Hotel Minos Imperial Hotel 3 star
Sissi, Greece
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Well isolated from the large tourist area of Hersonissos, the Minos Imperial is an impressive seafront hotel. Guests will find that it has many surprises in store, some better than others! Built like a maze and impressively vast, the Minos Imperial hotel offers an all-inclusive option and numerous facilities and forms of entertainment; it is no surprise that it attracts so many guests!

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      Minos Imperial   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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      Minos Imperial   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 3.0 /10

    A small and winding path through the hills will take you all the way to the Minos Imperial, which is some 3,000 ft from the village of Milatos and 4 mi from Sissi. Heraklion international airport is about 13 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The resort has 338 rooms. These are spacious and clean with a balcony or terrace and garden furniture. The standard rooms are 350 sq ft. The rooms are decorated in a classical style, with leather armchairs, a mahogany desk, various storage facilities, and a large bed with a wooden and red velvet bed head. Facilities include a plasma-screen television, a free electronic safe, individual air-conditioning, a fridge and a telephone. As for the bathrooms, they include a bathtub and a shower, a hair-dryer, a big mirror, and hospitality products that bear the hotel brand name.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Minos Imperial is totally isolated and appears to be a very peaceful resort set in a lovely location, in between nature and the sea. Wrong! This maze of a hotel, with its unending stairways, is constantly subjected to the hustle-and-bustle of people. You will, first of all, walk into a reception area which is decorated in a kitsch Venetian style that doesn't reflect, in any way, the rest of the resort. Built over several floors, the Minos Imperial opened in 2002 and its very pleasant terrace, with wicker sofas, offers a stunning view over the entire resort. When you walk around the resort, you will discover numerous little wooden bridges, flower beds and lush vegetation, as well as little staircases darting off in every direction. All in all, guests have a choice of 10 swimming-pools, two of which are filled with freshwater and one of which is heated at the beginning of the season. The largest swimming-pool is where everyone congregates and where most of the entertainment is. A bit further on there is another swimming-pool, with comfortable deck-chairs, inviting you to relax. Between these two pools, there is a big bar facing the sea (beware, slippery floor!) One of the pools is equipped with various water games, while another includes an impressively long toboggan (that never seems to be working!). One practical aspect: a big lift that takes you from the reception area to the swimming-pool area, when it actually works! A fitness centre occupies a nice air-conditioned room facing one of the swimming-pools. It includes 11 fitness machines. The games room is also well-equipped and there is a children's club which occupies a small room and is designed for children aged between 4 and 12. It is open from 10:00am till noon and from 3:00pm till 5:00pm. There is also an amphitheatre where shows are held in the evening.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The very spacious main restaurant includes a room entirely dedicated to the presentation of the numerous dishes that make up the international buffet. Tables and chairs are set in various rooms, but the terrace is naturally the most popular place. Unfortunately, it isn't big enough to seat everybody. It must be said that there isn't much choice for breakfast and the food is rather tasteless! In fact, the quality of the food leaves a lot to be desired. Also, coffee, a drink which is held dear, is not included in the all-inclusive option, which gives rise to many complaints. Themed nights are organised every evening of the week (Cretan, Italian Mexican, etc). You should also be aware that the hotel offers the possibility to eat at the next-door Chinese restaurant (buffet meals). You wouldn't guess from the decor that it was a Chinese restaurant, though. Presented as its gourmet restaurant, the nicest place to enjoy your meal at this hotel is the closed room with wall-to-wall carpet next to the reception area.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    A small flight of stairs leads down to the long and narrow beach where you will find some deckchairs and parasols set out on very coarse sand mixed up with small pebbles. Although the water is crystal-clear and lifeguards are present, the beach's main downside is its lack of space. Consequently, most of the beach equipment is found scattered further up on the lawn or around the already crowded swimming pools. The hotel regularly calls upon contractors to add sand to the beach, as it is being eroded by the sea.

    To know

    The Minos offers its clientele a number of options: all-inclusive (50% of the guests), full-board or half-board. Activities and shows are held every day of the week (Cretan dancing and other forms of dance, cabaret, games, comedy shows, pyrotechnics, etc). The hotel also owns a yacht, which is ideal for little sea cruises.


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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aqua gym, dance, gym, basketball, beach volley, football, tennis, paddle boats, canoe, jet ski, sports, sailing, volleyball, water skiing, water-polo, aerobics, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • Location
    • Numerous facilities
    • Many swimming-pools


    • Serious lack of personnel
    • The food
    • The distances between the various parts of the resort
    • Numerous staircases

    Traveller Reviews

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      • Package deals in septembre 2012 Posted on 2013-12-12 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        hôtel très sympa! assez physique car avec du dénivelé mais une très belle vue,juste en bord de mer.Une belle infrastructure, de belles piscines, des animations très agréables.Nourriture type buffet continental de plutôt bonne qualité. Personnel sympathique.

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        Infrastructure, Accueil, Propreté

      • Disavantages

        Dénivelé dans l'hôtel pour les personnes à mobilité réduite, ou ayant des problèmes à la marche.

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10