Where to Stay in Agios Nikolaos (Hotel Review)


If you’re planning a visit to Agios Nikolaos, in East Crete, you might be wondering which is the best place to stay in town. We recently spent 5 wonderful days in Porto Maltese Boutique Estate, a stunning family-run accommodation in Agios Nikolaos with superb views of Lake Voulismeni. If you’re still uncertain of which hotel to pick, this review will help you make up your mind when it’s time to book.

Where to stay in Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Where to stay in Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Choosing your hotel in Agios Nikolaos

Porto Maltese Boutique Estate Agios Nikolaos

Porto Maltese Review


We arrived at Porto Maltese after a 4-hour drive from Chania, with several stops on the road for pictures so we were tired and in need of a shower, a rest, and a bite.

The friendly staff of the hotel, aware of our long trip, made the check-in process super easy. We were welcomed with a nice and refreshing glass of homemade lemonade, coffee, and refreshing wipes.


We had a very comfortable two-level family room, the kid’s bedroom upstairs, while our bedroom had its own patio where we would normally sit to have our morning coffee and freshly-baked pastries. The room also had a sitting area and a wide wardrobe, as well as a very comfortable bathroom.

Our patio for breakfast.

My favorite time of the day was coming back from our long trips in the area, sitting under the trees in the yard, and enjoying a good cup of espresso.

Another detail I adored is that both in the rooms and in the common areas there are plenty of books for guests to choose and pick to read during their stay.

Lake view

It directly faces the lake and the sea, but being a few steps up from the road, it’s not really noisy. Waking up in the morning to the magnificent view of Lake Voulismeni was one of the highlights of our holiday in Agios Nikolaos. Just having to cross the street to get to a restaurant was priceless when we were really tired late at night.

View from the hotel room.

Central location

One of the best features of the hotel is its central but at the same time quiet location. Everything is just a few meters away, the center and the pedestrian streets, but also the lake and the beaches. Parking is not easy in Agios Nikolaos since roads are narrow and very steep. For us, however, it was always possible to find a parking spot in the rear entrance of the hotel

Why we stayed in Porto Maltese

Porto Maltese is a small boutique hotel, run by a local family. They really know their city and can suggest great things to do during your stay. I felt really cared for by Giorgos, his wife, and his father.

They were always asking how they could make our stay even better. I’m sure this is not the last time we visit Agios, and I’m certain that my next stay will also be at Porto Maltese.

What to do in Agios Nikolaos

To discover Agios Nikolaos, check these 10 top things to do in Agios Nikolaos. It includes tips to visit the beaches, churches, and more.

Read more:   How to Travel to Crete: Best Air and Sea Routes to Reach the Greek Island

What to do in Lasithi

If you’re looking for great things to do in the region of Lasithi, check my guide to Spinalonga. You can also read this guide to spend a day touring the Lasithi Plateau.
Remember to check these insights about the Cave of Zeus and more things to see in the area and everything about a day trip to Chrissi island.

What’s your favorite region to stay in when you visit Crete?
Let me know in the comments below!

Travel Plans for Crete?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

Make Sure You’ve Got Everything For a Hassle-Free Vacation!

I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I drive, I pack my Nikon D7200 and a good travel guide! Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.

When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I personally use Booking.com. Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

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Where to stay in Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Where to stay in Agios Nikolaos

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