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Minos Beach Art hotel
Ranked #3 of 100 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
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Ludlow
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57 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Relaxing Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is a haven in the otherwise commercialised Agios Nikolaos, although only a 1 kilometre walk to the town if needed. The staff at the hotel are friendly and efficient and the junior suite rooms are spacious and well equipped. We stayed on a b and b basis, but took advantage of the hotel restaurant mand a number of occasions. Quality was always good. The private beach was clean, although small, perfectly adequate. The grounds and pool are extensive with plenty of loungers and seating available.
I would definitely recommend this hotel, BUT beware, the beds are HARD.

Room Tip: Choose a suite for extra privacy, but the private pools are not private.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Dear guests,

Thank you very much for coming to Minos Beach and for sharing your opinion with other travellers. We hope you had a smooth trip home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to see, that you found the relaxation you were looking for. Please allow us to add, that each person has individual needs and habits concerning his sleep comfort. With pleasure we provide toppers for our matrasses and in this way we are able to customize our beds to each individual needs. So if you come next time, please don't hesistate to contact our reception or to send us an e-mail before (info-minos@bluegr.com) and we will be happy to assist you.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed at the Minos Beach the first week of October in a Superior Seafront Bunglaow, it was beautiful, lovely views of the sea and only a short walk to the bar and resturant. The weather whist we were there was for three days was rainy and windy and there is not an awful lot to do if the weather is bad. We hired a car and explored the island. The food was first rate, the satff could not do enough for you and the setting is the best we have ever seen. We will be returning

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sylvia b
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Dear Sylvia,

Thank you very much for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We are pleased to read how much you enjoyed your well deserved holidays and how much you appreciate our food and the service. Your kind words for the whole team are a big motivation to continue giving only the best tou our guests also in summer 2014.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we are already looking very forward to see you again and we will do our very best in order to welcome you under the beautyful Cretan sun and without rain.

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

Superior Waterfront Bungalow. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The room was very clean if a little in need of paint touch-up etc. We had tea/coffee making facilities when we arrived, other people said they did not but asked and were given them. Each day we had fresh fruit, flowers and clean linen but often they forgot to leave tea and coffee, milk was only left once. Not a problem, we bought our own.

One small niggle was that there were two of us but only one comfortable chair in the bungalow. We raised it with the holiday company rep and the hotel staff but nothing happened. We were allowed to stay in our room until 7 on the last day as we had a late flight.

We usually prefer buffet restaurants but the Ambrosia a la carte came as standard with the room and we were not disappointed. There were six courses including a cheese and salad buffet and a desert buffet and the food was excellent. Breakfast quality and choice was excellent, hot buffet, cold buffet, fresh orange juice, omelette, fried egg and pancakes made to order. Buffet items could have done with labels as there are sweet things amongst the savoury. That hash brown you fancy might turn out to be a pineapple fritter.

We were glad we were warned about the hard bed, we emailed the hotel in advance and requested a mattress topper and double bed. Room and pool towels are provided, there is a room safe and air con free of charge.

It was a 20 minute stroll into town with plenty of good tavernas and small supermarkets. Bus stops outside front of hotel to Elounda and Plaka or into Agios Nikolaos. We can recommend the bus to Plaka and a short ferry to Spinalonga Island. The ferry was 8 euros each. We were told there were no toilets on the island but there were, there is also a bar but that was shut so take water. The bus fare to Plaka was 2.10 euros each way.

The hotel grounds are lovely, the location is stunning and the artwork is interesting. The paths around the grounds are a bit uneven so stiletto heels are not a good idea. We don't normally revisit hotels or resorts, preferring to try something new each holiday but this one was so nice we will go back one day.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank jbjb698
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear guests,

Thank you very much for visiting Crete and for coming to Minos Beach. We hope you had a smooth flight home and took also some Cretan sun with you.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read, that you spent a relaxing time in our hotel. Your big compliments for the whole team are a very big motivation to continue giving just the best for our guests.

We are also very thankful for your remarks and will work on them with pleasure, because the satisfaction of our guests is our highest aim. Please allow us to inform as well, that during winter we will some maintenance ans smaller renovations like e.g. painting, new flat - TVs in the rooms which don't have them yet, etc. in order to keep Minos Beach in a good condition.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we are already looking very forward to see you again, if one day you decide to come back to Agios Nikolaos!

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

A very relaxing holiday in a wonderful setting. Waterfront bungalow with seaview. Great to have your own sun loungers and private spot. All staff were helpful, friendly and courteous and anything requested, was dealt wth immediately. Food superb.
Two minor niggles - no tea/coffee making facilities in room and tea/coffee not served in restaurant after evening meal. Has to be purchased in bar. Would expect a 5 star hotel to provide this?
Would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rita T
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear Rita,

Thank you very much for coming to Minos Beach and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a safe trip home.

Your kind words for the whole team of Minos Beach are a big motivation, to continue giving only the best to our guests. Therefore we are also very thankful for your suggestions, as they help us to improve in details. Please allow us to add, that we provide e.g. kettles on request. If you come next time and miss something - please don't hestistate to contact the reception and with pleasure we will do our best to make your holidays perfect.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Yorkshire
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28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

So many mixed reviews for this hotel made us a little unsure, we need not have worried, this is a beautiful place and we felt spoilt. We had standard sea view rooms with lovely balconies, these are immaculately kept with bed linen changed every day a real treat ! We requested tea & coffee making facilities which were in our room on arrival, nothing too much trouble , we just emailed our requirements through beforehand, quick reply . Private transfers booked direct with hotel were 5 star new luxury mercs waiting in airport lobby for us with chauffeur service and water as we arrived thank you minos beach you excelled ! And only 85 eu each way. Our swimming pool was a whole peninsula owned by the hotel which is just amazing and so private. The sea is crystal clear and the views are to die for . The best part of this hotel is the food we were half board and worth every euro it was gorgeous. Courteous staff great service and more food than you can imagine, waiter service for main course at dinner, fabulous buffet salads and desserts. A foodie paradise . Breakfasts just as good with an omelette and fresh egg station. Wine is expensive but this is the case in most 5 star hotels . We had a very relaxing week in a very classy luxury hotel well deserving its small luxury hotels of the world status. Well done Minos Beach !

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kerseygn
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear guests,

Thank you very much for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We are pleased to read, how much you enjoyed your well deserved holidays and that you appreciate especially the quietness, the privacy, the food and the service. The satisfaction of our guests is our highest aim and it's nice to see, that you also felt this.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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London, UK
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Minos Beach Art hotel is an ideal place for a quiet, restful, pampered and luxurious holiday, in a lovely setting in an intriguing part of Crete. Any deficiencies are only trivial, mere quibbles, soon corrected by the management. Our sincere thanks go to all the staff but especially to Dimitris Rallis, the newish manager, Yana Germenchuk, the alluring head of marketing, and to Katerina Smirniou, the receptionist who is a local and a font of all knowledge.

John and Jara, October 2013

Room Tip: Get a sea view or sea front bungalow.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Slava
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear Jara,
dear John,

Thank you so much for choosing Minos Beach and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a smooth flight home and took also some Cretan sun with you.

We are very pleased to see, that you really enjoyed your well deserved holidays and found also the relaxation you were looking for. Your kind feedback for the whole team is a big motivation ton continue giving only the best for our guests - only when our guests are happy, we can be happy as well.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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London
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

My sister in law and I stayed at the Minos Beach Hotel and had a great time, the staff were excellent, food good and have never stayed in such a beautiful setting, beds comfortable after having a topper fitted, clean sheets every day, and maids were excellent. The only downside was our bungalow so disappointing apart from our view - minimalistic the brochure said in our view very very basic - furniture basic -outdated tv - we usually like to keep up to date with news in Uk- one English channel - no radio - draw space limited to two very small ones - we ended up using the old fashioned tv cabinet to put our clothes in! no tea and coffee facilities - never heard of in a 5 star hotel! Bathroom also dated and bath quite high to get into. Wi-Fi I only managed to get on twice. Bungalow in general in need of update. Would love to go back but would not stay in a standard bungalow as definitely not 5 star accommodation although charged at that rate. Notice most of the excellent bungalow reviews were for Junior and Superior ones.

Room Tip: Definitely go for a Junior or Superior Bungalow
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marylou_9
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear Marylou,

Thank you very much for coming to Minos Beach and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a safe trip home.

It's nice to see, that you enjoyed your stay. Your kind words for the whole team are a big motivation to continue giving only the best to our guests. Thank you also very much for your remarks. Please allow us to add, that each winter we are doing some necessary maintenance works and also smaller renovations in order to keep the hotel into a good condition.

It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Minos Beach Hotel Management
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Property: Minos Beach Art hotel
Address: Akti Ilia Sotirchou, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#7 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Minos Beach Art hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minos Beach art hotel has been influenced by the traditional architectural style of fishermen’s villages of Eastern Crete. One storey, whitewashed bungalows and villas with terraces and minimal interiors are almost touching the sea. The unique environs of the hotel with its sumptuous gardens and narrow stone paved streets host the 45 works of Greek and foreign artists. In the eastern part of Crete, only a ten-minute walk from the town centre of Agios Nikolaos and a 45-minute drive from the airport of Heraklion. Exquisite decoration features, minimalist forms and Feng-Shui elements enriched by the Greek aesthetics of cotton and wood, handcrafted details, candles and water syntheses, create unique spaces and corners, making your stay in Minos Beach unforgettable. For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, we offer one presidential villa and three executive villas with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary “caressing” the sea. ... more   less 
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