“A wonderfully welcoming, family-run hotel with Eastern-chic décor, in the heart of Chania’s atmospheric Turkish quarter”
From the cool, dark lobby, a spiral staircase loops up to 8 capacious rooms - 4 with double beds and 4 with a double and a single - set square above each other over 2 floors.
Basted in tones of beige and chocolate and bathed in a gentle refracted light cast by individually designed mosaic glass lampshades, these high ceilinged quarters are decked with heavy window drapes and flower-sprigged cushions. Balinese-style four-posters or black leather double beds float in a sea of lacy voile at the centre of each of these cocoons.
Bathrooms are cramped but functional enough, with plenty of hot water (but no overhead shower head attachment), so if you like to wallow as you wash, choose # 13, which has a small bath.
If you hanker after peace, make sure you pick #13 or #14 giving onto the interior courtyard - these are also the best rooms if you like to pad straight from your room to breakfast without having to pass reception.
Parents with intrepid older kids will want to book #22 and #24, which have ladders leading to single bed mezzanine sleeperies tucked high up beneath the honey-toned wooden rafters.
Splanzia is owned by a local family, so the copious breakfast, served by son Nikos, is spiced up with mum's home-baked melomakarona (spiced honey biscuits) and kalitsounia (crispy filo pastry pies oozing with mithizra goats cheese). You can eat in the lobby when the weather’s bad, but the peaceful shaded courtyard is the best place in sunny weather. Bring a book and you can linger all morning, listening to mass chanted in the church next door and sipping excellent coffee.
There’s no restaurant in the hotel, but a plethora of eateries nearby means that you will be spoilt for dining choices. If you’re seeking something typical, duck out of the rear of the hotel and, in a cobbled square clustered around the minaret, half a dozen ouzeries serve a succulent selection of mezedes (tapas-style nibbles) with drinks.
For more ample nourishment check out The Well of the Turk, a historic building converted to an atmospheric restaurant, serving confit of lamb, cheescake with rosewater and other interesting takes on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialties. Down near the harbour, you’ll find plenty of buzzing tavernas.
Four of the rooms have a double and a single bed, and are fine for small families. Two of these have their single bed on a mezzanine level, so are great for those with older children (for younger kids these high-perched sleeperies are a definite no-no). Cramped bathrooms and lack of lay down space could be a problem for parents with young babies who require frequent nappy changes. Children are free if sharing their parents' bed.
Children (4-12 years)