Guardian: 4 Greek small hotels among 10 best in the Mediterranean, 2 of them on Crete

Crete and the Greek islands of Syros and Kastelorizo were the most popular destinations when Guardian asked its readers for their tips on small, family-run hotels around the Med, with Spain and the Italian coast close behind.

Casa Vitae, Rethymnon, Crete

A beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian manor house with idyllic courtyard garden, Casa Vitae is a winner. Not only for its location, architecture and breakfasts, but also for the way its staff personify the Greek spirit of hospitality. Manager Maria, formerly a lecturer, was a casualty of the country’s economic downturn and relocated to Crete from Athens. Here, exemplary customer service (finding a late-night optician to repair my specs) and friendliness (inviting us to a restaurant with her family) makes a stay so rewarding.

• Doubles from €75 B&B

Alianthos Suite, Crete

We love this small B&B apartment development at Tersanas on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania. Comfortable rooms open out into a garden filled with fruit trees and flowers, with swimming pool and tennis court and views across the bay. It attracts quiet relaxed visitors, the staff are friendly and the sandy beaches and great traditional restaurants are within walking distance or short drive . Been here four times now over past seven years.

• Studio from €80

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