Greece’s largest island is brimming with beautiful beaches, archaeological sites, marvellous nature and picturesque villages. Best of all, it can be experienced on a budget. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best cheap hotels in Crete.
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Located in the village of Magoulas, on the Lasithi plateau, Dionyssos Guesthouse is a family-run hotel perfect for those preferring peace and quiet. The guesthouse offers spectacular views of the plateau, and the on-site taverna cooks dishes made with ingredients straight from the garden. The guesthouse is also conveniently located near several hiking trails and the Cave of Zeus.
Iliana Hotel comprises 30 self-catered apartments in Mylopotamos, with breakfast included each morning. The simple apartments feature Wi-Fi and terraces for taking in the sunset, and best of all, Panormos Beach is only a short walk away.
Fereniki Resort & Spa is in Georgioupolis, situated between Rethymnon and Chania, and only one minute from the beach. The complex includes rooms decorated in a distinct, unique style, complete with a balcony, fridge and air conditioning. You will love the many options for breakfast (including vegetarian dishes), relaxing by one of the four swimming pools, having a treatment at the sauna and enjoying other delicious meals in the on-site restaurant.
Set in Myrtos, near Ierapetra, Esperides Hotel is a simple beach hotel run by a lovely family. The no-fuss establishment features a traditional taverna, swimming pool and two bars. Surrounded by gardens, the hotel boasts rooms with either mountain or sea views and air conditioning and TV. Continental breakfast costs extra, and the area is filled with fun activities to do, such as snorkelling and scuba diving. There is even a playground on-site, which is ideal for little children.
Nestled at the foothills of Mount Psiloritis, near Zaros, in the Heraklion prefecture, Idi Hotel is a quiet, green refuge by the mountain, surrounded by nature. The hotel includes a playground for children, a tennis court, a restaurant where guests can enjoy fresh food and a breakfast buffet, and a bar. If you are someone who doesn’t need the beach to have a great vacation, then Idi Hotel is perfect for you.
Faros Beach Hotel in Rethymnon is conveniently located near the Venetian fortress and features a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views over the harbour. With the Centre of Byzantine Art, the Historical and Folk Art Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon nearby, Faros Beach Hotel is perfect for a mix of sunbathing and culture.
Just a short walk from the beach in Kokkini Hani, Hotel Anna Apartments is a low-key property with a collection of rooms and apartments. The clean and bright rooms have a mini fridge and kettle, while the apartments also feature a kitchenette and a small dining area. However, there is also a wide selection of restaurants and bars within walking distance.