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Kriti Beach Hotel
Ranked #24 of 175 Hotels in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 June 2010

It depends on what you expect from a holiday. In this case, I think I was more disappointed with the fact that Rethymno was a very small town; you get to see most of the things there in a few days and from what I had found out about it I really expected it to be a bit bigger.
On the other hand, if you have another 1000-2000 euros for various trip around and on the island (for two persons), you would probably have a nice time there. However, it is too expensive. A trip to Santorini is 200 euros per person. Not to mention different beautiful beaches in Crete that one should see, visit and explore. Again, a lot of money needed to go around. It is a big island. One should also try and visit some of the other towns in Crete. Rethymno is a boring place, more for older people. Nothing special to see. Shopping is excellent: again, money, money : )
As for the hotel itself, it is ok. What I didn't like is that you have a very busy street between the hotel and the beach so even if you have a room with a sea view, the traffic distracts your attention. in my opinion, it's no enjeyment at all. Besides, the side that faces the sea is always sunny, so, very hot there.
Cleanliness is ok; location, too, (for moving around).
The food was excellent, but the service ... They take away the food very early in the evening. Even if you get there a bit earlier you don't find all the food any more. What has been eaten, has been eaten.
Finally, the most irritating thing about the hotel were "The Greek Nights". They were everything but Greek with oppressive behaviour of ushers who dictate to you where you are going to sit that evening for dinner, not allowing you to sit alone with your partner, and forcing you to spend the whole dinner sitting with total strangers. I was absolutely stunned and appalled by this behaviour and unfortunate hotel ideas. ??!!!
The swimming pool is too small. Besides, it's strange and not attractive at all or relaxing, to enjoy the pool while cars wild away on the road in front of you.
Rooms were ok.
They charge you for water during the meal; it costs more than in any shop.
For anything you want to drink you have to pay; if you don't want anything they impolitely take away the glasses in front of your face.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

I have stayed at Kriti beach hotel for 7 night together with a group of 7 persons. we were all very happy with the hotel consider this being a 3 star hotel. Perfect location on the beach, and with walking distance from oldtown. Nice staff, and room with beautiful seaview. Suprise was good breakfast compared to other hotels of this standard that I have been to in Greece. Also very friendly staff.

Only minor minus is lack of internet wi-fi, but you can find this on a nearby bar.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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5  Thank amidtun
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Reviewed 25 June 2008

Me and my girlfriend returned a couple days ago from a lovely holiday in Rethymnon, Crete. We stayed at Kriti Beach Hotel. Location of this hotel is as close to the beach as possibly can be. After our late arrival we were pleasantly surprised that our dinner was provided anyway. Hotel staff gave us a very warm welcome and it felt very nice after a long journey from UK.

Our room was a standard room for 3 star hotel - nothing luxurious but functional with 2 single beds, build-in wardrobe, cupboards, bedside tables, small size TV, fan, etc., all necessary bits you expect as standard. Air con unit was hung from the ceiling and manually controlled from the roof, which is always better than centrally controlled one.

While saying OK for the room standard, our bathroom was a bit disappointing - not functionally but purely from aesthetic reasons. Tilled with dark grey tiles looked even smaller than it really was.
What we appreciated most was the fact that our room had a balcony with a fantastic sea view. We specifically asked for it and both our holiday provider Travel Republic and hotel staff made an effort to secure this sea view room for us, we were impressed.

Room service was OK - rooms were cleaned daily, sheets and towels changed every second day.

With regards to food, we had a half-board and we were happy to have it. While breakfast was pretty much the same (but good), dinner was a pleasant surprise with a variety of national Greek cuisine as well as standard continental dishes. Whatever we picked was delicious, salads were amazing, lots of fruit provided too. I was worried we put on some weight but not really because Mediterranean cuisine is delicious and healthy.

Among some other facilities, internet access (cost of 1 euro per 15 minutes), bar open till late night with big TV screen provided for the ongoing football Euro '08, outdoor swimming pool (nice but we did not use it, the sea was just too good to use the pool), Billiard, etc. I mentioned that advantage of this Hotel is the proximity to the beach - it cannot be closer to the sea as it is. This, however, meant that it was right on a busy beach front road and it was quite noisy. That was it's disadvantage. Luckily, after 2 nights we got used to it and later completely forgot that it was our big worry.

I'd like to finish my review with something positive - people. Hotel staff was always very friendly and helpful, really credit to them for being so welcoming. Generally, people of Crete are like this so anywhere you go you can count on friendly locals. I would certainly recommend this hotel to everybody.

Yours Martin and Ivana, Milton Keynes, UK

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Matbat
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Reviewed 3 April 2008

My boyfriend and I visited Kriti beach last June for our summer holiday and we loved it! It is very modern inside, with a spacious reception area and a very clean look. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful.

Our room was fairly small, but had everything we needed, a hairdryer, fridge, mirror (because us girlies need a place to style ourselves!) comfortable double bed, and a shower room. When you shower the water can flood slightly on to the floor, but this isn't really a problem. There is also maid service every day, with towels and bed linen changed. Our maid was very thorough. The air-con was a bit naff, as it didn't seem to blow out much cold air, which was especially bad for us as we were there during a heatwave - with temperatures way into the 40s.

Make sure you ask for a sea view - not all rooms have one. We asked for one as we like to go back after dinner and have a drink on the balcony with a beautiful view - and we got one!

Breakfast is great, they have bread, jams, honeys, yogurt, fruit, a selection of cooked food (egg, bacon), cereals, tea, coffee, cold water and juice. We couldn't have asked for more for the money.

The location of the hotel is great, you are only a ten minute walk away from Rethymnon harbour which is beautiful. The tavernas around here look beautiful, but we found them to be overpriced and not as good as the food we ate slightly further out - down the lovely winding streets.

Also, the beach is just across the road. Which brings me to one down side... it is a busy road, which does cause some traffic noise and problems when you come to cross it. I wouldn't let this put you off, but its something to bare in mind. The beach is lovely - the sunbeds are about 7euros a day, and there are staff who circulate selling fresh watermellon and doughnuts. Very nice.

Overall, we had a lovely holiday, and would quite happily recommend it to anyone who likes resorts to be lively, but not 'bangin' (you will not find drunken groups of Brits here).

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2006

Spent 2 weeks at this 3 star hotel in September.

Position. Great. Just across the road from the beach where loungers and parasols cost 4 euros a day. 10 minuite walk into centre of town where there are numerous restaurants and bars.

Reception. Very helpful and friendly.

Rooms. We were two couples and had 2 rooms. Ours was on the first floor with a picture window overlooking the sea and a side door leading to a small balcony. Our friends had a fourth floor room which was smaller but had a very large terrace with sun beds and overlooked the beach. The airconditioning was always available and very gentle!! Quite a lot of traffic on the road most of the night but with the windows closed this was not a problem at all. The bathrooms were quite small but adequate. The hot water could be a bit hit and miss at peak times. A working fridge at no extra cost.

Cleanliness. Very clean. Sheets changed every 2 days. Towels also changed every 2 days which we found a bit of a problem with wet towels cluttering the bathroom up for a day. All the public areas were well kept, even the swimming pool which was cleraned regularly, but I never saw anyone in it!!

Dining. This is where this hotel looses points dramatically!!! The breakfasts were adequate but no more. The evening meals were less so. Very bland and not at all appetizing. However no one needed to come out of the dining room hungry as there was adequate food available if you wanted it. The sweets left much to be desired. The staff in the dining room were very efficient although sometimes I thought that they weren't all that happy in their work!!

Staff. Most of them very pleasent and helpful.

Would I go back???? Most certainly, but only on a B&B basis. It is an above average 3 star hotel for comfort but not for food.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Mrhilton
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Reviewed 27 September 2006

I was for the thirth time in Kriti Beach this year and it was very great again! The staff is verry helpfull and they have always time for a little talk. The beach and the centre are verry near the hotel. You across the streat and you are on the beach.

The rooms in the hotel are also verry good! The rooms get cleaned every day,and after every 2 days you get clean towels. The dinner and breakfast are not so good, it's the most of the time the same. Also one evening in the week, there is a Greek night, with Greek music and greek dancers. That's also verry great!!

I deffintly going back one more time!

  • Stayed: September 2006
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2  Thank Riekie
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Reviewed 2 September 2006

The Hotel is a new building: bedrooms, bathrooms and others locals are simple but clean. The staff is helpful (except for waiters). The localization is good with respect to the old centre and the sea. On the other hand we are not satisfied about the quality of food served during breakfast and dinner. They served tinned fruits instead of fresh ones (in summer there is more fruit in Crete), freeze pizza, fruit jelly and dried chocolate mousse as dessert… they never served traditional honey cakes. The breakfast was ever the same with less variety of food… (during our stay, a German family had a breakfast in the hotel with bread, cheese and cold meats bought at the supermarket by themselves …).
We had to pay for all the drinks also for water (in general, when drinks are not included in the price, water is present in the dinner room in the automatic distributors, is not it ? In our previous experiences, it was!).
For the Typical Greek Dinner they asked for a (optional) contribution of 2 euros per person for paying the dancer!!! (Absurd) During this dinner we payed 4.5 euros for a half bottle of water and a little glass of draught beer…
Moreover they had a strange way of playing concerning the end of dinner time. They took away all food even if there were still costumers in the room: the buffet was removed at 9 o’clock!!! Really unpolite…
Shampoo and shower soap were missing in the bathroom… it is very unusual for a 3 stars hotel (cat. B)!

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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ChTheo, manager at Kriti Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2006

I always say to my staff that our guests are allowed to like or dislike our hotel even
when our effort is, to make them enjoy their holidays. I would like though, to correct some things in this review.
1.The hotel is not a new building it’s one of the first hotels in Rethymno, it operates since 1984. Every year there has been a partly renovation in order to look like a new hotel.
2.During breakfast there also fresh fruits served along with tinned fruits and during dinner only fresh fruits are served.
3.As dessert we serve chocolate/ vanilla mousse, fruit jelly , ravani( a sort of cake with syrup) , panacota etc. It’s always, one different dessert for each day. No one is allowed to bring their own food in the restaurant and that’s general for all hotels in Crete.
4.As I’m also traveling along Europe, many times in Italy, I’ve never been in a hotels’ restaurant that water was free and self-service. I had to pay each time and I never complained about it.
5.The 2 euros contribution, is optional, written in all languages (the hotel accommodates a lot of different nations). On the other hand, in all the other hotels I used to work, people had to pay more than 10 euros in order to participate in a Greek Night’ show. Bottle of water 0,90 euros, small drought beer 2,50 euros.
6.Polite or impolite our guests have to respect the opening and closing time of the restaurant or bar. They have also to remember that the staff needs to rest and that they are not, non- stop machines. Information in room, in lobby and restaurant explains that the restaurant operates from 19:00 till 21:00.

Generally speaking, as that’s my job for many years, a tip for all travelers (including myself). People that want to have a nice time are always doing it. They enjoy each minute because they just want to. So before going to our next holidays we have just to say to ourselves that no matter what, I’ll have a good time, make new friends, meet people from other countries and relax.

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Address: A. Papanastasiou Street 18, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Rethymnon
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Rethymnon
#17 Luxury Hotel in Rethymnon
#26 Romantic Hotel in Rethymnon
#33 Family Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range: £80 - £681 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kriti Beach Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 5 star hotel,member of the OK Hotels, with a special architectural design, which is situated on the beautiful beach of Rethymnon. Just 300 meters from the town center, our guest has everything the town has to offer, right next to him: the golden beach, where he can swim and exercise sea sports and the same time the picturesque Venetian Town with its busy Night-Life and its Rich Market. In full agreement with the love for other cultures, Thalassi, the main restaurant at Kriti Beach Hotel surprises its patrons with a different culinary theme every evening, an opportunity for guests to learn the secrets of many divergent styles of cooking practices and traditions. Our à la carte restaurant Chimera is sure to make a long-lasting impression. The restaurant counts on Mediterranean cuisine,with diners enjoying a variety of exceptional meat and fish fillet! ... more   less 
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