an earlier stop & told us she would follow by car after seeing someone else into there hotel, We never saw her after that so was left to look after ourselves !! We did complain to another rep who came to see us in mid week.
The hotel is a 3 star not a 4 star but the staff are very helpful & friendly, it is clean and the rooms are adequate, The bathroom is ok but the bath is small with a shower that is very powerful. The towels & bed sheets are changed every two days the rooms are cleaned daily, the fridge in your room is very good and keeps your bottled water nice & cold.
The meals well don't expect a full English Breakfast, Breakfast was Boiled eggs, Baked Beans, Toast, cold meats, cheese, Cereals etc.. Evening meal was a bit plain, various salad choices every night, the hot food there was always something you would like, Sweets was very limited with ice cream & a selection of fruit and chocolate mouse every night. If you have wine with your evening meal you may find it a little expensive about 14.50€ you can get the same from the shops for around 5.00€.
Elounda centre is a very pleasant 20-25 mins walk from the hotel, it has it's fair share of shops & Tavernas, it is also very picturesque with some stunning views over the bay.
Great Location, Good Hotel
I travelled to Elounda with my girlfriend in July.
Firstly I would like to say that this hotel is lovely and that I can't really complain about any feature of it.
We loved the pools location, basked in sunlight throughout the day and we also loved the nice view out to sea (although interrupted by the odd mountain).
The pool-side restaurant, Zorbas, was lovely and made for a good place to eat dinner (all lovely) and buy drinks and ice creams. The waitresses were very, very good and very over-worked! They always managed to smile though! The pool was clean (if salty) and well stocked with complimentary sun loungers.
We enjoyed the meals provided at night and always found something we liked (although the breakfast was average). We also particularly enjoyed the location of the breakfast and dinner, with lovely views.
The private beach down from the hotel was very nice, quite compact, but enough room to move around and enjoy the sea and sun. The woman their was very helpful, as were all the staff at the hotel, with the exception of the older of the two male waiters who wasn't (lets say) ....approachable to most people.
Our only complaint of the hotel, and this isn’t a complaint as much as a side-note, is that the rooms shown in the hotels marketing pictures don’t exactly match up to the actual rooms - they are slightly duller, the floors are slightly less laminated and the bedding is slightly less comfortable, but if you arrived having not been expecting the picture and you were aware of what rooms in countries such as Greece are usually like, then you wouldn’t be disappointed.
This was balanced however by excellent maid service!
We also found BBC World very helpful in our room as the London Bombings occurred in the midst of our holiday.
Another note to bear in mind is that the hill to the hotel is massive! If you're walking into the centre or to the beach then be prepared for the walk back, it didn’t cause many problems though.
Good pool-side snack bar;
Lovely bar by night (/barman);
Handy shop in the hotel (papers, food, water, etc...);
Excellent panoramic views;
Room differs from advertising, but not by any far stretch;
Hill is massive;
All-in-all the hotel was lovely and we had a great time.
Would we go again? Yes!
As for the village, there were an assortment of bars, cafes, restaurants and public beaches, also a handy bank and water-sports/car hire.
We recommend the sea-side, Soprano-staffed 'Poulis' (there is a picture in somebody elses review!!)
If you choose this hotel, enjoy!
Bit of a disappointment
Our holiday got off to a bad start when we didnt arrive from the airport until 5am after a 3 hour transfer dropping off at what seemed to be 100 hotels. When we arrived we were allocated a room which was feet away from the car park and the double doors at the other side went more or less right on the public footpath with no privacy whatsoever. We were disappointed with the room as we paid extra for a sea view room but had much the same issue as the reviewer who could almost touch the cars. We did have a beautiful view of the sea but were on the ground floor which was a major let down. The room itself was spacious and adequate however it was very noisey from cars, coaches and motorbikes wizzing by from both the car park and the path at the other side at all hours and noise from ajoining rooms.
Breakfast was the first meal we had but we all found it very limited for choice and it was repetative with more or less the same every morning and as dinner was not until 7pm its a long time to go hungry!! Dinner was pretty much the same, limited choice if your a fussy eater and much of the food isnt labelled so you dont really know what you're eating. The waiters are friendly and obliging, but, for a great choice of cuisine, Blue Bay is not the place.
The hotel itself was quite basic and the pool area was adequate with quite a few sunloungers but the poolside bar was again limited with the snacks and food on offer.
Elounda is a lovely little town but there is not a great deal to do. Its a beautiful stroll from the hotel into town with the walkway being right next to the sea.I would definately recommend a trip into Aghios Nikolios (not sure of spelling!) as this is a bustling little place and the taxi drivers were all really willing to be of service offering tips and directions for where to go.
If you are looking for a beach holiday I would not recommend Elounda as the beaches are man made and very small but for a very quiet holiday to recharge the battaries I would recommend it here. Lazy days by the pool and a stroll in to town at night. Definately more a place for couples for a romantic holiday. Although Crete is beautiful, I dont think Elounda is the place for my next or future holidays.
good and relaxing holiday
The hotel we can rate as 3* but for sure not 4* ! But if you are not "Posh" it doesn't matter because the friendly staff, especially Michayl in a canteen and Nicholay in a bar, as all the rest compensates it...They were trying to make our holiday as pleasant as they could and they succeded it !!! Very big thanks from Augustina & Laima....
P.S. The hill to the hotel has to be seen as a good excercise, not as a challenge...
We had very good holiday and one day we will be back there for sure...:))
my french opinion
We are just back from Elounda and I would like to share my point of view with other customers. The hotel was nice and very well located. The view is fantastic. The rooms were correct, the receptionists lovely and kind. We were very disappointed by the awful food, especially when you know how good is cretan food.
It was too early for the breakfast, when i am on holidays i like to have my breakfast around 10. The end for breakfast for 9.30. And the waiters were awful. No smile.
However, this hotel is located in the most beautiful part of crete, realy.
And I want to say "hello" to all the nice cretan people we met.