We booked the Imperial after reading a host of great reviews all over the internet. We managed to get a room for £85 for one week for the two of us which is incredible. Georgio welcomed us with a beer each on the house and introduced us to a lovely couple who were on their third stay there.
The bar and pool are behind the apartment block so that even sitting on your balcony you don't hear any noise which is perfect. The room was functional and clean, just what we wanted. No fancy frills but we spend our holidays exploring, not louging in a hotel room sot perfcet for us.
The room has two single beds, a bedside cabinet with drawers, a desk with drawers, good sized mirror, a wall unit containing a frying pan, cutlery, plates, glasses and coffee cups, a base unit under the kitchen sink, a fridge, a kettle and a hot plate. The ensuite had shower, sink, good sized cabinet over the sink and toilet.
Georgio and his brother Zac are usually found running the bar but they keep an eye on the hotel via CCTV - all the ways in are covered so you know any strangers will be challenged - offering you extra security on the rooms. Although I have to say we were not victims of, nor aware of, any crime.
Our flight home was in the evening so we spoke to Georgio who happily told us we could have our room until 3.30pm - no extra charge, no problems - what a lovely man! Our towels were changed regularly and our bins emptied every day but Sunday (remember that Crete is a religious county!). I take a teddy bear with me everywhere (at least I don't suck my thumbs!) and found him put carefully on my pillow every day when Georgio's mum came in to clean.
We explored a fair way along the North coast and thought that Ammoudara was one of the best locations, 20 mins from the airport but no airplane noise, lots of choices for eating, some of the lowest prices for tourist tat but without the crowds of Ag Nic, Malia, Rethminon or Heraklion.
On the day we left Georgio had just had an internet station set up so guests can surf the web. They also do meals so worth asking about that.
I would very happily stay there again and recommend it to anyone who cares more about a clean room as a base for their holiday than paying through the nose for posh paintings on the wall.
- Also Known As:
- Imperial Studios Crete/Amoudara