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... Crete and I can now say we did an outstanding choice. The Room was amazing. Very personal and themed, unlike most "default"...
... of them are excellent company. We stayed in the Venetian room with terrace and private balcony which made the room...
... historic building that has been restored into a hotel. Each room is decorated differently each with its own individual...
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Psofus wrote a review Sep 2013
Athens, Attiki, Greece1 contribution2 helpful votes
Me and my Soulmate just wanted a cozy, peaceful place to relax and enjoy the Great Island of Crete and I can now say we did an outstanding choice.

The Room was amazing. Very personal and themed, unlike most "default" looking hotel rooms. Sweet and Cozy, just how we wanted.

Our hosts were more than willing to make us feel comfortable although we are not the talking kindda persons.

5/5 Highly recommended for couples!

John and Ntina. :)
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Date of stay: August 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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anne16h wrote a review Jul 2013
Macclesfield, United Kingdom5 contributions
Gianni and Sabrine made an enjoyable holiday unforgettable. Byzance is an amazing building but it is its current custodians who are to be praised for taking excellent care of us with custom breakfasts, amazing coffee, recommendations of places to visit and the loan of a map. The ancient bakery in the village provides the bread for breakfast and Gianni goes out of his way to ensure each breakfast is memorable. Sabrine has a wealth of knowledge about the area, the people, the customs, history and the pair of them are excellent company. We stayed in the Venetian room with terrace and private balcony which made the room cooler in the evening but took a look at each of the other rooms and recommend them as well. If you have the opportunity to visit Crete, put Byzance to the top of your list. The taverna in the square run by Maria for the last 30 years provides an easy place to enjoy the evening with good old fashioned Cretan fare. The white wine is better than the red!
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: there are only 3 bedrooms and I would recommend them all
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Peter B wrote a review Jun 2013
Long Island City, New York30 contributions19 helpful votes
This is a beautiful historic building that has been restored into a hotel. Each room is decorated differently each with its own individual character. There is a nice rooftop terrace that is very nice to relax on in the afternoon or evening. Everyone at the Byzance Hotel is very friendly and helpful. In the center of the village is a great and authentic taverna with no set menu but they'll cook you up something delicious--whatever is on for the day.
Nearby Rethymnon is a beautiful city with a great old quarter, fortress, and harbor. Many beaches are close by.
Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: June 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ryan wrote a review Jul 2012
Houston, Texas11 contributions6 helpful votes
If you're questioning whether to stay at Byzance: if you have a car, go for it. While Pigi at first glance is not the 'dream destination' (there are still unfinished buildings around the village), Kristen's welcome and the hotel has tons of charm. You can tell Kristen has put a lot of effort into the decoration and it shows. The room we had was comfortable (Venetian) and had its own terrace which was beautiful for having an early morning breakfast.

Having spent a couple days in Rethymno, I don't think there are more than 1 or 2 days worth of activities. If you're on limited time, far better to force yourself to go somewhere new everyday, which is something that staying in Pigi afforded us. Kristen recommended us 2 days of fantastic drives and activities (beaches, castles, monasteries, etc.). She is one of the best reasons to stay: incredibly hospitable, knowledgeable, and with recommendations that are spot on.

Otherwise, the breakfast is ample: normally tea, bread, muffins, cheese and tomatoes (with a little push she made us hot breakfast of delicious scrambled eggs). Everything else everyone else has said in the reviewsis true. If you're looking for 5 star amenities, you should probably stay elsewhere. Otherwise, I can highly recommend staying at Byzance.
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Date of stay: June 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 10 Jul 2012
Hello Ryan Thank you for the kind words and reviewing my place on tripadvisor! I know staying in a small Cretan village is very different to the beach resorts, but it is a great way to experience how the locals live day to day. I think the 'unfinished buildings' on the outskirts, are actually a couple of new houses and shops being built and should be finished shortly. Rethymno is a great place to explore the many wonderful sights of the area and 1 week is not enough to see them all, as you discovered! I am happy to hear you enjoyed the breakfasts, but you forgot to mention the Greek yoghurt, honey, fresh fruit and hot village bread straight from our 100 year old bakery. I do hope you had a wonderful time walking the Camino de Santiago, guess that officially makes you a pilgrim!
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AlexandrinaS wrote a review Sep 2011
Oslo, Norway15 contributions11 helpful votes
Staying outside Rethymno on our road trip in Crete was the best decision ever as we got to experience the quiet and authentic atmosphere of Pigi and Kristen's beautiful B&B. The village is just some 10 mins drive from Rethymno, and it's also a good place to explore the rest of the Central Crete from. Kristen can help with planning for daily trips and give good hints on nice beaches in the area. Rethymno itself is a very touristic city, busy and noisy, so we appreciated an opportunity to choose not to spend all our evenings there. Pigi is a tiny village, and its central square (located 15 meters from the entrance to the hotel) turns into part of a family run restaurant that serves the most amazing home-made dishes. We ended up having most of our dinners in Pigi!

The B&B is a lovely place, restored from ruins and decorated with traditional Cretan artifacts. Our room ("Asian") was big and cosy and had a private balcony. We did have some issues with hot water, and the TV didn't really have any channels, but those are small details that were completely dwarfed by the charisma of the place and hospitality of the owner. We would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone traveling in Crete - it's just delightful!
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Date of stay: August 2011Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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