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“Nice hotel, good location”
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Silver Beach Hotel
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Gerani
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, England
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, good location”
Reviewed 30 August 2007

I stayed at the Silver Beach with my mum in June and had a lovely stay. The rooms are basic but very clean. I have to agree with what everybody else has said about the a/c - it's just a heater that you can turn on to 'cold' which is rubbish when it's so hot. We asked at reception if we could pay to have proper a/c but they said no. We left the windows and patio doors open as it was quite windy when we were there to get a breeze. Reception staff weren't very helpful but the bar staff were.

The pool is very nice but hot and crowded - more bearable at the shingle beach but you do have to pay for loungers and there aren't very many.

We went into Chania almost every night which took about half an hour on the bus )you get on at the main road in Gerani and was really cheap. Chania if a gorgeous Venitian town with loads of shops and restaurants. Plantanias is within walking distance (about 20mins) and has a lot of restaurants but they were nowhere near as nice as Chania. There is one restaurant opposite the hotel which was ok, we went there the first night. There is another further up the road which had a greek night one night and there seemed to be a lot of people there. Supermarket 5 mins away. Really is worth going to Chania though, some people in our hotel hadn't got past Plantanias which is a shame 'cos it's really tacky!!

Don't be frightened to use the buses, they're great value (much, much cheaper than scheduled trips) and will take you almost anywhere e.g. Kalamaki beach (lush!)

The hotel was a quite nice base for all of the lovely places we went to on the fab island.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, cost
  • Disliked — A/C!
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2007

We stayed at the Silver Beach hotel in the first week of August. On arrival the staff were very friendly and spoke good English. We were taken to our room, which was spotlessly clean and only a short two minute walk from reception. The room had a small kitchenette which had basic equipment, a small bathroom with a good shower and a balcony. Our view wasn't great but we could see the sea and some rooms had a stunning view!

The pool was very clean with a poolside bar. There were sunloungers, although they were often reserved by 8am and the pool stayed busy until the evening. However, the hotel is right on the beach and you can hire two loungers and an umbrella for 4Euro. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle and the sea becomes deep quite quickly, sea shoes are a good idea and are available from the local supermarkets.

Gerani is a small quiet village it has several supermarkets, some good tavernas and a regular bus service to Platanias (1.20Euro) and to Chania (1.70Euro). The buses were air conditioned and the conductors were very helpful in making sure you got to the right destination.

There is a land train that offers tours of the local area and a trip to the water park. These are much cheaper than the trips offered by the tour operators and tickets can be bought from reception.

The local town of Platanias caters for the tourist market with lots of tourist shops and restaurants but is worth a visit. The old city of Chania is definitely worth a visit with lots of interesting shops selling jewellery, leather and cretan goods. There is also a huge selection of resaurants to choose from. The bus journey to Chania takes about 30minutes (much less than the aiprport transfer!).

Overall we had a lovely holiday and would recommend the Silver Beach Hotel to people looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, but within reach of bigger tourist towns.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, friendliness of staff, proximity to beach.
  • Disliked — Pool quite small for size of complex and not that many loungers.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2007

We stayed at Silver Beach for 2 weeks in June as was very disappointed!
Hotel was clean and rooms were nice and spacious but:

No air con in rooms - it was controlled by reception who we asked to put it on for us, said they would but didn't!!

The beach was very painful to walk on - no sand just shingle. We were also shocked to find you had to pay reception for the sunbeds.

Reception (or any of the staff) were not very helpful (or even nice!)

The nearest town (Platanias) was about 10 minutes away in a taxi, which you had to go to everynight as there was literally no where else to eat. In the Thomson brochure it said you could walk there - but you could not!

The surrounding areas were not very nice - there was a lot of concrete and un-finished buildings.

The pool had no spaces some days, so we had to pay to go to the beach, which also on the weekend was full. Also if you don't like loud children beware as there were many!!

Overall Crete is a nice Island but we would not return to Chania and not stay at Silver Beach Studios, we also felt that the Thomson brochure was very inaccurate.

  • Liked — Clean, spacious rooms
  • Disliked — Everything else!
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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7 Thank janelw171
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North Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2007

Birlliant, lovely place.

The location was perfect for a lazy, relaxing and romantic holiday! Right on the beach it was great to be able to pop from the pool to the sea whenever you wanted!

Our room was great, we had a pool view and could see the beach too. Always cleaned really well and the maids even tidied up my clothes, bless 'em!

We found where the hotel was based to be fine as there is a small shop just 4 mins up the road (i say road, its more of a quiet track) and there was also 2 great little restraunts near by. The nearest little hotel to Silver Beach had a great outdoors restraunt and the food was brilliant! - We recommend anything to do with Feta! Mmm yum!

We walked into the main town - Platanis? i think it was - a couple of times, I wouldnt advise it late at night as the Greek roads tend to lack pavements! But its not expensive to get a taxi there and back. Along the main town strip there are Lots & Lots of food places, shops and bars.

Ooh - would recommend the Water Park too, we caught the land train as we arranged it thru the tour operators but it's probably better to get a bus or taxi there yourselves!

Chania was lovely by night, lots of shops and more restraunts by the harbour!

All in all it was a great holiday, nothing to complain about at all!

  • Liked — The beach front location
  • Disliked — the bugs!
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2007

Beware! Although the Silver Beach Hotel, Gerani is comfortable and spotlessly clean, should you have reason to complain to the management, you will be treated with contempt. The air-conditioning is controlled in reception and in each room the a/c units have a fan installed in order to circulate air. However, unless firm representations are made to the management regarding the a/c it will not be switched on. The result is that the fan circulates the air in the room and not a/c air. We had to request every night that the a/c be switched on, which it was reluctantly for short periods. The management will insist that, ‘the a/c is on but is inadequate for the temperatures’ when it is actually turned off. All staff, other than management, were very friendly & helpful but in 25 years of travelling the manageress of this hotel is the rudest, most arrogant person I have ever had the displeasure to meet.

  • Liked — Cleanliness & comfort
  • Disliked — Attitude of manageress
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank TonyNorthernEngland
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2007

We stayed here last week returning home on 05/06/07 what a place ,it was perfect in nearly everything the rooms were great we had maid service every day, the location was great the staff were great the only let down for me was the bar service it was very slow .We would be happy to go back anytime, the sooner the better.


  • Liked — the cleanliness
  • Disliked — The food
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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2 Thank clewey
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Stewart, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2006

This hotel, while on the smaller side for resorts was absolutely magnificent. I stayed here for two weeks and was given a studio style apartment that included a small two burner stove, fridge, bathroom with shower only, full bed, dining table, and balcony with chairs. This resort has since expanded and has placed in one more complex. There is a pool and childrens pool off the main lobby, a lobby bar that also serves lunch (great bartender when I was there, really did an excellent job his name was Pavlos), a dininr room that serves buffet breakfast and dinner (also does a themed Cretan dinner one night a week with local entertainment), a small store for your basic needs and snacks, and a small wonderful staff (was run by a family from Crete and they went out of your way to make you feel at home).

I went on several excursions through a travel company which came right to the resort three days a week, the local waterpark also had a smal tram shuttle that came by the hotel for pickup. The town itself is quite small but has very good dining options, there are two stores for buying all you need within 5 minutes of the hotel also.

I would recommend the Sumari Gorge for a hike, it is quite steep and would not be recommend with those who are not used to rough terrain. I recommend starting at the top and working your way down to the ferry dock (isolated community, ferry is the onle way out without going back up the Gorge).

There are incredible side trips from Silver BEach that are worth while or you can just sit and relax by the pool and read. I would highly recommend this hotel to any traveller.

  • Liked — The wonderful staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay two weeks, one is not enough
  • Stayed May 2004, travelled solo
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Property: Silver Beach Hotel
Address: Gerani Kydonias, Gerani, Crete 731 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Gerani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Gerani
#4 Romantic Hotel in Gerani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Silver Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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