Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
What We Love
- Heraklion is a great destination for history and architecture buffs
- Free access to the fitness center and hammam, open 24/7
What To Know
- Located on a bus line, with good access to the city's historic sights, many walkable from hotel
- Some rooms are on the small side
- Don't expect a whitewashed Grecian escape; the Galaxy is a modern property
- Home to the city's largest freshwater pool
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Centrally located in the posh part of Heraklion, Crete’s capital city, the Galaxy Hotel showcases elegant design, upscale comfort, contemporary conveniences, and healthful amenities to cosset tourists and business travelers alike. Don’t expect a whitewashed Grecian escape; this 127-room property is decidedly modern, with sleek lounge spaces filled with low-level seating, arty chandeliers and glossy design books, and an organic restaurant overlooking Heraklion’s largest freshwater pool. The balconied rooms overlook the historic city or the courtyard pool and are decorated in a cool, neutral style. There’s free WiFi, satellite plasma TVs, and large office areas, just in case you need to get some “work” done. The Euro-style bathrooms come with chunky sinks and either walk-in showers in the corner or a shower-tub combo and are as clean as a whistle. And as wellness is a Galaxy hallmark, special PURE rooms are available for the allergy-prone, kitted out with hypoallergenic fabrics, medical-grade air purification and ozone air treatment. The hotel has a distinct good-for-you philosophy, with a 24/7 state-of-the-art fitness center complete with spa services and a traditional hammam, and the largest freshwater swimming pool in Heraklion. The breakfast buffet is piled high with Cretan specialties, and locavores will appreciate the chef’s attention to fresh organic and local ingredients, such as olive oil pressed on the owner’s own estate, at the on-site restaurants, Vetri and Per Se.
In the Area
Visit the Palace at Knossos for an exploration of Bronze Age Minoan architecture and civilization. It’s easy to get there by taxi or the number 2 bus, which departs from Odos Evans, near the central market in town. And don’t miss the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, home to many of the palace artifacts as well as objects from nearby Phaistos. For something a little more active, there’s superb hiking in Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in all of Europe, sculpted by more than 14 million years of rainwater. Hundreds of species of plant and animal thrive here under strict protection. Or consider a visit to the remote villages in the White Mountains, a short drive from central Heraklion. Journey to the medieval town of Chania for a glimpse of Cretan life under Venetian rule. See the biggest indoor market in Crete before you continue on to charming Rethymnon.
How to Get There
Only 5 out of 5 can be the grade for this beautiful hotel. Sorry for the mayor of the town but the best place to be in Heralion is the Galaxy hotel. It is a very well designed and a very elegant residence . At the entrance of the hotel you feel already in another world , everything you look around is refined and clean an enjoyable. The staff is outstanding ,patient ,helpful and very professional . We enjoyed every minute of our stay in the vast lobby ,near the pool or on the balcony in a romantic atmosphere. The staff did the utmost to help us overcoming the lack of accessibility - only a few steps to reach the breakfast place. The food was very good but I would recommend the " a la carte " formula.....Thanks to Antie ,Valentis Michaelis and Georgia...and all the staff .We will certainly come back
The location of this property is ideal. It's quiet with restaurants nearby and only a 10 minute walk away from the old town and the port. My husband and I traveled with a group and we walked everywhere. It is an interesting and lovely city to explore. We found restaurants near and away from the center by the fountain that were all wonderful. The hotel has an excellent staff, comfortable, clean rooms, and a beautiful pool area. The breakfast buffet had the best food and variety of any hotel at which we stayed. Plus, there was an added bonus of drying racks on the balconies.
All the staff including the breakfast staff were all very helpful and kind. The service was excellent. Special mention to Anithi at the front desk. She still was smiling and very kind inspite of a lot of questions we were asking her regarding the area.