Ariadne Beach Hotel is situated at the bicoastal area of Gargadoros, near the glamorous city of Aghios Nikolaos in Crete. Just below the resort is the pebble beach with crystalline water of topical resemblance and for guests that prefer sand, the fully organized beach of Almyros is just a few more steps away.
Gargadoros Gargadoros Crete 72100 Greece
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We moved into the Ariadne hotel after our disappointed in staying at the Elounda residence . When we arrived the manager at the reception was very kind and helpful to show us around , as well as showing us a potential room . This helped us to make the informed choice The hotel staff including the kitchen staff , cleaners were very friendly, polite , and professional. They demonstrated transparency and honesty especially when it came to the entertainment. The manager informed us that , the entertainment was in french , this was not an issues for us . As the hotel is situated in the middle of . Hence easy access to walking to town . The hotel is also surrounded by two beaches, which is a walking distance. We had such as amazing time and aiming to come back next year.
We are currently halfway through our 10 night stay here on an All Inclusive basis. We are a large group of English speaking holidaymakers. The hotel is a 10 minute walk round coast to lots of bars / restaurants or straight path into town. Also a lovely little (kimzu) beach lounge nearby which offers drinks and nibbly snacks at reasonable cost. Rooms are very clean and basic. Comfortable beds, choice of pillows, extra blankets, good air con and fridge in superior suite. Fantastic, high pressure shower over bath. No issues with rooms, except perhaps lack of sockets. Rooms have beautiful side see views. There is a safe in room which costs 3 euro a night, payable at reception. Food is absolutely brilliant. Lots of options to choose, although occasional hot meals could be hotter. Always a salad/ bread option. Can I just say though, if you are coming expecting burgers, chips etc, this is not the hotel for you . Food is mostly Greek with a twist, pasta or fish. Staff on the restaurant and pool bar are extremely friendly and helpful. Speak broken English but never had a problem communicating. Front bar staff are not as friendly. Poor English, and always seem a bit harassed ?! Problems ! This hotel is French owned. Therefore 90% French of the guests are French. I don't have a problem with them. However, the animation team are very loud, and apparently do not speak English (except one Algerian male) The pool bar closes at 6pm, so only drinking option is the front bar where the animation team do their thing. As a holidaymaker, I feel extremely uncomfortable due to the ignorance of the animation team. They go round making fuss of all the French, and ignore us. English speaking guests have to wear a different colour wristband, I'm guessing this is how the team can tell who to ostracise and who to entertain. There is also a disco / upstairs entertainment area, again, this seems only for the French guests. Maybe not, but since nobody has made an effort to make us feel welcome, this might not be the case. There are two pools with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. One pool next to restaurant is quiet and peaceful, with a small child paddling pool, whilst the other is dominated by the once again, loud animation team. Although, all the guests seem to be enjoying themselves, which is good to see. The public beach at entrance of hotel is small and shingle with a steep decline into the water. Sun beds and umbrellas are chargeable at 10 euros for a couple a day. Beach towels, bring your own would be my advice . You can hire then from reception at 10 refundable euros but they aren't up to much. Overall, I'm enjoying my stay, and were it not for the animation team, I would give it a higher score. Saying that, the hotel has been sold to a Dutch group and the animation team are not here next year 2023. It will be open to all European visitors, so hopefully more entertainment will be offered to a wider audience. But with that in mind, I've looked at the cost for this time next year and it is a whopping £1000 more than I paid this year. I'm going to be honest, this hotel is far from worth £1900 for a 10 night stay. Compared to all the 5* for the same price, go elsewhere.
Wonderfully located hotel just 10 minutes from the first bars, restaurants of Agios Nikolaos and just 20 minutes to the lake. Most bungalows have a side see view but avoid rooms 148 and 149 as they overlook the air conditioning units of the restaurant and are very noisy first thing in the morning when the staff are getting ready for breakfast. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. If you want the afternoon sun the ones on the right get that. The one major downfall of this hotel (and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars) is that it is predominantly French which didn’t bother us as only bed and breakfast but if you were all inclusive it could possibly be a problem as all entertainment etc is in French. Not really suited for anyone with mobility issues as very steep walks to the accommodation unless you’re fortunate to get one of the lower level ones. Staff were very accommodating, polite and dealt with the couple of issues we had whilst there. Would definitely recommend.