7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
I'm only 15 years old but I grew up in A...
"I'm only 15 years old but I grew up in Agios Nikolaos in Greece and lived there for the first 8 years of my life. I have family there and the locals are really friendly. They also have a great language that is quite easy to pick up (well I think it is but I was educated in the language!!).
I am family friends with the owners of the bar Sorrento and I am really close friends with all the staff at Aquarius Pub. Will is the doorman there and he does loads of funny dances outside, Aris is a waiter and a very charming lad, Mumu is the DJ there and plays a variety of music for a range of people, Dave and Scott are the barmen and you get served quickly there, Sophie and Agga are the waitresses and are both lovely girls that are easy to talk to. All the taxis there are Mercedes. The best pool I think is the Almiros River Club, although it is a bit of a walk even though there are lovely views and takes 5 mins in a taxi but that costs around 6 euros.
Agios Nikolaos is my home town and I believe is the best place to go on holiday that suits all age groups and a variety of people. It's well worth going!
- Travel date: Wed 20th of September 2006
First time we've gone independent! We bo...
"First time we've gone independent! We booked the apartments on the internet and paid into our local high street bank. Everything was as good as when we went with a tour operator but the difference was the transfer only took an hour (in a Mercedes taxi - dead posh). The apartment was quite big and had a huge balcony looking out over the marina and the beach was about a two minute walk away.
The weather was fantastic considering it was October and the sun shone every day. Next time we're going to see more of the area and perhaps hire a car for a few days. Will definitely be going back to Mantraki though. Excellent value for money and worked out cheaper than a package.
- Travel date: Sat 19th of November 2005
This place is very close to the centre o...
"This place is very close to the centre of the town and its ideal for people like us who donât want to walk too far after the pub shuts. We met some people in The Fluffy Duck Bar (sounds a bit gay but its not) who were paying about a tenner a night to get in and out of town by taxi so we reckon by staying at mandraki we saved our beer money. It was a bit quiet in April but if you find the right pub like we did you can still have a good laugh. The Mandraki is very friendly and the people there are very knowledgeable about the area. They are also British so itâs easy to talk to them. Bonus!"
- Travel date: Wed 31st of March 2004
We have stayed at the Mantraki apartment...
"We have stayed at the Mantraki apartments before, when it was a Manos accommodation and when we heard that it was now run independently we were thrilled. We love the fact that we are so near town that we donât need taxis, but it is just off the main road and quiet enough to sleep in. The beautiful Ammos beach is so close it makes up for not having a pool, and the sea is so clear and clean its hard to get out of it!
The hotel has new managers now, Steve and Vikki, who are both British, and made us feel totally welcome. We booked the hotel over the Internet, it was as easy as that.
the apartment we stayed in this year had a huge balcony that overlooked the marina and the endless blue sea, and the apartment itself was very clean and well equipped. It even had a freezer with plenty of room for food and ice cubes.
There were lots of new features like sky TV and internet access, and we found the bar cheaper than the bars in town, with a great selection of snacks available.
We would definitely recommend a stay here and will be booking our flights for 2005 shortly. I believe that British Airways are doing cheap flight only deals to Heraklion beginning in January, which will be perfect. We hope you enjoy Agios as much as we do."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of June 2004
We arrived on Boxing Day and we were pic...
"We arrived on Boxing Day and we were picked up at the airport by Steve the manager, which was a really nice touch. We booked over the internet, and were worried that we wouldnât find anywhere open in December with Crete not being a big winter destination, but we were really pleased with our choice.
The apartments were very clean and near to all the town amenities, and the weather was glorious. we have already booked again for late May, and would recommend these apartments to anyone.
You can contact them at www.mantraki.4t.com and say hi to Steve and Viki from us!!"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of December 2004
I found this company surfing on the web...
"I found this company surfing on the web and they honestly treated me like gold ! The apartment is spot on. Close to the middle of the town and the restaurants and beach but still peaceful. simplycreteholidays are a small company who treat you like a person instead of a number. Got a private taxi from the airport and back and the whole thing cost me less than the big companies were charging. O.K, I saved on the flights as I booked them off the net but it still worked out cheaper by about 150 quid.
The apartment was lovely. Not 5 star luxury, but a huge balcony for me and the missus and fantastic views. The little bar downstairs had friends of the owners in and out all the time and we got to know loads of new people, most of them lived in the town and were really helpful about where to go and what to see. One of them even took us out for the day - free! Youâve got to try this simplycreteholidays lot, they're brilliant. I know who I'm booking with next year.
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005
We have just got back from our 6th trip...
"We have just got back from our 6th trip to Agios Nikolaos and we are already planning our next one!
Whenever we can we stay at the Mandraki. We first met Steve and Vikki when they ran the Fluffy Duck pub and were really pleased to find out they were taking over the Mandraki. The apartments are very well maintained and furnished and they are HUGE! The location is fantastic, 30 seconds to the beach and 5 minutes into town.
The best thing about staying at the Mandraki though is Vikki and Steve, they are so friendly and have fantastic local knowledge, what ever you want to do, they can tell you how! They do weddings. Cooking holidays, walking holidays, villas, you name it, theyâll do it!
You can get some great flight only deals with BA, especially if you book early. So booking independently works out much cheaper. Steve will also to your airport transfers for a small fee, even if you arrive in the middle of the night! (thanks again Steve!)
While youâre in town, make sure you go to La Strada and order Steak Balsamic!
For the best night out go and visit the guyâs in Aquarius (on the left hand side of the harbour) ....
Good bye to Vikki, Steve, Scott, Chicken Poo, Manolis and everyone else, have a great winter and weâll see you next year!
Trudy, Dan, Mark & Nat"
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005