The hotel is at the southern end of the Plakias beach and is very quiet. Nudists use this end of the beach but not early in the year. We stayed at the Plakias Bay Hotel between 17th - 24th April (2012). We were part of a group of 16 on a flower and bird watching holiday. Our primary need was good flowers and birds so more than basic accommodation and food was not our primary concern. We were booked for bed, breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal. Breakfasts were identical and cold consisting of plastic sliced cheese and ham, tomato, hard-boiled egg, fingers of 1/2" thick omelette, bread, solid cold butter, jam, cake and something greek in 1/4" slices without much taste whose main constituent was probably flour. Packed lunch was a long roll containing what we didn't eat for breakfast with added lettuce plus an apple and fruit juice and 1/2 a litre of water. Apart from the vegetarian option, dinner was chef's choice and consisted of 4 courses usually starting with a very palatable soup. What followed was tasty and adequate and none of us complained. The finish was a thimble glass of clear spirit (not ouzo) probably very strong but no obvious taste. The rooms are very basic. Ours had a double and a single bed that seemed to be a solid stone or concrete base topped with a firm matress. There may have been air conditioning for when it is hot but our night temperature was less than 10 C and our attempts to get any heat out of it failed dismaly and one blanket over the sheet was not enough to keep warm. A bedside rug on the cold tiled floor would have been an early-morning comfort. There was a small fridge to keep the watered-down evaporated milk we stole from the resturant from going off during the day and a telephone we had no reason to use but no TV. There was no kettle or anything for tea/coffee making so it was a good thing we packed our travelling kettle and tea kit. It is not reccommended that you drink the water from the tap without first boiling it. The power point for the fridge was unusual in that you had to turn the plug a quarter turn before it would push in.
We found a 'secret' socket in the wardrobe cupboard where we could plug the chargers for our camera batteries. The bathroom was the main let-down for our accommodation and this is why we couldn't give the hotel 4 star grading. The walls, floor and fittings looked drab and there was nothing to stop the shower from spraying everywhere. A 1/2" recess in the floor below the shower head stopped most of the water spreading all over the floor. We couldn't find a plug for the sink and it took the management 3 days to produce one. In the event we did find a plug half an hour before the management arrived with a replacement. We discovered the plug 7 feet up on top of the fitting that holds the spare bog rolls. There was only luke-warm water on our first day but it was hot enough to shower by day 2. All rooms have a balcony with a view. We looked north-west towards the town with a view of the sea and the mountains in the distance. There was a small table and two chairs and a useful expanding hanger for drying wet clothes. Unfortunately it was rather too cold to take advantage of the balcony at the time of our stay. On the bright side, the management and staff were all pleasant and polite. Our holiday was costed all-in including air fares, transport, 2 expert leaders with accomodation and food, so we can't make a cost comparison with other hotels in Crete. However, it does not fare favourbly with an equivalent hotel in Cyprus 2 miles west of the town of Polis that we visited on a similar holiday at about the same time in 2011.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Surrounded by a blossomed garden, just a short walk from the sandy Plakias Beach, the family-run Plakias Bay Hotel features a traditional restaurant and a terrace with unobstructed views over the Cretan Sea. It offers rooms with free WiFi access. Fitted with built-in beds and white-washed walls, all air-conditioned rooms of Plakias Bay open to a private veranda with full or partial sea views. Facilities include a fridge, a telephone and a refrigerator. Each unit includes a private bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy traditional, homemade flavors prepared with local ingredients and accompanied by the owners' organic red wine, at the on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner. The centre of Plakias Village lies within a 10-minute walk along the beach from the property, while Rethymno Town and Port are 37 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, located 87 km from Plakias Bay Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plakias Bay Hotel Crete