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Matala, Crete 70200 Greece
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/24/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/24/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 17 in Matala
Hotel 100 rooms 50m from the beach and the city center. Private parking, part renovated in 2015.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Car hire
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 3 more
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Sunshine795157 wrote a review Sep 2021
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our linens had hairs on them as well as the floor. Needs a lot of updating. The toilet was noisey as well as the rooms— we could hear everything in the hallways and beside us. This hotel’s saving grace is their pool area& proximity to the beach. You get what you pay for.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
drgmobile wrote a review Aug 2021
Ottawa, Canada152 contributions93 helpful votes
This hotel was the first of three we would be staying after our transAtlantic arrival and so we elected to go a bit less expensive than the others. It turned out not to be worth the savings. First the positive. The front desk agent I dealt with genuinely tried to help. After my first night was a disaster, he moved me into a new room that addressed nearly all my concerns, but it added a couple of new ones. The location of the hotel is fantastic, being just by the beach and Matala’s great shops and restaurants. We really liked Matala itself. The property itself is a bit run down but has great bones. With a bit of investment into rooms, facilities and services, it could be a jewel of Matala. But not yet. Checking in I was given one of seven rooms with an entrance straight outdoors. I am not referring to the balconies, which all of the rooms seem to have, but rather the main entry door, which was a frosted glass. This will be an important point, as I’ll note later. The room was small, but appeared to have been fairly recently refreshed and had a nice enough. I immediately noticed that the safe instructions made no sense, and after three trips to the lobby they still were not able to tell me how to use it. The TV also didn’t work — in fact I could never get the TVs to work at this hotel. The shower was rainhead and worked just fine that first evening. After dinner I was able to get to sleep fairly easily and woke up with the light through the door telling me I had slept through the night. Oh no. It was only 11:50 pm. The problem is that the frosted glass entry door on this particular room (and probably the seven others with frosted glass entry doors) lets light through and there is a massive outdoor light on the building across from it. Unable to sleep I was at least able to watch a movie through wifi that first night. I tried to take another shower but there was no hot water, either in the middle of the night or later in the morning. Mercifully I was moved to another room without the glass door problem, which solved that problem and this safe was easy to use. The TV didn’t work in this room either, and the wifi barely ever worked. Later I was told the hotel committed only to providing wifi in the common areas, which in 2021 is a bit weak. Beyond the room itself, the pool area was OK, as was the breakfast. There was a good range of breakfast items, but they got a bit repetitive. Oddly they didn’t have oil and vinegar for the salad items. Breakfast didn’t open until 8 am, and with no kettle or coffee maker in the room or coffee available in the lobby, you have to wait until 8 or go across the street to the cafe kiosk that opens at 7. I’d seek other options before staying here and would be very particular on which room to book if I did. But to Matala itself, which is intimate and charming, we’ll definitely come back. Hopefully by then, someone will have given this property some love.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Avoid the seven ground floor rooms with frosted glass entry doors direct to outside.
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Harriet R wrote a review Oct 2019
Linthal, Switzerland38 contributions60 helpful votes
We booked this hotel last minute as we needed a hotel in the area. Kids loved it. Plenty of space for them to run around playing ball. Nice pool table outside and a good size swimming pool with lots of toys for the kids to play with. Very good breakfast for the price. I would recommend this hotel and would come again next time we were in the area. Very friendly staff too.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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ptesche wrote a review Sep 2019
Guelph, Canada244 contributions118 helpful votes
This is a solid 3-star hotel. The rooms are clean with a balcony. The bathroom is quite small and the shower curtain doesn’t quite work to keep the floor dry but it’s clean. The location is great, quite close to the beach. There is a pool which provides a bit of a private oasis from the nearby tourist rush. The breakfast buffet, which is included, is quite extensive but the coffee is from a self serve single cup machine and is almost undrinkable.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Skipton_Traveller wrote a review Oct 2018
Yorkshire168 contributions163 helpful votes
Adequate free parking. Reception did there job, but the welcome could perhaps have been warmer. Room was a decent size. Small balcony, but room to sit out on. Did tend to flood as the waste pipe from the A/C was broken (I noted the same comment from another guest). Bed was comfortable, and was quiet at night. Decent shower. Adequate storage, although as we were only 3 nights, lived out of cases. A/C worked well. A little loud, but as the temperature on arrival was 36C then it was having to work quite hard. Breakfast was OK. Eggs always done perfectly, but the rest of the selection was a little bit limited, but adequate. We did not eat any other meals here so cannot comment. Pool was clean, and big enough for the size of the hotel. Only about 100mts from the very nice Matala beach. Plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. Matala is a nice resort. Much smaller, and less sophisticated than the big northern resorts. We liked it, and would certainly come again, and if we did, would be happy to use the Fragiskos again too. Best hotel in Matala, but then there is not too much competition.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled
AlenaA wrote a review Sep 2018
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We enjoy our pleasant stay here in Fragiskos. Every meals are tasty and good level. Evening walks around Matala are amazing. Never seen so marvelous picturesc place. We would better hear greek music around the bar and pool, it's why we came here to Creta. Not for global tecno.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled
ZuzanaBar wrote a review Aug 2018
Prague, Czech Republic4 contributions4 helpful votes
It was my first visit in Crete. We were searching for a place where we can have a privacy, with not too many people like in all those resorts, to feel a bit of local atmosphere. Matala is very small village that satisfied our needs. Hotel was satisfying, room big enough, air-con worked perfectly, the only negative was that our small balcony was constantly full of water on the floor due to broken "pipe" from air-con. Room was generally clean but the cleaning service was just very basic, after 3 days there was a dust everywhere. On the other hand the staff was very active when cleaning the hotel area incl. swimming pool, that was really great. Moreover all ladies were very friendly and lovely. As for meal, nothing so bad. We only noticed that some of the salads were not always quite fresh, but we could chose fresh vegetables or fruit so no big deal for us. We did not expect a high gastronomy so food was also satisfying. The only recommendation would be for the restaurant staff. They hardly greeted clients ever, apart of the group of French clients. Some of the meals looked like a "dish hunt" when staff almost "jumped" to take the plates with our last bite. Staff was not much organized and sometimes people were running from one part of the restaurant to the other. All tables for 4 had always a fork and a knife for 2 people only and when we - 3 people - sat into table for 6 (having 4 forks and knifes) we were asked to move to a smaller table. Moreover staff asked this our little daughter not quite a politely. Often there were 6 staff standing in the doors chatting and having fun while clients needed to zigzag among them with plates. whatever could be improved was absolutely compensate by the sea, clean, amazing color, warm, some days high waves...it was just stunning. There are also couple of really nice restaurants with very good long drinks. I still would suggest this place as well as hotel to anyone who wants to spend a nice, relaxing holiday.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from Iraklis M, Διευθυντής at Fragiskos Hotel
Responded Aug 3, 2018
Hello, Thank you for your return, we are happy that you spent a good holiday in our hotel. We try to improve every year in order to offer our customers the best services. See you soon in Matala
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Lambsdowne wrote a review Dec 2017
14 contributions34 helpful votes
Been here a number of times.Always consistently good, owners very friendly and helpful. Location is within a 100m of Matala beach. Great Tavernas nearby a touch of real Crete. The weather in October is ideal and the swimming is just right.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Traveled
2 Helpful votes
Response from Iraklis M, Διευθυντής at Fragiskos Hotel
Responded Jul 3, 2018
Thank you for your nice return ! We hope to see you again soon at Fragiskos Hotel Matala
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Salvo_KANGOO wrote a review Sep 2017
Paris, France441 contributions149 helpful votes
After a One night stay in Fragiskos I am left with a mixed opinion. Positive points: Huge parking Nice pools Large rooms Near to the beach and stores Great receptionist that was very gentile and kind. Negative points: For breakfast not one of the employees said hi or goodmorning. Just a remark because we sat at the wrong table. I know 7 months of work can be tiring but a goodmorning does not hurt anyone and makes everybody's day better. Dirty floor. Had been washed with greasy water leaving all kind of marks when you walk over it. Toilet had not been flushed from the cleaning lady we found a nice surprise. Spider web in the corner of the bathroom. General hygiene in the bathroom/shower not the best. Bed covers dirty. The rooms had only one large window and was dark on the side without window. The transparent bathroom door??? What's with that?? Can't take a crap in private :-) We also wanted to go out at about 10pm but had a problem with the door not closing. We had a guy come check it out and he phoned another guy after 30 minutes of telephone discussion he came to check it out without any tools therefor making a 5 minute screwdriver repair job a 1h wait. It's the same thing a client in my restaurant says to me he is missing his silverware but I go and check the table without anything and then go back with just a fork and after another trip for a knife. Quality/price not in line with the reality. Thanks again from the Parisian restaurant director. Ps please do not reply to this comment as all the others to check the reviews of other people. As you can see on my profile I have been reviewing a long time so I know my personal opinions and as I told you I have been 15 years in this sector.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled
Pavla S wrote a review Jul 2017
Chocen, Czech Republic9 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent one week in hotel, room was spacious, daily cleaning. We missed only the wardrobe with shelves. In the wardrobe are only hangers. Breakfast and dinner was tasty, staff very friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fragiskos Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Fragiskos Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Matala Beach (0.1 miles), Matala Caves (0.1 miles), and Prisma (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fragiskos Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Fragiskos Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Fragiskos Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Fragiskos Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fragiskos Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include George's Yard, Bistronomy Matala, and SCALA Fish Bar Restaurant & Hotel Boutique.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fragiskos Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Fragiskos Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Fragiskos Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fragiskos Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Greek, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Fragiskos Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting War Tunnel (8.0 miles).
Does Fragiskos Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.