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“A HOLIDAY I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TOO.”
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Imperial Studios
Ranked #16 of 33 Hotels in Amoudara
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“A HOLIDAY I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TOO.”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Booked this Holiday back in January, My Son who is now 19 wanted to go back to the imperial as I have been taken him there since he was 7, last time we visited he was 14, we stumbled upon this delightful place back in 2000, and i was so happy, as its safe for small children and not over crowded, pool is large and small pool for the toddlers, Rooms are Basic but large enough and very clean, we,ve always stayed in 303 love the view of the pool and down the road towards Amourdara . Food is made at the pool bar, By Zak who is an excellent chef, most of his dishes are made in the wood burning stove and is second to none, we ate out a couple of nights, uncle Georges is a must, very welcoming, cocktail bars are good too , Car hire is reasonable but barter as there are more than 1 in Amourdara plenty of shops and supermarkets if your thinking on a budget , we found the beach good too, if you hire a sun lounger for the day cost around 5-7 Euros you got cold bottled water free. This isnt for the compy cosy type of person who want 4 to 5 star at 2 star rating, your not getting it , but all I can say is there are plenty more larger Hotels in the Area with much bigger price tags, Try George and Zak, quiet but cute Imperial Studios Im sure you,ll love the most friendliest of welcomes. Enjoy your Holiday, Its what you make it.x Gaynor and Mark

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Hotel location:
Very difficult to locate, we drove around for a long time, getting lost in the residential area at the back.
No locals or shop/restaurant owners seemed to know the hotel or it's location.
It was only when we thought to pop into a hotel on a main road with a similar sounding name and to our surprise were had stumbled into the right hotel


On arrival, we were given a room on the top floor (4 flights of stairs).
We requested a room on a lower floor as we could not take all our luggage up, we were kindly given a room on the first floor (2 flights of stars).
We were lucky to have done this, as we later found out from other guests that the water is usually cold on the higher floors.


We were also lucky that we went during a quiet period, as it was often noisy, with doors banging when other guests came up to go to bed. The rooms are not soundproof & I predict could get very noisy during a busy period.


Bedroom:
Contained a fridge.
Very basic electric hob and some cutlery, pots and pans.
It was quite unclean, that we ended up eating out most of the time.
I think that the hotel owners wished to encourage guests to eat at their bar.

The room was very basic and needed a clean.
A couple of the guests (regulars to the hotel) later told us without any prompting that they deep cleaned the rooms whenever they stayed.


No iron in the hotel, I was lucky that the owner reluctantly did lend me an iron in the end as I desperately needed it as I was attended a formal Greek ceremony and needed to ensure smart attire.


Balcony:
Dirty, with dirty furniture
View was not scenic


Bathroom:
Basic
No hair dryer - made it very difficult when getting ready to attend a formal Greek ceremony.


Parking:
Our hire car aerial was stolen whilst parked in the drive.
Parking could be difficult if other guests did not park further down the drive, or sensible enough to leave a space down the middle for other cars to exit.



Garden:
Beautiful fragrant basil plants in the walk way. Nice garden.
Swimming pool available, though we didn't try it as we were concerned about it's cleanliness after experiencing the bedroom.


Other guests:
The other guests seemed unhappy that we did not spend all our time in the hotel.
It seems that the same people come once or more times each year and befriend others who are similar to themselves and they do not leave the hotel at all.


Positives:
Very cheap
The two brothers seemed to be trying hard and were friendly enough
The road into Heraklion itself is almost straight and direct (though we had a car)
The owners' aged mother was very friendly, kind and very hospitable though she spoke no Greek. If we had had more time, we would have spent more time with her.

I would recommend only if you are desperately short on cash, but do not expect to cook in the bedsit room.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Booking budget accommodation can be risky, but we were very pleasantly surprised by the Imperial Studios. The room was basic, but it was very clean and we had plenty of space for all our stuff and a fridge to keep our beers and food cool, and a tiny cooker. We didn't expect to get a room with a balcony and an open outlook for under £100 for two people for the week, but we did, and it was great!
The pool area was really lovely, clean and relaxing and it has a very welcoming feel - the owners were friendly and helpful, and keep the garden areas well maintained.
The local beach was a 5 minute walk away. We hired a car in Amoudara (we should have bargained harder as it was low season) and visited historical sites and beaches around Heraklion and across Crete, with lots of fun adventures on the way. Without the car it'd have been hard to have seen so much as Crete's huge.
I'd highly recommend the Imperial Studios to anyone who wants a relaxing break and isn't fussy about glamour or being in the thick of it 24/7.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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gloucestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2012

daryl and michella thankyou both for a great holiday.great food .great pool.and a nice clean appartment thanks to their mum.see you next year for grape picking haha.this was a great base near to everything but nice and quiet .

Room Tip: all good and very clean.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2012

My son and I spent I lovely relaxing week here recently and it was exactly what we needed. Pool great, service great, lovely people, lovely pool, nice gardens, home grown food and very clean. I can highly recommend this for a lovely peaceful break. Only 5mins walk to the beach and easy to get local transport to Heraklion. Nice short trip from airport and can highly recommend :-)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Merseyside, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Small hotel in a semi-rural location, 5 minutes walk to the nearest restaurant.
Zac and Georgio are the perfect hosts, greeted with a free ice-cold beer on arrival.
Zac's food from the wood-burning oven not to be missed, drinks prices about what you’d expect in a hotel – slightly dearer than in resort.
The pool/bar/garden area are idyllic, evenings at the bar are a very friendly affair, the small number of guests means everyone gets to know each other.
Rooms are typically Greek/basic, we had an issue with mozzie infestation on arrival, but a plug-in from the local shop sorted this.
Rooms typically Greek/basic, but clean and comfortable. We had a broken kettle, which Georgio replaced immediately with one that only had an intermittent fault!
Plenty of quality restaurants and bars in Ammoudara – but please note, it is just one very long road. Recommend are the Windmill restaurant and Stella bar.
We had a look at the beach, but didn’t find much there.
For a change, half an hour walk will take you to the village of Gazi, where there are a couple of nice Greek bars and a busy gyros eatery.
Iraklion is a short bus ride away if you want something busier.
HAd a fantastic time and would return.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2012

This was a fantastic place to stay in, it was quiet but the people and owners were lovely. It's ideal for families or those wanting a quiet get away. The owners treat you like family and the food was delicious. I would go back any time!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Imperial Studios
Address: Amoudara, Crete, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Amoudara
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Ranked #16 of 33 Hotels in Amoudara
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Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 277
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