A near-beachfront setting and a gourmet restaurant are just a couple of the draws at the Aquila Porto Rethymno.
This place has a great postcode. It’s just across the road from a sandy beach, and less than a 10-minute walk from Rethymnon’s lively town centre.
The bedrooms are housed in a modern, U-shaped building. Each room type is bespoke – some have mauve colour schemes with stripy wallpaper, while others feature floral themes.
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- 20kg luggage allowance on Thomson Airways
Free bottle of wine and mineral water for all guests on arrival, plus sparkling wine on arrival for honeymooners.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local and some international alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 10.00-24.00.Tea and coffee 16.00-18.00, and selected minibar drinks. Snacks 10.30-12.00 and 14.30-16.00. Cakes 16.00-18.00 and ice-cream.
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2 outdoor pools
Relax on a sunbed around one of the 2 lagoon style pools, with parasols for a bit of shade when needed.
Piazzo di porto à la carte restaurant*
Lunch and dinner are served at Piazza di Porto. If you're staying Half Board you can choose to swap dinner for lunch here.
With cardio equipment to use and spot lights in the ceiling allowing a lot of light. There's a whirlpool at the end of the room.
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double room with sea view and balcony
This luxurious double room is decorated with a chic and relaxing scheme. Outside you’ll find a balcony which is perfect for the room’s sea view. Rooms come furnished with home comforts such as a TV and Wi-Fi.
twin room with balcony
This light and airy twin room is an ideal base for exploring the local area. There’s room for up to 3, with an extra bed in the bedroom. You’ll find a balcony for that added bit of space outside. And there’s a minibar and Wi-Fi access.
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We arrived at Aquila Porto reception with a lot of confusion with our rooms and this was all down to the travel company Thomson but this was quickly sorted by the friendly reception staff even though there was 19 of us. I read one review that dated back to 2015 that men were required to wear trousers in the main restaurant so we asked the question to the Thomson branch where booked our holiday and they informed us that men do not need to wear trousers. It was not stated in the brochure for this hotel but was for other hotels in Crete. So when we went for dinner on the first night we were refused entry even though the men and younger men of our group were all wearing nice dress shorts. So the men of our party had to go out the next day and buy the appropriate trousers. That night we had to eat at a local restaurant costing more money on our All-Inclusive holiday. Once we gain entry on the second night thinking this was going to be quiet up market because of the trousers issue I noticed that some men had 3/4 length track-suite bottoms on. MEN TAKE TROUSERS!!!!! Beware Thomson reps never really bothered with the complaint we made to them about Trousergate. The hotel in general wasn't to bad. The main pool was nice but very limited space around the pool with approximately 20 sun beds and the pool area at the front of the hotel over looked the fantastic beach but again approximately 40 sun beds. There was room for 20 or so more so when we asked for more we was kindly refused. So if all 40 people decided to get in the pool you would have been shoulder to shoulder. The pool was tiny and pathetic. The rooms where a little dated but OK. The main restaurant wasn't great. Food was below average for a 5 Star hotel and if you have young children then there was not much for them. The A la carte restaurant was very good and you could wear shorts men. The pool bar was good for lunch even though you had to pay for it. We did eat out on quite a few occasions in the main town of Rethymno which was absolutely great. The restaurants and bars are plentiful. A must visit and a â¬5 cab ride or a 10-15 min walk. If you do go into Rethymno look or ask for the Lemon Tree restaurant because you will not be disappointed. We went to town most nights for a walk and a drink. The staff at the pool bar were fantastic even though drinks were slow coming but I suppose this was the hotel managers rule. But we would especially like to mention our favourite two girls. Anastasia and Dimitria both were very friendly and great girls. And a special mention also goes to Vlad the entertainments manager with his quick wit and fantastic games of Volleyball. The beach was fantastic with private sun beds and there was plenty to. The biggest disappointment was Thomson because of the false advertising and support we received. All in all I wouldn't go back but if your reading this and have already booked please don't worry because what I want and what you want might be completely different. It was not a disaster just could have been better. More
Mum And Daughter Holiday
I visited the Aquila Porto Rethymno with my twenty year old daughter last September. We had a fantastic holiday. I was a bit concerned about some of the rooms after reading some reviews on TripAdvisor but we were allocated a huge room that actually slept four. The bathroom was dated but spotlessly clean as was our room. I understand some rooms have been renovated. Our balcony was huge overlooking the large swimming pool. We also had a well stocked mini bar which was replenished with soft drinks through out our stay. We were all inclusive the food was very good with lots of choice. We were invited to dinner in the a la carte restaurant during our stay the food was superb as was the wine we were recommended. Giannis makes amazing cocktails in the bar with help from Maria and Giannis. There is also a lovey cafe serving food and drinks overlooking the beach. We used both swimming pools though they are small and shaded but this is a city hotel. Lucky for us we prefer the beach and what a beach it is. Although you have to cross the road that was never a problem for us. There are plenty of sun beds on the private beach we never had a problem getting one. We didn't use the spa on this trip but I intend to on my next visit. What makes this hotel so special is the staff who are lovely but also very efficient from the reception staff the bar and restaurant staff to the housekeepers. The management team also have a high profile leading by example. I'm looking forward to returning with my husband for a two week visit on 8th June. See you then.More
Very good hotel and location
Week holiday at the begininng of September 2016. Hotel - nice and clean and very close to the old town with a lot of wonderful places to enjoy. All inclusive - varied, good combination between traditional and international food, real greek taste, good wine selection Staff - very friendly and helpful Beach and see - perfect A very good price/quality location in Greece. For sure we will comeback.More
Its a 5 star hotel, and that is whatyou get. Service is perfect, free beach access and close to Rethymno old village center. If you a spa lover you will be well treated. Gym available and two swimming pools. We never forget when we been on the beach and 5 staff from the hotel offered us watermelon, what a surprise!! And dont forget food and ice cream available to order from the beach... fabulous!!More
A good hotel, nice location
Modern, clean and fresh feeling throughout i would rate this as a solid 3 star hotel. The lobby and restaurant are well kept, staff are friendly and helpful. The room we had was spacious and the bed comfy. Wardrobe was large enough for both of our clothes and the safe was a welcome addition. On the downside, there are a lack of mirrors in the room and the balcony we had was 'shared' with another room (not a proper dividing wall) so you could see through on to their side and vice versa. The bathroom was a good size but the shower curtain was incredibly annoying whilst trying to shower! The hotel pools were nice, not too busy and very clean at all times. They were a welcome treat from the sea when you fancied a more relaxing dip. The beach was fantastic and the hotel's sun-beds very comfy. Location wise, the hotel is a short walk in to town where there are many fabulous restaurants and bars to enjoy! Recommend eating after 11pm in one of the smaller streets where the atmosphere is fantastic!More
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