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“Cretan gem!”
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Panoramic  views of Venetian lighthouse the old fishing marina, yachts and beach with sunbeds.
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Panoramic  views of Venetian lighthouse the old fishing marina, yachts and beach with sunbeds.
Sunny north balcony with views of the Venetian lighthouse, marina and the main Rethymno beach. High ceilings, kitchen and lounge with everything you need.
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39 reviews
Panoramic  views of Venetian lighthouse the old fishing marina, yachts and beach with sunbeds.
Sunny north balcony with views of the Venetian lighthouse, marina and the main Rethymno beach.
High ceilings, kitchen and lounge with everything you need.
Bright and fully equipped kitchen.
Walkway with painting that joins kitchen, lounge and bathroom,bedroom.
Book shelf full of books, dvds, and games.
Bathroom with bathtub / shower and necessities.
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Sky view of apartment, Rethymno old town Fortezza castle and Venetian lighthouse.
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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AnnDorwar...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Cretan gem!”
Reviewed 9 November 2012 for a stay in September 2012

Stayed in this super loft apartment at beginning of 2012. we were met at the airport by friendly owner, a bonus when arriving at unknown destination. location excellent, short walk to town and long sandy beach, although small beach just across road. friendly bars and restaurants nearby, just avoid eateries at old harbour- overpriced and a bit too pushy for our liking. Best value in back streets of old town, although everywhere prices very reasonable. No need for car, local buses go all over island and tours available from numerous agencies nearby. Flat clean and comfy, kitchen a bit basic but adequate. wonderful roof terrace which we lived on for most of our stay! Thanks to owner and his lovely family who kept us supplied with fresh fruit and veg and made us so welcome

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Liked best: Location and sun terrace
Liked least: kitchen
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 May 2015
It was a pleasure having you stay in our Cretan "DIAMOND" apartment!
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candau_12
Abingdon, United Kingdom
1 review
“A great apartment in an excellent location”
Reviewed 7 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

This is an great apartment in an excellent location – on the sea front looking out over the harbour, 5 minutes from the heart of the old town, 5 minutes from the main beach, and directly backing onto one of the main shopping streets. The large front balcony looks out over the sea front road that is closed to traffic at night and it feels like all of Rethymno is parading passed for your entertainment as you sit and enjoy a drink! Part of the balcony is shaded by an awning and climbing flowers that provide welcome shade during the day.

The apartment is as described online and with lots of room for two – not luxurious but everything you need. (In one of the other reviews Charlotte993 mentions being hot at night but there is now air con in the bedroom as well as the living room.) Cooking facilities are limited with only a 1 ring portable hob and a combi oven (microwave/grill/oven) but adequate if you are eating out a lot of the time. The owner – Alkis – did mention that he was intending to get a new hob during the off-season. Everything was very clean and well looked after. The apartment has wifi (which worked very well) and a satellite TV with a few English channels (BBC World, CNN, etc). Access is by a very steep staircase which would not be suitable for someone with mobility problems. Although the apartment is on a busy street with restaurants and bars very close by we had no problem with noise.

Alkis responded quickly to all our queries (he speaks very good English) and booking was easy. He can also provide transport to and from the airport which we found very helpful. His parents live in the apartment below although they were away at their place in the country part of each week. Alkis’s mum was wonderful and had left a home cooked dinner for us on our arrival ( ! ) and presented us with fruit and nuts from their own land during our stay.

This was our first visit to Crete and we chose Rethymno partly for its central location. We did not regret it! The old town is delightful, full of narrow windy streets, good shopping and lots of excellent restaurants. Lots of excursions are available from the town and pick up can be arranged from the marina a few minutes’ walk from the apartment. Transport links are good and we made use of the public buses from the bus station (about a 15 minute walk) to get to Chania, Heraklion (and Knossos), and Plakias. Easy to use, cheap, and reliable. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful which made a real difference to our enjoyment.

Overall we had a very special holiday in a great apartment in a delightful part of Crete. We would recommend it to anyone.

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Management Response
15 May 2015
Efxaristo my friends for your fantastic review!!!
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Bradford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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Management Response
3 Nov 2012
We are glad that the apartment was everything you expected. Thank you for choosing our Venidzelou apartment to spend your holiday...regards from sunny and happy Rethymno - Crete.
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Frome, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: A really good location in the old town well away from the big hotels. Very helpful and friendly owners.
Liked least: It was hot at night. There is air con in the living room and kitchen and ceiling fans which is great, but it still felt quite hot. Maybe a floor standing fan (like they have in shops and restaurants) would be good to keep the air circulating.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
28 Oct 2012
I am glad you had a fantastic time in our apartment but how could you not...sunrise swims sound amazing.BRAVO!

You guys where wonderful guests please give my regards to your wonderful son, i loved the positive review he wrote in our guest book.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Liked best: the location
Liked least: small bed
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Oct 2012
Thank you for highly recommending our place next time try our full Cretan breakfast, you will love it too. You where wonderful guests...now friends, Efxaristo (Thank you)!
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Chutey
Fairford, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous sun terrace”
Reviewed 24 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012

This is a terrific 2nd floor apartment with stunning sea views.
The location is perfect; 5 minutes' walk to the Venetian Harbour / Old Town, 6-7 mins to the beach; one small supermarket almost beneath the apartment, another within 2 mins walk.
The apartment is fairly simply furnished (and the photos show it as it is), but the real bonus is the main sun terrace which is absolutely brilliant. Fantastic views overlooking the sea, harbour and promenade lined with palm trees - a perfect place to watch the world go by. There are two sun lounges, a small table and chairs - you could spend hours there without being bored.
Booking was easy and all e-mails with the owner were responded to very promptly.
A really nice touch upon arrival were the beers left in the fridge and the owner's mother gave us lots of goodies (fresh eggs, vegetables, local wine) which was hugely appreciated.
Access to WiFi was great, as was the enormous TV screen (not that we watched much).
The only downside was the lack of good cooking facilities. Although there was a microwave and a gas BBQ on the sun terrace, there was no real cooker (hob), just one "portable" electric ring, which meant that cooking more than one dish at a time was a bit of a challenge! If we were more used to Barbies, this would not have posed a problem.
The 2nd flight of wooden stairs is also extremely steep, but that wasn't really a problem for us.
Alkis, the owner, is charming and we felt very much at home here. We also really appreciated being able to stay at the apartment until late afternoon on our last day, as we had a very late flight back to the UK and might have had to roam the streets for hours had we not been able to do so (!)
I would highly recommend this apartment and the only reason it doesn't get 5* is the cooking challenge.

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Liked best: The sun terrace with fantastic views of the sea / harbour
Liked least: Lack of good cooking facilities
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
28 Oct 2012
Thank you so much for your positive and detailed review.

We are always open for improvment and i am really glad you would highly recommend our Venizelou apartment.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011

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Liked best: Sun terrace and sea view
Liked least: The stairs for 2 days after walking the Samaria Gorge
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
28 Oct 2012
Happy to see your STAY was enjoyed to the full! It was our pleasure having you and we are looking forward to your next visit.
From Sunny Rethymno - Venizelou with love.
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