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
- 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
Upon arriving at 630am the gentleman at reception got us checked in even though rooms would not be available for quite a few more hours. Since we have a 2 year old with us he did request we get the 1st available room which would be around noon. He took care of our luggage, gave a coloring activity set to our 2 year old and advised us we were welcome to breakfast already being served. Breakfast was more than we expected. It's not the continental breakfast you get in the states. There was so many food options and helpful staff. The room was very clean and quiet. Hop on hop off is on the corner. 10 minute walk to the city center and very convenient to touring. If we were to go back to Heraklion I would definitely stay here.
We have experienced excellent hospitality, superior room service, very polite reception service and we had an excellent breakfast with Greek products! the rooms are very clean, we. had an espresso machine and the "handy' mobile guide for free!
We stayed here for two days at the end of a ten day trip around Crete. Modern professional hotel with very kind staff about 15 min from the Venetian centre of town (a straight walk), easily reachable by car. Fantastic breakfast, large great pool in the courtyard, nice rooms. (We were also lucky to get a very good deal - check Google 😎)
Good location for an overnight stay. Especially pleased to receive a room upgrade which included bottle of wine and canapes.
4 star facilities and pool area. Cannot comment on Dinner menu but breakfast had a varied choice for all tastes.
Had a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Rooms are clean and well equipped - benefited from having small balcony. The rooms are small - I was traveling solo so this was fine, would have been cramped for two. Good selection of breakfast options - with variety each day.