10 Best Places To Stay In Crete, Greece - Updated 2023

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If you are heading off to the largest island in Greece, then be sure to read about our selection of the top ten places to stay there. Crete has a wonderful mix, which makes it a welcoming and unique holiday destination. There are mountain villages and in contrast, long sandy beaches. There are places where you can try your hand at water sports and its climate is said to be the best in Europe, making it an appealing destination all year round.

The locals are welcoming and there are developed tourist areas, but also hidden beaches waiting to be discovered. Heraklion has a wonderful archaeological museum, which must be on your list to visit and small trendy cafes to enjoy some fine coffee. Perhaps, the most well known city, Chania has the impressive Venetian harbor, but if you are looking for somewhere quieter, visit Sitia for a slower and gentler pace of life.

Scroll on down and find out about the top 10 places to stay in Crete, Greece.

1. Kastro Hotel in Heraklion (from USD 47)

Kastro Hotel is very well located, only 2.5 miles (4 km) from Heraklion Airport. The archaeological site of Knossos Palace is a fifteen minute drive away and Heraklion Port is just under 1 mile (1.6 km) away. Kastro Hotel is well-situated for exploring the ancient sites of Heraklion. It has spacious, air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included in the rate. Rooms include an LCD TV and mini fridge. Some rooms have a terrace or balcony.

A good breakfast buffet is available each morning in the hotel restaurant. The 24-hour hotel bar serves drinks and light meals. Room service is also available. Free internet access is provided.

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Kastro Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Theotokopoulou 22
5.43 km (3.4 mi) from Knossos Palace

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Internet services

2. Renovated apartment in Iraklio (from USD 74)

This apartment has been fully renovated, making it clean and comfortable. It is near Lions Square, which is a quiet street. It is a short walk from the bus station and from the local market.

The kitchen has an oven and fridge and there is a television in the living room. There is also a washing machine, an iron and cooking equipment. A coffee, tea and espresso machine is available, and there are restaurants nearby.

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Iraklio, Greece
5.55 km (3.5 mi) from Knossos Palace
240 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
daughter enjoyed the toys the balcony and the tv
they have coffee machine and a good kitchen
the apartment was spacious and equipped well with all necessary amenities and was pretty clean
nice to have your own coffee espresso machine and time to do laundry
we loved the size and location of this apartment and the internet was fast and reliable
very clean and quite confy
excellent apartment clean and stylish
communication easy check in easy space clean and comfortable
place was also clean n thoughtful
clean place comfortable beds spacious apartment
the hosts are wonderful too
the host was quite responsive and nice
very nice and helpful host aswell
host charalabos was brilliant
thanks to a wonderful host
great central location to discover iraklion
a great location so close to everything
nice apartment and central location
the location is perfect
great location in the middle of the city
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3. An apartment with a view in Platanias (from USD 76)

This beautifully well maintained, modern apartment is 7.5 miles (12 km) away from Chania. The apartment has a veranda and a balcony facing the Cretan Sea. Staying here, you will be less than a fifteen minute walk from the closest beach.

The apartment has comfortable furnishings for an enjoyable stay. There is a kitchen, with all that is required to make lovely holiday meals.

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115.78 km (72.0 mi) from Knossos Palace
100 reviews   Wifi Available
villa 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
quiet with lovely views of the sea from all the apartments
from your apartment you have a perfect view to the island as advertised
apartment very very clean and well equipped
the apartments are perfectly clean well equipped and in very good shape
the apartment was clean comfortable and had everything we needed to prepare our own meals
marianne and manolis are perfect hosts
great location clean apartment very friendly care by marianne and manolis
if we come back to crete we will definitely come back to this place
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4. Spacious apartment in Chania (from USD 59)

This apartment is located in one of the most beautiful streets of old town Chania, just seconds away from the sea. This building dates backs to the 1200s, when Crete was under Venetian rule. The building has been fully renovated and restored and although the building dates back many centuries, it has all modern comforts.

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Chania, Greece
106.58 km (66.3 mi) from Knossos Palace
95 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air-conditioning worked but we preferred the fan
given the very hot weather the air conditioning was much appreciated
the apt was wonderful and the roof deck was an excellent bonus
we closed shutters and windows at night had air conditioning and slept really really well
we had an absolutely lovely stay in katerinas apartment
the apartment was clean well-maintained and comfortable
fantastic stay in chania the apartment was clean and well equipped
the apt is clean and the location is great
the apartment is just as depicted warm cosy clean and tidy
this apartment is very clean and in an amazing part of the venetian old town
friendly host with a gallery downstairs
kind host and great flat
aikaterina was a fantastic host
aikaterini was a wonderful host
excellent place excellent host
the location is outstanding
this location is absolutely perfect
the location was perfect
honestly an amazing location on a picturesque street close to everything
easy access with taxi and well close to walk to bus stations
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5. Kydon Hotel in Chania (from USD 106)

Kydon Hotel is 8 miles (13 km) from Chania International Airport. There is free private parking available on site. Staying here, you will be a 14-minute walk from the beach. This hotel is across the street from the main market hall and just a short walk from the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel. Guests can also request to borrow a mini I-pad during their stay at the hotel.

All rooms are air-conditioned and the suites have a balcony and an LED TV with satellite channels. From most of the guest rooms you will be able to see views of the Old Town, the Venetian Harbour and the Cretan Sea.

On the first floor the restaurant serves a Greek breakfast buffet including homemade pies and sweets, fresh fruit salad, local yogurt and a variety of fresh bread sticks.

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Kydon The Heart City Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Sofoklis Venizelos Square & 2, Str. Tzanakaki
106.12 km (66.0 mi) from Knossos Palace

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms

6. A place by the sea in Kalamaki (from USD 94)

This first-floor sea facing apartment is just minutes from Kalamaki beach. It has two large bedrooms and a bathroom. The apartment is fully air conditioned and has a television and WiFi.

The spacious veranda gives you the fantastic view of the sea. It’s a wonderful area to eat, sunbathe or just watch the sun rise and set.

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Καλαμάκι, Ηράκλειο, Greece
47.43 km (29.5 mi) from Knossos Palace
124 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wireless was excellent and the air conditioning was delightful when it got really hot outside
the deck is amazing with a beautiful view of the sea and the apartment is really well equipped
gorgeous apartment with a truly amazing terrace and views
the flat was clean and very comfortable with a stunning view over the sea and the sunset
there was food in the refrigartor and the view was wonderful and everything we needed was in the apartment
very clean and well equipped
the place is new and very clean
the morning walks along the beach and swimming in the spotless clean water is a true battery recharger
zabia was the perfect host
zabia is a fantastic host
zabia and her family are perfect hosts
she is really a super host thumbs up
the apartment is wonderful zabia is an absolutely wonderful host
the location is spot on peacefully perfect
perfect location to stay with our family
the apartment has the best location in kalamaki
location was perfect with the place directly located in front of the beach suiting families with children
the place is beautiful and very well situated right on the beach
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7. Blue Palace Hotel in Elounda (from USD 334)

This really is a palace! Set on the Elounda coast, this five star hotel is somewhere to escape to if you are looking for luxurious accommodation with delicious cuisine and a state of the art spa. It includes infinity pools, a water sports centre and two tennis courts. Each room has satellite LCD TVs, while some also include a CD/DVD player. Some room types enjoy private access to a section of the beach.

The hotel restaurant serves Greek, Cretan, Italian and Asian dishes. There is also a Moroccan style bar, a pool bar and a beach bar, where you can sip a drink whilst looking out at the sea.

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Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Plaka
51.39 km (32.0 mi) from Knossos Palace

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre

8. Castello City Hotel in Heraklion (from USD 61)

A short walk from Heraklion beach, this delightful hotel offers you views of the sea, the old city and Venetian walls. It is located close to the bus and taxi stations. The airport and port are easily accessible from here.

The hotel has spacious, air conditioned rooms, with soundproof windows, a television, mini fridge and safe. Open plan family rooms are also available. Breakfast is served daily in the hotel restaurant, consisting of a Greek buffet. In the evening, you can enjoy a drink, the first one for free, at the fifth floor lounge bar.

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Castello City Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 1, 62 Martyron Avenue
5.41 km (3.4 mi) from Knossos Palace

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms

9. A traditional house in Agios Nikolaos (from USD 86)

This traditional house has all the basics required. There are a few beaches within a twenty minute’s drive and the nearest town is just a few miles away. There you will find great restaurant choices, a farmer’s market and a peaceful harbor.

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Agios Nikolaos, GR
52.93 km (32.9 mi) from Knossos Palace
108 reviews  
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved the spyradaki's house from the traditional styled interior to the beautiful sea view from the patio table
constantly kept clean and tidy changed our towels and bed linen
the house and surroundings are clean well equipped and well maintained
yanna her husband and her daughter were great hosts
everywhere are lush plants and flowers our hosts could not be more kind or friendly a wonderful experience
yanna & yannis were very helpful always available and provided us with great tips for beaches restaurants etc
so lovely owners left us even with an overnight stay and did not take any money for it
yanna and yannis are very helpful and friendly
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10. View of the sea and mountains in Chania

This apartment with its large balcony gives you good views of Almyrida and Souda bay. It is an ideal place to stay for families with children. The balcony has plenty of sun beds, a table, chairs and barbecue hut. You will be within walking distance to the beach, restaurants and supermarkets. Kalives Blue Flag Beach Resort is just a few minute’s drive away.

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88.92 km (55.3 mi) from Knossos Palace
86 reviews   Wifi Available
Apartment 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool balcony and views were fantastic
the wi-fi was reliable and the speed really good
we had a lovely week in pon's apartment
the accommodation was excellent clean and comfortable with great view to the sea
the apartment and pool were both very clean and the views from the balconies were fantastic
pool very clean apartment had everything required
everything was very clean
evert was very clean and the bedding and towels were
the apartment is spotlessly clean and well maintained
the pool was a bit chilly but very clean
the owner responding promptly to all queries and directions were useful
pon was helpful and responsive beforehand
very friendly host it was easy talk to him and he answer quickly
the owner was very helpful providing all the information we needed to prepare for the trip
apartment in good location for tavernas and shops
nice apartment and good location everything was great
great location just 5 minutes from shops tavernas and the beach
almyrida is a smallish but for us a nicely sized location with plenty of good restaurants
the location was good for visiting and we particularly enjoyed visiting chania and the historic ruins at aptera
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Charming Crete

No matter where you choose to stay in Crete, this beautiful island with its history and natural beauty will leave you with many happy memories.

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