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What We Love

  • Continental breakfast is included in the rate
  • Great location steps from the beach, a quick walk from Old Town and surrounded by restaurants and bars
  • The hotel’s glam style and boutique size
  • Regionally inspired dishes in the hotel’s compact restaurant
  • Rooms are more like small apartments, with separate living rooms and kitchens
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • The property opened in 2008; the hotel bar and restaurant will be closed until January 4, 2012
  • No on-site pool or spa
  • Breakfast can feel a little spare; don’t expect a feast
  • The hotel’s design, which leans heavily to the Baroque, will be too formal for some
  • Rooms can feel dark
  • Guests have access to a nearby spa and gym
  • Pets are not permitted


  •  Free WiFi
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The Review

Design hotels are generally a feature of fashionable Greek Islands like Mykonos and Santorini, but Crete — which is better known for its laid-back vibe, big resorts, beaches and unspoiled interior — is looking to take a page out of its more stylish neighbors’ book with Civitas Rethymnae.

In a renovated townhouse along the waterfront of the town of Rethymno, the eight-room property has style to spare, and the interiors borrow heavily from the Baroque school of design (perhaps a nod to Rethnymno’s past under Venetian rule).

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Beyond the guestrooms, it’s more of the same, with woven silk chairs in the lobby and dining room, and walls hung with gilded mirrors and wall sconces. The whole effect is heavy and will be a little too formal for some travelers. Breakfast is served in your room by cheery attendants, and the hotel does have a tiny restaurant with a limited menu of Cretan and Greek fare (the beef meatballs covered in a tomato sauce are delicious). Guests also have access to a nearby, fully-equipped fitness center and spa.

Civitas encourages guests to get out and explore Crete, and the staff is more than happy to provided insider suggestions for hidden beaches, hikes in the island’s interior, or must-visit attractions in Rethnmno’s Old Town, which is a just a quick stroll away. Of course, you can always head across the way to the lovely beach and settle down on the sand for an afternoon of lounging, or go high-roller with a yacht charter around the island.

How to Get There

Civitas Boutique Hotel
E Venizelou 20
Rethymnon, 741 00 Greece


Quirky and great location

We were in room 2. Very large with sleeping area up stairs. The bathroom (separate room with sink and toilet) are on the first level. If you get up several times a night it may be a problem. There is no traditional standing shower. The wash room had a jacuzzi tub with a hand sprayer. Nice and clean but really high to get into so be sure you are reasonably fit. The hostess was wonderful and very helpful. Easy walking to multiple shops and restaurants right near. The hotel restaurant is fabulous and right in front for breakfast and outdoor dining.
We arrived by rental car and there is no parking except for the Marina lot a few blocks away. Not a problem if you drop your bags then go park. We did not know this ahead of time so my husband waited in the car while I ran in and got instructions. Pay lot.

Some quirky things were even though the bathroom was on the first floor the clean towels were left upstairs on the bed.

Nice beaches down the street where you can rent chairs with table and umbrella.

Would stay here again.

Jewel of a hotel

We read the reviews before we came. This is a brilliant find. This small boutique hotel had everything we were looking for. Excellent friendly service, rooms kept beautifully clean and changed daily and breakfasts that lasted us the whole day. Nothing was too much for the staff. It was in an excellent location overlooking the beach and so close to the Old Town of Rethymnon. The meals in the restaurant are also high quality. There are such interesting places in this town, and a lovely beach if you like to sunbathe. Food generally in the old town is of a high quality and reasonable prices. The local wines are also worth tasting. We shall return next year. This hotel was outstanding!!!

Ok hotel

Decent stay. Cleanliness was ok. Building and ambiance are adequate. Bed was comfortable, facilities decent. Breakfast was served at the ground floor restaurant and was fine. I would rate it as average.