We dropped in here for one night and liked it so much that we stayed for 2 nights. We were lucky they managed to re-juggle existing bookings to let us have the same room for the second night. Even in March they were almost fully booked.
We were in the boutique hotel side, with a view overlooking the old Venetian harbour and the new port with its huge cruise liners. Because the hotel is on the Venetian walls of the town, all the (much-destroyed) ancient centre with its many tavernas and restaurants are within an easy walk. But we did eat in the Hotel's excellent Brilliant restaurant on the second night and were delighted by the meal we had. We also checked out the Herb Garden restaurant on the roof, which is shut in winter, but has fabulous views and is a superb site for a summer eatery.
We could not have had a warmer or more efficient welcome from the staff, and were lucky enough to bump into the manageress as we left to express our pleasure at having dropped into such a very agreeable hotel. We had a very interesting discussion, and I took the opportunity to express my disbelief at walking into the restaurant and finding a table with 2 smokers belching smoke. The manageress rolled her eyes in despair, and said that sort of behaviour was a real problem. They make every effort to discourage smoking, but some people simply will not obey the law. She was pleased that I had made loud and disparaging remarks about it and wished that more people would do the same. The management's problem is that if they try and enforce the law smokers can get aggressive, and then write disparaging reviews on Tripadvisor! Equally, if it is reported it is the hotel to blame, not the low-lifes who are breaking the law. I had every sympathy for the Hotel.
We experienced the same contempt for the law and other customers in other restaurants, and came to the conclusion that with such an attitude the recent catastrophic events in Greece were really not surprising. We made a point of ostentatiously refusing to go into any restaurant where there were smokers ... we could have starved! A few Police raids and heavy fines would pretty soon fix the problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The dramatic views of the Venetian fortress at the old city harbor of Heraklion, and the wonder-filled waves of the Cretan Sea, are among the most photographed tourist attractions on Crete island. Not many visitors can enjoy the full panoramic grandeur of these contemplative landscapes, the way our guests at Lato Boutique Hotel can.Standing for more than 35 years above the marina, our hotel operates 365 days a year without interruptions. Famous for authentic Cretan hospitality, Lato Boutique Hotel is the most welcoming establishment in this part of the city, a magnet for romantic couples, but also for families, and business travelers.Being at the center of the old Heraklion town, the peaceful and colorful central market is only a few steps away. The museums, the Venetian harbor with the fishing boats and the yacht marina, the parks, the gardens, the city cafes and all ancient Heraklion lays at the foot of our front doorstep, your front doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lato Boutique Heraklion
- Hotel Lato Boutique
- Lato Boutique Hotel Crete/Heraklion