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Galeana Beach Hotel
Ranked #16 of 22 Hotels in Platanias
Reviewed 12 September 2011

This review is for the apartments only. I think the hotel is a short distance further towards Heraklion.

In this budget range we were very pleased with these apartments. We booked self-catering but it was a little bonus to find out that the buffet breakfast was included anyway. The breakfast wasn't top cuisine but we had no reason to complain. It was of a decent enough standard if you want a basic breakfast to start your day.

The apartments too, were basic but clean and comfortable enough. Again, a little bonus was that the air-con was included. They maybe minor points but for those of us on tight budgets, breakfast and air-con included makes a decent saving on your 2 weeks away.

Although the breakfast was adequate, the lunch was poor. We tried it on the first day but there are more than enough places to eat within a short walking distance. The apartments are located within a very easy walking distance of your usual mini supermarkets, bars and restaurants (there's even a Lidl within walking distance if you don't want to pay the local mini-mart prices).

There are 2 pools, not particularly big but they were never crowded and there was never a rush to get a sunbed. It's a short short walk to the beach; we're not beach dwellers but the loungers all seemed to be taken so you may need to get there early-ish.

A bus runs to the nearest local town, Rethymnon, but we waited for 2 to pass and both were full. We eventually ended up getting a taxi which worked out to 8 Euros each way (apparently roughly the same as if we'd paid for the bus).

If you're using the apartments for accommodation and chilling only, they're basic but fine. In fact for their price they're very good.

Room Tip: Not sure if one apartment's better than another. We were in the second block from the reception...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We look this to be cheap and well recommended, and prebooked a week for a family of 4 in a 3 room apt.
.Beautiful buildings and good karma in general
.Peaceful and quiet place
.Short distance to Rethymno
.Breakfast appalling with bad products like canned meat and very watery juice
.Cleaning service not thorough, and no broom to do the necessary yourself.

Personnel could daily have been friendly but were just indifferent.

If you are looking for a cheap place with just a pool, this is beautiful and calm.

We, however, will not return.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

We stayed in Galeana Beach Apartments in Sep 2009 ten days (booked via travel agency), this is a web-site: http://www.galeanahotel.com/galeana-beach.html
It's well situated, on the 1st row from the beach with a direct entrance to the sea
Beach is fine, but bear in mind it's still public as all beaches in Greece (Crete)
There're 2 storeys houses in greek style (white and blue) with own entrance to 1-2-3 rooms apartments with a small kitchen eqiupped by all necessary stuff
Ask rooms / house in the middle or closer to the swimming pool / food court, might be noisy from the street in evenings
Breakfasts are OK, but don't expect anth special
We never had a dinner or lunch there, wouldn't recommend although (it didn't look it's their best thing)
Same time our friends with 3 children stayed in this hotel so they found a hotel extremely convenient for families with children, so consider that too
Easy to get to Rethimnon, buses to the city are frequent (don't rely on reception schedule.. they had wrong one, check online or at bus station in Rethimnon if you plan a few visits to the city), taxi costs no more than 10 EUR
I noticed mainly Germans, Russians, Brits stay in a hotel, nothing disturbing, all are families, almost all with children
Small cats might "sing songs" during the night (there's a few of them on a territory, nice and funny creatures)
Be careful with a road nearby and crossing the village: pedestrians walkside is very narrow or nothing, transport are fast, so just be careful

In Rethimnon I'd recommend fantastic restaurant: Castelvecchio (see tripadvisor)
And if you travel to Santorini, I can recommend: Zorzis Hotel (see tripadvisor)

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Rower1991
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

We traveled to Crete, with Monarch, and had booked into the Galeana Apartments in Platanias on the eastern side of Rethymnon.
it was a hectic one hour drive to the premises from Rethymnon Airport in our hire car, The Old road runs parallel to the main motorway on the north coast of Crete, It was pleasantly situated on the beach side of the Old road with enough parking outside for 6 cars. (plenty of free parking nearby).
The complex consists of 48 apartments in total , 3 three rooms, 18 two room and 26 1 bedroom aparments.
Ours was an adequate sized 1 room one, It had twin beds, a loo and a SMALL shower, a kitchen area with 2 hot plates and an eating area with table and two chairs. Fitted wardrobe basic other furniture and AIR Conditioning.
The whole complex is painted in a typical Greek style of Blue and White. It was basic and charming.It was well located for the tourist sites. The apartments are used by Monarch/Cosmos from the U.K. and our nieghbours were Germans and Russians.
Two pools a beach bar and a covered dining area for our continental breakfast. 50 yards to the beach with a Floriferous planted avenue down the centre Very helpful staff, Maid service Daily. clean linen every 4 days, Great.!!
Plenty of supermarkets and places to eat. We had one shower in a 2 week stay. Would recommend it to anybody whom is used to the Greek style of living

4  Thank jimb0pee
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Reviewed 24 September 2008

Really enjoyed staying here. Very central but away from the road and therefore no traffic noise. The apartments were very clean and the maid came daily. Sheets and towels were changed during the stay. Breakfast was included and was very good. There are two pools and direct access to the beach. Basic appliances but as we ate out most nights this was not a problem. All the staff were very helpful and pleasant.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank HelenWestYorkshire
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Reviewed 20 November 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Galeana Beach Hotel

Address: 196 Machis Kritis, Platanias, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon > Platanias
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Platanias
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Platanias
Price Range: £33 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Galeana Beach Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Galeana Beach Hotel is an apartment complex located directly on the sandy beach in the village Platanias, 5km east of the town Rethymnon. The captivating island-style bungalows are kept in blue and white and create a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by lush gardens. ... more   less 
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