Hotel Moonlight  

This typically Greek hotel comes with a laid-back bar* and a quiet rural setting. And then there’s the sea view…

The Moonlight Hotel comes with first-rate sea views. It’s just a few steps from a sandy beach, with a café and restaurant on the doorstep. We don't take bookings for under 16s here, but children may be travelling with other companies.

The hotel has its own bar which does Continental breakfasts and evening cocktails. Elsewhere, there’s plenty of space for sunbathing in the grounds, and there’s a swimming pool you can use at the hotel across the road.

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Based On 122 reviews

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    B Class
  • 2Buildings
  • 3Floors
  • 19Rooms

Small & Friendly

Holidays with an authentic feel

  • Traditional properties
  • Often family-run
  • Great settings, usually by the sea
  • Everything from 2T to 4T

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Bed and Breakfast

Continental breakfast.

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Outdoor pool

You're welcome to use the pool in the neighbouring hotel where there's plenty of sunbeds to relax. The pool has a magnificent view of the sea. Charges apply for sunbeds.

Continental breakfast

You'll have the choice to dine indoors or enjoy your breakfast al fresco on the veranda.


You'll find this at the front of the hotel, ideal for pre-dinner drinks. With a fantastic cocktail menu to choose from.

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Moonlight Hotel in Stalis

Just as the tour operator described. Small and Friendly. We stayed for two weeks from 14th June bed and breakfast. No problems.The owners live at the hotel and the place is very clean. A small bar outside the front of the hotel is a nice place to relax and people watch. There is no pool here but you can use the one in the hotel over the road for a small fee. Lots of people return to this hotel year on year and we would definitely go back.More

David B, 227059

Another wonderful fortnight at the Moonlight!

Just returned to the UK after another fantastic summer holiday at the Moonlight Hotel Stalis. It was my second successive year going again with friends after they originally discovered the place the year before. The best and most endearing thing about this small family run hotel is the warm genuine welcome and friendly atmosphere you get from everyone involved. I think this is why we saw so many people there who had stayed last year - it is a small, comfortable and relaxing home from home. I have to thank George, Eva, Manos and Maria for another two amazing weeks with you - you are great people and so warm and friendly it makes it a pleasure to stay at the moonlight. The hotel itself is in a period of transformation with over half the rooms having been modernised and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and the rest planned for this year. I had one of the older rooms which was completely adequate for my two week stay and I could not fault the value for money. The hotel is positioned perfectly in Stalis with so many great restuarants and bars nearby. The Ariadne hotel opposite has a lovely pool which you can use and sunbeds to hire on well maintained gardens/beach from €1.80 a day. The continental breakfast provided is basic with bread,cheese, meats, juice, fresh fruit, jams and greek yoghurt plus tea and coffee. There is a small supermarket next door and a larger one (Gemini) about 10mins walk down the road towards Malia which are reasonably priced where you can get lots of great things to eat including English comforts. Malia is only 20 minutes walk away but a significant enough distance away to keep your distance if you aren't up for party central and prefer peace and quiet. There is a family run excursion shop next door with a great owner who will give you a good deal and can offer some fantastic days out. Plenty of ATM's nearby - the nearest being about 5mins walk in the direction towards Malia on the opposite side of the road. Finally, by far and away I must say a massive thank you to the two legends Bojan and Simon who are the life and soul - and the 5* touch to this hotel. They are two of the most engaging, hardworking and fun people I have ever met. They do a great job of running the bar and you cannot underestimate the impact they will have on your experience. You guys are what makes the Moonlight special and you are the reason both I and many other regulars will continue to return year after year. Thank you for another fantastic holiday! :) More

Simon S,

Lovely hotel and friendly staff

We arrived at the Moonlight at around 8 pm to be met by a very friendly Boyan who helped us with our cases. We were quickly taken to our room which was one of the refurbished rooms in the main building. Our request for air con, fridge and safe deposit box were dealt with immediately by George who arrived just after us. When we checked in we also asked if a late check-out was available and were very pleased that they were able to confirm this immediately rather than having to wait until the day before our departure for a yes or no! The room was very clean and comfortable and had a hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Maria cleaned the room every day and the bedding and towels were changed regularly. Our only disappointment was that the fridge, despite being new, wasn’t very efficient and didn’t cool the water sufficiently. Breakfast was a typical continental choice served by Maria who always greeted you with a friendly good morning and the breakfast area was very pleasant. The location of the hotel was really good with the Ariadne Hotel opposite where guests from the Moonlight were made welcome by the staff and you could use the pool. Sunbeds were always available and were cheap compared to most resorts we’ve been to – €3.60 for two. The man in charge of the sunbeds was very helpful and friendly as were the staff at the snack bar. There was plenty of choice of bars and restaurants in Stalis. Turn left from the Moonlight and there is a long strip of shops, bars and restaurants but be prepared to be touted a bit by the restaurants as they did seem more persistent than most resorts. Turn right and again there was plenty of choice of restaurants which we found more traditional (and not so much touting). We went back to the bar at the Moonlight every night after eating where we always received a friendly greeting from Boyan and Simon who run the bar. They make you feel very welcome and are both really nice boys – one of the friendliest bars we’ve been to. Prices were cheap and the drinks were really nice. They deserve 10 stars for the service they provide and are a real asset to the hotel. Well done boys! The owners were also in the bar every night and were happy to talk to the guests and answer any questions and give information without being intrusive. During our stay, George’s brother was getting married and we, along with some other guests at the hotel, were invited to the wedding. All arrangements were made to transport us to and from the wedding which was held in a 5* hotel right up in the mountains! Food and drink were served all night and we were entertained by some excellent Greek dancers (in a different league to some of the dancing we’ve seen in the bars) and groups playing more modern music. What a wonderful gesture by George and his family and we would like to thank them for inviting us to celebrate the wedding - a wonderful experience. All in all we spent an excellent two weeks in Stalis and would be very happy to return to the Moonlight.More

AnnD483, 186425

Great value for money and staff very friendly

Me and my girlfriend booked this holiday last minute and found a very cheap but what looked like great value for money holiday and hotel. From the time we arrived to the time we left we were constantly think it was great value for the amount we paid. The room we stayed in was due to be upgraded to match other rooms that had already been done but was still a nice cosy tradiitonal room. It could have done with a few extra things but once the upgrade would be done it would give you even more value for money. The bar area is the best part of the hotel, Bojan and Simon (barman) were great, very friendly and helpful and provided great entertainment every evening. drinks are very reasonably priced and made great cocktails. The local area was also good for restaurants and bars and a more touristy strip was only a 10 min taxi ride away. Beach was nice with clear blue waters and nice sandy beaches which just made it great for what we paid. We would definitely go back even if it was just to go to the Moonlight bar for drinks as the staff there were really welcoming. Also the Hotel manager George was very friendly and made you feel relaxed. Good holiday for its value.More

louca1982, 186364

Second visit to Hotel Moonlight

On my first visit to Crete I actually booked in to Stalis by mistake! I hadn`t intended going to that area at all...I had looked at so many locations on the island that I simply had the wrong area in mind! The reviews on the Moonlight were encouraging so I booked it...Then OH NO!!! look where it door to Malia! OMG... however, I needn`t have worried; Stalis is a typical Greek seaside resort, but the proximity to Malia was never an issue. The Moonlight, in my opinion is something of an unexpected gem...there is nothing not to like about it; the family who run the Moonlight are wonderfully friendly people, and they take good care of their guests. It is conveniently positioned just over the road from the beach; to get there one has to walk through the apartment block opposite (Ariadne) and pass the nice swimming pool that guests at the Moonlight are allowed to use; there is also a decent café by the pool. The rooms at the Moonlight are well maintained; this year I was located upstairs in the annexe, to the rear of the main part of the hotel; my room was clean and in good condition, although I understand that the annexe is due to be refurbished this winter. The main part of the hotel has already been refurbished to a high standard and fellow guests told me that they were very impressed. I discovered that guests have been returning to the Moonlight year after year, and it is not hard to see why they do; I will certainly be returning. There`s a certain something about the place, difficult to pinpoint just feels right! There is a very good bar located right by the road, to the entrance of the grounds; the two staff are great fun and we always enjoyed a drink and a chat there. I would recommend the Moonlight to anyone visiting Crete; and as for Stalis? well, it has something for everyone and I would be happy to return any time.More


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