Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection – Adults Only
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- Parking On Site
Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection – Adults Only is centrally located in Chania, walking distance from Agioi Apostoloi Beach and close to Golden Beach. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Firka Fortress and Maritime Museum of Crete.
Make yourself at home in one of the 83 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and plasma televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a television in a common area.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at the 2 coffee shops/cafés, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
This is a two year old hotel with 84 rooms and suites, built in two tiers over the sandy bay of Agii Apostolii. The architecture is, perhaps, a little stark (softened a little by some attractive landscaping), and there are some oddities about the designs, but I guess it's each to their own. The place was spotless, and the clever use of natural surfaces, finishes and materials in natural colours was impressive. I thought the reception area was the most impressive area in design, although I did feel that the lobby bar which doesn't lobby to anywhere was rather surplus to requirements.
There are two delightful pools, each of good size. One is a quiet zone, shielded from the music broadcast (played most of the time in varying degrees of sound level and irritation) over the main pool and the beach. The bars are found by the main pool and by the beachside restaurants. Bar service is provided to all areas including the beach.
The bay on which the hotel stands is reasonably attractive, and the hotel lies on the better end of it. The narrow strand of clean sand in front of the hotel leads into a very safe bathing area, where the shelf runs almost 50 metres before falling away.
The hotel has a reasonably good location in a fairly quiet area with minimal commercialisation. The bay lies some 4 kilometres from the centre of historic Chania. A taxi ride costs 8 euros, the bus from the car park at the bottom of the street 1.2 euros with a pre-purchased ticket from the minimarket at the corner.
We stayed a week from 16 May. Our check-in was enthusiastic, although I personally don't favour the process of sitting you down in the lobby - after a long journey, I'd rather that formalities were kept to a minimum, so I could just get to my room. The clientele was cosmopolitan and with a very mixed age profile.
We had our issues with some design features. For a quality hotel, the size of the bathroom in the standard rooms is much too small. There really isn't enough square footage to permit a wet-room shower arrangement without leading to major flooding if not carefully controlled. I would suggest that too much space has been allocated to the patio and plunge area (bit of a gimmick?), not enough to the bathroom. Space for placing toiletries, etc. is poor, as is the towel rail arrangement. The layout of the blocks leaves something of an issue in relation to privacy for ground floor rooms adjoining walkways -the architect's solution involves using a motorised shutter arrangement.
The food served at the hotel is excellent. Breakfast is amazingly varied, very attractively presented, with all the usual possibilities, plus healthy options and interesting and very tasty local specialities. Even the sausages are good! The egg station might be more efficient, but it's not a great issue. A good variety of snacks is available at the pool bar ("Raw Bar") during the day, whilst the restaurant ("Zeen") serves lunch and dinner menus of exceptional invention and creativity. The cuisine is international, and a good contrast to the somewhat heartier fare available in nearby restaurants and tavernas. We did use the restaurant right cross the street several times - it was very good indeed.
It's a cliché to say that the hotel staff were the best asset, but it is true. This team, under the visible management of the general manager and head chef, is young, energetic, enthusiastic and determined to learn. Nothing was too much trouble
for them. It was a real pleasure to experience such a degree of customer care. There was even a readiness to adjust the level and nature of the music when we found it too loud!
On balance, we were all in all pleased with our choice, albeit that the design features remarked upon above were an irritation. It's a very professionally run place, in an excellent location, and I might return for a bigger bathroom!
We had an excellent, relaxing 12 nights at Domes Noruz and are sorely tempted to revisit sooner rather than later! The team were outstanding - from the most senior guys (Kostas and Vasilis who both greeted us on arrival) to the various managers/hosts (Christos, Harris, Danaii) and the outstanding waiters (hi Timo and Alex) and housekeepers, Spa team, reception team etc etc. Having stayed at many 5 star hotels across the world, the DN service level was as good as the best.
We stayed in an Absolute Haven suite, which was right by the beach, with our own plunge pool and the most spectacular view - well worth the 5 star cost!
You'll take a couple of days to settle into the quirky design of the room (wash basins outside the toilets, bath outside on the balcony, rocking chair, spectacular features etc) but there's a style and atmosphere that grows on you.
We ate in the Zeen restaurant every night - food as good as any Michelin starred restaurant, cordon bleu, beautifully presented, nicely served, lovely tastes. There are only 3 elements which really matter in a restaurant/cafe/pub - Food (superb), Environment (spectacular) and Service (excellent), The holiday would have been worth it just for Zeen alone.
You can walk miles in either direction on the beach and/or the lovely side streets around the hotel so you get a feel for the area - and take a couple of trips into Chania itself, a beautiful town (try Salis restaurant for lunch).
The two pools and the Spa are also great, as is the DN beach area - all beautifully maintained, great service (as usual) and a delight to spend time at all of them.
Don't wait - go there ;))
This hotel is amazing! We loved having our own private plunge pool and private out door bathtub! All the staff were great, especially Christo, he was very attentive and helpful. The swimming pool was really warm and nice and the music played at the pool was very chill and relaxing. The room was a nice size, especially with the outside space. The location of the hotel is good, away from the busy old town Chania. The beach was ok, with nice chairs and umbrellas. The water was very clear and calm. Overall, a great stay, we would return!
If you decide to spend your next vacation at Domes Noruz Chania, I assure you, you won’t regret it. The architecture and impecable state of the resort, the spacious and beautiful rooms, the view...
We stayed in a Wellness Loft and highly recommend it.
The hospitality of the staff is fantastic! Special thanks to the manager and to our host Christos for always checking if we needed anything. We will miss bumping into you throughout the day.
You can choose to relax either at the quiet pool (no music), the more lively one or at the beach right in front of the hotel restaurant, where prices of food and drinks are very reasonable.
The food is amazing and so is the restaurant staff. Thanks Danai for your bubbly personality, Timo for your personal service and sweet character, Vasiliki for your daily smile, Alex for always making us laugh and Sotiria for being perfectly adorable and genuine. For all staff members we didn’t mention: you all made our stay unforgetable!
We recommend you to visit the old town of Chania. It will only take reception a few minutes to call you a taxi which will take you there in 10 minutes for about 10 euros.
But afterwards you will for sure be perfectly happy to return to this little piece of heaven!
DN is relatively new and therefore the design is quite exciting with some fun ideas. The swimming pools are great, with a quiet zone. Rooms are quite large and cosy. I would like to point out that despite many reviews referring to 'couples' you do not need to be married to enjoy the hotel - people are varied including friends, single people, young or older people etc. It is quite relaxed (the fact that there are no children - an idea I did not really like when I booked it ! - may be the price to pay to find a nice and peaceful place). The restaurant just above the beach is really nice. Again there is something really friendly and relaxed about it and the location is great with a lovely sunset and excellent food (chocolate textures recommended!). The beautiful town of Chania is 15 min driving distance and the blue waters of Elafonissi are 1.45 driving distance (with a number of abrupt turns) both highly recommended.
We also spent one night in a hotel in the centre of Chania but if I had to plan this again I would rather spend my all time in DN.