Upon my arrival on Crete, I was able to experience one of the most stunning buildings in the heart of the old town of Chania. Part of the living memory of the Venetian period, the Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is simply one of the most fantastic experiences you can live in town.
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The Venetian History of Chania
The history of Chania, being the second most important city on Crete, is closely related to the past of the island. Years of foreign domination are clear though distinguishable traces in every corner of the territory. Yet, not all of them are wounds, though.
This rich Venetian past has left a stunning heritage, a terrific array of culture, architecture, and traditions.
The Venetian Republic, La Serenissima, ruled over the island from 1204 until 1699, when it was known as Regno di Candia. The cultural legacy of this domination is still very much visible in every city and Chania is no exception.
Walls, towers, monasteries, and magnificent palaces still stand and shine in full splendor, despite the years gone by.
The residence that today know as Domus Renier Boutique Hotel used to be the residence of one of the most prominent nobles families in town.
By the end of the 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 to still preserve their name up until today.
Domus Renier, a boutique hotel in Chania’s Venetian Port
Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is a living memory of the Cretan Renaissance. It’s located on the premises of one of the most impressive Venetian townhouses, in the heart of the old Chania.
Built at the beginning of the XV century, its entrance door represents a symbol of 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 a thoughtful work of restoration, every area retains the subtle flare of the Venetian years.
Everyone in the boutique hotel will look after details with care. A masterclass kitchen specializes in tasty home-made Cretan delicacies which you can taste in an elegant dining room or in a cozy patio.
For a bookworm like me, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Domus also has a library including 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 full comfort cuddled by the calming sound of the sea.
More Renier in Chania
It’s impossible not to dream about times long gone while strolling around the alleys nearby.
Enjoy a deeper sense of the period by visiting the little Chapel of the Panagia or Mary Renier, also belonging to the Renier family.
Both the hotel and the church remain two significant Venetian monuments in the old town of Chania.
To read the reviews and book a stay in this hotel, check this link.
You can read about other stunning boutique hotels in Chania in this guide to the most beautiful historic buildings of the old town.
Have you ever stayed in the old Venetian town of Chania?
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About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!