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Historical Traveler Reviews Ideon Hotel Rethymnon
Great hotel, great site, great resort
The Hotel Ideon is in an excellent position on the seafront in the Old Town of Rethymnon. Its rooms are spacious and comfortable and I'd particularly recommend the self-catering apartments converted from old Cretan cottages. They are well-furnished and cleaned thoroughly every day with new sheets and towels daily - a bit of a waste to supply fresh daily, I thought. The staff are very friendly and can't do enough for you.
Breakfast is included and offers a wide range of food from cereals, Greek yoghurt with honey, egg/bacon/sausage, etc. combos, cold cheese, ham, fruits, breads, jams, etc. This is all self-service so you can eat as much as you like. Dinners are available but there is not a great deal of choice and you do have lots of great restaurants in the Old Town and also on the promenade. I'd recommend the Old Town Restaurant, near the former mosque.
Rethymnon has developed a lot since my last visit 15 years ago. The downside is the lack of the old craftsmen's shops - cobblers, tailors, etc.
Now it is a thriving modern town with boutiques and lots of well-visited cafes and clubs.
Hire a car from "Voyager" which is near the Ideon for good value and newish vehicles. Take the day-trip to Santorini on a Tuesday when it sails from Rethymnon, rather than travelling to Heraklion to join it.
Can't recommend this hotel or this town enough.
Great Hotel, Fantastic Location, Friendly Staff
We stayed here on Honeymoon for one week and it was the holiday of a lifetime.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and they upgraded our room as we were on Honeymoon. Worth getting a see view - stunning.
The rooms were basic but good and a maid came and cleaned EVERY day.
Breakfast was very good - buffett style. We didn't have dinner at the Hotel but the menu looked good.
Very nice for couples, especially those who don't want Karioke etc.
Fantastic location near the old Harbour and a stones throw from the Venetian Fortress and maze of streets that make up the old town.
Restaurants and Tavernas nearby - we ate out every night.
Rethymnon (and Crete) in general is a beautiful place with very friendly people. Can't wait to go again!!
Well worth the stay
Stayed in July 2004. Could not fault the hotel, great staff and very clean. Air con in the room, free to use.
Excellent position, bit noisy at the front, but you cant have it all!
Would recommend to anybody.
We stayed in this hotel for a week during September 2003 and it was super. Firstly, when we arrived we were upgraded from a double room to a suite because we had booked on their website (a new venture for them). Our suite was very tastefully decorated and it was great to have the option of using the kitchenette to prepare lunch and save some pennies! We enjoyed the buffet breakfast, which was a busy experience but the excellent greek yoghurt and honey was worth it! The location of the hotel was also ideal, close to the harbour and great for town. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Delighted of Bristol!
This June (2004) we will be visting the Hotel Ideon for our 5th holiday there. We are now known as "returners" by the hotel and are always greeted as old friends. We stay in one of the suites - a mini apartment alongside the hotel with large bedroom & Bathroom & kitchinette (which we have never needed to use!) and lounge with TV and foldout bed. The hotel is ideally situated in the old part of town - an easy walk to the habourside restuarants. We tend to get up late for breakfast and usually manage to get a pool side table. The staff are unfailingly friendly and we enjoy the international nature of the hotel - its not all Brits on holiday. We are in our 50's but children are welcome and the pool is very popular. The area around Rethymnon is very good for visitors -take a bus to Chania - walk one of the gorges -Imbros is easy - and get up at 5 a.m. for a trip to Santorini. I like the Spring best when Crete is wonderfully lush with thousands of wild flowers. John and Liz.
My husband and I were very disappointed, B&B, every morning we went down for breakfast there was a fight for a table, everything on the hot breakfast was either cold or luke warm, and the scrambled egg had bit of what looked like left overs of tomato, sausage and something I don't know what it was, in the end we didn't even bother going for breakfast. On arrival we were told go to the side of the swimming pool to the building on it's own, we booked for the hotel and this was a room with one small window and no balcony, we were booked for 21days, they then gave me a key to a room with a view of a wall, we then had a key to a room over where everyone had their breakfast, this meaning if we wanted to hang out washing, which you need to do some in 21 days, it dripped all over the tables people were eating at. All in all the hotel was clean, no do not disturb sign for the door and a let down, we will be back to self-catering next year. HURRAY!!
Great, I read the reviews on a few sites they said not for children, I'm 13 I thought it was great
Great, I read the reviews on a few sites they said not for children before I went, I'm 13 I thought it was great. Rethymnon has many parts and one of the most popular is the "old town" this is extremely close to the hotel which is great, you go out the door turn left then left again straight on and your in the middle of it. I thought hotel ideon is in a great location right on the sea front near the old port (200 yards away) I went with my parents, And found that Rethymnon is suited for all ages especiallly this hotel. I really enjoyed the staff are extremely nice and helpful. The Breakfast is an all you can eat buffey, was very nice, to eat there at lunch was the cheapest place we could find it was about 3 euros for a plate of spaggetti which although might not sound cheap it is compared to some. We stayed in an air conditioned room, all the rooms are air conditioned. Each room has a phone balcony, a great view, you couldnt ask for much more. I found that the best resturants were ... The Castelo which is out of the hotel left left then second right very nice, good prices. The Lemon In the centre of the old town Great staff great food if you dont like a meal they replace it for no extra cost. The eating area is under several lemon trees and one lime tree
To sum it up i enjoyed it
Best in Rethymno
The only place to stay in Rethymno. Ideally situated overlooking the sea.Staff very friendly and helpful. Minutes walk to town of Rethymno and especially its many restaurants.One of our favourites was the Lemon Tree Garden. Looking forward to returning there again this Summer.
I had one of best times of my life there, and the white mountains of crete. BRAVO
The Hotel Ideon is a very good place to relax and taste the greek way of life.Cretains are very warm and friendly. Oposite of the hotel in the left ,is a very good Taverna FENARI ask for costa the bos,heget you the best and fresh food you can get in crete. I must tell you a have a greek Restaurant in Northunberland and by me Fenari restaurant is the best. J.Correia England
Best hotel in Rethymnon
Situated opposite the harbour of Rethymnon with fantastic views over the sea. Just a minute from the bustling old town of Rethymnon with all the tavernas and shops. The hotel is ideal if you want to stay somewhere where the staff make you so welcome you will want to return again and again. We would not stay anywhere else....
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Today is our day at sea spending it leisurely reading, walking a couple of laps around the ship, having lunch and enjoying the ambience of being on our balcony. The boys bought a bottle of 16 yr old Scotch on board ship at a very good price so that will be the start of their happy hour ...
... everywhere, places and homes rundown, buildings started and never finished. The tour guide told us that during the mid 1900's lots of Turks came to Crete and built large mansions and they have now degenerated to a ramshackle shanty town. Entertainment tonight was Davie Howes, a musical entertainer. He played piano, fantastic, so talented. He also played wind instruments, a real all ...
... food was lovely and all local and freshly made. I had a mushroom pie, with local mushrooms and cream cheese made by the village shepherds. It was delicious. The owner of the restaurant told us that in 1942 this village was used to hide British and New Zealand soldiers from the Germans. They hid in the local caves. Any villagers found helping them were ...
... of swimming we went back to the soft sand. Jacob buried my legs and gave me a mermaid tail made of sand. The boat journey back to port was about an hour. We sat out on the top deck and ate ice creams. On the way back to the villa we took a detour into Chania, a big city, to find a restaurant. The old town had really, really narrow streets and lots of dead ends. Mum did not like driving there! We found a nice restaurant on the harbour front and had a good ...
... path but when we got to the caves we saw all the rock formations. A lady gave us a torch so we could find our way. The caves were dark and the floor was slippy. It reminded me of the caves in Croatia. The rest of the drive to the beach was along twisty mountain roads. When we could finally see the beach it was absolutely stunning with the lovely blue shallow sea. We parked the car and headed ...