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|Number of Children:||3 (11-16yrs)||Board:||Half Board|
|Just returned from a two week half board break to the Grand Hotel in Crete.|
The vast majority of guests here were German followed by the French, English guests were in the minority.
This hotel is immaculatly clean. It is kept to a very high standard the rooms are attended by maids every day and do a fantastic job. We stayed in the superior rooms and they were very nice, we saw the difference of the standard rooms and to be honest apart from the decoration there is no real difference, they both have A/C, large balcony, hair dryers, TV with only 3 English channels sky news, bbc news and bbc prime the rest is French and German.
The beds are comfortable if you prefer very firm matresses. There are no tea or coffe making facilities in the room, we wish we had known this as we would have brought a travel kettle with us, it took us days to find a shop in the town that sold them. There is a small fridge in the room which will hold 6 cans of cola and two bottles of 1.5ltr drinks.
We arrived needing two rooms one for myself and my wife the other for our teenage girls 13, 13 and 15. We did ask for adjoining rooms or rooms as close as possible when we booked, but our flight was delayed 4 hours and we arrived at the hotel in the early hours of the morning, we were put in rooms the furthest point away from each other, we spoke to the reception staff and they were very understanding and managed to get the girls in the same block after 3 days once the French had a change over day.
We were lucky to get rooms as there were guests who were placed in hotels nearby because the hotel had been over booked, some had to wait 3 days to get allocated a room although they were permitted to use the resturant and facilities in the meantime.
The resturant is self service buffet style, The breakfast session has a massive choice from cereals to full english fry up, there are a lot of fruits, pancakes, waffles,continental, basically anything you could think of they had it.
The evening session again there is a lot of choice but it did not get changed much over the two weeks, but there is a lot of variety of German dishes. The resturant staff are friendly and attentive when you arrive in the resturant, they sit you at the table promptly, although if you want to sit outside you need to get there early, and quickly serve you your drinks.
Once you have had your meal it is difficult to get the waiters to return to you so you can pay for your drinks and leave, although the staff are attentive they are heavily under manned and getting more than one drink at a sitting is not easy.
Gents need to wear trousers that cover the knee during the evening meal session, they were very strict about this and did send numourous men out to get changed, they are not fussy about the ladies attire, shorts, mini skirts or dresses were commonplace, they were totally relaxed about the childrens evening wear although they did ask a family once to go back to their room to change the children out of their swimwear. It is totally different during breakfast, swimming shorts and t-shirts are permitted.
The hotel is very pleasing to the eye and is built on a hill, if you have any walking difficulties then this is not a hotel for you, it gets very steep in parts and there are a lot of steps to negotiate. If you are unlucky to get a room at the top of the hill, it is fine coming down but a real workout getting back up again, we fortunatly were near the bottom but the main topic of complaint was from the poor folk at the top of the complex.
The pool areas are very well kept and the pools themselves are very clean, there are 3 pools outside. The main pool area which is at the bottom, where the main hotel is, has a large amount of sun beds which you will have to get up early to beat the Germans to, there are signs asking not to resrve beds but I suppose it would be difficullt for the hotel to enforce. There is a pool bar and snack cafe at this level.
The second pool is slightly further up the hill in the centre of the complex, it was easier for us to get sunbeds here as most of the guests prefered the main pool where the childrens activities take place. Sunbeds here usually were all taken by 9.30am. This pool has signs saying 16yrs and over only, but as the main pool beds had gone so early in the morning a lot of families like us used this pool, nobody seemed to mind and to be honest it was'nt a great issue for anyone.
The tots pool is at the top of the complex and it was too much of a climb for us to investigate but we could see they had a bouncy castle up there.
The girls were a bit old to get involved in the animation or kids day club, but it seemed very popular with the younger children and they seemed to be having a whale of a time, probably suited to 5 - 11 yr olds.
The hotel does not really have any evening entertainment to speak of, there are nightly shows in the amphitheatre, but they were either in Greek or German, the evenings at the hotel were mainly spent sipping a few drinks on the patio after dinner. The hotel does have a bar, it is A/C but ineffective as the large patio doors remain open, the head barman is very friendly and works hard to be an ice breaker getting guests to mingle usually with the aid of Raki.
The hotel gets strict about ordering from the bar, if you order from the bar you have to stay at the bar, if you wish to sit on the outside patio, then you order from the waiters. Seems a petty point to raise but there were quite a few raised voices in the bar during the few evenings we were there as the barman enforces it with an iron fist even though again the waiters are heavily under manned and it can be a long wait for the opportunity to order a refil.
The beers are Heineken, which was the only one on tap throughout the hotel, or you can get bottled beer, German only, both are served cool, I never managed to get an ice cold beer during our stay. The pool bar will serve German white beer in a chilled frosted glass. Both bars have a range of coktails and spirits available. Draft Heinekem 0.4ltr for 3.20 euros, white beer 0.5lt 4.60 euros coktails for around 6 euros.
We spent the evenings up in one of the villages away from the resort areas which was called Koutoulafari, not sure on the spelling, but very restful evenings up there lots of fantastic genuine Greek resturants, and pleasent bars with nice atmospheres to relax in. Ideal for families or romantic couples of all ages, there are no club type bars here. It cost us 8 euros there and back each night in a taxi but worth every cent.
There are bus stops outside the hotel where you can get to Herrsonnisos or Stalis, both are lively resorts in the evening if you fancy a party night, the resturants there are not a patch on the ones in Koutoulafari and are a little dearer. Plenty of lively bars and clubs in both resorts, we gave it a miss as its not our cup of tea.
The beach outside the hotel is rubbish, unless you enjoy a small dirty very rocky surface, Hersonnissos has a small shingle beach but gets over crowded as it is quite small. Stalis beach is much better, golden sand beach not massive but not too busy either, nice water, easy to get a sunbed before noon. Plenty of bars and resturants for refreshment. They have the usual water sport activities here water bikes, banana boat tow etc... again good family area we did not see any rowdy gangs of lads or girls here, they tended to be further up the cast in Malia.
To sum up we had a really great holiday, the hotel was immaculate and we would consider returning although we would only book for the breakfast and spend every evening up in the village.
|People who visited this resort recommend the following|
|Here is a list of the best bars and restaurants for this resort|
|1.||Kymata - hersonissos||Wonderful selection of fresh fish over looking the harbour|
|2.||Hotel bar||All inc|
|3.||David vergera||So good and cheap|
|5.||Any in malia||Visited one night, mayhem.|
|Here is a list of the top tips for this resort|
|1.||Hire a car||Wonderful beaches and villages|
|2.||Try traditional greek food||Fantastic|
|3.||Speak to zsolt||Because he was very friendly and great with children|
|4.||Parasailing||Book through the hotel, they collected us & took us back to the hotel|
|5.||Do the pub crawl||Hilarious|
|Hersonissos lies about 20 miles from the airport and was once a sleepy fishing village. This is probably the liveliest resort on the island, with a great choice of hotels and apartment blocks to offer. The small coarse sandy beaches are safe to swim at, but they do tend to get quite crowded during the high season, and they also offer a great variety of different water sports for you to try. Well stocked shops with plenty of variety are to be found in the resort centre, and a walk in the surrounding mountains offer a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the town. Pubs, bars and discos can be found in abundance, with more traditional entertainment provided by the hotels.|
| The long water front in Heronissos is lined with eateries serving a diverse range of cuisine, and there are still Greek tavernas tucked into the narrow streets offering a wide array of traditional fare. Traditional Greek food of Mezedes( a combination of local dishes), Stifado( local stew) and Souvlaki( kebabs) are all here in abundance. Grilled or fried Squid, Octopus and Chicken, served with a great salad and a sprinkling of Olive oil is a firm favourite as well. In the bars, a taste of home can be provided with Pizzas, Burgers etc. all on the menu, and all served with a generous helping of chips. Try some fresh fish accompanied by a Greek salad and washed down by some refreshing wine.|
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