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Be a part of the Cretan Tradition and culture...

The visitor who is interested in folklore and would like to see in practice the artistic activity which has been kept unchanged today in embroidery, weaving, ceramics, hagiography and pottery should not miss the unique traditional village of Arolithos.

In a typical Cretan area in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by trees, rocks and sky lies the beautiful Traditional Cretan style Village of Arolithos. This Village is like stepping into the past but with the comforts of the present.

It's whole atmosphere is unique, small winding roads, 11 Shops of Cretan technicians and artisans, whilst working in their environment, Traditional Cretan Houses so you can get a taste of the life in Crete, Traditional Cretan Restaurants with big square outside, Cretan Kafenio, a Greek Orthodox Church in Cretan style and Museum.

Like a real fairy tail while in fact it is a First Class Hotel. At a wonderful environment which takes you back to the past, the visitor can learn several things about Crete by :

  • The Arts
  • The Hospitality
  • The Architecture
  • The Cretan Food
  • The Dances and the Cretan Music
  • And the Cretan product of Weaving, Painting, Silver, Blown Glass, Ceramics, Embroider

Arolithos Hotel is a private property and is owned by the family of Mr. Saloustros. He was born in Anogia, the most famous village in Crete. He was very proud of his nationality so that he decided to do something special in order to promote his village and the tradition of Crete.

It is unique in Crete and in whole Greece. Its aim is to show and promote the Tradition of Crete to all over the world. Lots of people visit Arolithos every year and feel that they move to another world far away of their common life and realize how different their life is from their ancestors ones. The Village of Arolithos gathers and maintains the Traditional and Folklore Elements of Crete!


The hotel was built at the form of a cretan village.  It is not a real village with permanent residents.  It is called ‘’village’’ because it looks like that.  The rooms of the hotel are not situated at a main building.  They are situated all around the village at the form of small neighborhoods.  Arolithos has been built on the hillside of a hill which means that we have many stairs to go up and down.

Check-in / Check-out Policy

Check-in: from 14:00 h
Check-out: until 12:00 h


Meeting Rooms Pets Partially Allowed Shopping Entertainment / Animation Car Parking Pets Allowed Bar Cafeteria / Snack Bar Internet Access Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool Massage Panoramic View Beach in the Proximity Garden Cultural and Artistic Events Archaeological Area Antique Building Antique Hotel Airport Nearby Fire Place Dining Area Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Hairdryer Satellite TV Safe Box Fridge Restaurants Children Activities


  • General Services:
  • Safe Box (In reception)
  • Information Desk-Reception
  • Central telephone system
  • Exchange of currency
  • Pets allowed
  • Car and motorbikes rental.
  • Suggestions of excursions and activities.

Free Parking

Hotel Facilities

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • TV and Video Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jeweler Shop
  • Pets accepted
  • Safe
  • Porter
  • Telephone Center
  • Car Parking
  • Traditional bakery
  • Information desk
  • Disinfection 2 times a year
  • Night Service
  • Church

Other Facilities

Food Service: Morning Service, Drink Service, Food service, Breakfast, Dinner Cuisine: Traditional Cretan Cuisine, Diet cuisine, Vegetarian cuisine Languages Spoken: Greek, English, Italian, German, French Museum of Rural History and Folk craft Shops with souvenirs, silver jewels, weaving products, ceramics Workshops of traditional arts and professions, blacksmiths, ceramics, weaving art Meeting Room for 25-30 people

Food & Beverages

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 and during the weekends are organized social activities (such as wedding parties).

         During Summer time the restaurant serves the dinner outside at the big square of the village (open-air) and during winter it serves in the main building.

         Additionally we organize many social events such as marriages and wedding at the open air restaurant.

  • Greek and Cretan Music


Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village consists of 36 Rooms ( Singles, Doubles & Triples ) with a total capacity of 85 Beds. Most of the rooms have balconies with a lovely mountain-garden and city view. All the Rooms have been built following a traditional way, which may not be luxurious but they offer traditional holidays.

Room Facilities

  • Daily Cleaning
  • Linen changing every two days
  • Armchair
  • Balcony Chairs
  • Air conditioning
  • Rooms with mountain or city view

Room Services:

  • Daily cleaning
  • Change of bedclothes every two days
  • Traditional decoration of the rooms. Simple not luxurius
  • Air-condition ( all rooms).
  • Refrigerator
  • TV in the room
  • Balcony (29 rooms) or terrace

Mountain - Garden and city view

Room Amenities

Restaurants Fire Place Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Hairdryer TV Satellite TV Air-conditioning Fridge Telephone


Arolithos is a small, charming picturesque Village, 11 kilometres away from Heraklion, along the old national road connecting Heraklion with Rethymnon. It is situated after the village of Gazi and before the village of Tylissos. Built on the slope of a mountain, in the wild Cretan landscape, the village is a beauty on the map of the Cretan nature!


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