Around Rethymno opened the doors of comfortable hotels 4 and 5 stars, which will be discussed in this review. Rethymno is famous for its large number of ancient buildings, churches, restaurants and a special Greek identity. The center of attraction is the large Venetian fortress “Fortezzo” of the 16th century, which is perfectly preserved and rises above the city. It offers a picturesque panorama – a good place for photo shoots. In the old town there are many colorful narrow streets overlooking small squares. It’s full of small relics and ancient artifacts all around. Lemon, figs and other fruit trees grow everywhere. Cute fountain Rimondi four hundred years of drinking water for residents and tourists. Monuments are replaced by ancient churches, and Greek taverns with souvenir shops. Three times a week there is a farmer’s market, where you can buy olives, wine, cheese, butter, fruits of incredible quality and taste, which you will not find in mass tourist places. The city beach is the pride of the local authorities, who keep it clean. Here you can safely sunbathe and swim after walking and sightseeing.
Aquila Porto Rethymno
Spa Hotel “Akila Porto” has a well-deserved five stars on the system “all inclusive”, is located in a city near the historic center and has its own wide sandy beach with sun loungers and umbrellas. The number of rooms is small and comfortable, everything you need is, incl. plasma, safe, refrigerator, air conditioning and textiles. A large swimming pool and a small spa are enough for a measured rest. Since there are not so many rooms in the hotel, it does without queues and crowding. For children there is a whole town, including game rooms, play areas and a spacious children’s pool. The food of the Swedish line claims to be aristocratic, which distinguishes Akila Porto from other hotels. There is really restaurant food with beautiful presentation and layout. The choice of dishes is large, the emphasis on Mediterranean specialties. Many tourists become regular customers and come to rest only in this place, which the administration strongly supports through the loyalty program and compliments.
Joy absurd writes a review: “a very cozy hotel with excellent food. Good location – close to the old town with the main attractions. It is better to choose a room with a view of the sea, and not on the roadway, otherwise it is difficult to fall asleep. “
Grecotel Creta Palace
“Creta Palace” in addition to spacious and modern rooms,in addition, offers equipped bungalows that can diversify the rest. The level of service is high, the staff is friendly, cleaning every day. The sandy beach with tents and sun loungers is one of the best in Rethymno. The water in the sea is clean, without animals. The park area of the hotel is well equipped: lawns, ornamental trees and flower arrangements. A large infinity pool is filled with sea water. The comfortable spa is designed for capricious and thorough Europeans. Due attention is paid to animation and children’s recreation. The buffet is made with an emphasis on Greek cuisine, plus an abundance of fruits and a large selection of ice cream. Very interesting menu in the children’s bar, where they can eat at any time from 8 to 19. In general, the hotel with an emphasis on family holidays – children are everywhere.
Larisa K writes a review: “Great five-star! Varied food and clean sea, the beach is above all praise. I also note the children’s center – the child did not want to go home. There is a shopping street and a monastery shop – natural and high-quality products. “
Atlantis Beach Hotel
The hotel is 4 stars, where not everything is included. It is aimed at poor Europeans (elderly Germans), so it will be culturally and very “friendly” around. The rooms are made in a modern style, equipped with TV plasma, air conditioning and the rest of the traditional hotel set (except for bathrobes). There is a sandy beach, where sunbeds, umbrellas are already included in the cost of living and are always freely available. The food is not bad: baked meat, fish, seafood, pizza, salads, etc. A lot of paid extras. services, without which it is quite possible to do. Nearby there is a supermarket, where at normal prices you can buy coffee, pastries, desserts, wine, beach accessories, etc. – European guests do just that. The park area is very beautiful, around perfect cleanliness. In the evenings there are often concerts, performances, events. To the center of Rethymno for 5 euros take a taxi or walk along the promenade in 25 minutes.
Sentido Aegean Pearl
In a small five-star hotel “Aegean Pearl” sandy beach, urban environment with Greek taverns, the proximity of the sights of Rethymno – this bouquet, coupled with beautiful rooms makes it in demand among European guests. Food, judging by the reviews, does not correspond to the level of 5 stars, so it is better to take a ticket only with breakfast, and lunch and dinner in taverns. After all, there are many establishments with high-quality cuisine, colorful interior and affordable price tag. Clean rooms with good furniture and nice design in pastel colors – the main advantage of this place. It is also worth praising the gym and children’s pool. The communal pool is small but there are rooms with a private pool. In the evenings, various performances and concerts, belly dance and national shows are arranged in the lobby. But due to the small size of the hotel, there is no gloss and scope to which demanding guests are accustomed. It is a quiet place with a chamber atmosphere for European pensioners. According to some tourists, “Aegean Pearl” pulls only 4 stars. Sun beds on the beach for guests are free, the sand is clean, the entrance to the water is very gentle. An important addition for families with children: there is no playroom and playground for children’s games.
Minos Ambassador Suites & Spa – Adults only
Hotel The Ambassador in Rethymno works only for wealthy adults who want to relax in an atmosphere of luxury and tranquility. Couples in love, newlyweds from a honeymoon, respectable people with young companions – this is the target audience. The complex was built recently, so the rooms with designer interiors have not yet had time to “get used to”. The center of attraction is the rooftop pool surrounded by sun loungers. There is also a bar serving drinks and snacks. From the free one: breakfast, fitness club and Wi-Fi. The rest is paid: spa, sauna, parking, restaurant, bar, dry cleaning and laundry. The spa has a wide range of programs for body care, massage, cosmetology. Restaurant food – delicious, beautiful, expensive. The territory is ennobled by a landscape designer. This is a closed paradise with a high price tag.
Kyma Suites Beach Hotel
“Kima Beach” is a small city hotel of 4 stars, positioning itself for all 5. It is located in the environment of a noisy city: motorcycles roar around and music plays. There is no beach, but residents are provided with free sun loungers on the beach of the hotel “Kriti” in 7 minutes on foot. Free breakfast does not shine with choice and certainly does not correspond to 5 stars. There is also no common pool, but there is a jacuzzi and a gym. The main advantage is the walking distance to the sights of the old town, bars and nightclubs, taverns and streets with a local flavor. The rooms feature modern interiors, air conditioning, a coffee machine, a free safe and a beautiful panoramic view from the balcony. This place can be recommended to those who came to get acquainted with Rethymno, travel around the island by car and visit nightclubs.
Kriti Beach Hotel
Small four-star hotel with its own beach and excellent food. The rooms have everything you need from the equipment, including air conditioning and safe. The interiors of the housing stock after renovation acquired a modern resort look. Of the minuses can be noted a small area of inexpensive rooms. Swimming pool access, parking and Wi-Fi are included. As in other resort places, there is an inflated price tag for an add-on. services, including ironing and laundry. Breakfasts are delicious and varied, at dinners they arrange incendiary performances. Meat, fish, seafood are present in a variety and are not repeated. The historic centre of Rethymno can be reached on foot along the promenade in 15 minutes. Opposite the hotel there is a large supermarket and several taverns where they buy food, drinks and beach supplies.
Perovan58 writes a review: “for residents, umbrellas and sunbeds are included in the price. Upon arrival, the compliment is a bottle of white wine. The food is excellent, especially liked the themed dinners – every day is different. Greek, fish, Macedonian, Italian, etc. Those who came to dinner are met by girls in national costumes, treated with rakia and national dishes. On fish day there was a wide variety of treats from the seafood. The hotel manager personally monitors everything and welcomes guests, which of course is nice.”
“Rethymno Palace” after renovation leaves good memories for tourists who like fresh beautiful rooms coupled with a huge pool 1.5-3 meters deep. The food in the hotel is not bad, there are themed dinners. The voucher is not all inclusive, so there is a large number of paid services. The animation is unobtrusive and quite simple. Of the minuses – entering the water with many stones, and ahead at the bottom of the natural stone slab. You need to go into the water carefully. For children there is a children’s pool and a games room.
Elena K writes a review: “arrived at 10:00, immediately sent for breakfast, then checked in at 11:00. Room with sea view, fruit basket and bottle of wine – great! Cleaning every day, in the restaurant without crowding, dirty dishes are immediately carried away. The food as a whole was nice, lots of fruit, delicious mussels and shrimp. Good alcohol and cocktails in the bar for a fee. There is no disco – a hotel for a relaxing holiday for pensioners. The centre of Rethymno is 15 minutes away by transport.”
Aquila Rithymna Beach
The number of rooms of this place has long required renovation. Animation in the hotel is practically absent: twice a week live music and dancing. A large number of negative reviews “on the case” suggests that it is better to choose another place to stay for such money.
Karina C writes a review: “Akila is not worth the money. In July there was a terrible heat, in the hotel except for the dining room and the room there was no air conditioning anywhere. We were suffocating. The restaurant is essentially a canteen with a mediocre organization: waiters run like horses, yell across the hall and snatch plates from their hands. Condeys in the dining room work poorly, had to eat and sweat with the intrusive staff. For dinner, all drinks are paid, including water – this is a shame for 5 stars! The spa works with a high price tag and without condeys! Entering the water is rocky, you need slippers. The rooms correspond to the level of 3 stars. Of the pluses only a nice well-groomed area and a large swimming pool. “
Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort
Beautiful hotel by the sea with a small capacity, so there is no pushing and queues. It is possible to stay in both air-conditioned rooms and bungalows with private garden. Of the pros: good animation for children and adults, a developed loyalty program for hotel guests, a large swimming pool and quality food. Of the cons: the entrance to the sea consists of stone slabs, there is only one restaurant on the territory. Food on the voucher is diverse, but without the “wow effect”. In the reviews praise desserts – works an experienced pastry chef. Free lunches for children under 12 years old and a children’s menu are a plus. Around the atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility, here comes a solid contingent.