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Palazzo Rimondi
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We have just returned from a ten day stay at this hotel and we had an excellent holiday. It's in the centre of the old town where streets are narrow and scooters were the only motorised transport I saw.
The airport shuttle bus dropped us off outside Hotel Ideon, a few minutes walk from our hotel.
We had room 204, a good sized "superior" room with a nice little balcony overlooking the pool, and getting a lot of sunshine. The bathroom was quite small (shower only) and a bit dark, but otherwise fine. Nice fluffy towels and bedding changed daily (no bath robes or slippers). The room had a large, Turkish style window over-hanging the street. It had a small, old-fashioned tv with not many channels and very poor picture quality. A cupboard contained a sink, fridge and 2-ring cooker. There is free wifi, which generally worked well, and a safe (key from reception). The room was generally peaceful with some noise later at night from a disco somewhere in the distance and occasional passing drunks!
Breakfast is taken in the courtyard next to the pool. Its a beautiful place. People passing by often stop to admire it and have their photos taken at the entrance, which was just below our balcony. Breakfast offers a very good choice of hot and cold food (salad, ham, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, jam, sausage, variety of breads, boiled eggs, sausages, toaster...) though the streaky bacon was always under-cooked for my personal taste! Nice fresh orange juice and coffee.
There is a sun terrace on the roof of the hotel. We went there on our last day but there was no room - only 4 recliners, not many for a 20-room hotel. Fortunately the beach, which is beautiful and sandy, is only a 10/15 minute walk from the hotel. It costs 9 euros for 2 recliners and parasol. Its right next to the harbour from where we took a one-day excursion to Santorini. We also did a coach/boat trip to Spinalonga island and were given a packed meal for these trips as we left before hotel breakfast time, which is from 8-10am.
We looked around Crete a bit (saw Chania, Spili, Elounda, Agios Nikalos) and Rethymno was easily the best place of all in terms of charm and facilities. And Palazzo Rimondi is a very nice place to stay while in Rethymno, not least because of the excellent service by all staff (including Stella, Maria, Angela) and their manager, Elena, who is very helpful, efficient, friendly and kind (and attractive too!). Anything from borrowing an iron on arrival and a set of scales to weigh luggage on departure (yes, Ryanair!), to advice about restaurants, directions to various places - nothing was too much trouble for the staff and it was the first time I have ever left a hotel (I have been to many) with a warm hug and feeling a little emotional. We don't tend to re-visit places, never mind hotels, as we like to see something different, but I actually think Palazzo Rimondi could be the exception to this rule.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ibinthere
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We (couple) stayed at Palazzo Rimondi in mid-August for a week. I had booked with the Jet2.com airline (they should stick to their very good flights, as we heard nothing from the rep between arriving & leaving the hotel). This was our honeymoon, so I had booked a double room, then paid extra for a superior room. Flight times meant we arrived at the hotel around 1.30am (difficult, I acknowledge). The coach driver rang for the porter, who was most helpful & trollied our luggage through cobled streets to the hotel. The porter then showed us to a TWIN room under the stairs!! I was not impressed but, being so late and finding it difficult to communicate my concerns to someone who could probably not help, we accepted the room, to be sorted out in the morning. It was, and we were then given a very acceptable double room, and much-enjoyed the rest of our stay. I am not certain whether the poor communication was on the part of the airline, or the hotel (Maybe "trying it on" with a poor quality room, I am not sure; possibly both), but if you arriving late at night like we did I would recommend staying overnight at an airport hotel, getting a rental car, and driving to your hotel the next day. Service at the hotel was slightly hit & miss- very good when the staff were there; but sometimes not to be found. Showers slightly antiquated; they work fine but inevitably flood the bathroom floor as the curtains pay no heed to the shower tray. Afternoon tea with lemon cake is highly recommended, as is Zefyros Fish Restaurant, a short walk away. Beautiful sandy beaches lie a £5 taxi ride to the east. We may well go back.

Room Tip: Avoid the twin room under the stairs! Expect a little noise from the nighlife (particuarly occasional festivals) in the Old Town. Maybe take earplugs just in case; but not often a problem.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TomrAtTA
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Palazzo Rimondi is a gorgeous hotel with very pleasant and attentive staff. Rooms are small and relatively basic but have everything you need and are beautifully presented. Although there wasn't a huge selection at breakfast , what was there was more than adequate and delicious. Situated in a perfect location in a quiet street in the old town of Rethymno

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

I chose to surprise my wife with a honeymoon to Rethymnon. The hotel is really in the most central spot of the old town, and when our taxi driver eventually found it (be warned, the closest you can drive is a few hundred metres away!) we were welcomed with Champagne and friendly staff. Throughout our 12 night stay the staff were all so helpful and proactive in making our stay as easy and comfortable as possible.
The hotel is beautiful and when you are relaxing in the courtyard, you are the envy of passers by, who second take it as they explore the narrow alleyways. Not to say it is also extremely private as well.
Palazzo Rimondi is located perfectly. It is a short walk to the beach (although you can walk along way up it), The Fortezza (which we can recommend doing at sunset), cycle hire is near by, so is the bus station, and the port to explore other beaches and parts of the island. The hotel is also situated around some fantastic Resaurants that specialise in Creative Cretan cooking, our absolute favourite was Raki bar Raki literally a stones throw from Palazzo Rimondi.
Although we didn't ever eat an evening meal at Palazzo Rimondi, the breakfast buffet is superb and offers something for everyone, and lots to try. On days where we had an early start, and would miss breakfast, the hotel supplied us with a substantial packed breakfast that kept us going on the long Samaria Gorge walk (booked through the hotel, well worth doing if you want a challenge).
A fantastic hotel, and we really enjoyed our stay here. highly recommend to couples.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a 'snug' shower, make sure to request a room with a larger shower if you're liable to need abitof extra space!
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dannythomp5on
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at this Hotel, that is located at the center of Rethymnon. The overall rewiew is good, the breakfast is really good and the staff helpful. We stayed at the suites, and I think they're a little bit overpriced.

Room Tip: Try to get your suite on the second floor, they're bigger and nicer!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Layla B
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