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Blue Aegean Hotel & Suites
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Kato Gouves
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2013

This is a nice, low rise place with large aparments. The small complex has well tended flower beds and it is kept very, very clean and well maintained. The staff are terrific.

It was low season when we stayed so no entertainment but the atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant. The manager Manos cajoled us into playing bingo one evening as a couple of ladies were keen players. The bemusement of the Russian guests at this pass time made it amusing and we enjoyed it. (not a sentence I ever thought I'd write.)

We found the food to be perfectly satisfactory and plentiful with one or two really nice dishes particularly the specials. The fresh pizzas , straight out of the oven, were delicious.

It's about 50 yards from one of the town's nice beaches, maybe a hundred to the next. The beaches vary - sand , shingle, some shallow some sloping deeply and perfect for swimming and it's worth having a stroll along the front to find your favourite.

If I was going to pick a fault I would say I'd have preferred quieter or no piped music in the bar/restaurant area, especially at breakfast, but that's a matter of personal preference and wouldn't stop me going back.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

This was an extra treat and we were not disappointed

Room: The bungalows were not available so we were given an apartment which comprised: A large bedroom, kitchen, lounge with 2 sofa beds and a large balcony, which easily accommodated the table and 4 chairs supplied. The room was kept spotlessly clean, linen and towels changed regularly. Hot water available at all times.

Pool and Hotel Grounds: Well maintained and the pool was kept immaculately clean.

Bar and Restaurant: The bar staff were efficient and polite and there was never any wait to be served. The food was varied and was of good quality, however the breakfast were cold in their containers however after a discussion with Manolis(the temperatures were increased). There were times when food trays became empty but a request to the staff would soon remedy the situation. The pizza night of which there were two, was very good as was the barbecue night.
Everyone has different tastes in food and you cannot please everyone.


Entertainment: The Greek evening was very entertaining although it only occurred once in the two weeks and there was a Magic Show one evening, plus the
occasional game of bingo.

Location: Very near to beach, supermarkets, bars and restaurants..

This was early in the season and the staff and management at the Blue Agean were friendly and very polite however if you want non-stop entertainment or waiters to cater for your every whim this is not the place to go.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brian R
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

we have just returned from the blue Aegean on the 17/05/2013 we had a good holiday except the food was cold mornings and evenings and there was not enough food for the amount of people staying there.Most nights a number of guests went out to local restaurants because of the poor choice of food offered to them.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank unhappy1822
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Being a regular visitor to Crete to see family, i decided to stay at the Blue Aegean as family house was full up.. May is a normally a quiet time of the year, however Manolis and his team were fab.. Everything you need is on hand, and if its not the staff are there to help.

Rooms are clean, and are cleaned as promised. The pool and bar area is spotless.. All the sun loungers are cleared away daily. Food is plentiful, and variety is good. OK, it wasn't hot at times, however after you have a word with the staff, this was resolved. If you have any issues, just speak to the staff, they will bend backwards to help you have a fab holiday.

There is a well equipped gym downstairs as well as a table tennis table and a games room available. Entertainment in the evenings during the first week of the season is limited to 1 or 2 nights a week, however the Greek night on the Sunday i was there was brilliant, and the chap on the Bouzouki was superb.

The hotel is situated 60 seconds walk from a wonderful beach which looks over the sea and a island that everyone asks about. There is a few Greek Taverna's close by which will cater for all and a short walk of 15 minutes will get you the tourist street where you can buy souvenirs and sample the Greek Lifestyle. You can hire Cars, Scooters and Jeeps very locally.

Highly recommend a stay here, if you want a relaxed week or 2 weeks in the sun, you
can't go wrong staying here. I will be back.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Beefy1973
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

This was a lovely holiday, very much recommended for families (but see below). Food was lovely; heat overwhelming (it was august). Beaches on the doorstep - and lovely waves in the sea - apart from one day - HERE IS THE WARNING TO FAMILIES - when the waves really scared us (be prepared if you have young children; it is quite dangerous - waves were strong enough to pull my bikini top off - least of my worries as I also lost hold of my daughter's hand though I promised her i would keep hold through the breaker as we made our way back to the beach- we both emerged from the sea shaken and covered with small grazes from the pebbles - my daughter crying in terror - lost goggles and half her swimming costume, but she was ok - some other holiday makers ran down the beach and helped us come out. Holidaymakers unaccustomed to the way this beach can change (no regular life guard on duty) need to be aware of this.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Rose186337
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

my girlfriend and i recently returned from a week at the blue aegean well what can i say we arrived late on a friday night and from the minute we arrived in the reception marriana greeted us with a warm friendly welcome and was very helpfull in quickly sorting out our appartment for us which i must say was a lot bigger than i imagined it to be it was very clean and had everything we needed.we were all inclusive and the choice of drinks and food on offer were brilliant and i must say babbiss makes the best pizza ever the hotel is lovley and is a minutes walk from the beach and a couple of lovley bars/restaurants for us though what made our holiday was the friendlyness and niceness of all of the staff every single one were excellent and ive never been to another place where they are as nice i would reccomend this hotel to anybody its brilliant so manolis,thimos,stefan,mary(and marys mum and dad) and babbiss thank you very much see you next year marc and joanne (essex)

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

Recently returned from a great 10 days at the Blue Aegean. We were late in the season so hotel was quietish but this didn't spoil our fun. Our holiday was 'All Inclusive' and was value for money, plenty of food at all meal times, drinks available from 10:30am to 11:00pm, ice cream from 3pm-5pm and tea/coffee/cakes from 4pm-5pm.

Most of rooms are either poolside or within 20 yards and are either in 1 or 2 storey blocks, our room was bigger than we expected (1 bedroom apartment with large living space, kitchen area, bathroom etc) and was kept spotless through our stay by the excellent maids. Air Conditioning was free which was a nice bonus but this may have been because of our low season booking.

The hotel is 50 yards from the beach, sea was great and sunbeds/umbrellas were 5 euros per day. A few bars and tavernas were also within 50 yards although we generally stayed at the hotel. A few nights of entertainment but again I guess there would be more during the main season.

We have travlled on many Greek holidays and without doubt Manolis and his staff were the most helpful and friendly we have encountered so far. This is mainly a family run business and nothing was too much trouble for them, everything was done with a smile and they made our holiday.

I would recommend this hotel, particularly for a quiet, relaxing and easy holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MichaelandWendy_11
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Additional Information about Blue Aegean Hotel & Suites

Address: Thermopylon, Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 700 14, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves > Kato Gouves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Kato Gouves
Price Range: £49 - £424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Aegean Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Aegean Suites and Apartments is situated in the resort of Gouves, 18 Km east of the city of Heraklion, on the northeast coast of Crete, and 50 meters from beautiful sandy beach. Crete is the largest of Greek Islands, and fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Crete was once the centre of the Minoan Civilisation and its archaeological sites, such as Knossos and Phaestos and other magnificent places of interest are easily reached from the Blue Aegean. The Blue Aegean is designed specifically for families with children, and couples. We offer a wide range of hotel facilities combined with the convenience of several catering options, such as All-Inclusive, Half Board, Bed & Breakfast or simply Self-Catering. We provide a rich selection of traditional Greek cuisine, both hot and cold, a locally sourced nutritional Mediterranean menu using olive oil, local herbs and wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables. Our poolside pagoda offers a range of professional massage and beauty treatments for your total holiday relaxation. Every guest receives a complimentary treatment too. This new facility has proven to be highly popular; it’s there at your disposal. We are a family run hotel who not only provide efficient service but also create a genuinely friendly atmosphere. Every guest is warmly welcomed with typical Greek hospitality. We believe that communication with our guests is essential to satisfy every need, and any requests are dealt with personally by the management. Comprised of fifty eight beautifully appointed suites and apartments located in eight separate buildings, each named after an island of the Aegean Sea, the accommodation offers comfort and quality, space and style for your enjoyment. ... more   less 
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