We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Greek simplicity, just what we were after.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Apollon Hotel Apartments

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Apollon Hotel Apartments
Ranked #48 of 167 Hotels in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
UK
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Greek simplicity, just what we were after.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
9 Thank nh9787
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

152 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    61
    50
    27
    10
    4
See reviews for
55
71
2
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (41)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

This is the place for you if you like a relaxed and informal atmosphere, friendly staff, clean rooms and huge breakfast!
One of the great plus points is the pool - aprox 20mtrs and beautifully clean.
The apartments are a family run business - Despina makes it feel like home and guests are well looked after.
All the staff were incredibly nice. Maria prepares breakfast whenever you get up, Elena is lovely and Jack the barman is the coolest.
The apartment are very well situated for short walk to town and beach - great places to eat very nearby and anything you need to know you can ask the team at Appollon.
I can't recommend this place enough! We met quite a few returning guests, many have become firm friends at Appollon.
A word of advice - try to book a minibus transfer from the airport! We took the cheaper option of the coach transfer from Heraklion and it took 3hrs because of all the different drop-offs...it should only be an hour or so from the airport to the apartments. We missed our first evening because of this.
Appollon is a fab place to stay, we had a great holiday and would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank bookloverHelen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
liverpool
Level Contributor
41 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

Seems like a family run hotel and everybody was extremely polite and helpful. The standard of accom (studio) was better than most Greek 2-3 star hotel/apts, with a good fitted kitchenette and was very well decorated and looked after. As mentioned, a welcoming pool sits at the centre of this small block and the chairs and beds were in good order and clean, beside it. The hotel is located at the edge of a residential area and previous comments have been made about residual noise from nearby homes. The local culture is very much al fresco and accepting this we could excuse the background sounds quite happily. If you are particulaly unforgiving or insular (or want total peace) then perhaps you would be advised to look elswhere. Similarly the walk to the beach is around half a mile and would not be a problem to most, but it is not on your doorstep, should that be a holiday requirement.
I would not hesitate going back to the Apollon, I found that the cleanliness, facilities and staff well compensated any minor downsides.

Rethymon is about 4 miles away and the buses run to the early hours (even in Sept). A taxi back is a mere 8E. We found Platanias itself a little lacking in character , being just a high st so ventured to town most evenings.

Back to Crete again, hopefully sooner than later.

.

Room Tip: There did appear to be some rooms facing outwards at below the level of the pool. they had OK ourdoo...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank daveandjaneLiverpool
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London
Level Contributor
34 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

This hotel is in Tsesmes, just south of Platanias, about 8 miles on the coast road east from Rethymnon town centre. A taxi from Chania (pron. 'Khania') Airport will cost 90 euros. There are numerous car rental outlets at the airport.
The hotel is fine - the staff are polite, courteous and helpful.
The rooms are cleaned every second day, the towels and sheets changed mid-week.
The kitchenette has adequate crockery and cutlery but you may want to bring your favourite tea/coffee mug as the cups are a bit small.
The bathroom has a hair-dryer and shaving point but bring a bar of soap along as only a small one is given to start your holiday.
There is an average sized beautifully clean swimming pool but be warned that the bar by the pool closes when the last customer decides to turn in!
You can have a nice meal at the tavernas nearby.
However, you cannot get a decent night's sleep because:
1) There is a small farm holding by the nearby Lidl supermarket (useful for your shopping) with chickens and sheep. When these chickens and the others start in the very early morning, all the dogs start barking and then the sheep and the goats join in - talk of being on Noah's Ark!
2) The main east-west motorway is nearby so you have the constant hum of the traffic.
3) Incredibly, there were mosquitos that buzzed around your head all night - you can avoid this by having the A/C for 5.90 euros a night (but then you have the noise of the A/C unit).
To sum up, if you don't mind living in a farm type atmosphere, you will be happy here.

Room Tip: I wish I could say get a room facing away from the pool but you will still hear the chickens! Room...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank EagleLondon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matlock, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Have just returned from 2 weeks away at this hotel. The facilities are better than your average Greek self catering. Pools are lovely and clean, and the staff always very helpful, especially the always cheerful Maria, and the mad as a box of frogs Jacob from the bar! Be careful with the raki he is always giving you!!! Rooms quite spacious and balcony a reasonable size. Have everything you need, but a toaster would have been a bonus. Breakfast is 5 euros, and you are given a huge continetal breakfast for that. Not something i want every day, but had a couple of times and was very nice and good value. Drinks reasonably priced, and bar snacks are just ok. Cleaner came most days and bedding / towels changed very regularly.
About 10 mins walk to Platanes main bar area and a bit longer to the beach.
We were at the back of the hotel near the "noisy greek family" who had there crying child up with them outside their home past midnight sometimes. Didn't bother us too much, but the odd time we were in early and sat having a "quiet" drink on the balcony, we had to put up with their screaming child. Once the doors are closed, you can't hear much of anything at all. But do keep your bathroom window and the bathroom door closed at night as well, as the cockrels from next door (who clearly don't understand what dawn is!) seem to have a crowing competition against each other most nights, and during the day too! One has the wonkiest crow ever and makes you giggle though! Say hello to mandatory feral cat - the big ginger tomcat that one of the young kids there named Nigel - he is lovely and loves a bit of fuss, but be wary of stroking him as he stinks!!!
Beware of hidden costs - Air con is an extra 5.90 euro per night. Safe is an extra 1 euro per night, welcome pack an extra 6.50 euros and if you want late checkout is another 14 euros. Soon mounts up. The website states rooms have air con so you would think it is included, but alas no! But you HAVE to get the aircon if you go in Summer - I wouldn't have coped without it as didn't really get any breeze in our room 209.
Tips:-
1. Don't get taxi to Rethymnon - costs about 8 - 10 euro each way. Get bus ticket for 1.20 euro going into town and just get taxi back if late.
2. if you hire a car, is easy enough to drive over as long as you move into the white line area and allow cars to overtake you on the highway. the number of tourists who didn't know this caused chaos.
3. if you hire a car, be very wary of driving down the road to Preveli Beach. Took me half an hour in first gear as road is that bumpy - was so worried about damaging the hire car! Is just ridges and huge stones and gravel all the way - possibly the woprst road I have ever driven on. Also road has crumbled away in some places and there are sheer drops - if you met someone coming the other way.....! take the steps - or if like me you hate heights, then I would recommend a boat trip!!
4. Good places to eat are:-
- Bohemissa just near the hotel - grogeous mezzes, lovely ladies. locals favourite.
- Remember - excellent pizza and meat.
- Vergina - not bad - good greek food.
- In Rethymnon, we went to some of the Italian Pizza places in the old town - cheap and gorgeous.
- White Lady - good portions, and good entertainment with Greek dancing.
- Sky Park - if you want basic greek kebab and souvlaki style food, is like a UK style takeway but the portions are massive!! We had what I term a "scruffy night" where we didn't dress for dinner - hung round the beach till v late and grabbed takeaway on way back to hotel. We ordered two meals and could only finish one of them between us! For a snack a 2.50 euro gyros is a meal in itself!
5. Bad places to Eat :-
- Avoid the Venetian Harbour in Rethymnon, especially Maria's - you get tempted in by the fish and then charged an arm and a leg. Avoid at all costs or pay the price! They will try very hard to get you in - I know I fell for it before I knew better so be warned! Just look at the reviews on here - everyone says the same.
- Taverna Garden - uurrrghh!! See my review!
6. Take swim shoes if you plan to go to beach in Platanes. The beach is nice and sandy, but there is a ledge of pebbles and rocks going into the sea and goes from shallow to deep in a few steps and really hurts your feet. By the time you get over the sloping pebbles and to the sand I was was chest deep and I am 5'9", so no good for little ones unless you are carrying them.
7. Best beach nearby we found was Georgioupoli. if you don't have a car, get bus to Rethymnon, and swap to a bus to Chania - about an hour and 8.40 euros return. You can walk out for a really long way in lovely shallow clear sea and there are some lovely hotels and bars along the seafront that did the best lunch food we had all holiday.
8. There are two ways down to Platanes from the Hotel. Turn left at the big bakery on the corner from the hotel, and down past Lidl to go under bridge to taxis and the Sky park end of town. if you want to get to Eyes bar / White Lady / Remember end of town, turn right at the bakery, then first left, right and then left under bridge, left and then first right. Both ways take same time about 10 mins, but you arrive at opposite ends. We didn't know wbout the Eyes bar shortcut until had been there a week! We went a very long way round previously!

Overall a very nice holiday and I would stay at the hotel again if I planned to go back to that area, but have been there and done that now.

Room Tip: I think the rooms that overlook the pool would be quieter than the ones that face the back, but you...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Sharon B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

We booked for 1 week at Hotel as part of a package through lowcostholidays. I was 6 months pregnant and we had a 3 year old toddler. We were really happy with the hotel. We had a 1 bedroom apartment which was simple but comfortable with a pretty balcony and kitchenette. Kitchenette had fridge, 2 rings and sink so quite basic but very handy to have some meals at home with our 3 year old and great to have a fridge for milk and drinks. It was very quiet.
The highlight is the pool area - the adults and children's pools are lovely, seem very clean. Lots of sun lounges and tables and chairs - we never has to be up early for a lounge!
The staff are very helpful and friendly and rang to book outings for us on request.
Air conditioning was an extra 5.90euro per day. But well worth it in July/August!
It was about a 15 minute walk to the main strip of restaurants and bars and to the closest beach. But the best restaurant was only a few mins from the hotel - Bohemissas - fantastic, fresh food and incredibly friendly mother/daughter team who run it. There is also a very nice taverna opposite Bohemissas.
We did the self-catering option and bought breakfast a couple of mornings. They have a decent light lunch menu, but not sure what they would be like for full or half board.
i think the only downside is that the beach - while being sandy - is quite steep in the water, so seemed a bit rough and not suitable for small children. However we did catch a taxi 10 minutes up the road towards Rethymnon where the beach was very gentle and much nicer for small children.
I would definitely recommend this place and would revisit given the opportunity.

Room Tip: Rooms not overlooking pool are quieter
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank VicLen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Keighley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

This hotel was a great find. We were a little apprehensive about booking a hotel over the internet,but so pleased we did. The Apollon was spotless, the staff were friendly and always happy to help.Our room 111 had 3 beds if needed Kettle,fridge 2electric rings, pots pans etc if reqired .table chairs inside and table & chairs on ballcony. There was also a small washing line on balcony,which we found useful. Bathroom was Lg Basin ,toilet & shower.hairdryer.Towels & bedding changed every couple of days.Air conditioning available if needed.Also continental breakfast available.Great place to stay, as a couple, families or a group of friends.Not a noisy place to stay so nice to relax.Only 5 minutes walk to 2 local friendly Tavernas,& at 10 minute walk down hill to main strip with lots of places to eat,drink & shop,& the beachHotel sell bus tickets into Rethymnon @1.20 euro each way which is about a 20 minute ride fromPlatanes main St.This was our first visit to Crete,but the Hotel made it a Great experience.Would deffinatly use again.

Room Tip: Groud floor good access to open door & jump in pool or go to Bar
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank gill f
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Rethymnon hotels
0.3 mi away
Hotel Axos
Hotel Axos
#2 of 20 in Platanias
4.5 of 5 bubbles 380 reviews
0.5 mi away
Marianthi Apartments
Marianthi Apartments
#69 of 167 in Rethymnon
4.5 of 5 bubbles 54 reviews
0.3 mi away
Eveline Apartments
Eveline Apartments
#5 of 20 in Platanias
4.5 of 5 bubbles 159 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Cretan Sun
Cretan Sun
#13 of 20 in Platanias
4.0 of 5 bubbles 112 reviews
0.2 mi away
Castello Bianco Hotel
Castello Bianco Hotel
#16 of 20 in Platanias
5.0 of 5 bubbles 6 reviews
2.0 mi away
Daisy Hotel Apartments
Daisy Hotel Apartments
#80 of 167 in Rethymnon
4.0 of 5 bubbles 42 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Apollon Hotel Apartments? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Apollon Hotel Apartments

Property: Apollon Hotel Apartments
Address: Nees Fokees Street | Platanes, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Rethymnon
#34 Family Hotel in Rethymnon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Apollon Hotel Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 97
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Jet2Holidays , Expedia, Travel Republic (UK), Hotels.com, LoveHolidays and Odigeo so you can book your Apollon Hotel Apartments reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Apollon Hotel Rethymnon
Apollon Hotel Apartments Crete/Rethymnon

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing