One of the most wallet-friendly of the Greek islands, Crete tends to be cheaper than Mykonos or Santorini, with lower-priced hotel rooms and food (Crete grows more of its own than some of the smaller islands, which rely on imports). The 11 properties below are the top-ranked budget hotels in the Mediterranean destination.

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Elounda Heights (Adults only)

Elounda, Crete

This quaint (bordering on weathered) adult-only property sits high on a hill with panoramic views over Mirabello Bay. Run by a friendly couple, the hotel offers minimal amenities such as a small pool with plenty of loungers, a restaurant with local fare, and simple rooms. All rooms have kitchens, as well as balconies or terraces, but they are bare bones.


Kastro Beach Apartments

Malia, Crete

A basic, family-run apartment hotel built around a pool, the simple Kastro Beach Apartments is located an easy walk from Malia's main strip, close to the area's sandy beaches. Central location and affordable prices make the Kastro Beach Apartments a popular option with young couples looking for a relaxing, budget-friendly base close to Malia's bustling nightlife scene. Later in the season, the apartments are popular with older couples and families with older children who especially appreciate the kitchenettes in all rooms, and proximity to the beach and area sightseeing.

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Folia Apartments

Agia Marina, Crete

Set on a hilltop overlooking the sea, the three-pearl Folia is a budget-friendly, older resort located a 10-minute drive from Chania town and a 15-minute hike from the beach. Rooms are basic and dated, but come with balconies and kitchenettes. There's also a pool -- the resort's central feature -- as well as a poolside bar and a tavern serving local specialties. Rooms are accessed via steep, sometimes slippery steps and the property is less than ideal for travelers with mobility issues. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, but past guests have reported connectivity issues.  


Primavera Beach Studios & Apartments

Malia, Crete

The lower-middle-range Primavera Beach Studios & Apartments offers good value for money, a stone's throw from Malia's main drag and a sandy beach. Nearby bars and clubs draw a largely British crowd, and features here include a sports bar serving meals and a small outdoor pool that plays host to parties. The 27 studios and apartments are designed for guests traveling in groups, with mostly twin beds, kitchenettes, and outdoor spaces. They're basic though, and some amenities incur fees. While the young-adult presence finds the property ticks a lot of boxes, it's not suitable for families or older couples. Budget-conscious families should check out the Notos Hotel, which is quieter, albeit more remote.


Casa Veneta

Chania Town, Crete

This nine-room budget hotel is in a picturesque area of Chania with a lot to see and do nearby. The exterior has been renovated to maintain the charm and style of its history and the lobby has a comfortable, rustic style. Unfortunately, the TV lounge in the center of the lobby is the only common space available. Guest rooms are basic with kitchenettes and balconies, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. The highlight of a stay at Casa Veneta is the friendly and knowledgeable owners who go out of their way to ensure guests have a pleasant stay. For the price and location, this hotel can’t be beat.


Anastasia Hotel

Stalis, Crete

The modest, appealing three-pearl Anastasia Hotel stands out for its atmosphere more than its decor and services. Guests like the quiet vibe and consistently praise staff members for their friendly, helpful attitudes. Plus, there are sufficient features to keep families entertained, with two pools, a kids’ club, a playground, and mini-golf. The buffet restaurant serves a well-reviewed breakfast and dinner, and an a la carte lunch is available at the pool bar. All 91 rooms have simple and a bit dated decor, but they're clean and equipped with mini-fridges, rentable kettles and safes, and room for extra beds. The hotel is surrounded by farmland, so those interested in a livelier neighborhood should check out Latania Hotel, located off a busy road loaded with shops and near the beach. 


Camari Garden Hotel Apartments

Gerani, Crete

Budget leisure travelers looking for clean, basic accommodations may enjoy the 65 studio and one-bedroom apartment-style rooms at the Camari Garden Apartments. A two-pearl property, it's an ideal place for couples seeking an affordable home base for exploring the surrounding area. It doesn't have many luxuries, though the outdoor, mountaintop pool with views of the Cretan Sea is a popular place for guest gathering. An on-site restaurant serves excellent, local cuisine.


Rainbow Apartments

Stalis, Crete

The family-run Rainbow Apartments is a budget property a five-minute walk to the beach, as well as the town center with lots of restaurants. Simple offerings include a fun pool area with a slide and shallow section for kids, plus a playground. The pool bar has good, reasonably priced food for snacks and light meals, though breakfast is not included in the room rate. Guests rave about fun barbecue and Greek theme nights. All 41 apartment-style rooms have kitchenettes with mini-fridges and kettles, but use of air-conditioning and safes require fees. On the downside, room decor is basic and those facing the busy road can be noisy. For comparison, Horizon Beach Hotel may appeal to those looking for an on-the-beach experience. It is a bit pricier, but has two pools and includes a free breakfast. 


Aphrodite Beach Hotel

Latchi, Paphos District, Cyprus

The family-run Aphrodite Beach Hotel is a value beachfront property with 74 air-conditioned rooms, the vast majority of which cater to two guests (though there a couple of larger units with more beds for families). The hotel's biggest draw is its location right on pebbly Aphrodite Beach, which has some waves but is pretty good for swimming overall. There's no fitness center or pool, though one of the hotel's four conference rooms does have a spa-like vibe, with giant singing bowls, gongs, and a sectioned-off area for massages and treatments. There's also a restaurant with great spreads of Mediterranean buffet fare at all three meals. Half-board and all-inclusive rates are available. Those who want a pool should consider staying at the slightly snazzier Zening Resorts nearby. 


Bellos Hotel Apartments

Hersonissos, Crete

With 71 kitchen-equipped rooms, Bellos Hotel Apartments is a charming budget option within a 15-minute walk of Hersonissos beach. The hotel has two pool areas, one with water slides and a pool bar and the other with a snack bar. The property also has a tennis court and football area, but the facilities feel a bit rundown. Evening entertainment includes dancing and karaoke. Guests looking for a beach holiday may want to check out Anissa Beach Hotel, a similar property with a beach on-site, as well as several other additional amenities.


Giorgi’s Blue Apartments

Chania Town, Crete

A small, sea-view, family-friendly retreat set on a semi-private rocky bay, Giorgi's Blue Apartments is located a 15-minute drive from Chania’s harborfront cafes, restaurants, and nightlife. A peaceful waterfront location, spacious, simple apartment-style rooms with balconies, and a welcoming communal atmosphere that includes organized barbecues and activities all make the hotel a popular option with older couples, families, and anyone else look for a breezy, laid-back base within reach of Chania. There is a large pool, especially popular with families, but more adventurous guests make for the small bay, where stairs descend the cliff into the crystal clear sea below. Some guests, however, have complained about noise from the pool and planes above, as well as the lack of a full restaurant.