After lots of search on the internet, my fiancee ended up with her final verdict i.e mama nena in crete and we booked for 10 days in august starting from the 20th. A quick glance at my trip advisor app on my i phone reassured me that it should be ok and here we go! The owners Matina,Eleni and Giorgos sounded very polite on the phone and the initial impression was confirmed upon arrival when we had 3 big smiles waiting for us.
The renovated building was impressive in every detail and our 3rd floor suite was just amazing . Massive windows allowed the sun and the deep blue of the sea front to become part of your room, top quality curtains and double glass windows isolated you instantly. The balcony on the back would let you become part of the inner old city of Chania if you wished.
The 3 siblings gave us the keys of the building and for 10 days I felt the proud owner of the best looking building in the old city of Chania :).The other suites were on the 2nd and 1st floor with everybody meeting at breakfast time. And by breakfast I mean all the local products and dishes that they were coming homemade by mama nena every morning in our plates. That was the time when the owners would chat with us , give us useful piece of info re siteseeing,restaurants, time management and inner informations. Their recommendations reflected their own high level of professionalism and excellent taste ,so we were never dissapointed. On the 7thday of our stay my fiancee' felt a bit sick and she couldn't come to breakfast. Eleni prepared a special local herb and breakfast for her to have it in bed. I was so moved by her interest and her kindness. Diana, the person in charge for cleaning would pop in the room on a daily basis in order to make the room when we were not there without putting any pressure on us whatsoever.
When we left , I felt that a part of mine has stayed in this charming hotel, it has charmed me as well. We felt that these people, Matina -Eleni-Diana-Giorgos have become our friends and we need to see them again as soon as possible. We left with a promise to come back . On the way home I was feeling so happy with my fiancee's choice that the proposal popped up easily ...and she said YES!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The MAMA NENA charming hotel is a small, family-run boutique hotel in the Old Town of Chania and is open all year round. The 15th century 4-storey family house, converted to a hotel 3 years ago, is set along the waterfront in the Venetian port of the town. The building has been fully restored with particular emphasis on quality and attention to detail.The modern and minimalist surroundings recapture the atmosphere of the town house at the beginning of the 20th century. It offers one double room and two two-room suites. Each room and suite has its own individual décor with an unobstructed view to the lighthouse and the sea. A fine balance between the old and the new provides maximum comfort and aesthetic appeal. Carefully restored furniture, fixtures and objects blend in harmony with the comforts of a modern guest residence. Intimate atmosphere and a big smile, style and charm, authenticity and high quality are some of the main characteristics a guest can find in MAMA NENA hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mama Nena Charming Hotel Crete/Chania