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“Great base for sea and culture outside of Heraklion”

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Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Kokkini Hani
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Tirana, Albania
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“Great base for sea and culture outside of Heraklion”
Reviewed June 4, 2011

We stayed here as a family with a 5-year old and 4-year old, and had a great 4 days. It's a large package-focused resort hotel, but we booked independently, and felt they had a good balance between taking care of us as individuals, and taking care of their real money-earner, the hordes of package tourists. The hotel is very clean, and the on-site beach is very convenient! They offer many freebies, such as free pedal boats, and sports activities. The restaurant was really good, and we looked forward to our breakfast and dinner every day! It has an excellent location, well outside of the not-very-nice city of Heraklion, but close enough to easily go in for a day to check out the (few) cultural and historicaly sites there. It's a great base from which to explore Knossos, and other central Crete areas. Also, the excellent Cretaquarium is just 5km away, an easy drive. We'd gladly return here.

Here are the most positive aspects in my opinion: 2 great pools, including one that seemed to be heated! A kiddie pool, though ours were too big to use it. The beach is literally outside your hotel room! GREAT on-site restaurant buffet. Laid-back and homey, while at the same time maintaining a clean, professional image.

The negatives: if you can't stay hordes of package tourists meandering around, you shouldn't book here. As I noted earlier, the hotel did a nice job of taking care of us, too, but the vibe of massive packaged tourism was very much present. Also, the hotel is right on the incoming flight pattern of the busy Heraklion airport. Flights arrive approximately every 5-10 minutes for most of the day, starting in the morning, until around 11 pm or so. It didn't bother us, it's kind of cool seeing the planes come in, but it can be noisy at times.

A final comment: make sure they give you the room you booked. We'd booked a beach front family bungalow, but they "upgraded" us into admittedly a much nicer room (one of the more modern ones) -- but with a concrete wall for our view on the balcony!! The very friendly receptionist's smile faded somewhat when I returned and asked for the room we had originally booked (I don't book beach hotels for views of concrete walls), but did accomodate us. I don't know why this happened, I think they tried to move us to accomodate a big group of package tourists, but it caused some unneeded stress and "conflict" at the beginning of our stay. We ended up having a great time, though, in the room category we originally booked.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

Amazing view over the beach and the ocean; The sunsets and sunrises are unforgetable.
A perfect choise to enjoy a quiete stay in a beach resort.

Cultural experiences are easily possible by taking the local bus.
In neighborhood to the hotel, there is an exhibition hall which is really worth to be visited!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

Nice rooms form medium size meetings.

Very good services.
The place is fantastically located near the see.
Good connections with the city center.

Rich breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

From the moment we arrived until we left we were well looked after and the staff could not have been more welcoming. Franco Ferrari the Customer Services Manager and the two reception staff were exceptionally helpful throughout our stay. Our room, a bungalow suite on the water front ,was clean and very well appointed with a beautiful view. The location of the hotel if you want to tour Crete is perfect as it is central to the island.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

The hotel has a nice structure well kept and clean.
I stayed in a junior suite and it was really great.
The hotel has conference facilities which are good, although the meeting rooms are not excellent as their shape is long and not wide. The coffee break on the beach with the tables for discussions are very nice and pleasant.
The restaurant offers buffet, with good regular foods.
The beach is nice and well maintained.
Free WiFi available.
The service and the personnel are very good, always friendly and efficient.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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gorinchem
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

I had quiet and peaceful vacations here. A good place to relax and recreate. The personnel is very kind and helpful. The hotel is located directly at the sea with a clean, quiet sandy beach. From my bungalow I had a beautiful seaview.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

From the very first minute to the end of the stay you will see proffesionalism and smiles. The location is very good and the views are breathtaking. Our children (18 and 16 years old) they loved very much the hotel, the service and especially the entertainment (thanks Federico and Laura!). We stayed in two bungalows, front sea, believe me, it's worth to pay for it.
We travel a lot and the best asset this resort has is the staff: We were helped by Marius at our arrival and welcomed by Margarita, The Customer Relations manager, Franco Ferrari, will assisted you no matter you need. And what a wonderful evenings in the bar thanks to Thanassos and his recommendations (ask him for margaritas, he's a master!). Besides that, whatever you need in the dinner room, Mijail was there, kind and efficient. Sorry if we can not list everybody, definitively all of them deserve a mention.It is important to say that staff is not servile but attentive. Don't miss the lunch, you will notice the quality of the ingredients, Crete cuisine.
Our advise: Go there and relax. You will love the sea views and the cozy bungalows.
Next time we go to Crete we will stay in this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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KNBCH, Guest Relations Manager at Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites, responded to this review, May 12, 2011
Dear Ms. “Helena”
Thank you for posting our first English review of the season 2011 on Tripadvisor. Your kind words fill us with joy. This is the result of a long winter of preparation to further improve the structure and services, while keeping the local flavor and the friendly atmosphere that sets us apart from others. Your comments are the best reward for us, and they give us so much energy to cope with a smile to the season that just begun. We thank you and all the lovely people who pass by the Knossos Beach. Hoping to see you again, we wish you a nice and relaxing summer.
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Property: Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites
Address: On the waterfront, Kokkini Hani, Crete 715 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Kokkini Hani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Kokkini Hani
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kokkini Hani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites 5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Knossos Beach Bungalows & Suites is a family owned resort, on the north coast of the picturesque island of Crete, Greece, built directly on a sandy beach with shallow waters, offering guests panoramic views of the blue Aegean Sea, with 39 Suites & Villas, 62 Bungalows Sea View, Water Front and Superior Water Front, and 34 Standard & Family Rooms. ... more   less 
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