Royal Belvedere

With its sea views and a choice of pools, this place has bagged a winning combination.

Sweeping views of sea or mountains come as standard at the hilltop Royal Belvedere. The hotel is next to the Imperial Belvedere and the 2 places share sprawling gardens as well as an array of pools.

Location-wise, this place is a 10-minute walk from the beach, or you can use the courtesy bus. A short walk up the hill gets you to some great little villages with friendly tavernas.

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Based on 461 reviews

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  • 5Floors
  • 343Rooms
  • 3Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals. Dinner at Italian and Rotisserie restaurants, one visit per stay, July to August only, at the Imperial Belvedere.

Drink

Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks - time restrictions apply.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Olympic-sized outdoor pool

With sunbeds, parasols and a large sunbed area. The pool is a mix of saltwater and fresh water. Pool and beach towels are available. There is a small charge each time you change towels.

2 buffet restaurants

With 1 over at the Imperial Belvedere, offering regular Asian and Italian themed dinners.

Evening entertainment programme

A wide variety of shows performed by the Animation Team. Karaoke also available in the bar.

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twin room with garden view

Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 4. Includes a radio.

twin room with sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 4. Includes a radio.

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Slightly overrated

Mrs P. and I have just returned from a very nice week in Hersonissos Crete where we stayed at The Royal Belvedere. This is a good hotel with excellent facilities for swimmers with an Olympic size pool and at least four others to choose from. The animation team work hard to keep you occupied during the day and put on reasonable shows of an evening but I wouldn't suggest putting off any kind of other offer in order to catch one, reasonable is just that! The cleaning staff are fantastic clean rooms and bedding and towels every day in our case although I believe this is advertised as every other day, bunging the maid a tenner obviously did the trick?? she was also very nice and friendly. The reception staff were efficient and dealt with our only gripe in a prompt and professional manner but I wouldn't describe them as friendly, efficient most certainly but perhaps a bit up themselves or surly would describe my experience with them more accurately. The restaurant staff were also efficient, how hard is it to pick up a dirty plate or two unfinished drinks when you go to collect a dessert? Not that it was a great problem but they hovered ready to pounce on any finished with plates or cutlery and you felt you should get done and gone so as not to hold them up. The food, breakfasts I must say I found to be excellent with omelettes, fried and scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage ( slightly German but ok) grilled tomatoes, baked beans, and fried potato slices, toast, cereals, fruit and sticky cake and croissants. A good start to any day!!! Lunch time and evening meals were something else altogether although I always managed to eat something i was considerably less than impressed on more than one occasion, it wasn't very hot either so even though we were AI we eat out two evenings and one lunch time. The bar staff were ok but even our upgrade to gold band status only allowed us the choice of 4 cocktails over and above the locally produced drinks so not a very "jolly" week just ok to have a quiet drink with Mrs.P. It's got some great things going for it but in other respects it's pretty rubbish, you do have full use of all the Imperials facilities too except the restaurant but don't worry all their food comes from the same kitchen so no advantage to be gained from sneaking next door to eat. I'd definately stay there again if B and B was available but I'd think twice before going back on an AI deal. More

Philip P, Great Torrington, United Kingdom

So disappointing for our first proper get away this year

Where to begin... We were greeted by a very nice guy at reception after a REALLY long day travelling and told that we could go down to the 24hour all inclusive buffet... We went up to our room and it seemed nice, clean with a nice little balcony overlooking the resort. Then we sat on the bed... All I can say is it's lucky I take painkillers everyday for a bad back anyway. We went down the the "buffet" to be met by a PIECE of stale bread and some slices of watermelon. After such a long day we just went to bed hoping for something a bit better the next morning. We were woken by the cleaner barging into the room to change the beds and towels etc; we had been in the room for about 8 hours so told her to leave it. When we got up we took a walk down to star village (the resort ONLY advertised this place and this place only!) it's quite nice but be willing to spend a bit of cash-not that anyone approaches you or there is any staff or signs to show you where to go for the water sports. The next day in the hotel we went down for breakfast, far too many people all at once and 'freshly' cooked food being chucked ontop of food sat from earlier on in the serving. As I went to eat my toast the smell was a bit strange, after looking at the date of the butter pot it was due to go off next month but is obviously sat under the lamps all day (this was the butter that had been out the night before for the 24 hour buffet) the bacon was sloppy, sausages were cocktail sausages heated up and eggs were inedible. Throughout the day we felt worse and worse. We didn't have any dinner that night. We went for a walk the next day and came across the little town - this is NOT advertised anywhere! But it's beautiful. We were so cautios about eating and ended up in a little restaurant on the sea front, Definitely brightened up the holiday! The hotel staff aren't so much rude but just seem completely oblivious and uninterested which is a shame. The hotel is beautiful but needs bringing into the current year. The music from the 'entertainment' area ranges from abba, Aqua and more Aqua!! The entertainment on a Saturday night is NIL to be honest because the quiz was just guessing movies from soundtracks and was silent by 11pm. The pool tables need reupholstering. The swimming pools are only open til 7 at night yet it doesn't go dark til 10! We have had to spend just as much money providing our own food and drink as everything in the hotel isn't really that great. The wine and lager are watered down which is a shame as one old guy told us how popular Crete is for the grapes producing the wine. My only suggestion is go self catering. Explore further than they encourage and make sure you buy some of their olive oil products.Find the little taverns and make the most of the free shots of ouzo and raki that they generously hand out! After spending a total of 3 days feeling sick and having horrendous cramp, this hotel isn't best to help. The tv in the Hotel is poor, we have 2 channels. A French one and sky news which is just the latest headlines on a loop. Continually. We could tell you word for word what the news is about. Our balcony door doesn't lock yet is just feet away from the room next door. The doors are cardboard thin and the noise from the hallways just echoes. Kids running up and down, other guests having fights with their doors, electric flicking off... I could go on. Very disappointed, sorry belvedere hotel but you have a lot of work to doMore

jerseyDweeb, Jersey

Better than expected after reading reviews!!

My husband and I have just come home from a weeks stay, It was very clean throughout the hotel. The rooms were cleaned daily with new towels and bedding most days. The rooms need to be made more modern and the beds need to be replaced, I have never slept in such a rock hard bed. The noise at night is bad as the walls are very thin, and people do not know how to be quiet, door banging is a big problem at night. There is no water in the rooms which I found to be not good for an AI we had to buy this to put in the room daily. I also didn't like having to pay for some local drinks (which I didn't do!!) AI should be AI. The food however was always hot and we found there to be lots of different things most evenings, with fresh food being cooked as well. The staff were friendly and it was close to the shops for an evening walk. I think it should be a 3* not a 4* as advertised. We had a good holiday but it could have been even nicer.More

LindaB B, Berrynarbor, United Kingdom

Slightly disappointing

I have just returned back from a 10 night stay and I am sad to say that the food let this hotel down. I have stayed in many all inclusives in Greece but the standard was very disappointing. Don't get me wrong, I always found something to eat as I like my Grub! It just was - unappealing is the only way I could describe it, and never went back up for seconds which is not like me! Lol.. The rest of hotel was great, rooms were spacious and very clean. Maids came in every day and were very friendly. No kettle in the rooms, but we hired one from reception which was only a 20 euro deposit. Staff throughout the hotel were generally friendly and any requests we asked for were met. Entertainment for us on holiday is not important so to be honest never paid attention to it. The hotel animation team did their usual activities around the main pool during the day and in the evenings put on some type of show, but as I say, we never went to see it so can't comment. To summarise it was just the unappealing food that had put a slight tarnish on the holiday but it did not ruin it be any means. More

Kazabing, Clackmannan, United Kingdom

GOOD HOTEL

This is the third time my sister and I have been to Hersonissos, the first two times we stayed in the Meditterano (further up the road) but decided to try this Hotel as we had seen it previously whilst waiting for buses elsewhere. We were pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. It is fair to say that it is a steep walk up to the Belvedere if you use the road. Having said that, my sister found on our last full day there that you could take a left turn half way up and go in stages via the childrens pool - much less effort. There are two Hotels in this complex, the Belvedere and the Imperial, both close together, and you can use the facilities of either one. We did walk over to explore the Imperial one evening and found some nice shops in the foyer (a bit expensive though) and also an indoor bar which, although nice was small and quite crowded. The bar in the Belvedere was much bigger and part open(in front of the large pool) although there was a very nice lounge area behind it where you could sit quietly and talk, play cards etc. There are two shops in the Belvedere - one on the reception level which had nice clothes etc although, again, not cheap but it was the very rude male owner that put us off shopping there. Instead we found another shop, selling a better variety of goods/clothes/shoes on the restaurant level and the ladies there were so friendly and nice. There were some real bargins to be had there as well as usual necessities. We found the restaurant to be clean, plenty of room both inside and partially outside on several balconies. The choice of food was excellent, all types of meat and fish as well as salads and vegetables. At breakfast you could have omelettes made to order, there were pancakes, croissants, cold meats, breakfast cereals, salad items and hot food (eggs, bacon, tomatoes, baked beans). I don't understand how anyone could complain about the choice of food for any of the meals (breakfast,lunch, dinner) It was far superior to some other 'all inclusive' Hotels we have stayed at. As part of the 'all inclusive' drinks at this Hotel there was beer, red and white wine and a variety of local spirits available. Cocktails and imported brands were not free but we did not have a problem with that. I think that sometimes people expect too much from an 'all inclusive' holiday and, for what we paid for this holiday, I think it was very good value for money. One point to note is that they do not provide free bottles of water (which a lot of other 'all inclusive' do) but in their defence I will say that just outside the Hotel entrance are two supermarkets and for only 1euro 80cents you can by six litre and a half bottles of water which you can keep in the fridge in your room. This is working and for no extra charge (unlike many other Hotels we have stayed in) that was then far better value than having to hire a fridge for a week. There is a charge for the safe (which is normal these days) but we no longer use it as we double lock our valuables in our suitcases. The grounds are extensive and well laid out and there are three pools. On the lowest level is the children's pool, next level up is the Olympic sized pool where there is music played during the day (and a snack area for drinks/nibbles) then on the upper level is another large adult pool where the bar is. There are plenty of sunbeds and these have headrests attached which made them very comfortable. You do need to bring a towel of your own to the pool area or hire one for 1euro. We forgot to bring ours and decided to buy one of the cheap colourful towels in the shop (better value than hiring and you can use them again). The bus stop is right outside the Hotel to go either way to Heraklion (Knossos site there) or Agios Nikolaos (boat across to Spinalonga) both worth the visit even if you don't do the 'sites'. Also outside the Hotel entrance is a ticket booth where you can purchase a ticket to go on the road train up into the mountains and visit two villages (one that produces olive oil and it's products) it is a great way of sightseeing the area, stops for drink/food at a lovely café up in the mountain and is aprox four hours for 20euro - well worth the trip. Lastly, I would like to recommend the Aquarium/Reptile house at the bottom of Hersonissos town. It is a magical place where for an entrance fee of 6euro (revisit as many times as you like) you can see, hold and find out about a variety of reptiles also see the tanks full of interesting types of fish,stingrays,turtles,terrapins and very clever octopus. Please do give them a visit as John and Judith are doing a wonderful conservation job there.More

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