Solomou 12, Chersonisos 700 14, GreeceHersonissos, Greece -See the map
Amy AdejokunSection editor
Perched up on the slopes in the outskirts of Hersonissos, Crete's nightlife capital, the Hersonissos Village makes the most of its position outside the noisy centre. Set in verdant surroundings and benefitting from superb panoramic views of the coast, what really impressed us about the establishment was the Cretan style of the guest rooms, especially in the older buildings. Bear in mind that there is no mini-club for children here. The proximity of the sea and (small) beaches makes this a sure but unextravagant holiday destination.
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The hotel is located on the slopes in the outskirts of Hersonissos, out of earshot of the noisy centre of Crete's nightlife capital, which is just over half a mile away. Finding the hotel is quite a challenge if you are trying to get there on your own: the roads are full of twists and turns and you can easily lose your way as they lead you past houses and fields and along the coastline. The hotel is 20 minutes from Heraklion airport and only 400m from the beach, where there are also a few bars and restaurants.
The guest rooms are spacious (they measure between 20m² and 40m²) and decorated in a pleasant rustic fashion inspired by the style of traditional Cretan architecture. They have white walls, simple decor featuring wood panelling, and navy blue bedding. All of them have a balcony and 70% enjoy sea views. They can be set up to sleep a maximum of 4 guests. The tiled floors help keep them cool during the summer heat. Amenities include all the usual facilities except Internet access, but if this is an absolute must, you can always head to the lobby for free Wi-Fi access and a computer connected to the Internet. The bathrooms are clean, well arranged spaces, and all come with a bathtub. There is no room service.
The hotel is built on a hillside. The various buildings making up this Cretan village are set in tightly spaced rows broken up by patches of vegetation. To the left are the oldest buildings on the complex, which date back to the 1980's. They are the most appealing and boast the most verdant setting. To the right are the extensions, which were built in the early 2000's, continuing the traditional Cretan village theme. They too are surrounded by vegetation. Guests can make use of two swimming pools, the first of which is just outside the restaurant and offers superb panoramic views of the coastline. The second pool is smaller and has a pleasant solarium as well as a few attractions to keep children amused. Sporty guests can use the tennis court, which is in good condition despite being surrounded by wasteland, and there is also a reasonably well equipped gym.
Food and drink
You do not need to worry about overcrowding in the restaurant, as the dining room is really spacious. Not only adorned with beautiful exposed wood panelling and beams in the ceiling, it also boasts panoramic views over the sea. The rustic ambience comes to the fore here and we really liked the olde worlde charm of the place. Two meat dishes and one fish dish are on offer every evening. The cuisine is based on traditional Greek dishes and there is also a show cooking grill. Guests can also choose between two bars.
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