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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

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
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Overview

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

Reviews

Terrible value for money.
petross601

I booked a room to stay in Rethymno for a social occasion.
The hotel is dity and looks good, however I cannot consider it a boutique as its title defines.
The element which made me give one star is the value of money which is basically a rip off.

Great Boutique Hotel
Danni_Mack-1

Spent a week at this little Gem in June 2019. Great location to walking through the old town, to more restaurants than we had time to taste test, to the ferry for a Santorini day trip, morning walks along the boardwalk, and sunset views along the old stone wall at the base of the fortress.

Breakfast was included from 8:30-10:30 and offered a nice continental style buffet. More options were available if you were willing to purchase them.

Staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The unit itself was well equipped with what we needed.

Note - the street in front of the hotel closes down in the evenings around 7:30 and it becomes a pedestrian walkway. People wander and music is playing from the various bars and restaurants. It's a great atmosphere, unless you like to go to bed early. We chose the City view over the ocean view based on other reviewers' suggestions, and were extremely pleased with our choice.

Also note - many people smoke in Greece, in the middle of their meal and yours. It's hard to get away from. We would sit on the back terrace later in the afternoons to enjoy a book and a glass of wine in the shade. The terrace is a common guest area and a nice place to meet other travellers, but also a place where they can smoke. The rooms are non smoking and I'm happy to say there was absolutely no trace of smoke in our room.

We needed to do laundry part way through the week so checked with the front desk. They do have a company that charges 10 Euros to come and get 5 kg of laundry in the morning and bring it back at night. We didn't have that much, so decided to walk about 10 minutes to the laundromat and did our own laundry.

During our week we had a day to explore Rethymnon, old town and the ruins, a beach day, a day trip to Santorini (only on certain days so plan in advance), an excursion to Heraklion and Knossos, we rented a car and drove to the south coastal town of Plakias for a day, exploring the countryside along the way, and took the local transit into Chania to explore the downtown area.

All in all we had a fantastic vacation in Rethymnon, and I recommend Civitas Boutique Hotel as a great place to stay.

Total disappointment
bowskilljane

Most advertised services such as parking, laundry service, turn down etc simply unavailable.
Made to change rooms after one night.
Apartment poorly equipped.No light in bathroom, kitchenette had no plates/ cutlery / glasses
No reading lights
Smokers allowed everywhere
Massive breakfasts