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“Best location to stay, fabulous hosts, pefect holiday!” 5 of 5 stars
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Imperial Studios
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Amoudara, Crete, Greece   |  
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Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Amoudara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Best location to stay, fabulous hosts, pefect holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

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.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

I am so glad I read the reviews on this "peach" of a find! I was looking for a "bargain" break for myself and my 2 children (age 11 & 14), somewhere quiet but within walking distance of some shops, bars, restaurants and a beach - This is exactly what we got! On arrival around midnight the owner (Georgio) was there to meet us with cold bottles of water and a warm welcome. The accommodation which we were given initially was adequate but not quite big enough for a mum and 2 teenangers - Georgio promised he would sort it in the morning and true to his word he did just that - we moved to a much larger 1 bedroom apartment which was just perfect with plenty of space and a huge balcony over looking the mountains. We had a truly fabulous week and Georgio, Zac and Andreas could not do enough for us. I enjoyed peaceful mornings chatting to the owners and learning a little about Crete and the way they live. The children also benefited from some education on Greek Life. We practically had the place to ourselves and when we didn't it still felt like we did - the pool was situated in amongst an array of fruit trees and beautiful aromatic flowers. The food was absolutely FANTASTIC and as fresh as you could possibly get - Greek Salads to die for with the ingredients picked there and then from the garden. Nothing was too much for these guys. We had friends who were staying at the "all inclusive Neptuno Hotel" in Amoudara and they chose to spend most of their days with us at the Imperial for all the reasons above. We were within easy reach of the main shops and 5 minutes walk from the beach. We hired a car and drove up the mountains and to the Water Park (WaterCity) which was also fantastic - a great day out.
This hotel is just the most amazing value for money with everything you need! I wish I had enquired about the Air Con at the start of the holiday as I did not reaslise you could have this for a daily charge.
I would most certainly return to this hotel - maybe not ideal for teenagers unless they had friends with them but my 2 had a fantastic week!
Thank-you to Georgio and Zac for a very memorable week in Crete.
I now know why we met 2 sets of people who were on their 7th time at this hotel!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2009

The Imperial Studios are a real find. The accommodation is clean and well run. the rooms are small and basic but quite comfortable with two beds, a full size fridge, sink and small cupboard and one plug-in hotplate and a kettle. Although it is sold as self catering this is quite difficult to achieve because of the limited facilities. The room was cleaned every day except Sunday - Σας ευχαριστούμε Maria! Air con worked fine once it got going and cost 6 euros per day.

Run by brothers Zac and Georgio who were thoroughly charming and generous throughout the holiday. They greet you with a free drink and a warm welcome whatever time you arrive and go out of their way to make your stay a happy one. With regard to food; pretty much everything they serve in their poolside restaurant is grown and produced by them either at their nearby farm (look on the CCTV for shots of the goats and their artichoke garden) or in their gardens at the hotel and nothing tastes like Georgio's Greek Salad which is picked from the garden and on your plate within minutes. All their food is wonderful and far superior and cheaper than anything you can buy in a restaurant in Amoudara. All their meals are cooked in the wood oven in the garden and the Stifado, lamb, chicken and roast potatoes have to be tasted to be believed. The brothers will only cook for a minimum of 5-6 people and you need to check with them each morning to let them know you want to eat that night. Dinner is at 9pm and is like attending a dinner party. If you get the chance ask Zac to cook a BBQ - it was the best of many excellent meals that we enjoyed there.

Amoudara itself was rather disappointing. Not very pretty and every restaurant had the same menu of grilled meat or fish, pasta, pizza, salads etc and none of them particularly good. We found one place called Creta House (Zorba's), quite a walk along the main road of the resort, that actually had a decent menu, a quirky old man owner and a lovely authentic feel to it. Don't bother with the very busy restaurant with the windmill outside - it wasn't very good despite seeming quite popular with the locals. The resort also has a big open air cinema and a little road train that takes you around the resort and up into the mountains.

The beach was good and very long - if you buy drinks at some of the smaller bars beyond the lido place you can use the beds for free. Quite busy though and a lot of loud music and we found it to be much nicer by the pool at the hotel. .

Weather was glorious - average 35 degrees every day on some days reaching 40 degrees.

We would advise hiring a car and taking trips out to places like Fidele, Elounda, Spinalonga, Knossos etc - all worth a visit.

So in all good basic hotel, made wonderful by Zac and Georgio and Maria their mother. Everyone who was staying there became friends and we felt as though we had been guests at a big house party. We shall definitely be returning and taking our family with us next time.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Amoudara, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Amoudara
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Amoudara
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 277
Also Known As:
Imperial Studios Crete/Amoudara

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