Odas Classic Suite - Arcus Luxury Suites & Villas

Argyroupoli, Rethymnon, Crete

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Odas (Loft) Classic Penthouse Suite can accommodate up to 3 persons, it is dived into living room area, kitchen, bathroom (Jacuzzi bathtub) and the double bed bedroom at the open loft.

Overview & Facilities

About Odas Classic Suite - Arcus Luxury Suites & Villas

Odas Classic Suite is featured as one of the Arcus Luxury Suites & Villas, and located just seven kilometers from Epsikopi, where you will find a beautiful beach. The area is also perfectly situated for excursions and day trips to Chania and to the city of Rethymnon. The Arcus collection of luxury Suites and Villas can be described as an area of old Venetian mansions and town houses set in stone and it dates back to the 14th century. The setting is located in the in the village of Argyroupolis, with the nearest city being Rethymnon.

Back in 1983 the area became officially listed and carries therefore a significant importance to Crete and its history. So much so, that the Ministry of Culture announced it as a «Preservable Archaeological Monument». By time the whole surrounding area has been in constant renovation and now you will find 5 beautiful Suites of high end quality, together with a shared pool for guests staying here throughout the year. All the properties have been carefully built in line with a traditional Cretan style and architecture.

The “Odas Classic Suite”, accommodates 3 guests and is as mentioned available for all seasons. Together with the other suites you will find individual decorated accommodations, all with modern comforts you would expect to find in a boutique hotel. The shared garden area of 400 square meters is provided with a shared pool, a wood oven, a BBQ area and a magnificent relaxation area.

 
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Facilities

 
  • Accommodates up to 3 guests in 57 square meters
  • Seven kilometers from the beautiful beach of Episkopi
  • Traditional style and architecture
  • Shared pool and large garden area
  • Large stone fireplace
  • Wooden floors and ceilings
  • Shared wood oven and BBQ in the common area
  • Ground floor: living room area, kitchen, WC, sitting area, dining area
  • Upper floor/loft: One bedroom (with double bed)
  • Private terrace with beautiful views
  • 42 inches flat screen TV with satellite receiver in the living room
  • DVD player and sound surround system
  • 32 inches TVs with satellite receivers and DVD players in the bedrooms
  • Direct phone line at the living room and voice messaging
  • Free Wi-Fi and LAN Internet connection
  • Safety deposit box
  • Kitchen: electric oven, dish washer, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, fryer, kitchen utensils
  • Bathroom: Jacuzzi bathtub, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers towels
  • Iron and ironing services (provided upon request)
  • Baby cots and/or extra bed (provided upon request)
  • Fully air conditioned (individually controlled)
 
 
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Location & Details

 

The village of Argyroupolis is located near the “borders” of Chania and Rethymno prefectures in Crete and situated 27 km from Rethymno city and 55 km from the historic city of Chania. A picturesque village, built on a majestic hill, surrounded with ruins of ancient Lappa. With its location being at an altitude of 280m, it provides a magical backdrop and views of true Crete. It was declared by the Ministry of Culture as «Preservable archaeological area» in 1983, and must be experienced to get a true sense of this place.

It’s believed that the region of Lappa gained full control of the area from north to south in the past, and it had its own harbors in the north and south of Crete. Nowadays the village will provide guests with important ruins, such as two Roman baths, basilicas and three statues of Venus, Jupiter and Bacchus. Considerable efforts have also been taken to restore the Venetian houses, which today are inhabited by private individuals.

Near Argyroupolis (1.5 km) you will find the springs from the Mouselas River, also known as “Argyroupolis Springs”. The area around the springs is very green with many added waterfalls. Here you can enjoy your meal or your coffee in the tranquility of local tavernas. The water streams from the cave, in which the chapel of “Holy Force” (Agia Dinami) was built. The springs of Argyroupolis actually provides enough water to cover the needs of the city of Rethymno.

Northwest of Argyroupolis, approximately one kilometer away, there are five cave tombs, were it is believed that the Five Holy Virgins (Thekla, Mariana, Ethane or Athena, Martha and Mary) were buried, and it is testified that they lived during the time of Roman Emperor Decius, around 250 AD. Above the ancient graves, with its holy water wells, a small church dedicated to Five Holy Virgins, is celebrated on Easter Tuesday.

History of the area

Name

Before the area got its current name, it was known with many different ones. The name “Polis” (meaning City) was mentioned in 1577 by Franco Barozzi and by Kastrofilakas. Chourmouzis also referred to the area by the name “Gaidouropoli” in 1842. The Byzantines also called it "Polis" and the Venetians used the same name as a legacy since they built their settlement on the ruins of the ancient great city "Lappa", where Argyroupolis is located. Today the area is called Argyroupolis which means the silver city named after the ancient mine.

Antiquity

Excavations brought to light many architectural relics of ancient Lappa. The oldest of them dates back to the Late Geometric period (900 – 700 B.C.), a time of startling innovation and transformation in the Greek society.

Extensive use of the land is confirmed in the Late Hellenistic (323 B.C. – 30 B.C.) and Early Roman periods. The best and proven on a larger scale evidence of the area’s cultural and economic prosperity comes from the late Roman period. The architectural remains of this period are truly impressive. Lappa, as calculated from the ruins of ancient settlements, had more than 10 000 inhabitants, whilst it was a great naval power. The community also had their own monies for payment. Several currencies have representations of sea species such as dolphins, tridents and more.
In the Lamaniana location, close to Argyroupolis a pagan rock tomb of the Greco-Roman era is carved. The villagers believed that the Five Holy Virgins, Thekla, Mariana, Ethane or Athena, Martha and Mary were buried here and in turn they built a rock near the small church, dedicated to the Five Virgins.

Byzantium

During the second Byzantine period the area was handed over to the Chortatsis family in a feud. However, after the failure of the revolution against the Venetians the area was given to Alexis Kallergis as a payback for his help to the Venetians in suppressing the revolution of the Chortatsis family. At that time the city had become a refuge and a base for the rebels.

Ottoman occupation

During the Ottoman occupation the village was known as "Gaidouropoli" or "Samaropoli". In 1822 the revolutionary committee named it "Argyroupolis". Due to its unique geographical position, the city played an important role in the revolutions of the 19th century. Many times the Cretan rebels denounced the Sultan here and voted for the union with Greece. In 1867 Argyroupolis was the capital city of the General Assembly of the Cretans, in 1878 the General Assembly voted for a union with Greece, eliminating the sovereignty of the sultan. Then the rebels destroyed the great foundations of the "Governors Palace", which was built by the Turks in Argyroupolis.

 

Odas (which means Loft in the Cretan dialect) Classic Penthouse Suite can accommodate up to 3 guests and compromises a living room area, kitchen, bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and a double bed bedroom with an open loft. The suite has its own private terrace overlooking the garden, the pool and the Cretan sea with Georgioupolis bay from the upper level. It also has access to the garden and the pool. The suite is 57 square meters in size with a further 30 square meters of terrace coverage.

Like the other living rooms, Odas is equipped with a 42 inch flat screen TV with satellite; DVD player and sound surround system. The bedroom is also equipped with a 32 inch TVs with satellite receiver and DVD player. A phone line in the living room with voice messaging service is also available for use. Free Wi-Fi and LAN Internet connectivity comes as standard together with a safety deposit box.

The kitchen is equipped with an electric oven, dish washer, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, and fryer. Here you will find all the kitchen accessories to cook yourself a delicious meal or prepare breakfast in the mornings to enjoy on the private terrace.

The bathroom is equipped with Jacuzzi bathtub, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers towels and various amenities.

Although there is an iron provided, ironing services can be provided upon request. Also, baby cots or an extra bed can be provided upon request.

The Odas Suite is like the sister properties, available for all year round stay and is fully air conditioned (individually controlled) and features a large stone fireplace for autumn and winter.

 
 

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