Best Hotels in Matala, Crete For a Top Stay in South Heraklion!

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A hippie atmosphere, incredible sunsets, a relaxing vibe… the little seaside village of Matala offers all that and much more to those who pick it to spend some time during their holidays on Crete island.

Since the village is small and there’s not much accommodation choice, in this guide, I’ve included a few nearby villages that are also a great base to explore Matala and the surrounding area.

So, if you are planning to explore the South of Heraklion, read on to check the best hotels in Matala for a super vacation by the sea!

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Best Hotels in Matala: Where to Stay in South Heraklion, Crete


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Matala, on the southern coast of Heraklion, is not only a great day trip from the capital of Crete, but it can also be an ideal destination to spend a few days… or more.

The village is quiet, and it still manages to create a lively atmosphere that is not overwhelming, but it certainly is fun enough.

During the summer, and loyal to its hippie tradition, there’re rock concerts and festivals, that attract people from all over the island, and sometimes from the rest of Greece too.

For young people, Matala is a great place to make friends, have fun, and enjoy an unforgettable beach holiday.


Families with kids particularly enjoy the picturesque village. Children adore the tree sculptures, the roads with colorful paintings, and – of course – the caves.

There are not many places to stay right in the village and they tend to be fully booked even before the season begins.

Therefore, this guide also includes several nearby places that offer great accommodation just minutes from Matala, which, by the way, are often more convenient for those traveling on a budget.

I’m confident that here, you will find the best rental homes and hotels in Matala for your next trip!

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Best Rental Homes and Hotels in Matala

In no particular order, these are some of the best homes, rooms, and hotels in Matala, in south Crete, take a look.

Thalasso Resort

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Thalasso Resort – You could not expect any better location when it comes to a stay by the sea!
Boasting top reviews on, this small complex offers two beautiful brand-new apartments right by the sea.

The place is in the heart of the village, with shops and tavernas two steps away from the front door.

The units feature an ample balcony with amazing views, ideal for an early breakfast or a late glass of wine.

From here you can soak in the Matala landscape and marvel at the beautiful sunset on the beach.

If you’re not in the mood to go out for dinner, the place comes with a fully-equipped kitchen that’s more than enough for you to cook your meals at home.
The reviews of this hotel in Matala are impeccable!
Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

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Matala Luxury Apartments

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Matala Luxury Apartments – Everything is a pro when considering this place to stay in Matala.

These luxury apartments boast a tremendous location, right in the heart of the village, close to bars, restaurants, and shops.

Located only a very short distance to the beach, this Matala accommodation is often described as spotless, with comfy beds, and a great shower.

The place features a roof terrace with gorgeous views.

Families with teens give extra points to the big flat-screen TVs in each bedroom, while parents praise facilities such as air conditioning, a well-equipped kitchen, and the host’s warm hospitality.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

Still not sure how to spend your days in Matala? Check here the best things to do in Matala.

Cactus Room

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Cactus Room – Perfect for a couple or a solo traveler, this small apartment is located inside a courtyard, only meters from the center of the village and the beautiful Matala beach.

The apartment features a double bed, a comfortable bathroom, a terrace, and is air-conditioned.

Guests love the simplicity of the place, perfect if you just want a cozy location to spend the night after long days exploring the area.

Top views, and extra points to the friendliness of the owners who will go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and at home!
Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Nikkon Summer Home

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Nikkon Summer Home – Rated as exceptional online, this is a comfortable place to stay in Matala for a family.

Among the most important characteristics, the house provides air-conditioned spaces, a balcony, and both sea and city views.

The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen with a dishwasher, a fridge, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms.

Perfect also for groups of friends.

Want more? There’s a barbecue for guests as well as a car rental service. If you don’t want to drive, the property also offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

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Fantastic Matala 2

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Fantastic Matala – Simple, cozy, and affordable, this is a great place for a short stay only 50 meters from Matala Beach.

The best feature of this place is its super comfortable location, ideal if you’re not renting a car.

The hotel is also close to several shops and convenience stores, bars, and restaurants so that you won’t need to walk too much if you don’t want to.

This family-run Matala property features a pretty garden, and rooms have the basics you need, including a small fridge and a kettle for your morning coffee or tea.

Most reviews praise the location, the clean facilities, and the friendliness of the staff.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

Nikos Hotel

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Nikos Hotel – This is one of the most traditional hotels in the village, receiving hosts that return year after year for a summer stay by the sea. Although centrally located, the place is quiet and has a family atmosphere.

Simple rooms with every basic you need even during an extended stay, Nikos Hotel is very close to the beach of Matala and also features nice mountain views.

Just meters from shops, bars, and tavernas, this hotel has great reviews.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

Antonios Villa in Matala

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Villa Antonio – Are you looking for a peaceful place to stay with a swimming pool for the whole family? Then look no more, this is it!

This comfy villa features a garden and a terrace with a pool, private parking, air conditioning, and every comfort any house would offer with extra perks such as room service for your convenience (moms love that extra touch!).

The place is close both to the center and Matala Beach.

All guests’ needs are catered to by the owner of the property, who is available to offer suggestions about all the things you can do nearby, including fishing!

In case you were wondering how to get there, this property also offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

You might also want to read: Top Amazing Things to Do in Heraklion, Crete.

Matala Bay Hotel & Apartments

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Matala Bay – Another traditional hotel in Matala, this property is on the village’s main street, surrounded by a beautiful garden, and it’s only 250 m from the beach.

Matala Bay features a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a snack bar. All rooms have air conditioning, a fridge, and a balcony.

The restaurant serves Cretan dishes with fresh local products.

Evenings are a pleasant moment of the day when you spend them at the bar, right by the pool.

The place can arrange for you to enjoy activities such as horse riding or scuba diving, while kids love to spend time at the on-site playground.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

>> If none of these hotels was what you were looking for, you can click here to discover more hotels in Matala.

Where to Stay Near Matala

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Kamilari is a tiny but gorgeous village just minutes from Matala.

Since the village is quite small and accommodation is often fully booked by the time you’ve made up your mind, keep in mind that it’s also possible to stay in some of the villages near Matala.

This way, you can either visit Matala Beach but also discover other areas, including Kommos, Kalamaki, the Read Beach, or archaeological sites such as Phaistos and Gortyn.

Vrisi Apartments and Villa in Pitsidia
(Pitsidia is 3.8 km from Matala)

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Vrisi Apartments and Villa – Just minutes from Matala, this family accommodation is simple, comfortable, and has convenient prices. Guests enjoy the well-designed property with a small swimming pool and sunbeds.
Most studios feature a well-furnished kitchen, satellite TV, and a large terrace.
What guests like the most are the quiet location, near the main road but also very tranquil with no traffic noise.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Korfes Apartments in Kamilari
(Kamilari is 5.8 km from Matala)

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Korfes Apartments – Kamilari is the place me and my family choose when we spend time in Matala, it’s really easy to reach, the road is in great condition, and there’s a very good beach for children nearby too.
Prices are often cheaper than they are in the hippie village, and the atmosphere is a million times more relaxed.

Korfes Apartments offers a beautiful place to stay set amid a well-tended garden in the village of Kamilari, with communal BBQ facilities and a playground for kids.

The self-catered studios open out to a terrace overlooking the mountain and the garden.

In every unit, the kitchen area includes a stove, fridge, coffee-making facilities, and a small dining table. Perfect both for a short and a long stay in the area.
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

Bella Mare Luxury Apartments in Kalamaki
(Kalamaki is 4.2 km from Matala)

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Bella Mare Luxury Apartments in Kalamaki – Kalamaki is another favorite of us when it comes to finding accommodation close to Matala. Just steps from the beach, this place offers a terrace and a patio.
You can choose between sea or city views.

Every unit features a comfy kitchen, a satellite flat-screen TV and Blu-ray player, a desk, and a washing machine, ideal for longer stays.

A plus? The coffee machine! If you are not into driving in Crete, the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

The place is ideal for those traveling with kids!
Click here for more information and to get the latest prices.

Romantic things to do in Crete - Zaros Village
Zaros, about 20 km from Matala.

Looking for more areas near Matala?

You can also check villages such as Agia Galini (12 km from Matala), Kali Limenes (9 km from Matala) as well as Lentas (16.5 km from Matala village).

If you’re willing to drive a bit more and being close to the beach is not a must, Zaros is one of the prettiest places in Crete, and it’s just a bit over 20 km from Matala. Are you planning to stay in Matala any time soon?

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Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the Crete. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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