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Hotel Hara Ilios Village Hotel 3 star
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Agiou Panteleiomonos | Kato Gouves, Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crète 700 14, Grèce Hersonissos, Greece -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Hara Ilios is a family-oriented, old fashioned establishment that is a bit withdrawn from the sea but that has a lot of charm. The amenities are modest, to avoid saying Spartan, especially in the guest rooms. The Cretan village atmosphere is particularly enjoyable and the hotel provides a good starting point to set off on many an expedition into the marvels of the island of Crete.

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    Location 9.43 /10

    Kato Gouves is on the northern coast of Crete, some 12.5 mi from Heraklion International Airport. The hotel is in a secluded part of the seaside resort, approximately 100m from the beach. Calm and relaxed, the establishment has all sorts of facilities on offer, such as numerous bars, restaurants and boutiques. If you want to enjoy the intense nightlife of Hersonissos, some 4 mi away, there is a bus stop nearby; there is a bus every half hour and you can follow the line all the way to the only golf course on the island, also some 4 mi away. A 15 minute walk will take you to the local medical centre.

    Accommodation 5.95 /10

    The hotel is a rather intimate establishment with only 67 rooms that come in two categories: standard and superior. Both have little to show in terms of comfort and interior decorating. White walls, blue bedding and curtains, a single framed picture, and that's about it. As for the amenities, they are also reduced to their Spartan minimum: a price supplement will get you air conditioning, a fridge and a safe, but there is no TV and no Internet access. However, the rooms are spacious and include a balcony. The bathrooms have a standard design and the ones on the ground floor are fitted with showers.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    The hotel opened in 1995 and was last renovated in 2005, when new buildings were added. Your first impression will not be an endearing one, as the main building is rather nondescript. The reception desk faces a large lounge area with wicker armchairs set around tables, a pool table and a long bar. The atmosphere is both simple and friendly, and Wifi is free in this part of the hotel. The restaurant room is simple and faces two Internet stations. As for the accommodation areas, they are not without charm, as they occupy white buildings with blue shutters reminiscent of a typical Greek village standing out against the blue sky. The well-kept garden is full of flowers and its little hedges provide an element of intimacy. The swimming pool area is equally pleasant, and from the terrace you can see the sea in the distance, providing the only point of interest in the area. Some armchairs have been placed on the terrace in front of the bar, which faces the large swimming pool, and a few deck chairs have been installed in the shade of a pergola. There are no sports facilities.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The restaurant room has a capacity of 120 guests and serves traditional Greek cuisine and international dishes in the form of a buffet. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Beach

    Some parts of the coast are rendered impracticable by the rocks, and you'll have to walk for a bit before reaching a stretch of beach. The water is clear, but you might come across some seaweed.

    To know

    Several different formulas are offered to guests: Bed & Breakfast, half-board, or full board.

    Equipment

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

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo

    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The family atmosphere
    • The picturesque look of the accommodation buildings
    • The peace and quiet

    disadvantages

    • The amenities on offer in the rooms
    • A bit old fashioned

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