Royal Belvedere

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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Based On 469 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 5Floors
  • 343Rooms
  • 3Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals.

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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Not so regal Royal.

They try a little bit but I'm just not a fan of plastic or polystyrene cups. There's no reason to stay all inclusive. Book self catering & go explore this beautiful island. Pool is freezing. Sea is much warmer- get out of the complex and go see Crete. Donkeys are old, and so are the menu choices. Asked for coffee at lunchtime- only at breakfast! Disappointed. Will return to Crete but not to the Royal.More

Kate M,

Needs more but clean and tidy

Royal belvadere was ok. The room was clean but the shower was broken. The food was always warm but never hot. It was tasty enough so i used the microwave provided. Dont know if this was for the food supplied or for baby food but used it anyway. The staff were all friendly and always willing to help. The animation team werefriendly but not as good as the ones i have seen in previous trips abroad. With one being sleezy and chatting up my girlfriend and my friends girlfriend when we were not there. ( or trying to rather, but only managed in creeping the girls out lol) The bar staff were amazing. Always willing to give us what we wanted. And being Scottish, it was sambuca in large portions lol. Everything was shutting down for the season with food and services so wojld only recomend on season. Not too bad a place. Clean tidy and friendly. One bit of advice though? Cook your bacon more. No one likes raw bacon. Thanks The ChefMore

Allanjamesmceachran,

Mlgarstang

A good hotel every thing was fine. The staff were friendly. Food got boring very quick that's the only downside to this hotel. Very pleasant stay. Great location a quick transfer from airport. Renting a car is a must. Crete such a lovely place.More

Martin G, Swindon, United Kingdom

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

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