My brother and I stayed 21/09/12-05/10/12. We had booked a twin room, but on going to the room found it to be a triple basement room with just a sheet for the double bed. This was not a problem, staff provided another sheet for the single bed without a fuss. Room was basic, no fridge, no tv (not that that bothered us, but a fridge would have been nice as we ended up drinking warm water all the time). Yes, beds were on a concrete base, but this did not make them uncomfortable and made it easier for the cleaners, who were very friendly. In fact, all the staff were very warm and friendly. Limited storage space in bedroom and the furniture was very old, but we did not go on holiday to spend time in the room. The shower room flooded at times and the clips for the shower curtain were broken, but it did not prove to be too much of a problem. We enjoyed the food, although a little repetitive at times and the wine was acceptable. I only drank white and I did not have a problem with it except on a couple of occasions when it was quite acidic, but generally ok. Staff were very helpful and worked hard. George in the bar endeavoured to mix with everyone, generally smiley, sometimes a bit grumpy, but hey, he worked long hours without a break - he only had one day off in the 14 days that we were there! Entertainment consisted of George playing CD's, but he did have good taste in music. As previously mentioned in other reviews all inclusive drinks were minimal, but I enjoyed my ouzo and lemon and my brother enjoyed his brandy. We hired a 125 cc scooter with full insurance for three days from a place in Hersonissos with unlimited mileage for just 70 euros which took us over the mountains down to the south coast, out to Knossos Palace and around the countryside - fantastic. Don't bother with the packed lunch, it consisted of a small bottle of water, half a tomato, slice of cucumber, slice of feta cheese, chicken drumstick, slice of Greek ham, olives (yuk), slice of dry bread and an orange - the best bits being the water and the orange! We did get rather fed up with boiled eggs at breakfast, but this tends to be a trend as we had this a lot when we went to Turkey last year. We stayed in room 111 and had no problems with cockroaches, but rooms next door and going down the corridor had problems with them. As per usual in Greece, the mosquitoes were a pain (literally). Weather was beautiful during our stay and we only had one day when we had a little rain, which soon cleared up. Bus services close and easy to use, would recommend a trip into Hersonissos, but forget Malia (unless you're a youngster - we are a couple of oldies). To sum it up, friendly, basic hotel, but in our view not 3 star. I won't say we would go back as we tend to go to different places every holiday, but this has nothing to do with the hotel..
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- Also Known As:
- Despo Hotel Gouves
- Despo Hotel Crete
- Hotel Despo
- Despo Hotel Kato Gouves, Crete