Very Good 92 Reviews
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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 92 Reviews
A good base to visit Rethymnon, Crete
Reviewed 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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

Excellent hotel to combine beach and old town
Reviewed 7 months ago

The hotel is located on the boulevard of Rethymno, almost directly near the old town and about 500 metres from where the long line of beaches starts.
However, directly opposite to the hotel is a small beach on the harbour, which has no facilities, but is ideal for a quiet swim in the morning. Despite its location on the boulevard, Civitas is far enough from the night life of Rethymno and sound isolation proofed to be effective to guarantee a good night rest.
The Civitas Boutique hotel is housed in two old venetian style buildings and it offers 10 rooms. The larger rooms consist of two stories and have a balcony. The size is large enough, although the dimensions are a bit unusual: about 2.5 m wide and 10 m long. The bathroom is a bit small, has a whirlpool, but no shower. The lavatory is separate from the bathroom. Our room had a small kitchen, which we did not use, since there are plenty of restaurants in Rethymno and they are relatively cheap. The beds are excellent and both stories of our apartment had an effective air conditioning. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis with fresh towels. The breakfast is offered by the restaurant that is attached to the hotel. It is relatively easy simple, but the kitchen will be happy to prepare eggs or omelets without extra charge.
The service is extremely attentive and personal. The ladies at the front desk were always available for a friendly word and a good advice.
We stayed in Civitas for two weeks and can only say that we were truly content. It is the perfect hotel for a city trip to Rethymno or a longer vacation to Crete. Car rental is available on almost every corner. Value for money in Civitas is excellent. 10 out of 10 points!