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Hotel Maxi Club Gouves Sea & Mare Hotel 4 star
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Gouves Pediados, Gouves Hersonissos, Greece -
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The Gouves Sea is a very peaceful hotel, ideally located at the centre of Crete for those who want to explore the island. There is no organised entertainment here, and only 70 guest rooms, which gives the place a real family feel. Moreover, some of the rooms have been renovated and are therefore more luxurious.

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    • Hotel Maxi Club Gouves Sea & Mare

      Hôtel Gouves Sea Mare   -   © Marco Toninelli / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Maxi Club Gouves Sea & Mare

      Hôtel Gouves Sea Mare   -   © Marco Toninelli / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    The Gouves Sea is located in the seaside resort of Gouves, 11 mi from Heraklion airport, and buses to Heraklion and Hersonissos stop at the bus-stop just 2,297 ft from the hotel. The location is perfect for those wanting to visit both the east and west of the island, though there is also plenty to do in Gouves; the island's only proper golf course is just over 4 mi away, the aquarium 1,640 ft away and a diving centre just over half a mile away.

    Accommodation 6.50 /10

    Accommodation at the Gouves Sea consists of double and triple rooms with a floor area of around 215 sq ft, whitewashed walls and turquoise blue bedding, reflecting the colours of the Greek flag. The downside is that the tiling is cold and not what you would call luxurious. All rooms have a small balcony or patio which varies in size depending on the position of the room, but they all have a small table and chairs. Few of the rooms at the hotel have a sea view, but rather overlook the pool or the grounds, and some of the rooms in the Mare part overlook the car park. All rooms have air-conditioning, a safe (payable) and a complimentary refrigerator, and rooms in the renovated part also have a flat-screen television. As for the bathrooms, some of the showers don't have a curtain, but most of them are in cubicles anyway.

    Overview 7.00 /10

    The Gouves Sea was renovated in 2008 and now includes a second building, the 4-star Gouves Mare. Superior rooms can be booked through Frameco for an additional cost. This second building houses all the communal facilities, which are, of course, in perfect condition. The building itself is brand new and painted in romantic pinky shades, and its small interior courtyards are particularly charming. The original building is more true to the Cretan identity of the hotel, with small lounge areas adorned with family portraits, giving the place a truly authentic feel. However, although this older part of the hotel is well-maintained, it can sometimes seem abandoned, as the old restaurant and reception area now stand empty. The hotel has not one, but two swimming pools, although the space around them is limited which means that parasols and deckchairs are laid out in the nearby gardens. The hotel also boasts a tennis court, a basketball court and a children's play area.

    Food and drink 7.00 /10

    Breakfast and dinner are served in the flower-filled surroundings of the buffet restaurant (with its new wooden furniture giving the place a welcoming feel), where guests can enjoy traditional Cretan and Greek cuisine, as well as a selection of international classics. At lunchtime, head for the quiet little snack bar on the terrace overlooking the sea if you want to grab a quick bite to eat. The menu here includes traditional Greek dishes such as mixed fish platters and tsatsiki as well as classics like pizza and hamburgers.

    Beach 5.50 /10

    The public beach in Gouves can be reached be crossing a small road, though the relaxation area around the hotel's pool is close enough to keep coming back to should you fancy lounging around in the sun. The sand on the beach is not very fine as it full of little stones, but, on the plus-side, the water is particularly clear here. Be aware that the beach is not rented by the hotel, so you will have to pay to use the deckchairs and parasols dotted around the beach.

    To know

    The Gouves Sea is a proper Cretan family hotel, even down to its traditional stone walls. It continues to expand, but some things remain the same: the desserts are still homemade by the elderly lady who owns the hotel, whilst her daughter and son-in-law work in the hotel's tavern, overlooking the sea. The hotel attracts a primarily French clientele, though you'll also find English and American holiday-makers here.

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, basketball, water-polo

    • Animals allowed

    advantage

    • A family hotel
    • Its recent renovation work

    disadvantages

    • The hotel is deserted in the day time as everyone is off on excursions
    • Few of the rooms have a sea view

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    • Overall Score 6.71/10
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