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
We stayed here end May/June. It is centrally located in the old town with everything at your doorstep. It’s an atmospheric building, with a gorgeous court. While our room was lovely the mezzanine style (the bed was up a v narrow staircase) became awkward towards the end of our stay for my elderly mum! The shower’s small size too became a nuisance. However, the front desk staff & breakfast staff were world class and would go out of their way to tend to your every need. The spa treatments were fantastic and our therapist there was superb. All in all a lovely place x
We stayed here for a week. The hotel is immaculately clean and the buffet breakfast is very good and features a good selection of fruit, local cheeses,and hot food including some Cretan dishes. What really makes this hotel is the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff who cannot do enough to make your stay pleasant. Nothing is too much trouble. My only negative comment would be in relation to accessibility. There are steps to be negotiated in the Palazzo building. I had requested a walk in shower and the bathroom in our room was very small and awkward for me. Travellers with disabilities should contact the hotel to discuss their needs. However we had a lovely holiday in a lovely hotel in a superb location.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and spoilt, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. At breakfast Evangelina would explain about the speciality dishes that would appear alongside the staples each morning with hot food cooked in small batches so it was always fresh whatever time you appeared.
we were in room 303 on the first floor overlooking the courtyard. The room was a good size and nicely furnished. We had access to a sun terrace on the second floor which we always had to ourselves.
The hotel is in the heart of the Old Town which is pedestrianised so car drivers will have to park away from the hotel. We had an airport transfer and John and Steven carried our bags from/to the taxi. there are numerous restaurants and cafes in the area just a short stroll from the hotel and we had an excellent light lunch at the hotel itself.
Yannis and Eleni on reception were very knowledgeable about things to see and do in the area. We were fascinated to watch kateifi being made by Rethymon's last traditional baker and loved our evening seafood meals at the Venetian Harbour which was only a five minutes walk away. The Thursday morning market was also an easy walk and a greaat place to buy local honey and olive oil to take back as gifts.
The weather in the first week of April was warm and sunny in stark contrast to the wet and windy weather in UK. We had such a wonderful break that we are going to return next year.
Located in the centre of the old town in Rethymnon this small but perfectly formed hotel is surrounded by wonderful restaurants. It is also surprisingly quiet for its perfect and romantic location. The staff are polite, efficient and extremely friendly in a very professional manner. Breakfast in the Palazzo courtyard was a delight. ( There are two parts to this hotel. The Palazzo and Estate -facing each other over a narrow lane.) The pools are for a cooling dip only but the sandy beach is just after the port and is 15 minute walk away. The rooms are all different but all equally charming.
For people who are driving, arriving on their own, this hotel is difficult to reach. It is located within the pedestrian only Old Town area. on an alley street and GPS will not help you. Having said that, the hotel itself is an old restored Nobleman's house and piazza. The pool area is exquisite, especially in the evening. The staff were friendly and helpful, The location is great, once you find it. Unfortunately, we probably had the worse room in the hotel. It was located on the ground floor next to the street, making it light filled and somewhat noisy and people could actually look in our bathroom window as they walked by,