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 Voulismeni Lake. 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.
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Last-minute plans? Check these top picks
Where to stay in Crete
For a boutique experience, Casa Delfino in Chania or Avli in Rethymnon (luxury). Mrs. and Mr. White (affordable luxury) is a gorgeous resort near Chania. Budget trip around the island? Check Archipelagos in Rethymnon or Sofia Hotel in Heraklion. Hostel type? No problem! The best options are So Young Hostel in Heraklion and Cocoon City Hostel in Chania.
Top-rated tours in Crete
Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos Port (Bestselling tour from US$ 29.65).
Samaria Gorge Trek: Full-Day Excursion from Rethymno (Another best-seller, from US$ 36.73).
From Ierapetra: Boat Cruise to Chrissi Island (From US$ 27.25).
Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania (From US$ 41).
Knossos Palace: Pre-Booked E-Ticket & Smartphone Audio Tour (Check Knossos at your own pace, from US$ 19.34).
Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port (From US$ 14.50).
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Choosing your hotel in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you ready to explore Greece? It can be the trip of your lifetime. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary. If you happen to also tour West Crete, check this guide. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
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Coming to Crete any time soon? These resources will help you organize the trip!
Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which covers details such as when it’s best to travel, what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. Check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids.
To visit Crete’s heavenly beaches, check my guide to the best beaches in Crete. Discover what region is best to stay or check what things you can do in Crete.
For updated information about the island, join my private group on Facebook, or get my West Crete Guide!
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!
I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable travel partner I just love. To visit villages, sites, and museums instead, I carry this little crossbody bag.
When driving around, I pack my Crete Michelin map and my Nikon D7200. In Summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
Airfares to Crete can change from one airline to the other, make sure to compare prices with a powerful search engine. Planes are fast, but nothing like the romantic experience of traveling by sea in Greece. Direct Ferries has great ticket deals to reach Crete from Athens or to visit other Greek islands.
If I need to book accommodation, I personally use different search engines. Booking.com
and Hotels.com are my go-to options.
Sometimes, the best way to make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has top-rated tours to save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and airport transfer!
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!
If you want to read further about Crete check these posts
If you would like to learn everything about the practical aspects of planning a trip to Crete, you should also check what to pack for a road trip around Crete and this crazy useful guide to renting a car and driving on the island. This 3-week-in-Crete itinerary is super flexible and can be adapted for less (or even more) time on the island. However, you might already know that the island is quite big, and it’s not always easy to decide which region to visit or where to stay. I’ve written a post about the best regions to stay in Crete according to your interests and travel style, and it’s a must-read before your trip.
Once on the island, make sure you check some of the best archaeological sites in Crete as well as the stunning Balos Beach, on the western coast. Make some time to discover Crete’s beautiful monasteries and to taste the most delicious street food in Chania while exploring the Turkish district in the old town!
What’s your favorite region to stay when you visit Crete?
Let me know in the comments below!
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About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!
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