What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes buffet breakfast, plus snacks and drinks on arrival
- Top location on a pedestrian-only medieval street in the heart of Rethymno
- Nearest sandy beach is a five-minute stroll from the property
What To Know
- Parking is a five-minute walk from the hotel; make sure your luggage has wheels
- There's no restaurant on-site, but there are dozens of restaurants and tavernas nearby
- Steep steps up to mezzanine bedrooms could be a problem for less mobile travelers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Flanked by cobbled streets in the medieval harbor town of Rethymno, Palazzo Rimondi is a beautifully restored Venetian mansion dating from the 15th century. A soaring arch entwined with sweet-smelling jasmine flowers gives way to a secluded courtyard and plunge pool decorated with black and white mosaics. Renovated in 2012, the property has retained plenty of Old World charm; it features medieval furnishings, traditional Cretan wood carvings and glittering chandeliers.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are clad in stone and have lofty ceilings and large picture windows. Some have traditional detailing, such as medieval arches and beam ceilings, and all feature small kitchenettes with a stove and fridge. Double Rooms have living areas and bedrooms (some with a mezzanine floor overlooking the courtyard pool). Many of the Superior Suites come with private balconies and terraces, and the larger Deluxe Suites have lounge areas equipped with a dining table, and mezzanine bedrooms leading to a private balcony with views of Rethymno’s harbor. Bathrooms are stocked with products from luxe Greek brand, Korres.
The petite terrace is a Grecian sun trap, though you’ll have to venture downstairs to the courtyard plunge pool to cool off. The Palazzo pool bar serves breakfast in the morning, light snacks throughout the day and cocktails after dark. There’s no restaurant on-site, but Rethymno is a warren of cobbled streets lined with traditional tavernas and lively bars, and Palazzo Rimondi puts you in the beating heart of it all.
How to Get There
I agree that the staff are wonderful, but the breakfast was very disappointing after reading the previous wonderful reviews. I am not sure but I think in my opinion the guests in the estate side get a better breakfast as I peeked in one morning. We stayed in the palazzo side for 10 days and I can only say that the food and drink were tepid at best. I did mention this once and the lady offered to go and get me some hot from the estate side.
We had a good room though, with a walk in shower and a small balcony overlooking the pool and alley. We did have a problem with the light coming through the balcony because for some reason the curtains didn't close all the way, but we solved this by closing the shutters.
The drinks are of a better quality than the bars, especially the ouzo and you don't pay that much extra plus you get a little snack with them. Also if you are sitting in the pool areas they always bring a cold glass of water.
The surrounding streets have some wonderful tavernas and bars. We did try the shops, but it was annoying as most of them wouldn't take cards, they only wanted cash. It was amazing how many times the internet wad down or the machine was broken!! Luckily was tavernas take cards. Our favourite was stavros taverna.
In conclusion, if it wasn't for the breakfast, I would have given them 5 stars, but as I said the staff more than make up for it.
We were not happy with our stay at this hotel. We had to climb 3 flights to our room, the room was dark, the bathroom small, and there was a faint smell of sewage every time we came to the room, although it disappeared when we opened the window. We found it quite depressing for what should be a high class hotel. The breakfast was also so-so - not up to the standard of other hotels in this category.
The room in which we stayed in (104) was dated. The room was at ground floor level and the window looked out onto the street. The bathroom was small and there was constantly an unpleasant smell from the floor drains (which we had to cover with towels). The room was generally dark and slightly depressing. There was an upstairs sitting area which was only accessible by steep stairs and a dark outdoor seating area which we didn't use. We were told the hotel was fully booked so we didn’t feel it was likely to be moved.
The pool was very cold and could only be described as a plunge pool. There were no beds to lie around the pool. There was a slightly larger pool across the road but again limited beds to lie on. There was a sun deck on the roof but again very small with room for only four sun beds.
On a plus side the room was very clean and the staff very nice. The breakfast was adequate. The location of the hotel was very good being in the centre of the old town.
We have stayed in much nicer hotels for less.
We enjoyed our 7 night stay with the beautiful old details of the hotel and tastefully updated facilities. Breakfast was great with a high variety and quality. The pool areas are little exotic gems and the hotels size and layout contribute to a personal and calm experience.
Amongst the smaller drawbacks were that our room was located so that noise from the lobby would at times wake us up - probably a cost of staying in an old building. Also we missed an area where we could lie down and read in the sun. We found a small rooftop terrace, but unfortunately it was persistently occupied.
Overall a great experience and we would go back!
We enjoyed our visit to this hotel and likely would return. There are a few things to keep in mind:
Located in the center of the Old City. Many restaurants and shops nearby. Staff was generally friendly. Manager was very helpful and pleasant. Room was clean. Breakfast was good. We had massages at the hotel which were excellent.
The area is a bit touristy. There are no cars allowed in the historic old city, so be prepared to park a few blocks away and walk to the hotel along cobblestone streets. This is important to note if you have lots of luggage or have any physical limitations. WiFi was unreliable. The A/C in the room was set to Econo mode when we arrived which led to a sweaty first night, they fixed it after we inquired the next day. I wish that had been made clear to us when they showed us the room so that we could have been comfortable from the start. One front desk gentleman was extremely hard to communicate with, it was beyond a language barrier, he always seemed very stressed out and not very welcoming. The two pools are very small and close at 7pm which seems oddly early in the summer.