Heraklion is probably the most popular tourist destination on the island of Crete, also it turns out Heraklion is the fourth largest city in Greece.

Our travels took us to the Heraklion in June 2017, after we had discovered Western part of Island, we decided it's the time to turn to the Eastern side of the island.(For a complete list of my travels in Crete, see map

While still being somewhere in Rethymno, we booked a 5-star Galaxy Iraklio Hotel, which turned out a pleasant experience. Top 5-star or 4-star hotel in Heraklion are quite an affordable, on average you should be ready to spend about EUR 100 per night. For a 5-star hotel that's a very good price.

In this article I've listed some of the top 5-star and 4-star hotels in Heraklion, to consider.

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GDM Megaron Hotel

GDM Megaron Hotel

Housed in a listed 1920’s building overlooking the Old Harbour of Heraklion, the prestigious 5-star hotel GDM Megaron offers fine dining, a health club and a rooftop plunge pool. Guests also benefit from free parking.

The elegantly furnished guest rooms have a luxury bathroom with toiletries. Many feature a balcony with views over the Venetian port and the sea. All rooms are air conditioned and have high-speed internet access, a satellite TV and minibar.

Serving an American buffet breakfast, the cafe is also open for lunch and dinner. The top-floor Megaron 5th Bar Restaurant offers Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine and views of the harbour. Outdoor dining is available during the summer on the rooftop.

Located on the hotel’s 4th floor, the Health Club includes a sauna, hammam, hot tub and a gym. The rooftop plunge pool offers sea views.

GDM Megaron is located in the heart of Heraklion's business and shopping district, within walking distance of the Archaeological and the Historical Museum. Heraklion Port and International Airport are within 2 km of the hotel.

Price: ~ EUR 90 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

Within 200 metres from the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the 5-star Aquila Atlantis Hotel features an outdoor pool with unobstructed views over the harbour, a semi-covered pool and an elegantly decorated restaurant. Facilities also include 6 multipurpose spaces accommodating up to 850 guests.

Fitted with parquet floors and earthy colours, all rooms and suites of Atlantis Hotel enjoy views over the city of Heraklion, the harbour or the hotel's atrium. Each unit includes a desk and comes equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, coffee machine and minibar. The modern bathrooms are stocked with free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.

Guests can relax at the sun loungers by the pool and enjoy a refreshing drink from the on-site bar. Breakfast is served daily at the modern setting of the lounge bar, where drinks and cocktails can also be enjoyed. Mediterranean flavours accompanied by fine wine are available daily at the hotel's main restaurant.

Price: ~ EUR 85 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Galaxy Iraklio Hotel

Galaxy Iraklio Hotel

Located in Heraklion's elegant district, this 5-star hotel offers 2 gourmet restaurants, a free wellness centre and a large freshwater pool. Luxurious rooms feature balconies with pool and city views.

All accommodation in Galaxy Iraklio offers work desks, satellite LCD TV and free Wi-Fi access. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with pure Egyptian cotton linen and hypoallergenic rooms are available. Some units feature whirlpools.

Vetri Restaurant serves an American buffet breakfast prepared with fresh, local ingredients and Cretan cuisine. Per Se Lounge offers casual meals, wines and cocktails. The Pool Deck serves light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service is available with additional in-room dishes. Galaxy also includes a state-of-the-art conference centre, with 9 fully equipped halls and a total capacity of 800 persons.

Price: ~ EUR 90 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Olive Green Hotel 

Olive Green Hotel

Olive Green Hotel is centrally located in Heralkion, right in the lively shopping area of the town. Authentic Cretan recipes blended with modern gastronomic touches can be tasted at the 24/7 restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout.

Every room at this hotel combines contemporary living and sophisticated design with modern facilities such as individually controlled air conditioning, a flat-screen smart TV with satellite channels, led lighting, multi and USB plugs, a 15’’ laptop size safe and a separate glass walk-in XL rain shower. Most rooms have balconies and some have a terrace with elegant outdoor furniture where you can relax. For your comfort, you will also find premium toiletries, in house pillow choice, bathrobes and slippers. Free WiFi is available.

A fine selection of wines and other spirits is served at the bar. The on-site restaurant offers an abundance of options, ranging from breakfast and brunch to sustainable local gastronomy. 

Price: ~ EUR 67 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Ibis Styles Heraklion Central

Ibis Styles Heraklion Central

Enjoying a privileged location in the heart of Heraklion Town, Ibis Styles Heraklion Central by Accor is just a short stroll from major touristic sights and lively areas of the town. Free WiFi is provided throughout.

Boasting magnificent sea or city views from their balcony or window, all rooms at Ibis Styles Heraklion Central are spacious, distinctly designed and equipped with a 43" flat-screen TV, electronic safe and mini bar. Free pillow menu and tea/coffee making facilities are provided.The modern bathroom in each room is stocked with a rain shower cabin and hairdryer. Air conditioning comes standard.

Throughout the day, the restaurant offers a great selection of a la carte options for lunch and dinner in a spacious area flooded by daylight. In the unique ambiance of the onsite bar, guests can de-stress and linger with hot or cold beverages, fine selected wines, long drinks, rare whiskies and spirits as well as signature cocktails.

Price: ~ EUR 72 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Capsis Astoria Heraklion

Capsis Astoria Heraklion

This well-known Capsis Astoria Heraklion is located next to the Archaeological Museum. It offers modern rooms with TFT TVs, and has a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks Heraklion and the old Venetian port.

Each of the rooms has a private bathroom with tub, and self-regulated climate control. The walls are decorated with charming black and white photographs depicting the history of Heraklion.

Erofilli Restaurant serves rich buffets for lunch and dinner. Greek breakfast is offered in the morning including homemade sweets and traditional products such as feta and mizithra cheese, olives and raisins. Boasting views of the Venetian Castle and the harbour, Aegean View Cocktail & Food Bar serves snacks and cocktails. Sin Bistro is open for lunch or dinner, and 24-hour room service is provided.

Set within walking distance of the centre's main services, landmarks and nightlife, the Capsis Astoria Heraklion can also facilitate conferences and social gatherings. Guests also benefit from free early check-in and late check-out.

Price: ~ EUR 70 Book this hotel on Booking.com

Candia Suites & Rooms

Candia Suites & Rooms

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Located within a 6-minute walk of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and a 7-minute walk of Municipal Museum of the Battle of Crete and the National Resistance in the centre of Heraklio Town, Candia Suites & Rooms provides accommodation with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a kitchenette. Complimentary private parking is available on site.

There is a private bathroom with bath or shower in all units, along with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at the aparthotel.

Price: ~ EUR 55 Book this hotel on Booking.com