Chryssana Beach Hotel
What We Love
- A simple, stylish stay near Chania, with breakfast and a welcome drink includedIndulging in a blissful spa treatment
- Exploring the nearby city of Chania, with its pretty Venetian harbor
- Dining on fresh Mediterranean fare at the hotel's restaurant
What To Know
- Nearby Platanias Village offers plenty of dining options
- Free onsite parking is available
- The outdoor pool is seasonal
- Free WiFi throughout
The modern Chryssana Beach Hotel is something of a hidden gem on the northern coast of Crete, just outside the historic city of Chania. Set in a flourishing garden, next to a secluded beach, this is a place to visit that much-coveted commodity: peace and quiet.
The hotel gives you the chance to set your own vacation pace. You could have long lazy days by the pool, indulge in a massage or head to the beach with a good book. If you’d prefer to get your pulse racing, try some watersports, go hiking, fishing or visit the Venetian harbor at Chania. The hotel restaurant serves traditional, fresh Mediterranean cuisine, and there’s also a bar serving drinks throughout the day.
Good to know
To get from the airport to the hotel and to make the most out of exploring the island, you might want to look into renting a car for your stay.
Spa treatments should be booked on arrival at the hotel.
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My wife and I spent 10 days here in late May. Spotlessly clean rooms - possibly the most thorough cleaning we've ever seen! The manager Sophia is knowledgeable and friendly, and runs the place very well. The pool area is lovely and the plants and flowers beautiful. A special thanks to Emmanuel who works reception later in the day and was always friendly and chatty, and to the guy (sorry, name forgotten) who runs the pool bar. Most guests - like us - seemed to have B and B - good selection but we learnt to avoid the 'hot' dishes most of which were luke warm. Plenty of alternatives for a full breakfast.
As other reviews have said, the beach is directly opposite and not special, being grey gravel and pebbles, but nice to look out over. Kolynmbari itself is a fairly quiet village, nowhere near as 'touristy' as places along the coast towards Chania, but with a dozen or so restaurants and a little harbour. A car is pretty well essential if you want to tour anywhere - we particularly enjoyed trips to Theriso gorge, Falassarna Beach (stunning) and a few miles inland to the villages around Vouves and to the Terra Creta olive oil factory.
You get what you pay for, this is a very small hotel with the lovely pool area. It has a very greek feel and yes it's not in a middle of a busy town, but it's not a problem as we hired a car. Staff were very nice and it felt very homely. Yes, bathrooms are not great and the bathtub super tiny. Perpahs this should be replaced with just showers, it will give it a better look for sure. Rooms are basic but great views. Sea nearby, not the best beach, but no people there, so we loved it. You have a lot of restaurants nearby (15min walk for us) we went there every night for dinner. There is also a very nice rock bar nearby too, which we loved. Parking at the hotel is easy to find and its located well for exploring the west side of the island, so close to the best beaches on the island. Once again, you get what you pay for and staff were great. They did charge us for a birthday cake, which I found strange as no other has done that in the past, but it must just be a hotel policy.
I stayed there for one week and found the hotel terrible.
Location: very far away, in the middle of nowhere. You take the bus from the airport to Chania, then take another bus to Kolymbari up to 'AB (alpha-vita) Supermarket'. Then turn right and go to the sea. You will see the hotel there next to a tavern and a filthy beach impossible to swim, pebbles only.
Clean swimming-pool, old sun beds, neat grounds however.
The room: The one I was given was on top of the kitchen and there was a lot of noise at daytime, especially in the afternoon. So I asked for another one. At night, plenty of insects at my door, I could hardly enter. Had to kill some of them that managed somehow to enter. (I asked for an insecticide, but they didn't have.) Balcony doors unsecured.
Meals: impossible to eat. (I had HB!) Terrible breakfast (mainly British) and narrow-choices' dinners.
There is a bar by the pool, but the waiter was not always there. I had to go and ask for his presence at the bar, and I was required not to do so anymore, because his boss would see he was not doing his job and could get fired because of me. Really, sir??
No animation of any kind.
The only fun was going on foot to Kolymbari (1,5 km away), and shop there in a big supermarket or buy souvenirs in the small shops there, unless you go to Chania or other localities far away, (Platanias) by a crowded bus and spend time there.
Another week in that area and I would have become a wild person. The Western Crete is not so developed like the eastern part of Crete (Herssonissos, for instance), it's a rather wild area.
Overall, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone, let alone to families. Children/teens will get bored very quickly in the hotel area.
P.S. There is a dentist in Kolymbari, in case you do go and have a dental problem.
This is an attractive hotel set in lovely well kept gardens a stones throw from the beach. The rooms are pretty basic with no facilities for making drinks and no hair dryer.
The air conditioning is a mystery so I'd hate to come here in the summer months!
The biggest disappointment is the food , breakfast is rather basic and certainly not like we've found in other hotels in Crete but it's ok.
However the evening meal choice is incredibly limited and goodness knows how a veggie would survive as little or no choice for them!
Starters are always salad which are pretty basic but ok but the main courses are a mish mash of strange combinations. Eg chicken in barbecue sauce sitting on a bed split peas. We also found it strange having our main course plonked ( yes plonked) on the table ( on a cold plate!!) before we had even finished our starter!
Consequently our meal was cold before we started it, most unpleasant.
Puddings sadly are an even bigger disappointment as again very limited choice e.g. Icecream or yoghurt.
There appears at this moment in time to be only one waiter having to meet the whole needs of everyone in the dining room therefore the service was erratic and painfully slow- we waited 20 minutes for our salad!
This hotel clearly has the potential to be so, so much better so I do hope management take note of the reviews as we've gone away very very disappointed and sadly would not return.
The only nice thing I can say about this place is that the pool and gardens are well kept. But this is a low 2 star hotel with horrible old fashioned bathroom with a tiny shower, uncomfortable beds where you can feel the springs and it is not on the beach, in spite of claiming to be a beach hotel! The beach is hideous, dirty dark pebbles absolutely NO sealife, the water tastes and smells strange (one wonders if there's a sewerage outlet nearby). We wanted to leave after the first night as it just felt so grotty. I cancelled the rest of our stay on booking.com and asked for a refund of what they'd taken out (half the 2nd night's stay) but the manager (who btw was never around when you needed to discuss such things) refused. When she did eventually turn up and we explained the situation, she said it wasn't possible to give us our money back. Well we've stayed in a couple of other hotels and they didn't have any trouble letting us go without a penalty. It was almost impossible to find the place even with our satnav as there are no signs off the main road and we in fact ended up at first at a new resort being built on the beach nearby. Although why anyone would want to stay in such a dump of an area, I have no idea! Words cannot describe how third world this all felt. And it is expensive for what you get! Go and stay at Golden Bay closer to Chania where the beaches are sandy and clean and you pay the same - or even lower price - but aren't in the middle of nowhere. Avoid this place at all costs!