Relive Crete’s love-in with the Venetians at Serenissima Boutique Hotel, which is set in a 16th-century Venetian townhouse – all arches, exposed brick and wooden beams. An 18th-century Ottoman hammam is currently being readied for modern guests; additional creature comforts come courtesy of the excellent restaurant and romantic rooms, painted in blush-pink and peach hues, with Chania Old Town views. This hotel is as deeply rooted in its location as the olive and lemon trees planted outside its bedrooms.
A bottle of sparkling wine, home-made chocolates, and a 10 per cent in the restaurant
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Make bedtime bespoke by picking from the pillow menu in each room. In-room massages and beauty treatments can be arranged, on request.
Mrs Smiths and/or cowboys, take note: Chania’s cobbled streets make heels a no-no. Go easy on the white tops and linen trousers, unless you’re keen to be mistaken for a member of staff.
Acknowledge the waters nearby with deck shoes, pearls and other nautical flourishes.
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Have a Venetian romance at Serenissima Boutique Hotel in Chania, which throws the Cretan-resort rulebook out the window. It’s not right by the beach (though it’s a close stroll away); instead it’s set in Chania Old Town’s tangle of cobbled streets. Like its location, the hotel is rich in history. Its 16th-century townhouse still bears the stamp of its Venetian occupants: arched windows, exposed brick, wooden beams, cobbles a-go-go. In keeping with the historic romance, rooms are painted in delicate, lovers’ hues: blush pink; pale peach; wistful greys. Not all of the hotel’s charms are ye olde, though. The restaurant is ambitious and modern, with abstract tasting menus called Sea and Earth (NB: the food is outstanding). Massages and beauty treatments can be arranged in rooms; there’s an 18th-century hammam that will soon reopen for 21st-century guests; the hotel is even adding a rooftop pool. At its heart, though, Serenissima Boutique Hotel’s lures are timeless – a generous dose of romance; a generous dose of serenity – and that’s exactly why we love it.
Skoufon 4, Chania, Crete, 73131
0.3 mi / 0.4 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Valet parking
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Internet services
- Room service
Open June–October, Serenissima’s restaurant is housed in a vast space styled with polished wooden floors, high ceilings and white-leather chairs clustered around long oak tables. Lunch isn’t served, but dinner comes courtesy of chef Iosif Petroff: expect ambitious, abstract creations and Mediterranean flavours. Pick from three set menus – Earth, Sea or Vegetarian – or play it safe with à la carte. Produce is sourced daily by the chef, who plunders local markets while you’re still snoozing. We’re still dreaming about the roast lamb with seasonal vegetables and just-picked tomatoes…
Sit out in the courtyard, or nab a table in the alleyway of the old harbour for maximum people-watching.
Breakfast is on offer until 10.30am; dine between 7.30pm and 11.30pm.
Serenissima offers breakfast in bed and dinner in your room from June until October (7.30am–10.30am; 7.30pm–11pm), with drinks on offer 11am–11pm. When the restaurant is closed, have breakfast in bed or order from the drinks-only menu.
There’s no bar as such, but guests can enjoy cocktails, drinks and wine tastings (on request) in the restaurant.
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