My husband and I went to Crete on our honeymoon, after doing much research about where to stay we concluded from reading a bunch of reviews that Chania would be the best place to go. We also choice Hotel Bozzali based on trip advisor reviews, it wasn't our first choice, our first choice was booked, but this place seemed like a great pick after reading the reviews about it. Boy did we make a BAD decision, this is when after spending a week in Greece having an excellent honeymoon that our trip went South and fast.
Our ferry from Santorini took us into Herkalion and the fastest best way to get from Herkalion (the capitol) to Chania is taxi, but what we didn't know was that the taxi ride is a 2 HOUR taxi ride which cost us 135 Euro without tip. We had no other option, this is your only choice. Our taxi driver gets into Chania, and after giving him the address and showing him a map of where the street is and 30 minutes of driving around and him asking other greek people where this street is we finally find the street. Then we can't find the number of the hotel. It's incredibly hard to find! And after driving around without finding it, we got out of the taxi and went to look for it by foot, dragging three huge suit cases along the way.
The outside is very cute and very quaint, I was impressed, but the second we were let inside (which you need to call someone to be let in because most the time no one is at the front desk-if'd you call it that, and hope that your cell phone works to call). Once inside I was not impressed, it quickly became a dark basement like, very minimal, very dark and drab. We were led to our room, which was very much the same. Minimal. Drab. Dark. And our room at two twin beds pushed together, but made as twin beds still. So there was no chance of me and my husband sleeping together or having a romantic night and wouldn't at all want to in the place we were at. The beds were gross and dirty. The bathroom however was clean, but the toilet broke almost immediately. I had been emailing with the hotel and made it very clear it was our honeymoon and there was a bottle of champagne in the room, but we never drank it. We went out and explored the city, which by the end of the day we'd seen everything that we were going to see, it was much of the same everywhere. VERY TOURISTY. VERY COMMERCIALIZED. The shopping felt like Tijuana mexico. No original craftmenship or art, like what we saw in Santorini. Food wasn't great. Very crowded everywhere. The local greek attitude was very different than in Athens and Santorini, we felt they were more hostile, they'd often talk about you behind your back in greek or under their breath.
When we got back to the hotel we actually forced to change our outgoing flight from Chania to Herkalion because Olympic Airlines cancelled our flights *thanks Olympic Airlines for the notice!!! (DO NOT EVER FLY OLYMPIC AIRLINES!) This was twice that Olympic Airlines did this and both time we switched to Aegean Airlines and had no problems. So this gave us even more incentive to get out of Bozzali and Chania. We found Blue Palace Resort online, which was in Elounda on the way other side of Crete, but we wanted so badly to get out we were actually looking forward to the 3 hour taxi ride.
We spent 1 very sleepless night in Bozzali, when we were planning on staying for 4 nights. Our bathroom was literally under the stairs and anyone that walked up the stairs it sounded like the room was going to collapse. The next morning I woke up with huge welts all over my body. I had been bitten by bed mites or some bug about 10 times, it was really nasty.
When I was 18-21 years old this place would have been a great bargain and nice place to stay. It's perfect for those younger kids back packing around that would like to stay up late and go out drinking and just need a place to crash. I'd only recommend this place to that type of crowd.
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- Also Known As:
- Bozzali Hotel Chania
- Bozzali Crete/Chania