We arrived late in the evening, so couldn't really see much or explore. The next morning however - WOW, the hotel is situated on an outcrop of rock, the sea views are amazing and due to the location you can see and hear it from several parts of the complex.
The staff are really nice, helpful and happy, food was excellent, plentiful and tasty with a varied selection. Salads were cold and meat was hot - so all good there. Our room was spacious and clean, with a great sea view.
The atmosphere is chilled out, which is exactly what we wanted - lazing by the pool, reading and sipping a drink.
Please keep in mind that its a long way from everything so if you're looking for shopping/nightlife/sightseeing this might not be the place for you.
There were a couple of families with small children but they were not too noisy and brought a bit of life to the pool area, thankfully there were no groups of early 20's lads doing the alpha male pool fights and drinking competitions that you sometimes see on holiday.
One thing to keep in mind, the hotel is built over several different levels, lots of steps and steep slopes to walk up & down, so not good for anyone who struggles with that sort of terrain.
The beach is pebbles rather than sand, we didn't use it but had a wander down there a few evenings before or after dinner.
Our family stayed for ten days at the Athina Place Hotel. Really pleased with our experience. Beautiful hotel , staff and manager was very helpful and polite. The hotel was spacious and super clean. Nothing was any trouble for you to do and foods was fantastic great entertainment . Thank you for the fantastic hospitality that you offered friends and family.
This luxurious, superior hotel offer excellent value for money and extensive facilities for all guests.Spacious rooms, most …More
"Very nice apartment, remarkable views, up in heaven"
We were agreably surprised to find a beautiful apartment with spectacular views in Ayia Pelagia. The owner is very nice, will help you with whatever you need. I called it in heaven because you have to drive up the mountain on what looks like a single road but it is a two way road that is very steep. If you have a fear of heights, you won't be able to drive up nor down. Also lots of cats in the area but if you don't want them, they will not come back. We stayed a week, loved it there. Everything is chosen with good taste. Very good price for the quality of accomodation. There are several grocery stores down on the beach and good restaurants too. Lovely place. 9/10
This hotel is perfectly situated away only steps from the bustling daily activities of the beautiful beach. Don't miss out on getting to know the staff who are friendly and charming. This place is a hidden gem because of the proximity to the beach and restaurants while quiet and peaceful at the hotel. Whether you have a drink at the bar or get a treatment at the spa, these are affordable luxuries that is rare for such a great location.
Traveller from Vancouver BC
Belvedere Hotel is owned by the Athanasakis Family. It was first build in 1994, then in 2003 we added 22 new rooms totaling …More
This is a great hotel, we were given a warm welcome by all the staff and immediately made to feel right at home. The views are incredible and it's only a short walk to the wonderful beaches you can see from your bedroom window. Each day the chef prepares a special local dish, we ate at the hotel most nights and were never disappointed. We're already planning our next trip :-)
This is a very good large hotel with excellent views close to a beach and very friendly and attentive staff. The hotel serves reasonable food although quality uneven - good one day and mediocre next. My only complain is a large air conditioning unit near my room which was a bit noisy - hotel staff did offer to change a room and I do not consider this a negative.
Tucked away off the main road 20 kilometres west of Heraklion, low-key Agia Pelagia is built into a hillside above a sheltered bay. It offers a decent choice of mid-range hotels and apartments, most of which have sea views. The sandy main beach curves around the bay and is overlooked by tavernas and cafes. It offers sunloungers and good water sports facilities. Nearby, several more bays have smaller, less equipped beaches.
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