My partner and I returned on 23rd September after a disappointing two week stay at the St. Nicholas Bay hotel. The hotel itself is nice enough but certainly not the 5* it purports to be. Most of the staff are ok but one of the breakfast restaurant managers (of which there are several) was downright rude when my partner asked for the breakfast menu and simply pointed to the buffet and motioned that we should help ourselves. Service is also rushed. The food and drinks in each of the restaurants was extortionately expensive (for example, 24 euros for a club sandwich). There were no tea and coffeemaking facilities in the rooms and a very limited amount of English speaking tv channels (BBC World News being one which was frozen all the time we were there. We also had to ask for our room to be cleaned on one occasion despite our having been out all day. The location is not at all covenient - a very hot boring walk into Agios Nikolaos with nothing much to look at or a 6 euro each way taxi ride (notwithstanding there was a two day taxi drivers strike while we were there) and there are no conveniently situated supermarkets.. On the plus side, the pool was beautiful and the views from the rear of the hotel lovely. We have stayed at 5* hotels on other Greek Islands and found them to be superb but if we travel to Crete again, I'd choose Elounda over Ag Nik, and certainly would not return to the St Nicholas Bay Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A spacious Balcony or Terrace in each Room or Suite provides a private and secluded open air lounge to sit and relax with great sea views.- From the secluded privacy of your room balcony / terrace only 2 minutes walk through flower scented gardens to reach the private sandy beach and sunbathing terraces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel And Villas
- Saint Nicolas Bay Hotel
- St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas Agios Nikolaos, Crete