E.N. Story


Chania is one of the best and most popular destinations in Greece. From this alone, it is understandable that prices in hotels are quite high, resulting in quality and price many times not corresponding. The number of choices is big (500 accommodation sites), but if you want a quality stay you should not be sparing, as the average price for a descent double room is 90-130€ / night, during high season. If you choose to visit it in a season other than summer, then prices will be reduced by 20-70%. Prefer a hotel inside the city and not at nearby places like Platanias, Agia Marina etc., as –especially in the summer months- you will suffer from the traffic and gridlocks.

After a research, we decided on three notable hotels, which we present to you…

Samaria Hotel

The Samaria Hotel is located just outside the old town, at a distance of only 6 minutes from the old harbor. Its excellent location offers comfortable and fast transportation on foot, to the old town, the harbor and lots of other places. The feeling we experienced when we got to it was unique, as it is very organized and away from the models of the Greek hotels.

The Samaria Hotel is housed in a newly-renovated building with a charming exterior design, and functional indoor areas, which are spotless and decorated with taste and luxury. It has a conference room, a gym, an outdoor pool, a working area with internet access and a bar. The staff is very friendly, attentive and they make you feel great from the very first moment, offering a mix of Cretan hospitality and European organization. The hotel is an accessible luxury for everyone, as the price for one night ranges between 80 and 120€. Also, they provide the capability to leave your car in the parking lot, at a small cost.

Its rooms are quite spacious and clean, with modern décor –here as well- as a reference point. They have comfortable beds and soft, designer mattresses and pillows, which will allow you to rest for many hours. Cleanliness and amenities are at the highest possible level, while, in a room that always shines, you will find a big TV with satellite & subscription channels, a nespresso coffee maker, wooden floors, free wifi, a safe box, a blow-dryer, fridge with a safety lock (and key) and a comfortable working space. What impresses is its marble bathroom, which is pretty spacious, clean and has designer beauty products. Its last great advantage is the excellent sound-proofing that does not allow the intrusion of noise neither from the street, nor from the neighboring rooms. Finally, the only disadvantage is the lack of view..

For three nights we paid the amount of 425€, during super high season. The price includes the delicious breakfast which is another pleasant surprise, as both variety and flavors leave no-one dissatisfied. The hotel could be a 5-star (instead of 4) as it meets most of the requirements. The only thing missing is the spa facilities. For us, it is the best there is in the city and one of the best that we have ever visited…On a future visit, it will definitely be our first choice!   Highly Recommended (H)

Accommodation Score: 9.3
Cleanliness: 9.5
Staff Kindness-Service: 9
Quality of Life and Area Safety: 9.5
Room Quality: 9.5
Breakfast: 9.5
Value for Money: 9
Location: 9.5
Benefits: 9

Royal Sun Hotel

The Royal Sun Hotel is the best choice for accommodation outside of the city. With its quality-price ratio being at the highest level, the hotel offers what 70% of the visitors in Chania ask for…Affordable-Quality stay with plenty of benefits. It is 4km away from the old town, which makes transportation on foot impossible. For this reason, they have a transportation van which goes to the city and back regularly (every 30’). However, at night the only means of transportation available is the taxi.

The Royal Sun Hotel is built on a hill and offers a beautiful view of the city, as well as the Sea of Crete. It has a large and clean pool, a small-unorganized gym, a restaurant, a lounge bar, a patio and garden. All of the hotel’s areas are clean and the staff is willing to help you, showcasing the Cretan hospitality in the best possible way. The hotel also has free parking.

The rooms are divided in three categories (with no view, with view at the garden, with view at the sea). In all of them, wooden elements and modern décor prevail. The amenities of every room are satellite TV, blow-dryer, air conditioning, big balcony, safe box, beauty products, fridge and free wifi. The space is good in size and quite bright, unlike the bathroom, which is impractical, as you cannot even move inside the bathtub. Finally, it is worth mentioning that quiet is a great advantage of the Royal Sun Hotel, as it is located away from the bustling cobbled streets of the old town. Choose a room with a view at the sea to enjoy the magical sunset that dresses in color the city of Chania.

Its disadvantages are the lack of a pool bar, the irregular change of sheers and the tight-unclean bathroom of the rooms. It is recommended ONLY to those who have a car.

For one night we paid 70€ in super high season, with breakfast. The variety and tastes of the breakfast might not exactly be thrilling, but the view steps in to fill this void. The excellent quality/price ratio, as well as its magnificent view, establish it as a very good choice for accommodation in Chania. It will be high on our list on a future visit.. Recommended (R)

Accommodation Score: 8.1
Cleanliness: 8
Staff Kindness-Service: 8
Quality of Life and Area Safety: 7.5
Room Quality: 8
Breakfast: 7
Value for Money: 9.5
Location: 9
Benefits: 8


The Vilelmine Hotel is located in the heart of the old town in just a 2-minute distance from the harbor. The narrow cobbled street (Betolo Street) in front of the hotel hosts dozens of tourist shops and has a vivid Cretan –tourist- atmosphere, while the view of the narrow alleys and Mitropoleos Square will quickly get you in the city’s attitude. It is understandable that if you have a car, you should park it outside of the old town and get to the hotel on foot (8-10 minutes).

The hotel is housed in a restored villa of the 19th century, with its interior space being clean, and pleasant smells welling up from every corner. The listed building is well-maintained, dressed with colorful touches and a strong Venetian feel. And as for the owners, they always wear a smile on their faces, ready to help you in anything you need.

The rooms are high-ceilinged, spacious and bright, while they have a small balcony with a view of the narrow streets and the Mitropoleos Square. The things that make it special are the vintage wooden furniture and the overall decoration of the place that give off a Venetia scent, taken out of an aristocratic era. Cleanliness in the rooms could be better, while the amenities that you will find are a fridge (with free bottles of water), a kettle, a coffee maker, air conditioning, blow-dryer (upon demand), TV and wifi. The disadvantages include the noise that comes from the street and the impractical bathroom with the very limited shower space.

Its greatest advantages are the very good quality-price ratio and its location, and in the disadvantages, apart from the noise, are added the lack of an elevator and parking lot and the irregular change of sheets (only on demand).

For three nights we paid the amount of 228€, in super high season. Breakfast is NOT included in the price. It is a very affordable and good, in terms of quality, solution, and it is probably the best choice for accommodation in the old town. Good Choice (G)

Accommodation Score: 7.9

Cleanliness: 7
Staff Kindness-Service: 8
Quality of Life and Area Safety: 8.5
Room Quality: 6.5
Breakfast: –
Value for Money: 9
Location: 9.5
Benefits: 7

Scores, opinions and reviews about accommodations are completely subjective, but fully capture everything we saw and experienced without any preconception, affinity or distaste. Also, prices may vary depending on time period and demand.