My husband and I stayed here for 11 nights all inclusive in June, with Thomson. We paid an extra £22 for a sea view room, which we felt was well worth it, as the alternative would have been a view of the road to the side or back of the hotel - there are no gardens or grounds. Our room was clean and comfortable, although the beds were a bit hard for our liking and the balcony was on the small side. Not huge issues though. There were some nice extras such as bottled water, wine and chocolates on arrival, robes and slippers, nice toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and a free safe.
This is the first all inclusive I have stayed in where you don't get a wristband. Instead you are issued with a credit card sized pass, which you are supposed to show when ordering food and drinks. We were never asked for it though, instead you are asked for your room number (from which they know what board basis you are on) and asked to sign a receipt for whatever you've had. This is apparently to avoid abuse of the system, as you are strongly encouraged to check your receipt and report it if you've been asked to sign for anything you didn't have!
As others have said, getting your moneys worth on all inclusive can prove difficult here! There is no pool or beach bar. There is a drinks service on the beach (non alcoholic only) but you have to pay, even on AI. There is waiter service for drinks at the pools, but you often had to go looking for someone........which involved getting dressed (no swimwear or bare feet allowed indoors), then waiting again for your drinks to be brought out. Very slow and frustrating at times. That said, when you did manage to get a drink, they were very good. Quality brands were included in the AI, the wine was surprisingly good, and a good choice of cocktails, all beautifully presented.
The food was also very good, particularly breakfast. There was even champagne breakfast with smoked salmon twice a week, not to mention the fresh orange juice, and smoothies and waffles made in front of you while you wait. Dinner was a choice of 3 main dishes from the menu (always one vegetarian) or you could just choose from the buffet if you didn't fancy the menu items. There was lots of variation and everything was hot and cooked well. The only let down, again was the drinks service in the restaurant. Staff take your drinks order when you are seated but it can be some time before you are served. On one occasion we had finished our main course before our drinks arrived. If you did get served quickly, getting a second drink was near impossible, so I took to ordering a whole bottle of wine with dinner even though I only wanted a couple of glasses.
We missed the Gala dinner due to being late back from an excursion, but we did eat in the A la Carte restaurant once. It was very good, although only limited menu choices were available on AI. The café bar Anatolitiko at the front of the hotel was a lovely place to relax with a drink or snack and watch the world go by, much better service here than in the lobby bar, particularly from the lovely Dimitra, who always had time for a smile and a chat, despite working so hard running around in the heat!
This is definitely more of a beach hotel than a pool hotel. The beach is fantastic and the hotel certainly occupies the nicest part of it. Loungers and parasols were free and there was never a problem finding one at any time of day. Beach towels were provided too, which you could change whenever you liked, and there are showers and changing cubicles on the beach. By contrast the pools were small and in shade for a large part of the day. They were a nice temperature though, and never crowded.
There was very little in the way of evening entertainment here, but we didn't come for that so it didn't bother us. The hotel is so close to all Rethymnon has to offer that it isn't necessary. All in all, this is a good quality hotel, the staff do everything to a high standard, but some of them just need to do it quicker!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the waterfront setting of the stunning northern coastline of Crete, Aquila Porto Rethymno brings the essence of an urban resort located within a striking distance of 700m from the city of Rethymno. The hotel presents a cosmopolitan escape, as you relax, dine and wander among Rethymno's most beautiful and historic sites offering the perfect base for business or leisure travelers. Chic, luxury hotel building and accommodation offer superb amenities and recreational facilities for all travelers. The hotel has been recognized internationally with prestigious awards and certifications for its commitment to the best service and hospitality. Porto Rethymno is an urban oasis featuring beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites which meet the needs of every traveler. The recently renovated guest rooms and suites have mostly views of Rethymno beach or the city harbor featuring a refreshing color palette inspired by a sophisticated fabulous setting. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, getaroom.com, Hotels.com, HotelQuickly, Cancelon, Orbitz, TripOnline SA and Travelocity so you can book your Aquila Porto Rethymno reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Aquila Porto Rethymno Rethymnon, Crete
- Porto Rethymnon
- Hotel Aquila Porto Rethymno