One of Crete’s most popular seaside resorts is Hersonissos, a coastal town a few kilometers from the capital of the island. Also known as Chersonissos, the village is often chosen by those who prefer package holidays and all-inclusive resorts, exciting nightlife, and being close to Heraklion. This article brings you the best hotels in Hersonissos and a few ideas to make the most of your time in the area.
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Hotels in Hersonissos
Where to Stay Near Heraklion, Crete
Hersonissos is really popular. People of all ages chose this lively coastal town for a vacation full of entertainment, days at the beach, great Greek food, and unforgettable nightlife.
The village, better known for its wide range of clubs and beach bars, is a great compromise for families with teens, who are still very young and “have to” travel with their parents but still want their share of night fun during the summer.
In the area, you will mostly find beautiful all-inclusive resorts offering everything you need. Tempting enough not to leave the property, but, as a fan of the island, I encourage you to explore the region and discover all the things you can do in Heraklion, you won’t regret it!
If you’re wondering where to stay in Hersonissos, then read on to find the best accommodation deals in the area. This guide is a helpful comparison tool for you to discover some of the best hotels in Hersonissos and choose the one where you want to stay. Just remember that it’s always better to book early to take advantage of more convenient fees.
Best Hersonissos Hotels in Crete for a Low Budget
Despite being populated by important all-inclusive hotel chains, it’s still possible to find budget accommodation in Hersonissos. As you already know, Crete is arguably one of the top convenient destinations in Greece for cheap holidays. Traveling to Crete on a budget is not odd since it’s really possible to find good deals.
There are comfy studios and modest hotels in town as well at quite convenient fees. These are some of the best places to can stay in Hersonissos within a budget limit of €60-€75 per night.
Home Suites is a very convenient place to stay in Analipsi, one of the prettiest beach areas in the village. The place is really comfortable for a small family and the location very relaxing too!
Surrounded by a beautiful garden and only 500 meters from Analipsi Beach, you can choose this self-catering accommodation with great mountain views. It’s located near convenience shops and tavernas which makes it a good choice if you plan not to move around much.
The apartments feature a seating area and a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and one or two rooms.
The place has good reviews mostly praising the location and the comfortable facilities. This is a great place to stay if you enjoy the privacy of a home, with every basic comfort you need.
Kasapakis Hotel & Apartments
Also in the Analipsi area, right on the promenade and 50 m from the beach, the place boasts a furnished summer terrace, a swimming pool, a children’s pool, and a bar.
The studios and rooms are simple and self-catered, overlooking either the sea, the garden, or the pools. Add to the convenience of self-catering accommodation the fact that the hotel also offers a daily buffet breakfast and there’s also a restaurant serving homemade Greek cuisine. Want more? Snacks and drinks are available at the poolside bar too!
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Village Heights Resort
Village Heights Resort in Hersonissos has superb reviews and is a property you should not miss if you want a great hotel in Hersonissos for a budget fee. The place has gained an enthusiastic audience of travelers who come back year after year!
The place is steps away from the Crete Golf Club and it features a spa centre with fitness area, sauna, hot tub, hammam, 2 outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, and 2 pools for children.
The studios and villas feature a true traditional Cretan style come with panoramic views of the countryside and the sea. They also feature a satellite TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a comfy coffee machine. However, it’s also possible to enjoy meals at the on-site restaurants and poolside snack bar.
Sports facilities such as a tennis court, a mini-golf, and a volleyball court are available while kids can enjoy a mini club with a playground, a games room, and table tennis.
This property is among the top budget hotels in Hersonissos. You will find this hotel only 100 meters from the sandy Hersonissos Beach. Here, you can take advantage of the outdoor pool and garden but a poolside bar and a restaurant.
Rooms are ample and bright, and feature comfy balconies with mountain or sea views and air conditioning.
When it comes to food, you can enjoy meals served in buffet style, as well as Cretan wines at the on-site restaurant. Snacks, drinks, and cocktails are prepared at the pool bar.
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Asterias Village is a super convenient place to stay in Hersonissos, this time in the small village of Piskopiano. This family-run hotel is just 1 km away from the picturesque port of Hersonissos.
The property features 10 buildings spread out over an area of 12.000 square meters, boasting comfy studios and apartments designed in traditional Cretan style.
The hotel also has a 300-square-meter swimming pool and a hot tub where you can enjoy a refreshing drink. The on-site Oliva Restaurant offers a unique view of Hersonissos while you sample authentic Cretan cuisine. For after-dinner entertainment, guests can walk down at Cohilia Bar & Grill, the hotel’s poolside open-air bar.
Mid-Range Hotels in Hersonissos, Crete
If you’re wondering where to stay in Hersonissos with a more flexible budget, the next section was written having you in mind! You’ll certainly find the perfect place to stay in the area, including the unique Koutouloufari, one of the prettiest villages in Hersonissos.
These are my places of choice when it comes to a price range between €80 to €150 per night in Hersonissos and around.
Pilot’s Villas Luxury Suites
Exceptional reviews distinguish this place to stay in Hersonissos, guests love the comfort and privacy that a stay in these villas brings along. Newly built and luxurious, the property features suites, maisonettes, and studios in the heart of the traditional village of Koutouloufari, only 1.5 km from the beach.
The complex boasts traditional stone architecture and a magnificent view of the Cretan Sea and the local harbor of Hersonissos. On the other hand, the convenient location offers opportunities for walks through the narrow alleys of Koutouloufari or dining in one of the several traditional tavernas.
Star Beach Village & Water Park
Star Beach Village & Water Park is a fantastic place to stay for the whole family, in fact, kids love this hotel in Hersonissos!
Located just 50 m from the sandy beach and the port in Hersonissos, it features a spacious pool complex with water slides, a children’s playground and free on-site parking facilities.
This family-friendly complex offers spacious accommodation with spectacular sea views, modern rooms with spacious terraces or balconies, and special family rooms.
There are plenty of dining options, including the main restaurant, a restaurant serving Cretan cuisine, a lobby bar, and a pool snack bar. There’s also an internet corner with desktop computers.
Star Beach Village is a 10-minute walk from Hersonissos’ main road, offering a variety of shops, bars and dining outlets. Star Water Park is right next to the property.
Star Beach Village is a 10-minute walk from Hersonissos’ main road where travelers will find shops, bars, and restaurants too. The Star Water Park is right next to the property.
Grand Hotel Holiday Resort
This is another local favorite with good reviews and affordable prices for a stay in Hersonissos, and an excellent option for families!
Located only 25 km from Heraklion International airport and 2.5 from Hersonissos, this 4-star hotel offers newly constructed bungalows with captivating views of the sea, 4 swimming pools, and beautiful poolside bars.
American breakfast is served daily while Dionysus Restaurant offers a dining terrace serving Greek and International cuisine. The place is surrounded by well-kept gardens, it features a wellness center and a supervised mini club with a special program of activities for children.
Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience
Such a beautiful hotel with lovely staff. Great views over the city and sea.… just an example of what travelers love and comment about the Esperides.
The place is located in the center of Koutouloufari, just 1 km from Hersonissos. The resort is amphitheatrically built, featuring 15 buildings and 105 suites of various types and options as private hot tubs, private pools, and sea view rooms. The 4 lifts and the 2 airlifts provide comfortable access to all suites and public areas.
The resort has one main pool which is heated during specific periods and an Activity Pool only for adults with hydro massage jets next to the kids’ pool.
There is also a spa center, an outdoor gazebo, and an open-air mini-gym corner. Within the resort area, there is one main restaurant, an Italian a la carte restaurant, an Asian a la carte restaurant, and a traditional Cretan cuisine restaurant the Monastery Eatery. Drinks and coffee are served at the pool bar as well.
All accommodation is simple, and classy, with modern facilities.
Stella Village Hotel & Bungalows
Great beachfront accommodation in Hersonissos, Stella Village Hotel & Bungalows is a family-friendly place to stay in Hersonissos.
It’s located 10 meters from its own private beach in Analipsi and features 2 swimming pools with poolside bars surrounded by gardens. Other facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 tennis courts, and a kids’ club.
Rooms at Stella Village are air-conditioned and feature a furnished balcony overlooking the gardens.
There are special theme nights weekly for all guests. One of the on-site restaurants, Elia Restaurant prepares Mediterranean and international cuisine. Coffee, refreshments, and drinks are served in the 2 pool bars.
Wellness options include water aerobics sessions, a football pitch, and beach volleyball facilities. Kids love the 3 children’s pool and the games that the animation team organizes.
Creta Blue Boutique Hotel
If you’re looking for boutique accommodation in Hersonissos, then this is the place you should check: Creta Blue Boutique Hotel, in Koutouloufari.
This small boutique hotel offers luxurious accommodation with breathtaking views of the sea, an infinity pool, and a la carte dining. From the rooms’ balconies or terraces, guests can enjoy garden, pool, or sea views
In the evening, the pool bar changes into a romantic open-air restaurant where guests are invited to enjoy homemade recipes using locally sourced ingredients in an intimate environment.
For utmost relaxation, guests can enjoy a massage in the privacy of their own room.
Creta Blue Suites is just a 5-minute walk from the center of Koutouloufari and only a 10-minute drive from an important 18-hole golf course.
>>Did not find what you where looking for? Check these other mid-range hotels in Hersonissos:
Akasha Beach Hotel & Spa
Urban chic accommodation in the center of Hersonissos. Rated 8.7 on Booking.com.
Arminda Hotel & Spa
All-inclusive 4-star hotel with 4 large salt-water pools and a spa with a sauna, a hammam and a hot tub.
5-Star Hotels in Crete: Hersonissos
There are dozens of exclusive hotels in Hersonissos. Some in the inner villages, others facing the beautiful northern coast of Heraklion. All of them feature top-class details for a stunning stay in the area.
A stay in any of these beautiful venues starts from €165 per night. If you want to spend the holiday of a lifetime in Crete, book in advance since the area is really popular. You won’t regret it!
Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa (Adults Only)
Excellent location for this top-class hotel which has become one of the top luxurious picks in the area. Already featured in my 17 picture-perfect luxury resorts in Crete, Stella Island is a classic in Analippsi.
Beautifully styled and impeccably furnished, all accommodation options offer direct access to the unique lagoon-style pool. It features an international cuisine buffet restaurant is situated in an idyllic location overlooking the pool and a wooden deck, over the water.
THIS RESORT IS RATED 9.4 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK HERE
ALSO, CHECK THE SISTER PROPERTY STELLA PALACE RESORT AND SPA
Nana Princess Suites, Villas & Spa
Nestled in a private beach in Hersonissos, Nana Princess Suites Villas & Spa features a state-of-the-art Health Club & Spa, 3 restaurants, and 2 outdoor swimming pools. There are over 100 sumptuous suites and villas, with a unique design, many of them with a private swimming pool and spacious outdoor areas. Some villas come with a sauna or a private gym area.
Signature cocktails and refreshing drinks can be enjoyed at the on-site bars or at the cigar lounge and shisha bar.
Guests can enjoy holistic therapies, beauty treatments, and hairdressing services while sports facilities are shared with its sister property including tennis court, beach volley, mini soccer, and children’s animation programs and shows.
Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa
A truly amazing hotel in Anissaras, right by the sea, the Mitsis Laguna has some unique features that will transform your stay into an unforgettable holiday in Crete.
Located only 3 km from Hersonissos, the place features sports and leisure facilities such as a tennis court, a mini soccer field, and a spa centre. There are 5 pools, including a seawater pool, a freshwater pool with a slide and a complex of 3 more pools.
The elegant rooms and bungalows are air-conditioned and feature a super convenient Nespresso coffee machine. All rooms feature a balcony or terrace with spectacular views.
Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa features 7 restaurants including one main buffet restaurant and à la carte restaurants including a Cretan Tavern, Tex-Mex, Pan-Asian, Italian, and Fish delicacies. There are 5 bars, including a champagne bar, a wine bar, and a sushi bar. Two of them are set by the pools, and 3 in the main building.
Kids can enjoy a full entertainment program, a pool with water slides, and an outdoor playground.
>>Did not find what you where looking for? Check these other mid-range hotels in Hersonissos:
Creta Maris Beach Resort
This all-inclusive beach resort combines Cretan hospitality and a green-oriented environment and exclusive 5-star services.
Abaton Island Resort & Spa
One of the top hotels in Hersonissos, this resort features a remarkable collection of luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas.
General Info About Hersonissos
Located about 30 minutes East of Heraklion, along the northern coast of Crete, Hersonissos is a popular place in Crete for a seaside vacation. Being so close to Crete’s capital, Hersonissos is a perfect base to explore the city and to spend your days by the sea.
When landing in Heraklio, you can get to Hersonissos by car or by public bus (the ride is about 45 minutes and the tickets it €3).
This typical holiday resort features amazing beaches, good bar and tavernas, a myriad plenty of shops, a vibrant nightlife, and loads of entertainment for small kids too. The place features dozens of bars and discos, seaside venues, pubs, and more relaxed bars too.
What to Do in Hersonissos
The place can be a haven both for fun and relaxing holidays. You can either stay close to the port for more nightlife opportunities or in the nearby Koutouloufari and Piskopiano, two tranquil villages with a more relaxing atmosphere.
The area boasts amazing beaches, such as Sarandari Coves, included in this article with the best beaches in Heraklion. Sarandaris is one of those places where you can spend a great day when in Hersonissos.
Another great thing to do is to spend a day visiting Piskopiano. The place has traditional alleys, a beautiful central square, and a nineteenth-century church dedicated to the Holy Virgin.
Lychnostatis is an interactive, open-air museum in the center of Hersonissos, perfect for a family day spent discovering the past of the island… and of Europe! Kids also enjoy the water parks in the area, you can opt for Water City, located in Anopolis, a village halfway between Heraklion and Hersonissos, or the local option, Acqua Plus with special areas designed for adults as well as kids’ pools and slides.
Families can also enjoy some nearby theme parks, such as the Labyrinth and Cretaquarium, about 15 minutes from Hersonissos.
Best Beaches Near Hersonissos, Crete
The main beach of Hersonissos is a long narrow sandy beach that stretches for quite a few kilometers. The beach is well-organized, there is no shortage of facilities, including beach bars and tourist shops.
There are other different beaches you can check in the area, including Sarandari Coves. This secluded beach has soft white sand and shallow waters of vivid blue hues.
The beach of Analipsi is long and sandy, and also organized on the eastern side while there are some big rocks towards the western part of it, perfect for some secluded swimming and fishing.
Also quite close to Hersonissos, Drapano is a beach that attracts visitors thanks to its natural beauty. Crystal clear waters allow you to see rocky sea bottom. At the beach, you’ll be amazed at the unique rock arch, a perfect spot for a memorable photo.
Looking for more beaches in the area?
>>Read about the best beaches in Heraklion here<<
Best Clubs in Hersonissos
Hersonissos is famous for its stunning nightlife, usually is focused along the street that faces the sea, populated by many nightclubs and beach bars that organize insane parties every evening.
Choose among the several discos and beach bars or go for a more relaxed evening at an Irish pub in the center of town. King Skorpio Beach Bar is in the heart of at Hersonissos Harbour, and it is perfect for a drink and good music with superb views of the Cretan sea.
Another popular place on the beach is Anissa Beach Shisha Point, visited often both by locals and tourists, while New York Beach Club, probably the best-known club in the area, is a classic in town for drinks and good music, open until the early morning hours.
There are several other places to check in Hersonissos, there are some great restaurants, tavernas, bars, and other places to hang out. There are videogame arcades, entertainment facilities, and a lot of things for perfect family holidays too.
I hope this guide will be of help when looking for the best hotels in Hersonissos. You can go for all-inclusive resort by the sea or up in the mountains facing Hersonissos bay. No matter where you decide to stay in Hersonissos, you will find a lot to do in the region to have a great time in Crete.
Have you made up your mind yet? Do you already know where to stay in Hersonissos?
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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 working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.
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