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Akti Zeus Hotel 4 star
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1-3 Linoperamata, Ammoudara Heraklion, Greece -
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This exclusive Marmara hotel is located at the end of Amoudara beach resort, less than 6 miles from Heraklion. In a calm environment, full of flowers, you can enjoy all sports, game and recreation activities.

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    Location 6.0 /10

    The Akti Zeus is located on the seashore, at the end of Ammoudara, the beach resort closest to Heraklion (5 miles). The hotel is located 9 miles from the international airport. Count about 20 minutes for transfers.

    Accommodation 7.00 /10

    The rooms are of uneven quality. They are large, simple, tiled, soberly decorated. Most are furnished with a single bed and a double bed. They have air conditioning, a telephone with direct line, a safe (for a fee), and a hair dryer. The bathrooms are small and ordinary (sink, tub or shower, toilet). All rooms have a balcony or a terrace that communicates with that of the neighbours. View can vary: gardens, nearby hotel, power station, or sea. When you make your reservation, request a room looking out on the sea.

    Overview 7.50 /10

    Built in 1976 and renovated in 1999, the Akti Zeus is built in local architecture, with 388 rooms in a 4-storey U-shaped building. There is also a 2-storey annex. The main building ground floor, hosting the lobby, is rustic, with stone walls and large exposed beams. The gardens are particularly well-designed with geraniums, hibiscus, rose bushes, and a gigantic bougainvillea flowing down one of the façades. The part between the sea and the buildings is occupied by the swimming pool and the activity area. There is a large seawater pool (about 3,200 square feet), a children's pool, and an elevated bar under a kiosk. Nearby, in the basement, a nightclub opens every night for shows (low season) and dances. Somewhat out of the way, along a wing, you will find a mini-golf, a petanque court, and a playground for children. A tennis court has been built by the hotel entrance, close to the bungalows.

    Food and drink 8.00 /10

    The main restaurant is a large room with arches, decorated with wrought iron and stone. The three meals are served buffet style. While the lunch buffet is simple and frugal, the dinner buffet offers a large selection of starters, main courses, and sweets. In addition, there are two Cretan speciality buffets and one Italian buffet. In general, the food is of good quality. Guests can also have lunch at the cafeteria, open from noon to 3.30pm, located below the swimming pool. You have a choice between a ?7.5 (£6) menu (different dish every day, choice of dessert, and coffee) and the self-service restaurant. Guests will receive, upon arrival, a magnetic bracelet (do not loose it!) allowing them to record all expenses for meals and drinks, to be paid upon their departure.

    Beach 6.50 /10

    The hotel beach has fine, blond sand, with a specific area for swimming. The setting would be standard and rather nice (since it is spacious) if not for the very close presence of the 5 chimneys of a refinery. Despite the vicinity of these large factories at the end of the beach, the water is very clean (analysed weekly). Actually, this part of the coast is awarded the Blue Flag, the European environmental label, every year. Regarding amenities, you will find deckchairs, straw parasols (free), showers, and changing rooms. An independant water sports club offers various seaside activities.

    To know

    In addition, every night, they offer a theme show (cabaret, musical, karaoke, folklore evening...). During school vacation, from 9.00am to 6.00pm without interruption, specific activities are organised for children from 4 to 12 years old, and adolescents from 13 to 16 years old (day nursery outside of school vacation).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, hammam, stretching, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, beach volley, jet ski, kayak, paddle boats, canoe, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo

    advantage

    • The well-designed gardens.

    disadvantages

    • The proximity of the power station.
    • The gastronomy is of uneven quality.

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 9.07/10
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