The location of the hotel is superb for tranquility and wonderful views. But if you want do anything outside the hotel you are very limited. The walk to town is 25-30 mins (closer to 40 mins to the Lake area), with half the journey on a quite busy road, but the other half along a nice promenade. We only found one local bar nearby (Kri Kri on the road to town- very friendly but very quiet).
Food generally was very good (for buffet food anyway). I thought the choice of fresh fruit at breakfast was poor for a hotel claiming to be five star, but overall there was plenty of choice (especially the range of baklava on offer :-).
Note - men have to wear long trousers for evening meal (but it can be jeans). Maybe it was just me being dim, but this was not apparent until I turned up and had to change.
Another good food option is the small open air a la carte restaurant at lunch time. They will give you 10 euro credit towards this if you sacrifice your evening meal. We did this on one day and had our evening meal at the Avli Taverna in the town - lovely meal in a pretty courtyard away from the busy roads.
A big plus for this hotel is the staff - all fantastic, trying really hard to make your stay enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a rocky headland above the Agios Nikolaos Bay, the Minos Palace enjoys magnificent sea views and is just 2,5 km from the city centre. Sensimar Minos Palace offers 148 units with spectacular views of the Mirabello Bay. The hotel is luxurious but personal, picturesque, having high standards of service and accommodation. Add to this its beautifully landscaped gardens and enviable beach side location. Food & Beverage Facilities: Amalthea Main Restaurant - Indoor & outdoor restaurant located near the pool area. Serving an excellent choice of Greek and International cuisine. Enjoy the table d'hote restaurant with theme evenings offering buffet style also not forgotten are vegetarians & diabetic special menus. Culinarium Inblu Taverna - a tavern overlooking the beach serving lunch, ideal for those seeking al fresco with local specialties. Bacchus Lobby Bar - match your mood for refreshments, coffees or exotic cocktails in an elegant setting by the pool. Island Beach Bar - is the ideal place to relax and socialize, offering exquisite cocktails, hot and cold beverages, light snacks gazing the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Minos Palace
- Minos Palace Hotel Crete
- Sensimar Minos Palace Crete/Agios Nikolaos