Our balcony on the first floor over looked the main road which was fairly busy ( we live on a busy road in the UK so this did not bother) however 2 or 3 times during the day locals would drive their cars by, with their stereos on full blast.
The pool area was tidy but our visit during September saw the poolside bar shut, with us having to go to the bar in the main building and carry them round.
Breakfast was served in the main building with continental buffet style and cornflakes which was a bit basic.
The evening meal was the annoying part. Also served in the main building which was opened to the public who could choose from a menu whilst residents were limited to two choices. You had the bizarre situation of a nice looking meal being waited to a table whilst your own bland looking beef burger, rice and broccoli was dumped in front of you before finishing your soup starter. Pudding was peaches (from a tin) other nights we had grapes/ice cream.
There was no entertainment.
Location wise it was excellent with a bus stop right outside to the capital - Herkalion
The main building rooms are very basic but comfortable and have 3 floors, I would not recommend the ground floor or the 2nd floor left hand side as you look at the building from the main entrance as there are large trees blocking out the sun, but the last room on the 2nd floor which has an L shaped balcony does get the sun from morning until night.
We were lucky and had this room, although small it had everything you require and you get used to it. The other blocks are well located and get plenty of sun and their furnishings are more modern. All blocks have a lift.
We stayed Half board, you have breakfast at the front of the hotel which consisted of cornflakes, milk, bread, butter, jam, ham, cheese, melon, yogurt, honey, cake, and tea or coffee and the evening meal is taken at the rear of the complex which consists of bread, salad, and one of two choices of whatever the main meal consists of.
You will not go hungry. If you are looking for entertainment the hotel does not run any so start making friends as even the other nationalities will talk.
All the staff are very friendly, the location is ideal and please remember the cleaning staff are just a group of 3 ladies who work very hard, people are coming and going all the time so rooms have to be ready for new arrivals but all the staff will do their utmost so that you have a very good holiday.
We have been on other holidays where we have payed a lot more and on recollection we have come to the conclusion that there are two differences (1) in house entertainment (2) The amount you pay. We will be definitely going back next year.
Travel operator: Sunmaster
Ok so the rooms are basic but they have all the essentials and are kept spotlessly clean. The pool was clean and uncrowded. The staff were welcoming and very helpful.
The taverna's in Amoudara in general were very good but Maxim's - the hotel restaurant - was outstanding cuisine, very reasonably priced.
We went to Crete for a week in the sun and for the food and were not disappointed in either. And the Castro Hotel played a big part in our having such a great time.
Travel operator: Flight Centre
It has a small swimming pool 24 hour reception which was useful because my flight had been delayed and I didn't arrive until 2-30 a.m. The room I was in was standard twin bedroom with TV, which, although all the channels were Greek, two or three of them showed films in English with Greek sub-titles. Shower, toilet and wash basin. Good sized wardrobe, desk and bedside cabinet.
Air conditioning was available at an additional cost of 5 euros per night. The balcony had a table and two chairs and certainly from the third floor where I was you could see the sea. I stayed on a half board basis. Breakfast and dinner were served in Maxims taverner attached to the hotel.
Breakfast was fairly basic but adequate. Self service buffet. Tea, coffee, orange juice, cereal, bread, jam/marmalade, cheese and ham with an addition that changed daily with items such as melon, yoghurt, tomato, olives,cucumber, cake. Dinner was 3 courses. Starter was either soup, salad or tzaziki. Main course was limited to a choice of two dishes which changed daily usually a meat dish and a fish or vegetable dish.
Dessert was ice cream or coffee and another dish which changed daily such as fruit salad, peach crumble, and apple crumble. The dinner menu though somewhat limited was fresh, tasty and generally included a Cretan dish in some form.
The service was good and all the staff were helpful and friendly. Everyone could speak English as well as some German and Polish. I would certainly recommend this hotel as good value for money
Travel operator: Travel Republic (internet booking)
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