Ok. I have watched over the years this hotel evolve from a small hidden treasure to a slightly expanded family orientated friendly hotel. The management should be very proud of themselves.
Every year the management strive to improve on the previous year and above all do everything possible to ensure the guests have a fabulous time.
Obviously in the school holidays, the hotel gets busier with familys returning year on year in the knowledge that it is a safe haven for their children. Most families stay around the bar in the evening because the children all play so well together and there is always something going on. Outside of school holidays it revolves back to that hidden treasure. Mind I should point out, even in the height of summer, sunbeds are in abundance and you don't have to get up at 5am to "reserve" one. Obviously the pool is busier, kids love water! (but there is another pool just over the road which is quieter)
Music is played at the poolbar, however, if it wasn't to my taste, I would either (a) put my ipod on or (b) ask for it to be changed, which they often did without a problem. You can't please everyone all of the time, and its nice to have some background music.
To be honest, I think they have the entertainment spot on. Low key most nights, quizzes, bingo, then a little more up tempo, games evening is always fun, the legendary kareoke night and of course the classic greek night. oh yes and kids disco 3 nights a week. This year there was an addition - Three mystic men. Very funny, very entertaining. However, if there was full on entertainment like that everynight, the hotel would lose its charm - but a brilliant addition nonetheless.
The food is mainly typically greek, but as they say, when in Rome!!!! Personally I love it. The salads are fab and there is always a wide choice of main meals, with english options and kids options. The kids love the buffet both at breakfast and in the evening - and I have 1 fussy little girl!!!!!
The half board package prices of this hotel for a family is often cheaper than some self catering prices.. .you can't grumble at that!
The staff are a complete credit to Mixalis, they work tirelessly to ensure guests are happy and that there are no problems. Nothing is EVER too much trouble for them.
Unfortunately its a fact of life, if you want to keep a room on in any hotel after the book out time, there is a cost attached, afterall cleaners may have to work later.......and you also get your evening mean included in the price at Anastasia.
Guests are ALWAYS made to feel welcome at this hotel, next year will be our 9th time I think? Our children have grown up with summers in Crete, have made some amazing friends and have some fabulous memories.
This is not the hotel to go to if you want full on animated entertainment everynight. If you like a mixture of laid back and more full on, then this is the place for you. Evenings are spent relaxing, getting to know other families and for the kids to enjoy themselves.
Kids club is 6 days per week, 11-1 then 4-6 and very reasonably prices at 2 euros per child per session. Kayleigh... you were fab!!!!!
Can I turn to the prices in the hotel? The lunch time menu was expansive and very competitvely priced. The alcohol, as you would expect of ANY hotel was more expensive than in Stalis, however, you are safe in the knowledge that the drinks are not watered down or have chemicals added to them. In addition, there is happy hour (and a half!) twice a day where lots of drinks are 3 for 2. Long drinks - you get lots of spirit, so much in fact that I had to split them! Is 3euro 50 alot of a large beer....which is bigger than the ones you get in the town? I found that the bottles were roughly the same price.... now does that not tell you something about the stuff in resort?
Overall a great family friendly hotel in the school holidays - I would say though there were alot of couples there too..... but if you want to avoid the kids, go outside of the school holidays. But thats the same at any hotel???
I hope I've managed to be balanced about it all. I love this hotel and everyone who works there and can't wait to go back again next year! If you want a warm welcoming small hotel with fabulous staff and great atmosphere, which offers excellent value for money then this definately is the hotel for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Anastasia at the North East of the island of Crete. Situated in Stalis, a place made for couples and families and only 450m away from one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Hotel Anastasia offers you the possibility of an unforgettable summer holiday. Fully renovated in 2006, Hotel Anastasia is a modern, cosy, family-run complex, surrounded by trees and greenery and consists of 13 different buildings in a total area of 8,500 square meters. High quality accommodation, an unrivaled range of services and facilities, combined with traditional Cretan hospitality make Hotel Anastasia the best choice for your holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anastasia Hotel Stalís
- Hotel Anastasia Crete
- Anastasia Hotel Crete/Stalis, Greece