This place really grew on me. We had taken a value holiday so we weren't expecting 5 star. The brothers greeted us with a beer and a handshake, and were thouroughly charming and generous throughout the week. The place was clean and well run. The rooms were small and basic, but comfortable enough. Couple of beds, a sink, fridge, kettle and hotplate, small balcony and a bathroom with a shower that you needed to hold yourself. Plenty of hot water. We got used to it, and it was cleaned every day except the weekend. Air con worked fine once it got going - 6 euros per day.
The resort however was disappointing. Nothing pretty about it at all. Every restaurant had the same menu of grilled meat or fish, pasta, pizza, salads blah blah, none of them all that good. Even the photographs of the food were the same in each menu. We found one place called Creta House (Zorba's) quite a walk through the resort towards the bigger hotels that actually had a decent menu and a lovely private feel to it. Don't be fooled by the very busy restaurant with the windmill outside - it wasn't very good despite seeming very popular with the locals. Zac at the hotel made us 'magic' chicken and chips which was nicer than any of the stuff we ate in the resaurants. Unfortunately we were pretty much the only guests there so we didn't get to sample the wood oven lamb or chicken and roast potatoes that is much talked about. I imagine it was very good indeed.
The beach was ok - if you buy drinks at some of the smaller bars beyond the lido place you can use the beds for free. Competing pounding music from the bars was irritating, much nicer by the pool at the hotel. It was very windy while we were there and the sea was too rough for me to get in, but the breeze kept me cool.
Weather was glorious - ave 30 degrees every day.
We hired a car and had a couple of days out to Ag Nik, Elounda and Bali. Bali was very pretty, and I wished the Imperial Studios had been there instead! Ag Nik was lovely but expensive (10 euro for 2 milkshakes).
So generally, good basic hotel, made better by the hosts. Wouldn't recommend the resort.
- Also Known As:
- Imperial Studios Crete/Heraklion