Avli Lounge Apartments

A Venetian villa with a remarkable restaurant
Rethymnon old city

Avli Lounge Apartments

Journey with us through our historic hotel – where a stone archway leads into a lush terrace, in which diners sample Cretan specialities under the sun. Vibrant hanging flowers and leafy trees fill the air with nature’s perfume, which follow as you enter into our apartments. Nestled within them are seven sumptuous suites, an atmospheric wine cellar and tiled rooftop bath – there’s an indulgent secret and moment to be savoured around every corner. This is Avli Lounge Apartments: our boutique villa in old-world Rethymnon.
Katerina Xekallou

Building: 16 century

Avli Lounge Apartments is an expression of Crete’s layered past. Once the location of a Venetian lord’s home, an olive press, soap factory and tannery, it snugly sits within a cluster of three Venetian houses – the first of which was built in 1660 – in the heart of Rethymnon’s old city.

Local history is communicated through the property’s Cretan, Venetian and Turkish architecture and features that whisper of an island heritage that knows occupation and resistance well. Seven distinctive suites combine historic touches like Venetian arches, antique furniture, and works of art with a modern minibar, jacuzzi baths and satellite TV: a perfect balance of the old and new that will leave you wanting nothing.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of our historic hotel is our award-winning restaurant, Avli – one of the founding members of the Society for the Preservation of Mediterranean Cuisine.

Open: all year

Rooms: 10

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Occasions to Remember

Some of the highlights of staying at our historic hotel


Our gastronomic offering at Avli restaurant is beloved by locals and travellers alike. There’s no better place to get familiar with the wonderful world of Cretan cuisine – a delightful mezze of flavour and variety, whipped together with the island’s natural produce and local fare. Along with our exemplary food, we also have a wine cellar with more than 460 different vintage wines to swish, sniff and sip.


We’ve been hosting first-class events at Avli Lounge Apartments for years. Together, our garden, restaurant and wine cellar create the perfect venue for celebrating your big day or hosting your important occasion: whether you’re honouring a birthday or anniversary, trying to impress clients or otherwise. We’re wedding specialists, too, and can offer a comprehensive wedding planning service which includes organising your menu and guest accommodation, along with sorting your decor and photographer. Enquire for details.


We’re passionate about connecting our guests to Crete’s exciting history and culture – particularly when it comes to wining and dining. At Avli Lounge Apartments, you can book a cookery class to learn all about Cretan gastronomy, and where it relates to the island’s history – as well as getting hands-on with making some classic meals yourself. We can also arrange wine tastings and a fascinating olive oil experience on-site.


Experiences to add to your itinerary
  • Rethymnon Old Town
  • Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon
  • Monastery of Arkadi
  • The Venetian Fortress
  • The Rimondi Fountain
  • Porta Guora
  • Rethymnon Beach
  • Preveli Monastery
  • Biotopoi Nature Park
  • Rethymnon Municipal Garden
  • Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon
  • Historical & Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon
  • Cookery Course
  • Wine Tasting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Mini Golf in Adelianos Kampos
  • Carnival of Rethymnon (February – March)
  • Yakynthia Festival (July – August)
  • Renaissance Festival (August – September)
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