I've never written a Trip Advisor review before (I blame post-holiday laziness!) but felt so compelled to recommend Casa Leone after our stay there that I had to!
I travelled to Crete with my boyfriend and stayed in Chania for three nights at the beginning of our trip - we knew we wanted to stay near the old venetian harbour area, but didn't quite realise just how good the location of Casa Leone was - the harbour itself is relatively small but the hotel itself is located at the west end of the harbour, which is ideal as there is a smaller amount of 'tourist traffic' outside, meaning it's a little quieter and perfect for panoramic views of the harbour that you wouldn't necessary have if you stayed in the middle of it.
We were greeted by a gentleman who didn't speak particularly great English - not a problem though - he showed us to our room no problem! - and were greeted with the most beautifully decorated room, in an old venetian style. Everything was spotless and the welcome pack with two bottles of wine was a lovely touch. We even had some towel art in the shape of a swan on our bed! The room has a small balcony overlooking the harbour, which we used most nights for a drink and people watching! It was really relaxing.
To address a couple of issues which some reviewers have mentioned, I would say the following:
- Most of the rooms are off the main reception area, which is also where breakfast is served. Whilst some reviewers have said there was noise coming from this main area, I personally didn't hear anything. The bedroom doors are large and heavy, and unless you are an exceptionally light sleeper, it won't be a problem. Also, as the hotel is a boutique hotel, there are never many guests there anyway, so there is never much noise being made at any one time!
- The bathrooms are a little small, but pristinely clean and for me was never a problem. The shower was powerful too, which is a huge plus.
Some particular highlights of Casa Leone:
- Antonia and her team were always so warm and friendly - be it in the morning at breakfast, when service always came with a smile, or the offer of carrying our suitcase down the steps at the end of our stay. They even gave us a parting gift of Cretan olive oil soap, which was really touching!
- Breakfast is delicious - it always included a pot of tea or coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh bread, fresh fruit, INCREDIBLE Greek yoghurt (!) and a Greek speciality, which changed each day (a Cretan cheese pie for example, or a selection of cheeses). All this whilst looking out over the stunning view of the harbour with the blue water twinkling in the morning sun.
- The hotel itself is so full of charm and character, whilst at the same time being so clean and fresh feeling. It was so wonderful to come back each day, when the bedroom had been freshly tidied and the bed made, to then be able to have a drink on the balcony and watch the world of the old harbour go by.
- One evening, my boyfriend and I fancied an iced coffee at the hotel, and given there's a sort of small bar area there, asked the lady in the hotel (I feel terrible as we didn't catch her name) if she would be able to serve one, which she did gladly. When we gave her the money to pay she looked shocked and insisted it was free of charge - it was a really generous touch. Whilst we were enjoying the coffee on the main balcony which is attached to the main dining/reception area, she brought over two bowls of ice cream for us too! We were hugely touched by this gesture.
- Antonia has a huge knowledge of everything about Crete, and helped us one morning to organise a trip to a national park in the south of the island, even insisting on printing out the ferry times to help us. She also called our car hire company with a query on our behalf.
At every stage the team at Casa Leone went the extra mile to help us settle in and enjoy our stay, not only at the hotel itself but in Crete in general. I was so touched by the many generous things they did to help us, and wouldn't hesitate in recommending the hotel to anyone who is planning a trip to Chania!
- 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