Travel Blogs from Hersonissos
... across the street from the world’s worst restaurant we had visited for lunch a few days ago) Dinner was delicious – lamb chops, creamy mushrooms, and fresh salad. The rules still hold for restaurant dining!
Before going to bed, we thought we’d do one last tour of tourist trap alley, but found that at 9pm on a Friday, everything was closing up shop! Oh well, time for an Advil and bed instead and on to Santorini tomorrow ...
After connecting flights from Berlin we flew over amazing views and were excited to arrive in Mykonos island, met with a cold beer from Lucy and her friend Tori. We stayed in a peaceful pension owned by 'Maria' who spoke very little English but made life easy for us providing free transfers - such a luxury! We enjoyed our first Greek meal, and happily tucked into a delicious Greek salad and moussaka, yum! After good catch up Max and ...
After having a fabulous breakfast at our hotel, we walked down to our rendezvous point for our dive pick up. We made our way to Agia Pelagia for the first of our two planned dives. The whole day was quite the experience and we're each going to give you our own account.
Jen: This was a great experience in that we learned a lot – particularly to follow your instincts! We were a bit intimidated by the facts that the tanks were different from ours ...
... century BC! The potteries are for you Mum..they used some sort of wheel to turn their clay. The large urn is the same height as Brian it was turned in three to four pieces.....someone must have been the turner & someone else the potter surely? Must have been a combination of coils & turning. Later potteries were seen to be painted then the dark paint was etched. You may make out the little blue pottery....time after trade with exports & imports.
Okay, so yogurt is yogurt, right? Ah, no. I used to hate yogurt, but over the last few years I've warmed up to it. Now I think I’m ruined on yogurt forever. The yogurt here, even the same brands as you can get in the US, is so smooth. How do they do it? Special cows? Seriously, the yogurt tastes like melted cheesecake. I think I died and went to heaven. I could eat it for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Between the yogurt and the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Belvedere Hersonissos
On reading some of the reviews on this site I started to panic a bit about my forthcoming holiday. However, I can honestly say that I can disagree with most of the negative reviews written.
i think the hotel was really good, the food the entertainment and the rooms were all good. They cooked the food in different ways each day and there was a lot of varity. The animation team were excellent, spoke 5 different languages and were really friendly. There was a range of activities each day (shooting, volleyball, shuffleboard, pool, darts and more). The room were a good size and very clean, the hotel was very big and also very clean. There were lots of facilities that could be used, and good entertainment on a night. The towns around also had a good atmosphere (hersonissos and malia). There is an excellent snack bar outside and a good varity of pools. Overall it was great and the staff were great, i would recommend it to anyone.
First the good points: room was very clean, friendly staff, large swimmingpools.
We complete agree with the previous review! Upon arrival at 3am in the morning once we had checked in we were given a room key and told room number and escorted by a security guard to blocks of apartments at the back of the main complex and with a grunt he pointed to a corner room on the top floor and walked off. We had to carry our suitcases up two flights of stairs without the aid of a porter only to discover he'd sent us to the wrong block. After searching for 20 minutes for the right block we discovered nothing is numbered so you can't tell without looking at the first door on each floor what room numbers they are, we headed back to reception and were finally accompanied to our room. It was at this point that my wife nearly burst into tears! The room was shoddy and it wouldn't even pass as a two star(I have stayed in better on lads holidays)! But as it was now nearly 4am we decided to put up with it. The next morning when we realised that the sea view that we had paid extra to upgrade to was nowhere in sight we asked to be moved only to be met with an extremely unfriendly receptionist who said there was nothing she could do as the hotel was fully booked. When we complained to the rep they said we could have a room in the main building two days later. The room in the main building was much better - clean, bright and spacious - but the noise was ridiculous! It was right above the pool bar where the entertainment was on till at least 1am and you could hear doors closing from the other end of the corridor and from floors below! As it was such an improvement on the first room we decided to stick with it!!
We Stayed at this hotel in october 2005 for 2 weeks and it felt like hell when we arrived early in the morning we were told that we had a bungalow a member of staff showed us to the bungalow!it was in fact an apartment we couldnt see the door numbers as there were no lights and in fact had to use the light on our mobile phone to find our room. We entered and it was basic in fact abit like pontins it was dirty so we had a nap as we were delayed then i complained to the hotel staff who were very ignorant after 30 minutes they eventually decided to move me in to the main hotel which was alot better room and cleaner. The food is always cold with a very low variety especially for children. The entertainment was all in german and if it rained the entertainment was cancelled leaving holiday makers to sit in the hotel lobby. All food was finished at 9.30pm and nothing was avaliable until 7.30 the next morning. Snack bar food was pizza, cheese toasties or chips. The staff in the whole of the hotel were very rude. I thought i had booked an all inclusive 5* hotel but i would say this is actually a 3* we actually ended up eating out and spending over £2000 on food and drinks as the bars were very limited and ran out quite often of sprits. I was really dissapointed and will not be going back or recomending this hotel to anyone. The hotel is also plagued out with cats everywhere u go there is cats even in the restaurant which i find un hygienic. Worst holiday ever!
We stayed for 1 week at the Royal Belvedere in Hersonissos, Crete in September 2005 on an all inclusive basis booked through Hellenic Voyages.
Just got back from a two week gold level all inclusive holiday in a superior room booked via Hellenic Voyages, It was brilliant. There is not one wrong thing We can say about our holiday. The hotel lived up to and bettered all our expectations, Even above 50% of the hotel staff were friendly (The dining room floor walker is incapable of smiling or emitting any human emotions but provides amusement while dining! Manic eyes and tash! you'll know who I mean) The sheer size of the hotel and the fact that you can use both the Royal and the Imperial public facilities means you can choose different pools and bars day by day and not get fed up of the scenery. The location is great with the Star beach facilities in front of you and the beautiful village of Koutoyfouri at the back of the hotel if you fancy a walk out. We always say that we have never had a bad holiday but the world is too big to keep going back to the same places, We will be going back to the Royal Belvedere next year! We have stopped in what we would call posher hotels but all you usually find is the staff looking down their noses at you making you totally unwelcome this is just a clean honest good hotel with tremendous grounds and facilities.
I agree with the excellent review of The Royal Belevedere, I have only returned 12/7/05 after two excellent weeks there. There were four adults and two kids.
I have just returned from a week's stay at the Royal Belvedere Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete. I thought this hotel was really lovely, set in beautiful gardens overlooking the sea, with mountains to the rear. The hotel is superbly set out, really quite "posh" looking inside. The rooms, which have all been refurbished in the last year, are fairly basic, but this is all you really need in Greece. They are clean and well-equipped, with satellite TV, air conditioning, hair dryer, a fantastically powerful shower (over bath type), telephone, balcony, etc. Fresh towels are provided daily, and your bed is made for you each morning. We only stayed a week, but I believe the sheets are changed once a week. The swimming pools (saltwater) are fabulous. The main pool for this hotel is olympic sized, it really is HUGE. There is also a childrens' pool which is divided into two sections. If you walk down the slope by the main pool, you will find another 3 pools, two of them specifically for children with fountains, slides, etc, and a really beautiful free-form pool, the walls of which are painted with pictures of dolphins. The use of sunbeds by all the pools is free, but you have to pay 1.50 euro per day if you want a sunbed cushion - worth it, believe me! You can also use the free-form pool at the Imperial Belvedere next door. All these pools have a pool bar, serving all the all inclusive stuff - pizzas, toasties, chips, popcorn, icecream in cones (loads of flavours to choose from), cake, tea and coffee, soft drinks and locally produced spirits and beer. Lots of people were complaining about the plastic cups, which I found incredible - we were next to a swimming pool for goodness sake! Of course the cups are plastic - broken glass is not a good thing around bare-footed people, especially children! The restaurant is very nice, and the food is really beautifully presented, the sculptures of fruit and vegetables is amazing. However, the food itself was a great disappointment to us. We have been all inclusive before (last year, to Kos) so we are well aware that providing buffet food for hundreds of people is a real chore, but the food here was BORING (the stuff we had in Kos was much nicer). It was literally the same old thing every day, and sometimes we really didn't fancy any of it. The "traditional" moussaka tasted exactly the same as the lasagne, which tasted exactly the same as the zucchini!! There were ALWAYS pork, chicken and fish dishes, but they looked and tasted the same every day. Lovely variety of salads, but again it was always the same, lunch and dinner time! I did like the feta cheese, and made myself up a feta cheese salad most days. The desserts were really nice, lots of choice, including traditional greek Baclavas. Lots of fruit, yogurt and yummy icecream! Breakfast was definitely the nicest meal of the day. I am not too fussy about cooked breakfast, and was very happy with croissants, toast and jams. Every morning there was a chef cooking fresh pancakes with lots of different toppings to choose from. There was always cooked food available, including boiled eggs, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, different types of sausage each day, ham or bacon, and cold meats and cheeses. Plenty of different bread rolls, fresh unsliced bread and sliced bread which you can put through the toaster. Fruit juices and tea and coffee available at breakfast, fruit juices, beer and soft drinks available at lunch and dinner. Men MUST wear long trousers, or at least trousers that come below the knee, at the evening meal. We did actually see somebody being pulled by the restaurant manager for wearing shorts at dinner, so men beware! Also, they like you to cover up at all other meals, no swimsuits or bikinis - most days I covered up with a sarong for breakfast and lunch, which seemed acceptable. The animation team were really, really good. They ran exercise sessions and games each day, both in and out of the pool, and we were not hassled too much to take part. If you said you didn't want to, they left you alone. They also ran a Mini-club for the kids, and the kids appeared to love it. Every evening, except Wednesdy, they put on some sort of evening entertainment, starting with a Mini-disco for the kids. Don't miss their "Sketch Up" - it was really, really funny (and sometimes a little rude!!). They don't do anything on Wednesday nights, because this is the night the hotel run a "Cretan Night". It costs 15 euros each for a barbeque dinner and then a show of typical Greek dancing and music. Dinner is still available in the restaurant if you don't want to go to this. We did go, and it was good and the food was really nice, again absolutely fantastically presented. We were just a bit miffed that this is an all-inclusive resort, yet if you wanted to go to this evening you had to pay! We went to something very similar run by our hotel in Kos last year, and it was included. They just did Greek specialities in the restaurant that night, included in the all-inclusive package. I don't know why they can't do this at the Belvedere. However, I am glad we went as it was really nice and we had waiter service all evening! The hotel itself is situated half way up a hill, just a 5 minute walk down to Star Beach. It IS a bit of a steep walk back up, but we managed it a few times, and if you cut through the swimming pool area it really isn't too bad. There are some goats and two donkeys, Manolis and Alexandra, to look at on the way up, entertaining but boy do they STINK! All in all, we were very impressed with the huge hotel, it really was lovely and we had a fantastic holiday, we love the Greek islands, and Crete is beautiful - it was just a shame that the food let this lovely hotel down!