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Orion Hotel
Ranked #62 of 177 Hotels in Rethymnon
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I recently travelled to Crete with my Fiance initially. The first week it was just the two of us and then on the second week our family and friends arrived.
We all booked into the Orion Hotel and when we arrived in the early hours, all was quiet and a bit dismal on first impressions. Our room was a little dated but decided it was very Greek.
On waking up on the first morning and pulling those curtains, the room looked different. Still a little dated but quaint, clean and adequate.
The swimming pool area was lovely and well maintained, boasting well stocked flower beds and trees, with a great atmosphere.
The Food was nice, but not the best i had seen, although very happy and satisfied after.
The staff were friendly and worked hard, and kept pouring those cocktails!
We had a superb wedding on the beach about half a mile away and when the hotel found out on the very morning they obviously worked very hard in making our room on return very special with wine, flowers, fruit and cake etc.
I would certainly recommend this hotel and I would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: The lift although small, was never busy so either floor and like us the pool side view was good.
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Lets start at the beggining.
RECEPTION.
Very nice friendly lady greeted us upon arrival and made us feel very welcome.
ROOMS.
Very basic, clean but in urgent need of refurbishment, Just as we expected for what we had paid.
BAR.
You could drink what you want when you want and have as many as you want, you could drink the beer all day and all night and still feel like you have had nothing to drink.
The beer was nearly non alcholic.
All branded spirits on optics around the bar, however, we saw the bar man pouring local spirits into the branded bottles one morning.
The people behind the bar were friendly and always up for a laugh and a joke and you never had to wait long to be served. All inclusive ends at 11pm.
RESTRAUNT
Not a lot of choice but always something to make a meal of, the meat was very poor quality non existant at some meal times.
The sweets were always very tasty and never disapointed.
The staff were realy nice and friendly.
POOL AREA
Not a large area but sunbeds were availiable around the garden area and this area was never crowded.
All in all a friendly hotel, british people were the minority, plenty of russians about some more pleasant than others but a lot dutch people who were all friendly.
The Hotel is on a main road with a small shopping centre next door and a good vatiety of shops and restaunts along the road.
A bus ride of around 20 minutes at a cost of 1 euro 20 will get you into Rethymnon, worth a visit.
All in all we hade a good time but would not come back to this hotel.

Room Tip: Pool View other side of hotel is overlooking a motorway and scruffy yard area.
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2  Thank warrenhouse74
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Just come back from a great 2 weeks at the Orion. We booked a late deal with First Choice. I looked on Trip Advisor to see what people thought, and can only echo all the positive reviews that this hotel has been given. The hotel facilities are great, with clean and smart communal areas, great food, good bedrooms and fantastic service! Would recommend without hesitation and will probably return ourselves to see more of the island. (If you are a beach lover, take your water shoes, though as the beach is gritty and mad hot underfoot.)
Thanks to all the staff for good humour and prompt attention.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Joan D
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We arrived on the 14th June 2014 for a 7 day holiday, when we arrived it was 1:00am local time and the hotel accommodated us with some sandwiches and fruit upon arrival. The room wasn't the best as it is very basic and the hallways and rooms looked like they hadn't been decorated since the 70s, the balcony overlooked the pool and was very spacious. The food was lovely but wish there was more of an option and variety, was abit repetitive after the first few days. We met our friends, Alex, Stefan and Maria who worked behind the bar who were very friendly and hardworking, could have a great laugh with all of them especially Alex, who poured us some fantastic cocktails, the orion special was our favourite, would definitely recommend the cocktail and this hotel, had a lovely first holiday and will definitely be returning.

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3  Thank Danni1994x
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Returned last week, from a ten day stay at The Orion
we were dropped off opposite hotel not as one previous review said "miles away"
the rooms are immaculately cleaned daily,and everything worked, ie Fridge, hairdryer , air conditioning shower T.V etc.
Small safe in room which is an extra 15 euros, the beds very comfortable, a small balcony overlooking the pool/garden.modern contemporary pastel colours and adequate furniture.
the food was excellent qaulity varied and fresh with an excellent salad bar, yes the breakfasts were samey but that is Greek breakfasts.eggs honey cold meats cheeses toast and cakes.
all very fresh no "food left hanging around" as previously stated,and anything that was getting close to running out was replaced
within seconds, at peak times the restaurant was sometimes busy but you only had to wait minutes, for a table to be cleared and a clean tablecloth and cutlery to be set up. during which time you can help yourself to a drink, wine or beer.the staff were all extremely helpful. polite and amusing.and could not do enough to make your stay as good as possible.
the hotel is located in a central position, very close to all shops. bars restaurants etc, with a bus stop right outside, and for a few euros a twenty min journey into Rethymnon, well worthwhile with its excellent, little harbour, plenty of shops and some superb quayside fish restaurants.
we did several trips booked through the rep, The Jeep safari which was excellent, with a very knowledgable guide, and an excellent lunch.the Catamaran trip which is an absolute must
with a max of 20 people its like having your own private charter, we only had six on our trip again with an excellent luch and a very, hospitable funny and very helpful Skipper,the minoan magic was a lengthy coach trip . and although the guide was excellent it was hard going at some points and the trip to the Labyrinth although interesting went on a bit, but thats just me,
also booked from the car hire shop, a a very good value only 15 euros series of trips on a little yellow road train, which takes you high into the moutains at slow speeds. enabling you to take a good look , the guide stops and points out many points of interest. we went to the Monastry and would highly reccomend it
The hotel pool is very much big enough, and there are plenty of sunbeds but very limited parasols
which is not a problem as their are trees providing shady areas. so all in all I would highly reccomend the Orion. not least because of its small friendly nature, excellent staff and well situated. I can only think that the management has listened to previous criticisms, and remedied them.

Room Tip: pool / Garden view the best and the higher the floor the better view of the sea. music in bar stops...
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2  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Have just returned from a two week holiday at the Orion. A lovely hotel great staff and food.
In some reviews there were complaints about a small swimming pool which is total rubbish, as the pool is a great size, the hotel is keep very clean by its hard working staff, we would recommened the Orion.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lorraine s
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

we went to this hotel in 2013 as a last minute deal so for us it was good value for the money, we stayed in a annex which was basic but comfy. The staff at the hotel are amazing always smiling and very hard working, the pool area and hotel are kept spotless, they stock every drink you can think of and the food is nice so no complains all in all a nice relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank karen01333
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Address: Adelianos Kampos | PO Box 20, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Rethymnon
#33 Luxury Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range: £49 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Orion Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 99
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