INNSiDE by Meliá to open first Greek hotel in Crete

Melia Hotels International welcomes fifth family member in Greece

Image credit: Elounda Ilion

Meliá Hotels International is expanding its portfolio in Greece with the signing of a new franchise agreement under the label INNSiDE by Meliá in Elounda, Crete, signaling a new chapter in lifestyle travel within the country. This move introduces a fresh concept to Greek hospitality – a premium lifestyle brand geared towards the discerning tastes of the new generation of travellers.

The agreement not only marks the fifth Meliá hotel in Greece but also signifies the debut of INNSiDE by Meliá in the country. The agreement concerns the current Elounda Ilion, which will be renamed INNSiDE Crete Elounda. Set to open in May 2025, the INNSiDE Crete Elounda will be a fully renovated and rebranded 5-star hotel situated atop a hill with direct sea views in beautiful Elounda.

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Elounda, located on the northeastern coast of Crete, is celebrated for its picturesque landscapes, and rich historical significance. Overlooking the Gulf of Elounda and near the famous Spinalonga Island, Elounda is a blend of traditional Greek culture and upscale holiday experiences. Each INNSiDE by Meliá property within the collection embodies the essence of its destination, fostering a sense of community among like-minded travellers.

INNSiDE Crete Elounda will feature 85 rooms of modern luxury and an open living lounge. The brand offers an informal, creative, and spontaneous experience designed for a new generation of independent travellers with an adventurous spirit.

The INNSiDE Crete Elounda joins Meliá Hotels International’s growing portfolio in Greece in collaboration with Zeus Hotels, which includes Sol Marina Beach, Sol Cosmopolitan, and Affiliated by Meliá Blue Sea Beach. Additionally, Meliá Athens is part of the Spanish group portfolio.

Elounda Hotel

Lefteris Papakaliatis, CEO of Zeus Hotels, said, “This new project in Elounda reinforces our commitment to elevating Greek hospitality standards and providing exceptional experiences for our visitors.”​

Gabriel Escarrer, Chairman & CEO of Melia Hotels International, added: “This partnership allows us to combine Meliá Hotels International’s industry expertise with the unparalleled hospitality of Greece, strengthening our presence both in Greece and the broader Mediterranean region.”

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