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Doma Hotel
Ranked #27 of 114 Chania Town B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 August 2012

Small, nice hotel. Location is closed to centre of the city. (15 min by foot). Better to use car! It's the old building, old furniture, small rooms, bit it's very romantic))) there are 3-4 old ladies who is manage all services. I'll recommend this hotel to people who don't care about comfort, looking for some special places for appropriate budget!

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

We found this hotel when we were looking to re-locate from our room on the harbor where there was loud music and partying going on till dawn. After we looked at the room that was available for the next night we were escorted to the back garden, offered cool drinks and invited to stay as long as we liked. We had a choice of beautiful sea view or garden view. The sitting areas, breakfast room, etc. were loaded with antiques and old pictures that were interesting to see. Breakfast was big and varied with unobstructed view to the sea. All the staff were very kind and helpful. It was hard to leave.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Gary C
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

We spent two Weeks at the Doma Hotel in Chania (Xania, Hainia or several other spellings and pronounced high-n-ya).... We had only booked three nights but we immediately knew everything was so excellent about the hotel and location for day trips around Crete that we opted to stay. They were quite surprised as I suspect there are not throngs of Americans that actually stay in Hania and especially for two weeks! The hotel is owned by an extraordinary lady named Irini (Irene) who is 86 with the energies of one half her age. Volumes can be written about her as she has experienced so much. The hotel is charming comfortable, the staff beyond helpful human knowledgeable and reachable. They made our two weeks excellent and we found ourselves referring to it as going home after our daily adventures. The hotel has a wonderful / interesting history having at one time being a private residence, then occupied by the Germans, an embassy, then purchased by a Greek family who added a few floors, a roof top garden / luxury suite more more. Memorabilia everywhere and a dining / breakfast area overlooking the very blue Agenan Sea is complete icing on the cake.

At the Doma we met people from around the globe including Lisa & Aaron who became quick great compadres probably due to their being far more mature than we. It can only be explained that they are in their early / mid twenties and we are 70. Life is strange, the younger ones somehow seem to be much more seasoned than we non sophisticates. Anyway, they were traveling from Israel, She from Australia, He from Ohio. We truly enjoyed each other's company and they are doing a travel blog which can be linked to anyone interested. They are a tribute to the old Greek word, "chutzpah" which in some countries can require a month to pronounce.

Others at the hotel were Panyos, Anna, Spiridula, The older lady that made breakfast (constantly teaching and correcting our attempt to speak Greek) and the younger Romainian woman who filled in and was glib, bright, well educated. Someday that young lady will find herself and probably end up running a country.

The Doma is forever embedded in our very fond memories. It is "The Place"

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

In these days of creeping uniformity, it is a pleasure to find a hotel which reflects the style and character of the country you are visiting. If you like to find all the amenities and comforts of home when you go on holiday then the Doma is probably not for you, but if you like to feel that you have actually travelled to somewhere else, then you will love it. The owners and the staff were friendly, hospitable and informative with a cold drink on arrival, help with the bags and occasional surprises of fruit and wine in our room. We had several chats with one of the owners about the history of the building and the three generations of the family who owned the hotel, which were fascinating to anyone with an interest in how things used to be. When we asked at reception about the location of specific shops or restaurants, the time taken to drive to different places and the opening times of museums or sites, the staff were always helpful; telephoning to find out precise details for us if they didn't know themselves.

Our room and balcony overlooked the garden so we weren't bothered by road noise and woke each morning to a blast of bird song from the trees outside - neither of us being much of a gardener we didn't know what the shrunbs and flowering trees were but something smelt wonderful. The room wasn't over large but we only used it to sleep in and get changed; it was simply furnished and the beds were firm and comfortable. In my book, the absence of a shower curtain is a plus; there are few things worse than the clammy clutches of one on a wet body?

We are great walkers, so a walk of 15 minutes to the east port or 20 to the old town along the seadide was a bonus. If you like everything on your doorstep then the Doma may be a bit far out of town for you, but having heard the happy noise coming out of the bars and restaurants round the port on weekend nights, the quarter of an hour's separation seemed like a good idea to us.

No matter how many people and scooters and cars crowded the streets you never felt threatened by it and we were met everywhere by friendly people eager to help you. Ok, so a lot of them do make their living from the tourist industry, but they do it so well you never feel you are being 'had'. There are so many restaurants and tavernas at the ports and in the old town it would be hard to go down any street without finding a couple and we sought out ones which seemed to have at least some local people eating there. The food is fabulous - we stuffed ourselves at every meal even after we had promised ourselves that, this time, we weren't going to over-order, and if it wasn't for the walk home we may have laid on the pavement like over filled pillows until the morning.

In conclusion; if you like somewhere a bit different and value character over luxury, if you spend your holiday going out and about a lot and if you like to feel you have spent a little time feeling part of a different culture, the we would strongly recommend you stay at the Doma. We loved it and hope you do too.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

I don't know that we would stay here again. The traffic noise was considerable. It was a very long walk to the center of things in Chania...and very hard to find anything to eat around town but an interesting long walk nonetheless. We bumped into a charming farmers market we may have missed but if walking is an issue I'd stay more in the port area.

The folks were very very nice and it was a very interesting hotel with a lot of history. We had no difficulty parking. The breakfast was the typical one we found at other Greek hotels and very good. A little disappointed that the Easter bread on Easter morning did not have the traditional spices we are used to - Mastic and Mhelep. The room was perfect with a divided room, one full bed and one day bed.... with a view of the sea, a terrace (the only one) and the grounds around the house were very interesting. The beds were not great but typical of other hotels where we stayed. Service was very good. The breakfast room had a spectacular view of the sea.

Room Tip: The view rooms are very noisy from the traffic on the ocean road. Not sure if the noise improves wit...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two weeks in October as we were house hunting in the area and needed somewhere central. Having been delayed by our flight we didn't arrive until 12.30 in the morning. All credit to them that when we phoned to inform them that we would arrive way after their 11pm deadline they were courteous and explained that there would be no problem. We had difficulty finding the hotel and I had emailed previously to find out about parking so already knew about the street parking.
On being presented with our 'suite' I have to say I was very disappointed...and quite clearly they use pictures for their website of particular areas that will attract the eye (false advertising?) It was a very basic suite but reasonably comfortable non the less. It was clean and tidy and was kept so for the remainder of our stay. There were no facilities to make our own drinks in the suite and I may be fussy but if I have paid for a suite I do expect that I can make a coffee for myself at any time and not be charged extra for it. Consequently we had quite an additional charge to pay at the end of the stay which the owner wanted us to pay seperately in cash for rather than incorporated into our total bill, she became quite obviously disgruntled with us when we explained that we would be paying the full total for everything on our card. Hot water for the shower was a bit slow in coming but otherwise no complaints about the bathroom. Double bed was two singles pushed together and quite hard mattresses. Our window didn't close fully in the bedroom and when we had a night of rain I found myself being sprayed. We reported it the following morning but there was no repair made whilst we were there. The window to the front was facing the main road which was extremely noisy. I didn't mind the walk into town or the harbour but was quite fed up with having to go out every lunch time and/or evening to eat. There is a local Italian which the staff will phone for you and the food delivered.
The breakfast was plentiful and we had no complaints.
The Doma Hotel is a charming place with a lot of history that it's owner and staff are quite rightly proud of but a boutique hotel it isn't. It is shabby chic that could do with tidying up a bit without losing its individuality.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 124 Venizelou Str, Chania Town, Crete 731 33, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Chania Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #27 of 114 B&Bs / Inns in Chania Town
Price Range: £84 - £244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Doma Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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