Stayed aty the Apollon for a week in late September. We booked last minute (only a few days before arriving!). Our flight into Heraklion was delayed so we arrived very late at the hotel (3.30 in the morning after our hour long minibus transfer). The front door was open and the lights were on - what a relief! On the reception desk was our key with a letter to welcome us and directions to our room. Our room (110) was on ground level with our door opening right onto the pool which was ideal for us as we swim many lengths every morning on holidays. The room was simple yet functional, two single beds, a tv, sofa, 2 ring electric cooker, pots/pans/cutlery and a decent sized balcony. By no means luxury, fairly basic accomodation but clean and had everything we needed. I think the air con comes at an additional daily price but the evenings were fairly cool when we stayed so we didn't need it anyway, and we weren't at the hotel at all for most of the days.
The pool area is fantastic and has a bar with fair prices for drinks. We ate breakfasts most mornings, which starts whenever you get up, but only from around 9 onwards. Each morning we were given (for two people) 4-5 slices of toast, 2 hard boiled eggs, 2-3 chocolate crossaints, 2 cheese and ham toasties, 2-3 slices of cake, jams, butter, coffee and fruit juice. One day we also had greek yogurt with honey. Too much really for two people but as I hate to see food go to waste I forced it all down! You can eat breakfast in the nice indoor breakfast room or on the outdoor terrace.
Maids came 3 times and changed the towels twice during our stay. The shower didn't attach to the wall properly so we had to hold the shower nozzle which sometimes made the floor wet, but hardly a big deal.
The hotel is in Platanis, a 10 minute (exactly 10 minutes, we timed it) from Rethymnon old town. You can get bus tickets for 1.20 Euros each way to Rethymnon from the reception desk. We reccomend doing this and exploring the old town one day, and perhaps going our for dinner there. There are many bars in Rethymnon to watch the world go by in. Prices for food and drinks are slightly higher in Rethymnon itself than the restaurants near to the hotel.
In terms of the nearby vicinity of the hotel, if you take a left out of the hotel and head down the road you will reach a T junction at the end of the road. Turn left here (you will go past a small church on your left) and follow the road down for a few minutes and you will come to a Lidl's supermaket on your left. This was great for sticking our fridge (which stays on even after you take the key out of the elctric holster that makes the lights go out when you leave the room) and the freezer section. We bought wine here from between 2-3 euros a bottle, and they have a massive selection of food items etc. A good place to stick up your packed lunches for your day trips out of the area. Continue past Lidle's round the bend and under a bridge (under the main road) and you will hit another T junction. Over the road, next to "Sky Bar" is the bus stop! At this stop, look for buses coming from left to right for Rethymnon - all buses that go past are going there. Walking up the road (with the bus stop / Sky Bar on your left) you will find many tavernas / restuarants. Thes eare much cheaper than in Rethymnon and we honestly found the greek food here to be much better. Reccomend the Garden Taverna (one of the first you will come to - following the road down from Lidl's it is adjacenebt to the taxi rank or opposite the Sky Bar). Walk through into the rear gardens. We had a Greek mezze which our amazing hosts (the restaurant is run buy a very friendly Greek family) made for us. Greek butter bean stew, Chicken Stiffado, Dolmades, Greek Salad, Breads, dips, potatoes and more. We were stuffed, and it came to less than 30 Euros including a kraf of house wine. We went to 3 restaurants along this strip, all 3 were excellent in their own ways and better than we ate at some of the supposedly excellent ones in Rethymnon itself.
If you want to watch British football whilst you are there, take a left down the road just past Sky Bar and there is a British run pub showing live games. all along the strip you will find shops, a couple of supermarkets, several hire car outlets (use the one on the corner the first you come to, we agreed on 90Euros for 48 hours for an air conditioned Hyundai. You can drive to the beautiful south coats in around 30-40 minutes and swim on the lovely beaches of Prebelli/Prevelli (Palm Beach and an adjoining beach) - highly reccomended. Water Cityry water park is around an hour away as is Knossos. both in the sanme area (about 20 mins apart). Get to Knossos for 8-8.30 to avoid the crowds and spend around 2 hours there.
All in all we really enjoyed our stay at the Apollon, the staff are friendly and it is a great base from which to explore the island. If we vist Crete again (which we no doubt will as there is too much to explore in one week!) we would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Platanes of Rethymno, one of the most beautiful areas of Crete, a quiet and hospitable place was created for you and your family. Traditional villages surround Apollon Apartments and they are within 10 min walking distance from the sandy beach of Platanes. Our apartments offer you a friendly, pleasant and hospitable environment with excellent and modern facilities including a fully equipped kitchenette with fridge, phone, radio, safety box and air-conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apollon Hotel Rethymnon
- Apollon Hotel Apartments Crete/Rethymnon