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May Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Missiria
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“nice hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2008

I was there for one week at the end of July - beginning of August 2008.

To summarize - I would stay there next time as it is very nice. I had absolutely no complaints. My age – 31.

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The hotel is not very big, you get relatively personal attitude, not overcrowded, very clean and tidy. Very nice and green yard/garden with the good size and with swimming pool, where you can find the shadow under the palms in the middle of the hot day when beach could get too hot. Swimming pool is clear and large enough to not feel squeezed, the depth varies between 1.50 to 3.00 m. And there is separate children pool next to the big one. Although the sea is 200-300 m away, swimming pool can be and was important as the sea on the north coast of the Crete was very waving at the week of our stay, with red flag on the masts of the beaches, which means – no normal swimming in the sea. Beach patrol guys were calling out anyone who was noticed trying to get inside the sea. Also the other not so nice fact about the sea – several times I stepped into the small oil spots while walking near the waves. Possibly if the sea would be calm, there would not be such problem.

In a hotel yard there is an area to play volleyball (no one used it during the week :), ping pong, billiard. There are small gates on the sides of the big pool, so you can play a ball in the pool. Food was nice with plenty of choice during the breakfast and dinner. Price for the 0.5 l of local wine in the evening was 4 or 5 EUR. Glass of fanta, juice etc 2 EUR.

The beach is some 200-300 m away. Directly on the nearby beach there is nice taverna (River) where you can have a glass of wine while watching the sunset (alternative to the hotel) with the price 4 EUR for 0.5 l or eat a lunch if not all inclusive. We walked to the downtown of the Rethymno once by the beach. It took less than a hour with photo stops etc. Google maps shows that distance to the Rethymno downtown is 3.4 km (by the beach). There are public buses each 30 minutes from/to downtown. It costs 0.90 EUR to one end. It takes may be some 20-30 minutes in the high season busy hours by bus to the Rethymno bus station. Certainly less if going to the nearest part of the city as the streets in the middle of the city is the bottleneck for the bus.

The staff in the hotel is very understanding and tries to make their clients as happy as possible satisfying sometime some extra requests (late dinners, early breakfasts) which they could easily ignore.
We stayed in the room with a window to the street side (small front yard). As this was hot season the door to the loggia stayed closed all the time and air-conditioning (included in the price) was used to cool down the room. So the noise was not the problem. It could be, if you wish to leave the window open for some reason during the night. If you get the room to the inner yard, there should not be any problems as the yard if very quiet. Otherwise I think the side of the room does not make big difference, as you are outside most of the time.

The guests are mostly families, young couples. Guests were not loud. Lot of Germans, some Polish people, some others.

On one Thursday there was folk evening with 2 local dance couples, the guests were involved in Sirtaki dance etc. On other Thursday evening the barbeque was announced.

To the Heraklion the public bus passes the hotel nearly every hour. It took a bit more than a hour to the one end and 11 EUR per person (round trip ticket). Nearest activities (more tavernas, bars, shops, etc) are taking part in Platanias town, which is some 5-10 minutes walk from the hotel away from the Rethymno.

Overall the hotel itself is calm and quiet and I definitely recommend it to anyone, may be except some absolute party people (however Rethymno downtown is easily reachable).

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2008

We came to the May Hotel as a family of six to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday. We were greeted to a warm reception which resulted in a wonderful stay. The manager, his wife and staff were really friendly and helpful. The food was lovely and the hotel was nice and clean. The pool area was tastefully set out with the beach a mere stones throw away. The hotel was within walking distance of the resort and close to Rethmynon. Overall this hotel comes highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2006

Many people said "cheap is not good enough" but this is totally false for May hotel. A luxury hotel for the prise of a normal hotel, just 30euro per/person, mee and my wife. That does not mean that if you have children, May hotel is unaffortable.

I loved the beutiful garden with the swimming stands in the middle drinking my favorite coctail Mojito. The people that works there are very helpful and I would like to send my greetings to Maria in reception and to Mr Nikos

  • Stayed June 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2005

This hotel is a little Gem. We happened upon it by accident as it does not appear in any of the UK Travel brochures or review sites. (find it at ------)
It is a smallish family run hotel on the outskirts of Platanes (supermarket across the road - main shops and restaurants 1mins walk), around 5km from Rethymnon (5 mins by taxi). The owners Nikos & Maria are lovely and will go out of their way to make sure you are having a good holiday as well as recommending places of interest in the area, car hire, etc). The room we had was on the small side but well equiped (inc. dressing table, TV, Fridge, Safe, Balcolny, bath with shower &Air Con) spotlessly clean and perfectly adequate for our purposes. The reception and bar areas are spacious (marble throughout) and there is also a terrace area outside. The main pool is large with a smaller, separate, children's pool both surrounded by grassy sunbathing areas and plenty of sunbeds - no matter when we arrived at the pool, there were always plenty to go round (other hotels please take note!!). This could, of course, have had something to do with the fact that the hotel is so close to the beach - just a couple of minutes walk down the shortcut beside the hotel. There is also a poolside bar offering drinks and snacks throughout the day - Don't miss the weekly bar-b-que, it was excellent! For those taking the half board option, the hotel restaurant offers the usual selection of soup/salads/hot mains & desserts, but Platanes itself has a fantastic selection of restautants and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets.
All in all the hotel offered excellent value for money and we would heartily recommend it.

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Property: May Hotel
Address: 122 Leoforos Machis Kritis, Missiria, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Missiria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Missiria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — May Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 76
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