This hotel was conveniently close to the beach, only 2-3 blocks away. The distance to the OldTown was a little problem: ok when walking in to town - don't try it during day time though becasue of the intense sun and the shops being closed betw 2 and 5 pm - but walking all the way back after walking quite a bit in town at night was quite tiresome. Took some 20-30 minutes. Taxi was 5 euros wherever you went, so we did that sometimes. You had to walk to a certain place to get a taxi (Unknown Soldier's Square) since they cannot drive in the narrow - but very cute - Old Town area. The main building of the hotel has extremely modern rooms. The level of AC, TV, fridge, water pressure, and cleaning etc was surprisingly high, especially for Greece. 4 stars for the rooms. We were so happy for not having chosen the all inclusive option! since those who did had a much worse breakfast than we did, and also felt forced to have dinner in the same hotel dining room each and every night. When you have a large picturesque medieval Old Town and harbour in walking distance, bursting with local and affordable restaurants! The hotel garden is neat but tiny and always too crowded, and the germans as always occupy all sunbeds at dawn. Even if the spend the day out of the hotel. When will European hotel owners do something about this? In any Asian country this is totally out of the question. Nobody would act that rude around pools or in gardens in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore etc. The staff in Asian countries immediately clear the sunbeds for people who actually are around and want to use them. The water aerobics at Theartemis was ok, so was the pilates. The gym was a joke: no bikes, one single treadmill which was useless because all the buttons were gone or broken. The rest of the so called entertainment was bad, mostly greek movies indoors or people singing karaoke tunes form their own countries, in their native languages. After having spent the day with other citizens of their country on tours, speaking their native langauge all day.(Why do some people travel at all?!) We went on a greek-operated tour to the Gramvousa island(a disappointment) and the Balos Lagoon (fantastic place, and the boat trips were great too) but afterwards were stopped by the police who fined the bus driver for no reason. And one of us got a fake 10 euro bill which we did'nt realsie until trying to pay with it at the airport. A harbor restaurant tried to overcharge us - you can tell everyone's trying to get their hands on as much cash as possibly when times are hard. It was also difficult to use credit cards - there was almost always "a problem with the credit card machine" so bring lots of cash if you go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located at the crossroads of the southern coast, between Chania and Heraklion, Theartemis Palace is a prestigious resort with a firmly established reputation. Following an ambitious renovation project : Having all our rooms recently being renovated, to offer additional luxury and comfort, that meets even the most demanding expectations. Our ongoing renovation project, continued in 2013 with developing our buffet restaurant into an all -around live dinning experience, offering to our clientele more excuses to choose and visit our hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Theartemis Palace Rethymnon
- Theartemis Palace Hotel Rethymnon, Crete