Crete hotels offer an equal measure of cordiality, usually with a shot of aniseed-flavoured ouzo to wash it down with on arrival...
You can choose hotels in Crete according to taste and budget. There are four- and five-star hotels, which feature cool marble fittings, delightful sea views and all-important air conditioning for the sweltering summer months. Many of these offer accommodation on an all-inclusive basis, with sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and free-flowing drinks.
You can also find a medley of budget hotels, which are spotlessly clean and well-equipped, but more about simply being a place to sleep in between hours spent at the pool, by the beach, in a friendly restaurant or in the bars and clubs of the busier resorts.
There's a good choice of mid-range hotels too, which offer good facilities, competitive rates and more comfortable rooms, without the opulence of hotels with five stars to their names. The vast majority of hotels are locally owned and managed and major names are few and far between, however you will find offerings from Best Western, Iberostar and Louis Hotels.
Choose hotels in lively resorts such as Hersonissos, Malia, Rethymnon or Chania Town. Malia hotels are perfect for party people thanks to easy access to the town's renowned after-hours scene. Or opt for a quieter break in the peaceful resorts of Gouves, Koutouloufari, Sissi or Plakias. Harbour towns, such as Elounda and Aghios Nikolaos, offer a different view on Crete. Hotels in Stalis are also popular as this cosmopolitan east-coast resort features long stretches of quiet sandy beaches - yet it's close enough to Malia to spend nights dancing into the small hours.
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