Hotel Mediterraneo (Greece, Crete): Review

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L, Chersonisos 700 14, Greece

V: 26th September 2018      T:  +30 2897 025328  W: www.mediterraneohotel.gr


It’s taken me this long to write this up, deliberately as I wanted to make sure I had enough detail and also have the Greece Vlog videos completed.
This is my first visit to Greece (Crete), and I booked my holiday via a travel agency and this was where I would be staying for 5 nights.
I arrived at night so I didn’t get much time to see anything, but this is what my room looked like.
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Bedroom Area :

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This was very nice and spacious, but the one issue was the bed.
Every time I moved even just a little, it squeaked!! so when I did move more it was squeak squeak squeak…so my sleeping habit had to be changed to not move much.

Bathroom :

For the standard of hotel, this was nice and very clean.
The only issue here for me was the shower had a curtain which I am not a fan off, and the shower head really needed changing as the metal/silver plating was chipping off.

I booked all inclusive, which I have not done for many many years.
What this meant was you got your food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and all your drinks….well if it was alcoholic it had to be local wine, local beer etc so all local products which was fine for me.
For me personally the food was just so so, I could see they catered for all but they didn’t really have many Greek dishes which really disappointed me.
The food each day didn’t really change, so I started to get bored with seeing the same foods.
Don’t get me wrong what I did eat was nice, just not amazing….for the Greek food I had to travel to different restaurants near me or when I took a trip somewhere.

Location :

I wish I had booked somewhere else, but I only found out by doing some travelling.
The beach which is a short walk from the hotel is so so more rocky than sandy beach as I was expecting. So another disapointment as I couldnt really, go and sun on the beach here.
About a 20min walk to the left of the hotel you can find a local SPAR where you can get drinks, food etc so this was useful when I was going a trip or two to get some water bottles.
Due to me not being someone who just sits in the hotel 24/7 I visited a few places :

1. Heraklion

To travel here it takes around 40 mins by bus from the hotel.

2. Malia

This is a very nice tourist area, with many shops, restaurants and a great beach.
10-12 mins by bus from this hotel.

3. Lerapetra

Here is a very nice place to visit, and one I would recomend either going via a company or doing yourself.

4. Spinalonga

While in Crete I visited the island of Spinalonga, officially known as Kalydon. Here is a short walk around video, but please do take the tour it’s really educational and interesting to see.

5. Agios Nikolaos

Just a short video but worth a visit.

Overall

Overall my first visit to Greece (Crete) was a good one, the weather wasn’t great but it was much better than what I would have had if I had stayed in Glasgow.
The hotel for what I paid was good, but I am sure if I just spent a little more time on GoogleMaps I could have found a better-situated hotel.
The staff were very nice and very helpful, and the hotel was nice looking…just the bed issue and shower head issue.
Would I go back? maybe not as I said I wasn’t happy with the location as Malia looked nice and the beach was very nice, and a few other places I visited looked much nicer so sorry guys.
If I do go back to Greece I may try another island.
If your looking to just stay in the hotel and by the hotel pool, this hotel will be perfect for you. If like me you like to walk to a sandy beach etc, then you should try a better located hotel.

Review Scores – 

  • Room : 3.5
  • Pool : 5
  • Service : 4
  • Dining : 4
  • Food : 2.5
  • Amenities: 3
  • Overall : 3.5

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Afternoon Tea at Apex Hotel (Glasgow) : Review

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110 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 2EN

V: 18th March 2018      T:  0141 375 3333  W: www.apexhotels.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


This was an Itison deal I got as part of Mother’s Day, it was £19 for Afternoon Tea for two at the Apex Hotel in Glasgow.

I had never been here before to stay, dine or for Afternoon Tea but the images I saw on the offer page was very nice and I booked.

On arrival we were shown to the table, and asked what drinks we would like with the Afternoon Tea.

The Afternoon Tea…

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When it arrived the presentation was very nice, and I couldn’t wait to start and see how this was compared to the other Afternoon Tea’s I have had.

From start to end this was very nice, my only issue was there could have been slightly bigger sandwiches or even a few more.

The one part of this that stood out was the little Haggis Bon Bon’s, these were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Portion Size : 4
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

Overall it was a very nice day, and very nice Afternoon and definitely worth the money. If I see the deal on again, I will be purchasing it again.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : N/A
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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My 2017 Visit to Venice (Italy) and VLOG

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VLOG 1 : Venice (Italy) – VIEW

Since I was 9 months old I have been to Venice every year, my parents have always loved Venice. As I was growing up I was taken here with them, and I also feel in love with Venice.

Venice is a very unique place, with a lot of history. The main part that everyone knows about, is that it is sinking but that’s due to the sand foundations it was built on many many years ago. This was a strategical move back then, to protect the city from invaders but now due its popularity and the weight of the tourists and buildings its slowly sinking.

For me when I visit Venice I ignore the biz, and I am instantly transported back in time and its like a home from home to me. I know Venice that well I can navigate its small streets, and remember how to get to places one year on….where I stay is in Glasgow and if you ask me for directions well your asking the wrong guy.

This years visit to Italy was for my summer holiday, and this year more so was a relaxation holiday rather than try and see as many different close locations as possible. That being said visiting Venice is always top of my list, for sight seeing or to relax.

Part of my visit to Venice this year, my parents were given a gift of Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Danieli. If you don’t know much about this hotel click the below link.

Website : www.danielihotelvenice.com

This hotel is a very attractive hotel, but it also comes with attractive prices. The more you pay for a room you will be located in the main building, but the cheaper the rooms get you are in the back of the building which I have been told you don’t get the best views.

I have never stayed here, but maybe that time I win big in the lottery I would like to spend a long weekend here….but till then I will just keep checking my lotto numbers.

The Afternoon Tea

There are two places you can be served food or afternoon tea, the first being as you go in the door and to the left. This area is a very nice lounge area, that has a very nice relaxing atmosphere. The second location is situated upstairs, where you can sit outside and have a view of the Grand Canal.

Today’s visit we were seated in the lounge area.

As you can see the presentation was very nice, and you were given a good choice of food. I wont comment on the cost since it was a gift, but you can click the website and take a look.

This was a very enjoyable and very relaxing Afternoon Tea.

Visitor Attractions

While you are in Venice, there are a lot of landmarks to see and places to visit. This blog and my accompanying VLOG don’t do it justice but hopefully will give you a little taster.

I will say a little about each place but also give you a link to Wikipedia which will give you more information and more historical information.

Piazza San Marco

Venice Italy : St Marks Square 5

One of Venice’s busiest areas for two reasons, its where most of the tourists are dropped off for their day and also its history.

If you manage to visit here and its not mega busy, you will get a very nice experience. My best advice is to walk about, and look everywhere as the detail of the buildings is amazing.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco

Rialto Bridge

Venice Italy : Rialto Bride

This bridge has many shops at each side, and all the locals and tourists walk up the centre of the bridge. The bridge is affectively built on wooden pillars, so I really don’t know how its lasted to stay up this long but it’s an amazing design.

Most of the shops on this bridge are costly, but if your wanting to say you got a little something from Venice then a once off is good. If you do visit walk to the centre, and go to each side here is where you will get great photos.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge

Gondola ride

Venice Italy : Gondola 3

Gondola rides are another very popular activity to do in Venice, but be warned they are VERY costly for what you get.

If you walk about the prices can vary but it’s roughly about 80 euros for 30mins, and thats per person just for a ride.

For me I have done it and enjoyed the experience, I would do it again and this time just sit and look rather than take photos and videos. Would I do it every year? no mostly due to the cost but it’s a nice experience to try at least once.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

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One thing you will notice is on the busy days in Venice, you will see a long waiting line to get inside and do the tours. I was once told someone waited 4 hours just to get inside, for me I have never wanted to wait that length just to see inside. If I ever do go back to Venice and its off peak times, I may go in side but only if its not very busy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Basilica

Torre dell’Orologio

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This is another building that a lot of people wait to go inside, as I have been told that you get a great 360 view of Venice from the top.

I have never had the urge to go inside and see this view, mostly as I managed to get to a hotels roof which gave me an amazing view and one I think would be better than this view….but I cant fully comment on that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Clocktower

Fruit, Vegetables and Fish Markets

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Venice has many traditions but one of the oldest is how the locals get their groceries. With all these little markets this is how many of the locals get their fruit, vegetables etc
The most well known market is the Fish Market, this is called the “Pescheria”, from this fish market this is where locals and the local restaurants would buy the fish to sell that day.

Hand Sculptures

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Before coming to Venice this year, I saw this hand structure on the news and I knew I had to see it and also include it in my VLOG.

The hand structure is titled “Support” and its to raise awareness of the water level rise and climate change in Venice.

To see more information on the Italian artist see the below links :

Lorenzo QuinnInstagram account.

Lorenzo Quinn WebsiteLorenzo Quinn

 

And that’s the holiday over for another year……next visit to Venice I will show you more attractions.

Hopefully you have learned a few new things, even if its just a taster of Venice. If your nervous when you get here do a little walking tour, but to be honest they are over priced and all you do is walk and see places you don’t get to experience much.

Walk about and do it yourself, if you get lost just ask “San Marco” or follow the signs that are up on the buildings.

If you have any questions about Venice, feel free to message me on here or Twitter and also check out my YouTube Video.