Arminda Hotel & Spa

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Low-rise and peaceful are the watchwords for this little Cretan hotel in easy reach of the beach.

This small, whitewashed hotel has a couple of pools and a roof garden bar that makes the most of the sunset.

It’s quite an away-from-it-all place, though the sandy beach is just a few minutes’ walk away. The local bus can take you to laidback Stalis in about 10 minutes, or the livelier Hersonissos in about 20 minutes.

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Based on 199 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 3Floors
  • 180Rooms
  • 3Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Full Board buffet meals. Snacks 10.00-18.00. Afternoon cakes, cookies and ice-cream.

Drink

Locally produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including gin, vodka, raki, ouzo - until 23.00, thereafter*.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Outdoor pool

Including sunbeds and parasols. Towels are available with a deposit.

Roof garden bar

Open June-October weather permitting.

Pool bar

Take a dip and then cool off at the poolside with a refreshing cocktail.

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twin room with pool view for up to 3

Twin room with pool view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds, extra bed is permanent. Table and chairs come with the balcony or terrace. Cots are available on request.

twin room for up to 3

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with twin beds, extra bed is permanent. Table and chairs come with the balcony or terrace. Cots are available on request.

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I would say "yes" to this hotel but...

We decide to choose it because it has good opinion and was placed close to beach. What we have read about the hotel was equal with the reality. Nice pools (one with the salty water), good food (not extraordinary but ok), very nice garden, if you want to move by bus across the island, location is perfect. Why not perfect? Because of ants at rooms, because of not really good working internet (I know - it is not maybe the most important issue on a vacations, but indeed - should work better). TV at rooms is extremly small. it is more than 150 meters to the beach (of course it depends where is your room). Just next to this hotel is Nana Beach. What I was missing is just a small bar at the beach. Nana does have and what's more - don't have to pay for the sunbeds, so you feel a little bit "worse" client ;-). From the positves again : Snack bar - very good hamburgers! good snacks in general. What is the strongest part at this hotel is people who works there. Very, very friendly and helpful! I have asked for a quite room (because of coming with a yearly child) I got it. I wanted a ketler, I have it for 7 days. Rooms could be equiped better and decorated more than only with a shells. There is a market (even two) in the closest area, renting car. Anyway I would recommend a short / long stay in there!More

Retzenzent, Gdansk, Poland

3 star hotel with 5 star service!

We have just returned from an 11 night stay here and can both honestly say we were so sad to leave! The check in was very efficient and we were shown to our room by the lovely Agnes who was incredibly nice and friendly and told us all about the hotel and food/drinks. We stayed in room 215 which was on the side nearest to the adult pool, our balcony was not overlooked at all amd the room was large, clean and very bright. The restaurant was again large and clean and there was a good choice of food for every meal although we ate at the pool bar at lunch times as we preffered a snack rather than a full on meal again! If we were in the hotel in the evenings, we spent our time up in the roof bar which is so under rated as far as we are concerned as Stavros makes some really good cocktails, perhaps next year they could so some of the entertainment up there. We had a massage in the spa for 40 euros each which I would recommend, it is done out as well as some of the nicer spas I have been to back here in the UK so is worth booking in a treatment or two. A short walk down a slight slope at the next of the hotel takes you down to a beach which is linked to the neighbouring hotel. Again, this seems very clean and the water was crystal clear, there are also a few water sports available. There are two good supermarkets within a two minute walk of the hotel, one opposite through the underpass of the hotel and Gorty's to the left who is a very nice man and makes his own form of liqueur with honey which is nice but quite strong! The hotel is in a good location with Stalis one side and Hersonissos on the other which if you don't want to walk, reception will call you a taxi and it will cost you 7 euros. In Hersonissos New York Bar is worth a visit but best to go at around 11PM. It's also worth getting a taxi up to the village of Koutouloufari, a restaurant recommendation is Emmanuel's Tavern and a bar called Atrium for a slight change. A taxi costs 10 euros and the bar will happily call you one to take you back to the hotel. We took the local bus to Agios Nikolaos on the recommendation from the guys at the hotel which was about forty minutes away and had some stunning view of the marina and you can also get a boat to Spinalonga at 12.30 from here to as well as the glass bottom boat. Stavros recommended a cafe to us and another couple and we all agreed the views were amazing. As mentioned, the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly but I must mention in particular Agnes and Ria from reception Angelos from the pool bar and the man, the legend Stavros from the roof bar! They all helped make our holiday so special and we really felt that they in particular provided such a good service and really made us feel at home we cannot wait to come back next year!More

carlylemm,

perfect holiday!

We have travelled all over the world as a family and I have to say, staying at the Arminda made this a joint first place holiday with Australia. Food excellent with plenty of choice, animation team excellent and my 3 year old enjoyed the mini disco every evening so much we ended up buying the cd to take home. Location is perfect, it is in-between Hersonissos and Stalis, approximately 15/20 mins walk either way. Rooms basic but clean and cool with free air conditioning. Staff were very helpful and friendly 24/7. There is also a bus stop outside the hotel, where you can get a bus to agios nikoloas if you fancy a day out, it takes approximately 40 mins and costs 4.20 euros per person. The only downside was that we booked for one week and we were gutted when it was time to go home. Already looking for next year!More

kjs3175, Barnsley, United Kingdom

Thank you!

The hotel was ok, everthing fine. But almost was the animation team that bring the days sunshine, fun and laughing. We had a great time there. And we think that next year we will go there for holidays again. A big thank to the animation team pavlo, vita and austeja (sorry if the name is not correct written).More

sotispirit,

Summer fun

We stayed here in late August for a week 2 adults, 2 teenage children in 2 rooms. This was one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in. The food, the staff and the animation team were all good and cared about service. The pools are nice with a quieter one for Adults, lots of loungers. Drinks - soft, beer and wine are always on tap. The food was perfectly good - a decent buffet for every meal - obviously it's not 5* at this price but we thought it was always good quality. The rooms at the side 51*, 71* and back 40** or 41** are the quietest. I wouldn't want one at the front. Highly recomended.More

YieldLondon, London, United Kingdom

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