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    Location 6.39 /10

    The Albatros is 66 mi east of Heraklion, right at the heart of Hersonissos, the hub of this Cretan island's nightlife. With its many nightclubs and bars, you'd be hard pushed to be bored here. Even if it's relaxation that you're after, the selection of taverns and shops offering local products is a real delight.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The main building houses standard and family rooms whilst the so-called superior rooms are located in the other buildings. All have a plasma-screen television and pleasant decor in warm, light shades, with impressive underwater photographs (taken by the manageress' husband) hanging in frames in every room. The standard room bathrooms can be a little tight, but they are clean and equipped with a hair-dryer. Superior rooms are more spacious, very light and airy and have a children's bed and a pool or mountain view. Every room has a large balcony with patio furniture and some rooms also have adjoining doors, which is ideal for families.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    When the hotel first opened in the 80s there were only 60 rooms, as opposed to the 206 the hotel now offers. The family that owns the hotel has since expanded it by constructing two new buildings. The hotel now boasts two freshwater swimming pools with a jacuzzi and massage jets. The pool bar is equipped with more modern furniture, in contrast to that of the lobby, which features the traditional decor of a Cretan family's lounge. The mini-club consists of a small area with a small adjoining theatre and whilst the entertainment team is very limited, it is certainly an asset to this truly family-oriented hotel. Certain sporting activities, such as aerobics, are organised free of charge in conjunction with the spa.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The buffet restaurant serves a combination of traditional Mediterranean and international cuisine, and regular demonstrations are held which offer a real treat for your palate. The buffet has different themes every week, such as Mexican, Italian and Greek evenings, but there is always something on the menu to cater for vegetarians, diabetics and children. It is also worth noting that the chef received an award of excellence in Cretan cuisine in 2008. Guests have the option of dining on the mezzanine level or on the outdoor terrace and may, as an alternative, choose to dine at the hotel's a la carte restaurant, serving primarily Greek and international cuisine. The tables here, too, are laid out in shades of lime green and a sideboard belonging to the manageress' grandmother takes pride of place in the room, a prime example of the little details that give the Albatros all its charm. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

    Beach

    The hotel doesn't have its own beach but it is easily accessible just 164ft from the hotel along a small, quiet road. Located right at the heart of Hersonissos, the beach is often crowded and the use of the parasols and deckchairs provided will incur a charge. The sand isn't the finest but you won't find too many rocks in the water, which is particularly clean here. There is also a wide range of restaurants and bars lining the harbour of this very touristy resort.

    To know

    The beach is just 164ft from the hotel but it is not rented, meaning that any deckchairs or parasols have to be paid for. It is worth remembering that Hersonissos is a very touristy area and the beach therefore often gets very busy. The hotel recently opened its spa, but only the fitness area is free of charge. It is worth a visit, though, as the team there use organic mastic products made exclusively on a small Greek island.

    Equipment

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

      sauna, massage, spa, beauty salon, keep fit, hammam

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      dance, bums and tums, aqua gym, gym, aerobics, fitness, tennis

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Its location in the centre of Hersonissos
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • The spacious rooms
    • The variety of cuisine on offer

    disadvantages

    • No equipment belonging to the hotel on the beach
    • The deckchairs are crowded around the pool

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 5.00/10
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