Having worked in the luxury boutique hotel industry, you could say I tend to be a pain in the tush customer with very high expectations. Especially when staying at the most expensive place in town (or close) - Everything at the Alcanea during my recent six day trip to Chania in Crete pretty much guarantees I will be back there as often as possible and here's why.
This recently-renovated property has the best location on the harbor. Not much they can do about that - luck of the draw - but their proximity to the lighthouse and remoteness from the hub of action downstairs are plusses.
The inside of the place is spotless clean and feels "fresh" from the minute you walk in. I had room VI - the one with a private terrace overlooking the lighthouse and harbor entrance. Simply spectacular and very large. All amenities were there, including wi-fi thankfully (included in the rate). The only thing I would add is a coffee machine (breakfast starts at 8AM) and drinks/juices/booze in the minibars.
The staff are as nice as I've ever seen in Greece (had never been to Crete but travelled extensively to other parts of Greece in the past) and genuinely helpful. Thanks to Natasa for setting up a private boat trip for me by calling on some connections - that was very cool.
Everyone else was highly attentive, fluent in multiple languages, good looking, and very helpful. Huge plus if you ask me. Breakfast: is an experience to look forward to at Alcanea - Try the feta cheese omelette - tell em I sent ya!
At night the terrace/bar are opened until 2AM and well populated. Good experience there.
So to wrap up, if you have the budget and want to experience a genuine Cretan experience, this is the place to be. I hope to be back there before the end of the year. The place kinda grows "homey" on you after a while. They really DO try harder and it shows!
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- Also Known As:
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