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Main Street, Gournes, Crete 715 00 Greece
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#2 of 8 hotels in Gournes
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The Hotel Erato is situated in Gournes Pediado’s, just 15 km east of Heraklion-Crete. It is built in traditional Cretan style and it is in 2020 renovated. The hotel offers not only Cretan hospitality and warmth but also very good quality of service, can provide people who seek for quietness and serenity a unique experience. The number of repeaters of the hotel and friends of the family is the proof of the success of the host family. Because of its general location Erato hotel gives its guests the possibility to reach all destinations very easy and quickly. Only 500 m away from the hotel is the D. E. K. K. (International Exhibition Center of Crete) situated due to which the hotel remains open during the wintertime, as well as the biggest Aquarium of the Balkans. Moreover, the hotel is situated only a few meters away from the Village Center, where there are cafes, bars, tavernas, restaurants and shops. If you are looking for more fun, Chersonissos, which is a town with numerous bars and discos, is only 10 minutes drive from the hotel. There is regular bus service to Chersonissos, Agios Nikolaos and Heraklion. Operation Period: April + October and during operation of the International Exhibition Center Accommodation Type: bed & breakfast, half board Check in 15:00 pm – Check out 11:00 am Service: Buttet or set menu depending the occupancy (due to covid19) Reception: Check in 15:00 – Check out 11:00
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Poolside bar
Bicycle rental
Children's playground
Car hire
Baggage storage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
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Blackout curtains
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Walk-in shower
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Carolina M wrote a review 4 Sep
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The Erato Hotel is a small, family-run and very lovingly managed hotel in Crete very close to Heraklion. We felt at home here from the first second - all the staff in the hotel were absolutely friendly and accommodating and always in a good mood. They were truly an absolute highlight of the hotel! The hotel was very clean (with daily cleaning of the room) and the food (even for me as a vegetarian) was tasty. A very special highlight was the Greek evening with authentic Greek music, dancing and good food. The atmosphere there was also terrific! We spent a day at the small hotel pool, but were also on the beach a few times, which is about 10-15 minutes walk from the hotel. You can rent tours and a rental car (which is highly recommended in Crete to see as much as possible) of course in one of the many tourist agencies, but we found it very convenient that at our request someone came to the hotel and brought us a car. So we didn't have to worry about anything and could drive off immediately. Besides us, there were many couples, but also young people and families at the hotel. For snacks in between, there is a bakery and a small supermarket no more than 100 meters away. In addition, a bus leaves almost directly in front of the hotel, which takes you to Heraklion in one direction, and to Malia and beautiful beaches in the other for about 1,90€ per person. I can recommend the hotel with the best knowledge and conscience and thank the staff very much for our amazing time here!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Masha M wrote a review Jul 2021
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Lovely family hotel with delicious food and friendly atmosphere. We came with a child, she enjoys the swimming pool and ice cream. We have HB e.g. breakfasts and dinners included but also stay in the hotel for lunches, the food is great here. The is hotel located 20 mins walk from the beach and is perfectly good to take a car and travel around island. Also it is walking distance from aquarium and dinosaurs park. The bus stops are 10 meters away in each direction west and east. The hotel is quiet and cozy, highly recommended
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Pavel B wrote a review Aug 2022
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We have stayed in the hotel at the end of August 2022 for 10 days. Before I get to the food: location is kind of boring, we did not mind that though as we rented a car. As the vacation was very expensive, our expectations were not low. We had a room with 1 double and 1 extra bed and the room was very cramped - for 2 adults and 1 child quite uncomfortable as there was just a narrow alley between the beds and wall+table. Otherwise the room was an okay average. The pool inside the hotel was very pleasant. Additionally, there is a table tennis available. The staff is indeed friendly and nice. Now the food. From other reviews we expected boring breakfasts and great dinners. We were half-board. We are not an extra demanding eaters, but we like good food and we can distinguish between bad and good quality food & ingredients. We appretiated pretty good dakos option for breakfast and amazing, tasty oranges for dinners as well as high quality shark meat a few times for dinner. But otherwise the food was awful! They do not use good quality ingredients and they do not really cook well. The breakfast cheese and ham/salami options were very, very low quality. The “mozzarella” had absolutely nothing in common with mozarella. Desserts at the dinners were often a joke (some kind of tasteless cream - not mascarpone at all - with cocoa above and broken biscuit below called tiramisu, or plain pudding with a few nut pieces on it called panna cotta). All kinds of pasta tasted seriously awful (we are not Italians). Both bf and dinners offer many options, which we especially appretiated during the dinners (many salads and meals to choose from), however the quantity simply does not make up for the poor quality. Btw, salads were more or less decent. An advice for the hotel: buy better quality ingredients (and better quality fruit except oranges) and change the cook. Go and taste the food in almost any taverna around and look for the differences. Perfect a few meals, offer them for dinners, make the dinner selection smaller but with the good meals and people will be much more satisfied.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lustyno wrote a review Aug 2022
Brezno, Slovakia2 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our second time at Crete, we stayed for 7 days, hotel has family atmosphere, is cozy, has small pool with ca. 8-10 sunbeds, english/german/french spoken by hotel stuff. Do not mistaken this hotel for resort, you should consider it only as entrypoint for your latter trips (we went to Chersonissos by bus, twice to Heraklion by bus, one day we rented a car thru hotel services and went to Rethymno, then to village Spili and around). Hotel is ca. 20minutes from sea where you can find some sandy beaches and get sunbed with umbrella just for a drink (no need to buy fancy drinks, beer/coffee is enough), but I advice to go for better beaches Crete has to offer. Room services on daily basis, everything as it should be. Food was delicious and tastefull - there is always a choice for everyone. Staff is bee-level hardworking you often see tiredeness in their eyes but they would do anything to please you. They also organise Cretan night - traditional party with live traditional music and grilled food every week so if it is your first time at Crete, you might find it interesting.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Aurinija P wrote a review Aug 2021
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Hotel is very cosy and perfect for couples. It is not far from the beach and the bus stop to Heraklion is on the other side of the hotel. Staff is friendly and manager Maria is a blessing to the soul-she fulfilled all our desires in no time. Barman Yanis was amazing-so patient woth our countless orders of beer! Rooms are cleaned daily and A/C is also there. Food is good and you can get several variations every evening. Hotel is keeping all regulations during pandemic. We had an amazing time!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Domas B wrote a review Aug 2021
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Very nice hotel. Good location for traveling in Crete. Beach is very nearby with a lot of restaurants and bars. Bus stop is nearby the hotel. Very friendly and always ready to help staff. Clean rooms (cleaned daily), quiet surrounding. Room interior is simple and nice. Will return when I come back to Crete
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ruslan zel wrote a review Aug 2021
Latvia5 contributions
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Especially for owners and service stuff.. Thank so much for high service. Good and beautiful hotel. Very clear rooms. Friendly and excellent personal. Not far sea and beach.. Very positive service stuff. Highly recommended for calm relax...
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dovydas wrote a review Jul 2021
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stayed for the week, enjoyed every minute of it. we were studient traveling friends so it was a perfect fot for us, tasted some good greek food and enjoyed the balcony with a bottle of wine. and the Maria is the best manager/vibe lifter, greetings!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Zellner A wrote a review Jul 2021
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My trip was with my husband and godparents and was the first time when we visit Creta.Hotel was very good, cleaning in the room was done daily, great people , good food.Beach was close and the sea was magical. We rent a car from the hotel, good price, and visit a lot of beaches . I appreciate the local food and the staff from the hotel where very nice and friendly . Recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Handro D wrote a review Jul 2021
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We spend a week on this hotel in July . The staff is so friendly , smiling on the entry and at the Exit . Good , fresh and tasty food . Good prices and some great people ho wait for new people every day . I reccomend this place !!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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$41 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
GreeceCreteHeraklion PrefectureGournes
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Erato Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Erato Hotel?
Nearby attractions include CRETAquarium (0.9 km), Dinosauria Park (1.0 km), and Gouves Animal Shelter (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Erato Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Erato Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Erato Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a poolside bar, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Erato Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Erato Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pepper Grill & More, Ambrosia Taverna, and In and Out GRILL Souvlaki Pizza and Snacks.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Erato Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Erato Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Erato Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Erato Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Palace of Knossos (10.9 km), Castello del Molo (Koules) (12.8 km), and Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis (13.2 km).