Best Hotels in Chania: Accommodation Guide for All Budgets!

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If you’re planning a trip to Crete, one of the first things you’ll be looking into is accommodation. Chania is the second most important city on Crete as well as the capital of the westernmost region (also named Chania). The guide breaks down the best hotels in Chania into the budget, mid-range, and luxury categories. It includes places to stay in the Old Town of Chania and the modern city. Finally, there’s also a small section focusing on other popular areas and main attractions of the region to help you find the best place to stay in Chania.


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Best Hotels in Chania: Top Accommodations & Rental Homes to Stay during your Vacation in Crete

Best hotels in chania

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Chania, then you’re in the right spot. Here, I will guide you to discover the perfect spot for your holidays. Either in the old town or next to the top sandy beaches in the region (among the best beaches in Crete!).
In the old town, you will be able to visit the lighthouse and the Venetian harbor. Not far from there, you can check the new premises of the archaeological museum, which features findings and objects from the archaeological sites in the region as well as from the ancient Minoan Kydonia, the very, very old Chania.

A stay in Chania is also perfect if you want to hike the Samaria Gorge and any of the many other gorges in the White Mountains or have fun in one of Crete’s top water parks. Moreover, if you take a day trip to the southern coast, you will find enchanting small villages, panoramic sights, and isolated shores with crystal clear water.
The region of Chania is one of the best areas for a holiday in Crete and all of the Greek islands!

Best Places to Stay in Chania

Best hotels in chania

Despite being only the second region in importance on Crete, when it comes to holidays, Chania is one of the most popular places to stay on the island.
Chania is a great area to stay in Crete.
It has great beaches and is home to the White Mountains, ideal if you are into outdoor adventures. There’re are beautiful monasteries, archaeological sites, a picturesque old town, and a busy night scenario.
There are 7 municipalities in Chania:
– Chania
– Platanias
– Apokoronas
– Kissamos
– Sfakia
– Kantanos-Selino
– Gavdos

Highlights in the Region of Chania include…

– The old town and the Venetian Harbor
– Samaria Gorge
– Balos Beach and Lagoon
– Loutro fishing village
– Elafonisi Beach
– Falasarna Beach
– Therisso Gorge
– Paleochora
– Villages in Apokoronas
– Archaeological site of Ancient Aptera

Best Places to Stay in Chania – The Old Town

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The town of Chania is located on the north coast of Crete, facing the Cretan Sea. The old town is home to some of the best hotels on the island. Only in the center of town, the accommodation range in Chania is huge. It goes from convenient family rooms to exclusive boutique hotels in wonderful historic buildings from the Venetian times.

The old town is right next to the city center of modern Chania, making it a perfect place to stay to be within walking distance of shops, main attractions, and further entertainment.

But that is not all, it’s also possible to splurge in unique seaside resorts or even save some money renting a flat in town or sharing a bedroom in a city hostel. You can also find plenty of convenient deals and cheaper fees the earlier you book or the further away you get from the city center.

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Where to Stay in Chania on a Budget

If you have a somewhat limited budget, this does not mean you cannot have a great holiday in Crete. The island has long been known for being a very convenient destination and there are some wonderful places you can book without declaring bankruptcy!

And you don’t necessarily need to be staying in some remote location. There is accommodation for any pocket in every area of Chania, even in the heart of the Venetian district, a great location to live the best of the city, a short walk from the main town.
These are some of the best places to stay in Chania if you want to stay within a limit of €50-€60 per day.

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11 City Rooms

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(Courtesy: 11City Rooms).

11City Rooms is an ideal place to stay in Chania, offering comfortable accommodation just steps away from the seafront of the Old Venetian Harbor. This small hotel is at the heart of the historic quarter and it’s ideal for a couple.
Although small, it features a small balcony with a garden view, and every amenity you could think of to prepare your breakfast if you’re traveling on a budget. The place has very good reviews on Booking.com.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Anastasia Apartments

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(Courtesy: Anastasia Apartments).

Anastasia Apartments is in one of my favorite streets of the Venetian quarter, Theotokopoulou Street, one of the few wide alleys of the old town which marks its western boundaries.
The flats are just a stone’s throw away from the main landmarks in town, the best restaurants, and the souvenir shops. Hosts are super friendly, and always have a cool drink waiting at your arrival.
Known for its elegant atmosphere, the rooms are spacious, and the beds comfortable. Choosing the two-level apartment will make you feel as if you were at home.
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Cocoon City Hostel

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(Courtesy: Cocoon City Hostel).

One of Chania’s top-rated places to stay, Cocoon City Hostel is in the modern area of town. The hostel is just a few meters from the Central Bust Station which makes it ideal if you’re using the bus to come from the port or the airport. Among the different services, Cocoon also offers a shuttle service as well as bikes to rent, a comfortable and cheap way to navigate the city.
Accommodation options include rooms with a private bathroom, rooms with shared bathrooms, and mixed dorms with wardrobes. While some of the rooms have a balcony, all of them feature air conditioning.
The place is super modern, clean, and friendly, and it’s a favorite place to stay for backpackers and digital nomads. Every morning, a very good vegetarian breakfast is available for about €5. The price for a bed in a mixed dorm starts at about €25 per night!
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Hamam Suites Sifaka

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(Courtesy: Hamam Suites Sifaka).

This cozy city hotel is a restored 16th-century historic building in the heart of the small town of Chania. It’s a wonderful property with unique interior design details, and it’s located on a very romantic street, just around the corner from the port where there are plenty of choices for boat trips to the best beaches in the region. The hotel is also a short walking distance from the modern town and the public bus station, on Sifaka Street.
Hamam Suites Sifaka is centrally located, a few steps away from Chania’s last remaining synagogue, Etz Hayyim.
In the area, there are also many bars, restaurants, and shops just a few steps from the hotel. If they prefer, guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. The staff is super helpful and friendly.
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Porto Antico

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(Courtesy Porto Antico).

One of the best-located budget hotels in the old town is Porto Antico. And it’s an authentic deal. The rooms in this 17th-century mansion have been carefully decorated preserving some architectonic traits of the original house, such as the limestone walls and majestic traditional ceilings.
Some of the rooms have unforgettable sea views with the old port occupying the central stage. There’s also a common rooftop sitting area where to enjoy the city landscape as well. The rooms are super clean and comfortable while the staff is hospitable and helpful. You can opt to have breakfast every day for an extra fee.
There is a coffee machine in some of the rooms, a facility that I find an absolute must in any place I stay. Porto Antico is a great budget-friendly place to stay in Chania.
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Best Hotels in Chania for Mid-Range Accommodation

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There are some great places to stay in the old town and the modern city if your budget stretches a little bit more. These are some of my top hotel choices between €60 to €150 per night.
A higher budget availability offers more possibilities to choose from. Still, you should keep your eyes open since last-minute deals are not an oddity in Crete.

Kumba Hostel

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Anything you want… from budget to mid-range! (Courtesy: Kumba Hostel).

Another great place near the offbeat neighborhood of Koum Kapi, close to the Court of Chania, and quite close to the old town. Koumba Hostel is in a building that has been beautifully renovated in recent years. Guests of Kumba praise the clean rooms, the friendly atmosphere, and respect for privacy. Those are two things you don’t want to disregard when staying in a hostel.
The place is quite budget-friendly and a great asset for those renting a car is that parking in the area for free is not as hard as it can be in the center of Chania.
Beds start from around €20, but a whole suite all for yourself is about €70 (that’s why I’ve included it in the mid-range section, yet if you don’t mind sharing a room, Kumba can be quite convenient).
They also serve a very abundant breakfast for a small fee.
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Porto Veneziano Hotel

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Porto Veneziano is one of the hotel landmarks in the area known as Arsenali, the Dockyards of Chania, right on the waterfront, a great location, pedestrian and with top views of the lighthouse. And it’s a great pick if eco-minded travel is something you care for since they have a geothermal cooling system that is a hundred percent environmentally friendly. The hotel is also smoke-free.
A classic hotel in town, Porto Veneziano is close to the center of the old town and not far from the Turkish neighborhood either. A stay in the area will easily allow discovering the most bohemian corner of Chania.
Prices start at around €150 per night, quite convenient if you also consider that the fee includes a fantastic buffet breakfast of homemade Cretan delicacies.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

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Aoria Estate Old Port

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(Aoria Estate Old Port).

In the elegant Skoufon Street, Aoria Estate Old Port is another place to stay on the island offering allergy-free rooms (like this one). The rooms are bright and clean, full of light and air.
The decoration is simple and edgy, still maintaining some of the traditional architectonic traits of Chania’s old buildings, such as limestone walls and wooden ceilings.
Every room has a private lounging area, high-pressure showers, and super comfy beds as well. There is a rooftop terrace to admire the tower bells and minarets of Chania’s skyline. As usual in Crete, the staff is available and friendly!
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

The 48 Suites

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(Courtesy: The 48 Suites).

An absolute gem of a hotel The 48 Suites is in a fantastic location, Theotokopoulou Street. The position is ideal to walk along the alleys of the old town and discover the Venetian Harbor, and some great restaurants.
More of an aparthotel, there are just three luxury suites to choose from. These give guests a unique sense of privacy and a feel of being at home. The beds and showers are comfortable and new. Every room features essentials including a fridge, a coffee machine, and a kettle.

Best hotels in chania

I don’t think you’ll stay inside for long with everything there’s to see and do in Chania… Yet, some might be happy to know that Netflix is available too.
Another great advantage of the accommodation is that it’s conveniently close to Nea Chora Beach. There’s a public parking space right at the end of the road too.
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Hotel Off

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(Courtesy Hotel OFF).

Hotel OFF is one of my favorite mid-range boutique hotels in town so much so that I also tell the story of the building in this article. I love the fresh and lush atmosphere of the patio where it’s possible to sit and enjoy breakfast every morning. Or just for a refreshing drink after a walk around the old town.
The suites in Hotel OFF are beautifully decorated and have a minimal design. If you’re able to splurge more, go ahead and book the Exclusive Suite Hammam, you won’t regret a single bit of it!
Hotel OFF has earned quite a great reputation for its excellent breakfast, which is included in the room fee. The staff is knowledgeable and very attentive.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Top Boutique Hotels in Chania’s Old Town

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With a higher budget, you’ll be able to stay in one of the elegant boutique hotels in the old town of Chania. These places start from €160 per night. Even if the price range is a bit high for the media of prices in Crete, these hotels are usually fully booked, so don’t miss your chance if you find the available room you’re looking for!

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Domus Renier Boutique Hotel
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(Courtesy Domus Renier Boutique Hotel).

One of the most exclusive hotels in town is the unique Domus Renier, offering panoramic views facing the magnificent Venetian Harbor. After my first visit, I was crazy about the views and the style of the rooms and the decoration, so I wrote a whole review devoted only to this hotel which you can read here.
Some of the key features include elegant sitting lounges and a wonderful patio. Pies and other Cretan delicacies are freshly baked every morning for breakfast too.
The hotel couldn’t be in a more strategic location, dominating the whole waterfront, the Lighthouse, and the small but picturesque Küçük Hasan Mosque.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Casa Delfino Hotel Spa

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(Courtesy: Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa).

Another favorite of mine is Casa Delfino. Located in a traditional mansion that has become a landmark in town, the hotel excels for its elegant environment. Personal touches that make any stay a memorable one. The staff is knowledgeable and able to arrange any kind of excursion or day trip with extreme detail.
It has a remarkably beautiful patio to have breakfast every morning. The rooftop bar is an inviting area to enjoy a drink during sunset admiring the views of Chania as the sun goes down.
Casa Delfino also features a renowned spa which you can access for an extra fee.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Best hotels in chania

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La Maison Ottomane

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(Courtesy: La Maison Ottomane).

There are only three rooms in this unique accommodation in Old Town Chania. Oriental flavor for the decoration of the suites brings a subtle reminiscence of the Turkish memories of the city.
Another city hotel in the quiet area of Kastelli Hills, La Maison Ottomane is minutes away from the hustle, and still incredibly silent and peaceful.
Other than the excellent location, the elegant facilities, La Maison Ottomane has the best guest reviews in town.
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Luxury Villas in Chania

Are you more for the comfort of your place over a hotel, then check the following!

Estia

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(Courtesy: Estia).

Estia is a fantastic four-bedroom house in a gorgeous area of Chania, right in the heart of the Turkish quarter, Splantzia. The city beach of Koum Kapi is only meters away from the property.
This comfortable villa is ideal for family holidays or for a group of friends since it can host up to 9 people. There is a comfortable kitchen with every needed amenity and a beautiful lounging area. There are also a terrace and a patio with a barbecue and a fridge to keep your drinks cool!
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Best Places to Stay Near Chania

Nothing like the magic of the ancient harbor or the sunsets at the lighthouse for a romantic stay. However, some people argue that they rather stay close to the beach and how could I argue with that?

However, it’s good to remember that most roads in the old town are cobblestone alleys, usually pedestrian, and more often than not there are stairs involved. This can be an issue if you’re traveling with a lot of bags or have mobility problems. Unfortunately, only the most exclusive hotels will offer a luggage assistance service to their guests.

On another note, if you’re keener on exploring the beautiful beaches or the natural landscapes of the region, you should rent a car to move around. If this is your case, take advantage of convenient fees in hotels far from a central position.
Down here, I include only a few of my top-favorite hotels close to Chania’s different attractions. In each case, I will be able to point you in the right direction to find the best hotels in your area of interest if you get in touch by mail too.

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Agia Marina – The Theodore Boutique Hotel

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Our room… “Inspiration” (Courtesy of The Theodore Boutique Hotel).

The beautiful landscape of Agia Marina and Theodorou Island frames the luxury suites of The Theodore Boutique Hotel, definitely my favorite place in the area.

The rooms on the ground floor have an elegant patio with access to the private beach. There are just 7 boutique suites for you to choose from, each with a unique concept and elegant decoration. The staff and the service are nothing short of excellent while their cuisine is simply superb!

If you’re looking to stay in a comfortable and private place, tranquil and relaxing, perfect for young couples, where service is top-notch, and all your needs are catered to with excellence, then choose The Theodore for your next stay in Chania. Besides, the hotel is a stone’s throw from all the best things to do in Chania!
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Read my review of The Theodore Boutique Hotel here.

Agii Apostoli – Domes Noruz Autograph Collection
(Adults Only)

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(Courtesy: Domes Noruz)

The areas of Platanias, Kato Stalos, Agia Marina, and Agii Apostoli are Chania’s place of choice for all-inclusive resorts and nightlife. Indeed, some of the best hotel chains in the region are in this area.
When it comes to top accommodation in exclusive and beautiful suites, no other place beats the standards of Domes Noruz.
Upgrade your holiday style with lavish suites with a private outdoor pool and refined decorations.
Another exclusive feature? Haute Living, a world of exclusive pampering includes Domes’ Sublime Lofts and Haven Suites (Pure Haven, Ultimate Haven, and Absolute Haven), as they love to call them, an “ode to luxurious leisure”. This is the Domes’ way to offer unparalleled services and luxury amenities.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Theos Holidays Apartments

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(Courtesy: Theos Holidays Apartments)

Located only minutes from beaches such as Chryssi Akti, Kladissos Beach, and Yannis Beach, Theos Holidays Apartments is a great apartment to spend your vacation in Chania without being right in the center of the city. Besides, this is a top-rated property enjoying amazing reviews!
All the units in the condo can enjoy a seasonal outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a beautiful garden with palm trees while having a refreshing drink prepared at the on-site bar.
The rooms have been recently renovated and offer every comfort you need, including a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, particularly convenient for families traveling with children. For even more convenience, they also provide a coffee machine (a blessing!).
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Best Places to Stay in the Region of Chania

With so many stunning beaches to discover, the region of Chania is not short of places to stay. Although some people prefer in town and drive around daily to visit places such as Elafonisi, Balos, Paleochora, Loutro, or Falasarna, for many others, the more relaxed lifestyle that’s far from the city is all they want from a holiday in Crete.

That’s why they prefer to spend more days in less accessible places. If this is your case, I can only recommend you to rent a car and explore. This gives you real independence and freedom from schedules. No more bus routes or fixed timetables… In the end, you’re here on holiday, so you might as well fully relax.

You might want to check this guide for car rental on Crete and plan your itinerary with this road trip.

Elafonisi

GREECE - CRETE - CHANIA - ELAFONISI BEACH

This magnificent pink sand beach is about 70 km of Chania town, on the stunning south coast of Crete. It is a fantastic spot to enjoy a tranquil holiday. Although the beach is popular among tourists, many visitors are there just for the day.

They prefer to depart somewhat early in the day to avoid mountain roads. This lets you enjoy one of Crete’s most picturesque sunsets without crowds or chaos.

Elafonisi Resort Kalomirakis is located right at the entrance of the beach, where the paved road ends. Prices are fair and the bungalows are really cute, among olive groves, and lemon trees, and the views are super pretty.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

There are just a few places to stay in Elafonisi, this guide includes the best of them.

Falasarna (and Balos Beach)

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Another remote location to spend a pacific holiday is Falasarna (often spelled Falassarna too), on the west coast of Chania. The stunning bay is a great place for water sports while the village is small and rather quiet. There’s not much to do in the area, which I believe represents the best reason to stay a few days in Falasarna. What’s more, this area is perfect if you also plan to visit the unique Balos Beach where there’s no place to stay.

Villas Libra is a traditional complex in Falasarna that offers fully equipped units, each with a private pool and a hot tub. You can choose between a 2-bedroom and a 3-bedroom villa, all fitted with stone elements, a beamed ceiling, and a fireplace.
The villas also feature air conditioning and elegant decorations, opening to a balcony overlooking the sea and the mountain.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

There are just a few places to stay in the isolated Falasarna, this guide includes the best of them.

Loutro

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The spectacular fishing village of Loutro on the south coast is impossible to access by car, either you hike there or you sail. Yet, it’s so enchanting and unique that people often wish they could stay longer rather than go back to Chania on the same day.

From Loutro, it’s possible to take a taxi boat to move around, This is also the only way to check other incredible beaches of the region, such as Marmara, Illingas, or Glyka Nera. You can read about these places in this guide to the southern beaches of Crete. Check this link to find the best accommodation in Loutro.

Villa Niki is a little gem hidden behind the hotels on the waterfront in Loutro, it is a favorite place to stay in the village as it is in a quiet location, a short distance from the beach and the waterfront taverns. It has great views of the bay and the mountains.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

There are just a few places to stay in Loutro, in this Loutro Guide you can find the best of them.

Paleochora

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Another delicious village in the south of Crete is Paleochora, it’s a favorite among many tourists who visit every year for its somewhat hippie style and laid-back vibe.

The village is picturesque and full of life, while there are several beautiful beaches you can visit in Paleochora, some of them are among the favorite beaches of naturism fans. if you think you can give this part of Crete a try, check all the things to do in Paleochora.

Anma Villa is 1 km from Chalikia Beach, the villa features a beautiful private pool, a garden, and the comfort of a private parking area.
There are 2 bedrooms as well as a comfortable sofa bed, an equipped kitchen that includes a dishwasher and a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms.
There’s also a beautiful terrace. As a plus, there’s a paid airport shuttle for guests.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.


There are fantastic places to stay in Paleochora, check hotels and rental homes in Pealeochora here.

Georgioupolis

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I bet you’ve seen that famous picture of a small chapel that looks like floating on the sea! Of course, you have! If you’re willing to get a close-up view of the tiny Agios Nikolaos, such is the name of the church, staying in Georgioupolis can be a good idea. There’s much more to do in the area.

Not far from the village you can visit the wonderful Lake Kournas or explore the ancient settlement of Argyroupolis and its mountain springs.

Georgioupolis Beach Hotel is a 4-star beachfront hotel just a 1-minute walk from the beach in Georgioupolis, this hotel offers air-conditioned rooms that feature a balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea and the swimming pool. The rooms at the Georgioupolis Beach Hotel have a satellite TV, and mini-fridge while some units also have a kitchenette.
Click here for more information and the latest prices.

Read more about the attractions of the area in this West Crete article, which also includes countless other beaches in the region of Chania. To book a stay in Georgioupolis, check this link.

So, there you go, a list of the best hotels you can choose to spend a magnificent time in Chania. No matter whether it’s the old town, the city center, or the most remote villages the region is an awesome holiday destination.
And again, it doesn’t matter whether you choose a 5-star resort, a small boutique accommodation, or a family hotel, Chania is (according to me), the best place in Crete for an unforgettable vacation.

Have you decided where to stay in Chania?
Let me know in the comments below!

You might also want to read these other articles about Chania and Crete:
– Best Beaches on Akrotiri Peninsula, Crete – A guide with the best beaches in this small area but gorgeous in the Chania region.
– Unique Airbnbs in Paleochora for an Unforgettable Stay in South Crete– A guide to best vacation homes in Paleochora, south Chania.
– Where to Stay in Crete For Beaches: Best Places and Hotels in Each Region– A guide to the best regions and hotels to stay in Crete to enjoy the best beaches on the island.
– Bars in Chania, Pubs & Other Fun Venues For Your Nights Out in Crete! – A complete guide to the best bars, pubs, and night venues in Chania town and the surrounding area.
– Best Luxury Resorts in Crete – A complete list of 5 and 4-star resorts in every region of Crete.

LAST-MINUTE PLANS FOR CRETE?
Use Ferryhopper and Skyscanner for the best ticket rates.
Find great accommodation deals on Booking.com.
Compare car rental prices with Discover Cars.
– Check the best tours with GetYourGuide.
Visit Elafonisi, discover Balos Beach, hike Samaria, or explore Knossos.
 Pack the Lonely Planet Guide to Crete or get my digital guide to Chania.

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Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for The Tiny Book and her other blogs.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published three travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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  1. Sarah says:

    These all look so lovely but many are unavailable for my January 2022 travel dates, unfortunately. I’ve booked into Polixeny’s Suites. Have you any knowledge of them? Love your entire website by the way! It’s become my go to for planning at this stage!

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