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“Good location, good food, reasonable service”
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Coral Hotel
Ranked #14 of 94 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good location, good food, reasonable service”
Reviewed 18 June 2010

The hotel:
Generally speaking a good hotel. The decor looks to have not been updated since about 1984 but beyond this superficial tiredness the hotel itself is perfectly acceptable.

There was a good mix of nationalities, Dutch, German, English, French but most of the clientele were 50+ so if you want somewhere a bit rowdy I'd try somewhere else.

The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and has a private beach (pebble) out front over the road although you pay 7 euros to rent 2 loungers and a parasol for the day on this beach.

The rooms:
The room was simple - it is well worth paying for a sea view. We requested a room on a lower floor. This meant we were nice and close to the restaurant and almost directly under the pool level (although you could hear sun loungers being dragged about in the morning. Air con is not enabled in the rooms before 15th June but we just asked at reception for a remote and they gave us one without charge or question. The rooms were cleaned every day and we never had anything to complain about. There was a small fridge and an even smaller TV in the room.

The staff:
On this point there was variation. Some staff were a bit abrupt and annoying others were incredible. Overall, there was no particular impact (good or bad) on our experience. Without exception the staff were very efficient.

The food:
All meals are more continental than British so if you don't like that then you might want to try somewhere else but we found the food excellent. There was always a good range of cooked meals (buffet serving arrangements) available for both lunch and dinner in addition to an excellent salad bar. You can also get pizzas and toasties up by the pool for free if you are all inclusive; these were pretty good as well.

The pool:
Saltwater and very salty (bring goggles) but clean and spacious enough as most people didn't use it. Sun loungers at something of a premium but you can pop next door and use the pool at the Hermes (sister hotel) where loungers are more abundant although drinks are not free there for all inclusive guests.

The bar:
Serves free until 11. Suffers from the 80's feel more than most areas. Quite well attended but quite reserved. Entertainments are limited but the greek dancing was good fun.

Overall:
We really enjoyed the place. It is well located, the staff are ok and the food was good.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

Just come back from my third stay at the Coral. I could clearly see that they have been busy over the winter months updating the hotel. The hotel is as always spotless and all of the staff are so friendly and the view from the roof top pool is one of the best you could get.

The hotel is perfectly located, it is very near the main harbour where a lot of the local bars are situated, but far enough away not to hear it all going on.

On an evening if you want to party on after the all inclusive finishes then I would suggest Yannis Rock and Blues bar and the Aquarius Bar for great music, great staff and a good laugh.

The only draw back is that the hotel has got rid of so many sunbeds around the roof top bar. 40 beds is not enough when the hotel is full with over 300 guests!!!!!!!!!!! They used to have so many more

Samhagda works at the pool bar, mad as a box of frogs and she is fantastic, she always has a smile on her face and she likes to sing in the afternoons.

Maria and Stella work in the main bar on an evening, and they are always happy to serve. It is just a shame that the hotel manager will not give them more glasses to use. They are forever going around and collecting empties so that they can wash them and re-use them which then causes queues at the bar which is not their fault.

I am a fussy eater and I like to know what I am eating and the Menu is posted on the wall every day and there was always something there for me to have, ( incredible really as I can't eat fish and won't eat Rabbit.

If you want to do any sightseeing, don't book with your rep, you will be able to get a better deal booking yourself. I would recommend a visit to Spinalonga, sad story but also very uplifting, and the tickets are 15 or 18 euros if you want a guide direct from the main harbour.

Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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Barnsley, South Yorkshire
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Reviewed 12 June 2010

ROOMS
Spacious and plenty of drawer and shelf space. Recently refurbished.

FOOD
Breakfast - great selection. I thoroughly enjoyed breakfast every day.
Lunch - also a good selection.
Dinner - we didn't go for dinner many times as we wanted our own space but when we did go it was a bit disappointing as it was similar to the lunch selections but also had soup.

DRINKS
We were all inclusive but this finishes at 11pm. All drinks are to be paid for after that time. It was quite difficult working out which were included in the A.I. also, e.g you could get a coffee but you had to pay for a frappe.

POOL AREA
Very relaxing and great views over the bay. As this isn't a child-friendly hotel, it made it all the more peaceful (sorry kids!).

LOCATION
The hotel is in a perfect spot. The walk into town is just a hop, skip and a jump.

LOCAL INFO AND TRAVEL DETAILS
As our rep only visited the hotel by appointment (Cosmos) we didn't get a welcome meeting. We therefore had no idea that all useful information was situated in a room called The Meeting Room on the first floor. That is, until the last day when we were enquiring at Reception about our flights home.

RESTAURANTS
Well we only tried one! La Strada (which is an Italian with some Greek dishes). This restaurant was at the top of the hill. It was excellent and we went 4 times. What else can I say!!

CAR HIRE
We used Byrons just down from the hotel. 70 euros for two full days. We hired a 1.2 Clio and it was really no effort climbing the mountain roads. I think this was an off-peak price though so you may have to pay more at busy times. We found a lovely beach at Istro. Lovely clear sea and nice sandy beach. No sea shoes required here! [I think it was called Vulismo beach]. Much much nicer than Havania Beach.

TRIPS
Instead of booking a trip, we used the car and drove to Plaka (small fishing village) and then go the boat over to Spinalonga (boat takes 5 mins from here) for 8 euros each. You can stay on the island for as long as you want (2 euros each) and the boat comes every 1/2 hour to pick people back up. Go early to avoid the crowds (and the heat!). Definitely worth a visit. You don't need a guide because there are some information boards inside some of the buildings which tell you all about the island's history.

Just a couple of little negatives now but don't let these things put you off. Firstly, the pool bar and the main bar staff are friendly but can be a bit moody at times. Secondly, on our last day we checked out of our room and just chilled out around the hotel. We weren't due to leave for the airport until 18.30. At about 15.30 we went up to the pool bar and ordered a coffee. The lady said we have to pay now. Our room number is on a list and we are no longer entitled to A.I. We had paid for 7 days all inclusive and we didn't arrive until after midnight on our first night so I wasn't happy with this. My husband went down to reception and sorted it out. Apparently, it was an administrative error. The other couple that caught our plane were then also told the same but we happened to be in earshot as he was about to pay without questioning it - I wonder whether this administrative error happens regularly to see whether they can get people to pay. Not sure, but it did annoy me.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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greenock
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

Hubby and I stayed 2 weeks AI in month of May. Very beautiful location. The views over Mirabella Bay are stunning. If you can get a sea view, well worth it. Not much in way of entertainment, but then it was still early season. The roof top pool is freezing, salt water,but refreshing to say the least. Not a lot of variety in snack bar, mainly pizza and salad or toasties. The food in the dining hall is well cooked, well presented and it is spotlessly clean. The staff are very pleasant and friendly. One downside, the bar which opens at 5p.m. is run by a tyrant . She hardly looks at you when being served, and you never get a full glass of beer. Manners not her strong point. Other than that a very enjoyable holiday. Expensive if you are not all inclusive.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Scarborough
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

We flew out on the 6th of May and arrived a little later than we thought. The receptionist was extremely friendly on arrival and explained where everything was within the hotel, and also explained the times of breakfast, lunch and dinner and gave us our pass for the all inclusive.

We headed to our room, the only annoyance was that you can't get the lift to the 3rd floor, you have to get out at two and walk up about 10 stairs (with luggage) to get to it. Our room was clean, ample space. The bathroom was very nice, balcony a little bit small.

The pool isn't as small as people on here claim, I'd say it's average really. The lady at the poolside bar, where you can get drinks and snacks is so funny and friendly, and mad in her own way. I'd definitely say to get to the sun roof early if you want a lounger though.

The food was great, there is a little something for everyones tastebuds. The puddings that they serve with the evening meal are out of this world. Especially the strawberry tartlets. The waiting staff are very friendly.

As for location, it really couldn't be any better, you are right on the beachfront, with great views if you get a seaview room, or just have a lookout from the sun roof. It's jsut amazing. The port and lake is just a short walk away with great bars. Definately recommend Sorrentos, you pass it on route to the port. They are all great in there and they will have you dancing along with them and make sure yourall having fun.

The only bad thing with the hotel was the entertainment is very poor, with the exception of a Cretan night they had, where they got everybody up dancing to Cretan and greek music in true greek style. However, the sister hotel the Hermes has slightly better entertainment and you are welcome to use their bar too.

As for the island, a beautiful place, and boy did we ensure we saw it all. Highly recommend you go on the Jeep Safari excursion.

Will be back at the Coral next year, without fail!!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birminmgham
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

Apent a week at the Coral Hotel with my 23yr old son and his girlfriend. Had a great time. The food was very good and if you missed lunch you could get pizzas etc at the pool bar which had the amazing sea views. The staff are so friendly and would bend over backwards to please you. Entertainment was dreadful but you are so close to lots of bars and resaurtants its no big deal. A holiday is what you make it. Would definatly go back and next time take my husband. Enjoy.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Lincoln
1 review
Reviewed 4 June 2010

This was our 4th time at The Coral, this time we took my in laws to show them all of our favourite haunts. I think that the last 3 times we went we must have had rose tinted specs on as this time, every flaw was evident - to save your reading time and to keep things simple I'll review each aspect separately.

Reception - 'welcome' very cold from receptionists despite being return guests although bar manageress gave us very warm welcome on our arrival

Rooms - very clean and comfortable, decent lie-in/siesta if needed as maid doesnt arrive til after 2pm. Fantastic view from sea facing rooms - dont book rear facing as all youll see is a wall!

Restaurant - very clean and tidy but busy until after 8:30pm due to early eating Dutch/German guests. Food selection good and varied but of very similar tastes i.e. over-salted and bland stews/pizzas/fish fingers obviously catering for all inclusive Teutonic guests - not very authentic or taste inspiring unfortunately. Staff very friendly and helpful particularly if you speak a bit of Greek.

Pool - forget it after 9am unless youve reserved a lounger (which is strictly forbidden) as the rude Germans and Dutch are up at 8am hogging them. Lunch at the poolside is very good although you cant eat in your bathing stuff and cant sunbathe on the restaurant chairs so unfortunately we did not get much use of the all inclusive drinks while having a nice swim/sunbathe as the bl**dy Germans got there first. (Would recommend moving their towels into the nearest bin though as this brings them down a peg or two!)

Bar - very hot and stuffy unless aircon is on but this is easily alleviated by cold beer or cocktails (which are covered by all inclusive!) Entertainment of Greek dancing is excellent but alas only on once a week (unless you want a repeat performance at the sister hotel Hermes)

Beach - very short distance away but not owned by the hotel and as such is subject to lounger charge of 3euros per person per day which soon adds up (lounge on one of the flat rocks nearby or scarper before the attendant arrives is the beat option!)

Local area - lovely town, brilliant views, fantastic tavernas (try Pelagos even if youre all inclusive just for something authentically Cretan), explore as much of Crete as you can independently via local bus or quad bike/car as the organised trips are rubbish - just cattle packed in to gain profit.

OVERALL - great hotel if you want value for money in all inclusive and plan only on eating and drinking lots and using pool all day. If you plan your day on spur of the moment and 'fancy popping to the pool for a quick dip' or 'nipping down to dinner' then forget it and go somewhere else as this hotel appears to cater only for Germans and Dutch, bends over backwards for them and their piggy, lazy little whims and does not cater for Brits,Americans, French etc. who want a hotel to be a comfortable base and not a place to spend your entire day. Recommend the all inclusive option (as it cheap) for your breakfast lunch and booze but skip the pool and dinner and use the beach and local restaurants for authenticity and freedom.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Coral Hotel
Address: Akti Koundourou 20, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece (Formerly Dessole Coral Hotel)
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#16 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
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Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 165
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