Firstly this is a lovely hotel and despite its age we didn't think it was dated. The reception and other communal areas were excellent and the whole hotel was immaculately clean and well kept.
The food was second to none in all restaurants but you need a degree to get to grips with the all inclusive as limited items are actually included! Only certain drinks are included but that is a minor thing as the selection is huge. The taverna by the pool is when things get really confusing, I would say a larger percentage of the menu was chargeable than was all inclusive and although pizzas are included and are served all day if you go after a certain time they are chargeable! Ice cream is free all day at the beach bar and in the restaurant but not at the pool bar, try explaining that to a hot 2 yr old at the pool! Only certain items in the mini bar are free which we realised all to late! I could go on but just make sure you have your wits about you when ordering!
A major bug bear was trying to get a drink, I have never been to any restaurant where you are not offered a drink when nearing the end of another. The pool bar is waitress service (very nice staff) but be prepared to have to keep your eye out for someone and for a long wait, if you go up to the bar you are sent away and told someone will come and take your order which will happen within about 20 mins. At dinner the staff work extremely hard but again it's an art form to catch someone's eye for a top up, we opted for a bottle of the house wine at the start of the meal (available on all inclusive) to avoid this issue.
We paid to upgrade to a bungalow room as we have a toddler only to discover we had a balcony and the room was to say the least 'uninspiring' despite the extra charge and the balcony didn't get the sun after 8am in the morning. The reception were fantastic and offered us a family room which was a vast improvement but unfortunately had several marble steps from the terrace that were a holiday accident waiting to happen so we opted to stay where we were.
The cleaners were excellent and the room was cleaned to the point of being spotless every day, they were also extremely friendly.
Overall we had a wonderful stay with only a few niggles and where possible the hotel did try to accommodate. The hotel is perfect but all inclusive should mean exactly that as I do not like to pay for that up front then be faced with further charges if I chose something different from the menu!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Aquila Rithymna Beach fronts the azure 500 m long beach on the north coastal line of Crete. A favorite destination for repeater visitors and vacationers from all over the world, proves the delightful experience of hospitality, sunshine, modern amenities and faultless service. Most of the generous rooms, bungalows and villas housed at the hotel's colorful gardens or at the local style buildings. The resort is specifically aimed at families with children of all ages for magical holidays with plenty of in-house facilities and entertaining activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquila Rithymna Beach Rethymnon
- Hotel Aquila Rithymna Beach
- Rithymna Beach Hotel
- Aquila Rithymna Beach Hotel Crete/Rethymnon Prefecture, Greece