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.
- Also Known As:
- Youth Hostel Rethymno Crete/Rethymnon