I will break the review down into categories....
Room...the room was wonderful. We were upgraded to a suite . It was large had a sofa a nice size deck over looking the ocean . The bed was very comfortable. They brought a twin full size mattress to the room for our son. This was done before we arrived,it was nice that it was all set up and ready when we arrived. His bed was also very comfortable. The room was very clean, with hard wood floors. The bathroom had a separate toilet / shower area that was very modern and filled with marble.The A/C worked perfectly. One of the best temperature controlled rooms on our whole trip,this helped us sleep soundly.Room service cleans the room twice a day. In the am and at night they have a turn down service. It's nice to always have the room organized.
Lobby...was very grand filled with marble and beautiful decor. The lobby had a bar and a few jewelry shops within it.
Hair salon.....had my hair done at Anna's hair salon. She is a expert hair designer. I get my hair done everywhere I go ,and Anna did a fantastic job. My hair is curly so, I love the luxury of having it blown out straight and Anna is a pro. She is also very friendly and gave us some wonderful tips for our trip.
Beach...is a wide sandy beach. The ocean is a beautiful turquoise blue. The waves can be a bit big, as two days the red flag flew due to large surf. The beach is lined with tiki umbrellas and lounge chairs .They also have a beach bar that will deliver drinks and food to your beachfront seat.
Pool...the pool is large ,there are many lounge chairs and umbrellas around . There is also a pool bar with delivery service. The hotel also has lifeguards at both the pool and beach.
Food...we only really had drinks by the pool which were very good. We also had breakfast,breakfast ends at10:30 am and is a buffet. They have a large selection of items to choose from.Our son loved the Crete kids buffet which comes free to all kids. It is offered at lunch and dinner and is fresh and full with a assortment of items. For example, grilled pork, Mac and cheese, fish, pizza, French fries, fresh fruits , and a ice cream station. This was different each day and my son loved the option of choosing his foods and its all FREE.
There are some amazing places to eat close to the hotel. We ate at Zesis which is about two blocks from hotel a easy walk . Cross the street and walk to the first restaurant. The restaurant is traditional crete fare ,it is not fancy. The seating is outdoors and the food is great at a wonderful price. If you leave the hotel and turn right there is a fish restaurant that is not fancy but has extremely fresh fish for a bargain price. Our favorite food spot was called Prima Plura ,it had a beautiful ocean view ...you can not get a better one and the food was amazing. It's a cab ride away about ten minutes worth the trip.
Staff.were very polite and accommodating. We were met upon arrival outside the lobby and brought in for check in. We were brought to a area behind the front desk to check in and were given a drink and a seat while they checked us in.
I booked our room the the manager of the hotel. The process was very smooth and he is very accommodating. We met him on our trip a nice guy.
The location of the hotel is perfect so much to do in the surrounding area. Heraklion is about 1:10 minutes from the hotel and Hania is about 1 hour.....do not do the drive to Hania at night. The roads are windy and there is no lights on the roads and people speed...don't miss the private tour of Knossos. You can book one upon arrival you will skip lines to enter,and the guides are soooo knowledgable . It only costs 60 euro for the private tour which is about 2 hours .
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- Also Known As:
- Grecotel Creta Palace Rethymnon
- Hotel Grecotel Creta Palace
- Grecotel Creta Palace Hotel Crete/Rethymnon