The key to what makes this pension so special is the owner, Eleutheria, who makes guests feel as if they are visiting in her own home. She knows a great deal about Chania, so guests know all the important sights. And her rooftop garden, filled with flowers and a shady bower for a quick snack, adds to the charm.
We stayed in a single room in an old Venetian building around the corner from the main space. The room was very spacious, with a lovely, white-curtained bed, a small kitchenette, a table and chairs, and an updated bathroom. There was a bottle of wine from the family's vineyard, a bottle of Eleutheria's grandfather's raki, a bottle of olive oil from the family presses--all for free. The fridge was filled with cold drinks--again, gratis. Each day the maid left a little treat: cookies, candy, a little paper boat with Greek flag and a goodbye note. The service couldn't have been more personal.
The location is fabulous--a block from the harbor with its many restaurants, famous mosque, and charming shops. Finding the hotel can be a challenge, so be sure to download the map before you arrive. It's impossible to drive to the hotel, as the streets are closed to traffic, and parking in the town can be maddening.
This pension is very small with a limited number of rooms, and all of the rooms require walking up stairs; the lovely roof garden is up about 5 flights of stairs. Our room was one flight up. Eleutheria helped us with the luggage, but if stairs cause you problems, then, sadly, this isn't the place for you. For those who don't mind a bit of a climb in order to stay in a charming, comfortable, hospitable place, this is definitely for you!
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Di Pietro Chania
- Palazzo Di Pietro Hotel Chania