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Antica Dimora Suites
Ranked #38 of 165 Hotels in Rethymnon
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Small but perfectly formed”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I stayed here for a week with my husband and although there had been a mix up with the room, the staff went all out to ensure that we had the best possible stay. The hotel is geared towards offering travellers a personal service and the staff are some of the best I have come across despite travelling extensively, going out of their way to please you wherever possible. It felt so comfortable and homely, that you can instantly relax. The property has been renovated sensitively and is charming. The rooms are decorated beautifully and each offer something a little different however I would say that as these were categorised as junior suites, I expected a sitting area but that said they were so characterful.

It was all the little things - if the staff knew you were going to your room, they would offer to bring coffees up, offer iced teas if at the pool and suggested taking breakfast items away if you were going out for the day. I cannot commend the staff enough and its these little touches that make somewhere worth revisiting. And, for a nice change it wasnt about making as much money out of holidaymakers as possible, just about being hospitable.

The hotel itself is in the centre of the old town right next to all the shops, bars and cafes as well as within easy reach of the fort and venetian harbour. Rethymnon old town has alot of charisma and its great just to walk around exploring all of the little alleys as we always found something new every day.

Breakfast was lovely and including hot items such as eggs, bacon and sausages as well as a great selection of breads, pastries, amazing greek yoghurt, fresh fruit, cold meat, cheeses etc although I would have liked the eggs a little hotter but only a minor issue. This hotel is for the independent holidaymaker as there is no on site presence after 10pm but they are more than happy for you to help yourself to glasses, ice etc.

The only downside was that the air conditioning is temperature controlled which kind of defeats the purpose as I like the room to be very cool at night and had to sleep with the door open, resulting in umpteen bites and the rooms with baths could do with shower screens but again these are just personal preferences.

We had a room overlooking the pool which was really nice and we had the pool area to ourselves most days as people are generally there to sightsee and may only spend an hour or two relaxing. We went on the local bus to Chania but to be honest as it was our first time in Rethmynon, we preferred to spend most of our time there. The fort is a lovely walk and the Rimondi fountain is a stones throw away.

We ate at some great restaurants including Taverna Larenza which serves amazing stifado (beef) and steaks and Alana restaurant which has a really pretty outdoor garden restaurant and the food was good. Also good was the Melody Garden restaurant (a visit to meet Costas and drink raki with him is worth it) as was the home made garlic bread and tzatsiki. We ate here twice and also had snacks at CuldeSac which was value for money and served great cocktails and burgers.

A little local cafe called noataeia which is en route from the hotel to the rimondi fountain did the most amazing chicken fillet gyros and at 2.5 euros was good value and the home made chips were fab too (the tiny cafe itself is next to gelato.it but has a seating area before you come to the main restaurants before culdesac).

So many really good places to eat, we just didnt have time to fit it all in. PS if you are heading down from the Fort, a little taverna called Katerina's is worth stopping to have a drink. Katerina is so grateful for your custom and goes out of her way to make you welcome and she has the sweetest little old dog.

I cant speak for Crete overall but the people in Rethymnon were the friendliest people ever and I like that cafes and restaurants always offer little drinks on the house (either ouzo, wine or raki), snacks including apple, nuts, crisps or biscuits and complimentary desserts which is just so hospitable.



If you like crumbly old towns with lots of character and history and staying in really nice hotels, then this is definitely worth a go.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Novi Ligure, Italy
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

A treasure in the heart of the historic center. I stayed there one week with my boyfriend during last summer. Beautiful suite with pool view, with every comfort.There are a few suites and it is this which makes it a great place, for example, the pool is never crowded, same thing goes for the breakfast (very good).The staff was friendly and always helpful, always ready to give good advice.
It's the perfect place for those who want to spend time with his/her partner, a romantic and pleasant holiday.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wettingen, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Was really an amazing stay!
The room is so beautiful and clean and the people working there are always so kind! You really feel at home, but also treated as King!
The position of the hotel is in the center of the city and not too far from the sea.
The breakfast is really excellent with a lot of Greek food too. I would love to go back again.


Laura

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

This is very well appointed but I have reservations!
The pool is very small and there are not enough sunbeds and it is difficult to get them all in the sun when it moves.
The wifi kept going down..
We didn't like the receptionist trying to get us to eat at breakfast. We are normally friendly but like breakfast in peace!.
There is not a receptionist after the early evening so if you have a problem you must phone another hotel and they will come down.
Our room was ok, very tight round the bed, but some are very small and dark.
The receptionist smokes at the door and sometime the whole place smells of smoke.

The good is they are very friendly.
It is in a lovely part of a lovely town.
The breakfast is nice.

We wouldn't go back but probably just us!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We couldn't have been happier with our choice of hotel for our holiday in Rethymno. It is perfectly located in the vibrant and pretty old town, and within a short walk to the gorgeous beach. The hotel itself is just lovely, and has been refurbished and modernised in a way that complements with the old building and its surroundings. It had a lovely little pool, which you probably wouldn't want to spend the whole day sat around, but is great for a dip in the evening and a suntrap in the morning. The staff were SO friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble, and you felt they genuinly wanted to ensure you had a fantastic stay in their town. I highly reccommend!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

Small boutique hotel with very friendly staff that could not do enough for you. Very clean with lovely rooms, small but lovely pool in very private courtyard. Great location in old town, everything within walking distance. We absolutely loved our stay here and can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We had such a fantastic time at the Antica Dimora. Stella is a gem, she really looked after us and Vaso and 'the other' Stella were so kind and helpful, we really didn't want to leave. They were perfect hosts, but not over attentive. Yes, there were occasions where there was no-one around in an evening, but it wasn't a problem for us, it feels very safe.

We had room 106 wth the small balcony overlooking the pool, the room was beautifully designed and spotless. The towels and linen are changed every other day and we were given a bottle of water each day. We often had the pool area to ourselves, which surprised me as it could get a bit tight if everyone decided to use the pool at the same time.

The breakfast was lovely, some hot items, but mainly delicious continental style. Watch out for Stella force-feeding you cake though. :) There aren't enought breakfast tables for the number of rooms, but we never had a problem.

Rethymnon old town is lovely, with real character and charm. The people are very friendly, the streets are clean, the food was amazing (especially when you eat where the Cretans eat) and there were some lovely spots to sit and watch the world go by.

I fell a little bit in love with Rethymno and the Antica Dimora and would go back in a heartbeat.

Thanks for everything!
Michelle & Rob

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Property: Antica Dimora Suites
Address: 2 Agias Varvaras, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Rethymnon
#22 Luxury Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Antica Dimora Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Antica Dimora Suites is a memorial building that was built in the 19th century, and whose owner was a Turkish wealthy man but, afterwards Iosif Chobitis became its owner. This building has been reconstructed, but has still the architectional style of the ancient years and thus, offers the 21st century's luxury, located in the heart of the Venetian town of Rethymno. There, valuable decisions were made regarding the liberty of Crete. Within 100-200 meters, visitors can see "Krini Rimondi", the Municipality garden, the picturesque Venetian harbor, as well as the sandy beach of Rethymno.. Antica Dimora Suites combines luxury, calmness and the echo of the history of Rethymno in the narrow streets and the traditional buildings of the old town. Services Room service, Baby-sitting (needed to be told in advance and with extra charge), Baby-cots, Special chairs for children to the restaurant, Laundry service and ironing (with extra charge), Turkish Hamam (with extra charge), Daily housekeeping, Medical service (hotel visits in charge), Sending and picking mail, Transferring bus (with extra charge). ... more   less 
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