I visited this hotel with my wife and two year old boy on 11 August for one week. This is a fairly large family run hotel with a beautiful beach only 150 yrds or so from the rear entrance. Although the initial room we were given upon arrival was disappointing as it had no view, only a carpark, the staff offered to upgrade our room the following day with a seaview for an extra 60euros. The view from these rooms situated at the rear of the hotel are fabulous and worth paying extra for.
We went half board and the food was very good. The breakfasts included egg & bacon, scrambled eggs,various ham and cheeses,fresh rolls, and a wide selection of cereals, soft drinks and fresh fruits in addition to Greek yogurt and honey.
Contrary to other comments made on this site, the evening meals included at least two fish dishes each night, plus a reasonable selection of mostly Greek meals and a large variety of puddings and fresh fruit.
The hotel has mainly German guests, which is probably because thomsons holidays appear to be a German based company. However, there are also many other nationalities including quiet a number of Greeks, who I suspect come from the surrounding islands and mainland for the weekend.
The staff are very friendly and polite and the hotel offers live carbaret acts and Kareoke on most nights. Probably the only slight grumble is if you want to watch television late at night. There are only six channels one Greek, and the rest German and French.
This was our first trip to Greece in four years and although we really liked the hotel, we were quiet shocked as to how expensive the resort was.
Having visited the harbour over 21 years ago, I was also turned off by the pressure which is now put on tourists to eat in these establishments. We finally gave in and ate in I think a foreign run taverna, at one of the entrances to the harbour. This was one of the most disappointing meals I have ever eaten in Greece over the last 30 years, and we paid 51 euros for approximately ten prawns and a bit of cold mash and undercooked vegetables. Try and avoid this area and seek tavernas in the centre of the town.
I was also concerned to find in Rethymnon that time share sales reps are now pitched all over the ancient town in an attempt to con tourists into believing they have won a star holiday in Greece. They converse with tourists in all languages.
We received three cards from an individual from England called "Matt" He assured us that we had won a holiday and against my better judgement we went to a hotel by free taxi called the Leoniki Residence near to the Golden beach hotel in Adelianos Kampos. We were advised bt Matt and the staff at this hotel, that we would only have to spend 60 minutues looking at their hotel and the amenties this chain offer.
After filling in a short questionaire a horrible character called "Gordon" appeared. He was a proffessional mancunian from Manchester, and duly introduced himself to us. This "muppet" was happy to announce that he had been drinking heavily the night before and commenced to drink his first alcholic beverage at only 10.30am in the morning, we were offered soft drinks.
He stated that infact there was no holiday to be won in Greece, and he was simply trying to flog us a holiday in Tenerife. He was really rude and slagged off our hotel and the price we paid through Thomsons. This revolting man had the customer and social skills of a ruptured walrus and my wife and I ended the meeting after only 20 minutues. He didnt even have the courtesy to call us a taxi as promised and disappeared into the hotel. Instead his colleagues duly apologised for his behaviour (even they dont like him)and they arranged for a taxi to get us back to where we had originally gone by bus.
I have alerted the Thomsons rep(Jason) and he will now include this in future welcome meetings. Please try and avoid these people, who will try and get you to sign for a holiday without any identification or supply any literature as to who they really are. I am not certain if they are part of Greco holidays or club international(whoever they are).
Overall with the exeception of this incident we had a lovely and relaxing beach holiday with our young child.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- there are many different room types in the hotel.the guests meet the owners family uppon arrival and discussin order to find the right room for each guest ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Golden Beach Rethymnon
- Hotel Golden Beach
- Golden Beach Hotel Crete, Greece