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Porto Rethymnon: Rethymnon's Best

If you are on a business trip or just want a better holiday than usual and appreciate the luxury of a modern and conveniently located city hotel, Porto Rethymnon fits the bill perfectly.

The rooms are excellent; clean; comfortable and lovely balconies with views to the port and sea.

The one thing that I always find to be the most lasting impression of a good hotel is the breakfast served! The breakfast at Porto Rethymnon still lingers in my mind (and on my hips! What a great way to start a busy day..fresh local fruit, yogart, coffee, eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, rolls steamy hot, local honey...on and on goes the list! What have I forgotten? The service, with a smile? The civilized atmosphere?

A bit more expensive than local rooms...but well worth the while if you like comfort.

The Hotel Porto Rethymno is all that the brochure says, central to restaurants , mini-markets and tavernas, it is spotlessly clean with excellent air conditioning and food choice. It is also within walking distance of the beautiful old town of Rethymno, with its narrow, shop filled streets, impressively ornate churches, museums and picturesque venetian harbour.
The beach opposite the hotel is sandy, clean and perfectly safe except on the breeziest of days when the waves come crashing ashore. Lifeguards and a green/red flag system indicate the occasional unsafe bathing periods. The Rethymno resort also has a promenade with wooden bench seating where you can rest and enjoy the views of the beach and ferry port.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Spa and Resort, Family Travel, Singles
  • Written April 26, 2006
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Nikos and Anna's Taverna, near Rodakino: Wild landcsape & sea: a hard-to-find hideaway

This is my favourite rooms place in Crete- a simple family taverna, right on the coast.

The rooms are big: marble-floored, large balconies, most with long views along the coast to Plakias. There's a fridge and air-con if you want it (no extra charge at the time of year we went) and a good shower.

The food is delicious but simple home cooking: the kind of thing best enjoyed in the open air. There is plenty of that here: you can sit on the terrace... under a tamerisk ... at tables above the waves. Sit with a drink and see who turns up to add a bit of bustle to this quiet place. The family who run the place are really kind and laid back. You'll come for a day - you'll end up becalmed here for a week.

Just beyond the taverna there is a really beautiful headland walk - a clamber in places - to a string of almost totally deserted beaches. A great place to meet goats, spot wildflowers, swim on deserted beaches, see the stars....

There is only a small cluster of houses and rooms near the taverna. The number has grown in recent years and there is now a hotel too, but an unobtrusive one. The hotel does sometimes runs 'retreats' or courses in Tai Chi or similar, so if you see people standing around in strange postures don't worry, they are doing it for their health!

About a kilometre in the other direction there are other tavernas including a good fish taverna, and up the hill are the little villages of Rodakino (Ano and Kato), where there is a supermarket and couple of kafenions.

The beach at Rodakino is of historical interest - it is where the kidnapped General Krieppe was taken off the island (the 'Ill met by Moonlight" story).

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Beaches, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 8, 2004
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Zografakis: Great rooms: mountains and waterfalls

The rooms are in the mountain village of Aryiroupolis - sometimes called 'Lappa' (the name of the classical town that was here). The village is famous for waterfalls - springs that gush from the mountainside - and it is unusual to see so much fresh running water in Crete. We stayed in rooms run by the family Zografakis: spectacular views of the mountains and valley, with the sea in the distance. In fact, we opted to stay in a shady and quiet room off to the side of the hotel as it felt very cool and private. The rooms facing the front have the fab views but the balconies are less private, as you are on the road.

Rooms are simple and clean and some have very small baths as well as shower appliances. The place is very attractively decorated - the family run a folk museum next door and there are interesting tools and artefacts in the public rooms along with old wood-burning stoves.

There is a taverna/breakfast room where the village men play cards of a night.

The village is very special. It is on several levels - right at the top of the maze of pretty houses, is a roman mosaic.
Then the street winds down to a shop selling local produce: olive oil and avocado skin cream etc. and to an archway that leads to the main square - here you'll find an excellent cafe/taverna, a pretty church and some roman remains surounded by banana plants.
Below that is yet more of the town, with interesting churches and then, below that again, the walk that takes you down to the waterfall valley.About 5 tavernas, all using water as a feature await you here: waterwheels, falls etc.

There are lots of ruins, caves and churches to visit iround and about. This is great walking country and there are other interesting villages like Asigona in the vicinity. Buses run regularly to Rethymnon.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Hiking and Walking
  • Written October 26, 2004

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Hotel Rea: Hotel Rea - Paleochora

A little family run hotel situated in the center of Paleochora. I found it by accident in a narrow street and I immediately decided 'This is our hotel!!'. It have been a great choice, I have been there one more time for a week and nothing disappointed me.
Every room is small but full equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television and a fridge.
Breakfast is served in the terrace under a nice pergola.
They also have some studios if you prefere this kind of accomodation.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Beaches
  • Written July 23, 2006

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Lofos Hotel - Plakias: Family Run Establishment

I have stayed at this friendly hotel/Inn twice before. The owners, Markos and Aspasia Zambetakis, are very kind and polite and the rooms are clean and adquate. The view is lovely from the balconies and breakfast is served either inside or on the veranda. There aren't televisions in the rooms but there is a small fridge for keeping your drinks cold. My room had two single beds which weren't perhaps the most comfortable, but the sheets were clean and fresh.

The price is moderate, I paid 30 Euros for one night, but I was allowed to keep the room until 5pm the next day, something that can be arranged with the owner if they are not so busy. As this was off season the price was also a bit lower than usual. Summer rates are probably around 40 Euros a night, but this is a typical price I've found in many other hotels around mainland Greece.

I would recommend this hotel because of its location, view, cleanliness and helpful owners. Also, it is very quiet there away from the crowded touristic areas nearer the beach.

Great View to the bay of Plakias; no noise; clean rooms; very helpful owners.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written April 29, 2006
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there are so many :): rent-a-room

In the old towns for Chania and Rethymnon you'll find that nearly every house there has rooms to rent. I was there in July and it was no problem at all to find a nice place to stay. Prices were around 35/40 Euro for a triple room with bathroom and aircon.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written August 11, 2004
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Hotel Armonia - Matala: Great family run Hotel

A family run hotel at about 800 mt from the center with about 25 rooms. We love it and went back two times. Rooms are in two levels and have a lovely balcony with flower's pergola. They all have a private bathroom.
The Hotel have a private parking lot and a small pool.
Breakfast is served in the garden, under a pergola surrounded by flowers. It consists in plenty of home made cakes and biscuits, fresh fruit, sliced salami and cheese and a lot more.
www.armonia.matala.it

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  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, Beaches
  • Written July 23, 2006

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Sunset. Falassarna beach: "Sunset" rooms, sunset beach

We stayed a few years ago - arrived on the bus from Kastelli Kissamos and were delightted to find these good, simple, clean rooms above an old chapel, overlooking a nearly empty beach. (Not necessarily empty in season, by any means!)

The room we stayed in was quite spacious, with a small shower room and balcony. I think they have some self-catering apartments too. The picture was taken looking down from the room balcony.

We got the impression the place was run by two sisters: there is quite a jolly matriachal feel to the place anyway. The food is good, served on a fig-shaded terrace, and there are turkeys and chickens running around: you may get their eggs.

Unique quality? The view and, yes, the sunsets.

This is one place that is actually nicer when you are there than it looks on the web-site.
It is a backpacker-type place, though of good quality - basic but clean.

Within walking distance, there are the classical ruins of what was once an important old harbour and town, including a temple - possibly to Apollo.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Beaches
  • Written October 28, 2004
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Hotel Lena: Budget hotel in Heraklion

This hotel was recommanded by VT-member Elenitsa (thanks a lot, Helen!!!) and it's certainly a good place to stay. Rooms are simple with or without bathroom and very clean. They also serve breakfast, but it's usually not included.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written August 11, 2004
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Hotel "Fantastic": More great rooms in Crete: Matala

Great value rooms - roomy, airy, well equipped, with shower, balcony and fridge - run by the really friendly Stavrakos family.

Normally you'd stay clear of someting that calls itself "Fantastic", wouldn't you? But, in this case, don't!

Lovely garden, bougainville-hung balconies and a view of some of the strange sandstone outcrops round Matala, complete with goats. You are right in town, just round the corner from everything you could want, yet it is really peaceful - the sound of goat bells and the odd excited discussion wafts up to you.

This street has about half a dozen rooms places, and all looked of a good standard. The rooms don't look out to sea, however. For some reason there are almost no sea-view places in Matala.

Matala, with its lovely bay, makes good base for Phaestos and other sites nearby : see my 'wind came in from Africa' tip! for more information about it. I think, however, it is a place best visited out of season.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Archeology, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written September 19, 2004

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Hotel Dias: Best rooms in Lasithi

Simple clean rooms, in Ayios Georgios - a good base if you want to stay in Lasithi plateau after the tour buses go home. And staying overnight is something I particularly recommend - At night, peace descends on the ancient farming community up on this isolated plateau.

The Dias proprietor is a warm and very friendly woman who will fill you up with the most delicious food and home made wine. Don't expect anything fancy - it is a comfortable place with shared (basic) shower rooms and a courtyard area where you can sit out. There's also a great restaurant attached ot the hotel that gives out onto the street - watch life in Ayios Georgios go quietly by.

After the 'yemistes' with cretan herbs, and the wine and raki, the sound of greek voices dies away and you are left with the silence of the plateau until the cocks start up at dawn, along with the 'yo' vans....

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written September 28, 2004
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Neli Studios: In Chania center

This Studios is located in Chania center, close to the city cathedral. The rooms are clean and comfortable and provided with fridge and a small kitchenette.
They don't serve breakfast but there are many bars, backery and pastry shops in Chania center.
If you have a car you can easily fond a place to park near the harbour that is at walking distance.
Don't be afraid about the Chatedral bell, it ring loudly, but only on Sunday morning :-)))

Position in the city center.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written March 2, 2008

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Crete hotels, pensions, guesthouses....: No reservations required!

Great way to spend your vacation on Crete is to make no reservations when it comes to the hotel.

...Well, if you are really that nervous or you are coming late at night book a room for the first night close to the airport , like Chania or Iraklion.

There is nothing worse than spending your vacation in a gorgeous place like Crete and stay in an ugly, cheap hotel in the middle of nowhere.

Remember, cheap hotels owned by older people do not advertise on the internet because they are cheap (they don't have extra money to spend) and owners don't speak foreign languages.

So don't be afraid, go to Crete, rent a car and find your dream hotel, or do as I do, travel from town to town and find your dream town with a dream hotel.

You can find a room for two in the middle of the summer for 40 Euro or lower if you ask owner to lover the price. They know if you will not take a room, probably nobody else will come and they will give you a good price.

It never took me longer than 15 minutes to find a room and I paid between 35 and 50 Euro in August 2006. I also never bargain, if the room wasn't more than 50 E and it was nice, with the bathroom and AC, I just took it. Few times I was lucky I got the whole studio for 40 Euro.

So, don't be afraid, DO NOT STAY IN HOTEL that looks nice only on the photographs!!!
See your hotel before you pay for it!!!!!!!!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written May 5, 2007
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Giorgos Apartments: Brand new apartments in Paleochora

Really comfortable apartments for up to 4 people. It's next to the church, so you'll be woken up by the bells....
They have nice terraces, but unfortunately not seaside ones.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written August 11, 2004
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Neapolis Hotel: Excellent hotel and proprietors

This place was recommended as being the one excellent hotel in town - it was difficult to find and later found out that because it was being totally renovated the sign had been taken down so Id been unable to find it.

But after driving around town several times and then phoning the proprietor he drove up on his motorbike to find me and then guide me to his hotel. His asking price was 35 euro for one person without breakfast - he accepted my attempt at haggling it down to 30 euro.

All being lovingly renovated with totally new flooring and wall panelling, fixtures and fittings, fridges and air conditioning, new showers and wooden furniture this place demonstrates the care that the owners have for their project and for their future clients.

I was then asked if I wanted somewhere good to eat and that he would drive me there so I would not get lost in the dark! The whole family bundled into the car and drove me up to his friend or family's restaurant and I was blessed with excellent local dishes for my last night in Greece! and being off the tourist circuit this place was at really low for the locals prices!

As above - the decent people that run this hotel!

Clean and comfortable - the little things such as a flower on the dressing table and drinking glasses for any cold drinks you might have brought with you to keep cool in the fridge also supplied.
Handy hotel to the Lasithi Plateau - at Neapoli, set in a high valley, the road up into the mountains begins it spectacular climb.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Adventure Travel, Women's Travel
  • Written July 28, 2008
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