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Hotel Knossos Royal Village Hotel 5 star
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LIMENAS, HEREONISSOU 70014, GREECE Hersonissos, Greece -
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This comfortable hotel was designed as a charming Cretan village, with flowerbeds and several swimming pools. An upscale address worth the trip.

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    Location 5.99 /10

    The Knossos Royal Village is located along a sand beach, 1.5 miles from Hersonissos seaside resort. Heraklion airport is 14.5 miles west of the hotel. Count about 25 minutes for transfers.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    There are several room categories: rooms with a view of the gardens, of the sea, or VIP rooms on the sea front (along the beach). In addition, there are 40 villa-suites with their own private swimming pool. All rooms have satellite television, direct telephone, refrigerator, electronic safe, air conditioning (from mid-June to mid-September, 18 hours a day) as well as abundant storage space. Terraces or balconies are relatively small and lack privacy. The marble bathrooms feature a tub, sink, toilets, hair dryer, make-up mirror, and telephone. All rooms can accommodate up to 3 persons, with the exception of the family rooms that have two separate rooms and can accommodate up to 4 persons. One-third of the rooms was renovated in 2002; request one of these rooms, located, for the most part, on the seashore.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Built in 1990 and carefully maintained, the Knossos Royal Village is organised as a Cretan village. All main common areas are located by the hotel entrance. In the main building is the lobby, the restaurants, sitting rooms, bar, shops, and Internet cafe. Facing it, on the other side of the central courtyard, a building hosts the wellness centre and the nightclub. A peculiarity of the hotel: it is organised all around an indoor swimming pool. The hotel's 364 rooms are distributed in small, pleasant, one or two-storey buildings, painted in white and pastel tones. They are separated by small gardens full of flowers and well-groomed. The swimming pool area is located between the park and the central building. It includes 2 large fresh water pools, separated by a cascade and some slides. Elsewhere in the park, you will also enjoy other pools (of which two are reserved for children). In total, the hotel has 11 swimming pools!

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style in the main restaurant, with a veranda offering a nice seaview. The cuisine is designed to please the German clientele. However, the variety and quality of the food are satisfactory (for dinner, choice of 3 hot dishes served at the table, one of which is vegetarian). Once a week, the chef organises a Greek buffet, an Italian evening, or a barbecue dinner. There is another restaurant, reserved for children. If you wish to have lunch at the hotel, you can go to the cafeteria-pizzeria (self-service snack-bar). In addition to these 2 restaurants, the hotel has 3 à la carte restaurants, open only in the evening. The Fontana Amorosa is a gastronomic restaurant. The Artemis tavern offers a choice of traditional Greek specialities. Last, the Ouzeri is a fish restaurant. For a snack or a drink in the day or at night, you will enjoy the beach restaurant, the main bar, the swimming pool or nightclub bars, and the wine bar.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The beach is located at the foot of a cape, behind the hotel, but to reach it you will have to walk a little if you are staying close to the main building. Even though the area is quiet, being relatively isolated from Hersonissos seaside resort, the environment is not heavenly (coarse sand, twigs and dried seaweed...). Part of the beach, lined with rocks, has been covered, elevated, and built as a solarium with deckchairs and parasols (free). You will find all amenities for your comfort: showers, tables, restaurant.. A water sports club, located on a long pier, offers all sorts of water activities.

    To know

    Among the hotel's assets is the entertainment team (7 persons) who organises daily activities (sports, tournaments, games...) as well as evening activities (3 shows per week). Most of these activities are, unfortunately, offered in German. For children 4 to 12 years old, a mini-club is open 7 days a week from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Other positive point of the hotel: The possibility of enjoying a seawater therapy in one of Europe's largest centres located in the neighbouring hotel (the Royal Mare) that belongs to the same hotel group.

    Equipment

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

      hammam, stretching, thalassotherapy, sauna, physiotherapy, massage, beauty salon, Turkish bath, spa, keep fit, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      dance, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, step, water skiing, beach volley, tennis, basketball, sailing, kayak, jet ski, canoe, paddle boats, bums and tums, squash, sports, water-polo, fitness, volleyball, golf, surfing, windsurfing

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Limousine service
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Its accessibility to persons with disabilities
    • A charming ''village''.
    • Comprehensive amenities.
    • Its seawater therapy centre (with supplement)
    • Comfortable rooms.
    • Its cuisine

    disadvantages

    • An almost overweening size
    • The hotel is relatively isolated.
    • The spacious park.
    • The lack of vegetation

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