I am a choosy but normal client :), who spent weeks of finding the proper hotel for our vacation. I have children of age 6 and 9, so some criterias are determined :) I ve been on Crete in 1994, so I would like to refresh my memories.
Crete is a fantastic island, absoulutely amazing. Very big to visit all nice places, but you can go anywhere....Knossos, Festos, Gortys, Matala, Samaria, Lassithi, Elafonissi, Chrissi etc, etc, etc.
The Hotel Aldemar Knossos Royal is located near small town Hersonissos, which is only a party-city with a lot of disco pubs and restaurants. Nothing special. Area of Knossos Royal is very nice, located on small bay, neighbouring to another hotel Anabelle Village and Aldemar Royal Mare and Cretan Village. Gardens in Knossos Royal are beautiful, with lot of palms, bushes and flowers.
Hotel was built in 1991, so is really an old one. I remember this hotel from my first visit in 1994, it was a TOP luxury hotel on Crete, a dream of travelers. But the urgent reconstruction is needed. Interior is out of date. All woods need new painting, the wood suffers, is terribly dried! Buildings need also new coats. Hallo, Mr. Nikolaos Angelopoulos (owner of the Aldemar Group), if you would like to remain on the 5* market, some money should be invested back to the property.
Upper swimming pools, close to main building. One really big, one smaller with one water slide. BUT, and for me and my family it was really awful,...all pools are SALT WATER POOLS. I like salt water, but these are moreover disinfected with chlorine and the combination is disgusting. Sometimes pools smell like toilets. Sorry for that...
Pools close to the beach belong only to rooms 701-760 and 801-864, I called them Russian pools. You cannot, or should not, use them.
There is one small baby pool with some stuff, is nice and separated from all those above mentioned.
Royal Villas area is separated from the hotel only virtually, the location is very nice, with private pools and private restaurant and private beach (you can visit it without problems). I am not sure, whether it´s worth of that money.
BEACH and SEA:
Beach is really nice and clean. No problem with sun-beds. Sea is clean and nice, some stony platforms are in the sea, but no sharp, you do not need shoes, if you are not so "sensitive".
Sometimes sea grass occurred, but it was ok. A lot of wandering masseurs from Asia disturb you every 10 minutes if you wand "massage". I recommend to the hotel management to dismiss them, although some clients used their services. Who takes than massage in Royal Mare Thalasso?
This is a windy part of the island with waves, sometimes with big waves. I liked it very much, as well as my daughter. Maybe that´s is the reason why there was no problem with sun-beds :)
We had a family room, located on a very nice place with a terrace. Interior is really outdated. Furniture is old. Beds are old, couch is old. Needs to be refurbished. We had two bathrooms. First impression was not so positive, but we were then really happy. Area is very quiet and relaxing.
Really very nice people, very polite and helpful, always smiling. Animation team is doing good job, during out stay I really appreciate the work of Rosario, excellent italian-guy, leader of animation team. Good dancer, very positive and very funny.
Hmmm...One German called it "Fresshalle", it was a place where we only eat, but not dine. Place is overcrowded with tables, which are very close to each other. I hate the sound, when the waiters are throwing the dirty cutlery into baskets. Design of the restaurant is Ok, with nice colour combination and lights. Chief cook was a very nice guy, always talking to people, very helpful, with good mood. Meat was OK, nothing special. Fishes taste always the same. Pasta ok, some pork, souvlaki etc. For such amount of guests you cannot expect something special.
CLEANLINES is not of a top standard, I would say better than average. But should improve. I reccomend to maintain the hotel, pathways, pool´s surrounding also during the day.
The hotel is really nice, best years are over, 10-15 years ago it was really a TOP STAR hotel far and near, but for 7700 EUR for 2 weeks I expected better standard. I visited also Hotel Mitsis Laguna, which is 1km far from Aldemar, is really new, very nice, not so spacious, with not so beautiful garden, with one very big negative - the beach is ugly and is separated from the hotel by a road, that means...nobody is at the sea and all sun-beds at the pools are reserved and also pools are overcrowded.
Aldemar area is fantastic, amazing gardens, it is a spacious hotel with lot of pathways.
Beach is nice. Sea beautiful, with big waves.
Crete is one of the most beautiful island, I´ve visited. Visiting Crete is highly recommendable.
Aldemar Knossos Royal is recommendable, if you are ready for some "buts" and you are able to connive. One guy called this hotel a "RUSSIAN CAMP", it is true, Russians are 80% of all guest, but during our stay everything was OK. Also personal speak russian language, to survive on Crete it is maybe a must :)
We had a fantastic holiday, I will assuredly go back, maybe to another part of the island to Rethymno or Chania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The mythical realm of King Minos, blessed by the gods of the sun and the sea, is today as proud as a fortress and as welcoming as an embrace. It is also home to a sumptuous palace that makes an ideal destination for any family holiday. At the Knossos Royal Village, time moves at a different pace: in elegant and comfortable rooms with incomparable views, in the azure sea and crystal-clear pools, at superb sports facilities and matchless restaurants, the pleasure and relaxation never end. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Hotel Chersonisos
- Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Hersonissos
- Knossos Royal Village
- Aldemar Knossos Royal Crete, Greece