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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We enjoyed our week here. A quiet haven. Staff were very friendly and helpful, especially reception and the pool bar. Pool was large, clean and warm. Rooms were spotless - although not luxurious they had all you could want for a mid-range hotel including good air conditioning. Only disappointment was the breakfasts which were let down by not having fresh fruit juices. Would come again.
We booked Mrs Chryssana through Olympic holidays. The pictures and write up were amazing.
On arrival we were shown to our room by the receptionist, this is the first time in around 20 visits to Greece that we have had to take our own baggage to the room which wasn’t a problem for us as we were on the ground floor, but watching over the course of the week people struggling up the stairs was quite a shock.
The room was average size and more than adequate for our needs. The bathroom looked like it had been upgraded recently.
A magnificent sideways sea view for most rooms was advertised on the hotels write up but straining your neck and your eyes through the trees and over the pool is a bit poor and in my opinion is mis sold by both the hotel and various holiday firms. We booked a sea view and were very disappointed with the view we had of it.
The air conditioning unit in the room worked but not a lot of power from the fans and no directional as they were broken off, also it leaked water across the room leaving it very slippy everyday.
We booked B&B and we were disappointed with the selection on offer. There was a selection of cakes and cereals and melon, which was ok but the cooked side of breakfast was extremely poor. The toaster was only a household 2 slicer which took an age to toast bread.
We had lunch there on one occasion only, my wife ordered souvlakia with chips and the pork wasn’t cooked thoroughly neither was the pita bread.
The drinks in the mini bar were expensive €1.50 for 1.5ltr of water when you can nip to the shop and buy 6ltrs for €1.50 is a bit steep. This is also the first time we have had no kettle in the room for making tea/coffee, when we asked at reception we were told there is hot water available at the restaurant but your not supposed to take drinks or food away from there?
The hotel was kept very clean and tidy with daily room cleaning. The pool was beautiful and clean and also were the gardens. But the service at the poolside was at best below average with an age being taken for drink and food orders.
This is a good base for exploring this side of Crete. The area is amazing with turtles laying eggs on the shingle/stone beach in front of the hotel.
My review shall be accepted as improvement suggestions,not as criticise! We stayed here approx 2 weeks, so plenty of conclusions:
1. The bathroom- it's annoying to splash the whole bathroom when you take a shower. The shower space must be covered fully by the courtain!! If after shower I need to use the toilet,everything is wet all around! This is a huge minus.
2. The matress is very hard, I got back pain during my staying here. Please, add over smth more comfortable and softer!
3. Within balcony (you guys have plenty of space) I would have liked to have a small clothes drying rack to put my towels/swimsuits to dry,not hanging over the balcony! The hotel should consider this for the future!!
4. The hotel is located in a very isolated area, no entartaiment + tavernas + walking around; even the so-called beach is unpleasant, rocky, no set-up for sunbeds&umbrellas, a small bar etc. It looks very desolating and it's really bad cause it could be a very nice beach if smb will be interested enough to take care of it!
5. Definitely you need a car to move around! It's a pity to waste your vacation sitting at the pool - btw it is very nice and clean;
6. Meals-average, but okish.
7. Staff- they are nice and very helpful,everytime we asked for smth they were attentive and positive! Hotel is clean, bed linen & towels changed often.
You need to pay more attention to the bugs, to remove the spider webs in every corner of the room - as we stayed there no cleaning lady removed the webs! Mosquitos, all over the restaurant- it would be helpful to spray some insect powder...
Next to the hotel it is a resort, every night they had entertaiment programs - personally I would have enjoyed a local group to play live traditional music (not daily, but once and a while).
We love a quite atmosphere,but here is nothing much to do. We knew it is a small village, but the management should make tourists' staying more alive and evenings more appealing.
Personally, I would have scored 5 stars if the aforementioned minuses would have been in place! I have paid too much for a 3* hotel compared to other places. To be honest we expected more given the good reviews and looking-good pictures.
My advice is to get better every year and be open-minded, put tourists on the 1st place and give them reasons to spend more time and money here than other places!
All the best and hope to come back one day!