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Blue Dream Apartments
Ranked #78 of 167 Hotels in Rethymnon
South Staffordshire
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Even better the 2nd time around........”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

I will start by saying that people should book 5 star accomadation and pay the price if that's what they expect, having said that, I honestly feel that Blue Dreams should be upgraded to at least a 3 star. This time around, family members joined us in the middle of our fortnight and they also wish to go back next year as they had such a wonderful time.
We were, literally, welcomed with open arms and made to feel like genuine friends and part of the Blue Dreams family. This time we took the half board option and we were so glad that we did as the food is fantastic and the portions cannot be compaired to anywhere else. We ate food that would be extremely expensive, or even, unavailable, in the UK such as Sea Bass and Sword fish, all included in the half board menu, and cooked to perfection everytime.
Our room was cleaned everyday and our linen was reguarly changed. No problems here at all. Yes the rooms are basic but so are all place in Crete and other Greek islands. This is what we expect. There are ample utensils to make tea and coffee, which is all we wanted, afterall, we don't go on holiday to cook, especially when such wonderful food is available on the premises. I will also say that my partner is obsessive about cleaning and could not fault the standards here, this time, or on our last visit. If the bad reviews were true, and the place was dirty and run by a horrible family then we would not choose to go there twice, and certainly not be planning to go again next year.
People say that Litsa is rude if you don't take the half board option or drink at the bar, well, all I can say is, how can she make conversation if you don't eat or drink there? On the contrary, she goes out of her way to be warm and welcoming to everyone, and it's up the individual if they want to accept that or not, but personally, I'd say it's their loss.
For a calm, relaxing holiday, with lots of fun and laughter mixed in, I recommend Blue Dreams with all my heart to couples, families and even people on their own. We befriended a lovely lady who was a single mother, and had been there several times with her children, always feeling safe, and surely that says a lot about this place.
It was truly heartbreaking to leave and we cannot wait to start thinking about our next visit next year. It is a holiday that's like home from home and don't desire to go anywhere else for our summer breaks.
Love to Litsa, George and all the family
Paul and Chris xxx

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul G
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

Just got back defo a place for couples looking for a relaxing break, it was heaven small place to stay with limited crowds, a great beach with nobody on it selling trips, coke, food, or any touts of any type.BLISS quiet and unhurrried LOVED IT will definatley be back. the family were wonderful thankyou litsa and george xx

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Diane W
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

I have just returned from a wonderful week stay at the Blue Dreams.At first after reading some of the trip advisor comments, I was a bit apprehensive before I went, but now these comments make me laugh. i will get to that later.

Firstly, if you go to Greece expecting luxury and no real feel for the culture of Greece and its wonderful people. then book yourself into a big hotel and fight for the sunbeds. if you want a loud party type holiday, go to Malia. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday in a friendly clean, comfortable apartment complex , then this is the place.

Our studio was on the first floor, sea view, big spacious and CLEAN. We slept with the balcony doors open and the breeze coming off the sea was perfect hence no need for air conditioning. The pool was amazingly clean, perfect for floating about on a lilo in total relaxation.

Now,as for Litsa, I have been reading all these negative comments about her. Really?? Let me point out that the Blue Dreams is run by a Greek family, not only is this their business, it is also their home during the summer months. We were made to feel so absolutely welcome by Litsa, George, Natasha, Katerina,wee Maria, and even Litsa's dad who dropped by a couple of times. I was actually made to feel like part of the family, and the people who we met on holiday were mostly repeat customers.

The food in the apartments is amazing-different specials nightly, and if you want something alternative, Litsa will accommodate for you. The bar area is clean as are the tables, there is a roof veranda as well with lovely views of the sea and the mountains. Sunday night BBQ 14 euros all you can eat, followed by raki :)

Location-quiet but not in the middle of nowhere. There is a beach 5 minutes walk-not a long walk as mentioned in other reviews at Taverna 11-sandy beach and for 5 euros you can rent 2 sunbeds with umbrella for the whole day. The supermarket is about 5 minutes walk past that, as is the bus stop for Rethymnon. The bus was fairly regular and takes about 20-30 minutes-Note you cannot buy the bus tickets on the bus, go to the supermarket , and buy them there. The Blue Dreams is situated on the Stavromenos old road which is quiet, the National Highway runs behind it, but the traffic noise is un noticeable. There is a rocky beach just behind the apartments, which is the best vantage points for the sunsets, As mentioned earlier, excellent sea views, and I read someone complain that the sea was too "loud"..are you actually kidding me.

i will definitely be going back to the Blue Dreams.

The only complaint about the holiday was having to queue for 2 hours at Heraklion check in so by the time we got through security it was final boarding call and no time for duty free :(

Room Tip: Rooms in the studio block have sea view
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank DKNY2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

Me and my partner have come back to blue dream, dont listen to the reviews who dya think you are the bloody queen its clean the cleanest hotel i have seen are you blind the family are great xx

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Beckyleigh27
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

yes I id say spoiled, but not by the accoadation which, yes is basic, but clean and comfortable, not by "comandant" Litsa who tries her best to see that we are well looked after, by a family of guests that chose to ensure that no one would enjoy themselves unless it suited them, I expect to see a scathing review soon from them.
Please read all the reviews, but, remember all have differing expectations, if you want a 5* hand fed holiday then book one, this is crete, we have been coming here for 22 years now and belive me we have had some terrible accomadation, but not at the blue dreams, the question you need to ask yourself is, "why are there so many repeat guests", the answer is in the good reviews, not in the reviews from the numpties that prefer to spoil it for others

Room Tip: visit "Blue Dreams apartments, Stavromenos, Rethimno, Crete" on face book.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank cargbl
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

We are just back from a week in Crete at BlueDreams and decided to read the trip-advisor comments which Litsa warned us about on our first day, she laughed about being called "the bad cop" and was totally ignorant towards what people obviously think about her. She is rude and the apartments are less than basic. My partner and I are a young couple and the entertainment was poor in our opinion. If you weren't sat at the bar spending a ridiculous amount of money on crap drinks then you were totally ostracised. We too didn't go for the half board option, 1 because she didn't offer it to us and 2 because it is a rip off. Families with children cannot get the half board and have to pay seperate for the childrens meals, and the half board option offered children sized meals to the adults! The tavernas nearby are CLEAN and friendly and we didn't eat at Blue Dreams once because it was much cheaper to each onlooking the lovely rocky beaches. Our holiday rep finally introduced himself to us 2 nights before we left, he spends most of his time drinking free Raki at the bar and actually asked US to let him know about the local go-karting because he'd not bothered to check this out himself. They try everything they can to keep people inside the complex and there is NOTHING for the children to do there apart from get in the pool. They are not helpful when asked about other places to go to and the bus service is cheap and reliable but there is no information offered to let guests know this. They encourage nothing but drinking and loud music sometimes until 5AM !!! So there is no such thing as a good nights sleep here! We did attend the BBQ night and the food was nice and there was lots of it, we wouldn't complain about that but not at one point did Litsa or the Rep ask us how our stay was going.
There were other families that had been back year after year who were centre of attention all of the time and treated much better than we were.
On arrival we received crisp white towels but the very next day they were changed for dirty ones with holes in. The bedding has definitely been there for a while and our room was infested with ants. The cleaners came in to empty bins, nothing else. So they weren't cleaners as such. The cutlery is rusty and filthy and even when a kettle was rented by our neighbours it was equally as dirty as everything else. It is literally made impossible for you to cook in that room and should be sold as "Room only" or to be more accurate "Dirty room only". Another family staying at the hotel had a 13month old baby who had been sick and required clean bedding, the family were told that the bedding only gets changed once and that the cleaners weren't available to change it that night but in the morning she would ask them. Did she expect the baby to sleep in sick-covered bedding? Please! Litsa I hope you read these comments and take note of them because your hotel is manky and the worst place we have ever stayed in and we would not recommend it to anybody or ever stay there again.

Seriously, they'd charge you for the sunshine if they could!

Room Tip: None of the rooms at this hotel.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Katy G
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

Be ready for unfriendly and aggressive behaviour by Litsa the landlady, if you are not prepared to exclusively eat and drink at her bar. She will openly express this to you in the presence of other guests.

The food prepared by Litsa's 'hen pecked' husband George was quite good, though not cheap compared with the local Tavernas.

From our experience and speaking to other boarding guests, it appears to be their policy to replace bed linen and towels only once a week. The self-catering facilities were fairly basic: two electric cooking rings and no chopping board. Being apartments solely for British guests you would expect a kettle and toaster as standard; these items are apparently extra and have to be hired separately.

Also don’t rely on her to post your postcards.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Hol-xper t
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Property: Blue Dream Apartments
Address: Stavromenos, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Rethymnon
#30 On the Beach Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Blue Dream Apartments 1*
Number of rooms: 111
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