The experienced traveller will know that family run or independent hotels in Greece greatly varies in quality, and bad surprises can easily ruin a hard earn holiday.
The Axos Hotel in Platanias is as far removed from a dodgy independent hotel as you can imagine! What a gem this is! The hotel is located 7km from the Venitian Harbour in Rethymnon. It is surrounded by tavernas, eateries, bars and shops. There is a Lidl Supermarket only 10 minutes away on foot, great for self catering.
The hotel and rooms are extremely clean. The accommodation are modern, with basic but adequate self catering facilities. Some rooms have very large balconies. There is free wi-fi in the reception area. If your room is near the reception, or facing the Katrina Bar opposite, you will be able to access the internet from your room.
What makes the Axos Hotel great though, is the family who runs it. Everybody is so graceful and helpful! They provide excellent customer care. We were given plenty of advice for local visits and culture that we could easily drive to. They really pride themselves on providing a great service to customers.
There is a pool with plenty of sun loungers. The bar at the hotel is one of the liveliest in the area - but not a problem in term of noise.
The beach is only 5 minutes away on foot. If you have a car hire, the hotel shares a car park with a local taverna, only 30 seconds drive from the hotel front. Very convenient! There is a bus service nearly to the old town.In terms of location, there is plenty to see around Platanias. I would recommend a drive to Spili and Margarites, local monasteries and churches. In terms of beaches, try Baja beach only 3 minutes away from the hotel by car or drive to Bali for a great day out on an attractive beach and fishing village.
We had a great time at the Axos and would happily recommend it to anybody.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Axos is a cozy and pleasant apartment hotel, in a beautiful location and with a great variety of services. Highly recommended as an alternative for those who want to explore majestic Rethymno and its surroundings but don't want to be confined within the city. Its name comes from the village ‘AXOS’ where the family that runs the hotel comes from, works since 1989 and been fully renovated in 2009. It is built in an L shape that encloses the pool and garden. There is also a gift/gold shop near the entrance where guests can benefit from an exclusive discount on every purchase. Axos is located in Platanias which is the most well known seaside village for the holidaymakers with restaurants, supermarkets, bars, stores with clothes or souvenirs and with a very good bus and taxi transport. To its guests it offers free Internet WI-FI at the public areas (lobby, pool, bar) (Wi-Fi) or they can use the PC provided in the lobby are and its target is the friendly atmosphere since it is a Family Run hotel. Last but not least, Axos is very pleased and proud to announce that the National Jury of programs ''GREEN KEY'' decided to reward ''Axos'' hotel, after having evaluated their application for participating in this ecological label for tourist units. So now Axos is officially a ''GREEN KEY'' hotel.''Axos hotel offers 44 Studios and Apartments that recently have been renovated (2009). Modern furnishing, spacious rooms and big balconies suitable decorated in a pleasant atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with central heating, self controlled air-condition, balcony, satellite Flat Screen TV, direct telephone line, radio, cooker with 2 rings, microwave, kitchen kettle, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, wake up service, hair dryer, bath tabs and very relaxing bed mattresses with ISO certifications for you to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Axos Hotel Rethymnon
- Hotel Axos Crete/Rethymnon Prefecture