I took my sons - 13 and 8 - for a weeks' holiday here, had no idea where to go and fell on this by very happy accident.
As mentioned in other reviews, it is about 2 km from Platanias - easy to walk/bus there. But this hotel was perfect for us. Quiet - only 40 rooms approx, beautiful pool. The staff were lovely, especially Matilda in the bar, and the children were really safe, free and happy. The rooms are simply furnished, comfortable. I have never seen so many solar panels as on Crete, and the water heaters are connected; so the water is always hot for an evening shower, though it was a bit cooler in the morning.
Exploring was easy - Chania is a 15-20 min bus ride east and is lovely. Touristy, but tasteful. Musuems, churches, 16th century Venitian harbour, little winding streets - full of atmosphere.
There are also buses going west, to Kissamos and to fab beaches at Falosarna etc.
A few negatives -
Food isn't perfect, but honest, adequate, wholesome. More fresh fruit would be welcome.
They charge for airconditioning which seems pretty mean as it is a necessity in summer.
This hotel seems to have deals with French and Czech operators - so I didn't hear an English voice all week.
We are planning to go back next year and hire a car so that we can travel around more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Venus Beach Hotel is a pleasant family hotel located in Gerani,12 km west of the town of Chania and just 800 m from Platanias, one of the most cosmopolitan regions of Crete. It is built by the sea at a convenient walking distance of mini markets, shops and restaurants. The hotel consists of 26 double and 13 triple spacious rooms, some of them with view to the sea. All rooms are equipped with A/C, fridge, telephone, tuner, W.C, free WiFi and private balcony with table and chairs. The hotel guests can enjoy swimming in a large fresh water swimming pool, with separate paddling pool for children, or the sandy beach in front of the hotel. At the pool area there are sun beds & umbrellas for relaxation and sunbathing, free of charge. There is also a pool bar that serves light dishes, snacks, drinks and refreshments until late at night. A full breakfast and dinner buffet are prepared daily and served in the hotel's restaurant. Due to its friendly atmosphere, the hospitality of its hosts and the quiet surrounding, Venus Beach Hotel gives its guests the opportunity to have a pleasant and relaxing stay. The hotel runs from June to October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Venus Beach Hotel Crete/Gerani