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    Location 10.0 /10

    The Palm Bay is located 25 miles east of Heraklion in the village of Sissi, 12.5 miles from Hersonissos seaside resort. For transfers to the airport, count approximately 35 minutes.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The rooms are all located on the ground floor, or on the first floor in the cottages. They are small and very simple. Even though simplicity does not affect the charm, it would have been nice to have more appealing furniture. For amenities, you will find a telephone with direct international access, and a fan. Safe and air conditioning are available for a fee. The bathroom features a sink, shower, and toilets. Terraces are pleasant because they are lined with bougainvilleas. Unfortunately, the view is uninteresting and you will have to be content with no open look (some terraces communicate with each other). The annex, triple and quadruple rooms are new, but the furniture appears recycled. As long as the garden will not be more lush, the large terraces will keep a very bare aspect.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Built in 1999, the Palm Bay is a very simple hotel. It includes cottages forming, along alleys coloured with bougainvilleas and geraniums, a pretty Cretan village. The common amenities are limited: you will only find a TV room with a terrace overlooking the swimming pool (1,076 feet²). The solarium is not very large, but sufficient if you remember that the Palm Bay is more a pied à terre than a vacation location. In 2002, the hotel opened a brand new annex, located on the other side of the road, hosting triple and quadruple rooms.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The restaurant is a small, simple room with a bar and terrace overlooking the coastal alley leading to the beach. The food is basic, with a choice of two dishes for dinner (one international dish and one speciality). In season, meals are served outside, buffet style. Wine is not included in meals (to be paid in the restaurant at the end of the meal). The restaurant is open for all three meals, but the half-board option is sufficient (see ''Good to know'').

    Beach 6.20 /10

    tThe closest ''beach'' is a small sandy area located at the mouth of the small port of Sissi. This is not really a beach, rater a small, artificial, steep sandbank built between the coastal rocks. It is only equipped with one shower, deckchairs, and parasols (not guaranteed). Nearby there is a snack bar in a small shack. The environment is far from idyllic: not much greenery, proximity of a dusty waste ground... A pleasant view of the port is the only asset. Because of boats passing by and numerous rocks in the water, we do not recommed swimming.

    To know

    This hotel was designed as an excellent pied à terre to discover Crete. If you are seeking a seaside vacation, don't come here. By the way, half-board appears to be a better choice than full-board, which can be disappointing since the cuisine is more functional than gourmet-style.

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • Low prices.
    • The friendly welcome.
    • A charming hotel.

    disadvantages

    • Catering services.
    • Lack of amenities on site.
    • The beach.

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