You can expect sea views, pretty gardens and plenty of pools at the Royal Belvedere. It’s 10 minutes from the go-karts and watersports at Star Beach, too.
The Royal Belevedere has a hilltop setting, so sweeping views of the sea and mountains come as standard. It’s next to the Imperial Belvedere, and the two hotels share huge gardens and a handful of swimming pools.
Lively Star Beach is a 10-minute stroll down the hill – the hotel offers a free bus if you don’t fancy the walk. Head up the hill, meanwhile, and you’ll find a couple of quiet, traditional villages.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks - time restrictions apply.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
Facilities► View all
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
The evening entertainment programme provides a wide variety of performances by the Animation Team.
Rooms ► View all
double room with garden view
Double rooms are bright and spacious with widescreen patio doors. They offer a garden view and sleep up to four, with a radio. Sea view rooms are also available.
twin room with garden view
Twin rooms are bright and spacious, with widescreen patio doors. They offer garden views and sleep up to four, with a radio.
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We travelled as a party of mum, dad and two children; aged 4 and 12. We arrived late at 11pm and the main restaurant still had greek salad, bread and cheeses available. As we had a small child I was concerned that we had room with a balcony on the 3rd floor but my fears were soon allayed when I realised there was an additional glass screen on top of the balcony to prevent our child from falling. The room was basic with two twin beds and two sofa beds. Plenty of drawer space and hanging space. Safety deposit was not free you have to pay per day, the air conditioning was good, the shower was good and the fridge was useful. The room was cleaned daily and was comfortable but needed redecorating in parts. Breakfast has everything you would need: cereal, fruit, continental breakfast basics and hot breakfasts for all nationalities. Tip: go for first sittings as you can jostle for a table. Lunch was much the same as dinner selections in the main restaurant so if you prefer something lighter there were toasties, chips, popcorn, ice cream, fruit and salads available from 10-4.30pm at both the adult and kids pools. Dinner was good with many types of dishes available. two additional eating experiences available by booking at the reception. Soft drinks were good with carbonated and still fruit drinks provided. Alcohol drinks were available all day from 10am at pool bars, restaurants and main entertainment bars. Beer & wine were self service and spirits were issued by staff at the bars and counters. Entertainment was what it was but good fun. Beach and town centre were 10 minutes walk. All in all a safe friendly place for all ages and kept exceptionally clean.More
Steven L, Washington, United Kingdom
Superb hotel/excellent facilities, something for everyone!
THIRD STAY IN 3 YEARS! We stayed fist in July 2013, then again in 2014 and as it had so much to offer for the kids now again in July 2015 as the kids are now aged 15 and 18. This hotel, and the surrounding resort has EVERYTHING. The hotel staff are so friendly the hotel is immaculate and has such fabulous facilities, weâve ended up visiting again for a third time! The resort of Hersonissos is a large & busy but friendly resort with no visible trouble, all the locals are expremely friendly but not pushy getting yoou into shops or bars. It has fantastic night life for teenagers and young adults and families alike. My eldest son has just returned from a week with âthe ladsâ â staying at the Royal Belvedere again and had the âholiday of a lifetimeâ they did visit Malia one day/night but preferred Hersonissos and the Star Beach complex with its fantastic daytime activities, water sports etc and of course the night life and parties/DJs etc. We stayed again for 14 nights from 24th July - 2 adults 2 children aged 15 and 18. Hotel was spotlessly clean at all times. All staff - Reception, Bar staff, waiters, Restaurant Manager, Cleaners and of course the Animation Team were wonderful, very friendly and approachable and all extremely helpful and polite. Lots of the hotel staff have worked there many years, which shows what a great hotel it is. The hotel has FANTASTIC facilities, lots of pools, great pool for young kids, great daytime and evening activities for adults and children (small & teens), rooms are well equipped with aircon, fridge, hairdryer and safe (extra charge). Towels & bedding changed every day! Food choice was excellent for all meals, breakfast offered 'everything' - continental, fruit & yogurts, 'english', omelettes, pancakes, waffles, greek style - you name it they did it. Lunch was superb, great choice of meat, chicken, pasta, rice, potatos, chips, salad & puds. Evening fab choice again meats/chicken, lots of traditional Greek dishes, show cooking, pasta bar, salad. The pool/snack bar also supplied cereal, toasties, fruit salad, cake, ice creams, chips as well as freshly made pizza and kebabs! Drink selection was great and all inclusive was on til 1am!!! The Animation team deserve a special mention, they're various nationalities but all speak great English and are great fun and worked extremely hard. Activities for adults and kids run throughout the day including Water Gym, yoga, Zumba, Step, water polo, beach volleyball, shooting, darts, archery, football, pool games etc. There's a kids disco around 8.30 every night and a show in the evening, either dancing, comedy, games etc. excellent. Could not fault the hotel or its staff in any way. As well as the main buffet restaurant the hotel offers a BBQ and Cretan food at 2 pools in the evening (bookable at reception). Outside the hotel â STAR BEACH (over the road from Royal Belvedere) is definitely worth a visit - it has water sports, water park, pools, Sling Shot, Bungee, Go Karts. All very well run. There's a foam party each day at 4.30 and everyone can take part for free - kids and adults of all ages can take part! Great fun! For older teens it offers White Nights, DJs (some top names), various pool parties etc (check out their own website for full details) KOUTOULOUFARI is about 10/15 minute walk out from the back of the hotel and is a beautiful little village with plenty of small local shops, tavernas and restaurants - plenty going on and definitely worth a look HERSONISSOS itself is an excellent resort - not as roudy as we expected but really lively with great bars, tavernas & restaurants & shops. If you have younger children itâs a lovely resort to walk around with plenty going on, great selection of restaurants and shops, For older teens its perfect and really comes alive after midnight! (but at the moment isnât like Malia or Magaluf) STALIS â 20/30 minute walk from the hotel / 10 mins taxi (â¬10) â Walk across the road and turn right (the opposite direction to Hersonissos) and follow either the beach or the main road. Youâll pass a lovely little Museum (worth a visit as it shows traditional Cretan life in the old days, I loved it!), walk along a lovely coast line, swim in crystal clear water and some nice hotels and then come to a bay and long road which takes you down to Stalis. Itâs a lovely beach town, small resort. Lots of shops, tavernas and restaurants. Nice hotels and small bars. Well Worth a visit! (something for everyone) We've stayed All inclusive for the last few years and we have to say this hotel offered the best facilities and food/drink to any we've stayed previously. Would definitely recommend The Royal Belvedere or the Royal Imperial Hotel (sister hotel, next door) especially for families of any age. The only downside for older folk is thereâs a steep hill from the main road of Hersonissos back up to the hotel. There is a hotel run mini bus which runs several times per day / or local taxis if youâve been into town or to the beach. The walk down is fine but back up it is steep (especially in the heat!) Apart from the recommendations above, suggest hiring a car and travelling to Stalis, Malia (to have a look!), Sisi, Agios Nikolaos, Elunda,and boat trip to Spinalonga (the leper colony). Or in the opposite direction thereâs Gouves, Heraklion etcMore
we stayed for two weeks returning on the 8th August. We are a family of four , kids ages are 10 and 15 years. Food was good if presentation sometimes left a bit to be desired. The serving area was hot and a bit squashed but the food itself was usually good. The dining area was good with quick, polite service. The pools were very well kept and the pool snack bars had self serve soft drinks , beer , wine and hot beverages. Day time entertainment was good and the animation team friendly without being too pushy. My husband loved his table tennis matches with other guests and Micky from the animation team. The night time entertainment was an aquired taste but after a few beverages we enjoyed it. What we liked about this hotel most was the relaxed atmosphere in well kept grounds . There were plenty of sunbeds and room to actually swim in the pool which for August is good going. Star beach , across the road was good fun, especially the foam party at 4pm each day. More
Claire A, Sheffield, United Kingdom
An honest opinion
A large double complex with pools and amenities located centrally to both hotels, The Royal Belvedere and Imperial. It's immaterial which one you picked in the brochure as you'll be allocated to one or the other. We paid for the Belvedere and ended up in the Imperial which worked out the more expensive hotel for the cheaper price. I'd be wary if you ended up paying more but finding yourself in the Belvedere. Restaurants are what you'd expect in a hotel complex of this size as in food is very hit and miss. Plenty of fruit, salads, cheeses and breads to pick at but meats, rices, potatoes and chips every night does wear you down. Poolside snacks ended up becoming the norm before Tea as I'll guarantee you'll struggle to fill both your plate and stomach otherwise. A note to the gentleman traveller: Long pants are not required for evening meal. You have the option of pre booking the restaurant in the Imperial or one of the two poolside eateries. 24 /48 hour notice is recommended. Staff are friendly, fluent in English and always available. Rooms are cleaned and towels replaced everyday. Night time entertainment is a let down if you're not travelling with 4-10 year olds as the 20.30-21.30 slot is aimed at them. The animation team work hard for the older demographic but it's painful to watch at times. Get yourselves upstairs to the chilled out bar which has a lack of kids, plenty of seating and great views across the bay and town. Rooms are more than adequate with plenty of wardrobe space(hangers inc.) a large dresser and two side cabinets. A double bed a two singles still leaves enough floor space to get around. Bathroom is tiny, you have to negotiate around the door to use toilet or shower and would struggle to fit two people in at once. One final observation, Brits are heavily outnumbered so manners are at a premium. Prepare to bully yourself in and stand your ground. It's a free for all at meal times.More
Not worth the money
The restaurants are repetitive, we found that there was no food my 4 year old would eat, so she had plain rice, chips and sauce for two weeks. The hotel was much the same as the Imperial, over crowded and most certainly not a 4 star hotel. some people have mentioned the hotel cleanliness, well our room was certainly not clean as I had to clean it myself twice. if I pay for a 4 star I expect it.More
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