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Youth Hostel Rethymno
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

I spent 2 weeks at the Hostel, using it as a base to travel the local area.

The hostel is centrally located and currently has two great staff members, Alex (known as Sasa) and Alex who both work long hours. Guidebooks say the Hostel reception closes during siesta (1-5) but my experience is that there is always someone to check you in between 8am - 11pm and some nights even till 2am!

The bathrooms are an outside block which is generally clean (don't go in after a large group of teenagers!) and the showers are always warm and sometimes scalding hot. The upstairs rooms are small 6/8 beds whilst downstairs are bigger (up to 18 beds). the upper bunks don't have ladders so if your not able to jump up, either ask for a lower bunk or take a chair to your room to help you!

In addition to all the travelers there are a number of longer term residents (studying locally) and ex-pats that pop in during siesta who are a wealth of knowledge for the local area and will let you know where you can get anything cheaper! Wine and beer in the Hostel is well priced and its not unusual to find a number of travelers on the outdoor patio enjoying a drink and a chat before heading out for the evening. Weekends the hostel is noisier and everyone is up alot later, but during the week I have returned back at 10pm to find everyone in bed!

This is defiantly the friendliest hostel I have ever stayed, try and stay on a Sunday and be treated to lunch by Alex who is a fantastic Chef.

Room Tip: take a room upstairs if you can, or sleep on the roof if its hot!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

It is hard to find a hostel in Crete let alone a good one.
The Hostel at Rythemno was very welcomed.
Centralized located but not on a busy street it has a nice balcony and garden and it is a good spot to meet other solo travelers.

The dorms though are too big and can be crowded when full and as others have wrote, there can be a little more security.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

I' ve been in this hostel during 2 nights. The owner was very nice and helpfull.
It' s a cheaper hostel, has a good location, near the center and also near the beach.
If you want to find a good price, and only do you need one bed to can sleep, you should go there.
You can arrive to the bus station in 10 minutes y walk.

Room Tip: Rethymno is a tourist spot
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Amazing place with a nice yard and several terraces
very central
clean youth hostel
good breakfast
very nice atmosphere!!
I have great memories of the youth hostel and of Crete
Really cheap
Staff very nice!!


great memories of summer 2009

Room Tip: The bed on the terrace are very hot in summer time but is is a nice experience If you want a bit m...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

oh my...i was just reading my diary and really got a nice feeling since i refreshed my memory as to what Rethymno Youth Hostel meant to me.

First of all i must say that Crete is so beautiful...amazing sceneries, food, surfing, live music, prices, people...it is Credise (Crete + Paradise)

This was my first time travelling by my self and i was not feeling 100% cool as in everything we do for the first time!

The place even though it is in the center...it is so quiet & lovely!

As soon as i arrived i felt closer to being 100% cool.

I met amazing people...French (Artouros french guy playing baglamas...omg), Canadians, Icelanders.

The place has 2 big balconies which are really nice since you meet people, even if you are the most closed person in the world. It feels as a home.

Sasha and Manolis the boss are polite, nice & friendly human beings from day one to day five.

"Sasha=Alexander welcomed me...a positive vibe emerged within me..."

The bathrooms, beds where very good for what you pay...the omelette for 2 euros made by Sasha would make my day!

Surely i will visit again soon...October when Crete is even nicer under the cloudy sky!:)

Room Tip: The rooms on the first floor are nicer in my opinion...you have a view of the church dome and a nice...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Excellent hostel in a good location in old town of Rethymnon, I stayed for 6+4 nights at the hostel and would for sure go back if I return to Rethymnon. It is Easy to meet people there. Sasha is a one of a kind hostelmangager (one of the best I have met), is all over the place, fun and friendly, but also let anyone know if the are out of line in any way, which is good. The rooms and toilets are basic, but clean. No AC in rooms, but if you find it to hot there is beds to sleep in on the roof.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Pros the manager Sasha is a sweet guy who is very helpful and the hostel was easy enough to meet ppl if you make the effort, it just as usual depends on the group too. The showers were spacious and i didnt have much of a prob with warm water(avoid the handheld ones and go into the main bathroom for the bigger ones with better water pressure) there's a huge supermarket across from the bus station hit that up before walking to the hostel

Cons
The rooms are cramped! the walls are soo thin you can clearly here wrappers being thrown away, the uncomfortable bunks don't have latters, NO A/C means in July it's really really hot unless you sleep on the roof, the bathrooms are located in a separate building from the rooms so if you get up like me to go early in the morning it's a bit if a pain.
All in all the facilities are mostly average (for a hostel) and the manager is a Nice guy. If you're on a very tight budget in Crete it's one of 2hostels to choose from. I wouldn't recommend rethymnon for more than 3 nts tops(if u don't have a car) the town is skip-able and the old town just a bunch of tourists shops, nothing special.

Room Tip: maybe get a bunk outside on the roof in the summer months to get some air!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Youth Hostel Rethymno

Address: 41 Tobazi, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
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Ranked #19 of 113 Speciality Lodging in Rethymnon
Price Range: £20 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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Youth Hostel Rethymno Crete/Rethymnon

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