Photo courtesy of Olive Green Hotel.
Photo courtesy of Olive Green Hotel.

Olive Green, Heraklion

Modern smart hotel with minimalist eco-friendly rooms and an all-day restaurant

Overview

The theme of traditional Crete runs throughout the 47 rooms of the boutique Olive Green Hotel, which focuses on nature and sustainability in the heart of Heraklion’s center. Images of Crete’s culture and landscape are featured in each room along with tablets and technological setups to connect with your phone. Enjoy a meal or drink in the chic and cozy restaurant lounge next to the lobby or book an in-room spa treatment in this pet-friendly hotel that is ideal for couples, friends, and folks with wheelchairs.

Kimkim's Take

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Olivia Typaldos kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, February 2023 (Learn more)
Pros
  • This smart hotel uses tablets, QR codes, and eco-friendly setups to make guests’ stay convenient and sustainable.
  • Guests are in the middle of Heraklion’s old center thanks to this location off of the 626 Park, where you can find restaurants, shops, and monuments all within easy walking distance.
  • Wheelchair-friendly rooms are available for those with mobility access needs.
  • Sample Greek and international flavors throughout the day at the bright and modern 626 All Day Lounge on the ground floor.
Cons
  • Noise can be an issue here due to the central location, especially during the high season, so book a room on a higher floor if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Family rooms are available but only with cots or sofabeds, so they may feel a bit cramped or uncomfortable for some. 

Authenticity

The theme of "olive" is found in the large photos of olive trees, traditional dancers, and other Cretan imagery in all the rooms. The “green” refers to its eco-friendly smart hotel approach. Both concepts come together most clearly in the QR codes that are on each large photograph of Crete in the rooms. Scan it to find out more about the history of the tradition that's shown or even to see where that particular site is located.

Location

The hotel borders the small 626 Park in Heraklion’s center, which makes it ideal for anyone who wants to easily explore Heraklion. Step outside and have a coffee in the park or start the day at the Archaeological Museum, which is just two minutes away by foot. Walk five minutes to Lion Square for some pastries and sight-seeing. The waterfront and Venetian Fortress are about 10 minutes walking, while the Palace of Knossos is 20 minutes away by car.

Rooms & Bathrooms

All 47 rooms are eco-friendly and equipped with technology that links to a smartphone, so guests can easily check out, get information about Heraklion, and adjust room settings to their liking. The rooms are minimalist with warm neutral colors, olive wood furniture, and images of Crete’s customs and landscapes that you can learn more about by scanning a QR code on the photo. Guests can book either a city or park view and the urban and OG rooms have balconies.

Hotel Information

Hotel stars icon 4-star Hotel
Hotel phone icon +30 2810302900
Hotel address icon Meramvellou & Idomeneos St.
Free wifi

Traveler Reviews

11 total ratings, 9 with reviews
4.5 out of 5
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Authenticity & Character
4.0
Location
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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Naomi W.
East Norwalk, CT | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023
The Olive Green in Heraklion was also a good hotel . We weren't there for very long, but our stay was good! Read more

The Olive Green in Heraklion was also a good hotel . We weren't there for very long, but our stay was good!

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Stayed in October 2023
Karen
Karen W.
Chestnut Hill, MA | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2023
Excellent location, very comfortable, nice staff. Read more

Excellent location, very comfortable, nice staff.

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Stayed in September 2023
Eric
Eric L.
Cortlandt Manor, NY | Reviewed on Aug 20, 2023
Really nice room. Shower, toilet and sink were each located in a different part of the room so more than one person could be doing their thing without preventing a roommate to access the other things. Read more

Really nice room. Shower, toilet and sink were each located in a different part of the room so more than one person could be doing their thing without preventing a roommate to access the other things.

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Stayed in August 2023
David
David S.
Eatonton, GA | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023
Twin beds do not make a king bed. Good location and clean. Read more

Twin beds do not make a king bed. Good location and clean.

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Stayed in June 2023
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Ananth K.
Rockville, MD | Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023
Fabulous room, great location, helpful staff. Wonderfully located. We were able to walk around in town (less than 10 minutes from hotel) and get some shopping in besides the dining. 5-minute walk to restaurants and museums. This is a newer hotel and it had spacious rooms and a nice balcony. Btw - there is a laundry service about 2 minutes from the hotel - very efficient - drop off up to 5 kgs (11 lbs) of clothes for cleaning, and it is ready for pickup in 2-3 hours for 7 Euros. Read more

Fabulous room, great location, helpful staff. Wonderfully located. We were able to walk around in town (less than 10 minutes from hotel) and get some shopping in besides the dining. 5-minute walk to restaurants and museums. This is a newer hotel and it had spacious rooms and a nice balcony. Btw - there is a laundry service about 2 minutes from the hotel - very efficient - drop off up to 5 kgs (11 lbs) of clothes for cleaning, and it is ready for pickup in 2-3 hours for 7 Euros.

Authenticity & Character
The balconies were nice and big
Location
Walking distance to everything
Staff
The staff and people here were very kind and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was a newer hotel with spacious rooms
Stayed in April 2023
Lori
Lori H.
Miami, FL | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022
Very nice stay! Great location, staff and breakfast was delicious. Would stay again! Read more

Very nice stay! Great location, staff and breakfast was delicious. Would stay again!

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Stayed in September 2022
Cindy
Cindy S.
Erlanger, KY | Reviewed on Sep 02, 2022
Clean and close location to everything Read more

Clean and close location to everything

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In the middle of everything
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Stayed in August 2022
Anita
Anita M.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022
Only one night- in the heart of the action! Loved it! Read more

Only one night- in the heart of the action! Loved it!

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Stayed in August 2022
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Victor G.
Port Washington, NY | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022
A fine hotel. Nothing fancy, simply a nice room that appeared clean. Read more

A fine hotel. Nothing fancy, simply a nice room that appeared clean.

Authenticity & Character
Nothing needs to be improved but it's essentially a Days Inn version in Greece.
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were ok, bathroom clean.
Stayed in July 2022