We stayed at the Nautilus Bay Hotel in Kastelli Kissamos for two weeks with the object of having a relaxing chilled-out break. The hotel was situated at the extreme eastern end of the town’s sandy beach. It was positioned side on to the beach and we had a top room at the end directly overlooking it. We had a large balcony and the view was quite outstanding. The room itself was large, with a huge double bed and a single one in the corner diagonally opposite. There was also a couch. Included with the room was air conditioning, a small safe, a kettle plus an ironing board and basic iron. The bathroom had a shower over the bath with a fixed screen at the side. My partner, who is of medium height, had difficulty getting out of the bath as the toilet unit was positioned in the gap between the end of the screen and the wall. There was also a sporadic problem with the drain on the floor overflowing when emptying the sink or having a shower. Maybe it is something the hotel could deal with post season. Apart from a few small glitches the room was cleaned well and bedding and towels changed on time. Breakfast was overall good with a reasonable selection of hot and cold food able to be eaten inside or out. The cold selection could have benefitted from the addition of local cheeses. The woman overseeing breakfast was both helpful and friendly. The hotel has some beds and fixed umbrellas on the beach but as the beach curves away at this point it feels a bit remote from the hotel unlike other establishments further along the beach. As we were familiar with one of these from previous visits we tended to eat there at lunchtime when on the beach. The establishment also has a fair sized pool with beds position around it. There is also a bar. The pool area never seemed to be crowded while we were there but this could have been down to the proximity of the beach or the fact that it was in shade for a large part of the day. My partner suggested that maybe the problem was that the water was too cold. The hotel also has a restaurant but we tended to visit local tavernas in the evening. It is well positioned for walking to the town’s seafront restaurants, main street and bus station. Overall we felt that it was an ideal place to stay, especially if you can get the right room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an outdoor pool and a sun terrace, the contemporary Nautilus Bay Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Kissamos on the sandy beach of Plaka.It features bright, spacious apartments with a furnished balcony and large windows overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Cretan mountains. All accommodation has a dining area and a sitting room, equipped with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi and air-condition. ... more less
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