A note on hotels from OMG XIX organizer Anna Lillios:
There is no one conference hotel. The situation in Rethymnon is similar to what we experienced in Corfu: there are many unique, wonderful small hotels that may have only a few rooms available. The hotels on the list below are recommended by faculty at the University of Crete or British scholars who do research in Crete. All hotels are highly rated by TripAdvisor.com. Please also consult expedia.com and hotels.com for fine accommodations in all price ranges. Phone numbers with the (30) prefix are Greek numbers, and numbers with the (888) prefix are connected to hotels.com.
Hotels on the beach, near the U. of Crete
- Macaris Suites
- Stamathioudaki 70, Rethymnon, Crete, 74100 Greece
- Phone: 888-675-8872 | ($140-240 for 1-2 bedroom suites)
- Petradi Beach
- Stamathioudaki 79, Rethymnon, Crete, 74100 Greece
- Phone: 888-734-8507 | (limited availability).
Hotels in the Old Town of Rethymnon
- Jo-Ann Palace Hotel
- Dimitrakaki 8, Rethymnon.
- Phone: 30-2831-024-241 | www.joanpalace.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rimondi Boutique Hotel
- 10, Xantoulidou Street, Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 888-734-8507 | ($127)
- 21 Agias Varvaras Str., Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 888-724-6413 | ($85)
- Vosporou 26, Rethymnon, Crete, 74100 Greece.
- Phone: 888-734-8507 | ($70).
- Casa Delfini
- 89 Stamathioudakis Str, Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 888-734-8507 | (questionable availability)
- Casa Moazzo
- 57 Tobazi Street Metropolitan Church Square, Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 888-724-6413 | ($131)
- Leo Hotel
- Vafe 2 – 4 & Arkadiou Str., Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
- Phone: 888-734-8507 | ($93)
- 12 Karaoli Dimitriou Square, Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 888-724-6413 | ($120)
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Iroon Politechniou & Melissinou, Rethymnon, Crete, 74100 Greece
- Phone: 888-673-2059 | ($87)
- Veneto Hotel
- Epimenidou 4, Old Town, Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 888-734-8507. | ($107)
- Antica Dimora Suites
- Agias Varvaras 2, Rethymnon, Crete, 741 00 Greece
- Phone: 30-2831-030810 | (limited availability)
Check with Google Flights for inexpensive, direct flights from major European cities to Chania or Heraklion, Crete.
Car rental is easy but fairly expensive, especially if you need a car with an automatic transmission (be sure to request an automatic at the time of rental; otherwise, the default is a car with a shift transmission). You can find rental cars on major car rental web sites or on expedia.com. Driving in Greece is a challenge, and Crete is no exception. The national road, which runs from Chania to Heraklion (and beyond) often turns into a lane and a half winding road, with cars quickly passing. Advanced driving skills and an ability to read Greek on road signs are necessary if you plan to drive through the mountainous areas of Crete. Having said that, if you get lost, Greeks will be extremely friendly and helpful. You will be able to communicate with them even if they don’t speak English./p>
An alternative means of transportation is the ubiquitous taxi. Taxis are everywhere and inexpensive, compared to Europe and the US. You can even rent a taxi to take you from one of the airports to Rethymnon.
Transportation in Rethymnon to the University of Crete will be necessary unless you enjoy walking. The university is located on a hillside overlooking the city, several miles out of town. There are taxis and bus service in the area. Bus schedules and bus stops will be posted in the spring.