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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 76 Reviews
Very good location
Reviewed 3 months ago

Spent one night at the hotel. It is located in the old town just by the sea. The staff was friendly and the room clean.
Breakfast could have been better as the variety was rather poor.
Overall positive experience.

Dark hole. Staff only nice when you are saying all is perfect
Reviewed 8 months ago

Spent 4 nights without hot water in 13m (nearly 50 feet)long ,dark ,corridor called superior apartment. Smelly bath tube, bathroom 2 Sq meters. Advertised as 45 Sq meter luxury apartment. Managers did not give a... they have answer /excuse for everything (long practice I guess). You have been WARNED! Plenty of nice hotels around.

Weekend in Rethymno
Reviewed 9 months ago

Spent 3 nights in this hotel. Accommodation is very clean and place is well looked after. Decor is interesting not something I would choose for my home but that's the reason it's a boutique hotel. Only few negative points- room was very very dark and Windows are facing inside hallway/ staircase which means that there is no view whatsoever and also no direct sunlight coming in. No windows makes it a little claustrophobic and it's harder to wake up naturally in the morning. I believe other rooms facing sea and back road should be much brighter.
Breakfast was ok for the amount of rooms also times are very flexible.
Staff are brilliant and very helpful!
Location is perfect apart from parking. You can park near the port but a little pricy. It cost us 10.70€ to park overnight.
Overall we had a lovely experience.

What a find!
Reviewed 10 months ago

Despite there being some mix up with our booking we couldn't have been happier. The friendly helpful service just made it all work and with a price drop as well. Stunning hotel and awesome staff. We had two different rooms and both were great. Wouldn't bother with the view as its more fun on the beach or out eating and shopping.

In the heart of Rethymnon
Reviewed 10 months ago

We visited Rethymnon winter so the city was very calm and not too crowded as summer.
Nice room (suite with sea view) ,comfortable beds, friendly staff and very nice location.

Price is reasonable for the room.