Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa
Hotel in City of Chania
9.3
Excellent
From $171
From $171
Historic Hotel
Originally a 17th century mansion, Casa Delfino was owned by Giovanni Delfino, a knight and ship-owner from Marseille since the middle of the 19th century. It was used as a family house until World War II, when it suffered great damages and was abandoned. In 1986, the 5th generation of the Delfino family started renovating the house in order to turn it into a charming hotel, while also maintaining its original historic character.
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Summary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryCasa Delfino Hotel & Spa is a beautiful boutique property situated in the heart of the old Venetian town in Chania. The hotel was built in the 17th century and boasts a rich history that transports you back to the Venetian era. The location is perfect for exploring the culture, architecture and food of the city. The historical atmosphere of the hotel is truly unique with buckets of character and charm. The building itself is well-maintained and guests appreciate the convenient location near the port. Many reviewers rave about the beauty of this historic hotel, describing it as a bubble of freshness in a historical setting. For a stay in a pretty Venetian building full of history and character, Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to stay.
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Year erected: 17TH CENTURY
What is the history of the property?
The history of Casa Delfino is a story of romance, adventure, and extraordinary twists of fate. The tale begins in 1835 with Giovanni Delfino, a knight and ship-owner from Marseille, who made his fortune transporting goods across the Mediterranean.

On one fateful trip bound for Syria, a storm cast Delfino aground at the Castle of Gramvousa on Crete. He sought refuge in the Capuchin monastery. Delfino managed to salvage his precious cargo of cod, which he sold to the locals at a handsome profit. Quick to spot a gap in the market, Delfino requested another shipment of fish to be sent from Marseille. Along with the cargo, his wife Bianca and their children, Petro and Margaritte, were also dispatched to Crete.

As Delfino’s business continued to flourish, the family decided to settle in Chania permanently. Between 1840-1860, Delfino purchased a grand Venetian mansion in the heart of town, conveniently located close to the harbour.

When Giovanni Delfino’s daughter Margaritte came of marrying age, a suitable groom was found in Marseille. So Margaritte began the long sea voyage to meet her future husband. But destiny intervened: on the way, she fell in love with the captain of the ship, who was a charming Italian. In a flash, Marseille was forgotten, and the young couple turned the ship around and returned to Chania. 

The family home was given to Margaritte as part of her dowry. From then on, it became known as Casa Delfino. The happy couple raised six children in the house. All future generations continued to live in the family house, until the Second World War. Casa Delfino suffered severe damages during the German occupation. The house was abandoned and gradually fell into ruin.

Eventually, in 1986, Manthos Markantonakis - a fifth generation descendant of the Delfino family - made it his mission to restore the family home to its former splendour. With great love and care, Casa Delfino was renovated, upgraded, and converted into a luxury hotel. Manthos’ ambition was to recreate the sense of a private residence in the heart of Chania.

Today, the building’s rich and colourful heritage is as much a trademark of Casa Delfino as the exceptional hospitality and elegant interiors. Period antiques and personalised service capture the authentic spirit of this timeless landmark. To this day, Casa Delfino remains a part of the original family's legacy, and is deeply engrained in their hearts.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
17th century venetian building
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
yes
Has restoration work taken place?
yes
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
18th century authentic hammer and lots of antiques
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
queen sofia, jean paul gaultier, viggo mortensen, kirsten dunst, duke of kensington, al gore
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
no
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Mansion
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Halepa Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
8.5
Very Good
From $73
From $73
Historic Hotel
Summary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryThe Halepa Hotel is a historical building that has been well maintained over the years, preserving its charm and old characteristics of a Cretan old house. The classic style of the hotel provides a unique and historic atmosphere that guests loved. The building was originally the British Embassy and has passed through Greece's history since the early 1900s. The hotel radiates the charm of the former embassy and is a great property based on an old British Embassy. The hotel is an aristocratic, old embassy with high ceilings and a lovely front garden to sit and watch the sea. It's a delightful place to stay in a historical building for a memorable trip to Crete.
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Year erected: 1850
What is the history of the property?
Main building used as the British Embassy in Crete, when the island was independent.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
"New Classical Style" Italian
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes.
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes. Many. Last one took place in 2021.
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Marble Round
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Mansion
Embassy
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Domus Renier Boutique Hotel - Historic Hotels Worldwide
Hotel in City of Chania
9.5
Excellent
From $177
From $177
Historic Hotel
This elegant and charming boutique-style hotel dates 5 centuries back in time, when it used to be the house of the noble Renier family.
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Summary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryFor those who appreciate history and architecture, Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is a must-visit. This beautifully designed property is located in an old Venetian mansion and pays homage to its historical significance with each room named after the Venetian rule during which it was built. The hotel itself is a renovated 16th century historical townhouse and a true luxury experience. Guests rave about how they feel the history and tradition when they enter. It's one of the most amazing historic centres to stay in and it's a cutest, small historic boutique hotel that has restored many of the elements that made the building beautiful and historic. Its location in a Venetian building and the excursion to past Venetian times make it a unique and unforgettable experience. The hotel is also found in an area where it faces the mosque of the old port which adds to the experience. Overall, this historic hotel is a must-stay while visiting the area.
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Elia Fatma Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
8.7
Very Good
From $72
From $72
Info
In a narrow alley in the center of the Old Harbour of Chania, there is the Elia Fatma Boutique Hotel, an old mansion which harmoniously combines the Ottoman and Venetian architecture. The hotel has been renovated with attention to detail and has been restored to its former glory.
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Serenissima Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
9.3
Excellent
From $171
From $171
Historic Hotel
Serenissima is nestled in a 15th century Venetian house in the picturesque town of Chania, just 100 meters from the beach.
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Alcanea Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
9.4
Excellent
From $65
From $65
Historic HotelSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryThe Alcanea Boutique Hotel is a historical gem nestled in the heart of Chania's Old Port. The 500-year-old building is beautifully preserved and is evident in the original character of the interior decor. The hotel seamlessly combines modern conveniences with traditional furnishings, making it a romantic and authentic stay. The building is a part of the ancient Venetian fortress, adding to its charm and historic importance. Despite its age, the hotel provides all the modern comforts while beautifully keeping its historical essence. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the harbor and its quaint surroundings from the hotel. It is a calm oasis in a charming and characterful architecturally and historically significant hotel. Its location, breakfast and staff are all brilliant, ensuring that guests have a memorable stay in this unique and beautiful hotel. The Alcanea Boutique Hotel is a must-stay for those who love architecture, history and stunning views combined with comfort.
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Splanzia Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
9.4
Excellent
From $105
From $105
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Palazzo Duca
Hotel in City of Chania
9.1
Excellent
From $72
From $72
Historic HotelSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryPalazzo Duca is a charming 4-star hotel nestled in the heart of the historic town of Chania. Guests enjoy the fantastic location on a small, picturesque street of old town Chania, making it perfect to explore and soak in the beauty of the city. The hotel is housed in a nicely refurbished, authentic and historical Venetian building, where every detail has been carefully curated to preserve and showcase the rich historical heritage of the building. Many guests commend the top-notch renovation work, which resulted in beautiful, well-decorated rooms. Palazzo Duca is just a stone's throw away from the port and many vibrant restaurants and shops, making it an ideal choice for tourists visiting Chania. Overall, if you are looking for an authentic and central place to stay during your trip to Chania, Palazzo Duca is an excellent option.
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Ambassadors Residence Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
9.4
Excellent
From $187
From $187
Historic Hotel
The house was built in 1890 by the German Ambassador. In 2014 it was changed into the first 5 star Boutique Hotel of the old harbor in Chania.
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ELG Contessa Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
8.3
Very Good
From $90
From $90
Historic HotelSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryIf you’re looking for a charming and historic place to stay during your visit to Chania, the ELG Contessa Boutique Hotel is a great choice. The old town surroundings are adorable and the building has been beautifully restored to showcase its historical significance. Many guests appreciated the original paintings from the Venetian and Ottoman period featured in their rooms. This boutique hotel is located in the heart of the pedestrianized historic center, offering stunning views of Chania. Although it may be a bit of a challenge to drag your luggage up the cobblestoned streets and stairs leading to the hotel without the help of staff, the overall cleanliness and aesthetic of the hotel are impressive. Despite the lack of an elevator or reception in the building, the hotel’s design is well thought out and recently renovated. However, it's worth noting that the annual revision for the fire extinguishers was expired. Overall, the ELG Contessa Boutique Hotel is perfect for those seeking a peaceful and historically relevant experience in the heart of Chania’s old town.
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Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor
Hotel in City of Chania
9.4
Excellent
From $142
From $142
Historic Hotel
This luxurious hotel is located in the Old Town of Chania, in a Venetian nobleman's mansion that dates back to the 16th century. Restored and renovated, but still maintaining its historic character and architecture, the mansion was turned into an all-suite hotel.
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Summary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryNestled in the heart of La Canée sits Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor, a truly historic hotel built on the foundation of the Roman Haniá. The beautiful old Venetian building has been perfectly renovated with beautifully designed details, creating a super stylish contemporary space within a historic building. Guests are mesmerized by the architecture and are encouraged to inquire about the history of the hotel, as it is filled with history and culture. This Venetian monastery is a flabbergasting and historical mille-fuille, alliant luxe et monument historique. It's a beautifully renovated historic building with a great location in a historic part of town. The hotel is a sublimely chic and perfectly appointed historic monument with a tasteful design. The hotel strikes a perfect balance with its stimmige Architektur, which beautifully integrates old Gemäuer in neue, moderne Räume. With its beautiful and fascinating historical structure, Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor is definitely one of the most magnificent hotels in La Canée, a true hotel de charme.
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Villa Andromeda
Hotel in City of Chania
9.4
Excellent
From $251
From $251
Historic HotelSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryVilla Andromeda is a beautiful period property that used to be the German embassy. The building has a fascinating history dating back to the Ottoman occupation and is now a hidden gem in a historic but modernised building. The hotel is located in an old ambassador's residence and has heaps of character. It is just a 20-minute walk from the old town, tucked away in a consular building from when Chania was the capital of the island. The hotel has a perfect location with a walk by the sea to the historical city centre. The Villa itself is rich in history and has been refurbished and decorated in a tasteful way with attention to detail. It is a wonderful historic house that exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Ionas Boutique Hotel
Hotel in City of Chania
9.1
Excellent
From $80
From $80
Info Categories
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Hotel for Honeymoon


Family Friendly Hotel


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TheJoy
Hotel in City of Chania
8.9
Excellent
From $60
From $60
Info Categories
Historic Hotel


Hotel with Free Wi-Fi


Hotel for Honeymoon


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Porto Antico
Hotel in City of Chania
8.4
Very Good
From $82
From $82
Historic HotelSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryPorto Antico is a charming and historic hotel located in the heart of Chania's old town. The building, which dates back to the 18th century, has been beautifully preserved and offers a wonderful view of Chania's bustling harbor. Staying at Porto Antico is the perfect opportunity to step back in time and experience the old Venetian world. Although the building has been refitted, some guests feel that it could have been done more professionally. However, this adds to the quirkiness of the hotel's historic character. The hotel's location is perfect for those who want to explore the old town's narrow streets, lined with traditional restaurants and shops. The hotel does not have a lift, so it's advisable to bring only hand luggage. The rooms are clean and decorated in a charming Venetian style mixed with Greek influences, offering a unique atmosphere. Guests particularly enjoyed showering with a view of the harbor. Overall, the hotel offers an unforgettable experience of the Old Port and the historic Venetian buildings.
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Nostos Hotel
Aparthotel in City of Chania
8.6
Very Good
From $54
From $54
Historic AparthotelSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryNostos Hotel is a delightful and historic accommodation option for those visiting Chania, located in the heart of the old town. The building itself has a fascinating history, having been built in 1515 as a church and later taken over by the Turks. Today, it is a charming petit hôtel de charme with authentic Greek style and old town character. The rooms are decorated in a quirky and retro way, fitting in perfectly with the timeless feel of the surrounding area. Guests can enjoy amazing harbour views and the hotel's proximity to the old Venetian Harbour, Phare Vénitien and walled area. It is a lovely old property full of character and situated in an authentic and charming old town. A fabulous and unique stay awaits those who choose Nostos Hotel.
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Villa Venezia
Hotel in City of Chania
8.0
Very Good
From $60
From $60
Info Categories
Historic Hotel


Hotel near Nightlife Spots


Hotel for Honeymoon


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Anemones Rooms
Guest House in City of Chania
9.2
Excellent
From $54
From $54
Historic Guest HouseSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryAnemones Rooms is situated in the heart of the historical centre of Chania, in a charming and authentic Venetian port neighbourhood. The hotel is tucked away on a quiet street, providing guests with a serene escape whilst still being centrally located. Guests rave about the "beautiful Venetian streets" and "magnifique historic centre" that surround the hotel. Despite being in the old town, the hotel is conveniently positioned within walking distance of free parking and the Venetian port. The historic importance of the hotel cannot be understated, as it is located in a "historical house in the stair neighbourhood of the old town" and offers "the only room with a balcony with city view and furniture". Being in the old town allows for breathtaking scenery and an authentic experience that guests cannot get elsewhere. With its perfect location, Anemones Rooms is the ideal hotel for anyone looking for a taste of history and charm in the heart of Chania.
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Narkissos 'SUPERB'
Guest House in City of Chania
8.2
Very Good
From $36
From $36
Historic Guest HouseSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryNarkissos 'SUPERB' is a historical gem located in the heart of the charming Old Town of Chania. Guests appreciate the ideal location within walking distance to all the sights, restaurants and the old port. Despite being centrally located, the hotel offers a peaceful and tranquil stay with spacious and comfortable rooms decorated in a simple yet effective style. The traditional building is well-furnished, clean and offers excellent value for money. Guests praise the friendly and helpful staff. However, some guests noted that the street can feel dangerous during the winter season. Overall, Narkissos 'SUPERB' is highly recommended as an excellent base to explore and appreciate the beauty of the Old Town.
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Ifigenia Rooms
Apartments in City of Chania
8.8
Excellent
From $63
From $63
Historic ApartmentSummary of reviews related to the 'Historic' categoryIfigenia Rooms is an ideal base for exploring the historic region of Chania. It is located just a few meters away from the Venetian Port and Firka Tower, in the charming old town. The hotel has a unique Greek character and is situated in a historic building with an old Venetian port style. Despite some noise issues, it offers a magical experience with its historical and comfortable accommodation. The rooms are clean and comfortable with a typical Venetian style. Staying at Ifigenia Rooms will transport you back in time, as it feels like entering a time capsule. The location is unbeatable, on a quiet and picturesque alley in the heart of Chania and it is perfect for immersing yourself in the life of the historic center. It is an exceptional accommodation dream to enjoy Chania and it is a fantastic place to stay in the middle of the old town, according to the guest reviews.
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