Having just returned from a wonderful two week family holiday to the Grand Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete, I thought I would put pen to paper. Having travelled to Spain for the last 6 years to a friend’s apartment that takes some beating we arrived apprehensive and not sure quite what to expect. The hotel was modern, very clean, and the staff were very polite speaking excellent English (Puts us to shame that we speak very little Greek). The rooms were spacious, clean, modern, and had aircon. The TV had English channels which was great to catch up with the news. The room had a safe which was 30 Euro’s for 2 weeks. The room towels were changed every day and the bedding every couple of days. The 3 pools, fun pool with entertainment, relaxing pool for over 16’s, and children’s pool with slides were clean, warm, and not overcrowded. There were plenty of sun beds; however the rule that you can’t reserve the beds seemed to be overlooked by the hotel staff, so note if you want a well positioned bed around the pools be prepared to be up around 7:30am to reserve it. You can hire pool towels for 5 Euro a week with a 5 Euro refundable deposit which you change every day (All inclusive this was free). The food was second to none with a vast selection for breakfast and the evening meal. The restaurant staff, in particular George and Vasilis were excellent, very polite and made a real fuss of us all. The wearing of long trousers for the evening meal was again not enforced by the hotel, however it was nice to dress up and make an effort. We decided on half board this year as we don’t normally eat during the day having stuffed out on breakfast and only drink water (40c for a litre bottle) around the pool. We always had a beer around 5ish at the pool bar before heading up to change for dinner. Drinks weren’t expensive (2.90 for a local beer and @2.80 for the local wine). The activities and evening entertainment provided by the animation team were great fun; in particular the volleyball and water polo where language wasn’t a problem. I made a number of great friends from around the world. The animation shows were a laugh from start to finish and a bit tongue in cheek, however the kids loved it. If you fancy a change the local sandy beach and village (Stalis) is only 15 minute walk (two beds, umbrella, free wifi, drink, or sandwich - 4 Euro’s). Would I go back? Almost definitely, we hope to meet up with a number of friends that have been going to the Grand Hotel for the last 6-8 years.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Holiday Chersonisos
- Grand Resort Holiday
- Grand Hotel Crete
- Grand Hotel Holiday Resort Crete, Greece