The Aquila Porto Rethymno has a sought-after postcode. It's just across the road from a sandy beach, and less than a 10-minute walk from Rethymnon’s lively town centre.
There are two swimming pools to choose from. They’re set in a sea-facing terrace freckled with cushioned loungers and wicker coffee tables, so sunbathing time is complemented with great views. There’s a café-come-cocktail bar, too, which specialises in cold drinks and light, al fresco lunches.
At mealtimes, you’ve got a couple of restaurants to dine in. One has a buffet set-up, with a good variety of international fare. The other, Piazza Di Porto, offers a fine dining menu of Cretan and Mediterranean specialities. You’ll see a local twist in everything from pasta dishes to after-dinner cakes and pastries.
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Food & Drink
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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.
Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Relax on a sunbed around one of the 2 lagoon style pools, with parasols for a bit of shade when needed.
A la carte restaurant*
Lunch and dinner are served at Piazza di Porto.
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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superior double room with sea view
Superior double room with a mini Hi-Fi, CD player, kettle, bathrobes, slippers, and a pillow menu. Minibar is at a charge.
deluxe double room
Deluxe twin room with sea view sleeps 2. With a mini Hi-Fi, CD player, kettle, bathrobes, slippers, pillow menu and Mythica benefits. Minibar is at a charge.
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Easy check-in and made welcome. First impressions were that the hotel is crammed into a small space and everything in the hotel is on the small size. We booked late so could only get side view room. To be honest we never sat on the balcony or left the door open as it was so noisy from activity on the side street. Suppose we should have realised that picking a place in town was going to have its downsides. Room was well appointed with a huge bed, very comfortable and a sofa and chair and a desk with another chair. Plenty of wardrobe space and a free to use safe inside. The bathroom was disappointing as you had to stand in the bath for a shower and the base of the bath is very curved which made you feel very conscious how you moved about. The hotel bar area has limited seating and the lounge area is a bit of a waste of space - could be better incorporated I think. Due to the tightness of space the main pool is on the smallish size with very few sunbeds. No-one ever tried to save a bed whilst we were there as to be honest the sun only stays on the beds for half a day and balconies and hallways overlook you too much. The beach is the place to be with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas that are free to use for all hotel residents. The beach is lovely and sandy with a little shingle stone on the edge as you enter the sea. Drinks available on the beach and beach towels exchanged. The tiny infinity pool on the first level deck was so cold I never saw anyone use it but quite a few sunbathers were on the sunbeds adjacent. The indoor pool again tiny and freezing but the spa was warmer. The restaurant again smaller than needed and crammed in quite close. The management of the restaurant and its turnover is so very well managed, we never had to wait for a table. The range of food available is excellent and we never could go hungry, only problem is that the temperature of the food is more tepid than hot but that didn't bother us too much. The staff throughout the hotel were so pleasant and attentive and extremely professional. All in all we had a wonderful holiday and I think we need to consider next time when booking whether we want the lagoon pools and large rooms and plenty of space - but out of town, or do we accept the smaller, more crammed in style with adjacent noise for the sake of being in town and being able to stroll into the centre of town and not need to hire a car or use the bus!More
Blue4Barb, Meopham, United Kingdom
An excellent location and a very relaxing holiday
We booked this hotel through Thomson and were not disappointed by the hotel. It was over the road to the private beach which had loungers and umbrellas. We went towards the end of October and it was evident that most of the tourist shops, etc. were winding down. Towards the end of our week the dining room seemed to get emptier and the staff gradually reducing which made sense. The weather was still very warm. The food was excellent and always more than enough choices. The desserts were fabulous. Cannot really fault the hotel apart from a few areas that could be improved. The beds were quite hard and we had opted for twin beds. The sheet and blanket barely tucked in at the sides. We did not pay extra (alot more) for a newly upgraded room but did pay extra for a sea view with balcony which was excellent. The air conditioning did not seem to blow out cold air but just circulate what was already there. There was no way of adjusting the temperature, just the speed of the fan. The room was a good size but a bit shabby - carpet, bathroom, etc. There was a very useful mini fridge. The replenishment of tea/coffee and bathroom toiletries was not consistent each day and may have been according to who the member of staff was. We had a room on the fourth floor which was away from the traffic. We had asked for a quiet room and was not disappointed. We had half board which was probably just as well as we may have spent the entire week eating!More
186338travel, London, United Kingdom
We booked late and stayed on the sixth floor with a balcony and sea view [The view was from the balcony,2 chairs and a table, rather than direct in our instance]. Staff were excellent throughout and communal areas were well presented. However the room was a little tired at what was the end of the season with a very small amount of water damage in the bathroom unit, walls in the room needing redecorating and the carpet needing cleaning to remove stains but the room was otherwise clean. There was no dedicated parking for our hire car but again we had limited difficulty in finding a parking spot on nearby streets. WIFi was free for your own computer but a charge of 5 Euros was levied for a half hour and 8 Euro per hour for use of the hotel's computers. Do not let the above put you of because they are the only criticisms. We had half board and breakfast evening meals were very good in the main restaurant with extensive hot and cold buffet and dessert tables to suit all needs / desires. It was a buffet self service for all but the main course in the evening and you could supplement this from the buffet. Excellent in the circumstances given that it was servicing around 80 tables as opposed to the limited number for other restaurants I have reviewed. A separate superior a la carte restaurant was available for those guests who wished to use it at additional cost but on the second week of our holiday this had closed for the end of the season so we were unable to take advantage. There was a coffee and cake bar in the complex with a sea view and interior and exterior seating. We took advantage of the coffee and cake discount before 5pm each day. Entertainment was provided on some nights in the bar or restaurant and a glass of champagne was provided for one breakfast each week. There was a small book shelf with recent novels and British and German newspapers in reception on most days for the use of guests. A bottle of wine, a bottle of water and some nougat was provided in the room at commencement but not thereafter. A kettle, tea and coffee were provided and a fridge but you will need to get milk from the supermarket opposite to the hotel entrance. Plenty of toiletries were also provided daily and a free key operated room safe. There is a dedicated beach area with loungers and umbrellas for the hotel with dressing cubicles, showers and a dedicated attendant providing towels. It is across the road from the hotel. There are also two external swimming pools in the complex with better quality loungers and a small interior pool and fitness centre. Unless you are a beach person you need to ensure that transport / tours are available with Rethymnon ideally placed for visiting resorts and places of interest on the North and South coasts. We walked the Imbros Gorge [Much easier than the Samarian Gorge that we have previously visited] and visited Chania, Heraklion and Elounda, the latter for a boat trip to the leper colony island. Driving a car there is relatively straight forward once you are used to left hand driving although road signs are hit and miss in more ways than one with locals tending to shoot or vandalise them.More
George P, UK
Enjoyed our holiday at this hotel . Checking in was easy, and we were in our room very quickly. The room was a little dated but it was very clean and had everything that we needed. A complimentary bottle of wine and a bottle of water were ready for us to drink, and plenty of toiletries. Every afternoon we enjoyed coffee and cakes in the café which is part of the Hotel. Dimitra is very special, and is a shining light for the Hotel, very friendly and interested in our welfare. All the staff throughout the hotel were happy and enthusiastic. The General Manager runs a good ship!!! Food is excellent, good variety all day,Puddings were amazing, must have been 20 to choose from, and plenty of fresh fruit. Room for everyone on the terrace bar to sunbathe and around the main pool, and on the beach. We will be eager to return to this Hotel in the near future. Plenty to do in the area, a trip to the old town of Rethymno is a must, we did the west of the Island to Chania, and the war graves at Souda Bay which was very moving, but sadly there wasn't much time to pay our respects to the casualties of the war.More
charlesjanet, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Just returned from a week in this hotel booked a superior sea view room but due to the ' U ' design of the building we only had a view straight out. Also the deco of the 'superior' room did not match the pictures on the hotels web site. Having said this it was clean and a reasonable size. The food was good, especially in the a la carte which we could use at no extra charge, drinks were expensive but I think typical of many hotels nowadays. We don't drink a lot so not a problem for us. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful especially Filio Toska the guest relations manager She found out it was my wife's birthday whilst there and arranged a cake and champagne which was brought to our table during dinner, a nice touch. Being close to town the hotel does not have large grounds but it does have its own large stretch of golden beach with loungers and brollies which are free to guests. Overall are very nice hotel. Something to beware of Crete 'closes' at the end of October to tourism many places in town were already closed ,even the a la carte resturante in the hotel was closing the day after we left.More
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