16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Well just to say what a fantastic holiday food was great'ideal location right on the beach'freindly people'good clean rooms and also what a fantastic job the animation team are doing. We had a party of six and all really enjoyed this holiday would recomend to any body if you dont like music and noise you can sit away from all this''' in quiet spots of the hotel gardens around another pool. once again many thanks for letting me play Ray Charles. well done and very well organised,.."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of June 2010
Already booked to go next year!!
"My husband and I have just spent 7 days at the Creta Star and have to say it was wonderful. The staff were very helpful and did all they could to make us welcome. The room was good, although the beds, for me, were a bit hard!! Sea views lovely. The food was varied, not a la carte but when you have so many guests it must be difficult. The pools were clean and there were plenty of sun beds. The set up for towels was a bit odd - you had to pay 15 Euros deposit at reception to get a card to show to the towel man each day, maybe they have had many pinched. The beach was lovely, lots of golden sand (imported) and blue flag with a life guard. Plenty for children to do too.
The hotel shop was a bit expensive and just a short walk from the hotel is a cheaper one for water or anything you fancy. Being all in you are well catered for by the hotel.
The hotel is a bit remote but what we wanted, you can walk along the old coast road for miles or cross under the highway and go up into the villages. You can, of course, hire a car but we didn't go to explore this time. Just to relax. We are going back next year and taking our daughter and young grandson, it should be lovely for him - from hotel to pool and straight down to the beach."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of October 2008
Great Hoilday Creta Star
"We have just returned from two weeks in the Creta Star, we found the staff very helpful and the animation team complety mad, but brilliant at providing great all day entertainment, the evening shows were fanstic. This was the first time we had been on an all inclusive hoilday and were impressed by the Creta Star's quality of service. Our seven year old made lots of new friends.
The only criticism it is that there could have been more for the kids to do in the pool, maybe a waterslide and my wife says that an outdor jacuzzi and access to a sauna would have added to the holiday experience.
In general a great holiday and would recommend the Creta Star to everyone."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of September 2008
Wish I was still there...
"My partner and I have just returned from a week all inclusive at the creta star hotel, and it was the best holiday ever.
From the moment we arrived we were impressed by the clean and tasteful hotel and the friendly and helpful staff.
Our room was pretty nice, everything we needed. We didnt spend much time there!
My boyfriend found the bed really hard and he had trouble sleeping but as soon as he mentioned this to the staff they brought up a softer mattress topper which he was really happy with. I had no trouble with the bed.
The pool area was lovely, plenty of sun loungers but you have to be reasonably early if you want one near the pool. There were signs up asking guests not to reserve the loungers- but everybody did.
The pool was lovely, always clean, but it is salt water. There was a freshwater indoor pool but we spent all our time outdoors.
The beach was also beautiful, just a few steps down from the pool. There are plenty of sunloungers on the beach, although you have to pay for those. The sand was so soft and the sea was so blue! There was also a really nice breeze on the beach. The first few days we were there the sea was quite choppy but later in the week it was really calm and we swam right out.
The food was amazing! So many choices at every meal, there was aways something we wanted to try.
At breakfast there were cereals, fruit, cooked breakfasts- eggs, bacon, sausages etc, also there was a man making fresh pancakes right infront of you, they were delicious!
Lunch was in the poolside bar rather than the main resturaunt. Again there was a huge selection, salads, fish, pork, chicken, pasta, pizza.... so much food!
Dinner was back in the main resturaunt and was the biggest selection of food I have ever seen. soups, salads, pasta, pizza, chicken, fish, pork, lamb, duck, turkey, rabbit, veal, octopus, shark! My boyfriend tried it all! And the cakes...!! they were amazing!
The resturaunts got quite busy but every meal lasted three hours and so there was plenty of time. No need to worry about the food running out either, the staff were constantly refilling the dishes. And the staff worked so hard to keep it clean.
One night we ate in the a la catre italian resturaunt and it was so good, a proper fancy 5 course meal. The waiters were lovely and the food was great. We felt we were properly spoiled that night, it was perfect.
Throughout the day there was ice cream to help yourself to, along with slush puppies in the pool bar!
Both the pool bar and the main bar had beer pumps to help yourself to lager, and at the pool you could also help yourself to juice, but the service at the bar was generally pretty good too.
All drinks were included, even the cocktails.
The hotel is a few miles from the town, but the bus stops right outside the hotel and only costs about Â£1.30. It takes about 20 mins or so and they're pretty regular, about every 20 minutes.
The entertainment at the hotel was pretty good too, there was always something going on! Archery, volleyball, water polo, table tennis, aqua gym, aerobics, darts... endless. At night there was always a show in the outside theatre too... some nights we didnt overly enjoy the evening show, but quiz night was really good fun. Another night they put on "Grease" which they made hilarious.
The entertainment team worked so hard and so constantly! They were always ready to stop for a chat too, I have never seen such enthusiastic, energetic people.
We were there the first week in August, and there was only one british family besides us there. Mostly the guests were Italian and French. A few German and Dutch. Despite this the entertainment team really help everyone mix and it was good fun trying to communicate!
All in all, it was a pretty perfect holiday, the creta star is wonderful and we would go back in a heartbeat. I cannot sing its praises enough- a week wasnt long enough!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
best holiday ever
"Just back from two weeks all inc - the best food ever, the best weather, but most of all, the animation team (Jeff and co)were out of this world! They worked all day every day and were never without a smile. The shows were fantastic, but most of all the kids club people (Sylvia and Bea) made our daughters holiday so memorable that we are hopefully going back in Oct hols. Our daughter cried all the way home (7hours!!) as she never wanted to leave!!
Cannot fault holiday apart from mosquitos.
In fact there was no need to leave the hotel as everything was there for us!!"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of August 2008
Crete's best kept secret - The Creta Star Hotel, Rethymnon!
"Just got back from a week at the Creta Start Hotel. This was the first time we had done All Inclusive so didn't really know what to expect, and we were not disappointed at all.
We booked the holiday through Cosmos (our first experience travelling with this tour operator), and certainly no complaints (well, only one minor one which was that we couldn't find the rep at the airport - there are two exits from the airport, Cosmos don't have an office outside like some of the other tour companies do, so we found it quite difficult to find him especially with all the people milling around).
There were just two of us travelling (we are in our early/mid forties).
We were taken by Taxi to the Creta Star which took approximately 1 hour.
Upon arrival the hotel looked exactly how it does on the Cosmos Video so we weren't disappointed at all.
We had upgraded our room to a "side sea view" and were really pleased with it. It was a large room, with TV, Fridge & Hairdryer.
There were not many English in the hotel (although I shouldn't say this being English myself - but we actually we prefer it that way!). There appeared to be large quantities of people from France and Italy, a few Russians and Germans, and of course a few English!
The hotel is right next to the beach. This is a lovely beach, the sea can be fairly rough and we had fun jumping the big rollers as they came crashing in. The red flag was flying on these days but so long as you didn't go too far in you were fine. On other days the sea was fairly calm. There are Caretta Turtles that lay eggs on this beach location, so there are lots of protected areas on the beach safeguarding the eggs - we were hoping to see a Turtle or two, but sadly we did not.
There are two pools, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. We only used the outdoor pool, but mainly went into the sea.
There are lots and lots of sunbeds, certainly no shortage, scattered around the pool, up in the gardens and then there are more on the beach (although you have to pay for the sunbeds on the beach).
The Animation Team worked hard and a really nice bunch of people. We're not really into that, but I did join with one of the water aerobics sessions which was well attended and quite fun. They have activities on throughout the day, Water Polo, Water and Beach Volley Ball, Water and Beach Football, Boule, Darts, Archery, Various Aerobic sessions, kids club, evening entertainment in the outside theatre.
Breakfast - 7.30 am to 10.00 am - where a vast selection of foods are on offer - cereals, full cooked breakfast, pancakes, eggs cooked in various ways, cold meats, cheeses, very nice bread, rolls, croissants, yoghurts including Greek Yoghurt with Honey (yummy became my every mealtime desert!). Juices, Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and more drinks on offer. (Spread over two halls)
Lunch - 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm - where once again a vast selection of foods were on offer, cold and hot selections, white and red wine and beer availabe on the pump, plus other soft drinks. This restaurant was located in a different area by the pool.
Dinner - 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm - again a huge variety of foods, 3 courses available, two soups, salads, then hot and cold dishes and lots of deserts spread over two halls. Plus red and white wine and beer on pump, plus soft drinks.
11.00 am to 5.00 pm - soft drinks and beer on the pump available in a serve yourself kiosk outside by the pool.
There were two bars, one near the pool and another bar opened at 6.00 pm to 1.00 am serving various drinks including cocktails.
You do need to pick and choose when you eat. There are lots of people, it's a big hotel, but if your sensible choose a time when it's not quite so busy and then there's not the rush of people all trying to feed at the same time. There's plenty of food, they are constantly replenishing stocks of food, so don't be fearful that they will run out because they don't.
It is a way out of Rethymnon because it's actually located in Scaleta, we hired a car for two days and got out and about to do some sight seeing. There is the bus which stops right outside the hotel or taxi. So we didn't find the location an issue.
We visited Knossos Palace; Lasithi Plateau; Moni Arcadi; Chania and Rethymnon (the fort is definitely worth a look round). All worth a visit except Lasithi Plateau.
We loved it, can't wait to go back. It's Crete's best kept secret as far as we're concerned.
There were a mix of people, young couples, families plus their extended families, couples of our age and older."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of July 2008
"Returned to UK 15 August 2007 after 2 weeks at the Creta Star
Hotel clean , friendly staff good standard
Pool could be cleaned more regularly
Main concern was meal times . Food served in tureens spread over the main dining hall. Too many people trying to be fed at the same time that led to little more than a bun fight. I would recommend the following accessories for meal times; shin pads, body armour and a total disregard for that British tradition of forming an orderly queue!! However, the food was of a good quality.
The only other concern was the location. As with many such all inclusive establishments the hotel was out on a limb with no amenities close at hand. However, a bus ride to Rethymnon town was only Â£1 with a service every 20 minutes up to midnight. I would recommend hiring a car to explore the rest of the island"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
Don't overlook this hotel!!
"When you get off the plane and 200 people get on coaches but you have a taxi, the writing is on the wall, BUT when we arrived at the hotel what a surprise!
Clean tidy well presented hotel with well maintained gardens.
Our room had a frigde, TV, and hairdryer (the wife was well impressed), cleaned eveyday and was adequate for our needs.
Friendly staff all around the hotel.
The SUPERB entertainment team worked around the clock to ensure that everyone was involved in some activity or another.
Food was excellent and fresh everyday (men - take a pair of trousers for the evening meal or you will not get into the resturant).
Grounds around the pool were cleaned and hosed every morning
and there were plenty of sunbeds.
The main pool was salt water so needed extra attention to maintain cleanliness.
The beach was just off the gardens and sea was warmer than the pool.
On arrival there were very few English, but more arrived as the school holidays kicked in.
Hotel is a little isolated and you need a taxi (12 euros) / bus (1.5 euros each) to get to the nearest town.
Our 15 year old son was not allowed to get involved in some adult activities and was too old for the childrens activities.
Everything said, this is a excellent hotel and we were privileged
to meet Mr. Creta Star (Steve to his friends)."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
"LOCATION- Beutiful driveway and gardens leading to the hotel. it was well set back off the main road. bus stop was just at the end of driveway about a 2-4minute walk from the reception doors.
RECEPTION-the staff were extreamly helpful and friendly. The recpetion area was really welcoming with a huge bunch of flowers on the table every day.
ROOMS-Our room was fab! we had a suite with 2 bathrooms a double,kingsize and single bed. Plenty of wardrope space and and changing room in one part of the room. Both rooms were fully air condishened and it was lovely coming in after spending a day in the boiling hot sun. The views on the front and back of the hotel both had a sea view on the front of the hotel you would have a sea and mountain view.
POOL and BEACH-The pool was very dirty for the first couple of days we were there. If you leant against the side you would have green slime on your back. HOwever i must admit they cleaned it after it was brought to their attention. The main problem was the floor tiles around the pool were really hot as you would guess so you had to weaar flipflops to the pool and take them off just before you went in.BUT the flloor was extremly slippery even when not wet and when you were wearing flip-flops.
BEACH- was just 10 steps from the poolside and you were right on the pretty,soft sanded beach.
FOOD- The food was very good with a superb selection and of a high quality. Whatever you do make sure you try their pizza at tea time in the main restraunt.By the end of the holiday the food semed to get samey but nothing that you wouldn't have imagened after spending 2 weeks on the same resort.
DRESS CODE-Breakfast was in the main restraunt and people would wear beach style clothes..top and bottom covered. HOWEVER- At lunch time there was no dress code you had some really obscene sights of men in their spedos....some of the time they may aswell have not been wearing anything.
OTHER TRAVELERS- British people were in the minority and for some reason we had yellow bands instead of blue like all other nationallities had! The majority of people were italian or german with a few french and dutrch. The italians came over as quite rude and extreamly loud!
ANNIMATION TEAM- FANTASTIC!!! i have never seen such lively and keen people before! they put on different activities throughout each day such as water gym,aerobics,water volley ball,beach volley ball, archery,boules etc! Their shows in the evening were amazing, grease, 4 different varitey shows and mr election (for men) to win MR CRETA STAR 2007! WHICH I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT MY DAD WON TRHET AND WAS RECOGNISED ALLL HOLIDAY AS STEVE MR CREAT STAR!!Majic show whigh was done by somebosy outside the hotel was rubbish!
RETHYMON- only 20-30 minutes bus ride form hotel shops were good. the old harbour was picturesque in the night with some lovely bars to have a drink in. bus tickets only 1.50 euros.
ITALIAN- in the hotel their was an italian restraunt which you had to book at reception. It was open monday to friday. The food was amazing in their. You had witer service which was lovely after getting your own food all week. you did NOT have to pay for this your all inclusive covered it all though tipping the waiters is good as they offered such a great service.
**SUMMMARY** I would go back there tomorrow if i could amazing holiday i would highly recommend it! Any questions e-mail me. ***"
- Travel date: Sat 11th of August 2007
Stayed at creta star in June for a week...
"Stayed at creta star in June for a week hotel was nice staff was a nightmare it took about 20 minutes to get served for a drink.
The entertainment was rubbish and it was full of German people who were really ignorant. When in the restaurant having something to eat, with young baby who was feeding himself, people would give us dirty looks the food was horrible.
Never go again we were in the middle of nowhere and you would risk your life getting into the town centre.
I would advise you not to go there with young children.
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
This hotel was a nightmare, the Germans...
"This hotel was a nightmare, the Germans would cause trouble with us if we made any noise from the rooms but as there was 5 children one of which was 10 years old and the rest aged 7 or younger.
The bar people would ignore us when we asked for a drink but to make things worse we werenât meant to be in this hotel we had booked a hotel next to a resort miles away from creta star, because we had already visited this place where star beach is and found it amazing the staff at the creta star hotel need to learn to treat English with respect and learn some manners as they were very rude.
Direct holidays didnât tell us that we would be staying in a different hotel until we got to the airport the adults got 80 pound compensation each as there was 14 of us including the young children the balconies were a nightmare. There wasnât a lock on the door and there were children of aged two, seven and 10 in the room with there mother and there mothers father there grandfather.
I advise you not to visit that hotel as you may well not enjoy your stay and direct travel could of rang or sent one letter to say we wouldnât be in the hotel we had wanted to stay in.
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
"Just spent a fantastic 2 weeks at the Creta Star. Animation team superb as were all the staff in the hotel. The food was also to the same standard as the staff.
There were many diferent nationalities in the hotel , which once you got to know them led to many interesting, if not funny but confusing converesations.We will def return to this 4 star hotel.
The only downside to our holiday was the fact that one family seemed quite happy to moan constantly obout most things of their holiday, which was a pity as they and there 4 year old daughter seemed to miss out on so much of the multi-national enviroment and fun that we all had. They will know who they are if they came from Glasgow!!!!!I
The animation team were superb with children of all ages and also adults and even ran lessons to help you learn some other foreign languages.
We would recommend this hotel to people of all ages."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of July 2006