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“Perfect location, good service, clean, worth of tis price”
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Kriti Beach Hotel
Ranked #25 of 175 Hotels in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 22, 2014

I spent there 3 days. Hotel location is perfect. It is almost on the beach - 50 metres from the sea (there is a road with small traffic between hotel an beach, but it is the same for all hotels in Rethymno). There are shops, restaurants. City center is about 600 meters from the hotel, so it is very close, but enough to avoid nightlife and noise. Rooms are nice, however a little small. Bathroom is small.
There is small swimming pool (about 10 meters and 1,8 m deep). It is enoug to spend there a few hours (there are only 6 sun beds next to the pool, and only 2 with sun access during the day. It was usually free. The only disadvantage is, that pool is next to the restaurant, so it is not comfortable (and most probably not possible) to use it during breakfast time (7:30-10) or dinner (after 6pm).
There is also another indoor swimming pool, but it is extremely small (about 4x4m) - most prpbably only for sauna guests.

Towels for swimming pool are free. Also towels for beach and sun beds/sun umbrellas are free for hotel guests. Beach is perfect, with nice sand and clean water. (blue flag programme).

Gym is small. There are 4 devices - enough for daily excersises. There was also sauna, but I'm not sure if anyone use it. It was off, and I didn't ask personel for it.
Hotel has it's parking space, so there was no problem to leave a car.
Rooms with side-sea view seems to be better, that with sea view, because are not on the main street (traffic is minimal, so it is not an issue).

I would recommend this hotel for short stay (up to 7 days).

Htel standard and services are on a very high level, however considering price and marketing materials expectiations are also on a very high level, so there are areas to be improved.
Most probably hotel guest are mainly TUI guest. It looks like mainly older people. During breakfast there was an impression that restaurant wants only to "process" as many customers as possible. Everything was a little nervous and "in hurry".
I'm wondering why coffe, hot water and fresh orange juice is not offered in the buffet, but is delivered to each table separately? It would probably reduce waiters workload.

I was in a lot of big hotels, so it is not a matter of number of rooms and size of restaurant. It may be definitely improved so there is more calm, silence and "personal" treatment.


I also had an impression that staff doesn't seem to be "personaly involved". It may be difficult with so many guests during peak season, however other hotels are able to do this. In this hotel it looks like "stay with us, take quick breakfast, but it is all we can offer you.

Pool is next to the restaurant, so it is not comfortable (and most probably not possible) to use it during breakfast time (7:30-10) or dinner (after 6pm).

Anyway, it seems to be the best location in Rethymnon, with nice breakfast, free beach towels, sunbeds, parking. I'm reviewing this hotel considering it's price and expectations, and this expectation is on a very high level. It is worth of the price, but there are still areas to be improved.

One more thing - brochure in the hotel is saying that there are free board games at the reception desk. reception desk is saying that we can ask in the pool bar. Person in the pool bar is saying that there are no games. It is just sample, but showing the issue which can and should be easily improved, so hotel offers perfect quality.

Room Tip: Sea side view rooms are very good. Not in the street, with perfect sea view.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely Excellent Hotel " This
This is our last day in this wonderful hotel in the beautiful town of Rethymnon Crete , My 10 year old son and myself stayed here for the past 11 days. After a last minute booking flying from Scotland , when we arrived we had a wonderful welcome the reservation staff were so friendly and straight away we had ice cold water and nibbles, we were checked in to our room they gave us a large air conditions family room it was excellent, very clean fresh white sheets lovely soft fluffy towels and every day we had the complete room serviced to a very high standard,
We had to move rooms as we had checked in late so on day 4 we changed rooms they took all our cases while we sat and ate breakfast " which I have to say is excellent "
Fresh coffee freshly squeezed orange juice fully cooked food if required I must say we had the omelette most mornings which was fantastic,
Anyway so they moved us to a suite fantastic room very high quality amazing shower and very spacious.
They also have their own private beach 2 minute walk away and I have to say don't worry about bringing beach towels as they are supplied at reception daily free of charge.
I would just like to say being in the hotel business in Scotland for many many years and in the past been very fortunate to have graded hotels " this hotel is fantastic " if you decide to come to crete you could not choose a better hotel to spend with your family and friends than this one.
"Well Done And Good Luck Kriti Beach Hotel " we will return hopefully very soon.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Good location close to the beach and the city centre. Friendly staff and nice breakfast buffet. Unfortunately our room pretty worn down and even though the maids were very good at cleaning all the bleach in the world can not hide the rotten smell from the drain in the shower. Especially in the morning.

Room Tip: Balcony is tiny so don't waste money on a room with ocean view
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

I stayed at Kriti Beach with my friend for a week in May. We were promised a room with a seaview but got a restricted seaview to side street. Tripadvisor said that 88% recommended this hotel and rated it with 4 stars. Unfortunately we think it was only 3 stars.

Our room was quite outdated with old woollen blankets and horrible textiles. They used too much chlorine in cleaning, the room stinked so bad when we arrived that I couldn't sleep - and I don't even have a asthma!

Location was good, near the beach and it was nice to have the beach chairs and towels free of charge. Beach was good, clean and nice to swim. You have to cross a street before you can get to the beach and the traffic was heavy. Not nice if you have kids. It's a 500 m walk to the city centre. Breakfast was very good, with large selection of foods: fresh orange juice, fruits, omellettes, all kinds of breads etc.

We were expecting a sort of luxus treat and thats why we were a bit dissappointed. Biggest problem was the travel agencies photos and the high price.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

Spent two nights here in May and the receptionist who checked us in was so friendly and informative and the sort of person every hotel would benefit from. The room was spacious and had a balcony which although on the side of the hotel, still gave us a nice view of the beach and the sea. We have picked this hotel to give us some time on the beach and also because it is so close to the harbour area. Breakfast was served downstairs and we were able to sit outside which was nice and again service was great. Good choice of food and it was good to see Greek breakfast specialities too. We did not eat dinner at the hotel but the buffet looked good and seemed to be very popular and really good value.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a balcony and sea view.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

The Kriti Beach Hotel made our summer Holiday great. We had halfobard included which was really great. The days we change the dinnerbuffet to lunch. we got a 5 couse lunch. The food was very good and the service was great. The Hotel manger worked very hard to please all the guest. We saw him around the Clock always smiling and ready to help. Our babygirl was treated like a princess in the restaurant, so we could easy relax and enjoy our holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We are a couple that stayed here for 7 days. From the very start we got a very good impression of the hotel and the service there. At check-in our double room was not available, so we were placed at a bigger family room at the same floor. The next day we moved to the right room, and as an apology for the possible inconvenience, we were given a very good sparkling wine and some fine sandwiches for free. The room was fine with quite good seaview as we had ordered, and this is to recommend for a little additional expense. The bed could have been a bit softer and it should have been one big double bed rather that to separate ones placed together.

The other facilities were great. The fitness room was useful despite its small size as it has a multi-workout rack with the possibility to do very many different exercises. Both the breakfast and the dinner were absolutly perfect, couldn't have been better for our taste. The internet speed was quite good. For some time the signal wasn't good enough at our room, but when we pointed out this for the reception staff, they got it fixed very quickly.

The location is very good, and the walk to the beach is about 50 meters. The old town is just a 5-10 min walk away, and there are many nice restaurants near by and on the way to the old town. The buffet at the hotel must be tried! At the beach you are given free towels and sunbeds every day, and this is a great and practical service. Also, once every day, you are given the refreshment of the day, which could be ice tea, water melon, yogurt etc. A service that was very surprising and much appreciated.

All together this was a great hotel, and if I were to stay in Rethymnon again, I would easily have chosen Kriti Beach again! Recommended++!

Room Tip: Choose rooms with sea view, the view is very nice. There are come traffic outside, but it's wort...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: A. Papanastasiou Street 18, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Rethymnon
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Rethymnon
#18 Luxury Hotel in Rethymnon
#25 Family Hotel in Rethymnon
#26 Romantic Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range: $135 - $563 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kriti Beach Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 5 star hotel,member of the OK Hotels, with a special architectural design, which is situated on the beautiful beach of Rethymnon. Just 300 meters from the town center, our guest has everything the town has to offer, right next to him: the golden beach, where he can swim and exercise sea sports and the same time the picturesque Venetian Town with its busy Night-Life and its Rich Market. In full agreement with the love for other cultures, Thalassi, the main restaurant at Kriti Beach Hotel surprises its patrons with a different culinary theme every evening, an opportunity for guests to learn the secrets of many divergent styles of cooking practices and traditions. Our à la carte restaurant Chimera is sure to make a long-lasting impression. The restaurant counts on Mediterranean cuisine,with diners enjoying a variety of exceptional meat and fish fillet! ... more   less 
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