12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Location had both Pros and Cons
"We used Trip Advisor to book all of our hotels during our 23 day trip to Greece. We will never take another trip without conferring with this site first because we did not have one bad experience! That being said, the we chose the Hotel Ideon because at the time we booked our reservation it was rated #3 of 102 hotels in Rethymnon. The ONLY reason I did not give this hotel an excellent rating was the nightly noise below our room that carried on well into the wee hours of the a.m. Otherwise, the room was very clean, the bathroom was adequate, the staff was friendly and you can absolutely not beat the wonderful location in the old port. You are within walking distance of every restaurant, bar, shop and even a beach. They also have a very extensive breakfast that is included in the price of the hotel. If you chose to stay at this hotel, I would recommend asking for a room on the first floor, but facing the pool rather than an ocean view as I believe that would cut out the street noise and still afford you one of the newly renovated 1st floor rooms. An added note...find the restaurant La Larenzos as it is excellent!"
- Travel date: Fri 13th of October 2006
Amazing....Loved every minute
"We booked this hotel due to the wonderful recomendations from this website, and i have to say we were not dissapointed!!
Two years ago in cyprus, we found a hotel which was wonderful, both myself and my family thought it was everything we'd ever want. Sadly it was closed down, and we decided to come here instead and to our amazment was an even better hotel!
On the first night, we discovered there was no facilities for making a cup of tea, and as my father is diabetic we asked at reception, and they were none to pleased to assist us in anyway they could!
All staff are friendly and speak very good english! We travelled with 'My Travel' and the rep was wonderful, If you have her (her name is Bev), count yourself lucky!!!
The hotel is situated dead bang in between the Old town, with a choice of shops and old cafes, and the new town, with a selection of modern restaurants, (including one McDonalds) for families with young children! The selection of shops in the resort are all within 10 mins walking distance!
The port nearby has a pirate ship, which sails everyday and last for 2 hours, it costs about 30 euro's, which i thought was relatively expensive, but was one of the best trips ever! If you look over the side your very likely to see a Sea turtle following the boat, which is amazing to see, so have your cameras ready!
There will also be a safari trip to take which i would recomend, a chance too see par of Crete, you can't on your own!
Finally, th hotel, Wonderful. The bar is excellent and for 2 euros you can have an excellent dessert which are all extremely delicious, whilst watchin the sea flow by! The breakfast was delicious, always something differnt everyday! Staff are very friendly and love it if you try a few greek words, for example 'Good Morning'......'Kalimara' pronounced Kali-merra.
The rooms were upto a high standard and the clenaliness was amazing, new sheets everyday....which perosnally i thought was slightly too much. All in all 100% the best holiday! Would reccomend to anyone"
- Travel date: Sun 24th of September 2006
Excellent Location, but a bit basic
"We stayed on B&B basis for 10 days, and had a balcony with seaview - definately worth it! Although there was a lot of activity in adjacent bars, the noise could be completely blocked by triple glazing. The room had an individual a/c unit, controllable by the room occupant.
The room was basic. The twin beds, pushed together, were hard! There were some broken fittings in the bathroom which hadn't been tidied up, and there were virtually no drawers, but plenty of hanging space with hangers. We didn't have a fridge, but some rooms have them - I think this is down to pot luck. The room was adequately cleaned everyday with sheets/towels changed every 2 - 3 days. There are no towels available to use at the pool.
The public areas are well maintained, comfortable, and pleasant to use. There's a good bar, with inside and outside seating, so you can watch the world go by. We didn't use the pool, but it looked a bit small.
Although the hotel was full, there was adequate seating in the restaurant for breakfast. Not much variety for hot breakfast - usually just 4 items such as boiled eggs, fried eggs, sausage (frankfurter type), and occasionally either baked beans or bacon. Cold selection was the usual cold meat, cheese, cereals and fruits.
There was one 'theme' night while were there (Cretan music and dancing). This was held in the restaurant with seating preference given to those who were dining. We had a good value meal for 17 Euros each. The performers were excellent, and everyone enjoyed the evening.
Undoubtably the big advantage of staying at the Ideon relates to its location. It's in the Old Town, so there is easy walking to the huge variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. The bus station is about ten minutes walk. If you have a hire car, you can find overnight on-street parking within 5 minutes walk max.
Overall I would recommend the hotel, but don't expect a luxury room."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
Wonderful, Friendly, Hotel.
"Lovers of Crete, Rugby, Warwickshire.
We shall be staying at the Ideon again this year, it will be our fourth visit and we can honestly say we would`nt stay anywhere else. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The position of the hotel is second to none in Rethymno. We would have no hesitation in recommending the Ideon to other travellers to Crete."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of July 2006
basic accommodation, central location
"We booked the Ideon hotel on the basis of the many good reviews we had read and overall we were a little disappointed. The location of the hotel is great and very convenient for both the old town and beach.
Our room was quite basic and would definitely have benefitted from a lick of paint. We booked late and weren't expecting a sea view, but nor were we particularly impressed with our view of a wall. The bathroom was tiny with a shabby shower curtain which tended to adhere itself to your body as you washed. There was also a lack of hot water at times, although this was not too much of a problem given the hot weather. The maid service was adequate but not great. A minibar/fridge would have been nice.
The public areas were smart and well maintained. There was a good cold buffet at breakfast, but a distinct lack of hot choices for vegetarians.
As a central base the accommodation was fine but we would not recommend it to people who spend a lot of time in their hotel. If possible, book early and you may be lucky enough to get a sea view - it would probably be worth paying the extra."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of July 2006
"Great hotel,ideal location.near old harbour & town.Very friendly staff.All have very good English,or you have a good laugh with them when you say something that baffles them.Our second visit & as good as the first.Very clean ,great food & also FREE air conditioning in rooms .Will be back again."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
home from home
"had been to Crete before but 1st time in this resort -all staff so helpful - nothing was ever too much trouble - hoping to be there again in June 2006 - unreservedly recommend this hotel to anyone"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of February 2006
Friendly, helpful staff, conveniently located and clean
"We have been to the Ideon hotel four times now and will certainly return. Rooms are spotless, double glazed for quiet, and air-conditioned. Breakfast is adequate. Most of all, the staff are friendly and will sort out any problems immediately. The hotel has a lovely cafÃ© out in front with comfortable settees and chairs cooled by a sea breeze. The Ideon is in the old town and close to a number of good restaurants; among these we can recommend the Alana, in Salaminos Street, just around the corner from the hotel where the meals were excellent and the waiters friendly and attentive. There is also a small family run place, Sokaki, in Portou Street which is very good.
Rethymnon is well located for exploring; it is an easy distance from the Minoan palace at Knossos or the lovely old town of Chania. Then there are a wealth of mountain villages, peaceful and interesting, we thought the best of these were Argiroupoli and Roustika. Even if you do not have a car there is a lot to see in Rethymnon which is packed with reminders of the time when the Turks or the Venetians occupied the city. The beaches are not great, but then there is a nice pool at the hotel. Going back to the Ideon is like meeting old friends, still the same smile and welcome; the same faces and a warmth which makes you feel at home."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of September 2005
A little gem
"We stayed here for a week on holiday. We wanted somewhere with a true Greek flavour, in a good location for sightseeing and the beach and we were not disappointed.
The area immediately around the hotel is full of wonderful restaurants and bars and is a fantastic place to watch people! The fortress is just behind the hotel and the harbour just in front so there is plenty going on however in our room at night it was lovely and quiet. Breakfasts were lovely although the hotel was quite busy when we were there so some mornings there was a bit of a wait for tables. The staff were charming however and really looked after people so we really didn't mind too much. It's popular with Greek business people so it really does have a Greek feel which was smashing. Our room was spacious and clean with a good sized bathroom and a lovely balcony overlooking the pool and surrounded by bourgainvilla.
The only negatives were that parking around the hotel was very limited and although Rethymnon beach was very close, it was grim which meant a drive out to Georgianopolis if we wanted a swim. However the sea is so cold in May that we only tried that once!
We would definitely stay here if we returned to Rethymnon."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of August 2005
Rethymno - A blend of the old and new
"Rethymno came as an "Unexpected Surprise", one that we thoroughly enjoyed! Originally, we had planned a luncheon stop-over... to be followed by a stroll thru the Old Town area to explore the sights. Then off to Agia Pelagia for 4 nights, located 1 hr east of Rethymno. Well, that plan completely turned around when we met a Greek gentleman at the KTEL Bus Terminal - our "transfer point" to catch connecting bus to
the resort area outside of Heraklion. He greeted us with such enthusasim and sincerity, we took him up on his offer to stay at his hotel, which he claimed was located in one of the best areas in town. He gathered up our luggage, stowed it in the trunk of his Mercedes taxi and off we went. After a ten minute drive, we arrived at the Hotel Ideon, on the coast road, a block from the waterfront and close to the Fortress. Prior to checking in to this lovely Hotel, the gentleman offered to set up an appointment for a Car Rental Agent to stop by in the a.m. to discuss Renting A Car. (which we needed for at least 6 days). As it turned out, the Hotel was a HIT - the Room was modern and comfortable- the location was exactly what he said. Near the water.. close to the old town and just blocks away from the Venetian Harbor. I never expected to find such a bustling shopping area (old town) with so much more to offer than Chania. There were more people in this town than anywhere else we had been: from Chania to Paleochora to Sfakia and in between. Good energy and lots of sights to see. I strongly recommend a visit to the massive Venetian Fortress - a historical venture. Afterwards, head back towards "Arkadiou" where it curves around and there you'll find the old Venetian Harbor with an array of Restaurants, each with their own signature and style. We happened to stroll into a fantastic spot for dinner that night. The owner, his brother and his 80 year old Mother (the Chef) were absolutely delightful. Not to mention, it was one of the BEST RESTAURANTS we had experienced to date. I will locate the name and will post it within the next day or so. By the way, The Owner showed us a magazine called "SAVOR CALIFORNIA" (from San Francisco) in which was written a Superb review of his Restaurant with its fine tasting, exquisitely spiced "home-made", and home cooked Greek Food. Complimentary Ouzo and Brandy were served before and after the meal. Its a "4 Star" rating in my books. Regarding the "Car Rental" - we ended up cancelling the reservation with Hertz and signed on with "STAR GALAXIE" located on Venizelou 38, Rethymnon. The cost for a Mid Size Vehicle for 6 days, Full Insurance, pick up in Rethymnon and drop off at the Port in Heraklion was a Flat Fee of 150 Euros. Much Better than the setup with Hertz. All in all, our 24 hr stay in Rethymno was exciting and fun-filled. Met some fantastic people - and "the friendliest town" on Crete. We would definitely go back to this lovely harbor area for a return visit!"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of December 2004
Stayed in Ideon Hotel June 2007. Lovely...
"Stayed in Ideon Hotel June 2007. Lovely clean hotel. Sheets changed daily.
Breakfast very good selection. Head of staff was very abrupt in telling you where to sit in the morning.
Ideally situated for old town, but a 25 minute walk to nearest beach with sunbeds.
Little train runs from centre around town, but you cannot get on and off when you like, which we would have found helpful as it goes past the hotel.
No transport except taxis.
Found bars and restaurants very nice but no atmosphere like in Turkey. Be going back to Turkey next year.
Overall nice holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of July 2007
I was unsure about holidaying in Crete,...
"I was unsure about holidaying in Crete, or any other Greek resort, as I have heard that standards are lower than in other European countries. I did my research before going and as this hotel had good reports, I decided to try it out as the price was reasonable.
As far as Rethymnon was concerned, the resort is very clean with a wonderful assortment of restaurants. I did not use the beach although this looked to be very clean. The Hotel Ideon is right in the centre of the old town, in a very convenient location. Some of the hotels are very much out of town and quite a trek to any good restaurants or decent shops. I was able to wander into the old town at night in about 2 minutes. It was very busy, even though the holiday season is coming to an end for Crete. I felt absolutely safe and saw no evidence of any crime. Even though the resort was busy, there was no problem getting a table at a decent restaurant, all of which looked very clean.
The Hotel Ideon is quite small and although very good in the main areas downstairs, and very clean, the rooms are very basic and the bathrooms are ridiculously small. The staff were polite and efficient but not overly friendly. I chose to buy the âhalf boardâ option, which I now regret, as there was only one main meal, with a vegetarian option, and the food was not particularly good. Sunbeds around the pool are free but space is limited and if the hotel had been full it would have been impossible to ever get sunbed unless you were prepared to go out immediately after breakfast and stay there for the rest of the day."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of August 2004