I've just read the 2 previous, very conflicting reviews and 100% agree with the latter. I've just returned from a short break at these apartments with my wife and we both thoroughly enjoyed the 5 nights we had there so much so that we'd have no hesitation recommending them to anyone.
Took a taxi from the airport and was met by Vicky as we were walking up towards the apartments by the pool. Checked in, got rid of the cases and was soon at the poolside bar were Gus gave us 2 welcome drinks, Mythos the local beer. Both Gus and Vicky asked our names and from that minute we were always met with a smile and a "hi Paul, hi Anne"
The room was basic but when on holiday in a hot country why would you need more than a bed, bathroom and a fridge. The room catered for 2 people so there was also no need for a larger balcony which was fairly small but exactly as shown on the photos on this site.
Anyone who writes a review saying they never saw Gus must have walked around with their eyes closed. He is behind the bar from morning until 4pm and then returns around 8pm, not leaving until gone 1am. He would obviously like you to drink and eat at his bar more than any of the others but we never felt under any pressure to do so. We often had a couple during the day and then another before we left for the evening but never returned on the way home even though the bar was still open.
Many of the guests had been before but they were definitely not treated any better than we were. Snacks during the day were nice and reasonably priced, I think we ate there 3 of the 5 lunchtimes, the Greek salad was very nice as were the omelettes.
The pool wasn't that big but probably about the right size in proportion to the hotel and no one can really complain as again it's no smaller than the photos show. Not sure if there would be enough sun loungers in the busy periods but we always got a couple without having to resort to waking up early to reserve them. There's a nice tabled area to the side of the bar where you can have a snack and a cool beer.
I don't really do breakfast but my wife thought the yoghurt was excellent and was happy enough with that, a coffee and egg on toast. If you want a fry up stay in England or go to one of the bars doing one for 3.95 Euros.
The Michaelos restaurant, a 5 minute walk away was definitely not a let down and was the best food/atmosphere we had in any of the restaurants.
The main bars and restaurants are a good 10 minute walk but I'd say the beach is more than double that in the opposite direction from the hotel, restaurants turn left and left again, beach right and right again.
There was a fairly even split of Dutch and English. We booked our flights and accommodation (B&B) separately but it was quite quirky that many if not all the Dutch had booked B,B&B through a travel agency. The extra B was for bikes which were provided by the Dutch travel company, parked up outside reception and they had free use of. Great idea!
Didn't need the air con as we kept the curtains closed during the day to shelter the room from the sun but I think in the height of summer it may be required.
If you think hard enough there's always a negative so here goes. Although it didn't bother me in the slightest as I'm a very deep sleeper my wife did comment about the cockerel in a nearby field making a bit of noise at 4am.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Daniel is a resort hotel, a sweet home away from home.Resting in a quiet spot, close enough to Kalamaki center to be comfortable (1km), but not so close as to be disturbed by its low-key nightlife, the Hotel Daniel is a magnet for guests who like a peaceful haven at both the start and end of the day.Run by a friendly, close knit family team.The mood here is one of cheerful calm.In all rooms there are self control air conditioning/ heating, shower, fridge, TV, safety deposit boxes, balcony or terrace, with pool view, sea view and mountain view. There are triple rooms with normal bed and for babies we provide a baby cot. ... more less
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