You will find below our selection of the best hotels in Heraklion but also the best locations for your stay!
On a quick note, we recommend you start your research for hotels in the main Town or in the quaint coastal town of Agia Pelagia. If you are looking for a beach resort, Hersonisos and Malia are ideal. Matala was a famous hippie destination in the south and Siva is a village on the mainland with an authentic character.
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OUR SELECTION OF BEST HOTELS
Use the filters to narrow your search by location, type, and special recommendations (luxury, budget, near the beach, and family hotel options).
Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort guarantees an unforgettable experience of accommodation by offering luxurious accommodation facilities. With its modern design, the hotel provides private and shared swimming pools, as well as access to a private beach section in the area of Gouves.
Sea Side Resort & Spa
With a swimming pool that offers panoramic views of the sea, Sea Side Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Agia Pelagia. The hotel's accommodation facilities are modern and fully-equipped, providing an ideal atmosphere for relaxation. A salt-water swimming pool and various restaurants are part of ...
Located in Kapetaniana, Thalori combines an authentic atmosphere with excellent views of the wild natural landscape. The hotel's accommodation facilities are partly stone-built and they have a traditional design, allowing you to experience the local life. The apartments and studios feature private ...
Cozy and modern rooms are available by DOM Boutique Hotel in the center of Heraklion, near the Venetian port and other attractions of the town. The hotel's modern atmosphere guarantees a comfortable accommodation experience and various amenities will be at your disposal. A bar and a breakfast lounge ...
Luxurious villas with a modern style are offered by Kamilari Luxury Residences in the area of Kamilari. Equipped with private swimming pools, the villas combine an elegant style with a calming atmosphere, as well as great views of the surroundings. Their rooms are fully equipped and spacious.
Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa
With a big variety of activities of which to choose, Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa in Heraklion, Crete offers great relaxation moments among luxurious pools, spa facilities, but also action sports, waterslides for the kids, a sandy beach, tasty Mediterranean meals and refreshing cocktails. Suitable for ...
Paralos Venus - Adults Only
Undisturbed peace and privacy are what guests will find in Paralos Venus Suites in Heraklion, in Crete. This Adults-Only complex provides first-rate services and welcomes guests in cozy lodgings, surrounded by breathtaking green scenery. The luxury, fully-renovated suites feature classy units, two ...
Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences offers an authentic experience of the local life in the countryside of Scalani. Its rooms and suites have a modern style and they open to lovely terraces that offer a great view of the surroundings. A wine cellar is available, so that you can add a ...
Acro Suites boast an impressive location on a clifftop above the sea in the area of Mononaftis. Designed to match the natural landscape, the suites are ideal for a unique experience of luxurious accommodation. In addition to their amazing architecture, they stand out for their amazing facilities, ...
Cretan Malia Park
Decorated with earthy materials, Cretan Malia Park Hotel is situated in Malia, within a short distance of the seashore. The hotel is surrounded by greenery and it offers modern rooms with a stylish atmosphere. The carefully designed garden of the hotel creates a lovely setting for your ...
Fine flowery gardens and the shimmering blue sea make up the setting of Agapi Beach in Heraklion, found in the popular Amoudara. Contemporary rooms, which feature basic amenities, internet, beach towels and satellite TV, are provided, while bungalows and sumptuous suites are also available. Guests ...
This hotel is beautifully located just 30 metres from the beach in Stalis. Guests will find themselves in close proximity to a host of attractions in the area and just 150 metres from the centre of the town. The hotel is also located just 1.5 km from the town of Malia. This charming hotel greets ...
Ideal for beachfront accommodation, High Beach Hotel allows you to stay right by the seashore of Malia. In addition to its wonderful sea views, the hotel provides a lovely garden full of flowers which houses a dining area. Minimal rooms with a modern style are available for your accommodation.
Combining privacy and panoramic sea views, Villa Octo is ideal for luxurious accommodation in Paleokastro. With the capacity to house up to 6 guests, the modern villa has an environmentally conscious design, a tasteful decoration and deluxe amenities, including a swimming pool and an indoor jacuzzi.
Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa
Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa in Heraklion, Crete is a location that offers, among the essential services of any hotel, high quality of accommodation and wellness services. The deluxe rooms and suites are equipped with all amenities and the hotel has lots of different leisure activities, such as ...
Mitsis Rinela Beach
Mitsis Rinela Beach Hotel is a luxurious resort, located very close to the beach of Kokkini Hani. Equipped with an infinity pool that overlooks the sea and offers a private beach section, the hotel is ideal for summer accommodation. Fitness facilities and a spa center with an indoor pool are ...
Providing swimming pools, dining areas, spa facilities and a play area for children, Creta Maris Hotel offers accommodation just a few steps away from the beach. Located in the area of Hersonissos, this modern hotel is ideal if you are looking for an all inclusive resort right by the sea.
Equipped with an infinity swimming pool that offers breathtaking views of the sea and the landscape, Blue Key Villa provides accommodation in the peaceful region of Agia Pelagia. Perfect for relaxing accommodation, the villa has all kinds of modern facilities and it is fully equipped.
Sunvillage Malia Boutique
With an elegant style and many luxurious additions, Sunvillage Malia Boutique is a small boutique hotel, designed to offer deluxe accommodation in a peaceful setting. The hotel is situated in Malia, within a short distance of the beach. Each studio and apartment has a unique theme, while also ...
These luxurious suites are situated in the traditional and picturesque village of Old Hersonissos. The sea and the city of Hersonissos are both 3 km away and the hotel is 25 km from Heraklion airport. This air-conditioned property includes 9 traditional stone-made studios and maisonettes with ...
The building complex of Mokamvilia consists of studios and apartments in the small village Petrokefali. Combining modern and traditional elements, the accommodation facilities of Mokamvilia are designed to offer an amazing stay with all comforts. A swimming pool and a restaurant can be found at the ...
WHERE TO STAY? FIND THE BEST LOCATIONS
Below, you will discover more information about the best locations to stay in Heraklion.
• Artion City Boutique • Metropole Urban Hotel • DOM Boutique Hotel
Heraklion Town is the biggest city in Crete and the fourth largest one in Greece. It remains busy throughout the whole year and it offers all the facilities one would expect from a modern urban center.
In addition, many museums and other historic places worth visiting can be found in this location, mainly in the heart of the Old Town neighborhoods.
Other important attractions you will find in this region include the Venetian fortress and port, as well as the famous Knossos Palace.
An airport and a port are available in Heraklion Town, while KTEL bus connections to other towns, beaches and villages are also offered. As in all big cities, a public bus network covers the local transport needs.
Although Heraklion is a coastal city, there are no beaches within a walking distance. The nearest seashores are Ammoudara, which is located west of the town and can be reached in 12 minutes by car, and Karterou beach, situated east of Heraklion, near the airport.
If you are considering staying in town, you will find a plethora of hotel units for all budgets and preferences.
Nice restaurants will be within a short distance, not to mention the beautiful views of the Venetian port and the proximity to important cultural sites.
The big city might seem chaotic at first but it is worth it, despite not being the quietest place in Crete.
Discover the Town
• Village Heights Resorts
Hersonisos is a newly built settlement. It has no traditional character, as it has been designed to be a tourist resort and house all kinds of facilities.
In this area, you will find big seaside hotels that are family-friendly and suitable for all-inclusive vacation.
Its sandy beach is fully organized, with sunbeds and sun umbrellas to rent, as well as cafes, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shops.
Hersonissos is located 25 km east of Heraklion Town and 45 km west of Elounda.
• Acro Suites • Irida Hotel • Seascape Luxury Residences
Primarily known for being a touristy coastal settlement, Agia Pelagia is perfect for accommodation near the beach.
Located 25 km away from Heraklion Town, the village combines quaint features with excellent tourist facilities.
As for its beach, it is fully organized, with sun umbrellas and sunbeds, crystal clear waters and a friendly atmosphere.
Many traditional taverns can be found along the coastline.
Luxury hotel units, traditional resorts and villas with swimming pools are available in this area.
Discover Agia Pelagia
• Cretan Malia Park Hotel • High Beach Hotel • Ikaros Beach Resort and Spa
Malia is one the most famous seaside resorts in the regions of Heraklion, 35 km east of the Town.
The village offers plenty of options in terms of affordable accommodation, as it attracts numerous young travelers who pick this location for its vibrant nightlife.
In addition to its lively bars and clubs, Malia offers a picturesque old town in the heart of the village, as well as an archeological site that dates back to the Minoan period.
• Marina Hotel • Valley Village • Thalasso resort
The beach of Matala has been popular since the 1970s as a meeting point among hippies who would have big parties on the seashore and spend the night in the natural caves formed on the rocks above the beach.
To this day, the place maintains its chilled-out atmosphere and is considered one of the must-visit places in Crete. The beach and village of Matala are situated on the southern side of the island.
• Phaistos Villas • Iliopetra house
Sivas is a charming village, located on the mainland of Crete.
It is ideal for everyone who wants to avoid overly touristy locations, as it has an authentic atmosphere and it is considered an alternative destination.
This village offers the opportunity to get to know the local life, while also being a great base for visitors who would like to explore the beaches of the southern coastline.
Many sights and attractions are situated nearby, although a car is necessary in order to be able to travel around.
HERAKLION, ONE OF THE MOST TOURISTY AREAS
Heraklion is one of the best touristically developed areas in Crete, offering different types of accommodation to choose from all around the region.
You will find luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts that are ideal for family vacation, as well as budget options that are suitable for young visitors and backpackers.
Generally, Heraklion does not offer as many picturesque locations as Chania and Rethymno, but its location is the most convenient one in Crete. A car is highly recommended so that you can move around freely.
As for the scenery, the urban landscape of Heraklion remains busy all year long and is not typical for an island. In fact, Heraklion is one of the biggest cities in Greece and it has both an International Airport and a port.
Its location between Rethymno and Lassithi make it an ideal base for excursions.
When trying to decide where to stay, keep in mind that each area has something different to offer. The Town, Hersonisos and Agia Pelagia offer the widest variety in terms of hotels. Malia is a place famous for its wild nightlife and party scene, while Matala is one of the island's best-known beaches. On the other hand, Sivas is a better option if you are looking for a more traditional setting.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
When should I book my hotel?
Heraklion is visited by thousands of tourists every year so booking your hotel early is recommended. Especially if you are travelling during the high season (June- September) and want to stay in a convenient location, it is safer to have completed your reservation 4-5 months in advance.
When is the best time to visit?
Crete in general is almost a year-round destination since the winter is mild. Nevertheless, the tourist season in Heraklion when most restaurants and hotels are open starts in mid-April and finishes in early November. June - September are the busiest months on the island.
Where should I book my hotel?
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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?
You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
Will I find last-minute availability?
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your lodging if you are travelling from June to September. Heraklion is a popular destination and hotels get sold out quickly. Booking your stay 4-5 months in advance is safe.
How many days should I spend in Heraklion?
If you want to make tours in different parts of Crete, 1-2 weeks is ideal. If you just want to visit Heraklion and some other nearby destinations, you can limit your stay to 5-7 days.
What types of accommodation are available?
You can basically find all types of accommodation in Heraklion. More specifically there are rooms to let, bnbs, boutique hotels, luxury hotels and suites and all-inclusive beach resorts.
Is accommodation expensive?
It depends on the period and the type of hotel. Lower rates are found during April- May and October- November. Higher rates are found during the summer months. Also, it depends on the location.
How much does accommodation cost?
It depends on many factors. An average estimation without including luxury options, for 2 persons would be around 70-100 euros/per night in high season.
Where is the best place to stay if you are travelling on a budget?
You can find cheap options (50 euros) in the town of Heraklion and in Malia.
Where is the best place to stay for a family with children?
Heraklion is a family-friendly destination. Any hotel with family rooms and close to a beach is ideal for travelling with kids.