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Historical Traveler Reviews Theartemis Palace Hotel Rethymnon
Fabulous Hotel Great Holiday
I arrived back from a weeks holiday at theartemis palace last saturday and still wish i was there. It truely is one of the nicest hotels I have been to not neccessarily the rooms which are basic but also comfortable but the pools are cleaned evey day to a high standard we were half board and enjoyed dinner in the hotel 3 nights out of four which was varied and fresh and replenished when ever required. Drinks were a bit expensive if you were not all inclusive but to be honest it was so hot there that you really only wanted to take water on board!! The real asset to this hotel is its staff they are friendly and helpful the bar staff remember you and what you drink and the maids clean your rooms to a very high standard, the restaurant staff are also very attentive. The weather was amazing up to 42 while we were there and the near by beach ( literally 5 minutes max walk away) is spectacular clear waters and clean sands with a sun lounger costing on 4 euros each for the day there are loads of bars and restaurants along the beach road but they have not been spoilt by tourism they are lovely little family run places which are relaxed and reasonabley inexpensive. One negative I would say is an organised trip which is done to Souda Bay I think all travel operators would do something similar but it is a complete waste of a day and of 50 euros each a boat takes you to a beach which is not hugely different to what you have on your doorstep at the hotel for 2.5 hours of sunbathing there is nothing else to do there and no escape from the sun unless you want to stay on the boat and then back to pick up a coach for an hours journey to your hotel. All in all this was a great holiday with something for all ages - the old town of rhethmynon is great for bars and restaurants and the harbour area is well worth a visit for the sea food restaurants. Enjoy!!!!
We have just returned from this great hotel, it was hot, hot, hot. The hotel complex was really nice, we were originally put into a room overlooking the road, we asked if we could be moved to a room with a pool view and we were given a lovely large room, not only overlooking the pool but the sea as well. The food was really good, a good selection and plenty, the desserts were exremely good. The pool was fantastic, large and deep and extremely clean, there were plenty of sunloungers. There were some live entertainment but we weren't very keen except for the Greek dancers, they were good and got everyone dancing which was fun. There was lots of germans, french and people from Belgium, they were friendly. You can walk into the town in a few minutes, the harbour is lovely and the town has lots of very old houses which we found interesting. We didn't go on any excursions, due to the heat and we really wanted to just relax. We went with Hellenic Voyages, when we arrived at the airport we didn't find any reps but somehow or another we found the coach we should be on to go to the hotel, also when we were there we were told about the welcome meeting the next day, but no rep showed up but we did have a note pushed under our door saying she had been delayed due to a flight coming in late and another date and time arranged, she still didn't turn up, it was just as well we didn't particularly need her services. No information was posted on the noticeboard, so we asked the receptionist when info should be put on the noticeboard to go home, and she said if there is nothing on the board by 6pm she will phone and find out for us, she handed us a fax from the rep. of our times to be picked up so everything worked out well in the end. The staff were lovely, friendly and helpful.
All in all a great holiday at a very competitive price, we met some lovely people on holiday and we would have no hesitation to go back to this hotel.
Loved Theartemis, Rethymnon
Decided for the first time in our holiday lives to book a last minute holiday from Teletext holidays.
We booked 3 weeks prior to departure and managed to get a price of £300 for AI per person, leaving the UK on 19th May 2006.
As we had read that the weather in Crete was hot from previous posts we decided to keep an eye on the weather to see how warm it was going to be. We were surprised at the difference in temperatures depending on which site you went to but once we arrived in the resort we realised that the BBC website was more accurate that the others.
The first impression of our room (129) in the main building was that it was a big room and was on the first floor and was a pool view room.
The only issue we had from day one was that the air conditioning was not due to be switched on until mid June unless the temperature was to raise by 10 degrees above normal temperature.
We arrived the early hours of Saturday morning and when we checked the temperature during that morning it became apparent that it was way above what the locals were expecting. During the weeks holiday we never saw a cloud and the temperature ranged between 34 and 37 degrees during the day and never dropped below 20degrees at night.
As it happens the manager decided to turn it on 3 days in to our holiday which was a welcome relief.
We went with Hellenic Voyages on an AI basis which worked out to be a really good deal because there were people there who had booked with Olympic, Thompson and Thomas Cook who were paying £600 + for the same period but were only on HB basis.
We would definitely go back to the hotel and the resort because the people were very friendly and there were places we would have liked to visit but we didn't have the inclination due to the heat.
We really enjoyed the pool, however it went from 4 foot to 11 foot very quickly so people who are not confident in the water should beware.
Hope you have a good time should you visit Theartemis in the future.
Sharon & Neil Parkinson
Nice hotel, shame about the weather
My wife and I stayed at the Theartimis Palace in May 2006 for a week. Our room was very spacious with two balconies - his and hers ! One small problem was that the televison only carried one english channel, BBC Prime which showed old BBC programmes, a news channel would have been very useful.
The hotel was kept very clean, and the restaurant had excellent staff, particularly the maitre 'd Yanna who had a good word and a happy smile for everyone. How she managed this without a day off was remarable.
There was a good variety of food which was provided on a self service basis, with constant coffee refills whether or not you wanted it !
The weather was chilly when we were there, so we did not have a chance to try the pool, but the pool area was spotless and the loungers were free of charge.
Overall this is a very good hotel which I would recommend.
The location on the hotel is great! About five-ten minute walk to all restaurants and shopping areas. The rooms were clean and medium size. The food was not good. However, local restaurants had great food at great prices. The hotel does not over look the ocean so no rooms have nice views. The pools were small and almost always filled with children. As for the jacuzzi, well it was pretty much cold. I loved rethymnon, so I think the hotel is fine as long as its just a place to sleep. One thing I would definitley reccomend is to go to the Baja Beach Club. Thats where the locals go. Beautiful pool. Nice bar. Nice night club. Very trendy. Its about a 5 euro taxi drive from the hotel. Don't go to Rethymnon without going to the "trendy" Baja Beach Club!
Excellent hotel in good location
Just returned from 2 weeks at the Theartemis Hotel and have nothing but praise for it. The food was excellent, the staff were excellent, the location was very good and the rooms comfortable. Would certainly go there again.
This is a great hotel
This hotel was fantastic : very nice spacy room, comfortable bath room, spacious terrace, great pool, lovely bar, restaurant worth 5 stars etc.
But most importantly, the staff went out of their way to make you feel at home.
We have seldom spent our holiday in a hotel where the people were so friendly. When we happened to come across one of the waitresses in town, they greeted us friendly from the other side of the street, as if they had known us all their lives
Even the location of the hotel was splendid : you could either walk to the center of the old town, which was only about 10 minutes away, or you could take the local bus which stopped right in front of the hotel.
Moreover, the beautiful beach was only a few yards away, as was the promenade.
In one word a place to be recommended to anybody who thinks of spending their holidays in Rethymnon.
A good hotel at a great beach
The Artemis palace is a very good hotel and worth its 4 stars. The service and the food are excellent. The servants are very friendly.
There is a breakfest buffet and in the evening a large buffet with different salads (incl. soup), different meats, vegetables etc. The desserts buffet is excellent. The Hotel, rooms and the pool are very clean. (Fresh blankets every day). A weak point is the animation programm.
The clean and safe beach, that offers a lot of attractions, is only 150 meters away and can be reached very easy. The old town is approx. 1 kilometer of the hotel and can be reached by the beachpromenade.
Rethymno and this hotel are a visit worth.
Loved it so much didnt want to come home
The hotel is more than a palace , it has supurb food and it is located in a beautiful area, just beside the beach, which is also in very good condition. It has everything you need and the sauna is just "wow"!! All the staff are friendly and helpful and always have a smile on their face. even out of work hours- you see them in town and they come up to you and have a talk, the kindest people i've ever known. and this is coming from a teenager just turned 15!! the theartemis hotel is so great we are hoping to go back sometime early next year and may for a few more years. so i advise you, if you like beautiful climates and a friendly environment go with Theartemis Palace Hotel !!!!!!!!!!!!! but 4 now - !!chow!! xxx
Theartemis is not a palace
I had no problem with the food (very good) or with the employees. The big problem is the director of the theartemis "palace" who close the air conditionning from 3.30 AM to minimun 8.00 AM.The temperature rate in a half our more than 25°C in the sleeping room and the most important one that i have seen is 28° C round 6.00 AM.The rooms are very bad for an hotel in the town (long a very noisy street):- simple window, no acoustic isolation, family room for 4 is only a room for 2 with a third bed (normal) and with a fourth bed (camping bed).There is animation to 11.00 PM (It's normal on holidays) --> you can't sleep before.Wake up:1°) Your room is street's side...on 6.00 awake with the noise2°) If you can't sleep with more than 25°C in your sleeping room, awake on 4.00AM and if you open the window, you can't sleep with the noise of the circulation of the noise of the men at works.I don't understand that such bad hotel can have an "A" level.Sorry for me english.