Spent 11 days all inclusive at the Despo. Upon arriving we were shown to our rooms by the receptionist, which was on the lower ground (basement). Before opening the door we were informed that we could change the room the next day if we wanted, which set the alarm bells ringing.
On opening the door we were a bit shocked at first, at how compact, dark and basic the room was. Two single beds, table, wardrobe, and small bath room with a tiny shower. It does have a small refrigerator and a safe(€2 a day), but no air con. Obviously as we were in the basement there is no balcony but a patio area, which people passing can look down into your room so not much privacy. They are only two electric sockets one of which is used for the fridge, hot water is hit and miss no matter what time of day you get a shower, and the water always spills out onto the bathroom floor. With all this in mind we decided to keep the room, after all it was only for somewhere to sleep and dump the case, and listening to other who had moved the other rooms weren't much better, plus the basement rooms were a lot cooler so we didn't need or have to pay for the air con like the other had to.
The hotel is small but well kept and clean. The pool area is small, spaces and sunbeds are limited, so you'll be really lucky to get a space or bed after 9.30am. The staff are fantastic really friendly and helpful especially George the bar man, and Maria the receptionist. Yes there may be one grumpy one, but considering they all have to work 7 days a week, sometimes 16hrs a day they do a great job. If you want any information about the resort, local buses or hotel services they are more than happy to help.
The Hotel is located on the main road about 15mins walk to the beaches, which are all small, there is a larger beach but its quite a walk to get there, two sunbeds and a parasol cost €6 a day. The resort is small but spread over a large area, with the odd bar and restaurant dotted here and there, likewise for the shops, so be prepared to do some walking. Be aware as stated the hotel is by the side of the main road, with no proper crossing, wait for a decent gap in the traffic and "leg it".
The food was good no complaints, breakfast is a continental style (no full English), cold meats, cereals, bread for toast, cakes, and scramble eggs. Lunch and evening meals consists of, help yourself to as much salad as you want, a hot meals buffet which the chef serves you. Usually 3 meats, pork, chicken or fish, chips (fritters), paster and veg, dessert which is always sliced melon and a cake.
The all inclusive bar opens 11am till 10.30pm serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, local beer, ouzo, raki, brandy and wine. From 3pm ice cream cornets and snacks are served. Brand name and other drinks you pay for, shorts €3.50-€5.50, bottle beer €3, and cocktails €5.
Overall if your looking for a friendly, quiet, basic little hotel this is for you, if you want luxury and loads of entertainment and night life you'll be disappointed. Look forward to returning sometime soon.
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- Also Known As:
- Despo Hotel Gouves
- Despo Hotel Crete
- Hotel Despo
- Despo Crete/Kato Gouves