“A gorgeous boutique B&B in the heart of Chania's charming old town, with views over the picturesque harbourfront”
There are just 2 suites and 1 double bedroom, one on each floor, all of them stylishly decked out with rich natural hues, contemporary fittings, designer touches and a dash of pop art. Gleaming wooden floorboards, exposed beams, curlicued iron railings and a scattering of vintage furniture point to the building's long history as a family home; eye-catching bulb-cluster lamps, liquorice-striped cabinets and sleek chrome bathroom fittings bring a refreshing modern twist. It's the very best in old-meets-new.
Each room has its own merits. On the first floor, opposite the breakfast room, Matina is the smallest and cheapest, but by no means the duff card. At 28 sq.m. (and 4m ceilings), it's still large and airy, with an olive green colour scheme and a very comfy queensize bed. French windows look out over Chania's horseshoe harbour and the restaurants which line it; one of these is next door, but excellent insulation keeps noise to a minimum. The ensuite bathroom has a wetroom and circular ceramic sink.
Next up is Argyri, named after their great grandmother, is a 2-room suite for 2-4. Its neutral stone-coloured bedroom (also queen) is on the quieter side of the house, facing the old town; the sitting room, with its squashy double sofabed and pretty apple green and mauve upholstered armchairs, looks over the harbour. But, again, with effective double glazing and A/C, you can shut out the noise if you have to.
Up on the top floor is ruby red Stella (a great aunt), another 2-room suite and our favourite, if it's available. The layout is cleverly reversed - harbour side bedroom, town side sitting room - to minimise any footfall below. Best of all, by way of compensation for having scaled 3 flights of stairs, you get a large private terrace facing inland towards the snow-clad peaks of the White Mountains. A round table and chairs for 4 mean that you could sit here with a cool drink from your mini-fridge or even a takeaway lunch (to avoid smells and fire risks, there are no in-room kitchenettes).
A homely communal breakfast is served in the gorgeous dove grey dining room, at a long table lit by 5 white-beaded pendant lamps. Expect a panoply of local delicacies, including savoury dakos (rusks drizzled with oil, feta and pulped tomato), fluffy sfakianes pites filled with crumbly cheese or fennel, tangy olives, 3 types of bread including whole grain barley, fresh orange juice, and an array of jams - maybe mandarin, quince, pear, fig or lemon, depending on the season - all made by Nena using fruit from their own farm outside Chania.
They don't serve any other meals, but that's no hardship with so many eateries on your doorstep. The better ones tend to be away from the harbour, and one of them - Tamam - is no more than 30m away on Zambeliou, its tables lining the narrow lane; so you can easily stumble home after the complimentary glasses of tsikoudia (grappa) which are inevitably plied upon you. For a taste of North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, walk 10 minutes east to Well of the Turk which gets rave reviews for its aubergine meatballs with baba ganoush, its orange and avocado salad, and its light-as-air cheesecake in particular. Take a map and go early, as it's hard to find, and yet surprisingly busy when you do.
A good option for families: 2 suites (Argyri and Stella) have an additional double sofabed in a separate sitting room, which can sleep 1-2 children. Kids aged 2-16 are charged a nominal fee to cover their breakfast and laundry; under 2's are free, with baby cots provided.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Family Rooms