Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Romantics will delight at Serenissima’s décor of open stonework, exposed brick and parquet flooring with blush pink and peach walls. This Chic Retreat in a 16th-century townhouse is nestled down a narrow, pretty side street in the middle of Chania Old Town’s tangle of cobbled lanes.
A veritable boutique bolthole, Serenissima has just 7 rooms and suites strewn over several storeys, as well as a delicately shaded courtyard, 18th-century hammam and sumptuous restaurant that blends traditional and contemporary cuisine.
It’s worth noting that the hotel restaurant only operates in the summer months (roughly mid-May to mid-October).
A breakfast of customary continental and Mediterranean bites is served in the pretty courtyard - Cretan pancakes with amarena cherries comes highly recommended - or opt to take breakfast in your room if preferred.
The delectable dinner menus, set or à la carte, are a Cretan fusion with other Mediterranean influences, expertly crafted from local market produce and handsomely presented. A broad selection of wines, both local and international, have been hand-picked to perfectly accompany a superbly refined meal.
Just 7 bedrooms and suites make up this designer dwelling. Serenissima provides the ultimate level of comfort, allowing you to choose from the pillow menu to guarantee your slumber is unsurpassed.
The most superior suite, with mezzanine bed area and rainfall shower includes a private terrace, perfect for taking in the views over the jumble of rooftops to the mountains.
Sitting right in the centre of Chania’s beating heart, Serenissima gives you unparalleled access to a multitude of dining options, drinking dens, lively markets trading local wares and delicacies, legendary landmarks and picturesque walks around the harbour.
While the hotel does not have a pool, its location means some of the finest beaches on the island are just a short drive away (the town's own beaches a little overcrowded for our liking). The hotel also organises sailing, snorkelling and diving expeditions from the town’s historic port.
The hotel’s on-site 18th-century hammam is the only one of its kind in all of Crete, and has been classified as an historical artefact by the Ministry of Culture. Soon to be opened to full use for hotel guests, the hammam currently serves as a point of interest to observe and learn about its history. In-room massages and beauty treatments are also available, on request.
How to get there
If arriving by ferry from Athens, the Port of Souda is a 17-minute drive from the hotel (7.2km).
It’s worth noting that Chania’s Old Town is pedestrianised but there is public car parking available around 400 metres from the hotel.
Chania Airport is a 23-minute drive from the hotel (14 km)
Heraklion Airport is a 2-hour drive from the hotel (145 km)