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Despo

Gouves Pediados, Kato Gouves, Gouves, Crete 70014 Greece
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#22 of 31 hotels in Kato Gouves
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See why so many travellers make Despo their hotel of choice when visiting Kato Gouves. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a refrigerator and air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Despo Hotel Crete offers guests free internet access.

The hotel features 24 hour front desk and currency exchange. Plus, Hotel Despo offers a pool and free breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

During your visit, be sure to check out one of Kato Gouves' popular souvlaki restaurants such as Limanaki Cafe Restaurant, George Taverna Bar, and Medusa Restaurant, all a short distance from Despo Hotel.

Should time allow, Folklore Museum of Gouves is a popular attraction that is within walking distance.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Despo as you experience all of the things Kato Gouves has to offer.

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Free parking
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Free internet
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Free breakfast
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Currency exchange
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Outdoor pool
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Breakfast buffet
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, German, Greek, Italian
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Tracy R wrote a review Sept 2023
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We arrived near midnight and was told we could not get a drink or any food so we just opted for water (payable) after a 12 hour day travelling. Rooms are small but clean and functional. Maids are amazing: Apart from the night we arrived we have found staff to be lovely and helpful. BUT and BIG BIG BUT - the food is diabolical. No cappuccino or white coffee this morning in the machine but no one had checked to refil. Cheese is mainly curled up on the edges, food is recycled at breakfast as is the bread! Most food is swimming in oil. There’s no toaster and just bread or Melba toast. For continentals this might be ok but for English - hot dog sausages?!? Lunch and main meals, only 1 potato choice per day, 1 veg per day, same meat every day - barely anything for kids if you have any - puddings are non existent. Well, might as well be - a tiny piece of cake or watermelon. The only fruit available is melon or grapes. There is basically no vareity of choice. Same salad bar every day. That’s the food. All inclusive drinks / 3 local spirits and wine or beer which was very disappointing. Not even water. All in all zero out of 10 for the food 7 out of 10 for rooms 8 out of 10 for staff as most but not all were lovely friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kelly G wrote a review Sept 2023
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Such a lovely, welcoming place. The staff really couldn’t do enough to help you. They were very friendly and adored the children. It’s a smaller hotel which was perfect for our family to relax and unwind. Not too far from the beach and bus stops to get to other places easily. We stayed for 2 weeks and will definitely go back again
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There is a busy road to cross to get to shops, beach etc. We had small children and navigated it...
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Fahima wrote a review Sept 2023
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Dirty beds, bad room services and cockroaches were buzzing in our ears 24/7. The food was terrible and the bare minimum was served. They didn’t serve Greek style food whatsoever. There was one restaurant with no AC. We had to buy toiletries, drinking water, slippers and we had to pay for AC. Make sure you take/ buy a lot of mosquitoes repellent. The only good thing about the hotel was the garden ( if it wasn’t noisy with cockroaches) and Clair, the receptionist, who was very helpful and friendly. We were in there in August 2022. It was our first time to Greece and we were looking forward to celebrate our child’s birthday there, but turned out to be a worst hotel experience, unfortunately.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Allocate a lot of money to eat out, buy toiletries, mosquitoes repellent, and slippers. Pay for AC.
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Roam34664501075 wrote a review Aug 2023
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DESPO is rated 3 star and without sounding a little snobbish we usually go 4 or 5 only because we have young children and go all inclusive,but this time our budget was slim and we only had a week.Anyway.. the welcome was ok apart from the room Tax and air conditioning which cost 8€ a night.The rooms were very "3 star",basic but clean and tidy.Two in a room was ok but three was crammed.Pool is very clean and tidy and the gardens are immaculate.kudos to the gardener.Food was very good and the restaurant staff were very nice.There is no Entertainment in the evening what so ever so take your own.The bar has limited drinks on the all inclusive ,I think maybe 5 different ones are available.Free bar ends at 10.30 which is a little early.Its a 20 min treck to the beach on foot but they have a bus that takes you down at 10am and returns for lunch.The nearest beach is probably the best for a good 5 mile which is nice.There are a couple of bars,restaurants and a supermarket 10 mins walk from the hotel.Overall the Hotel is pretty good and if they had a little entertainment,maybe a band or artist a few times a week I'd give it a 4 star rating.If you have little ones and you have early nights this hotel is perfect.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Bucurenciu B wrote a review Aug 2023
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Good location to spend some free time with family 👍😍 Food ok, and good variety. Rooms are very clean. They clean everyday. Very good bar service and good hosts. They offer free transfer to the beach!!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Cristian E wrote a review Jul 2023
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We spent a great time at DESPO Hotel , all staff very friendly, the place was pleasant and clean , food was great the barman Pool was friendly and make us welcoming all the time . Was so relaxed and quiet. Well recommend
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Dylan W wrote a review Jun 2023
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Pillows are flat as a pancake, bed hurts your back it’s so hard, food is completely shocking, atmosphere is horrendous and the staff are rude and moody. Manager never even smiled or greeted not once. Never been anywhere so awful in all my life room is so basic, all inclusive drinks there’s a small list to choose from about 4 things. Staff are moody and rude. Food is basic as it comes and dry as sand. Frozen chicken nuggets and chips for dinner. Can’t stress how awful it was ate out most the time and spent most of our evenings at various other bars and areas. You don’t feel welcomed no one really speaks. If you’re looking to ruin your holiday before you’ve even got there Despo hotel is the hotel for you but if you’re looking for a nice relaxing holiday pick anywhere else but here. If I could vote -5 I would only have a star cause I had to.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Richard P wrote a review Jun 2023
Taunton, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
Just had a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks at the Despo. From the moment we arrived until the final minutes all the staff smiled, were eager to help, and spoke English (useful because we speak no Greek!). The room was bright, airy and had everything we needed with the exception of coffee making facilities (coffee available at most times in restaurant and bar). Meals always had a good selection of dishes, grounds beautifully maintained, plenty of sunbeds as well as a raised sun deck and comfortable shady places. Nothing is perfect and the location requires crossing a very busy road to get to the beach side of town, and there are a few planes passing overhead each day. Neither detracted from a relaxing break in pleasant surroundings. Would definately stay again.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Bufi wrote a review May 2023
Prerov, Czech Republic4 contributions
Upon arrival, we were accommodated in the basement of the hotel. The room was small and not very cozy. The food selection was monotonous throughout the stay. The hotel pool was perfect, as the beach is 600m away, so you don't want to walk all the time. The hotel bar was excellent, acceptable drinks and as a bonus ice cream. For the undemanding, an excellent hotel with a walk to the beach.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karina B wrote a review Sept 2022
Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom6 contributions
This is a good hotel, between average and very good. We stayed in August, the hotel itself is fine but to get to Gouves you have to cross a very busy main road. The food was better than expected, my diet is mostly veggie, at breakfast I had beans, hard boiled eggs, cheese slices. There was always fruit and plenty of Greek yogurt plus salad and feta. Chips were always served at lunch, plenty of beige food for kids. The salad and feta was wonderful. If there had been pitta bread it would have been perfect! Dinner was decent, there were nice rice dishes a couple of nights. I tried the non vegetarian moussaka and it was lovely. There were pasta dishes but they always had ham in. Could have made them veggie friendly to keep everyone happy. The meat was always pork but my partner tried some faggot/burger things and liked them. We only ate out one evening. My favourite dinners were the spinach type risotto and moussaka. There was a orzo dish with very lean stewed beef which I liked. There was also a baked egg cheese potato pie which was very nice. The drinks are limited but even the higher end hotels are like that! If we could have had rum instead of Brandy we would have been very happy but Ouzo, lemonade and blackcurrant was nice. If you want a break and aren't fussed about venturing out the hotel it's perfect. There's a kid safe pool, kids seemed happy with ice creams from 3 to 6pm. Not sure what other snacks are available. As we only had ice cream because we always ate a good lunch. The staff were all friendly, we didn't need air con as the room had patio door with an additional shutter which kept the sun out. Room was clean. Housekeeping staff were friendly, we had a funny moment when we had to be shown how to lock the patio doors and the member of staff made us laugh. We probably wouldn't stay again because of the location but the hotel itself is fine, there were enough sun loungers for everyone.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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₹4,257 - ₹7,346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
GreeceCreteHeraklion PrefectureGouvesKato Gouves
NUMBER OF ROOMS
73
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Frequently Asked Questions about Despo
Which popular attractions are close to Despo?
Nearby attractions include Central Bar ( formerly Sports Cafe Central) (0.5 km), Maria Yannis Cafe Bar (0.6 km), and Baraki Bar (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Despo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Despo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Despo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Despo?
Conveniently located restaurants include 2 Friends Restaurant, Limanaki Restaurant, and Medusa Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Despo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Despo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Despo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Palace of Knossos (14.6 km), The Throne Room (14.8 km), and Kouloures (14.8 km).
Does Despo have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Despo accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.