Conveniently located only 15 mins from Heraklion city, it is situated in a quiet beach location in kokkini Hani amongst a handful of tourist shops and traditional style casual greek restaurants. I stayed for a week for a wedding I was attending, and after seeing at least 5 rooms, I can tell you they are very hit and miss. The suites were great on the inside but with minimal view (you get a beach bungalow as a bonus). However the smaller, older, cheaper rooms had an amazing view, but tiny and/or dated. There was a smaller but new room which had both fantastic view and great on the inside. Room number 141. Design of the lobby and hotel (especially restaurant) was modern and beautiful. Very comfortable. The barman made exceptional cocktails.
Reception staff were temperamental. Rushed, moody or indifferent, then nice later. With the exception of Georgia who was quite nice all the time.
On the other hand the restaurant 'swell' is amazing! The design and atmosphere was a cheerful mix of modern, quirky, upmarket and beachy, with amazing views of the beach. The food equally amazing. modern, and progressive with a nod to tradition. The head chef Giannis was a finalist of masterchef Greece and a local celebrity, which shocked me, as he couldn't do more to please us. Equally as impressive, the hotel manager went above and beyond for us all. Extremely welcoming and sincere, with a constant smile on his face.
A few minor let downs, but a lot of positives, Knossos beach hotel truly felt like home for a week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites is a family owned resort, on the north coast of the picturesque island of Crete, Greece, built directly on a sandy beach with shallow waters, offering guests panoramic views of the blue Aegean Sea, with 39 Suites & Villas, 62 Bungalows Sea View, Water Front and Superior Water Front, and 34 Standard & Family Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knossos Beach Bungalows And Suites
- Knossos Beach Bungalows Hotel Kokkini Hani
- Knossos Beach Hotel
- Hotel Knossos Beach
- Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites Crete/Kokkini Hani