Crete Hotel Review: Domus Renier Boutique Hotel in Chania

Domus Renier Chania - Hotel Review

Upon my arrival in Crete, I was able to experience one of the most stunning buildings in the heart of the old town of Chania.

Part of Venetian period living memories, Chania’s Domus Renier is a first-class boutique Hotel delivering the most fantastic experiences you can have in town. Read this article to learn more!

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Domus Renier and Chania Town’s Venetian History

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Spectacular view from the Master Suite at Domus Renier Chania.

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I was a guest for afternoon tea at the Domus Renier Boutique Hotels, yet all opinions remain, as usual, my own and unbiased —a heartfelt thank you to all the management and staff for the care and service.

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Domus Renier Chania, the courtyard.

Chania is Crete’s second most important city, and its history is closely related to the island’s past. Years of foreign domination are evident through distinguishable traces in every corner of the territory. Yet, not all of them are wounds. The city boasts a rich Venetian past with a stunning heritage and a terrific array of culture, architecture, and traditions.

The Venetian Republic, La Serenissima, ruled over the island from 1204 until 1699, when Crete was known as Regno di Candia (Kingdom of Candia). The cultural legacy of this domination is still visible in every Cretan town, and Chania is no exception.

Walls, towers, monasteries, and magnificent palaces still stand and shine in full splendor despite the years gone by.

Who Were The Renieri?

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The residence that is today known as Domus Renier Boutique Hotel used to belong to one of the most prominent noble families in town.

By the end of Venetian rule, after succumbing to the Ottoman conquerors, only a few families still possessed titles of Venetian nobility. The Reniers (in Italian, I Renieri) remain the only ones to preserve their name.

Domus Renier, a Boutique Hotel in Chania’s Venetian Port

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The honeymoon suite has an impressive view of the Venetian port at Domus Renier Chania.

Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is a living memory of the Cretan Renaissance. It’s located in the heart of old Chania on the premises of one of the most impressive Venetian townhouses. Built at the beginning of the XV century, its entrance door symbolizes the Venetian legacy.

Once inside the entrance lounge, incredibly well-preserved frescoes from the period welcome you into an atmosphere of taste and relaxation.

A spectacular scene that balances the delicate style of the old times with the extreme comforts of the present. Thanks to thoughtful restoration work, every area retains the subtle flare of the Venetian years.

Boutique Details at the Domus Renier

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Everyone in the boutique hotel will care for details. A masterclass kitchen specializes in tasty homemade Cretan delicacies, which you can taste in an elegant dining room or a cozy patio.

For a bookworm like me, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Domus also has a library containing works of famous Cretan authors translated into English—a piece of jewelry for the soul, too!

Litsa and Aria, owners of this fantastic place, are always there to personally care for your needs. They will help organize your wedding or arrange a boat cruise.

They will also propose in-suite beauty treatments or even a class of local cuisine,  including a visit to the markets in town. A top detail? Try their pillow menu and sleep in all comfort, cuddled by the calming sound of the sea.

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More Renier in Chania

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It’s impossible not to dream about times long gone while walking on the alleys nearby.

Visit the little Chapel of the Panagia or Mary Renier, also belonging to the Renier family, to experience a more profound sense of the period.

The hotel and the church remain two significant Venetian monuments in the old town of Chania. This guide to the most beautiful historic buildings in the old town also includes other stunning boutique hotels in Chania.

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About me:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

11 thoughts on “Crete Hotel Review: Domus Renier Boutique Hotel in Chania

  1. marian3dv says:

    Have not visited Crete yet, but this hotel surely gives a feeling of the city vibe. Medieval and kind of exotic. Loved it!

    • Gabi - The Tiny Book Family Travel says:

      Well, Marianna, we are waiting for you on the island 🙂
      It is indeed a wonderful place, full of magic, well worth the visit. Thanks for passing by and leaving your comment. Kisses!

  2. Elena says:

    This hotel looks beautiful Gabi and the view from the honeymoon suite is amazing and the jacuzzi is so dreamy! Thanks for sharing, have to check it out next summer when in town.

    • Gabi - The Tiny Book Family Travel says:

      Thanks for leaving your comment Elena, I’d love to meet you for some coffee at their lobby 😉

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