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“For a week or more in the sun by the pool look no further” 3 of 5 stars
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King Minos Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   L Hersonissou, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece   |  
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Ranked #35 of 185 Hotels in Hersonissos
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“For a week or more in the sun by the pool look no further”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Ok so i have literally just got back from 11 nights at the hotel half-board. I'll put it simply

PROS
○ friendly staff
○ clean and tidy
○ yummy food
○ location of hotel in terms of beach & mini market

CONS
• beds are really uncomfortable
• air con is not powerful enough in high season
• german sunbed towel culture & dominance in hotel

would i return, probably not but i would still recommend to certain people.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eastern England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

In summary, this hotel provides a good base for a relaxing holiday, close to a small beach, local shops and transport routes.
We were on an evening flight from London so didn’t arrive until the early hours local time. We developed a sense of foreboding as the coach transfer dropped people off in dark streets with few signs of life – the feeling of ‘please don’t let this be our hotel’. We reached the King Minos at about 3:30am to find the night duty guy coming down the steps to help us with our luggage. When the paperwork was complete, he took us on what felt like a long walk to our room in one of the ‘bungalows’. The aircon had been switched off so the room was very warm and stuffy, but this was soon fixed with some random pressing of the remote control buttons. We awoke the next morning to a near-deafening sound of cicadas (tree crickets) which make an unbelievable amount of noise when the sun is out (tip – close both the patio door and the outside shutter at night!)
Our room was clean and tidy, fairly basic but just fine for this type of holiday. It had a sea view (in the sense that we could just see the sea through the trees) – we didn’t pay extra for this, so no complaints. One moment of alarm after pulling a pull-cord in the bathroom – the plate fell away from the wall, after which the light turned on and off randomly, but this was fixed promptly after we reported it. Yes, the rooms may be a little tired (show me a hotel of this standard where this isn’t the case, unless it’s brand new or just been refurbished), but not so much so that it was detrimental to our holiday. Our room felt quite secure with lockable patio door and sliding shutter – the shutter is very effective in shutting out the light, so waking up in the morning it appeared to be very dull outside, which was far from the case.
We were at the lowest tier of the bungalows, 53 steps and a few walkways from the basement of the main hotel building. This felt like a bit of a trek in temperatures of 30+, but we were closer to the beach and shops than others, so it’s swings and roundabouts.
So to the food – if you’ve been on a Mediterranean holiday you’ll know what to expect – buffets with a good variety of food, and plenty of it. Helpful and friendly staff and, if your timing is lucky, tables with lovely views out to sea.
Drinks are not outrageously expensive, and why shouldn’t a hotel mark-up prices to contribute to overheads? That said, the local supermarket (less than 10 minutes’ walk) offers cheaper alternatives – for example, you can buy 9 litres of bottled water for less than the price of 1 in the hotel (reckon we saved nearly 50 Euros), and a 50cl bottle of the very nice Greek Mythos beer was 99 cents (2.80 for a 33cl bottle in the hotel). We were amazed at how few people took advantage of happy hour (19:30 every day except Tuesdays) when prices are reduced by 30%.
The swimming pool was a steady 28 degrees – warm by UK standards, but refreshingly cool in the heat of the day. Although many sun beds were reserved early, as is the norm, we only failed to find available ones once, and even then we only spent about 30 minutes lying on the grass before some people vacated theirs. It is a shame that some people are so selfish that they place towels on beds, then don’t use them for literally hours on end. Where people went during the day was something of a mystery – at times, the pool itself was near-deserted, despite being in a quiet suntrap.
A real high spot was the entertainment, run by a husband and wife ‘animation team’. They arranged easy-going activities throughout the day (except Saturday) and put on some very enjoyable events in the evenings. Thoroughly nice and personable people.
We chose not to buy excursions from our tour operator, instead opting for the local bus service which runs every 15 minutes from a stop near the supermarket. ‘Local bus service’ for the Brits conjures up images of bone-shaking double-deckers – forget it – these are comfortable coaches with aircon. 3 Euros for the 40 minute ride to Heraklion (recommended).
If you want a picturesque location or gourmet food or non-stop parties, this isn’t the place for you. But if you’re after value-for-money and service in a good location, it is. We probably won’t go again because like many we want to visit different countries and locations, but would happily recommend the King Minos to others.

Room Tip: If steps are a problem, make sure you're in the main hotel, not a bungalow
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Me and my girlfriend stayed at the King Minos Palace for a week on a half-board basis.

LOCATION: The hotel is located on a hilltop about 5 minutes away from the start of the main strip. We were unaware when we booked that Hersonissos is the main nightlife area for dutch tourists in crete - much like Malia. Sometimes the noise from beach parties could be heard at the hotel but it didn't cause much trouble for us. There are some quiet bars down by the beachfront that are suitable for having a cocktail without being disturbed by rowdy Dutch youths. There is a good sized supermarket at the bottom of the hill (5 minutes from the hotel) where you can stock up on whatever you need. The beach is also only about 5 minutes away but can get a bit crowded. Overall the area surrounding the hotel is a bit tacky. If you want a taste of real Greek culture, it's best to visit the old towns of Koutouloufari, Piskopiano and Old Hersonissos. Koutouloufari is about a 30 minute walk away from the hotel and is well worth exploring. Piskopiano is adjacent to Koutouloufari, but Old Hersonissos is a 60 minute walk from the hotel.

HOTEL: The hotel lives up to its rating as a 4*. The reception staff were courteous and helpful. We had no major issues so had no need to complain. The pool area was well laid out and well maintained. There were plenty of sun loungers so we didn't once get up early to reserve beds. The big plus point was the food. Breakfast was what you would expect in a foreign hotel. They try to cater to all tastes but breakfast had a distinct continental feel - kroissants, pastries, german sausages, etc. They also had cereals, fruit, eggs, omlettes, bacon (sometimes) so there was plenty of choice. There was plenty of choice and variety for evening meals too - fish, beef, chicken, chips or potatoes, and loads more. Also didn't have any tummy problems eating at the hotel which is always good.

ROOM: Our room seemed a bit dated but on the plus side it was very clean. The bathroom in particularly was showing its age and quite often the door didn't shut properly. The A/C wasn't bad once it started to kick in but I've had better in other hotels. We had a decent sized balcony. We had no problems with the bed. Overall, I think the room we stayed in needs a bit of a refurbishment. We spoke to another couple who said that their A/C was excellent so maybe we didn't get one of the best rooms.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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642 helpful votes 642 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Great hotel with excellent service. The interior looks nice, and the rooms are quite big. Be aware that for family with small children this is not the best option for you. The mini club....is not so good.
For couples or for families with bigger children i thing is a great hotel

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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powys
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

A second visit and everything about the hotel was as good as I remembered. It was a wonderful relaxing two weeks - a perfect holiday. All the staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly, especially Dimitris and Alexis in the restaurant who helped to make our holiday very special. The food at breakfast and the evening meal was excellent - plenty of choice (wouldn't suit if you want English food only) and my husband was especially pleased as there was a blue cheese
( which seemed to be a stilton) being served every evening. We had pre-booked a sea view room in one of the bungalows and we weren't disappointed - the air conditioning was brilliant (and we needed it constantly) - the beds are firm as others have commented on but you soon get used to them. The only one comment I would make that perhaps some extra drawer space would be useful. The walk down to the small beach behind the Lychnostatis open-air museum (which is worth a visit) through the hotel grounds and under the underpass (you just have to bend a bit!) took 5 minutes - 2 sun beds and an umbrella, plus a bowl to clean the sand off your feet, cost 6 euros and the gent from the museum fetched drinks and snacks to you - what more can you want ! There is also an antiquated shower and a changing hut there. If you want a bit of peace and quiet this is the place for you.
However, the hotel pool was excellent with the animation couple working hard to keep all the different nationalities and ages happy. Some people did put towels on the sun loungers to reserve them but you could usually find a space and if not there were nice grassed areas around where you could lay a towel. On our departure day we had to vacate our room by mid-day but our cases could stay in a luggage room and there was a room where we could shower and change before leaving. A brilliant holiday - thank you to all the staff.

Room Tip: Bungalow room 604 was great - quiet, good air con and a a nice sea view
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

A great hotel in Hersonissos, with friendly staff.

Clean and comfortable stay. We had half board and have to admit the dinner variety was great! Plenty to choose from every evening.

Beds are a little hard and take time getting used to. The AC could be a little better but not too uncomfortable.

You need to hire towels for the pool side for10 euros a towel for the duration of the stay (which is not the best as you can't get a clean towel everyday), however simply return the towels at the end and receive your deposit back.

Star beach is 5 mins walking distance with a nice sandy beach and plenty of water sport activities on site.

The hotel is only 5 mins bus/car ride away from the main town Hersonissos where there are plenty of restaurants and bars.

Overall really enjoyable stay and in a great location.

Room Tip: Ask to get the rooms with a sea view, make all the difference
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Not really a very relevant review, considering it was in summer 2012 that we stayed here.

We went there on Honeymoon and stayed in the Annex part of the hotel, which we really enjoyed. The staff went to great effort laying out rose petals in the shape of a heart on the bedspread.

The food was great and the hotel location excellent. It is a short walk to the beach although there is quite a (not very) steep climb in you want to go the direct route. Otherwise you can walk round the longer way and it isn't quite as steep.

The outstanding thing about the hotel was that they really made an effort to serve some of the local dishes. Snails and Rabbit were on the menu if I remember correctly! There was plenty of choice for everyone though.

The main town of Herakilion is a short walk away - far enough to be away from the hussle and bussle but close enough to walk to in 10 minutes.

Tip: Try the rabbit stew it's very very nice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: L Hersonissou, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Hersonissos
#24 Family Hotel in Hersonissos
#26 Romantic Hotel in Hersonissos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — King Minos Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 140
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