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 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.
Useful resources to plan your holiday in Agios
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Whenever I need to book accommodation in Crete I personally use Booking.com. Their Genius Loyalty Programme allows me to find better fees. As they say, the more you stay with them, the more rewards you get.
TOURS & DAY TRIPS
For organized activities, I usually book my tours through Viator and GetYourGuide. From transfer to cooking lessons, including archaeological site visits, skip the line attractions, and boat trips, both platforms help you save time and money.
Getting to Crete can be really comfortable with an airplane, but nothing beats the romantic experience of traveling by sea. Choose Let’s Ferry to visit several Greek islands or to travel directly to Crete.
Greece, and especially Crete, is a fairly safe destination, however, you should never travel abroad without an insurance policy for complete peace of mind. My favorite? World Nomads, click here for a quote.
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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!