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Located in Heraklion's elegant district, the 5-star Galaxy Hotel Iraklio offers 2 gourmet restaurants, a free wellness centre and a large freshwater pool. Luxurious rooms feature balconies with pool and city views. All accommodation in Galaxy Iraklio offers work desks, satellite LCD TV and free Wi-Fi access. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with pure Egyptian cotton linen and hypoallergenic rooms are available. Some units feature whirlpools. Vetri Restaurant serves an American buffet breakfast prepared with fresh, local ingredients and Cretan cuisine. Per Se Lounge offers casual meals, wines and cocktails. The Pool Deck serves light meals and drinks. The hotel’s Wellness Club is open 24 hours a day and its use is free to all guests. It includes a state-of-the-art gym and an all-marble steam room. Guests are within a 10-minute walk from the city centre and shopping and historic attractions. Knossos archaeological site is a 10-minute drive. Heraklion International Airport is at 5 km. Please note : No Show or early departure: 50% of all nights initially reserved will be charged (minimum 1 night).
Within 200 m from the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the 5-star Aquila Atlantis Hotel features an outdoor pool with unobstructed views over the harbour, a semi-covered pool and an elegantly decorated restaurant. Facilities also include 6 multipurpose spaces accommodating up to 850 guests. Fitted with parquet floors and earthy colours, all rooms and suites of Atlantis Hotel enjoy views over the city of Heraklion, the harbour or the hotel's atrium. Each unit includes a desk and comes equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, coffee machine and minibar. The modern bathrooms are stocked with free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Guests can relax at the sun loungers by the pool and enjoy a refreshing drink from the on-site bar. Breakfast is served daily at the modern setting of the lounge bar, where drinks and cocktails can also be enjoyed. Mediterranean flavours accompanied by fine wine are available daily at the hotel's main restaurant. Extra hotel services include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and free WiFi access throughout. Laundry, dry cleaning and ironing can be provided on request and upon charge.
Just a short walk from Heraklion centre, Atrion offers elegant accommodation with free Internet access. It has a restaurant, while it is a few metres away from Heraklion’s busy promenade. Rooms and suites at Atrion Hotel are air conditioned and have a balcony, some with views to the Cretan Sea. Each unit comes with a satellite TV, mini bar and hairdryer, and features voice mail. Guests can start their day with a rich buffet breakfast containing a wide variety of hot and cold dishes. Traditional Cretan delicacies and international cuisine is served at the restaurant. The inner courtyard is ideal for an evening cocktail. The historical museum of Heraklion is less than 150 m from the hotel.
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Just 1 km from Heraklion Port and airport and a 10-minute drive from the city centre, Evans Hotel offers rooms with a private balcony. Free WiFi is available in the public areas. All air-conditioned accommodation at the Evans is equipped with a TV and telephone. Each room includes a private bathroom with shower. Guests can start their day with a free coffee and cookies served daily at the dining area, while drinks can be enjoyed at the bar or at the lounge room throughout the day. Staff at the tour desk can arrange excursions and offer information on nearby beaches. Heraklion has shops, bars and restaurants serving traditional Cretan food. Ancient Knossos is 6 km away and the resort of Kokkini Chani is at 11 km.
Near Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Established in 1977 and totally renovated in 2004, this hotel is ideally situated in Heraklion city centre amidst a quiet neighbourhood with easy access to the harbour 500 metres away. The airport is also conveniently located approximately 2 km away. Upon your arrival at the hotel you will feel the kindness and the friendliness of the famous Cretan hospitality. The hotel is open all year round and is reasonably priced. There is free wireless internet access throughout the hotel. Housing warmly decorated, comfortable and contemporary accommodation with a naturally coloured decor, creating a cosy atmosphere, the hotel also houses a relaxing lounge and a breakfast room. Take advantage of the 24-hour reception, giving you the freedom and independence to enjoy your stay as you wish.
Iraklion Hotel is a 3-star hotel in Heraklion city center, providing affordable accommodation with value-for-money services. Few Heraklion hotels are rated as highly for their staff & hospitality. The hotel is ideal for business and leisure accommodation. It features 41 rooms with free Wi-Fi, a cozy lounge with bar, and a 24-hour front desk. Free breakfast buffet is served daily. Iraklion Hotel is a 5 minute drive from Heraklion port and a 15 minute drive from Heraklion airport.
Near Heraklion Port
Near Heraklion Port
Sirocco Apartments Apartaments
Near Star Beach Water Park
Near Heraklion Port
Near Pankritio Stadium
Arolithos Village Hotel
The Arolithos Cretan Village was built in the form of a Cretan village. It is not a real village with permanent residents, but a representation of one. The hotel rooms are not situated in a main building. They are arranged around the village in such a way that it reminds small neighborhood alleys. The hotel has been built on a hillside. The hotel rooms are arranged in small “neighborhoods”, scattered all over the premises. Each of them has its en suite bathroom, a refrigerator, as well as a TV set and an air conditioning system. The rooms provide basic equipment while being of a traditional style. Most of them have balconies or courtyards, where our guests have the opportunity to enjoy the garden view or the view over the surrounding hills.
Nancy - Chara Apartments Hotel
Near Karteros Beach
Near Heraklion Port
Hotels in Crete
Heraklion, Crete's largest city, has survived Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman rule and its history can be traced back over many centuries. Book a Heraklion hotel with us and discover one of Greece's most important urban centres and one that is rich with antiquity.
The beaches of Ammoudara and Karteros flank Heraklion and provide wide, sandy stretches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. And if you fancy the opportunity to glide serenely on the Mediterranean Sea, Ammoudara has a windsurfing school.
Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete, and the magnificent Palace of Knossos is a reminder of that once great civilisation. Excavated in 1978, the palace originally consisted of 22, 000m2 and you'll see four wings arranged around a central courtyard. The buildings are elaborately constructed and, once seen, it's easy to imagine the tale of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth being more than just a myth. There are also several buildings considered to be part of the complex that sit apart from it, such as the Royal Villa and the Little Palace.
You'll find two aquariums that house examples of the Mediterranean's fabulous sea life. Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos has thousands of living organisms including turtles, starfish, sharks, manta rays and octopi. And at Aquaworld Aquarium you're positively encouraged to enjoy a hands-on experience with its weird and wonderful inhabitants that include reptiles as well as sea creatures.
To add to the aqua-based fun provided by Crete's coastline, there are three nearby water parks. You'll find a wealth of pools of different sizes, water slides and the like at Star Beach. Aqua Plus has pools too and concentrates more on games and rides, while Watercity gives the format a twist and is more akin to an amusement park â€“ but with lots of water!
Eating and drinking in Heraklion
It would be remiss to visit Crete and not try some local cuisine. Kastella, right on the seafront by the Venetian harbour, is a very popular Cretan restaurant. Here you might try roasted swordfish or perhaps some calamari. Authentic Greek food is served at Hovoli where you could sample an open souvlaki-pita or a feta cheese salad. And Paralia has a seasonal menu which includes fried zucchini and grilled fish platter, with a desert crepes and a choice of different toppings.
Heraklion has many taverns in which you can enjoy live traditional Greek music. And if your tastes veer more towards, say, house and electronic dance music, then there are several clubs and bars that will cater for you, many of which feature visiting DJs.
Shopping in and around Heraklion
Odos 1866 is a street that holds an open-air market from Monday to Saturday, where you can buy fruit and vegetables, herbs and teas, olive oils and Cretan souvenirs. A side street off Odos 1866 contains a fish market, as well as a shop selling Cretan music. And Daidalou is the place to go for boutiques and fashion.
Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Crete
What are the best hotels to stay in Crete?Galaxy Hotel Iraklio, Aquila Atlantis Hotel and Atrion Hotel are some of the popular hotels in Crete.
What are the most convenient hotel rates in Crete?The cheapest price for a double room in Crete is £35, offered by Evans Hotel.
What hotels are in the central Crete neighborhood?The best hotels near the center of Crete are Galaxy Hotel Iraklio, Iraklion Hotel and El Greco Hotel.
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