Looking from motel at the swimming pool... It's really more impressive from the car!
After a fairly long and warm day we were ready to get a motel. We decided to get a motel in Hersonissos. It is a pretty large tourist town about an hour from Heraklion. We got into town and decided the easiest way to find a motel would be to walk the motel strip. We were astonished to find they were all closed! ... That was not what we expected. We walked for over an hour. A man who owned a restaurant called us over and asked why we were walking. We explained we were looking for a motel and they appeared to be all closed. He said he would make some calls.
Really nice of him. We got a couple of glasses of red wine and sat while he called place after place. He even called his relatives! But there was nothing available. He refused to take money for the wine so we left a tip to cover the cost. He had a man who worked for him take us up the street about 6 blocks to the police station. They also called a number of hotels. The only one open was 187.00 euro per night. Yikes. Waaay out of our price range. Their best suggestion was for us to drive back to Heraklion. We thanked them and walked back to our car.
The little church within the walls of the motel. I love the reverence of having it here
We passed by the hotel Creta Maris and decided to check with them. They were a huge resort and had quoted the 187 euro price when the police called them.
David walked in and spoke to the desk clerk. The price remained the same. David asked if she knew of any other motels in town. No. But she did suggest we check with their sister motel, Terra Maris.
Front entrance of motel
We had vague directions from her on how to find the motel entrance. We saw a narrow street and asked a man sitting outside of his bungalow if the office to terra Maris was up the street. He said yes. We asked if he knew if they had rooms available and he said how would I know.... We drove slowly up the narrow street past many bungalows and were shocked to find ourselves next to a swimming pool. CRAP! We had accidently driven up the walkway. Hotel personnel came running out to stop us.
David was absolutely chagrined and embarrassed.
One of the many halls that led to the end of the motel
Me?.... I was trying not to laugh because he would have killed me. One of the bellboys was very nice and directed us to turn around and get back to the main road. David carefully turned around as parents rounded up their kids from the swimming pool to watch us. The bellboy stood between them and the car and watched us turn around and drive slowly back. By the time we got to the road we were hysterical laughing. The same man was standing watching us go back out. Yeah, real helpful guy! And we still didn't have a room .....
We found the main entrance to Terra Maris and parked at the far end of the lot.
We hoped they wouldn't spot the car and know we were the idiots who drove on their walkway to their pool area. After sitting and laughing and thinking of different remarks he would encounter inside David finally decided he would go ask what their rates were although we were not holding out much hope. I didn't want to go in because I had on shorts. (plus, there was that little incident of driving up their sidewalk..LOL) David had on shorts too but he bravely walked in and asked for a room. It was a pleasant surprise to find they were around 87 euro. High but within our budget.
Our bed, desk, coffee table, chairs and bureau
I was sitting in the car and saw Dave walking out with a bellboy who had a cart for our luggage. I just about died.
.. Crap again! It was the same one who had directed us at the pool. It was my turn to be completely embarassed. We loaded the suitcases onto the cart and began walking to the motel. The bellboy said with a grin, "you two look familiar"...... and we both began apologizing.... he laughed and said it was fine. Although David had already paid a the front desk the bellboy led us to the main lobby instead on entering the side entrance... Standing in the lobby was a huge number of men in suits and ties. I was mortified. I told the bellboy I had better clothes in my suitcase. He laughed and said there was a convention of gynocologists and they had no choice on the ties.
The drink table in breakfast/dinner buffet
We were led down a series of halls and given the last room the farthest possible from the lobby.
We laughed after the bellboy left .... who could blame them for shoving us to the end of the motel? ..... We loved the room. It was incredible. We even had our own balcony with a set of patio furniture. The bed was not the normal hard european bed. It was a great mattress.... wow. One thing we really, really loved was a little church in the center of the hotel. Apparently it was there and the motel wanted to build so they built around it instead of demolishing it. It was so charming to see it from the hall windows.
Buffet breakfast... Isn't this a beautiful room?
We drove into town looking for food. We wound up at a strange little pizza place that was practically the only thing open. The pizza was pretty bad .
... we took the left overs and fed the cats in a nearby alley. We were happy we had such a great room to go back to.
The next morning we walked down for the buffet breakfast. We just about fainted when we saw the incredible variety of foods and drinks. It was amazing. The personnel were friendly and helped us get seated and brought us coffee. It took me a long time to go through the line as it was all so different. I tried to get things I had never gotten before. A few were tastes I didn't like ... most were great.
We made the decision to stay another night if we could get the same rate. They were happy to give it to us.