First off, the owners of this place are just lovely. Brothers Stavros, Stelios and Manos who also run the travel/tour shop underneath/across the road. They really can't do enough for you and are genuinely really nice people. Handy for tips of things to do and places to eat as well. And they arranged transfers to/from the hotel.
Perfectly placed in the old town in two buildings across a shopping street (don't be put off, everything closes at 11pm and the shops are nice shops, not rubbish tourist shops). We stayed in a 2 bed apt (i think you can only book this direct) in the building across the road down a quiet alleyway overlooking a garden of clementine trees. Clean and simple with two bedrooms (one double, one queen for our 3 year old daughter) 2 balconies, air con, kitchen and shower room. Slept really well but you are near a church so be warned you will get bells ringing at 7.30 or 8 on a sunday morning! Not a hotel as such so don't expect them to be there 24 hours a day, although they work super hard and are in the shop from 9am - 11pm. Free wifi too which is a bonus. The brothers and the location really made it for us, and having a 2 bed apt was brilliant. Would stay here again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, if it's good value simple accommodation you're after in a fab location then I don't think you can go far wrong.
As a side note, we were really impressed with the old town of Rethmyno - perfect balance of beach, harbour and little winding lanes of the old town. The shops in the old town were great. How I wish shopping was in england, not a sea of chain stores. The new part where the big hotels were seemed a bit soul-less. See some of my restaurant reviews....
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- Rent Rooms The Sea-Front is ideally located in front of the sea, in the center of the picturesque old town of Rethymno. 6 of the 10 rooms have balconies (2 rooms from the side of the sea with direct panoramic view to the sea and 4 rooms from the side of the old town with view to the main shopping street), one room has a big private terrace and 3 rooms are internal with no balcony.All rooms have private en-suite bathroom, fridge, TV, free self regulated air-conditioning or heating and free in-room high speed Internet access. ... more less
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