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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Galeana Beach Hotel Crete/Rethymnon Prefecture