My partner and I chose this hotel from the clever but somewhat deceiving professional photos.
We were placed in room 205 on the ground level above the pool.
The room is supposed to have a sea view - well it did - if you sat on the front porch all day long.
The room we were given was a narrow, long, concrete, almost windowless, badly ventilated, stuffy box, on a par with a concrete-lined sea container. It had virtually no ventilation apart from a tiny, computer-case sized fan in the shower, that struggled endlessly to provide ventilation.
The entry door and one small window by the door was the only other ventilation and light entry. I reckon the inmates of Alcatraz had more ventilation and sea views than this room. We struggled to get decent sleep in this stuffy hot-box of a room.
The room stank of sewage as soon as we opened the door. This smell came from a grate in the bathroom floor where the drainage line ran. If you filled the wash basin and emptied it, this drain overflowed all over the bathroom floor.
The shower measured 24 x 24 inches (500 x 500mm) - but it had a shower caddy that intruded on one side by 6 inches (150mm) and taps and plumbing that intruded on the other side by 8 inches (200mm). If you were a stick insect, you'd be right at home in this shower. As it was, we couldn't even turn in the shower without taps or shower caddy gouging into us.
The shower curtain didn't even fit around the shower, it just slides along a straight rail that goes over the top of the toilet pan. As soon as one commenced showering, the shower water went all over the floor, all over the toilet seat and cistern - and it even wet all the toilet paper!
The shower contained black mould in the corners and between the tiles. This is not good enough for a hotel that professes to be 4 star.
There is nothing but bare walls all through the bathroom. Not a hook, not a shelf, not a place anywhere, to store any of your toiletries or clothes.
The mattress was hard and the pillows not up to the required level of comfort.
There is a safe in the room - and the hotel promptly demanded 1.50 Euro per day for its use. I find this type of customer gouging outrageous, and represents nothing more than meanness on the part of the owners. We never paid the demanded sum and never got the use of the safe.
Information about the hotel is all rattled off to you verbally - there is no written information in the room about the hotel facilities, hours, pool hours, or all the details you need. You are obviously supposed to memorise all the info.
The restaurant was recommended by the people as being part of the hotel and good value. We found the restaurant particularly expensive - and when we tried to charge our meal to the hotel, the restaurant staff were reluctant to do so, stating that the hotel and restaurant were "operating under different managements".
Breakfast was minimal - there was no toaster, the "orange juice" merely watery cordial, the fruit selection was just a few apples and oranges in bowl and some watermelon. I took one of the apples and threw it away in disgust after two bites - it had been lying in that bowl for months, I would say.
The Hotel is not "right on the beach". The restaurant has that claim, The hotel is spread over a steeply sloping block and some parts of the hotel are 400M from the beach. It was 250M from our room to the beach, down many sets of steps and slopes.
Overall, we have never been so disappointed in a hotel that promised so much, and delivered so little.
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- Also Known As:
- Manoula`s Beach Hotel Agios Ioannis
- Manoulas Beach Agios Ioannis
- Manoulas Mykonos Beach Resort Greece