Plaza Beach Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
Plaza Beach Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
I'm loathe to criticise the staff who were friendly and helpful on arrival, but this hotel felt like an establishment that had had its glory days and was slowly but surely, and complacently, in decline. I don't want to make any personal attacks so I'll just say we didn't feel we were treated as guests. Everything seemed a bit desperate, from the way we were shunted from one room to another after the first night to the frequent requests to pay bar bills before we'd finished up at the pool. The food in the restaurant was awful, and with so much choice locally at good value it should definitely be avoided. The food at the poolside bar was good but with a very limited menu. Lots of petty quibbles which all added up to a general feeling of dissatisfaction can be quickly listed: The safe in the room was out of action, the loo malfunctioned (fortunately swiftly dealt with by the staff), the WiFi was weak and kept dropping out, tables weren't cleaned down properly, the fish pond was filthy, the shower head was broken, and the smell from the farm next door was unavoidable. On the plus side, the pool itself was nice and the beach was easily accessible and well serviced, albeit by a weird bloke that wanted to discuss Brexit - no thanks, we're on holiday to get away from that kind of nonsense! Location wise you could do a lot better - the surrounding area is ok but it's right at the end of the bus route, so trips into town are a bit of a palaver. Overall the hotel and its facilities weren't awful but everything could be a lot better. It was poor value and very forgettable.
On arrival we were told we had a very good room, good start! The next day we received at phone call from reception to inform us we were changing rooms and to pack our things. This was news to us however George at reception insisted that we were informed at check in that we would have to move as we had the economy deal (we booked through lastminute.com days before departure) We changed rooms and were left feeling like second rate, economy guests. For our inconvenience we were given a meal in the restaurant and two drinks at the pool bar. The pool bar serves good food and drinks and is reasonably priced. However the restaurant which serves breakfast and dinner is just awful. The breakfast was possibly the worst I have ever experienced, and the dinner was definitely the the worst fare I have ever tasted. We decided to check out early so we could enjoy the last few days of our holiday. We paid for 5 nights at Plaza Beach and stayed 3.
Lovely hotel positioned opposite wonderful sandy beach and 10 minutes away from Naxos Town. Friendly staff, well groomed grounds and super swimming pools, snack bar and bar. We had a family room with comfy king size bed and adjoining twin room and bathroom. Slightly older decor and furniture but all in good condition. Bathroom was ok but had a slight drain smell for most of our 5 night stay. No remote controls for TVs so had to ask but give them their dues, reception delivered one very quickly. Plenty of variety at buffet breakfast, inc various eggs, bacon, cheeses, bread for toasting, juices and hot drinks. Dining area right next to the pool, which was lovely. Great relaxing area around the pools with each room having an allocated umbrella, meaning you dont have to run out early with your towel to reserve a space. Hotel had cars for hire for 30 euros per day (low season) which was great. Hotel picked us up from the port and also took us back. Happy with our choice of hotel and good location with excellent beaches metres away. A couple of tavernas within 10 mins walk. Wonderful sunsets
On Sep 24, 2018, we left Athens on Sky Express and in 40 minutes landed at Naxos Airport near 5 pm, where our Plaza Beach Hotel driver was waiting with a big welcome hug. A short drive and we were at the hotel, right on Plaka Beach. [Photo 1: Hotel Pool & Beach from Room 222] Plaza Beach Hotel staff were so helpful by email in advance, met all our requests, and the hotel provides free airport transfers, breakfast, and Wi-Fi. On arrival, the staff checked us in right away. Everyone was so kind and gracious: the front desk, beach-side restaurant staff, and drivers. No wonder Greek hospitality is famous. [Photo 2: Hotel Beach-side Restaurant] Special thanks to TripAdvisor experts Periscope in Norway, Travelerjan in Philadelphia, and Monyash in the UK, for helping us choose Naxos, then Plaka Beach as the longest, prettiest beach, and then Plaza Beach Hotel. It's more spare than the Ritz, but so what? It's about location and gracious service--and we want to go back! Plaza Beach Hotel also arranged a great car rental by email in advance. A new 2018 Fiat Panda from Maragas Cars was delivered to us at a good price, and we were able to request a 24-hour rental (not just the local norm of 12 hours). Also at our request, there was a full tank of gas, so we knew how much to refill (essential to know in Greece). Kudos to Plaza Beach Hotel and Maragas Cars, after all the poor reviews on TripAdvisor for other Naxos car rentals. See two reviews with photos of our drive from Plaza Beach Hotel: “Tragaea Valley Villages: Heart of Old Greece” https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g189431-d15309719-r636777419-Tragaea_Valley-Naxos_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html and “Naxos Town” https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g580192-d524552-r629775148-Old_Town-Naxos_Town_Naxos_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html I fell in love with Plaza Beach Hotel's online photos months before our trip--and it's better in person. All my life I dreamed of a house on the beach in Greece—and here it was! As requested, we got a top-floor ocean-view room (#222). Buildings only have two floors, but I thought this was the best room of all, overlooking the pool and ocean. [Photo 3: Our Plaza Beach bedroom] Classically sculpted windows, doorways, and furniture, a big comfortable bed, a beautiful balcony with a blue railing in the the ancient Meander (Greek key) geometric pattern, which symbolizes the eternal flow of life, and a balcony sunset. [Photo 4: Our ocean-view balcony] Then we ran down to the beach, which was indeed simply gorgeous and went on forever in both directions, as our Trip Advisor friends said. We took a long walk, waded in the warm water (do wear water shoes due to rocks), then got snacks from the hotel's market by the sea, and collapsed on a beach lounger to enjoy the famous Naxos sunset over Paros next door. (Hotel menu is available from the beach but we ran out of daylight.) [Photo 5: Plaka Beach at Plaza Beach Hotel] [Photo 6: Pool & Palapa Sunset] [Photo 7: Our patio sunset] Next morning Sep 25 we slowly enjoyed the breakfast buffet by the pool.Tons of different egg and local cheese dishes, sausages, excellent breads, fruit, and the best chocolate croissants. A word on the water: the Plaza Beach Hotel restaurant had the most delicious drinking water at breakfast that I've ever tasted (and I'm from New York City, famous for great tap water). Most internet posts warn foreigners to stick to bottled water on the Greek Islands. Until recently, Naxos was the sole exception, its deep natural springs providing fine water which for decades was available from public fountains and wells around the island. We saw several large pump wells on the hotel grounds and in yards nearby. But in the last five years, the Naxos water table has become brackish, so hotel staff warned us not to drink from the hotel tap or public fountains anymore. In fact, the 5-gallon water tank with the delicious water had a label that said it was bottled at Mount Olympus north of Athens. When I asked restaurant staff what was up, a debate arose. They brought out the manager who explained that the tank was from Athens, but he has it refilled with water from the high Naxos mountains where it still runs pure—and so delicious. “But don't drink the tap water,” he warned, “it's from ground water which has too many salts at the beach and in Naxos Town.” Enough research--we were there to relax. Since arriving in Greece Sep 17 for our island cruise, we had rushed happily by ship to 9 destinations in 7 days. This was our time to sit on the beach and just. do. No--thing. We walked to the ocean--and then the winds came. Sep 25 was the start of gale storm Xenophon, which by Sep 26 was blowing down trees and closing schools in Athens. Who knew? So we walked south down the beach where it was more secluded. The water was gorgeous, “Greek blue,” warm, and with water shoes, swimming was fine. But by 2 pm the wind was so strong that hubbie went back to our room to nap. I wasn't giving up the sun on Plaka Beach after such anticipation, so I collected small rocks to hold down my towel and lay down. “In certain wind conditions you may get sand-blasted” on any beach in Greece, my friend Periscope had warned. After a lovely nap in the sun, around 4 pm the sand blast woke me. I stood up and the wind nearly knocked me over; it was up to 45 MPH. I had to wrap the towel around my head like Lawrence of Arabia and fight my way back to the hotel against the gale. We'd planned that night to walk north on beach for dinner at Nikos & Maria Restuarant right on the sand https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1769317-d2264481-Reviews-Nikos_Maria_Restaurant-Plaka_Naxos_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html But no. Rain began to pour; Storm Xenophon arrived, and lasted 4 days, our whole time in Naxos. Normal September rainfall in Greece is almost nil; it was a fluke. “We're in Greece!” we said, “Let's just enjoy.” So we had Greek salad for dinner at the hotel. Then on Sep 26, we took our rental car from Plaza Beach Hotel for a 10-hour drive inland, through the Tragaea Valley mountain villages. With a lot of help from Periscope at TripAdvisor, it was a beautiful experience. (See again two reviews of our drive, above.) We enjoyed the rest of our stay at Plaza Beach Hotel Sep 27-28 despite the storm. We still had the car until 9 am Sep 27, so when the sun rose at 6 am, we tried to drive south to lovely Mikri Viglia Beach, hoping for breakfast at the Hippocampus Club (which also reportedly has a great lobster dinner, in season). But the dirt roads south from Plaza Beach Hotel, while adequate, were too slow for our short time slot, so we only got as far south as Orkos Beach, and instead enjoyed coffee and croissants when we stumbled onto ArtoViglismata Bakery https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1190444-d12823563-Reviews-ArtoViglismata_Bakery-Mikri_Vigla_Naxos_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html There were no gas stations open south of the hotel, so then we had to reverse course to zip back north of the hotel to refill the tank before 9 am. This became a surprise outing to Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna beaches, where gas was available, and we had just enough time to photograph their famous views. The rest of Sep 27 and 28 we were fine in the storm. We took walks round the hotel grounds where grapes were growing wild; caught up on email (good Wi-Fi), napped in our pretty room, and enjoyed the hotel buffet. Others enjoyed the outdoor pool bar, protected from the rain. We even got a free 4 pm late check out, as the hotel was closing for the season, then at 6:40 pm our Olympic Air plane left Naxos Airport for Athens nearly on time, despite the storm.
We had a great experience at this hotel’s beachfront. You rent the beach umbrellas and chairs and order food from the same lovely gentleman (George). The chairs weren’t the best but they sufficed and the prices were very reasonable. As for food, my boyfriend and I shared a bacon, ham and cheese toasted sandwich with fries and Greek salad for lunch; it was all very tasty. You can also use the hotel’s beautiful pool if you order food or drinks at their bar!
Enjoyed a relaxing stay at the Plaza Beach during an usually windy week. Although the weather was so windy, wet, and cold, the staff did their utmost best to ensure I had a great stay - from the helpful front desk to the attentive staff at the restaurant and pool bar. The view from my room was beautiful, the pool area very well maintained, and the beach just steps away from the hotel was stunning. I was able to walk for miles each way.
We booked in for three nights after a fantastic stay on Koufonissi,we did not think that this hotel would be quietit looked huge, but what a very pleasant surprise,firstly on check in we were told that they had upgraded us,first surprise,the welcome was so nice from friendly receptionist then we were shown to our room,second surprise it was a suite,and what a suite it was,very large,huge balcony , lounge , bedroom , jacuzzi in bathroom, two TV,s wonderful. This hotel is great,plenty of room ,huge swimming pool plenty of sun beds scattered around the grounds,then the beach , again plenty of sun beds (for a charge 2euro) The boy who worked the beach was ace, always looking out for the guests on the beach, well done. If you want to go into town couldn’t be easier,bus starts outside the entrance 2euro each way. All in all a fantastic hotel I cannot fault it, well done Plaza Beach.
This was the second time we spent a week of our vacations in this hotel. We really love the place. The personnel is fantastic. Even in a small issue that was caused by us, they provided the best solution with a smile and understanding. The facilities are above average, nice breakfast, brilliant service.
We had a very enjoyable and pleasant stay. The rooms, grounds, pools and beach were excellent. The buffet had a wide variety of good foods. The bus into and from town was easy. Great family place. Excellent location for a wedding. Something for everyone. Beach, pools, playground, koi pond.
We stayed in June this year and last year. We have been to Naxos about 6 times now over a period of about 30 years. Each year we have moved further up the coast. Now I do not really want to stay anywhere else in Naxos as it has everything we want. Great Pool, very chilled atmosphere. Next to miles of sandy beach, great attentive service from George on the beach and the staff at the pool and restaurant. Reception staff always helpful. Despite its quiet location the bus comes from town every 30 mins so if you want to go into the old town the bus stops at the hotel (the last stop). The town is very beautiful with lots of lovely shops and restaurants. There are several really excellent restaurants within a ten to twenty minute walk where at some you can eat on the beach and watch the sunset. Always recommend to family and friends and hoping to go back with family.
- Steps from Plaka Beach
- Free continental breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
Plaza Beach Hotel places you next to Plaka Beach and within a few miles (5 km) of other popular attractions like Agios Prokopios Beach. This 3-star hotel welcomes guests with 82 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Plaza Beach Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.
A flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a balcony or patio, a refrigerator, and an electric kettle.
Plaza Beach Hotel features an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness center. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with tours/tickets and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a terrace.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
83.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 322 reviews