Myself and a girl friend of mine stayed with Christine at the Palazzo di Pietro from 25-29 November. We went to check on my house being built in one of the villages not far away.
Choosing a hotel in Chania was a bit of a risk because the tourist season has ended but to our surprise and delight Chania was still full of charm. And the same goes for the beautiful Palazzo di Pietro. Yes, you would be right in saying there isn't as many bars and restaurants open this time of year but you can still find a cosy little traditional hideaway to fill your evening and the locals are very welcoming.
The back streets of the old harbour light up at night and it still feels that there is a magic in the air.
The Palazzo was a perfect base for us. We travelled about during the day but after tired feet we were welcomed back like we were returning home. We stayed in a small apartment, a double bed with beautiful linen and drapes and a day bed which was just as cosy. We made ourselves bread and olive oil with the best tasting oil we have had - made by Christine's father from his own olive trees. We had everything we needed and sometimes all we needed was a bed to rest our tired limbs from all the climbing, walking and shopping (yes, the shops are still open in Winter!) and no pushing and shoving and this time of year all the beautiful handcrafted Christmas gifts are overflowing!
All in all, an absolutely delightful time of year to go to western Crete if you want the beauty of the secluded and deserted beaches (one day we sat on the beach at Preveli in shorts and t shirts and it was gloriously warm) and you also get to see all the locals in their villages harvesting their numberous crops of olives for pressing! - DELIGHTFUL.
5 stars to Christine and her family, would definitly return again - such a fabulously restored hotel, full of warmth and kindness. A bit of luxury amidst the weathered streets of Chania old town.
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- Also Known As:
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- Palazzo Di Pietro Hotel Chania
- Palazzo Di Pietro Crete/Chania