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Balos Beach
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kaliviani
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

We stayed 4 nights up to 19 June 2013, myself my wife and our 20 year old son. Overall served our purpose well. Clean tidy and enough space to spread out. The pool is very good with an excellent view over the bay.
We didn't spend a lot of time at the Hotel as we were touring and seeing the local sights and eat out for all meals.
The Restaurant Gramboussa in Kaliviani must be one of the best in Crete. 15 mins easy walk up the road. Great walk back to the Hotel in the light of the moon.
The Hotel was relatively quiet but I can imagine that as the school holidays start it will fill up with families.
The owner/staff were friendly and helpful and available around the Hotel at most times.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

You definitely need a car while staying at Balos Beach hotel. The building is situated at the start of the unpaved road to Gramvoussa. The different appartments are big enough, clean and have a wonderful view over the sea and or the big swimming pool.
Balos beach has no neighbour buildings and lies a bit remote. So, a cosy evening walk is not the thing you can expect. Service is very good and staff is friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Anna (owner) went above and beyond to accommodate us. Breakfast/coffee served in the morning for free. Free wi-fi. Stunning views from our room overlooking the ocean. If you want a place close to Balos beach this is it. Great price as well.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2009

This hotel is on the relatively small road which heads out along the narrow peninsula to Balos in North west Crete. At the time of our stay, October 2009, things were reasonably quiet. The rooms are spacious and clean and the staff were really friendly. We arrived quite late and had loads of washing which we we needed to do urgently. Despite the hour, the lady owner did this with for us with no fuss. Everything came back immaculately pressed.

At the time of our stay the pool was half empty which was a little disappointing but the views were quite spectacular all the same. The shoreline is only 100m from the hotel but I would not swim there. Besides being quite rocky there is also a lot of litter. Not the fault of the hotel - you often find this at a number of Crete beaches. There was an awesome restaurant located about 400m south of the hotel (Gramboussa Restaurant).

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2009

This was our third visit to Crete. After reading the reviews and seeing the pictures we thought that the quality of the hotel would be at least equal to those we had been in on our previous stays (Allianthos Garden, Plakias and Porto Bellisario, Ferma). It was not.

Welcome was warm. As we were at the place early and room was not ready we made a walk around: toilets in the bar - disgusting, tables at the bar - not cleaned for a week, green around the hotel - dry dust (ok, they might be environmentally friendly and don't water the place but why they put cheap dirty artificial grass there instead?), cigarette ends everywhere, ants sunbathing around the pool, surroundings - plastic bottles and other waste everywhere. Plastic hothouses on the right. Then finally there is the sea... We felt rather like in the middle of dumping-ground.

After this walk we decided to cancel our reservation immediately, sacrifice 60 euro of cancellation cost and leave as soon as possible. We didn't even enter the room, kindly told the owner that this was not what we had expected and apologized. From that moment he stopped to talk to us. Cancellation fee was charged immediately even thought we were making the reservation the day before. Hope they use it for cleaning the place.

The normal price for a double room was 80eur, last minute discounted price 60eur. For what we had seen we would pay up to 20eur a night. Finally we went to the nice and clean Gallini Studios in Sougia and for one day to lovely, modern and also very clean Kavos Beach Hotel in Stavros, both 45eur a night.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2009

I stopped at this hotel with my brother looking for a room for one night after an unforgettable day at Balos Lagoon. We liked it so much that we spend there an entire week. The room was very adequate, modern and clean, with air conditioning, TV, and safety box. The location of the hotel is superb with all rooms facing the bay with its great sunrises and panorama. It's a perfect starting place to go to Falasarna, Rodopos, Elafonissi and even Samaria, being back in the evening for a swim in the swimming pool and an ouzo sitting in the sea-view veranda bar. No noisy discos in the immediate sorroundings and that's great when you want to rest. We had a perfect experience here, the staff was very friendly and helpful, they make you feel at home.
Last but not least, we were also allowed a late check-out (it was september).
Great way to spend our vacation in Crete.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2009

We've been spending our holidays in this hotel for more than a decade and we do love it. My wife loves the fantastic location and panorama, I adore the place and its position and my kids consider Balos Beach Hotel their second home. They've grown up in its swimming pools. It's a perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation and with our car we easily reach the best places in western Crete. The tireless staff always did their best to make us feel at home and solve our problems, more like friends than hotelkeepers. It's not for people used to crowded beaches, discos and noisy nightlife; its for families as well as for couples and alone travellers looking for a place where to spend some time in a relaxing enviroment.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Balos Beach
Address: Kaliviani, Kissamos, Crete 734 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Kissamos > Kaliviani
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kaliviani
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Hotel Class:3 star — Balos Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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