King Minos Palace Hotel

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9  / 10
(18 reviews)

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Room: 8.5/10
Service: 9.5/10
Value: 8.5/10
Cleanliness: 9.5/10
Location: 8/10

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Fantastic Hotel

"This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in, you cannot fault anything from the food to the staff, all were excellent, the staff go out of the way to make your holiday the best, the food is so varied and you can always find something to eat, one tip if you want to eat in the restaurant overlooking the sea you need to go in early as it gets full very quickly. We went as a party of four adults and one 7 year old child, even though there were not many children at the hotel my nephew still had a great time, the pools are big and spotless, the whole of the hotel is so clean, If you do have children there is a massive complex just 5 mins walk from the hotel called star beach, it has loads of waterslides, foam partys and loads for kids to do, as far as im aware you only pay for the use of the sunbeds and umbrellas, its free to go in. It takes about 15 mins to walk in the the town and its a flat walk and a nice stroll, if you want a fantastic peaceful holiday with great food beautiful surroundings this is the place to go, we cant wait to go back next year"

  • Holiday details: May 2011, half board, booked with Thomson
  • Good For: Beach
by Jules
10 / 10

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A True Palace

"Me and my boyfriend stayed at King Minos Palace last year and were very impressed, so much so that I am already anxious that this years holiday won't even come close to our stay in Hersonissos last year.

The staff at the hotel were very friendly and on many occasions went out of their way to ensure we had the best stay.

The room was brill, it had everything we needed and we even had access to a shared garden full of lime trees - which was a perfect place to have a quiet drink in the evening.

The hotel is also incredibly clean and the hotels grounds are maintained daily.

Finally the food is AMAZING, lots of choice, lots of fresh, locally sourced food and again the waiting staff and the catering manager are very friendly.

The best hotel I have stayed in for a long time, I would recommend it to anyone, especially couples as there wasn't many young families staying whilst we were there.

  • Holiday details: Jun 2009, Half Board, booked with Thomas Cook
  • Advice: A fantastic location for couples
by Charlotte89
10 / 10

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As we stayed here for one night only...

"As we stayed here for one night only on route to our timeshare apartment in Koutouloufari, I can only give a short review.

Check in went smoothly and the pleasant receptionist was astonished that we were only staying for one night. When we told her we were staying in Koutlouloufari, she gave us a map and directions. This was only approximately 10 mins up the hill. She also gave us a map and highlighted places to visit. Our cases were taken to our room by a porter.

The room allocated was well appointed with a balcony and side sea view. The balcony was not very private and their was only an open partition between ours and the next one. I wasn't keen on this. However, the room was good and the bathroom was adequate with good shower above the bath and toiletries provided. Plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.

The restaurant was pleasant with a good view. One course was freshly prepared by one of the chefs in situ. I remember there was some lovely ice cream that you could help yourself to. Breakfast was equally good, but they clear away on the dot of 9.30am. I had to ask them to get me some yogurt and honey at 9.35am. Waiters and staff were very friendly, welcoming and attentive.

The swimming pool was at the back of the hotel and had plenty of sun beds. There was also a pool bar serving snacks. Prices were reasonable for a hotel bar.

Unfortunately, Hersonissos is not my favourite resort in Crete so would only stay here on route to somewhere else. Would definitely recommend it though to anyone who did like the area. The price we paid was excellent at £59.21 for one night HB (booked via Travel Republic).

by wilsonjenny
7 / 10

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A most relaxing holiday

"This was a package holiday for 2 adults and a 10 year old booked through Portland Direct (Thomson Holidays).

The hotel is just outside the busy ressort of Hersonissos and we deliberately did not go into town. However, our trip to Knossos was worthwhile for the history.

The highlight in all the positive aspects of this hotel is the staff. They are friendly and cheerful and nothing is too much trouble. This is service with a smile at its best.

The hotel is spotlessly clean. Our three bedded room was spacious, with a safe (extra payment) and fridge as well as TV. The air conditioning worked efficiently, which was much needed in the sky high temperatures. Our room was in a 'bungalow' where, I understand, the air con was more efficient than in the main building. However, I had no direct experience of that.

The only drawback in our room was too few drawers. There were only 4 and they were small. There was wardrobe space.

The en suite bathroom had an over-the-bath shower and we occasionally ran out of hot water.

The food is well presented and very tasty with a wide choice. There is a definite international approach here, with an emphasis on Greek.

The main swimming pool is wonderful and there were enough sunbeds for all - even at this time of year. There is a paddling pool for children.

The Animation team was responsible for offering and running low key activities for both adults and children during the day and evenings. They were not pushy at all, which was a relief.

Overall, an excellent holiday in an outstanding tourist and package holiday hotel. If I wanted to return to this resort then I would almost certainly stay here.

by taith
8 / 10

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Not the one for us

"Whatever people tell you, the King Minos Palace is not geared towards families, merely making token gestures. It is more suited to couples who are 50 plus who are looking for a quiet retreat from the hum drum of Hersonnisos (otherwise known as Blackpool!').

In our room the plug in the tiny bath (about 3' long) could not be prised from the hole, as the plug lifter was broken. The air con was inoperable, by both ourselves and the staff, until the technician arrived. After that it was barely effective, and had to be left on all day and night with curtains drawn and shutters down. The balcony french patio doors wouldnt lock, and the toilet door was similarly afflicted.

On a positive side the food was of very good quality, mostly Greek dishes and plentiful as long as you were able to fit into the restricted mealtimes. Breakfast finishes at 9.30 and they actually start clearing away the buffet at 9.35, and laying the tables for dinner!

There were steps everywhere, and some could not be avoided - eg the 30? 40? steps up to the hotel door. Not for those with mobility problems.

In summary, not good for families, and only acceptable if you like a Basil Fawlty like routine, and then disappear for the rest of the day.

by Scrutinisers
4 / 10

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Fantastic Hotel

"After just returning from the King Minos Palace I can honestly say what a fantastic hotel this was. The staff were extremely friendly, the food was brilliant (as was the choice - it was buffet style for both breakfast and dinner) and the pool and cleanliness of the place was amazing. It is a 5 minute taxi drive from Hersonissos costing approx €6."

by Macca001
10 / 10

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Fantastic ! ! !

"This hotel has everything you coud wish for. They are friendly and even cater to special wishes (as I'm a diabetic they made sure I could get a Coa Cola Zero, which is one of the few drinks I'm allowed to drink) although they normally don't carry this.

The food is excellent and the rooms are nicely furnished.

The animation is good and especially Kathleen is very friendly (although there were some problems/changes while we were there).

We will certainly consider coming back here. Although we don't know if this will be possible as this hotel is not offered on the belgian market (we booked in Germany this year).

by AntwerpSunlover
10 / 10

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The hotel staff were fantastic...

"The hotel staff were fantastic nothing was a problem. The main resort was a 15 min walk away and 20 mins to the harbour.

Lots of pubs and places to eat on the prom and the food was fabulous. Star Beach was just 5 mins away with foam party and live DJ in the afternoons which were chockablock!

Other beach access were at the bottom of the hotel.

Local people made us feel very welcome. Would go back tomorrow!

by J Boddy
9 / 10

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Our 5th Year

"This is our 5th year at staying at this wonderful hotel the staff are so helpful and polite. we booked with Portland

It is very clean and the food is good.

Looking forward to next year

by bluebright
10 / 10

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King Minos Palace lives up to its name!

"Absolutley wonderful relaxing holiday. Quiet location (15 mins outside Hersonissos but excellent public transport). Hotel food fantastic- amongst the best I have ever had, hotel spotless. Staff helpful, friendly and knowlegable. Lovely pool which was always spotless. I would certainly visit this hotel again and would recommend it. The only downside was the flight but I would not let this spoil what has been a truly wonderful holiday. I found out about this hotel from this website and it was spot on!"

by Sappho
10 / 10

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Fantastic Hotel

"This has been the best run hotel I have ever stayed in, the food was excellent, the staff magnificent, the cleanliness could not be faulted. everyone I met at the hotel had the same feeling and consequently everyone was so relaxed and friendly.

It truly was a first class hotel to chill out because there were never any hassles.

We had a lovely sea view room with balcony which was cleaned quickly and effficiently everyday, the pool was large and uncrowded, with plenty of sunbeds to choose from. Guests were banned from reserving them with towels before 9 am which was very refreshing and gave everybody a fair opportunity to pick their spot.

The resort of Hersonisos was however not our cup of tea, a bit scruffy in places and untidy but the overall friendliness of the hotel and its wonderful animation staff such as 'Eileen' [enthusiastic but not pushy] made our two week stay an absolute delight!!!

by JohnfromCornwall
10 / 10

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Just back from an excellent holiday...

"Just back from an excellent holiday in the King Minos Palace. This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in but unfortunately it is in Hersonissos which is not so nice but if you like to stay in the hotel at the large clean swimming pool or you are looking for a good base to travel around Crete then this is a perfect choice.

The staff are all genuinely friendly and helpful and everything is spotlessly clean. Be sure not to miss the barbeque night (although you have to pay extra for it for some reason) and the other nights entertainment is of a reasonably good standard.

The hotel is unfortunately definitely not wheelchair or invalid friendly. There was a good mix of nationalities (British, German, Swedish, Italian etc.) and we all got on very well.

by F McMillan
9 / 10

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Address: L Hersonissou, Crete 70014, Greece