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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


4.0 Very Good 93 Reviews
Must visit!
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very nice terrace right in front of the beach! Had a small snack in the afternoon and enjoyed so much that we came back in the night for an early drink! Try the Zombie cocktail, very fresh and tasteful!

A good base to visit Rethymnon, Crete
Reviewed 6 months ago

We spent three nights at Civitas Boutique Hotel. It is located near the old town harbour and the marina (ferry port) just by the sea. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is housed in an old historic building so the room – very clean – has a good space but the bathroom is a little bit small. In our room some furniture presented some wear, requiring some attention. Unfortunately it was not possible to enjoy the hotel breakfast because we had activities early in the morning and the service starts only at 08:30. However, very attentively, the hotel reception provided us with juices and sandwiches. The hotel has a nice restaurant with tables set out on the promenade in front, where we dined, with excellent dishes and impeccable service. The electrical outlet available are type “F”. High speed internet access (wifi) is available free of charge.

Boutique Hotel in a perfect position
Reviewed 6 months ago

Stayed for one night to explore Rethymno a little more.
Really cute Boutique hotel on the front with lots of nice cafes and restaurants in front.
Just a very short walk to the old centre of Rethymno.
Our room had the bedroom on a pretty mezzanine up a wrought iron staircase.
Such a comfy bed!!
Lovely but small bathroom with a jacuzzi bath.
The hotel is full of character and I felt like I was stepping back in time (but with all mod cons!)
Staff really helpful and friendly.

Super hotel!
Reviewed 7 months ago

The comfort suite is a nice room with enough space. The employees are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant for breakfast and dinner has plenty of opportunities. The location is perfect in the center of the town and near the marina and the beach.

Next time on the island i will return to the hotel.

Nice food & grear staff
Reviewed 7 months ago

Beautiful sea view with nice decor. Nuce menu & good food, especially yhe Verde & Greek salads. Staff are very friendly & attentive. After the mesl they brought out complimentary Ouzo & profiteroles that were really tasty
We went a second night because it was so good & we were delighted to have the very same great experience