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Agios Pavlos Hotel
Ranked #23 of 46 Rethymnon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Agios Pavlos was the second stop in our trip after Vamos in the north and it was more than we ever dreamed of. Beautiful clean beaches, especially Trioptera, excellent food in the hotel's restaurant (loved the stuffed zucchini flowers!!!), very kind staff and very clean rooms. Great place to relax and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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23  Thank TaliSchein
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

This hotel, Taverna, Bar and cafe is a little off the beaten track, but then again aren't all the best places to be found here?


Amazing views and we ended up staying all day and had dinner in he Taverna with some newly made friends fro Yogaplus nearby, which was cool,

Rally friendly place

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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28  Thank Cain O
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Nico is one of the barmen here and he is great fun,

Very good service,

Very generous with the Raki,

Wonderful location in remote Crete,

Food is exquisite !!!!!!!!!

Service Brilliant!!!!!!!

Everything BRilliant!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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32  Thank Sasha D
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

I stayed in this small hotel for four nights in July 2013. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and basic. The luxury lies in the position overlooking the bay and the wonderful view. Excellent breakfasts at the bar. Evening meal plain, honest and plentiful. Extremely affordable. Charming family management. Most relaxing atmosphere. Rather tatty deckchairs on the beach (nothing to do with the hotel) but a bar serving excellent light lunches.
A word about getting there: From Agia Galini there are 3 ways to Agios Pavlos: what I will call the high road: take the main road to Rethymno and after 11 km turn off for Agios Pavlos. This is the quickest way. To take the middle road, take the first turn left as you leave the town of Agia Galini (it is actually signposted Agios Pavlos and Melambes). I advise you to avoid this road - it is endless winding its way up up into the hills and round the houses and down the other side. The third is the coast road and the most beautiful scenic route you could wish for. Take the middle road out of Agia Galini and stay on it until just out of town you find a turn off to the left for Agios Giorgios (Nikos beach). Take that road (no sign for Agios Pavlos). At a certain point the road runs out of tarmac for 4 km and then picks up a tarmac surface again. Now and again the tarmac erupts into craters so keep your eyes on the road. There is neither sight nor sign of a white line or any form of road sign so dont take this road at night,. The scenery is magnificent. After Agios Giorgios another 7 km takes you to a main road where you will turn left and downhill all the way to Agios Pavlos. Careful, there is absolutely no warning and you reach this crossroads at the top of a hill. Dangerous but well worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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19  Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Good food, good service. Ok prices. But a bit disappointed not to get the traditional plate of fresh fruits as dessert ("on the house") with our bill. Free fruits with the bill, and sometimes raki, are a Cretan particularity. Other tables got the free fruits. Nice view on the bay. We did not try the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank cupoftea88
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

I traveled to this property with two friends in September of 2009, and for some reason never got around to writing a review of our wonderful stay there. Our ferry was delayed from Santorini because of rough seas meaning that we arrived in Crete far later than expected. The hotel is certainly out of the way, located on the unspoiled southern coast of Crete. It was at least an hour drive from Heraklion and a little less to Rethymno if I remember correctly. With our ferry delays and the time needed to fill out rental car paperwork, this meant that by the time we arrived to check-in it was after midnight. We had called ahead to let them know we were still on our way, and the hotel staff welcomed us warmly offering something to eat and drink after our long tiring day.

When we awoke the next day we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty or the beach and surrounding mountains near the hotel. The accommodations, while very simple were clean with a private bathroom and easily accessible to the hotel's restaurant. While there are one or two additional small local restaurants within walking distance, we mainly ate at the hotel which had a varied and tasty menu for breakfast lunch and dinner. It was a fantastic value. The adjacent Kavos Melissa hotel offers rooms that are a little nicer if so desired.

In our days at Agios Pavlos we noticed a few groups hiking to the top of the hill accross from the hotel and disappearing over the ridge. As we were feeling lazy, we didn't explore this route ourselves until our final day. What a shame! There lies one of the most spectacular beaches you will ever see! We did do some hiking on the near side of the bay as well, exploring various caves and cliffs....good fun.

We filled another day with a trip to Rethymno, which I also recommend. This former Venetian enclave is picturesque with abundant shopping and dining.

Overall, I would highly recommend Agios Pavlos to singles, couples and families alike. It's the perfect location if you have simple needs and hope to just relax and unwind without spending a fortune.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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10  Thank Foreign_Sun
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Reviewed 26 December 2010

If you are after peace and quiet in a remote but beautiful setting Agios Pavlos Hotel could be the ideal place. We had two nights there and though the weather went downhill towards the end of our time there we still enjoyed the stay. We had a double room with a balcony with seaview. The room was fine though the toilet smelled a little at times. There is a lovely bar area looking out over the Libyan Sea with the restaurant adjacent. Dinner was fine though nothing startling. The hotel overlooks a small sandy beach but a ten minute walk to the west brings you to two stunning beaches with a very steep descent down a vast sandbank - not for the faint-hearted!. The more southerly of the two has beach brolleys and recliners whilst the one to the north is primarily nudist.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Eros
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Address: | Agios Pavlos, Rethymnon, Crete 74053, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Rethymnon
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The family run Agios Pavlos hotel can be found on the southern coast of crete, in a region of exceptional natural beauty. Rugged and unspoilt, the area offers breathtaking scenery and glorious beaches making this a very special place to visit. Overlooking the stunning bay of agios pavlos the hotel has a fine restaurant, a relaxed café/bar and a mini market so you don’t have to leave for any of your holiday essentials! Offering a range of accommodation there is something to suit everyone – throughout the year. ... more   less 
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Agios Pavlos Hotel Crete/Rethymnon

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