Aquila Rithymna Beach Hotel
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My husband and I stayed at the Rethymna Beach hotel in June 03 for a week. We were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary. Roses, fruit and wine were waiting in our room when we arrived. They also surprised us with a cake on the night of our anniversary. All these extra little touches made it feel very special. I cannot fault the service provided.
The hotel in general was luxurious and the rooms were quite big. Our room had a balcony which faced the beach. We had breakfast on the balcony and it was definitely worth paying extra for! My only complaint about the hotel was that the beds were a little comfortable compared to the ones we are used to in England.
The buffet food in the main restaurant was really good and they had a huge selection. The main restaurant did get very busy. Try to eat early if possible. We also tried eating in the a la carte restaurant and the taverna (extra charge). Both were excellent.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and I would not hesitate to return for a relaxing holiday. The only thing to watch out for is an expanded waistline when you get back!
Wife and I just got back from Rethymna Beach Hotel had a great time. Hotel very well appointed, clean, carpeting in all bedrooms and corridors, expensive carpet to (I'm in the business). Food plentiful and the quality is good, service quick, when you consider that the hotel has 500 rooms that mean's potentially 1,000 guests. The entertainment in the hotel is a bit cheesy but they try hard. Drinks at the hotel bar are a pricey but there is a complimentary fridge in the room which you can use for drinks bought at the supermarket for consumption on your balcony. The staff are all very nice and very helpful (reported air con not working properly, maintenance were there in less than five mins) All in all we can thoroughly recommend this hotel for a great upmarket holiday. If you're not keen on small children keep clear of half term time.
Loved this trip
This was great i would love to go there again also i wanted to stay there for ever. The staff is great if u haven't been there then go u are mad if u don't.
We will keep going back
We have been to this hotel twice and standards have been maintained.
The only downside is that there are no tea or coffee facilities in your room, but that is only a minor complaint. I shall hopefully be visiting this hotel again when I come back to Crete my favorite island.
Mrs Glenys Pembroke.
A get-away-from-it-all experience
I couldn't rate the hotel highly enough. The location was brilliant, the staff were extremely efficient and friendly, the choice of menu was of five-star quality and the managerial staff were anxious to listen to your views and act on them. There were no ants in our room, but even if there had been, one complaint would have had the problem sorted.
If there was a downside, the evening entertainment was not always enough to keep you glued to your seat and, on the occasion we were there, the hotel played host to a Cuban National Athletics Team, whose dress sense and loud behaviour seemed to be acceptable to the Hotel, but, sadly, not to the vast majority of its guests.
Stayed at the Rethymna Beach Hotel on a Platinum holiday with Thomson.
We were extremely pleased with the standard of accommodation and the hotel definitely deserves its 5* rating. The service was excellent from the minute we arrived, when we were served cold drinks whilst checking in. Rooms have everything one could expect including the special touches of bathrobes, slippers, wine and fruit. The hotel is on a large complex and has several swimming pools and a private beach area, pools towels are available at no extra cost. The food was of a high standard, with plenty of choice for everyone with good service (especially from Harrys). Overall, this is an extremely nice hotel and would recommend it highly. I would love to return sometime.
First class holiday. Hotel is excellent with service generally to a very high standard. Only negative point was occasional slow service in the main restaurant, but what can you expect when in Greece! We complained once to the manager (at the cocktail evening) & were subsequently treated like celebrities.The hotel has a number of swimming pools plus being located right next to the beach. Bit shingly but very well kept.Food is also excellent in the many restaurants, with a great variety on offer.We would definitely recommend this hotel that deserves the 5-star award. Almost certainly will return some time in the future.
We first visited many years ago because of its situation, the spacious rooms, spacious grounds, swimming pool and general ambience. I was then using a wheel-chair almost continuously. It was excellent. The Staff superb and all facilities even better than the guide books.We have returned on many occasions and have visited the local area and met locals. The weather has always been fantastic (usually go in May and/ or September - October). Main problem now, as another reviewer has commented, is the 'package-deal' syndrome. We have commented to the hotel on this point and understand their dilemma - the difficulty of maintining their unusually high standards of service with the cut-it-to-the-bone attitudes of some tour operators. Having said that, if you can do your own thing and avoid being herded by the tour rep., it is a marvellous place to unwind. Can't speak highly enough of the staff who are well managed througout. The evening entertainment can be spoilt by unruly children but that is hardly the Hotel's fault. Our biggest complaint last year was that two of the speciality evenings were RUINED by the uncouth behaviour of parents and their very young children who should have been in bed hours before. There is after all an excellent children's meal in the evening which the more responsible parents ensure their children take part in except perhaps on a special occasion. Last spring helf-term we went took our son and daughter and their families (4 children - 2 boys, 2 girls aged 9 to 6 years) and they had a wondeful, and well-managed time. Being forewarned about the 'package brigade' is half the battle. Try it; most will come back for more.
Slightly faded grandeur.
We booked this particular hotel, since we had already vistited another grecotel(the Corfu Imperial) and had enjoyed a very luxurious, if somewhat expensive stay there. Described as the flagship of the chain, and a "classy aristocratic gem", we expected great things from the Rithymna Beach.
The reality was somewhat different. Most of the guests are either English or German and arrive with major tour operators on fairly cheap packages. Possibly because of this, the atmosphere in the hotel is not very suggestive of 5-star luxury. Little things, like paper napkins in the restaurant and artifical, not fresh orange juice at breakfast irritated us, particularly since the price we paid was far from cheap.
These things can arguably be classed as minor annoyances, however the fact that our room was infested with ants, together with the constant smell of vomit/human waste which seeped out of the drain in our bathroom are more serious complaints. But by far, the most objectional point were the hotels dinner arrangements. Not only was it impossible to eat later than 9.30pm in the evening (an absurdly early time for those of us living in continental Europe!), but the evening entertainment which accompanied the speciality buffets was aimed entirely at children.
It is a ridiculous thing, in such a hotel to be unable to have a sophisticated or indeed romantic meal, without ear-shattering renditions of Disney songs accompanied by a choir of over excited 5 year olds.
In defence of the Hotel, I would mention, though, that the staff were extremely polite and genuinely friendly and helpful. The standard of the food in the Taverna/cafes was generally excellent, and you can always take refuge in your room and order food from room service if you miss the evening meals (just beware of the ants!)
If you have children, then it may well be a good choice, if not I'd probably suggest you go elsewhere. Just don't expect a long sandy beach - its very pebbly and the sea is rarely clean enough to swim in. Still, you can always arrange a trip to Elafonissi or Vai if you really do want to see some magnificent beaches.
Rethymna Beach Grecotel - nice but expensive
The Rethymna Beach Hotel, operated by the Grecotel Group, is an elegant and gracious Hotel on a private stretch of beach about 5 km east of Rethymnon. It is perfect for the type of traveler who likes beach resorts, likes to be entertained, or who wants to be isolated from the locals. You can stay here, eat, swim, take dance lessons and aerobics, and never go to downtown Rethymnon, but of course, then you've missed the very reason for visiting a place like Crete. The good news: The staff are impeccably polite, helpful, and multi-lingual. The rooms are immaculate, the mattresses firm, the bathrooms gorgeous. All rooms are airconditioned. There are free lessons available in Greek language, cooking, dancing, windsurfing, etc. The breakfast buffet is superb. This is a good place for children as they can run around and not get into too much trouble. The guests are an interesting mix of northern Europeans, with a surprising number of Russians, and a rare American. The bad news: the Grecotel is EXPENSIVE, and it has a sort of "isolate me from those nasty locals" flavor. Dining here, if your tour package does not include the evening meal, is staggering expensive. The beach is only fair, and in July 2002 we saw a lot of flotsom in the water (cups, plastic, paper, stuff). Don't go to Crete for the beach; concentrate on the archaeology, local culture, the geology, and the gorgeous scenery. In summary: very nice if you are a beach resort type of person and have plenty of funds.