We had a great time at Palatia Village when we were there at the end of August for a friend’s wedding. They had stayed at Palatia a couple of times before, following a family friend’s recommendation, and decided to have it as the venue for their wedding.
Me and my husband stayed in a studio apartment and I was glad we’d picked this option. Our room was number 21 and was really spacious. With it being open plan we got the full benefit of the air conditioning (additional charge) throughout the living and bedroom area. The view from our balcony was lovely, looking down to Hersonnissos and the sea.
We had everything we needed from a self catering apartment, the kitchen area was well equipped, the bathroom had a reasonably sized shower cubicle with both angled and overhead shower heads, plus a wall mounted hairdryer. Everything was clean and tidy. We've stayed at other self catering complexes and had to go to reception to use a safe deposit box, but we had one of these in our room which I appreciated.
Breakfast was a simple continental affair, nothing special but perfectly fine, we didn’t pay extra for the cooked option as we’re happy with a light option. I had a couple of lunches and we ate there a couple of times in the evening, the food was freshly cooked and tasty. We also ordered a couple of pizzas to take with us to the airport, they boxed them up for us and these were delicious.
The grounds of Palatia Village are pretty and the pool area is nice. Location is great if you don’t want to be in the busy resort of Hersonissos but close enough to walk into. You can also get a taxi up to the more traditional pretty villages. Most of our group would walk down to Hersonissos to the large Spa shop but return via taxi to save carrying their shopping back up the hill in the heat.
George and Maria are great hosts, their staff are always happy to oblige, and they all helped make the wedding and our whole stay very special. The wedding was one to remember, a beautiful setting and a great evening reception with Greek dancing and excellent food. George was a brilliant Master of Ceremonies.
We hired a jeep for a few days of our holiday and George organised this for us through Mikes Tours who were professional and efficient. Maria helped me out with booking a hair appointment in preparation for the wedding and I was really happy with the finished results. Also, as it was my husband’s birthday on the last day of our holiday, I’d asked Maria if she could organise a couple of bottles of champagne and a birthday cake for him, which she was happy to do – the cake was delicious and looked great too. George also helped to make my husband’s birthday special, playing happy birthday over the music system and cracking open another bottle of bubbly for us all.
I’m surprised at some of the previous reviews that have slated Palatia. I’m not sure what people expect from a Greek self catering complex. The food always seemed fresh to me, I certainly did NOT see rotten tomatoes at breakfast. There are quite a few cats around but, even though I’m not a cat lover, these didn’t bother me. The kittens were quite cute and I did NOT see any cats jumping on tables. Yes, you do have to supply your own shampoo, soap and pool towels, but isn’t that the norm for a reasonably priced self catering accommodation in Greece? If you want the bells and whistles, maybe you should dig a little deeper in your pockets and stay at a five star hotel.
I’ve based my rating on our overall experience. Everyone in the wedding party had a fantastic time. It might not be a flashy five star hotel, but it was certainly a five star experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Palatia Village Hotel Chersonisos
- Palatia Village Crete, Greece