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 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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Choosing your hotel in Agios Nikolaos

Porto Maltese Boutique Estate Agios Nikolaos
Porto Maltese Boutique Estate.

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.
Freshly baked pastries.

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

View from the hotel room.

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.

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

I love a coffee pot in the room.
Books everywhere.

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.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

A pedestrian road in the center of Agios Nikolaos. Crete
A pedestrian road in the center of 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.

Things to do in Lasithi

Lasithi Plateau, Crete.
Lasithi Plateau, Crete.

If you’re looking for great things to do in the region of Lasithi, check my guide to Spinalonga.
Remember to check these insights about the Cave of Zeus and more things to see in the Lasithi Plateau.

Click on the picture to read a comprehensive guide to Family Travel in Crete.


If you have any questions about our stay, feel free to contact me.
You can also leave your opinions in the comment section below.

We were kindly hosted by Porto Maltese Boutique Estate, my opinions remain unbiased as always.

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About the Author

Hola! I’m Gabi. 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!

Gabi Ancarola
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