Before our holiday, I looked at Trip Advisor and was very disheartened by the reviews of this hotel. However, our experience was great, and this may be of help to other travellers. Yes, the sheets weren't changed every day - I was fine with that. We are clean people and don't change our sheets daily at home anyway. The bathroom was cleaned, floor was washed and swept and bin emptied daily. The food was ok - a bit 'samey' after a few days, but well cooked and plenty of choice. There were times when it was not as hot as we would normally have it, but given the climate this was not a problem. Not very different to other half board deals we have had. The staff were lovely. Angelos, on reception, was welcoming and very helpful. The beach bar duo were lovely - warm friendly and not intrusive. We saw little of the kitchen and housekeeping staff, but they were friendly too. Yes, there were cats on the patio at breakfast time. This is a feature in Greece and other European countries - not a problem. We liked them, and so stroked them and spoke to them. Other guests ignored them or shooed them away, as was their choice. They never entered the building. We had a great view of the sea and each day secured two sunbeds, a table and umbrella for 3 euros, which was ok with us - it meant our spot on the beach was secure for the whole day. All parts of the beach had a similar system - some places were 4 -5 Euros or more. If you don't want to pay, you can sit on a towel, or in the garden area on the chairs or lie on the grass for no charge. There was no pressure to buy drinks, and when we did they were brought to us with a smile and a bowl of free snacks. So, don't write off this resort without trying it - if you want more 'luxury' then go for more stars! We would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Beach Hotel is a 3 stars hotel in Stalis of Crete, just a few kilometres outside Heraklion. The hotel is situated across the beach of Stalis, in an all natural green environment, created by the old Cretan palm trees. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palm Beach Hotel Stalis, Crete