5 lads stayed in mid July 2012. Arrived to a free shot and a warm welcome. The rooms were basic but ideal. They did however charge for aircon which was 40 euros and the rooms had no cooking facilities although this didn't matter as you could fill yourself up on a meal, pizza, burgers ect., from the hotel costing around 5 euros each. The bar, also where the food is served, is reasonably priced in general although the most popular drinks is one of the most expensive...the famous dog's bullocks for 5 euros.
The bar, hotel and pool are all fairly small and close together but this meant there was a chilled, friendly atmosphere allowing you to get to know others. Met up with a group of twenty or so lads also staying in the hotel and we walked to the strip with them most days. The walk is fairly long, around fifteen minutes into the town and another five to the strip straight down one road which is lit and has a pavement. Although this was hard due to the heat during the day, at night when drunk it seems like no time at all.
The strip will live up to your expectation. The standard deal is 5 euros each for x amount per person, the bar reps are very annoying and at times confrontational so the best thing is to completely ignore them if you don't want a drink at that point. The spirit measure isn't particularly generous so try to avoid shots as they are often mixed with juice, the same goes for fish bowls. I would recommend starting at a bar called heaven which can offer you a ridiculous amount of alcohol if in a big group, a drink called the "Gary Neville" is good. Once you're suitably drunk head to any of the big clubs, they're all pretty similar and free entry unless special events. They're all pretty packed so they're best for when you want to dance like a lunatic. The music was mainly pop/Hip-Hop. The strip towards the beach isn't lively and the beach itself is small and narrow although water nice. A lot of people congregate on the strip itself which has got a good vibe and feels safe. Like all similar destinations there were a lot more males than females.
We got in around five and slept till 12. Hotel does a 5 euro fry up which is decent . Chris, the barman loves to play Lil John etc. even when you've just woken up but a few hours by/in the pool and you start to feel better. You can plug in your own ipod to the speakers behind the bar, there's a pool table and PS3. We were too hung over/broke to do any water sports or anything during the day. Went into the town in early evening, where we occasionally ate out to buy spirits and mixers for pre drinks along with big bottles of water as taps not recommended by staff, water was dead cheap as you'd imagine. Vodka is not much cheaper than UK in the supermarkets or you could opt. for sambuka/raki which is cheaper but tends to make you forget the night! Fridge is small and only works, like the air con, when the key is in its holder.
Get to know the hotel staff as its run by a friendly Greek family who seem to love their jobs. They do a BBQ every week which is worth it with Greek dancing which is fun. One of the family named Yanis was helpful and even drove us to Chania airport (on the other side of Crete) as my mate booked the wrong airport!
Overall its the perfect hotel if you don't want to be on the strip and want a chilled, friendly atmosphere filled with 18-30's. Malia is a crazy place and you'll leave with so many memories and funny stories. Would highly recommend Nikos hotel and Malia!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nikos is a family run hotel situated in the most peaceful area of Malia. In a short distance of 1km(east) of the center of the lively Malia's downtown. The location of Hotel Nikos is an ideal base for you to get to know the beautiful island of Crete as it's located right in the middle of the island so you can make a trip to all the directions with ease. The area of Malia has beautiful sandy beaches that are a short distance (1km) from the complex. Hotel Nikos offers you a nice and warm accommodation while you are on your holidays in Crete, our hotel is situated just outside of the village in a quiet area that you can relax and enjoy your stay. Each of our rooms has view to the pool and the sea or to the native mountains. Also there are all the necessary facilities and servises to make the ideal environment for your holidays. Below is a quick list of the services and facilities that are your disposal while you are a guest at Nikos Hotel Services WIFI Internet In Room Radio Safe Box In Room Gadgets PS3 Area Internet Corner Room Cleaning 24/7 Reception Desk Sports Coverage Doctor in a call Facilities Pool Jacuzzi 24/7 Reception Parking Area BreakFast Area Internet / Gaming Area Fast Broadband Connection Air Condition Garden Area Big TV Screens ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nikos Hotel Malia, Crete