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“Clean, quiet stay, with a nice host and assistant.”
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Heracles Pension
Ranked #33 of 46 Rethymnon B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Clean, quiet, and friendly stay in Spili. Our room was immaculate, secure, airy with balcony, well maintained, and with screens.

We were welcomed by Heracles and his kind assistant (she gave us tour of the garden). Both conveyed hospitality. Heracles provided a map that he put together himself for a several mile hike in the hills up from town. It was pleasant on the trails... walking on the roads somewhat less so.

Spili town was nice. We walked up to and into the church on the west end of town, then to the lion fountain at center of town, and later had a good dinner and wine at Yianni's.

Tempted to stay longer, we departed after one night to move on to the beaches south and west ... as we were driving westward (having started from Heraklion) across Crete.

If there had been detailed some more challenging/longer hikes on trails to peaks, I would have been likely to stay longer.

We had a good stay. Recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

We arrived on Easter Sunday afternoon without having booked. The door was open and on the table was a note from Heracles saying which rooms were free and asking any prospective visitors to help themselves as he was out and would be back later. What a wonderful show of trust and friendliness, it was just the start of a really happy six days with our kind and helpful host and his assistant Christina. Nothing was too much trouble, and the maps marked out with the best orchid areas invaluable. Breakfasts were a delight with honey, four different sorts of home made preserves, the best eggs I've had for ages from Heracles' own hens and lots of chatter with our fellow guests about the previous day's flower finds. (Heracles has excellent English language books on the flowers and birds of Crete in his shop next door) Our room was spotless and very comfortable with a pleasant balcony. All in all we couldn't have wished for anything better and it was with great reluctance we forced ourselves to move on.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jane S
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We visited Spili for 3 days in February, and found it just wonderful. It was in the very beginning of the flowering season. Heracles can give you advice on where to find the different flowers. And he gives you great advice on several hikes. For us staying in winther-time, the heating in the rooms was essential. As a matter of fact, the one day we woke up with 20 cm of new snow. It was beautiful with the sun against snow covered palms ald flowering lemon trees. The room were very clean. Beakfast was excellent with local youghurt and honey. The wi-fi is free. In the room you find a cable to connect directly if the wireless is out of range. For dinner we visited the lovely taverna of Maria Costas on the other side of the main road. When entering her premises you do absolutely not feel like a tourist, but more like a member of the family. Our entire trip in Crete lasted 4 weeks, and Spili was one few places we want to return to.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Periscope
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

I think my tastes run more rustic than the other reviewers, in that I did not at all like Spilli as a town. The first thing is saw as i got out of my car was a cat whose tail looked like it had been freshly cut off. Then after checking in with the LOVELY Heracles, I went for a walk and for the only time in two weeks in Crete felt vibed out by some locals. I then saw a group of teenage boys bundling into a car who looked like they were up to no good. All highly subjective , i realize.

The other thing is i found it too touristy for my taste, even after the tour buses leave there are still all the shops selling meaningless trinkets and stuff. For the hiking, i preferred to get further up in to the mountains, but i imagine had i stayed longer, and were it spring time, Mr. H. could be a good resource.

Finally, the rooms are close to the main road, so you hear the vehicles. If you are looking for total mountain quiet, this is not the place.

Having said all that, the rooms were lovely spic and span and Mr. H was very nice, though he twice accidently forget to give me the Rough Guide discount, so if you want it remind him when you are paying. As i said in a prev post, the first CAFE on the right, entering town, that also sells baklava and biscuits, makes the most bang up Cappucino and Espresso and Greek coffee in Crete. Guy has a fancy german machina he knows how to use. And the bank manager of the bank on the east side of the road grew up in the states so he speaks English if you need that.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

The rooms are clean and spacious, equipped with a fridge (and TV if you want one!)
Heracles is a lovely host. The village was lovely for an evening, with a few bars and tavernas, with a friendly laid back atmosphere. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Rln72
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

This is a delightful hotel in an incredible area of Crete. Speli is a lovely small town on the edge of the Amari Valley. The owner , Heracles, is a caring and warm man who knows the greatest bird and flower hikes in the area. He brings out a map at breakfast and show shows us the way. We couldn't find the way through a fence, came back, and he immediately got in his car to show us! The rest of the staff were delightful and helpful. Excellent place to stay in Crete.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Dr.Noir
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Reviewed September 18, 2008

We stayed here for a night in September and it was lovely. Very clean spacious room with air con included for 40Euros for two adults (didn't charge extra for larger room as was only one left) and nice balcony with seats etc looking towards main church and mountain and fridge in room. There were flyscreens and shutters so it was quiet and cool in room even without aircon. Bathroom was a little basic as are most Greek places with a mixer shower attachment as the shower. The sheets were very soft and I would have liked to bring the comfy pillows home with me!

Heracles is very friendly and made me fresh orange juice for breakfast. He also sells some local homemade products from the pension and his family run a shop on the main road but there is no pressure to buy anything.

He also showed us on the map some great places to go.

The other guests spoke highly of him. The place is quite small and doesn't have a pool or many facilities but he tells you places to eat etc...

Unbeatable hospitality and would have liked to stay here the entire trip. Spili itself is a quiet town and once the tourist buses leave is pleasant. You can drink the water from the Lion fountain and lots of walks etc in local area. Wonderful way to see the fast disappearing Cretan way of life.

Would need a car really considering mountain town location.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Spili, Rethymnon, Crete 74053, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #33 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Rethymnon
Price Range: $45 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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