The good reviews are all correct. This is a decent 4 star ish hotel, with excellent food and excellent service.
The hotel is clean, clean rooms, bedding changed several times during the week, towels changed daily, though you couldnt take towels out of the room you could borrow a beach towel from the hotel at a kiosk near the beach. The previous guys posting about the smell is partly correct, id say musty rather than sewage, but it wasnt that bad. At night in a certain small section of garden there was a strong smell of Sulphor Dioxide ..rotten eggs...but it wasnt a problem..long way from hotel rooms.
We broke the shower when we arrived and told reception, maintainance guy was up within minutes to fix it.
animation team are amazing and work really hard, and are not too pushy at trying to get you to join in...lots to do during the day if your up for it.
Food was incredible. very very good choice of a wide range of foods. fresh cooked pizza every night as well as local delicacies, BBQ one night, loads of fresh meat, fish and vegetables..enough to keep even fussy eaters happy...we were there a week and there was no repetition...help yourself to beer and wine and soft drinks. the wine wasnt that good, but the beer was very drinkable...
ice cream available all day for the kids at no extra cost. excellent selection of drinks from the bars, never any queing, though must say not all of the drinks were listed on the menue, for example sparkling white wine wasnt listed but was available...so my advice is to ask at the bar anything you want and see if its there! rather than just look at the drinks menu..cocktails looked interesting if you knew what you were ordering but im not keen on sweet drinks so stuck to bourbon with sprite at most exotic! :)
Decor in the bars was ok..
We arrived late at 11.15pm, and the hotel had put food out for us, which was nice, as dinner finishes at 10pm.
pool is huge, the big pool outside is salt water, as are most in crete, but the indoor pool is freshwater...sunbeds were all taken before 6am by our European cousins..ahem..
Hotel is RIGHT on a small beach. the beach is about half a mile long, but only about 12 feet deep before the sea which rolls out over a rocky shore. good for snorkling but take swim shoes as i saw some sea urchins in cracks in the rocks.
The only (arguably) bad point about this hotel is its location. it is a 50 min bus journey away from rethymnon...tickets cost €1.50 each way from the hotel shop. buy return tickets rather than try to find a shop in rethymnon selling tickets! we asked where the return bus stop is before setting off as its not obvious. its worth a visit to rethymnon though as its a nice town. most people should be aware of the hotels location, so they really have no right to criticise it in a review, basically when you book a hotel you look where it is and if its not where you want to be dont go! This was fine for us as we dont mind being flung out a bit...we hired a car from the hotel for €70 for 2 days to see more of the island...driving felt safe, though no one seemed to stick to the speed limits!
finally, if youve booked it dont worry, if your thinking of booking it, you should be ok if your fairly easy going and are not expecting 5* luxury, but are realistic in expecting a relaxing holiday in an averagely decent hotel with fantastic food and friendly staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Creta Star Rethymnon
- Creta Star Hotel Crete/Skaleta