Fantastic Vacation Homes in Rethymnon for your Stay in Crete!


Hosting one of the most gorgeous old towns in the Mediterranean, Rethymnon is one of the many gems you don’t want to miss when visiting the island. Located halfway between Heraklion and Chania, it’s a great idea to stay in Rethymnon for two or three days to explore the city and the region. When you do, you can either stay in a hotel or go for a different option: You can book one of the many Airbnbs in Rethymnon. Let’s take a look at the most popular and best-rated properties.

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Best Vacation Homes in Rethymnon, Crete

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Best Hotels in Rethymnon

Affordable: Ilian Beach and Summer Drem in Rethymnon Town.
Mid-range: Archipelagos Hotel in town or Veneto Boutique Hotel.
Luxury: Avli Lounge and Rimondi Boutique Hotel in the old town.
Check also Rethymnon Accommodation Guide and Rental Homes in Rethymnon.

Top Convenient Holiday Homes to Rent in Rethymnon in
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The beautiful Venetian port at sunset.

Rethymnon is a gorgeous region in Crete and a favorite destination among many tourists that come to the island time after time. It’s a city that fascinates those who visit for the first time with its charming old port, the postcard-perfect cobblestone alleys, and the local hospitality.

There’s a lot to see in the region too, monasteries, archaeological sites, unique mountain villages, and great beaches, especially in the south. With so much to see and do, you will want to stay for a few days.

If you’re still looking for a place to stay, why not giving a try at rental homes? They are super practical, usually comfortable, and oftentimes allow you to save some money. Check with me these fantastic Airbnbs in Rethymnon.

Petalo Suites

Petalo Suites
(Courtesy Petalo Suites).

Why you should stay: Because this place boasts one of the most stunning views of the Old Town of Rethymnon that you could think of.

This dreamy complex of suites is in a great area, not far from every point of interest in the town, easy to reach on foot, however far enough to bless the guests with peace and tranquility.

Close to Koumbes Beach, Petalo Suites is among the top-rated places to stay in Rethymnon according to travelers’ reviews in

The suites feature a comfy kitchen, a stunning balcony, comfortable mattresses, and amenities such as free toiletries. It’s also possible to enjoy a continental breakfast, which allows you to get the best of a hotel in the comfort of a private hose.

A car rental service is available as well.

  • Sleeps: up to 4 guests.


Casa Del Mare

(Courtesy Casa del Mare).

Why you should stay: Because this property has an inspiring rooftop terrace perfect to soak in the views of the city while enjoying a morning breakfast!

Guests adore the great location in the old town as well as the comfort of the premises…starting with the beds and mattresses!

The spacious home has a comfortable kitchen and bathroom. The soundproofing environment blocks the noise from the busy streets in the old town.

Enjoy the beautiful environment, the traditional stone walls, and comfy features such as free toiletries, a well-equipped kitchen, ironing facilities, a desk, and a seating area with a sofa.

There are stores and supermarkets nearby for the convenience of guests. Car rental is also available at the property.

  • Sleeps: up to 4 guests.


Aelia Luxury Beach House

Rethymnon vacation home Aelia luxury beach house
(Courtesy Aelia).

Why you should stay: This property has top reviews and is among the most popular places on when it comes to rental homes and vacation places in Rethymnon.

A great apartment, not far from the city beach, it features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a kettle, and 3 bathrooms with a shower and a hairdryer.

Guests can also make use of the pretty terrace with great views of the modern city. The place is close to the Center of Byzantine Art, and the Municipal Garden.

>>This is a modern and comfortable Airbnb in Rethymnon, ideal for small families.

  • Sleeps: up to 4 guests.


Cactopia Apartments

Cactopia Rethymnon
(Courtesy Cactopia Apartments).

Why you should stay: Because this complex of three different apartments will leave you in awe!

This group of three flats, Hoya, Stapelia, and Aeonium offer a fantastic solution for those looking for a modern and comfortable apartment in the modern city of Rethymnon. The place is less than 2 km from Platanes Beach.

Guests can enjoy air-conditioned units with facilities including a desk, a living room, a comfortable and equipped kitchen including appliances such as a coffee machine and an electric kettle, for tea fans. There are a small but cozy balcony and a garden as well.

The old town and the Venetian Harbour is 2.4 km from the apartment.

  • Sleeps: up to 6 guests, depending on the apartment.


Rethymnian Gaia

(Courtesy Rethymnian Gaia).

Why you should stay: The apartment looks just perfect, clean and modern, with natural light and a perfect balcony to enjoy.

Only steps away from Rethymnon’s Public Garden, and close to every important landmark in the old town, this flat is a great solution for a stay in the city.

This self-catering unit features a beautiful open-plan kitchen with seating and a dining area. If you are on holiday looking for a place to cook and save some money instead of dining out every night, here you’ll find an oven, a coffee machine, and a smart TV with Netflix.

As a plus, free bicycles are offered to guests.

  • Sleeps: up to 3 guests.


The Downtown Pent with Roof Garden
(One of My Favorite Holiday Homes in Rethymnon!)

the downtown pent
(Courtesy The Downtown Pent).

Why you should stay: To enjoy a stylish, trendy place in the heart of the old town, lively, colorful, and relaxing! Besides, the host is polite and friendly.

There’s nothing not to love about this traditional and yet super modern penthouse in the center of the old town. Comfy, clean, and ready with everything you could need during your stay.

The apartment features 2 nice balconies and a great roof terrace with a 360° view of Rethymno.

If is equipped with air-conditioning, and includes 2 separate bedrooms, a seating area, and a comfortable kitchen with an oven, a toaster, and a coffee machine.

  • Sleeps: up to 4 guests.


Lemon Tree House

lemon tree house
(Courtesy Lemon Tree House).

Why you should stay: To take advantage of its position right in the heart of the old town and very near the city beach.

Lemon Tree House features different units that can accommodate couples or small families. They all feature a mix of modern and rustic characteristics, such as the stone walls and the stylish furniture. It’s possible to take advantage of the balcony or the garden for a coffee in the open during the heat of the summer.

The home is close to the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is one of the city’s landmarks that’s conveniently close to the apartment.

The location makes it a perfect choice for those who are not interested in driving but prefer to explore the city on foot. There are shops, cafeterias, tavernas, and more close to the apartment. The apartments are equipped with everything you may need during your stay.

  • Sleeps: from 2 to 6 guests, depending on the apartment.


Porto Enetiko Suites

porto enetiko suite rethymnon
(Courtesy Porto Enetiko Suites).

Why you should stay: If you dream about opening your balcony in the morning to wake up to the great views of the romantic Old Harbor, then this is the place in Rethymnon you were looking for.

These beautiful apartments are right in the middle of the old town of Rethymno, less than 50 meters from the city beach, and not far from the famous Venetian Fortezza.

The units have been recently renovated with utmost taste and elegance, and they are also equipped to provide every comfort you need, including a full kitchen with a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, and fridge. Have you ever heard about Cocomat mattresses? If you haven’t you will adore them!

Other facilities include a bathroom with hydromassage facilities. The Centre of Byzantine Art and the Folk Art Museum are only a few minutes from the property (check them here).

  • Sleeps: up to 4 guests.


Castle & Sea View Apartment in Rethymno

(Courtesy Castle Sea View Apartment).

Why you should stay: If you enjoy open bright colors, light, and great views, don’t let this one escape!

You will certainly love this one-bedroom apartment with a view in a quiet area and still close to the city center, within 1.1 km of Koumbes Beach and 700 meters from the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, and every other important landmark in town.

Although it is a studio apartment, the spaces are quite roomy and it can fit up to three travelers, ideal for a group of friends with a limited budget.

From the veranda, fairly big and comfortable, you can see Rethymnon’s Fortezza and the sea. A plus? Guests love both the dishwasher and the washing machine!

  • Sleeps: up to 2-3 guests.
  • Baby cot and baby high chair available on request.


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White and Grey Apartment in Rethymnon Town

Greece - Crete - Rethymnon - white and grey apartment
(Courtesy White and Grey Apartment).

Why you should stay: This apartment is beautifully decorated, comfortable, and located in a top position, close to the modern city and the old town.

If you book a stay in White and Grey Apartment you will be located in a prime location in Rethymno, right across from the main square and quite close to the beach too.

The kitchen is sparkling new and comes with everything you need, including a coffee machine as well as a washing and dryer machine, as a plus, the host also provides free toiletries.

You will be able to make use of the terrace with a barbecue in your free time. The apartment offers a children’s playground. The property can arrange a car rental service.

  • Sleeps: up to 2 guests.
  • Terrace with barbecue!


Want to check other properties in Rethymnon? Use this map to book!

Which of these Airbnbs in Rethymno did you like the most?
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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 that I 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 use 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!

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About the author of this blog:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for The Tiny Book and her other blogs.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published three travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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