We spent two weeks in Asterion. We had a great holiday. But this was mostly thanks that we rent a car and were able to travel around and see different places at Crete or even to move few kilometers from the hotel and spend day on a nice sandy beach. But we would stay in a different hotel next time. The location is very remote, in fact in the middle of nowhere. They claim it's in Platanias which is very pleasant sea side town, full of tavernas, bars, shops etc. But the develolpment of Platanias has stopped circa three kilometers from Asterion, so without a car it's very difficult to leave the hotel as it is located in between of fields, 500 m from the main road leading to Platanias.
So we normally took a car and move to another beach or went for lunch or dinner to Platanias, Chania or neighbouring villages.
The beach is pebbly and not very nice, not convenient for small kids as after two meters is becomes quite deep. In fact there are many nicer beaches at Crete. Also Platanias has much better sandy beach.
Hotel is very clean and rooms are large. But rooms get very hot as only one card is provided (so AC switches off when you leave the room) and AC itself is not very effective. They also charge for many things we would expect to be included - sun beds on a hotel beach which is in fact used only by hotel guests as it is so remote, safe, fresh squeezed juice during breakfast, in-room coffee maker, water during breakfast... Also as they have in fact a monopoly in the location thus prices (drinks, food, minishop) are higher than in restaurants, bars and shops in Platanias.
Pool is nice, we were happy that there were no animation activities at all and no loud music.
Breakfast was fine, but with afwul coffee and juices.
Staff is very friendly and helpful.
As our summary, we can't complain about the hotel itself but we didn't like too much its location. In case you want to spend very peaceful holiday on one place, then the hotel is perfect. But if you would like to feel bit livelier holiday atmosphere, enjoy more the beach (especially if you have kids) and not the pool only, eat in different restaurants then try something else in Platanias. Platanias is very nice place with really summer holiday atmosphere and Chania is just great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asterion Luxury Beach Hotel & Suites is a five-star Hotel, in perfect harmony with the Cretan environment, located directly on the beach front, offers in total 67 luxury rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asterion Hotel Platanias
- Asterion Hotel Suites And Spa Platanias, Crete