Famed for its significant archaeological sites and Venetian architecture, Heraklion is one of Crete’s major towns and a great place for enjoying the best of Cretan living. For tranquil escapes in luxurious surroundings, book yourself a stay at one of Heraklion’s best hotels.
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Founded in 1920, the GDM Megaron is among Crete’s most historic hotels. Grand and elegant, it has entertained locals and holidaymakers for decades, which is no surprise, given the standard of service and the impressive atmosphere of the place. Rooms are classically furnished with a mix of sea and city views and Korres products. The bar on the fifth floor offers some of the best scenes of the city, allowing guests to take in the wealth of Venetian architecture and to look out over the Aegean Sea.
The inimitable Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort sets the standard for luxury hotels in Crete and is only 25 minutes by car to the heart of Heraklion. Here, guests will experience the best of Greek hospitality while staying in the lavish hotel surroundings. Guest rooms are classically designed, but the real highlight is the enormous infinity pool that sweeps past elegant stone buildings towards the sea. The spa features treatments inspired by traditional Cretan techniques, while the many restaurants offer a variety of international flavours. There’s even the chance to dine at the hotel’s Agreco Farm, where guests can experience a traditional Cretan evening.
Galaxy Hotel Iraklio is a sophisticated and stylish destination in the heart of Heraklion. The hotel is larger than some of its neighbours, with 127 rooms that sit within a modern, Bauhaus-inspired building. The caring staff create a great atmosphere, and the hotel’s decadent breakfast is highly recommended. The location of Galaxy Hotel Iraklio is also a major draw. The Archaeological Museum, Bembo Fountain, Kornarou Square and public gardens are all within walking distance.
If you’re looking for an intimate place in which to stay close to Heraklion, then Villa Omikron is a destination for you. The retreat comprises four luxury villas that can be rented separately or all together. Enjoy access to a spacious outdoor pool and barbecue grills while looking out onto the sparkling Aegean. Interiors are crisp and clean, while the exterior offers more earthy and natural tones. The villas are perfectly located among the best of Crete’s beaches and are only a 25-minute drive from Heraklion, making it easy to explore the whole island.
Olive Green Hotel is a trendy, environmentally conscious hotel in the centre of Heraklion. The vibrant exterior acts as an introduction to the dynamic systems inside. This hotel boasts modern infrastructures as well as cutting-edge technology that allows its guests to control air conditioning and heating to avoid waste. Recycling is also a significant part of the hotel’s philosophy, which strives to achieve sustainability through solar energy. Modern and industrial interiors emphasise the forward-thinking approach while creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.