We had a most enjoyable 11 night stay at Porto del Colombo at the start of May and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to stay in a hotel that has lots of history and character in the quietest part of Hania old town.
The location was perfect, within 30 seconds of the harbour front and no more than 3 or 4 minutes from a number of excellent restaurants (Portes, Tavern Strada, Tamam, Amphora, and others we didn't get round to trying). We were in one of the mezzanine rooms (number 9) on the very top floor. It was extremely comfortable, and of reasonable size for two, and despite being so high up (60 stairs to keep us fit!) the wi-fi worked perfectly and the shower was powerful. It also had terrific views, out to sea in one direction, and across the harbour and the town to the snow capped mountains in the other, the only drawback being the unusual positioning of the windows which meant the former could only be seen lying down, and the latter standing up! It all added to the charm of the place.
Every morning we really looked forward to our Porto del Colombo breakfast. As well as freshly squeezed orange and lovely fresh bread, there was always a variety of home made Cretan treats on offer which changed by the day. Always something interesting and unusual that we had not had before.
The service throughout was excellent, with Roula and her cheerful colleagues around to help if needed, but never intrusively. We decided not to hire a car but rely on the extensive bus service to get to most places we wanted to see (the bus station is less than 10 minutes walk away), but Roula arranged an excellent trip for us with George who does taxi driving for the hotel (but really should be a tour guide), to take us to various sites the busses don't get to.
Before booking, we suggest it's best to visit the hotel's website and then phone or e mail (Roula speaks good English) to find out which room will suit you best (not all are up 60 stairs!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel, an imposing, tall, 600 year old building, has gathered a rich history over the passing of the centuries. During the days of Turkish Rule, the building housed members of high ranking Turkish military who made many changes to the buildings architecture - even built a Hamam.In the garden and next to that, a room to secure their slaves (where you can still see the metallic rings nailed to the walls). In the beginning of the 19th Century, the building was used as a French embassy and later was inhabited by the great Greek political figure, Eleftherios Venizelos, who also used it as his political offices until his move to Athens, when he took power as Prime Minister of Greece. The Hotel has 10 beautiful rooms - the 2 of which are maisonettes - fully restored and traditionally decorated to provide our guests with an especially warm and welcome feeling. All rooms have modern conveniences (WC, telephone, TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning and Central Heating in winter) ensuring our guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Del Colombo Hotel Crete/Chania