I arrived here with a mate for a 3 night weekend of sun and I'm really not usually bothered about hotel quality; it's just somewhere to get your head down and have a bite to eat. This place however, OH MY GOD. Rooms are ok to be honest, basic, but clean, although there were old cigarette butts in the planter on our balcony - not great. Excellent views from the room though, so on the whole, so far so good.
Breakfast: Unfortunately, because of the 95% Russian population of this hotel, there's nothing suitable for the English palette really - very hard eggs, cheese, apple pie(?) and horrific orange juice. Had half a plate of this, before venturing out into Stalis.
Lunch: Not bad to be fair - fish, pork chops, pasta, rice, salad etc...
Dinner: Again, really not bad at all, over the three days, it's quite repetitive, although the lamb was delicious!
Drinks? Shocking. Firstly, they wash the glasses in the main pot wash machine, there's literally remains of old food on the inside of the glasses, and it's quite dark in the area where you pour the drinks, so you don't know that you're swallowing somebody else's lunch remains until it's too late!
Bar? Appalling, 8oz plastic cups for beer (which pours ridiculously slowly)! There's only one pump, and probably around 300 people in the hotel - you do the maths. Very poor show. You need to like wine (white/rose only), weak beer, or brandy to have anything from the all inclusive 'range'. So once again, into Stalis we go.
In a nutshell, if you like basic rooms, mediocre food, are tea-total, can speak Russian, and have the patience of a saint; then book this place.
If you prefer a (clean) glass of beer, rather than a thimble and if you can't tolerate a 'slaughter house' style self service food buffet - stay well clear.
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- Also Known As:
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- Horizon Beach Hotel Stalis, Crete