Alcanea Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- A top-ranked boutique hotel in the charming Greek port city of Chania, with breakfastVibrant, colorful rooms with stunning views and sleek bathrooms
- Sunset cocktails at Alcanea Café & Wine Bar, overlooking Chania’s old port
- The perfect location, within walking distance of Chania’s top sights
What To Know
- The hotel is well-located right next to the Maritime Museum and Old Port
- There's no elevator and the stairs are rather steep, if you need help with luggage the staff can transport your bags
- Free WiFi
Right next to the beautiful harbor of ancient Chania, on the northwestern coast of Crete, the eight-room Alcanea Boutique Hotel draws rave reviews on TripAdvisor – where it won a Certificate of Excellence 2016 and ranks second out of 89 properties in the area. Evoking the authentic spirit of this ancient town, the hotel occupies a fully renovated 400-year-old Venetian building. Period details, like hand-carved stone facades, elaborate woodwork and an intricate network of terraces and patios, are sure to impress, while each unique guest room features a modern bathroom with a slate shower and an elegant stone wash basin.
You can start and end your day at the hotel’s cozy café and wine bar, which serves breakfast and traditional coffee, along with local Greek wines and other Cretan delicacies. Throughout the day, the intimate terrace offers sweeping views across Chania’s old port, providing a lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by. Outdoor activities, like hiking and beachfront lounging aren’t hard to find here, while the heart of Chania itself is within easy walking distance – close enough to be convenient, but just far enough to ensure peace and quiet back at your abode.
Each of the hotel’s eight guest rooms is unique, though all have some sort of sea view, as well as lovely, modern bathrooms. The rooms feature bright beige or terra-cotta walls and eclectic furnishings. The Superior Double rooms each offer a king-sized bed, while the cozy Standard has a queen-sized bed and stunning views of the historic Firkas Fortress. Every room is equipped with Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock.
Amenities- Tea and coffee facilities- Flat-screen TV- Safe- Hair dryer- Natural bath products- Wi-Fi access- Bathrobes- Slippers
You can start each day with breakfast at the on-site café, where you’ll enjoy views over the harbor. Organic Cretan products, like local fruit, herbs and yogurt make for a memorable, healthy start to the day. You can also dine on Cretan specialties here for lunch and dinner, or simply stroll to one of the nearby tavernas or restaurants for which Chania is famed.
From its perch overlooking Chania’s historic port and lighthouse, this hotel is a short walk from top sights, like the Nautical Museum and the Archaeological Museum, as well as countless restaurants and tavernas and the city’s best shopping. Many of Crete’s most gorgeous beaches, including Elafonissi, Balos and Phalasarna, are no more than a 90-minute drive away.
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Review of Alcanea Boutique Hotel
My husband and I visited Chania mid October for our second time. We first stayed at Alcanea the first time 4 years ago and I was surprised to learn that the staff remembered us. Eva and Anita welcomed us with open arms and the warmest hospitality one can offer. This is a truly special hotel, with the prime location and historic charm. The included breakfast is delicious and it is served on the adorable patio over looking the old Venetian Harbor. We can't recommend this place highly enough as it has offered an incredible experience overall, especially the hospitality! Thank you Eva and Anita for being sweet, beautiful souls and helping make our vacation unforgettable. We hope to see you in less than 4 years this time! -Kim & Chad
To be honest, we got nothing to add to the already expressed superlatives that I've read here. This hotel really is overwhelming, not only by the comfort, atmosphere, art, food, and the perfect location, but also cause of the heartwarming staff that we've met there (Hi, Eleni and Eva!). It felt like being over at a friend's house. A very rich friend, that is! ;-) our honeymoon couldn't be more perfect. Thanks so much for this exceptionnel experience. We will be back! (also to see Philly, of course). See you soon girls!
This was the first stop on our honeymoon and we couldn't have fallen more in love with Chania here! We had the best room with extremely tall ceilings, french doors leading on to a balcony overlooking the harbor. The location of the hotel is just perfect. You have incredible views of the harbor, indoor/outdoor seating at their cafe downstairs, and you have immediate access to all the walkable streets that make Chania so charming.
But we can't stress enough how incredible the staff is here! Eleni and Eva were SO cheerful and happy to help us plan our trip in the months leading up to our honeymoon. They responded with such enthusiasm and were willing to coordinate whatever activities we wanted to do during our stay. It only got better once we arrived. We were greeted with big hugs and a map showing all their favorite places to eat and spots on the island to visit.
We actually arrived during a very rare large storm in Greece and so our first couple of days were stormy and cold. Eleni and Eva made sure we had hot drinks in the cafe, a walking tour complete with umbrellas, and recommendations for all our meals. They even made sure we came down each morning to enjoy their complimentary breakfast.
But the most incredible part is that I became sick during our stay and unfortunately was not able to get out of bed for two whole days. My food was brought up to my room, Eleni coordinated for me to receive medication in town, and they even went out to the market to purchase rice to make me with a little bit of lemon (like her mother used to make). I felt so taken care of and really it wasn't all that bad staying in our big room with a gorgeous view of the harbor!
We couldn't recommend this hotel enough and we will most definitely be returning with our families. Thank you so much!!!
Charming, historic boutique hotel in an ideal location, with great views of the lighthouse and port. Over the top delicious breakfast with our favorite Cretan specialties, fennel pie and bougatsa. But the best part of our hotel experience was the amazing staff: Eva, Helen, George, & Elafarea were all so friendly, helpful, and genuine...we felt like family! They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was truly memorable. Nothing was too much trouble...a special bed cushion, a bougatsa to go, prosecco for my birthday, and so much time spent planning our outings and sharing our Chania adventures - with warmth and humor! Thank you so much...we will treasure this lovely experience!
Our first stop in Greece was in Chania, Crete at the Alcanea Boutique Hotel. Our flight arrived late and we did not get to the hotel until midnight. Even so, Helen was waiting outside the hotel to warmly greet us as we arrived and took care of all our needs. Throughout our stay, Helen and the staff made my wife and I feel like we were the only guests staying there.
This hotel exudes history and charm. Our room was very large with two large windows and French doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the port. The view was so picturesque that is almost did not seem real. We had complimentary raki in the room which you will get to know very well if you spend any time in Crete. Also, the mini fridge had ample bottled water. The bed was very comfortable.
Breakfast was served on a terrace also overlooking the port. There was ample selection - eggs served however we wanted; cheese plates; delicious yogurt with numerous topping options; traditional greek breakfast dishes; bacon; fruit; etc. It was very good.
Somehow, they cleaned up our room while we were having breakfast and it was always spotless.
The hotel is located in my opinion in the best location in Old Town. Evenings on the balcony were especially wonderful. However, be aware that Greeks eat a late dinner and stay up late. Given its location on the port, we were able to hear music, laughter and conversation well into the morning. It didn't bother me but there were a couple of nights where it took a while for my wife to go to sleep. Even so, all in all, what an enjoyable introduction to Crete we had in our stay here.