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Winter Hotels in the Heraklion Region


Arolithos Traditional VillageAROLITHOS is the unique traditional private Cretan village. It lies just 11 kilometers away from Heraklion, along the old national road connecting Heraklion with Rethymnon.
Built on the slope of a mountain, in the wild Cretan landscape, the village is a feast for the eyes, evoking memories from the past of older generations as for their way of living while revealing the simplicity and beauty of old times to younger generations.
AROLITHOS is a family - run business. It was implemented with great passion and love for Cretan tradition. Its goal is to bring Cretan tradition, the customs and habits of the region, the architecture and the values of Cretan people into relief, through a project that will stay alive for a long time to come.
AROLITHOS complex could be characterized as a reconstruction of a typical Cretan village including various departments

Hotel Services
In Arolithos, the hotel rooms are arranged in small “neighborhoods”, scattered all over the premises. Each of them has its en suite bathroom, a refrigerator, as well as a TV set and an air conditioning system. Moreover, the rooms used in the winter have a fireplace that could be used on request. The rooms provide basic equipment while being of a traditional style. Most of them have balconies or courtyards, where our guests have the opportunity to enjoy the garden view or the view over the surrounding hills.

NOTE: The hotel was built in the form of a Cretan village. It is not a real village with permanent residents, but a representation of one. The hotel rooms are not situated in a main building. They are arranged around the village in such a way that it reminds small neighborhood alleys. The hotel has been built on a hillside.

Parts of the village - facilities:

  • Café-Bar. TV-video room
  • Breakfast room
  • Cafenion
  • Restaurant
  • Souvenir Shops (silverware, woven textiles, ceramics)
  • Traditional arts and crafts workshops (blacksmith’s, ceramic art, weaving art)
  • Traditional houses
  • Museum of Rural History and Popular Art
  • Church
  • Traditional Bakery

General Services:

  • Safe Box (at the reception desk)
  • Information Desk-Reception
  • Central telephone system
  • Exchange of currency
  • Pets allowed
  • Car and motorbike rental
  • Recommended excursions and other activities
  • Free Parking facilities
  • Internet Access (reception)

Room Services:

  • Daily cleaning
  • Change of bed linen every two days
  • Traditional room decoration. Simple not luxurious
  • Air-conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • TV in the room
  • Balcony (29 rooms)
  • Mountain - garden and city view
  • Fireplace (11 rooms)
  • Private WC/Shower

Arolithos Traditional Village

General Information

  • General manager: Saloustros Yiannis
  • Reservations Manager: Saloustros Michalis
  • Category: A Class Traditional Hotels
  • Year of construction: 1987
  • First partial renovation: 11 rooms in 2001
  • Number of rooms: 34
  • Opening TIME: All year round
  • Distances from:
    the beach: 5Km
    the city of Heraklion: 11Km.
    the airport: 15Km.
    the port: 11Km.

Restaurant services:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (on request)
  • Dinner (Traditional Greek and Cretan cuisine)
  • Dinners for vegetarians (on request)
  • At the restaurant, we organize traditional Cretan evenings, while social events (such as wedding parties) take place at the weekends. During the summer season, the restaurant serves dinner outdoors, at the big square of the village, while in the winter, meals are served in the main building.
  • Greek and Cretan Music

Languages spoken: English, French, German
Accepted cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Electron, Maestro, Alphacard, Euroline.
Website: http://www.arolithos.com

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