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Castro Hotel

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Built in 1990, with extensions added in 2001, 2002 and 2006 , CASTRO hotel lies in the middle of Amoudara town only 300m away from the famous sandy beach, just 5 km away from the centre of Heraklion. The hotel Castro has 78 rooms and 4 apartments all recently renovated. There are rooms with sea, mountain and pool view. All rooms have their own bathroom, private balcony, colour TV, telephone device, hairdryer, refrigerator and air-condition.The Hotel offers the conditions to fulfil all the needs of a memorable holiday. Maxim is the name of the restaurant inside the hotel where people can taste the famous and healthy Cretan cuisine. It also has a bar and serves Greek and international dishes as well. Restaurant recently awarded with the specialized “License of Greek Cuisine” by GNTO(EOT).Restaurant is also licensed by Greek Food Quality Control dpt. ( ΕΦΕΤ). By the swimming-pool you will find our pool-bar, where guests can enjoy, apart from a relaxing swim, many refreshments and various cocktails. Our customers can also enjoy our beautiful sunny swimming-pool and sunbath in our garden. The hotel also has reception with 24 hours check-in, a dining room, and a TV Wide screen projector corner. Hotel provides wireless Internet connection Wi-FI (Free) and Internet Corner(surcharge). The Hotel offers various services and facilities, such as a reception, multi-lingual staff, a dining room, Projector wide screen TV, Billiards, Internet Corner, Wi-Fi, an open-air parking area, children pool and a spacious garden. Useful Information -Location -It is very close to the city of Heraklion (only 5km away)-There is a city bus to Heraklion every 20 min-Bus station in front of Hotel -The international Airport is in 11 km -The port is in 8km-Cinema is 800 m -It is only 100m away from the restaurants, bars and supermarkets, rent-a-car
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Breakfast included
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Non-smoking hotel
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Comfortable and clean rooms, kind and helpful staff. Sea is about 10 minutes walk. Price-value is OK. Bathroom is small. Free parking on site, but the parking lot is really small. Hotel is on the main road, so it could be loud. WIFI connection was okay. Breakfast is included in the price.
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We were there this summer. Best experience during our vocation. Everything is new and clean. The restaurant serves wonderful food as in the breakfasts as in the evenings. Workers were very nice and carrying. There was a free wifi in the room. Also, the hotel had a nice pool. The location was very good as the hotel is near the bus stop and is very close to the beach.
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Amoudara is the only place to avoid to spend holidays in Crete, one of the worst i would say in southern Europe because of the terrible pollution and presence of a huge electric plant on the beach. Strangely enough, this area is crowded with visitors enjoying the worst of the mass tourism : a succession of hotels, overrated and expensive bars and restaurants, noisy street and permanent gaz smell due to the plant. However, you may need to stay in Heraklion for 1 or 2 nights to catch an early flight or spend time visiting the museums. In that case, the hotel Castro is a good bargain: clean rooms with good beds of a good size, AC, a small swimming pool that is not crowded, a family and welcoming atmosphere thanks a very nice staff, a bus stop transporting you to Knossos ans Heraklion museums right in front of the hotel. The floors are a little bit noisy but the price is worth it. The hotel also offers half board in their restaurant, we didt it but portions looked yummy and huge.
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We were invited to visit Heraklion, so some friends arranged our booking with this hotel. I was told that it is a renewed hotel of 3 stars with breakfast included 200m from the sea and they managed to arrange with us a price of 30/euros per night for a double room. From the description of our friends, I thought we had made a great deal. When we arrived, the first impressions were meeting my expectations, however soon after the first night I realised that I got what I paid for, meaning quality that worthy 15 euros a night per person. The shower was not very practical to use. Water was dripping even if you were very careful. The air-condition was not very efficient but anyway we did not use it much. The balcony doors were not closing properly. In case we were using the air-co more it would cost a waste of energy. The sound insulation was poor. We could always here people when talking in the corridors. Maybe because our room was next to the stairs. However, sound was also coming from outside. Local people were talking everyday since 7:30 in the morning!! Maybe we were hearing more sound because our room was close to the front of the building and the main street and we had an open balcony door every night. Going to the breakfast, I found some stuff good but some bad. There were fresh vegetables, bread and cheese. Unfortunately a variety of 2-3 fruits was missing. The quality of the jams, honey, coffee and juice was much below average and maybe bad for the health since it seemed full of conservatives and additives. We decided to have breakfast somewhere else after we tried once. The most negative aspect for me was the cleaning schedule. In short, sheets and towels are changed once every 4 days and there's no room cleaning on Sunday. We stayed from Friday night till Monday night meaning that our room was cleaned just twice and both sheets and towels were not changed not even once. This seems strange to me for a 3 star hotel. Of course we also did not have much soap to get clean from the beach and the salt. Last, the beach close by was not something special for me. Might be the best in Heraklion city but it's below average compared to the beaches at the west and south of the island or the beaches of other greek islands. Last, there's no greek night life close by so if you think you wanna go dancing then you should move to the city centre. All in all, I believe that the low price you are charged for the services that you get is rather rational. However, I feel deeply disappointed that I was fooled by the description of my friend that it is an amazing place, fully renewed and we were really lucky that they made us a cheap deal. They made me expect more. With a bit higher price (20-25 euros per person per night) you can find a room more to the centre or closer to a better beach/city (e.g. Rethymno, Chania). Search wise before you decide ;-)
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We booked this last minute via Thomas Cook. We booked a room bed and breakfast. The hotel is composed of 3 blocks set round the pool area. On arrival we were greeted by I presume the owner who booked us in. When my husband read out from the board on one side the opening time for the restaurant the owner said "No, it's not open now, it's the end of the season you have come very late". Not the welcome one would expect. Our room was on the 2nd floor. It was very basic, a double bed, a flat screen TV (with only local programmes), a full size fridge and a balcony with a plastic table and 2 chairs.There was a lot of storage, cupboards and drawers. The room didn't have a kettle or anything to make a drink. There was an ensuite shower, well yes, there was a shower tray with a handheld type shower head hanging from the wall, the unit surrounded by a plastic curtain. One has to be careful, when my husband first turned on the shower, the water pressure caused the shower head to flip up to vertical and it sprayed the room over the top of the curtain, soaking the bathmat and towels! As showers go, once it was positioned it was effective. The drain in the middle of the floor isn't terribly efficient as the water doesn't really reach it. The shower room also had a hairdryer, one of those that is wired directly in and only works while you hold it. Unfortunately the handle on the dryer had split and the hot air was leaking through it making it almost too hot to hold, I had to wrap a towel round it to use it. The room and contents were really clean and the room service was most days, not Sundays though. There is aircon but as we weren't given the controller we couldn't use it. We managed without, it was a bit warm at night but manageable for us. Beware of the hidden mosquitoes, hubby was bitten a lot as he wasn't expecting them and you don't see them. Breakfast was a disappointment. We attended for the first morning, there was nothing cooked, a choice of a white cheese that may have been feta but didn't really have much taste, some unattractive processed ham and cheese, fresh tomatoes, some bread and something that may or may not have been butter in catering pots. Coffee from a machine was pretty horrid, there was some orange liquid in a jug that presumably was orange juice but didn't taste much like it. There were two types of tea. We chose to avoid breakfast for the rest of our stay. The pool is lovely and is kept clean. The water in it it isn't so warm. There was a sprinkling of basic sunbeds of the plastic variety with umbrellas. Given that there are 3 blocks of accommodation I can only suppose that in high season they put more out otherwise you'd be fighting for one. The poolside bar wasn't open either. Location is good, on a fairly busy road that is lined with shops of all kinds, restaurants, car hire outlets, clothing shops, jewellers, beach toy and souvenir shops and supermarkets which sold all the basics and some local foods too. We made use of them to provide ourselves with breakfast food. There are buses and the service appears to be a good one, buses go to lots of places, Heraklion takes about 15 mins, you can even get a bus from the airport so you could save yourself the transport cost. There is access to the beach which is pretty close. The beach itself is not proper sand it's shingle but if you walked toward Heraklion you do eventually reach a little sand. All in all the hotel might suit those looking for a cheap base from which to access the area, it's pretty basic but clean. We bought a kettle and had cups which made it more comfortable for us.
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PRICE RANGE
$41 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
castro hotel heraklion
LOCATION
GreeceCreteHeraklion PrefectureAmoudara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
82
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