Just returned from 10 day stay at the Astali , late deal through Thomsons and proved to be a great choice. We have holidayed around the Greek Isles several times, usually self catering so know to expect that accommodation can be small and basic, beds generally hard, showers very small! The Astali is good 2 star family owned accommodation, the welcome was warm and friendly, and everyone we met on the team was extremely helpful. Our first visit to Crete and Rethymnon, and location of the hotel was good for us, handy for beach, old town and bus station. We had a front room so had traffic noise but as said by others, double glazing and air con helped, and we did not have any disturbed nights. Our room was small and comfortable enough for our ten days, and kept spotlessly clean throughout. Breakfast choices suited us- not regular cooked breakfast eaters. Only small criticism I would make is regular serving of canned peaches in syrup - it is not difficult to make a fresh fruit salad with healthy syrup........ But a very minor point.....
Rethymnon old town offers some historical interest, nice atmosphere, and plenty of places to eat. Harbour front restaurants more obvious and more pushy, but also plenty of places to eat along the beach front going right from the hotel.
The long, long beach is two minutes from the hotel, sandy , clean and safe swimming. Beach volleyball matches also kept us entertained daily, teams playing late afternoon onwards.
On previous Greek isle trips we have usually hired a car, this time we travelled by bus to sight see. The bus station is about 15 minutes walk away, Marios gave us a timetable and once we had this sussed we ventured to Chania, Hereklion, and Knossos, have to say better public transport experiences than at home!
Although we like to try new places when we travel we would consider a return to the Astali if we ever wanted a short foreign break in familiar surroundings! The warm and friendly welcome makes the difference!
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