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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


The Perfect Place To Stay

Set in a perfect location just on the edge of the Old Town.
What a gem of a find, we had booked a standard room with sea view and this certainly didn't disappoint. The room was lovely and clean and layout was great, perfect for the two of us.
We were met with the warmest of greetings in the very early hours of the morning, the staff had waited for us to arrive as our flight had been delayed. On our first morning we met the wonderful ladies on Reception who talked us through everything we needed to know. Breakfast was a buffet layout of continental options, wonderful pastries and hot options on request, certainly enough to see you through the day. All of the staff at the hotel & the restaurant (see separate review) always greeted us with the warmest of smiles and welcomes, something that you don't always see in larger resort hotels. We felt completely at home during our week here and can only thank everyone for making our holiday perfect. We will definitely be staying here again, in our opinion this place takes a lot of beating. See you in 2020

Love this place for dinner/drinks.

Fantastic hours spent here. Outside bar/dining area is fantastic. Great menu ,fresh seafood and vegetarian options mixed with traditional meat dishes. Really good prices. The staff here are fantastic and would definitely recommend here, if only to experience the brilliant service. A must do if in the area.

Terrible value for money.

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.