We spent one week starting 12 October with our four young children and had a thoroughly fantastic vacation. We spent our entire week in the hotel as the car rental we had reserved through Sixt didn't work out so we took taxis from the airport (cost is about 90 euros per taxi per trip and takes one hour). Regarding the hotel we were very impressed by the infrastructure for children...the kids' club was excellent (Giorgia is particularly wonderful with children, speaks flawless German as well as Russian and English and I was impressed by her dedication to the job) and the children were thrilled with the rock climbing classes with Natasha. The evening programs for children were also great (they loved the circus show). The beach is beautiful, very well equipped and clean and we enjoyed swimming in the sea (the water was warm enough); on two days the sea was very rough though and the red flag was out. We rented one of the pavilions on the beach which was great (beach sun chairs and umbrellas are however free of charge) and we recommend for those who don't mind spending a bit more for extra comfort of having a sort of 'room for the day on the beach'. The staff everywhere was very polite and friendly. The breakfast and dinner buffets were absolutely sumptuous, the choice and quality of the food was of very high standard. The kids' corner (where children can eat for free between 11am and 5pm) was fabulous....no waiting time, excellent choice of nutritionally balanced fresh food....couldn't have been better. There is a very well stocked children's store on site (offering a wide range of baby food, pampers, toys, baby apparel etc.). The lady at the hairdresser on site was also very nice and gave a good cut for the kids at reasonable rates. The suite we stayed in was very nice too.....extremely spacious, well furnished, a nice partial sea view and very comfortable. All in all, this hotel probably rates as the most kids friendly resort we have ever been to (and we travel on average about 4-5 times a year with the children). It is a unique hotel as it offers excellent infrastructure for families as well as catering for all clients (honeymooners, pensioners, families...) within a very elegant setting. We had a few suggestions: better wifi reception in the rooms, earlier opening hours in the afternoon at the kids' club (many parents appreciate a rest after lunch and hence an opening time of about 2pm instead of 4pm would allow for that) and warmer water in the kids' waterside pool (this would definitely make this pool much more popular). Having said that, we tried to extend our stay but our flights were impossible to change otherwise we would have liked to stay some extra days. Next time it will be for longer! Hats off on a good job of running this hotel.
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- Grecotel Creta Palace Rethymnon
- Hotel Grecotel Creta Palace
- Grecotel Creta Palace Hotel Rethymnon, Crete