Eleven kilometers away from the city of Heraklion, on the way to Anogia, the village and the traditional hotel Arolithos, have been entirely built with respect to the local architecture by the Saloustrou family so as to offer to their guests the best of Cretan hospitality and traditions. At this hotel, you will follow the Cretan way of life throughout the duration of your stay!
The family property is spread out in twenty-two acres. The Arolithos hotel is the perfect representation of an authentic Cretan village, with its central square, the church, the colorful alleys and craftsmen working in their shops.
The traditional rooms are divided into small neighborhoods in the streets of the village and are situated either on the ground floor or on the first floor. All are quite large, with simple amenities, while the furniture and decor are typical examples of Cretan art.
You will find a welcoming reception at your disposal, where they will inform you about all activities in the region.
You can drink something and relax at the small traditional coffee shop or the cafeteria that opens in the evening or even in the coffee shop/bar by the pool (depending on the season).
The restaurant opens from noon till midnight and offers excellent Cretan cuisine. It also has an ISO certification and the kitchen has been described as "authentic Greek cuisine". When weather permits, breakfast is served outside.
The area around the swimming pool is beautifully landscaped with chairs, sun beds and umbrellas and stunning views of the valley of Heraklion.
Guest Inn Opinion
Lovers of authenticity and less known destinations, you should come visit and stay at the Arolithos village to live at the heart of the customs and traditions, and the cuisine of Crete.
Baby cot free of charge
Daily cleaning service
Firewood for free
Credit cards accepted
Hotel atypique situé dans un village crétois reconstitué (maisons, taverne, café, boutique), à quelques km seulement d'Héraklion mais en pleine campagne donc très calme, dans un cadre magnifique avec des fleurs partout et une belle piscine. Très bien entretenu et très propre. Nous y avons passé 2 nuits en formule 1/2 pension: petit déjeuner + dîner, les repas sont servis sur une grande terrasse ombragée avec vue sur la piscine et la vallée environnante, et avec le chant des oiseaux. Tout est fait maison, cuisine simple mais très bonne et copieuse. Notre chambre était située dans une petite maison, rustique, mais nous avons eu chaud malgré la climatisation. Personnel accueillant, prévenant mais discret et respectueux. Très bon rapport qualité/prix et bel établissement .
Hotel agréable, bien situé et propre.
A place out of the time, where you are, although close to Heraklion, in a typical, rural and quiet atmosphere. Very nice and quiet rooms. Very nice piscine with view and casscades. Restaurant with tables in the shadow of the trees... Perfect to feel out of place.
- excellent accueil
- Douche à améliorer, pas d'eau chaude
- eau dans la chambre en raison de la pluie ; flaque non épongée pendant 3 jours malgré les demandes.
Nous avons séjourné en Crète dans 4 hébergements de votre réseau: Arolithos, Zouridi, Mehori Georgila, Thalori. Arolithos est un très bon point de chute pour la descente d'avion, tous ont été formidables, chacun dans un genre différent. Accueil, environnement, qualité de la rénovation de ces beaux bâtiments anciens: parfait. Une mention spéciale à Thalori, du fait de l'originalité et de la beauté du lieu. Nous parlons du réseau Guest inn autour de nous dès que la conversation roule sur les voyages en Grèce...
From Heraklion (11 kms, approximately 20ʼ) Follow the National Road Heraklion-Rethymno and then follow the direction towards Anogia and Tyllisos. From Chania (136 km) and Rethymnon (78 km) Follow the National Road Chania – Rethymnon - Heraklion. Arriving to the region of Gazi, exit the National Road following the signs for Gazi – Tylissos - Anogia. The Arolithos Traditional Hotel is located 1,5 km before Tylissos and there is a signpost.
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Stay near the major archaeological or historical sites in Greece up to 30 km from your place of stay
At the village, you will find local artisans and you can get acquainted with their art: painting, mosaic making, textiles, icons, bakery, the Cretan cuisine.
Workshops on those activities are organized (a small fee is charged). It is recommended to contact the guesthouse regarding the program of various activities, as their schedule changes subject to season.
You'll find a traditional grocery store with basics and Cretan products.
The competitive advantage of the village is the museum of rural history and folk art, established by the patriarch of the family many years ago. At the museum old objects from the region are collected and restored.
The museum is known throughout the island for the rare and precious pieces that showcase the folk history of Crete. We must also mention the two Cretan houses, open to the public, which are exact replicas of Cretan houses and the lifestyle of the era.
Evenings of Greek and Cretan dance and music are organized several times a week.
At the small chapel, at the main square, baptisms and weddings take place during all weekends from May to September, with unique Cretan feasts dominated by traditional music and dance.
If you want your peace and quiet, you might prefer to stay in the village during the weekdays, if not, come during the weekend to join the Cretan feasts!