Where to stay in Heraklion, Crete

My insider's guide on choosing where to stay in Heraklion. Features the best hotels in Heraklion for all budgets.

Where to stay in Heraklion

Why stay in Heraklion?

Crete's largest city, Heraklion, is a vibrant and historic destination that offers the perfect balance of culture, entertainment, and relaxation. With its charming old town, and numerous historical sites, Heraklion is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Crete.

Notable Attractions in Heraklion:

  • Knossos: The ruins of the Minoan Palace, which is said to be the site of the Labyrinth of the Minotaur.
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum: Houses significant archaeological finds from across Crete.
  • Historical Museum of Crete: Offers insights into the island's history.
  • Natural History Museum: Showcases the natural heritage of Crete.
  • Venetian Fortress and 17th Century Loggia: Historical buildings with the Loggia now serving as the town hall.
  • Church of Saint Titus: A notable religious site.
  • Waterfront Area: A modern development with a view of the ferry procession.

Deciding On Heraklion Hotels And Accommodation

As you might expect, Heraklion offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit different budgets.

I've previously stayed just outside Heraklion City Center as I found it easier to park my car. If you don't have a vehicle, the best area to stay in Heraklion would be the historic centre.

morosini fountain heraklion

Whether you prefer luxurious resorts, boutique hotels or cozy guesthouses, there is something for everyone in this city.

Before choosing a hotel and location in Heraklion keep these tips in mind:

  • For First-Time Visitors: Old Town of Heraklion is suggested for its walkability and proximity to amenities. Most of the things to do in Heraklion are in the centre.
  • Booking: Advance booking is recommended for securing good deals. Heraklion hotels can book out during the peak season. Cheap hotels in Heraklion are often the first to go.
  • Location Consideration: Choose based on the desired holiday type (city exploration or beach relaxation).
  • Car rentals: You don't need one to explore Heraklion. However, if you have rented a car, ensure your hotel has parking.

Take a look at this interactive map to get a feel for where the hotels in Heraklion are located:


Best Hotels in Heraklion

If you're visiting Heraklion only once in your life, and want to stay in one of the absolute best hotels Heraklion has to offer, here's my top suggestions:


GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel

The GDM Megaron, Historical Monument Hotel, is a distinguished 5-star property in Heraklion, Crete, that combines the charm of a bygone era with modern luxury. Built in 1925, this hotel is a celebrated historical monument that stands majestically overlooking the old Venetian port. It offers guests a unique blend of classical elegance and contemporary comfort, complete with fine dining, a health club, and a rooftop plunge pool that provides panoramic views of the city and the sea.

  • Location: Superbly situated in the heart of Heraklion, with an excellent location score of 9.6, it's within walking distance of the city's major sights, including the Archaeological and Historical Museums.
  • Facilities: Includes a health club, a rooftop plunge pool, and well-equipped meeting rooms.
  • Amenities: The hotel provides a range of amenities such as a steam bath, hot tub, massage table, sauna with color and music therapy, and a fitness center.
  • Parking: Free private parking is available at the hotel.
  • Room Options: Guests can choose from Single, Double, Suite, and Triple rooms in this luxury accommodation.
  • Breakfast: A highly-rated breakfast with Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and American options is available.
  • Dining: The hotel houses two restaurants, the Plaza Café for all-day dining and The Megaron 5th Bar Restaurant for contemporary Cretan cuisine, open during the summer season.

More information here: GDM Megaron Hotel in Heraklion

Legacy Gastro Suites

Legacy Gastro Suites offers a unique accommodation experience in the heart of Heraklio Town, blending the nostalgic charm of the 1950s urban decor with the comforts of a 5-star hotel. This boutique hotel is designed to provide a gastronomic journey to its guests, featuring suites that are both luxurious and homely, with an emphasis on culinary excellence.

  • Location: Situated just 500 feet from the center of Heraklio, making it an ideal spot for exploring the city.
  • Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant, Papi Osteria Cafeteria, which likely offers a range of gourmet experiences.
  • Amenities: Guests can expect high-quality amenities consistent with a 5-star boutique hotel, focusing on gastronomy.
  • Parking: Information about parking availability is not provided and should be requested directly from the hotel.
  • Room Options: The hotel provides Suite accommodations with spacious rooms.
  • Breakfast: Guests can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast with Continental, American, and À la carte options during their stay.
  • Check-in/Check-out: Check-in at Legacy Gastro Suites is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

Check hotel review here: Legacy Gastro Suites

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

The Aquila Atlantis Hotel, situated in the vibrant heart of Heraklio, Greece, is a five-star establishment that offers guests an exceptional stay with its modern amenities and spectacular views. This hotel in Heraklion is renowned for its outdoor pool that boasts unobstructed views over the harbor, a semi-covered pool for all-season enjoyment, and a tastefully decorated restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine. With a focus on comfort and convenience, the Aquila Atlantis ensures a memorable stay for all its guests.

  • Location: Excellent central location, just 656 feet from the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and 800 feet from the city center.
  • Facilities: Includes an outdoor swimming pool with harbor views, a pool, and a restaurant on-site.
  • Amenities: Rooms and suites with parquet floors, earthy colors, city or harbor views, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, coffee machine, and minibar. Bathrooms come with free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers.
  • Parking: Public parking is available on site with charges applicable.
  • Room Options: Twin/Double, Suite, Family, Single.
  • Breakfast: Guests can enjoy a highly-rated American breakfast during their stay.
  • Family-Friendly: The hotel is popular for family stays.

Book online here: Aquila Atlantis

Galaxy Iraklio Hotel Crete

The Galaxy Iraklio Hotel is a five-star establishment located in the elegant district of Heraklion, offering guests a luxurious experience with its gourmet restaurants, free wellness center, and a large freshwater pool. The hotel's rooms, adorned with pure Egyptian cotton linen and the option for pure wellness or hypoallergenic rooms, some featuring whirlpools, ensure a comfortable and restful stay. With its prime location, top-notch facilities, and a commitment to sustainability, the Galaxy Iraklio Hotel stands out as a premier destination for travelers seeking comfort and class in Crete.

  • Location: Situated at 75 Dimokratias Avenue, the hotel is within a 10-minute walk from the city center and shopping and historic attractions, with a great location score of 8.6.
  • Facilities: Offers two gourmet restaurants, a free wellness center, a large freshwater pool, and a state-of-the-art conference center.
  • Amenities: Air-conditioned rooms with balconies, pure Egyptian cotton linen, and some with whirlpools. A state-of-the-art gym and an all-marble steam room are also available.
  • Parking: Free parking is possible at a location nearby; no reservation is needed.
  • Room Options: Twin/Double rooms, Triple, Suite, Family, Double, Single.
  • Breakfast: A highly-rated breakfast with Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and American options is available.

More information: Click here

Olive Green Hotel

The Olive Green Hotel is an eco-friendly, modern establishment located in the heart of Heraklion, Crete. It stands out for its commitment to sustainability and its central location, making it an ideal choice for travelers who wish to explore the city's vibrant shopping areas and cultural sites. The hotel's contemporary design is complemented by state-of-the-art amenities, ensuring a comfortable and environmentally conscious stay for its guests.

  • Location: Just 650 feet from the center of Heraklio, placing guests in the midst of the town's lively shopping area.
  • Facilities: The hotel features the “626 All Day Lounge & City Garden” restaurant.
  • Amenities: Offers activities and services, some of which may be chargeable.
  • Parking: Information about parking is not provided, so it's recommended to inquire directly with the hotel for details.
  • Room Options: Accommodations include Twin/Double, Suite, Triple, and Family options.
  • Breakfast: Guests can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast with Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, and Gluten-free options.
  • Check-in/Check-out: Check-in at Olive Green Hotel is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

Check prices and availability: Olive Green Hotel in Heraklion

walls of heraklion city crete

Lato Boutique Hotel

Lato Boutique Hotel, located opposite the old city harbor of Heraklion, offers a unique stay with its rooftop restaurant-bar that provides stunning views of Heraklion's Venetian Fortress. The hotel is a blend of modern amenities and strategic location, offering trendy rooms and suites with views of the harbor and city. Guests can indulge in an American and buffet breakfast enriched with Cretan flavors and enjoy gourmet dining experiences at the hotel's restaurants.

  • Location: Situated at 15 Epimenidou Street, with an excellent location score of 9.1, it's within walking distance to Heraklion's main attractions.
  • Facilities: Features a rooftop restaurant-bar, a small steam room – hot tub area, and several multifunctional spaces and conference rooms.
  • Amenities: Trendy rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, a balcony, work desk, safe, minibar, and LCD satellite TV. Some units include a hot tub or furnished balcony.
  • Parking: Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and charges may be applicable.
  • Room Options: Double, Triple, Family, Suite, Twin/Double.
  • Breakfast: Offers a highly-rated breakfast with Continental and Buffet options.
  • Family-Friendly: The hotel is popular with guests booking family stays and has facilities for disabled guests.

Reserve your hotel room in Heraklion: Lato Boutique Hotel

Veneziano Boutique Hotel

The Veneziano Boutique Hotel, nestled in the heart of Heraklion town, is a gem housed in a historical building that boasts an elegantly furnished internal courtyard. This hotel is a perfect blend of history and modern luxury, offering guests a unique and sophisticated lodging experience.

  • Location: Just 1,950 feet from the center of Heraklio, offering guests a convenient base to explore the city.
  • Facilities: There's an internal furnished courtyard, where guests can relax and soak in the ambiance of the historical building.
  • Amenities: Elegant accommodations with modern comforts in a historical setting.
  • Parking: Information about parking is not provided, so it's recommended to inquire directly with the hotel for details.
  • Room Options: Accommodation options that can cater to 2 and 4 guests
  • Breakfast: Guests can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast with options that include Continental, Buffet, and À la carte.
  • Family-Friendly: The hotel is popular with guests booking family stays.

Find the latest hotel deals for this property: Veneziano Boutique Hotel

Capsis Astoria Heraklion

The Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel is a renowned establishment located next to the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, offering modern rooms with TFT TVs and a rooftop swimming pool that provides spectacular views of Heraklion and the old Venetian port. The hotel's rooms are designed with comfort in mind, featuring private bathrooms with tubs, self-regulated climate control, and walls adorned with black and white photographs depicting the history of Heraklion. With its central location and excellent facilities, the Capsis Astoria Heraklion is a great choice for travelers interested in exploring the city's rich history and enjoying contemporary comforts.

  • Location: Situated at 11, Eleftherias Square, Heraklio Town, with an excellent location score of 9.4.
  • Facilities: The hotel boasts a rooftop swimming pool with views of the Venetian Castle and harbor, and three on-site restaurants offering Greek, Mediterranean, and European cuisine.
  • Amenities: Modern rooms with TFT TVs, private bathrooms with tubs, and climate control. The hotel also offers a Greek breakfast including homemade sweets and traditional products.
  • Parking: Private parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is needed) and costs €12 per day.
  • Room Options: Triple, Double, Suite, Twin/Double, Family rooms.
  • Breakfast: Guests can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast with Continental, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, and American options.
  • Family-Friendly: The hotel is suitable for family stays and offers facilities for disabled guests.

Read traveler's reviews: Click here

koules fortress walls (1)

Athinaiko Hotel

Athinaiko Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Heraklion, just a short stroll from the old port, offering guests comfortable en-suite rooms. With its convenient location, Athinaiko Hotel serves as a perfect base for exploring the city's attractions, such as the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Venetian Walls, while also being within easy reach of the airport.

  • Location: Centrally positioned in Heraklion, close to Heraklion port and city attractions, with a location score of 8.4.
  • Facilities: The hotel features a breakfast room and a lounge bar for guests to relax and enjoy a drink.
  • Amenities: Comfortable and neatly decorated air-conditioned rooms with balconies offering city views.
  • Parking: Free public parking is available at a location nearby; no reservation is needed.
  • Room Options: Single, Twin/Double, Triple.
  • Breakfast: Guests can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast with Continental options.
  • Family-Friendly: The hotel is suitable for family stays and has a policy that children of all ages are welcome.

Book here: Athinaiko Hotel

Pavo Art Hotel

Pavo Art Hotel is a distinctive accommodation choice in Heraklio, Greece, that stands out for its artistic flair and commitment to providing a unique hospitality experience. The hotel is adorned with a stunning mural by contemporary artist Fikos, depicting the history and mythology of Crete, and features rooms decorated with works by local artists. With handmade textiles and luminaries that reflect Cretan tradition, Pavo Art Hotel offers a stay that is both culturally rich and comfortable, all within walking distance to the beach and city attractions.

  • Location: Situated at Minoos & Arsinois 28, Heraklio, with a great location score of 8.6, it's a 13-minute walk from Amoudara Beach and close to the city's main points of interest.
  • Facilities: The hotel offers a garden, a terrace, and business facilities like fax and copying.
  • Amenities: Air-conditioned accommodations with a patio, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Some units feature a dining area and/or a balcony.
  • Parking: Free public parking is available at a location nearby; no reservation is needed.
  • Room Options: Accommodation options that can cater to 3, 4 and 6 guests
  • Breakfast: Information about breakfast availability is not provided, so it's recommended to inquire directly with the hotel for details.

More details on this accommodation: Pavo Art Hotel

Rea Hotel

Rea Hotel offers a straightforward and functional accommodation option when looking for hotels in Heraklion, Crete, situated right next to the Historical Museum of Crete. It's a hotel that prides itself on providing a comfortable and convenient stay for travelers looking to explore the city's rich history and culture. With its welcoming staff and excellent location, Rea Hotel is a great choice for travelers seeking a no-frills yet comfortable base in Heraklion.

  • Location: Adjacent to Heraklion’s Historical Museum of Crete, with easy access to the city center.
  • Facilities: The hotel provides free WiFi in all areas and hardwood or parquet floors in rooms.
  • Amenities: While the hotel does not offer a paid airport shuttle service, public transport and taxis are readily available for guests. The hotel also participates in sustainability initiatives.
  • Parking: Free public parking is possible in the streets around the hotel, and there is also a private parking lot nearby.
  • Room Options: Information on specific room types is not provided, but guests can inquire directly with the hotel.
  • Breakfast: There is no specific mention of breakfast, so guests may need to check with the hotel directly regarding dining options.
  • Check-in/Check-out: The reception desk is open from 8:00 AM, and check-in is from 3:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Early check-in may be possible if the room is available.

Book the Rea Hotel Online

Additional Heraklion Travel Information:

  • Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport also known as Heraklion Airport is located about 5 kilometers from Heraklion. It has flight to Athens as well as many European destinations.
  • Heraklion Ferry Port offers ferry connections with Piraeus Port in Athens, as well as other Greek islands.
  • Car hire while not needed to see Heraklion itself is recommended for exploring Crete. Try Discover Cars for competitive prices from local car rental companies in Heraklion.
  • The peak season in Heraklion runs from April to October, with late spring to early summer or early autumn being the best times to visit due to milder weather and fewer crowds.

Dave Briggs - Author of Greek Travel Guides To Milos, Andros, Tinos, and SchinoussaDave Briggs
Dave is a travel writer from the UK who's been living in and writing about Greece since 2015. As well as writing this travel guide on the best places to stay in Heraklion, he's also written hundreds more travel blog posts about other destinations in Greece. Follow Dave on social media for more Greece travel planning ideas:


Leave a Comment