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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We really enjoyed the place. It is well located, the staff are ok and the food was good.
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- Coral Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Coral Hotel Aghios Nikolaos
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