14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We were in bluemarine 1st Oct to 8th oct 11 what a lovely hotel !!! we had room 609 in the 5th floor great views ,very clean hotel staff very friendly makes all the difference they always seemed to be cleaning and it shows !!food good lots of choice very relaxed in restaurant very efficent staff in there as well self service food and drinks so have as much or as little as you want.Best of all was aria(hopefully spelt correctley )at the pool bar she was great always smiling and very helpful would thoughly recommend this hotel.. Taxi into town 9 euros dont bother with bus 1.80 euros each one way The only down side was the pool which was freezing !!!!!!!!!and the pool towels which were rather poor but Im being picky."
- Travel date: 12th October 2011
Inland View is a gross misrepresentation
"The description given in the Olympic Holiday brochure represents a gross misrepresentation of fact in respect of the "inland view". The view is one of a solid rock wall which extends from the ground floor up to the upper floor permitting little or no natural light on to the balcony. For an additional 10 euros a day the hotel moved me to an alternative room with a view of the sea. My investigations whilst staying in the hotel revealed that this was a common occurrance affecting many guests. "
- Travel date: 20th July 2011
"Our first visit to Greece. Agios Nikolaos exceeded our expectations, much greener that expected, and to us a perfect time of the year to visit, as it was perfect weather and so quiet everywhere. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. the most impressive part to me was the Spa - all free! We enjoy walking, and the coast paths were quite spectacular.Also a trip on the vilage of Agios Nikolas is recommended. We were quite happy with everything about the hotel, ok, the restaurant did not always provide top quality food, but there was always something there we enjoyed. I think it did not help that we were there the last week of the season, and numbers were diminishing. Yes we would return to this hotel."
- Travel date: 20th April 2011
Supposed 2b 5 Star but is maybe 2.5
"If the Aquis Blue Marine Hotel in Amoudara, Crete, is a five star hotel [other than their own star ratings] by international standards, then Iâm a banana. One point I must raise immediately to everyone who is considering a visit, and also the hotelâs management [Owner - Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Al Nahayan of UAE] is the choice of tiling for the swimming pool area is a disgrace. On our visit a lady slipped and returned to UK in a wheelchair, and numerous other trips and slips occurred due to the tiles being the wrong ones for a high slippage area. If this was a pool in UK, I have absolutely no doubt that the Health & Safety would close the pool immediately and order a recovering of the whole area. My next point is the standard of the food, which was incredibly poor for all three sittings. If youâre not a basic salad fan, then youâre likely to be going to Agios Nikolaos and spending money feeding yourself; the job the hotel is supposed to be doing. There was a high turnover of food from one sitting, being packaged differently and reserved at the next sitting e.g. pork slices become pork snitzel, beef becomes calf casserole etc. I cannot say anything more than the food served was âCanteenâ grub, and people at a large workplace would be reporting the standard of food to the management and unions with the chef/manager being fired. Then there is a third point about this hotel which should be addressed by the management, and that is the high volumes of mosquitoes which are in the rooms, hotel and surrounding areas. We were bitten on many occasions, with one of us having more than thirty bites all over their body. They sell a fly spray in their shop for E3.8, which in Netto will cost you less than 50p. Maybe itâs the money element that they donât bother spraying the rooms, and leave you to buy their products? The shop is extremely dear, with most sun creams being sold for between E14.50 and E20. Just make sure that you go to the supermarket/cut-price discounter before you go and buy more than you need, as you will burn very easily in the sun and itâs also helped by the salt water pool. WiFi connection can be very temperamental; there are areas which you will have little to no connection. The outside areas e.g. pool, they will pick up the lobby connection, and the rooms one called desktop. The mobile telephone connections are also different at the front and the back of the hotel e.g. Cosmote and Wind. The Animation team was headed by an Italian lady called Erica, who is a very outgoing and likable person. One young lady called Gooner was very rude to us and said, âDonât think putting your child to the kids playtime is an invitation for you to have a good time you are still the parent you knowâ. I told her we were very aware of our responsibilities, and decided not to bother putting our child again if thatâs what she thought of the parents. But as the Jackson 5 sung, âOne bad apple donât spoil the whole bunchâ. The rest, two Italian guys, a Slovak lady and a Polish lady were fantastic, and made up for Gooner; who also caused a couple to have a blazing row with an off-the-cuff comment she made to a wife which turned out to be her making a jokeâ¦..the couple did find out and I believe they were making a complaint about the incident that should have never happened. If there was one thing I would personally change, the format of the games become monotonous and would be better changed to a fortnight program with varying events. Basically it starts with boules, then later darts, cocktail game, volleyball, football, table tennis etc. One shining feature to the hotel are the bar staff, Aria and the Barman upstairs in particular. Always polite and smiling, they are a credit to the hotel. We found that most of the waiting, cleaning and general staff were Polish or other Eastern European if they werenât from Greece. Many were starting to have worries about their next job, as they are all to be laid off on 31st Oct without any contract for next year. The Al-a-Carte [Olive Tree] wasnât up to much, the lamb chops were mainly bones with fat â¦. and a little meat. The fish wasnât anything great, and the chicken was just passable. The prices they were advertising for this were just not realistic, as you could have got the same in any major UK city for about the same but really enjoyed it. The best part about our meal was Alex [Romanian], who was funning with our child everytime he passed which she absolutely loved. Yes the hotel was clean, but on a couple of occasions we had to ask the cleaner if she was doing our room. On one occasion we had to ask her to come to our room, to see that we didnât have a towel to have a shower. She must have been in a rush, and decided she would miss us out that day; so itâs a good job we came to wash before dinner otherwise we would have had no beds made or clean towels to wash. I have noticed since returning, the hotel group is still advertising tennis courts. I can inform the hotel management, you donât have tennis courts any longer you have built a mini stage and seating over them for the animation group â¦Remember? DUH And one more thing for the management, did you know people just turn up order drinks and have a good time at your expense? It happened a couple of times that we know, when a big Albanian guy who calls himself Bruno Sergio and his five pals just strolled in and ordered drinks. Thatâs why other hotels have the armbands, why donât you make use of the room card and give out one for every adult who must swipe, show or produce before they get drinks? Also don't go expecting to play tennis, as the tennis courts have a mini stage and seating built on them ... false adverting? Well the hotel isn't saying anything differant, and they should know as it was them who built the mini stage."
- Travel date: 13th July 2010
Fabulous Hotel, great staff
"We stayed half board for 7 nights from 12 May 2009, and had a wonderful holiday. The staff at the hotel amazed us, especially in the dining room where we were made to feel so welcome and treated with warmth and genuine care. (thanks Katarina) . The food also exceeded our expectations both in quality, and choice combined with the changing menu, made it a delight to go and eat in the evening. The red house wine was great value at 9 euro's for a litre too. We are not great party and therefore would liked the music during the day around the pool to be a little more like a background style. The animation staff have a job to do and did try to mix up the languages, however we did feel that it was a little more geared to the German market. The gym is a token gesture only and rquires the equipment to be better serviced. The location is very good given that the town of Agios Nikolaos is about a 50minute walk around the coast, most of which is by a safe and easy walking path, although about 1 kilometre is by the side of the road, which needs a little care and better shoes, however it is well worth doing as long as it is done early in the morning. Agios is fabolous town very surprising given the quality of cafes restaurants and shops, abit of Denmark, Italy and France all rolled into one. A cafe near the info centre called ... bites has well priced lovely food. A good way to travel is by rental car or scooter, the speed limit is low and the traffic quite light, so it is a safe way to get around. A trip to Mouchlos around the coast is well worth the visit, as is going to the south coast where the beaches are warmer and very pretty. You can get into Agios by public bus for 1.40 each way but the service is very unreliable and you end up waiting at least 20 minutes after the scheduled service time (this is life in Greece) but the buses are very comfortable nonetheless. We were advised to go into Elounda where they filmed 'Who pays the ferryman' however thought the town was trying to hard to cater for the British tourist and more junk shops and overall seemed less Greek than Agios. The weather was just right around mid 20's with very light winds until the sea breeze kicks in around mid afternoon, the sea temperature was Ok for swimming at this time of the year and will only get warmer as the season goes on. We would not hesitate to recomend this hotel to our best friends."
- Travel date: 23rd May 2009
Loved this place!
"My husband and I stayed here for 8 days last year and loved it! The food wasn't the greatest, but the location, the views, and the beach make it unforgettable. What made us so grateful about the location was how crowded everywhere else seemed to be when we took the bus to and from the airport. We were so glad we chose Blue Marine after all. It's the only large resort around so it's relatively secluded. It's not overcrowded, and it has its own private beach with a dock and sunbathing chairs. Perfect. Quick question though...does anyone know if it's still covered by TUI? We're trying to go back again this year, but can't find it though TUI anymore =("
- Travel date: 26th March 2009
Lovely Hotel, Shame About The Attitude Of Some Of The Other Guests
"We booked this hotel as it looked stunning on the website, and it is! It is one of the nicer 4 star hotels we have stayed in in the Greek Islands, very modern and clean, everything seems new, rooms are huge, pay for Sea View though. We paid half board, food was OK nothing to get excited about to be honest, had better in the Iberostar in Corfu the previous year. You have to pay for your drinks at your evening meal though, which I just assumed would be free as we paid for half board? but not so. Staff are perfectly helpful, the Hotel has a gym, health spa, indoor/outdoor pools etc. The only down side was the other guests, mainly of the French/Ger nationalities and we were one of the only brits in the hotel at the time, and they made sure we knew! At dinner time, one evening I was stared at throughout my entire meal by one man, whos friend then decided to so the same, and yes they were with their wifes at the time, and it was so humiliating, i had to leave the meal, as it made feel so angry. This was a trate every night for us, my parnter just tried to ignor it, as did i. I was not wearing anything out of the ordinary either?! The greeks were lovely, but the other guests were sadly not. The activity lady, GiGi is lovely though, she is british and came to speak to us, and said not many brits were at the hotel so this was a slight problem as we couldnt communicate with other guests. Hotel is great other than that though. Hire a car if you car and go and explore, see Knossos, its very cheap about 6E and its well worth it! Try to find your own beach as there is so much of the island to cover. Also visit Elounda, it has an old island fort which holds a lot of history. Great places to eat/drink. Agios Nikolaos is great for this too, also shopping! and has a nice harbour."
- Travel date: 27th February 2009
"We have just come back from a two week break in the Blue Marine Hotel in Amoudara in Crete and it was fantastic, the staff were great, the rooms were superb, maid service every day, linen changed nearly every day. Food was good, flexibility for changeing meals was brilliant (we were 1/2 board). The sea views from balcany are superb. We would recomend it to anyone. If there was one critisism it would be that the entertainment closed before the end of the season (11.00pm) if there was any at all in the hotel and this was only music from a DJ. We would go back again."
- Travel date: 22nd October 2008
loved blue marine
"My boyfriend and i visited the Blue Marine for 10 days in sept/oct 08 and found it great. The bus This hotel is on the outskirts of Agios Nikolas but it only took 5 mins to get there on the bus. The bus stop is directly outside the hotel. Pick up a timetable from reception as the times at the bus stop are not correct. The busses ran from 6.30 am roughtly every hour until 6pm then the last one at 9pm. If you get a taxi it is a set rate of 9 euros. The beach The hotels shingle beach is okay there are free sunbeds and a big floating raft thing so you can get into the sea without walking on the shingle. If you walk for 10 mins to the left of the hotel along the costal road there is a lovely sandy beach 5 euros a day for 2 sunbeds. The All inclusive. We found this very good the breakfast 7.30 - 10.00 everything you can think of. Pool bar snacks of pizza and sausage rolls from 11.00 - 12.00. Lunch 12.30-2.30 was salads, hot food, breads, cheese and deserts. Same snacks at pool from 3.30-4.30. Cookies and cake time 4.30-5.30 at pool. Dinner 7.30-9.30 Salads and hot food breads ect hot food did vary from lunch. All the food was well cooked and not too repetative. Drinks included soft drinks, coffee, draught beer, wine, local spirits, 5 cocktails vodka sunrise, tequila sunrise,cuba libra,gin fizz and wiskey sour. 3 non alc cocktails. Pool bar open 10.00-6.00 main bar open 6.00- last people leave no later than 1.00 all inclusive ends at 11pm. The entertainment. Quite chilled out water aerobics about 11am french bowls in afternoon. The evenings sometimes had a disco at main bar but not very varied music. The hotel There were mainly french and german people in the hotel but to be honest this didnt bother us much as it made you feel you were abroad and would have been much more upset if it was full of english chavs. The hotel was very clean, cleaner came in every day to our room. Never needed to put towel down early on sunbeds there were plenty. Pool was salt water very clean. We loved this location as all the rooms had an amazing view and a real sense of space around you. Agios nikolaos is amazing very cosmopolitan, clean, people very friendly, amazing and trendy bars by the lake and great restaurants. We looked at lots of hotels in agios and if you wanna be in the hub of town you seem to loose the views and things are quite on top of each other. Blue Marine was perfect for us as it was chilled and spacious with easy access to town. Spinalonga trip was so interesting would recommend going on the Ostria boat with nostos tours easily found in town. The Ostria is the only tour where the english guide takes you round the island anyone who has read the island will want to go and the guide has worked alongside Victoria Hislop (author) she is sooo knowledable people on other tours were walking round with a leaflet."
- Travel date: 5th October 2008
Blue Marine Feedback
"This is our third stay at the Blue Marine.The staff are lovely and speak farely good English. The cocktails are very ordinary.The view is to die for but the service is lacking. The rooms are very nice, most with great views. The pool is the best I have seen with a 180 deg view of the water..The language barrier at the front reception is very evident when there is a problem. There is a lot of building going on at the moment at the back of the resort, The managment dont seem to care that this was our 3rd stay there and would not let us keep our room for an extra few hours on departure day without making us pay 1000 THB We had paid for the better rooms and others were up graded on arrival for nothing to make up for the noise and the dust. but not us !! I dont think we will return there as there is absolutely no good will."
- Travel date: 1st September 2008
The good and bad
"The pictures give a true depiction of this hotel, it does look beautiful, the pool is great and the views are amazing. However travellers shoud be warned of a couple of things that unfortunately made our holiday not so great. 1) There is no kids club....there is an 'animation team' who will take your child for an hour in the morning to do colouring or play Uno, and maybe an hour in the afternoon to play waterpolo. They also provide a mini disco between 9 and 10pm. But if you are expecting a full on activity programme to keep your kids occupied..forget it! The animation team then spend the rest of their time amusing the adults. It seems to be Karim's job description to flirt with mummy's and Ralph spends his days getting thrown in the pool. That said they are a great bunch of people and work hard at entertaining the hotel guests. I just wish there had been more done for the kids. 2) Mountain view rooms...this is not so much a view as an actual mountain where your balcony ends. You don't even get daylight if you are on a lower floor! Only take these rooms if you want to go to bed before 11pm and want to avoid the noise of the pool bar. Otherwise pay the extra for the sea views, its probably worth it. 3) We couldn't play tennis as the nets weren't up (but it was probably too hot anyway) and the pool has a high salt content which irritates the eyes until you get used to it after a couple of days. All in all though a good trip. I would recommend the hotel for older families who don't expect a kids club, and couples prepared to put up with the pool area being full of kids looking for entertainment. Agios Nikolaos is a fantastic resort and worth visiting. There is a very family friendly atmosphere at the hotel and you don't need to worry about your kids wondering about by themselves. 4) Finally, a sour note to end our trip. Jewellery and an i-pod went missing from a drawer in my room on the last day. The hotel have yet to accept any responsibility in this matter and even acknowledge my loss. Keep an eye on your valuables as you prepare to leave!"
- Travel date: 23rd August 2008
"hello everybody! i staid in this hotel 3 weeks ago! trust me, it is a very good place! with a lovely view of the see and mountains; the arhitectural style is a special one; rooms are very new furnished and spacious with all you need in them; swimming pool is very clean; the restaurant is a very nice one with very polite and funny waiters :-) ; food is delicios and with a large variety; the personnel is very polite; the owner of this hotel said hello to us evrey night and once night he offered us something to drink; belive me, is a perfect place ! try it 100% !"
- Travel date: 28th July 2008
Top traveller tips for Blue Marine Resort & Spa
"I wouldn't recommend the hotel, as it is isolated, poor food and dangerous"
Blue Marine Resort & Spa is also called
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