Dreaming of having breakfast looking over the old Venetian harbour of Chania as the sun comes up, watching the birds circle the reflecting light on the sea with the mosque and harbour behind them?
Then this is your place, one of the best boutique hotels in the Old Town of Chania in Crete. A historic building, an exceptional seafront location, eight inviting rooms, a charming cafe and magnificent sea views.
Alcanea Boutique Hotel, a building dates from the Venetian period and was the office of the Greek revolutionary and statesman, Eleftherios Venizelos, for 24 years. It was fully restored during spring 2011 with great sensitivity to the preservation and conservation of the building's architectural heritage.
The enchanting complex of terraces and patios, the well-preserved hand-carved stone facades, the colourful ceramics, the elaborate woodwork and decorative elements all maintain a perfect balance between tradition and modern comforts. The style here is a tasteful blend of traditional and contemporary – with warm-coloured walls, rug-strewn floors and pictures from local artists.
Most of Alcanea’s carefully designed rooms look out over the port and can be noisy if you sleep with open windows, but there are several rooms on the backside that are quiet and some of these still have a great view over the sea and the Egyptian lighthouse.
The Alcanea Café & Wine Bar downstairs is a popular spot with guests and locals alike and the charming staff couldn’t be more attentive with fantastic recommendations for things to do, see and eat.
Why this name?
From ancient times, the city of Chania has been subject to numerousconquerors and the influences of many civilizations. All are evident in the city's architecture and monuments. In 828 AD, a seminal date in Cretan history, Chania and the whole island fell into the hands of Saracens from Cordoba in Spain, who razed the city to the ground. The Saracens are thought to be responsible for the change of the city name from Kydonia to Chania. According to the eminent archaeologist Nikolaos Platon, Chania had a suburb called "Alchania Kome", after the God Velchanos or 'Vulcan'. The Saracens applied the name "Al Chanea" to the whole city. After the Arabs left, the Byzantines removed the prefix "Al" and kept the word "Chanea", from which were derived the Greek Chania and Latin (La) Canea.
- Hotel Name: Alcanea Boutique Hotel - Chania
- Area: Chania, Chania Town
- Why Go: Elegant, Friendly Environment, Lovely View To The Old Harbour, Nightlife, Quality Of Service, Romantic, Shopping, Beautiful Terraces and Gardens
Why we like it
- The dedicated, multi-lingual staff is on hand around the clock to meet and anticipate guests every need.
- Staying in a historic hotel in the Venetian port of Chania is by always special, and maybe this is one of the rare hotels where there are beautiful rooms and you can have a sea & lighthouse view and not have the noise from the cafes and restaurants by the water.
- All guests feel instantly at home, while ensuring a sense of absolute privacy.
What to know
- Since each room is different, make sure you book the right one for you.
- You have to book early especially for high season.
- The old city is a pedestrial zone, that means that is very quite, and that the next parking place is 3 minutes walk.
|Hotel Information||Recommended For|
|Type:||Small Hotels & Inns||Architecture & style :|
|Rooms:||8||Cheap & Chic :|
|Pool:||No||Family hospitality :|
|Dining:||Cafe & Wine Bar||Marvelous view :|
|Children:||Welcome||Quality Of Service :|
|Closed:||November to March||Young Couples :|