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May Beach Hotel

122, Machis Kritis Str.,, Rethymnon, Crete 74100 Greece
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#37 of 151 hotels in Rethymnon
Location
4.2
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.6
Value
4.3
Welcome to May Hotel, your Rethymnon “home away from home.” May Hotel aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year. Close to some of Rethymnon's most popular landmarks, such as Monastery of Arkadi (2.3 mi) and Rethimno Kart (2.5 mi), May Hotel is a great destination for tourists. Rooms at May Hotel provide air conditioning and a refrigerator, and guests can stay connected with free wifi. In addition, while staying at May Hotel guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, a sun terrace, and a bar. You can also enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at May Hotel. The property consists of a 3-level building that occupies only 10% of the land – allowing the guests to enjoy the swimming pool, the pool-bar, the sports courts and the kids’ playground, amidst the hotel’s lavish gardens. Enjoy various activities at the hotel, like tennis, ping-pong, chess, darts, and volley ball.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Billiards
Darts
Kids pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Table tennis
Airport transportation
Car hire
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Safe
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, German and 2 more
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Smurftrooper wrote a review Oct 2023
Bremen, Germany1 contribution
We made an excellent choice with May Beach Hotel. Travelling with a rental car, the location is great as a base for discovering the Western Part of Crete (Chania, Rethymnon and most of the Heraklion Area). The staff was very welcoming and helpful, and the cleanliness and decor of the Hotel is exemplary. The well-kept garden with the pool area has a very relaxed and calm atmosphere where we could unwind after the trips of the day. We had half-board and dinner was fine with a wide selection of greek and european dishes. However, around the hotel there is not much going on in terms of traditional tavernas apart from the facilities in Platanes which seem very tourist-oriented, and the beach area behind the hotel is kinda mediocre if you know other beaches on Crete. We visited beaches in the south (Plakias and Frangokastello area, 1hr drive, great) and Phalasarna on the West Coast (2hr drive, extraordinary) which more than make up for this. Nevertheless, due to the main island road (New Road) being close you are able to reach many locations no time. The bus stop to Rethymnon is 100m away, and the trip is just 1 € and takes about 15 minutes. If you are prepared to travel a bit for your experience or are fine with hanging out at the pool the whole day, this hotel is perfect! My only major issue is that the rooms towards the front close to the residential road are very loud due to motorized traffic. I am normally not a big complainer in this regard but there are A LOT of very loud motorcycles passing through there especially later in the evening and also during the night. Also the windows and balcony door have only simple single-layer glass and are not sound-proofed. The hotel could really improve here. We asked for and got granted with no fuzz a room towards the back which was way quieter. All in all we had a very nice and relaxing holidays there and would come back. We recommend this to all travelers looking for a calm retreat in the center of the island with plans for regular forays into the countryside or the cities.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Consider asking for rooms towards the garden. Take the bus to Rethymnon its simple and cheap.
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Liam wrote a review Oct 2023
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Stayed here for 1 week all inclusive. Very, very, very quiet hotel. If you are from the UK I would not recommend staying here.. If you are under 50 years old and from the UK then I would definitely not recommend this hotel. No English speaking guests so can feel isolated but then again everyone kept themselves to themselves, there was not any interaction between guests. The all inclusive is abysmal, poor selection of drinks (especially alcohol), the ‘beer’ is 10% beer, 90% soda water, the only spirits included is Raki, Ouzu & Brandy, you have to pay for anything else. The food as well was terrible, extremely small selection which we did not like at all, was lucky there were chips to eat on a few nights and then we just had bread and fruit most of the evening. There is no entertainment at all or any any music played around the pool during the day, it’s just pure silence. On to the positives.. - Friendly & helpful staff always available. - Small quiet hotel so it was relaxing throughout the whole day. - Decent outside pool which was never crowded (always sunbeds and good space free). - The location was great, 5 min walk to the beach via the hotel which has plenty of places to eat, sunbeds and a beach club. On either side on the main road if you took a little walk you can find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. €1 bus ticket to the main town which you can buy at the supermarket opposite the hotel (close bus stop and 10 minute journey). - Comfy spacious room and beds. I would return to this area in the future but definitely NOT this hotel, especially considering how much it was it did not live up to expectations.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cruiser30119192873 wrote a review Sep 2023
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We had by far the best vacation ever at May beach hotel! Every single people working here= so nice and helpful ❤️. Great athmophsere between guests and many come here for years thanks to the way of taking care of guests. We slept like a baby, because of the excellent matresses. Best food ever straight out of the garden and local farmers= very njammie! So May beach hotel is top! 💯👌❣️
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Date of stay: August 2023
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mia m wrote a review Sep 2023
England, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
I have just returned from my holiday and I am absolutely appalled by the hotel offering as a luxury destination and as 4 star. We paid a total of £2,700.00 for this holiday to Greece, upon arriving our dream break holiday turned into a nightmare. We were greeted rudely by the staff and shown to our room with a can’t be asked attitude by the staff. in the common areas we had faeces running down the hallway and under the room doors, the all-inclusive offering was pitiful – the food and drink was minimal and the bedroom TV was smashed. As soon as we got there, we complained – not what you should be doing upon arriving to your holiday. Sadly, we spent more time outside of the complex than in it. We also spent a lot more money as we had no option but to eat out most lunch and dinner times (despite paying premium price hoping for a premium buffet option!). The buffet was smaller than a kid’s buffet! The drinks options included: house wine, raki, ouzo, one draft beer; having been to a few all-inclusive resorts, I would expect spirits to be included (not branded) and a few different beer options. We didn’t have any snack options; other than snacks we would have to pay for. I did not have a kettle in my room, despite the room description advising a kettle and mini bar would be in the room. I even had to pay for a tea in the evening as apparently this was ‘not part of the all-inclusive offering’ – ridiculous. We were also advised that the entertainment was every 15 days, this surely cannot be right for a family hotel? So, on top of bad food, drinks, hotel room, service – we were without entertainment. I would not recommend this hotel at all.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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wexfordtourist wrote a review Jul 2023
Wexford, Ireland79 contributions77 helpful votes
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Overall a very pleasant stay. Positives: Excellent Wi-Fi Spotlessly clean Very modern decor Friendly staff Nice location Relaxing atmosphere Lovely pool area with lots of sun loungers Negatives All inclusive very expensive and level of alcohol is a joke. No Gin or Vodka on the menu. Beer is warm and tasteless. Really disappointed with this for the price that we paid. Very focused on European guests, German, French, Italian. Very small number of British or Irish guests. Didn’t seem to make an effort with English speaking guests. But very fluent for other nationalities. Safe €10.00 per week should be be free as part of all inclusive deal. Towels very hard and worn. Beach area that hotel boasts of is very poor and not fit for swimming due to the amount of rocks and stones. Food is just ok and again not good value based on what we paid. Overall bar the negatives we did enjoy our stay here but all inclusive needs Serious attention as it’s just not good value for money.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t book all inclusive.
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NorfolkSoulQueen wrote a review Jun 2023
Norfolk16 contributions11 helpful votes
Cons: Rooms bit on small side, not much wardrobe space & only 5 hangars between 2! Towels so stiff nearly took skin off, shower not very powerful and drainage so poor it kept flooding floor. Bed was 2 pushed together, causing a very hard edge all way down. Pillows need replacing as there was nothing to them. Safe was extra cost. Glad took kettle as not 1 provided. Our room was at front facing road, so had no sun on balcony in morning and quite a bit of traffic noise, only a wooden trellis so no privacy from neighbour, but I think most others had solid walls. Fridge in room - empty on arrival and nothing ever put in it, for AI I would expect at least some water! Food at both indoor and poolside restaurants not very good, often cold, not much variety. We struggled most nights and out of 10 went out to eat 4 times. You can pay for pizza, burger etc but would be nice to have this offered occasionally at lunchtime as part of AI. Waiters trying to take plates etc whilst still eating - 1 tried taking hubbys saucer while he was drinking from the cup! Drinks on AI extremely poor, practically non-existent! Weak local beer, ouzo, raki or a brandy, cheap horrible wine - that’s it. When we asked barman if we could have a vodka and lemonade, was told no but gave us a shot each as a token, on him! Made us want a proper drink even more! Entertainment was once in 10 days for about an hour - Greek dancers who after a while got some guests up to join in. Beach reached through back of hotel, on uneven, overgrown path and wooden suspended bridge over a marshy ground. Sea very hard to get/out of due to stones, 1 restaurant with sunbeds and umbrellas. This hotel is not for the English - for 9 days we were the only English there, which makes you feel isolated as most other guests don’t even reply when you greet them. Gardens could be beautiful if they were kept trimmed etc. On one day two men were chain-sawing a tree down at one end of garden, which wasn’t even visible to guests let alone causing a problem - this went on all day! For heavens sake do this sort of thing before you open for guests so they don’t have to endure the noise/dust. There is a separate pool for kids with slide etc - but not used. Pros: Cleanliness good. Most staff friendly and helpful. Small village with few restaurants within 10 mins walk. Bus stop close by. No noise heard from neighbours in adjoining rooms. Laid back feel. Quite disappointed with hotel and would not return as not good value - and it certainly wasn’t cheap!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Roxana D wrote a review Jun 2023
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I must say that the place exceeded my expectations from the beginning. Beautiful views and super spacious garden. The rooms were sparkling clean and cozy. I loved the colors that the room had, were brightening my days. The food in the hotel is simply delicious. A lot to choose from and definitely covering all the cravings. It s perfect for families, friends and why not...solo travellers. The pool is quite big and lots of activities to enjoy around (outodors gym, tennis, ping pong, volleyball etc). The beach is close also and it has a stunning sunset. They hosted an event while i was there and the night was absolutely a blast!! Lots of fun and dance. Was a lovely Greek Night that i will remember forever! Last but not least, the staff was AMAZING and so so lovely. Very helpful with any questions i had and even helped me out when i went through a medical issue being there by calling the pharmacy and helping out to get the medicines i needed. Very supportive in any situation and friendly. I loved being there and i will definitely come back in the future.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Royce S wrote a review Jun 2023
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We were surprised by the overall quality of the hotel for the price. The rooms are very spacious, well designed and maintained. The landscaped grounds are spacious and like a beautiful garden. The food is very well prepared: we were impressed especially by the variety of vegetable dishes. Most impressive was the quality of the service: the staff is very well trained and friendly. They responded to all of our requests. Very family friendly.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Opt for full board: the food is delicious, varied, and plentiful. A great bargain, especially...
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Jenny I wrote a review Oct 2022
Stayed with my partner and 13y/o son at May Beach Hotel for 5 nights with all inclusive. The reason for choosing May Hotel was that we had read food was good and staff friendly - and that was very true. We were all very happy with our stay at May Beach Hotel. The garden and outside dining area is very nice, cosy and relaxing. Service is good and we appreciated the friendly and relaxing environment. It was easy to travel around the island by car from there as well. The pool is nice and and the outside gym had a nice view of the garden.
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Maria C wrote a review Sep 2022
Cluj-Napoca, Romania10 contributions
Really liked this hotel. Nice people and very clean. They clean the rooms every day and change the towels. Perfect place to relax. Nice pool where you can swim and get a tan. The beach is also very close. Next to the hotel is the bus stationand you cand go to Rethimno
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about May Beach Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to May Beach Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Eyes Live Lounge (0.6 miles), Baja Beach Club (0.2 miles), and Platanes Shopping (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at May Beach Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at May Beach Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at May Beach Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at May Beach Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to May Beach Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pagona's Place, Taverna Yiannis, and Finikas Taverna.
Are there opportunities to exercise at May Beach Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does May Beach Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, May Beach Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at May Beach Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at May Beach Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to May Beach Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Venetian Fortezza (2.9 miles), Agia Irini Convent (2.7 miles), and Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon (4.8 miles).