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Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Ranked #1 of 8 Heraklion B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 26, 2012

We loved this place. We were two adult brother and sister and two adult nieces. We saved it for the end of an 18 trip that included Athens, Milos, and Istanbul. Boy were we sick of Greek food by then however Arolithos cheered our weary travel spirits. We had already enjoyed our family traditional home in Tripiti on Milos so were so pleased to find that Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village was just as authentic as the real deal. The sound of sheep grazing was a real kick....the little bells around their necks...the views were spectacular..a patchwork quilt of grapevine and olive orchards..that was really unexpected. At first we were disappointed that we were not by the sea, but immediately forgot as we looked out from our terrace at the view. The little shops opened even though it was Easter to our delight. We met the artists there and so enjoyed the musicians during out long late dinners. These were "H parea tou Yakinthou" and were delightful. The only true disappointment was the time of year. The pool was empty, some outdoor things were covered in ugly tarps and the place seemed rather deserted however, that was great for us as it was a peaceful retreat at the end of a long trip. We received helpful information for our visit to Knossos that saved us some trouble on our arrival there. I would go again but later in the spring or early summer in order to fully benefit from the great work Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village has done to pull together a wonderful local experience for the weary traveler. Oh...the beds...oddly, all the beds we slept in on our trip in all the hotels were hard, but we slept like babes somehow.

Room Tip: I tried to email about the bed accommodations but still ended up having to change to a family suite...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2012

Dear guests,
We thank you very much for spending your time writting on tripadvisor. I am sure that many people will find intereting and helpful your point of view. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay even if one or two things were not at the standard of your demands.
It is true that many things are not yet in order since we gradually proceed to the summer season. There are some areas of Arolithos that are not yet in full operation. We will be very glad to host you again in future. Each period has a different character, has a different level of occupancy and of course available services. What I could suggest to you and any other potential guest or visitor, is to contact us and ask about what will be available during a future stay. In such a case you will know in advance waht you can do here and you what you cannot. Imagine that there are also workshops, traditional events,social events and many more things to do and participate in order to enrich your experience and have a wider image of cretan tradition. We will be at your disposal any time. We thank you once again for staying in Arolithos and we hope to see you again. Thanks again for reviewing !!!!

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Reviewed April 20, 2012

This little 'traditional' village in the mountains near Iraklion was a welcome breath of fresh air after the bustle of the city. The little apartment was very quiet and comfortable. The bathroom had quirky plumbing but was fine. We were almost the only guests in the taverna and though there was no choice of food we were given a decent meal with very friendly waitress. The village is set up as a tourist attraction and geared up for cruise ship visitors etc. with shops and traditionally dressed staff for atmosphere.

Out of season visitors will find the taverna with no choice of menu and few other customers. The breakfast was served in the 'coffee shop' and wasn't very good, though I'm sure the summer season guests would have a better choice in the taverna.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2012

Dear guests of Arolithos Village Hotel.
Many thanks for writting on TripAdvisor. You really help us very much to know your point of view. It is true that when there are just few guests in the hotel it is not easy to have a full menu or even big choice of dishes. The cost is high and the products cannot be fresh in a daily basis. The dishes of the menu are plenty and it would have no meaning to have everything available but not possibility to be consumed. So we prefer to offer just a couple of things but keeping them fresh and of good quality for the guests. The breakfast is offered in the coffee shop when the hotel has just a few rooms to serve. It is not the big buffet with the full breakfast but at least it has basic products. It is again a matter of cost.. Arolithos is a place of cultural interest regarding the Cretan Tradition. It is a sightseeing in the area of Heraklion. There is a folklore museum the houses and many other elements of Cretan culture. We are very proud to offer our work on the culture of the island. At the same time, young children from schools and even tourist they visit Arolithos because it is a sample of the villages in Crete. We really thank you very much for staying in Arolithos and we will also be very glad if you visit us again when you will return back to the beautiful island of Crete.

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Reviewed January 12, 2012

Arolithos Village is the best place to start your trip on Crete! This village is highly recommended from me.I arrived very late December 14th 2011 at Heraklion airport. I had booked a rental car from Crete athenscars. They were very quick and in 5minutes i was in the vehicle driving towards my accommodation. It took 13minutes to arrive at Arolithos village. People were awake to welcome and invite me at the Tavern of the village where a wedding was taking place! i had a wonderful traditional dinner as well as red wine. everyone was talking to us and was trying to make us feel comfortable. We were two Americans among 800Greeks who were enjoying the wedding. This is an unforgetable Memory from this wonderful amazing place on earth-Crete-Arolithos village! Mary Linton, FL

Room Tip: rooms on the South East side are excellent with better view of sun rising!
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2012

Dear guest.
We thank you very much for writing on tripadvisor. We are glad to hear that you really enjoyed your time in Arolithos. The traditions and the customs of the island are really part of the life in Arolithos Tradtional Cretan Village. We hope to see you again in the future. All our best regards and Happy New Year !!!!

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Reviewed October 13, 2011

I have not had the pleasure to stay in the hotel-village near Heraklion, but with our International Community we had an excellent lunch in April in the Taverna. The staff was very friendly and the menu was almost full available in this low season. Cretan and Greek kitchen is the main list of the menu, but also a steak is in the card. Apperantly they also have Greek/Cretan dance evenings as I saw a stage with speakers erady. I also recommend it for passing through travellers, for example your last night on Crete before going to the ferry or airplane from Heraklion, since Arolithos traditional village is nearby.

Room Tip: the place looks very clean and the rooms in bungalow type. Not seen the inside but I presume spaciou...
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

We thank you very much for your review. We appreciate the fact that you offered your precious time to write about our services. We will be glad to see you again in Arolithos.

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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Arolithos is a small village with the atmosphere of an old traditional cretean village. It is situated on a hill about 10 km far away from Heraklion, so it's the perfect place if you want to avoid the confusion, the traffic and the noise of the city.
Rooms are very simple but with everything you really need: air conditioning, fridge, bathroom with shower.
There's also a nice pool where you can enjoy after a day spent walking in Cnosso Palace, which is easily accessible by car. In a pretty tavern it is possible to eat some good plates of meat, enjoying an amazing view and drinking something fresh under olives trees.
Every morning there's a breakfast buffet not bad at all.
Almost every evening a big area of the village hosts private weddings with live music and dancing.
We paid 60 euro per night per room so we would suggest to everyone Arolithos Village

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

Dear guests,
We thank you very much for writing a review to trip advisor. Arolithos is a place with many services and our goal is to keep the traditional elements of Crete. It is really nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay. All our best regards and we hope to see you again.

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Reviewed July 21, 2011

Located away from the crowd in a nice country side. relaxing atmosphere in a BEUTIFUL reproduction of an ancient cretan village. It was so beutiful that buses of tourists often come to the hotel for a visit. Rooms are essentials but clean. Cheap cost compared to the place. Definitively a place to recommend and where to return.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

Dear guest,
We thank you very much for writing on trip advisor. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Arolithos. We hope that we will see you again in the future. All our best regards.

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Reviewed September 23, 2010

it is one of the first traditional style resorts in Greece. Village is bult from remains of the old stone houses. There is also an etnographic museum, 5 artists who are working and seling their products, During the busiest period they organize on Wednesdays Crete day with music , dance ect, at the end of the weekends there are wedings in the chapel...interesting place to be!
there is a nice swiming pool also.

Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
Thank izi11
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MichailS, Owner at Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2011

Dear guest. Arolithos is really an unusual place if somebody combares it with the classical hotels or tourist resorts. Our services is a combination of hosting, organising events and conserving the traditional elements of the beautifull island of Crete. We keep the rate in a standard level so the majority of people to afford them. We thank you once more and we hope to see you again in the future. All our best regards.

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Address: 11th km Palaia Ethniki Odos Irakleiou Rethymnou, Heraklion, Crete 71500, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Heraklion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Heraklion
Price Range: $31 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village is really a very special case. It is a hotel at the form of an old village of Crete. Constructed at the form of an old village it travels us back to the past times. The rooms are very standard but with the necessary services. There is a magnificent swimming pool with a breathtaking view over the city of Heraklion and the valley. ... more   less 
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