It’s not uncommon among those visiting Crete to stay in different areas of the island during their one or two-week vacation. Many charter flights from Europe normally land in Heraklion, so the capital has become one of the places where tourists tend to spend a few days since there are many interesting things to do in the area. If you’re planning a holiday in Crete and Heraklion, is one of your destinations, check this child-friendly hotel for luxury family holidays.
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Where to stay in Crete
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Top-rated tours in Crete
Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon from Kissamos (Bestselling tour from US$ 29.65).
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Choosing a hotel in Heraklion
Crete is Greece’s biggest island, those planning to visit as much of it as possible, usually rent a car (or even make use of public transport) to move around, from the east coast to the west, and from the cities of the north to the beautiful southern beaches.
Usually, travelers stay in different areas during their one or two-week holidays. Many charter flights from Europe normally land in Heraklion, and several visitors take advantage to visit the city center, the Archaeological Museum, and the well-known Minoan Palace of Knossos.
Therefore, when you’re traveling along the island, sometimes a well-deserved rest is more than important. Especially on an island where there’s so much to see and do. And if you’re traveling with kids, chances are that everyone in the family will be needing a rest, kids included!
One of the most comfortable places we’ve experienced in Heraklion is the Galaxy Hotel Iraklio. And this is our review of the stay.
Review of Galaxy Hotel Iraklio, Crete
We used to land in Heraklion when Crete was still our holiday destination. It’s been a few years now that we’ve moved permanently to the island, and even if we live in Chania, it’s common for us to visit the capital a few times a year. I do it a lot for work, but I also drive to the capital for Christmas shopping or to visit friends, and many times to take a ferry to other islands.
Due to its central location, Galaxy Hotel Iraklio is a comfortable choice. It’s very close to the city center, but not in the city center, which means ease of parking and still being close enough to virtually everything. The hotel is also comfortably located close to the highway, the port, and the airport.
We stayed in the hotel at the end of the peak season (October), and that did not mean getting a cold or fast service. On the contrary, we were warmly received and, after a quick check-in procedure, a cute kit with toiletries and entertaining activities for children was the first of the many details that made a difference.
The rooms at Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
I don’t know about you, but tiny hotels where you’re bumping into the furniture all the time get on my nerves. This was not the case. Entering our room was a magnificent experience. The rooms in this hotel prove that ample spaces can as well be cozy and warm!
Since we were traveling with the kids, we had a family room which practically means two communicating suites with two different huge bathrooms, two fridges, two tv sets, two closets, and two different varieties of welcome treats.
While we, adults, could enjoy strawberries with chocolate, the kids had their own serving of M&Ms and other sweets. We were ready to enjoy a much-desired rest to the full.
Our room was elegant, beautifully decorated, and comfortable. As I had read before arrival, many of the rooms have an allergy-free certificate. This suits both kids and parents.
The convenience of our connecting family room was a blessing, something we really appreciated since it’s not a very common feature lately when most hotels tend to be for adults only.
In all, the hotel offers a serene atmosphere, it’s stylish and they cater to every detail.
Other facilities: Pool, steam room, and gym
On our second day, we wandered around the nearby areas of the city and spent a whole morning in Heraklion’s Labyrinth Park. That meant being dead tired and longing for a well-deserved pause next to the pool.
Bear in mind that swimming pools in city hotels in Heraklion are rare to find. So if you’d like to have a swim after a day around, this is a place to consider. There’s a perfect pool waiting for you to recover from a day in the city.
During our stay, we spent a few hours relaxing by the deck with a cup of Greek coffee. The children, instead, enjoyed some time swimming.
Dining in Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
You can also use their gym facilities or take a break at their magnificent steam room. After a long day either around town or taking advantage of the gym and the pool, you might be wondering about dinner, well, the hotel has two fine restaurants to choose from too!
Great (Cretan) breakfast
There’s nothing more invigorating than starting your day with a delicious palette of dishes. At Galaxy Hotel Iraklio colors and tastes mix both international flavors and the most enticing local ingredients.
As a result, the breakfast buffet offers a unique variety of delicious dishes to begin the morning. Make it International, English or Continental. Or make it Cretan (that was my favorite!).
Being a fan of the island’s culture, I adored the Cretan angle for breakfast which even serves raki and rakomelo together with an impressive variety of local liquors and delicacies.
The offer goes from sweet pastries to artisan cheese, home-made marmalade, Cretan olives, and spoon sweets. There’s also a wide variety of bread, tea, and local olive oil. And… don’t worry, if you are a healthy-type there is plenty of option for you too!
Why I recommend this hotel while in Heraklion
Galaxy Hotel Iraklio received us with the authentic values of a Cretan family in a top-class environment. We enjoyed a pleasant and relaxing stay, and it wasn’t just a child-friendly hotel for a luxury holiday: It was more! Everybody went the extra mile to make sure we were having the time of our lives. They surrounded us with thoughtful details and a smile was always there to welcome us home.
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To read more about Crete’s fascinating past, check this article to discover the most stunning archaeological sites in Crete. There are also beautiful monasteries to visit on the island. Don’t miss this article about the island of Spinalonga, while in the same region there are many gorgeous villages to explore.
A trip to Crete is a good opportunity to learn more about Greek mythology, why not checking the Cave of Zeus or the fantastic seaside caves of Matala and the Minoan Palace of Phaistos. Finally, in the region of Rethymnon, a day trip to Arkadi Monastery will teach you tons about the Turkish occupation of the island.
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BOOK YOUR STAY
Experience the best of Heraklion in the comfort of Galaxy Hotel Iraklio.
The hotel is located at 75 Dimokratias Avenue, 71306, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)
About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!
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