Another wonderful holiday had at the Aristea Hotel and Apartments in Missiria, Rethymnon. This was our second stay, in one of the deluxe apartments in the new block, which are just across the road from the main building. These one bedroom apartments are more spacious and a bit more comfortable than those in the main building, and designed to accommodate three guests. The living area consists of kitchen with full cooker and fridge/freezer, dining table for four and bed/settee, which is more comfy to sit on than most we have come across in Crete, although only being two of us, never actually slept on - apart from the odd afternoon siesta! Crockery and utensils are basic, and if you want a kettle I would suggest bringing your own. One did turn up in our apartment after a few days, but I wouldn't say it was standard - that's typically Greek. On the plus side there is a decent shower curtain and the bathroom is not flooded every time you have a shower, which is not typically Greek! There is ample storage space and sensibly place electric sockets. The Wi-Fi is now good too (there were problems on our first visit). TV reception in this block is not good though and all satellite channels available lean heavily toward Arabic and Eastern European, so if you fancy the odd spell watching a bit of TV, there's not much choice. We were there during the beginning of World Cup and would have been good to catch some of that before heading out for dinner. The apartments overlook a central square, which leads straight onto the beach, so no roads to cross. The square is used by local children and parents each evening, dog walkers and friendly gatherings, as well as a car park - but not busy or intrusive. I found it interesting - people watching. Yes, the bins are right outside and they attract cats, and they are emptied every morning, very early and quite noisily, but after a day or so you get used to it, and don't hear it any more. There is air conditioning, so windows can be closed with the air con on to keep cool and any noise out.
I would ask for an upper floor apartment though as those on the ground floor are slightly below ground level and cats will frequent the balcony. Not entirely their fault as we witnessed them being fed by people in those apartments, so the cats now think this is a good place for food. Plus, the views are obscured by plants. The upper floors have great views of the square and the beach and sea beyond.
The pool is across the road in the main building, which is ample size for the number of people using the apartments. We never found it too busy with no beds available. There is a small toddlers pool and showers poolside. Food and drink are available close by the pool or inside just beyond the reception area, which is available all day.
There are ample restaurants and shops within walking distance. The taxi rank is only a short walk around the corner where you can take a cab into town or into Platanes for around 6Euro. The walk into Rethymnon town is a pleasant 40 minute very slow stroll along the promenade.
Above all, the team at Aristea are wonderfully welcoming and most helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. They are there if you want them, but not intrusive if you don't. Any problems or queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
This won't be our last visit to Aristea and I would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to holiday in Rethymnon. You'll have to book direct if travelling from the UK though, as they are not available with any UK holiday company. Not a bad thing in my opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps away from the endless sandy beach of Rethymnon and 2,5 km from the city centre and the old town. A modern beach hotel, very favourably located in a peaceful spot, just off the busy touristic roads in a fully serviced neighbourhood of great restaurants and shopping options. ... more less
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