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Hotel Castro Hotel 3 star
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A.Papandreou street 301 Amoudara Gaziou Heraklion 71414 Heraklion, Greece -
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The only reason to choose the Castro Hotel is its proximity to Heraklion Airport and the beach, which is not the prettiest on the island. The facilities are poor and outdated, and the surroundings uninspiring... Want to hear more?

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is located at the exit of the Amoudara seaside resort, 7 miles from Heraklion (page currently only available in French). The International Airport is 20 minutes away. An hour and a half's drive will take you to the pretty city of href="//www.easyvoyage.co.uk/greece/rethymnon">Rethymnon, 47 miles away. To get to the archaeological site of href="//www.easyvoyage.co.uk/greece/elefterna-826">Knossos, allow 40 minutes by car. The beach, on the other hand, is 300m away.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    78 guest rooms spread across three buildings. The decoration is rather austere, if not old-fashioned. Tiled floors, ugly curtains and bedspreads... a good 15m² on average for the Double rooms, with the Triples averaging 20-25m². All of the rooms have a balcony with a table and chairs. As for the view, it's either of the neighbouring plots (including a building site) or the neighbouring buildings. In terms of facilities, Greece is still a way behind; the individual air-conditioning for example costs extra, and the safe is at reception. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available in the communal areas. A pay-to-use computer is also available in the small lobby. A good deal for families: the four apartments with kitchens (equipped with ovens) can accommodate up to 4 or 5 people. All of the bathrooms are fitted with bathtubs.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    Opened in the 70s, the Castro Hotel has since fallen behind the times. Despite the expansions in 2004 and 2006 (also the last time the hotel was renovated), there is not much to the hotel. Three ugly buildings (3 storeys) around the swimming pool are devoted to accommodation, with a residence-feel. The site is small and dull, with few trees, no grass (well, there is, but it has died from the heat), lines of neglected deckchairs, poorly maintained surroundings, overall not somewhere that oozes tranquillity...did you ask for the 'depressing' option for your relaxing holiday? Even the small swimming pool doesn't make up for it. The beach is not very far you say, why do you need a swimming pool? True, but a little swim just outside your accommodation is still enjoyable isn't it? Nevertheless, there is a small children's pool. You will have to make do with the view: it feels a bit squashed between the buildings with a view of the neighbouring building site.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The one good thing about the hotel is the restaurant. The nicely arranged dining room overlooks the street and is open to passing tourists. The menu features around a hundred dishes with local specialities, of course (moussaka, stuffed vegetables, souvlaki - pork kebabs, fish, etc.), but also traditional seaside snacks: pasta (of all sorts), pizza, etc. The half-board package comes with a fixed menu (salad, soup, dish of the day and dessert).

    To know

    The hotel has a few free parking spaces for guests.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo, fitness

    • Safe
    • Solarium

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