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Eva Bay Hotel

20 of 24 hotels in Rethymno

3 out of 5 from 2 reviews
Rethymno 74100, Greece

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11 years 5 months ago
We travelled as two couples, and although this hotel is sold as 4 star I'm afraid that the agencies responcible for this classification are having a laugh. The four of us who travelled together always stay in 4 star hotels and this was not even close to 4 star standard, that said if you like a drink this is the place for you as all the drinks on the all inclusive deal are top notch international brands as well as the local one's.

Hotel Cleanliness:- the staff do a wonderfull job of keeping the complex clean and tidy, all that was missing was maintaining the grounds and cutting back some of the tree's that make a lot of the rooms very dark.

Hotel Food:- I'm sorry to say that the food was very very poor in the opinion of the four of us in fact I have had better food at a motorway sevice's and my work's canteen, and that can be bad at time's.
Having said that there were people who said that they enjoyed the food but this makes you wonder what they eat at home as most of the people that we spoke to were of the same opinion as ourselves in fact a few ate out of an evening in the local restaurants which were excellent and resonably priced and then they would return to the hotel for the drinks.

Location:- we found this to be ok as there were plenty of ameanities that surround the Hotel such as shops bars restaurants, and of course the beech which although shingle was ok, the sea could get a little rough though and you needed to buy shoes from the local shops before going into the sea because of the rocks.It is not that far from the old town by bus or taxi which are very good value, about 1& a half euros by bus and 7 to 8 euros by taxi, but I also recommend car hire for 3 or 4 days as it's so cheap and it includedes full insurance and is cheaper than hire from your operator or going on trips with you operator, they can be a rip off. The reps tell you that the local car hire does not include full insurance but you will find that it does just make sure that they put this on the booking form that you sign for the rental.One word of caution Time share touts they can be very rude so be aware of them.

Staff:- the staff were all first class from the reception to the restaurant to the bar & the cleaners they always had a smile and were very helpful at all times.

Entertainment:- well there was a local singer on a Saturday night who came and entertained us he was not bad untill he did "living next door to alice" which of course encouraged everyone drunk enough to join in the chorus al'la "Chubby Brown" not a good thing when you have one or two children present and people of a certain age who do not like smutt and who can blame them. Then on a Wednesday night there was the so called Greek entertainment, well apart from the odd Zorbas dance which was led by the excellent restaurant manager George (he realy was brilliant)there was little Greek entertainment at all unless of course you think that a few British pop song's along with the odd Bavarian drinking song's have anything to do with greek entertainment I'm not sure.

Finaly would I re-visit this hotel again ??? tough one this because although I have put "no" already this hotel under the right management with better food and entertanment could be on to a winner
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Travel operator: Airtours

12 years 4 months ago
Our stay at the Eva Bay Beach was arranged for a late visit to Crete in connection with our house purchase over there.

We picked the hotel since it was a good value deal, and anticipating mixed weather at this time decided to opt for All Inclusive to save money on meals and drinks in the evening. Should the weather be bad we would not need to go out, we decided.

We were two of the six Brits in the hotel when we first arrived! Remaining guests being German, Dutch and Czech.
Our room, though the furnishings were basic, was spotlessly clean, we had almost daily linen changes in both the bathroom and on our beds.

The public areas of the hotel also reflected the same high standards. The air conditioning, though late in the season was still available. We did use it since due to the arrival of the autumn rains the Mosquitoes had also arrived, and leaving the windows open at night caused a problem!

The standard of food was the main drawback to this hotel. Meals were seldom hot, a general problem in Greece, I know. Breakfast and lunch (which we only had a couple of times) were the most satisfactory meals. Dinner I have to say was very poor. Extremely limited choice, soggy veg and of poor quality generally. The menus were primarily aimed at the Continental visitors.

We ate out at night, returning to spend the rest of the evening in the hotel. The drinks on offer were generous, Gordons Gin as well as other proprietory brands. Special favourite by the pool or on the beach during the day was the ice cream, served with a generous measure of Baileys on top! Toasted sandwiches and fries available with local Cheese pies etc. as a snack option to lunch in the restaurant.

The hotel location is good, on the Beach Road in Adele. (About five kilometers from the Town centre of Rethymnon, six Euros by taxi and one Euro by the regular bus service.) Plenty of shops, supermarkets, bars and tavernas to choose from in the vicinity. Most were still open, even at this late time of the season.

A walk through the gardens to the rear of the hotel brings you to the main pool in a grassed area with sunbeds and umbrellas. Then down a couple of steps and you are on the beach, quite sandy and with a good supply of free beds and umbrellas.

Staff were friendly and obliging, we felt we had good service.

Entertainment - not a lot - two nights, a singer who was 'rained off' at eleven o'clock one evening and the usual Greek musicians another evening. But hey, we did not expect much anyway so were not too unhappy.

All in all we were more than satisfied with the hotel for the sum we had paid and would return again should the need arise without a qualm.
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