A couple of small negative points to start.
It is on the flight path for the airport and planes fly fairly low i.e. you can see the wheels down. This did not detract from the hotel but I mention it because I did not know as it was obviously not in the brochure. In October when I went there were not many planes and these days they are much quieter anyway. The second small point is the ludicrously small three draw cabinet for clothes. We stayed for a week and my wife mostly had to live out of her suitcase, I have no idea how people manage if they stay for a two weeks? A third small point is the elevator music which permeates the hotel all the time, its very tiresome.
Having got that off my chest I can say it was an excellent hotel, the staff were fantastic and very helpful. They all spoke perfect English, a point of mine as I cannot really understand people who think they can speak English but really can't. The meals were self service with plenty of choice and the dining area was nice and calm (no kids.) It's an adult only hotel, which was the selling point for us.
The first two days the weather was very disappointing with strong winds and quite cold, but after that it brightened up and only turned colder in the evening, but in October it was too be expected. A few souls braved the pools, including my wife.
There is a taverna opposite and for a better taste of Cretean life this was where a lot of guests spent there evenings, drinks at half the hotel price. It's a 20 minute walk into Gouves but other than that there is no much around. We went on the bus to the capital Herkilion for 4.40 euros one way for the two of us but be aware the buses do not stop if they are full and we had to let two go by, other guests told us they had to let four go by. Coming back you must buy your ticket in the bus depo they will not let you on if you have not done this. The bus back also calls at the airport, so can be full. When we went they just added an extra bus to cope with the demand.
Outside the hotel are a couple of car renting shops, we hired a car for three days for 75euros.
Despite the small negative points I would still recommend this hotel, it was peaceful and calm, in fact we hardly saw another guest except at dinner time.
Just one last point, there are lots of steps around with only two or three steps but they are all over. We did see one elderly lady have a fall even though there are slopes by the side of most steps.
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- Also Known As:
- Pantheon Palace Beach Gouves
- Hotel Pantheon Palace Beach
- The Island Hotel Kato Gouves, Crete