Casa Leone is a cute hotel that is located right on the harbor in Chania. It is a restored Venetian home, so it only has a few rooms-- I think 5. The main room (where a wonderful breakfast is served every morning) also includes a lovely balcony where guests can sit and watch the action in the bustling harbor area below. The room was comfortable, clean, and quite, and equipped with everything you need, including a little refrigerator and coffee/tea. In addition, we were given two bottles of local wine as a welcome gift upon arrival, which were much appreciated and very tasty. It was very pleasant to have a drink of wine and sit in the balcony area to recover from a day of touristing before heading out on the town for dinner.
The very best part of the experience was the excellent service we received from Maria and Antonia. They were superb, and I am not exaggerating when I say that Antonia in particular really made our vacation. Antonia helped us plan a trip to Samaria Gorge, which was one of our goals for the trip. She arranged everything for us so that it was really easy. Maria prepared a wonderful breakfast for us to have in our refrigerator so that we would have something to eat before heading out to meet our bus at 6:00 am. And, she also packed us a lunch-- which was over and above both what we paid for with the room and what we were expecting. This was a lifesaver as there are not amenities on the strenuous and long hike. The delicious sandwiches Maria provided us were just the thing to get us through. And she was there to help us find a restaurant when we returned. She was so friendly and wonderful.
We had purposely left a few days on our Crete part of our trip free to schedule according to what we learned or felt like doing. And boy, were we glad we did. Antonia helped guide us once we left Chania, recommending beaches to make sure to see and which were more touristy and could be skipped. She also set us up with what may have been the most special experience of our entire trip in a traditional settlement in the hills on the way to Elafonisi Beach. It was absolutely wonderful, and not something we ever would have discovered on our own. We are so grateful for the extra time, attention, and expert advice that Antonia gave us. Our trip simply would not have been the same without her.
By the time we left (and we only stayed two nights!) we felt like we were leaving old friends. Maria, who had the day off, had come by to say goodbye to us and a few other guests departing that day. That's what I call service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to "Casa Leone" Hotel in the heart of the Venetian port of Hania. The entrance to the hotel is from number 18 Theotokopoulou the first side street you meet. The building, erected 600 years ago, has been restored in order to regain its original Venetian look with impressive results. The romantic atmosphere which prevails everywhere transports you far back in time. The Casa Leone Hotel is available the whole year. The rooms, double, triple and suites, are comfortable and luxurious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Leone Hotel Chania Town
- Casa Leone Chania
- Casa Leone Boutique Hotel Crete/Chania