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Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites
Ranked #16 of 36 Hotels in Kato Gouves
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 7, 2010

Gouves Mare is a great hotel - rooms are clean, staff are friendly, especially Marianne - she goes out of her way to make sure all guests are happy and if there's any problems, she'll sort them for you! I went with a friend of my friends and it was one of the best holidays we've had.

The food at the hotel was AMAZING... some of the best meals we've ever eaten and lots to choose from each night at the buffet. Everything seems much more healthier in Crete - all cooked in extra virgin olive oil and lots of locally produced fruit and veg that hasn't been ruined by chemicals so you can taste the different when comparing it to English food.

Breakfast was good - again, lots to choose from (the only fault is the terrible fruit juice... we didn't know quite what it was... very strong squash with no water?! As long as you don't drink that, everything else is perfect!). Also the waiter is a bit annoying... friendly but shouldnt be so pushy with getting money for drinks - we all felt like we'd done something wrong when we said we'd pay at the end of the meal incase we wanted more. Also, don't buy a drink downstairs and take it up otherwise you'll have him to answer to!

The hotel is a very short walk to the sea front, just far enough so you cant hear the road, which is great. The hotel is quiet - we weren't disturbed at all at night so always had a good sleep in the well air conditioned room!

The hotel has free wifi and a computer that guests can use at anytime, which was very handy.

We swam in the sea a couple of times, which was warmer than the pool and lovely and relaxing so I recommend doing that.

The town is okay - its about a twenty min walk to all the shops and theres a variety of restaurants to choose from. It was let down by a disgusting boy about 9 years old, smoking and walking around with a tiny dog. He put the cigarette out on the dogs face and then put his hands round the dogs neck and the poor little thing was crying out in pain! The parents of the boy work in one of the shops, selling perfumes and handbags and didn't seem to care! This almost ruined the holiday for me and since none of us spoke Greek, there was nothing we could do. If you go into Gouves town, keep an eye out for the evil child with the dog as he was outside the same shop everyday!

This was the only bad thing about the holiday overall, and of course, reflects on the shops, not the hotel, which is quite a distance away.

Go on the land rover safari if you get the chance - quite expensive but an excellent day and worth the money! You get to see parts of Crete that you wouldnt be able to see otherwise... the mountains, the views, the goats in trees.... and they put on a great BBQ for everyone! Don't bother with the trip to Knossos though - waste of time and wasn't really that good compared to the safari.

I'd definitely recommend Gouves Mare - we will be going back there for another holiday and can't wait!! Our time there was great and two weeks wasnt enough!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2016

Kalimera !!!

Many thanks for your so enthusiastic and joyful comment about our small familiy hotel !

We are very happy that you've seen the changes we've made from 2010 and hope you will come back again to note our improvements to come ;-)

We consider you as our ambassors in your country to praise our Gouves Sea Hotel & Suites to your family, parents and your relationships !

Best regards from the island of Crete
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

just could not find fault with this hotel.Our room was large and the ensuite roomier than most. Everywhere was spotlessly clean , fresh linens everyday. The food was always fresh and well cooked, we enjoyed our breakfast and dinner every day and the snack bar served really lovely lunches. The resort was fairly rustic, not for teens or wild nights,
HOORAH. The beach was very safe , ideal for children and the sea warm and so blue. The family who run this hotel aong with their staff could not do enough for you and really made you feel as though they really wanted you there. Have stayed in some glitzy hotels in the past but enjoyed our stay here more than most of them. The Cretan night was just like a big family party, great fun.We needed a rest and relaxation holiday and we got it ! Will definately be back to this lovely hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2016

Kalimera !!!

Many thanks for your so enthusiastic and joyful comment about our small familiy hotel !

We are very happy that you've seen the changes we've made from 2010 and hope you will come back again to note our improvements to come ;-)

We consider you as our ambassors in your country to praise our Gouves Sea Hotel & Suites to your family, parents and your relationships !

Best regards from the island of Crete
The Hotel Management

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Reviewed July 3, 2010

Having read the reviews we decided to book this hotel. We wanted to go to Crete for a relaxing lazy holiday and wanted to stay in a nice hotel. We were not disapointed! We were not expecting a five star hotel but from the reviews we were expecting a five star service, and did we get it??? Oh Yes!!

The hotel was build 3 years ago and it does look lovely , clean and new and a lot of thought went into its decoration. The rooms are sparcely furnished and basic but it was big enough for our purpose and we especially liked the big bathroom and shower. Yes there was no shower curtain but the shower was big enough that the water only fell in the shower and not all over the bathroom floor. Location in comparison to other hotels along the strip was perfect, nice and quiet and tucked away from the hustle and bustle. We looked at other hotels on the strip and were so glad with our location. We were right accross the road from the beach which went on for miles, it got quieter the more we walked along the strip so dont be destracted by the hustle and bustle on the immediate strip. While facing the beach take a walk along the right side until you find a quieter spot.

The ambiance in the resturant was amazing and very romantic. Yes we were under the flight path (we never heard the planes from our rooms, they must have had soundproof glass) but you do get used to it and watching the sun set from the balcony while drinking their home made rose wine certainly made up for it. The food was as good as it gets for a buffet but no matter what time we arrived for breakfast or dinner we always had something fresh to choose from. We ate there every night that we were there and were not disapointed.

The staff are all soooo friendly and cannot do enough for you!! We had a late flight the day we were leaving and they allowed us to stay in our room until 10pm at a cost of 20 euro but it was soooo worth it! Cocktails were half the price of the tavernas and Vicky made the best Cocktails!! Just before I wrote this review I re-read the negative reviews and I could not believe what they wrote! I am glad that I did not take their reviews into consideration when booking my holiday or I would never have experienced this wonderful hotel.

My advice is if you have done your research on Gouves and are happy with the area then this is the hotel for you!! If you expect five star rooms, then spend the extra money and please book five star! But please do not slate this hotel because you have higher expectations than they are honestly offering. The photos posted of this hotel absolutely do represent this hotel and believe me I am well traveled and have arrived in hotels where this was not the case! Bon Voyage if you choose this hotel!!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2016

Kalimera !!!

Many thanks for your so enthusiastic and joyful comment about our small familiy hotel !

We are very happy that you've seen the changes we've made from 2010 and hope you will come back again to note our improvements to come ;-)

We consider you as our ambassors in your country to praise our Gouves Sea Hotel & Suites to your family, parents and your relationships !

Best regards from the island of Crete
The Hotel Management

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Reviewed June 29, 2010

We stayed for a week at the back end of May. We all had a good time. The service was first class, as is the cleanliness of the hotel. The room’s were cleaned every day. The rooms were quiet small and the beds were rock hard. The pool area was lovely and clean.
The Hotel is surrounded by scrub land but has sea views.

Food was good and plentiful as it's a buffet. The drinks were cheap compared to the rest of Tavernas in the area but dearer than the UK. Cocktails were great.

Gouves resort is OK; it’s nothing flash or memorable. It's good for a lazy week in the sun. It you get the holiday at a good price. It’s alright for a cheeky week away.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2016

Kalimera !

Many thanks for your comment.

Our small but family hotel is always looking to improve itself year after year in order to offer its best as possible to our customers.

Hope to meet you again here, at the hotel, next season !!!

Best regards
The Hotel Management

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Reviewed June 29, 2010

We would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone. Family run hotel wher the staff are so welcoming that they make you feel like part of the family. Nothing is too much trouble! Always greeted with such courteousness & hospitality! The hotel is modern, very clean, large room and bathroom, two pools and beach just across the road. Excellent food everyday & great drinks in the bar. The snack bar serves excellent reasonably priced food, served by Joanna and Sophia who are always happy, excuberant and welcoming! The Cretan night on Friday should not be missed - the Cretan/Greek dancing is very entertaining and everyone has to join in (my husband even had to dance on a table - a sight probably never to be seen again)! Gouves is a quiet area (not the most picturesque area in Crete) but the beach is clean, the sea is clear and there are tavernas and shops for all that you need. Probably not the area for youngsters looking for a good time but definitely a relaxing place for couples looking to chill and get away from it all. The hotel could not be faulted 5 star in every way!!! Thank you to all the staff for making our stay such a pleasure!
P.S. As promised in my review - we also met many lovely people in the hotel but four of the guests deserve a special mention for their great company! Iris & Len you made our stay extra special - thank you for your company and all the laughs we had together! Patrick & Stella, thank you also for your company - a pleasure to meet you both!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank MarcusDorset
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2016

Kalimera !!!

Many thanks for your so enthusiastic and joyful comment about our small familiy hotel !

We are very happy that you've seen the changes we've made from 2010 and hope you will come back again to note our improvements to come ;-)

We consider you as our ambassors in your country to praise our Gouves Sea Hotel & Suites to your family, parents and your relationships !

Best regards from the island of Crete
The Hotel Management

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Reviewed June 29, 2010

Just back from 2 weeks in this hotel. The hotel was very clean and the service was excellent .The pools are good and it is just across the road from a lovely sandy beach. We stayed half board- breakfasts were good -though the evening meals were a bit repetitive and the food was usually cold- there was however always a good range of salads .The beds were very hard . Even with these negatives it was still really good value for money- the owners and the staff were very friendly and always helpful. Do try the hotels grill /cafe/bar at the front on the road-side - the food is excellent- especially the sunday- grek specials- all very reasonably priced and Joanna will provide excellent service and friendly conversation. The Crete night in the hotel was excellent value and great fun.There are lots of greek tavernas along the beach-front of the resort where you can sit - with rocking chairs and swings and pass away time with a drink overlooking the sea. Gouves is very quiet and not the prettiest part of Crete but a lovely place to relax and use as a base if you want to explore the island. Hire a car or use the local bus service to get around. There is not a lot for children to do - it is more a couples/adult resort .It is also a good safe place for a single traveller. I will certainly be going back .

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2016

Kalimera !

Many thanks for your comment.

Our small but family hotel is always looking to improve itself year after year in order to offer its best as possible to our customers.

Hope to meet you again here, at the hotel, next season !!!

Best regards
The Hotel Management

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Reviewed June 25, 2010

We went in the middle of May so it was a little quiet, but that was no problem. The staff there were excellent without exception, the food was, as has been said before by others extremely good with always someone there to help. Bedrooms were fairly large and spacious with a balcony and always kept spotless. The staff were all very pleasant and fun to talk to, not forgetting the eating area at the front where you can sit and chat with one of the proprieters, his wife, and Yanna the waitress (always funny) and watch the people go by.
We shall definately return next year.
Norma and Cliff

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cliffy49
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MarianaChrysogonou, Directeur général at Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2016

Kalimera !!!

Many thanks for your so enthusiastic and joyful comment about our small familiy hotel !

We are very happy that you've seen the changes we've made from 2010 and hope you will come back again to note our improvements to come ;-)

We consider you as our ambassors in your country to praise our Gouves Sea Hotel & Suites to your family, parents and your relationships !

Best regards from the island of Crete
The Hotel Management

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Address: Gouves Pediados, Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 700 14, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Gouves > Kato Gouves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Kato Gouves
Price Range: $89 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gouves Sea and Mare Hotel & Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Crete and Hotel Gouves Sea ****... Our well-situated, comfortable and family hotel, in front of the Aegean Sea, will be the first great souvenir of your trip and an excellent place to go to visit all the most important cities of Crete : 18km from the airport, 22km from Héraklion, 30km from archeological site of Knossos, 45km from Agios Nikolaos, 85km from Ierapetra, 98km from Rethymno, 115km from Sitia, 158km from Chania. ... more   less 
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