Hotels in Crete come in several categories, the official rating system in Greece is:
- Lux (Cat. Lux), the general equivalent of a 5 star hotel. [ 5* hotels in Crete ]
- A' class (Cat. A'), the general equivalent of a 4 star hotel. [ 4* hotels in Crete ]
- B' class (Cat. B'), the general equivalent of a 3 star hotel. [ 3* hotels in Crete ]
- C' class (Cat. C'), the general equivalent of a 2 star hotel. [ 2* hotels in Crete ]
You will also find a varied selection of studios and apartments to
rent on Crete. These studios and apartments are self catering and
not subject to the official rating system like hotels and
facilities can vary from being modest to elegant.
For details - click here: [ Apartments and Studios in Crete ]
Where to Stay in Crete.
Crete is divided into 4 provinces or more correctly prefectures, Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lassithi. With the exception of Lassithi, the capital of each region has the same name, in Lassithi, the main town is Agios Nikolaos.
Chania has a beautiful Venetian harbour with waterfront tavernas, numerous good restaurants, unique accommodation in restored and modern buildings and intriguing narrow shopping streets.
Rethymno is blessed with an almost endless sandy beach stretching from Skaleta, to the west end of Rethymno which is marked by the ancient fortress, old harbour, historic streets and waterside fish restaurants, cafes, bars and a few clubs.
Heraklion is Crete's biggest and most bustling city. Cafes, clubs, designer shops and many cultural centres. The most important of Crete's Archaeological museums and near to the Palace of Knossos. Frequent flights from Athens, ferries and access to other islands. Great base for shorter routes to south coast.
Lassithi / Agios Nikolaos is a major administrative, cultural and communications centre, one of the most developed tourist areas, not only in Crete but in Greece in general. Ideal for rest and fun, all year round and for all ages, combining the traditional hospitality with the authenticity of the genuine Cretan way of life.
A more abstract division of Crete is the North/South divide. The main towns of the prefectures are all on the north coast of Crete and this north coast is considerably more developed in terms of commercial tourism. In the north of Crete you will find a varied selection of hotels including large resort hotels, some of the finest to be found anywhere in Greece.
The south coast is certainly less populated but still exceptionally busy during the summer months. The towns and villages of the south are smaller than the north, extending a more intimate side of Crete with a better opportunity to experience the traditional aspects that Crete is so famous for.
The rates for hotels in Crete can vary greatly from around 20 Euros per night for a double room at one of the budget C' class hotels to over 1000 Euros per night for a presidential suite at one of the luxury "resort" hotels.
To assist you we have grouped together the hotels in Crete based on price.
(Here the term "hotel" includes all the different types of accommodation on Crete)
Please note: these are starting prices in low season for a standard double. The seasonal dates vary from one hotel to another so please contact us for the rates relevant for your dates of travel.
Getting the most from your stay on Crete
To assist you, we have published a brief guide to Crete:
[ A Guide to Crete ], has information and pictures on the different villages of Crete plus a tourist guide on what to see and do while visiting the island.