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 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.


  • Central location

  • Historic architecture

  • Romantic rooms

Smith extra

A bottle of sparkling wine, home-made chocolates, and a 10 per cent in the restaurant

In the know

Also need to know:

Make bedtime bespoke by picking from the pillow menu in each room. In-room massages and beauty treatments can be arranged, on request.

Packing tips:

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.

Dress code:

Acknowledge the waters nearby with deck shoes, pearls and other nautical flourishes.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this romantic hotel in Crete and unpacked their olive oil and honey-dipped pastries, a full account of their Greek break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Serenissima Boutique Hotel in Chania…

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. 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.

Accommodation details


Skoufon 4, Chania, Crete, 73131


0.3 mi / 0.4 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Valet parking
  • Internet services
  • Restaurant
  • Room service

Dining information


There’s no restaurant, but breakfast will still be served each morning.

Top Table:

Sit out in the courtyard, or nab a table in the alleyway of the old harbour for maximum people-watching.

Last Orders:

Breakfast is on offer until 10.30am.

Hotel Bar:

There’s no bar as such, but guests can enjoy cocktails, drinks and wine tastings (on request) in the restaurant.

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