This hotel is favorably located at the end of the town of Sitia, with immediate access to the beach and the town's numerous cafes, restaurants and bars along the shore, which is almost entirely a pedestrian zone. It is a hotel built in the seventies (now only partly refurbished) with an, at the time, interesting design based on a minoan concept. The building features a mix of stone and dark-colored marble and is structured around the pools and towards the sea, with open-air access to the rooms, thus pleasantly allowing cool air around. The pine trees and local plants provide cosy shadowed corners and give the place a genuine mediterranean feeling. The rooms are fully refurbished, but the rest of the place, esp. the front desk area and the main pool, looks dated.The restaurant's service is much below the 5-star standard; we only had breakfast, which was quite rich in terms of variety, including many interesting and freshly prepared local products, but service was very poor -- in my view, due to the dominant all-inclusive character of the hotel (however, not all guests have all-nclusive packages). There are good tennis, basket and football courts and a satisfactory gym -- however, the hotel's reference to "Spa facilities" is an overstatement. A big disadvantage is that the hotel does not take care of its beach: Umbrellas and sunbeds are dated and unattended and there is no service or other facility of the hotel as regards the beach;whereas the parts of the beach just next to it are well attended by the corresponding hotels and cafes, so we turned there most of the times. The overall place in and around Sitia is very interesting (car is needed), featuring nice unspoiled beaches (eg Kouremenos and Erimoupoli, with no sunbeds, umbrellas and crowds -- Vai is beautiful but crowded), a historic monastery, many interesting archeological sites and walking possibilities. The place is usually pleasantly windy, offering a cool summer feeling. It is an off-track destination, needing a 2-hour drive from Heraclion (the local Sitia airport only serves very few flights). The area is known for its local food specialities, with many little taverns and restaurants in the town and around, so I think dining at the hotel is not an option in this particular case.
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