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... Greek salad, potatoes, and skordalia [skor-da-YA] (the garlicky spread/dip I had the other day that I couldn't think of the name - made with bread or potatoes as its base, potatoes in this case). All delicious again. We finished just in time for me to for me to get my things together, and Johnny and Nick dropped me off at the airport for my evening flight to ...
We got up at a leisurely pace again this morning and set off back towards Chania driving west along the northern coast. We stopped at Rethymno which has an old Venetian section and port a lot like Chania. We at lunch facing the old harbor, but were all a little disappointed at the meal. Nothing bad just not what we've gotten accustomed too. And poor service. After not being able to find a hotel ...
... they also could've charged a fortune for but didn't. We ate gyros at a beachside cafe in the little village waiting on the ferry. Nick and I took a dip at the rocky beach to wash off the dirt and grime from the day. As it turns out this is one of the villages along the southern coast that you can only get to by boat. I had originally wanted take the ferry to some of these villages but ...
... swimming and snorkeling for a few hours. Afterwards we went to Evanthia' mother-in-laws house which was on the way back for dinner. Family style outside just like Surin, except at a table with grape vines overhead for shade and of course Greek food. It wasn't anything fancy but it was delicious: Greek salad, potatoes, boiled chicken, pilaf (as in rice pilaf but not the Rice-o-Roni type - soupy rice in real chicken broth), and barbecued pork ...
... buoyant but it still always seems like a good idea to hope that the laws of physics and gravity stay the same for that period of time.
This first dive brought us through several jumbles of large boulders that almost gave the feeling of diving in a cave so that was an interesting sensation that we had not experienced in our coral reef diving of the summer before. When we finally surfaced, though, I saw that Lynn had a moderate pool of blood inside of her mask when she ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vilelmine S.A. Chania
Ich war im Vilelmine als weiblicher Singlegast untergekommen und es fühlte sich an, als wenn ich mit Familie da war. Das gesamte Personal war sehr freundlich und im Hotel fühlte man sich sehr sicher. Es hat eine sehr zentrale und hübsche Lage, vor allem für weibliche Gäste, die nachts nicht mehr so lange unterwegs sein wollen. Antonis und seine Familie haben mich ausführlich über die lokalen Gegebenheiten informiert. Die Zimmer waren modern und sehr komfortabel eingerichtet und hatten Charakter und Charme. Im Vergleich mit den hohen Preisen auf Kreta, war dieses ein ausgezeichnetes Angebot. Ich würde ohne zu zögern anderen Reisenden, inklusive Familien und Paaren, dieses Hotel empfehlen und ich hoffe, dass ich selbst noch einmal nach Chania reisen werde.
the vilelmine hotel is a wonderfully restored family house that has recently been opened as a hotel. the quality of materials used are second to none and no expense has been spared in providing the finest soft furnishings, double glazing and furniture.
the hotel is spotlessly clean and towels and bedding are changed on a daily basis, all rooms have modern air conditioning, new refridgerators, satellite television and balconys.
a small breakfast buffet is provided with the finest local produce, wonderful fresh orange and whatever type of tea or coffee you would like.
absolutely nothing is too much trouble for antonis his family and staff who serve coffee and offer a bar service during the day and free internet access for all guests in your room if you have a laptop or in the bar if you havn't.
there are some wonderful resteraunts in chania and antonis will point you in the right direction and help you in whatever manner he can.
find time to stay at the vilelmine and you will have a holiday to remember.
A Truly Memorable Experience
Hotel Vilelmine is an ideal base from which to explore the incredible beauty, history, and culture of Chania. The four-story hotel was beautifully renovated by a young brother-sister team that grew up on one of the floors of the home. The hotel is located on a picturesque square next to a historic cathedral in the heart of Chania within walking distance to numerous restaurants and shops. We spent our days exploring the many beautiful narrow streets and pathways that make Chania unique. The hotel itself is a site for anyone that appreciates historic preservation, adorned with pristine hard wood floors and lovely fixtures. Rooms are tastefully furnished and equipped with individual balconies with views of the city.
What made the experience special was the family that ran the hotel. They took pride in what they were able to create and went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay a memorable experience. If you are lucky, you will have the opportunity to converse with the brother-sister team and their lovely mother who will make you feel as if you are a guest in their home. Breakfast is served in the beautiful downstairs café where Tony or his sister will make you a double espresso to go along with a variety of breakfast items including their mother's homemade cookies. We highly recommend Hotel Vilelmine to anyone that wants to experience the memorable city of Chania.
I stayed at the Vilelmine as a solo female traveller and felt like I was staying with family. All the staff were so friendly and the hotel felt very safe. It was so central and ideally located, especially for a female alone not wanting to go too far at night. Antonis and his family could not help me enough with local info and directions and provided modern, very comfortable rooms with character and charm. Compared with some of the high prices of Crete, this was excellent value. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to any travellers, families and couples included, and will hope to stay here if i visit Chania again myself.
Go & Stay
Our weeks Honeymoon at the beautiful Vilelmine Hotel in the heart of 'Old Chania' was memorable for many reasons.
The airy rooms were beautifully decorated with the maintenance of many original features in the recent renovation. High ceilings, separate sitting area and private bathroom all gave the feeling of spacious luxury. It was also spotlessly clean. We enjoyed the views from our private balcony which overlooked the square to the sea.
The continental breakfast included an array of choices up until 10am - fantastic for us!
It is a family run hotel and it shows in the attention to detail and friendly welcoming attitude of the staff. The manager, Antonis, was a delight and we enjoyed sharing a tipple or two in the hotel cafe with him and his family.
It is with great pleasure that we write and recommend this gem of a place to future travellers in Crete. We will definitely be back!
Recommended by a friend, we were very pleased to find this hotel, superb interior, food breakfast, friendly people, perfect location.
We recommend it to everybody!
Thanks for the nice stay, Antonis !
Cindy & Pierre, Belgium
A Wonderful Experience
My wife and I stayed four nights at the newly opened Vilelmine Hotel in early July 2005. Our stay was at the end of a two week holiday on Crete and Santorini, and preceded a one week visit to Paris. Although we had good accommodation wherever we traveled, the Vilelmine was the gem of the 7 hotels we stayed at during our holiday.
The Vilelmine Hotel is ideally situated near the centre of the old town, close to shops, restaurants and the historic harbour. It has been completely refinished inside and out, and all the workmanship is very high quality. The hotel has ten rooms in a variety of sizes and styles. We stayed in room 104 which faces north and overlooks a square and small cathedral. The features of the hotel are described on the hotel's website, so I won't repeat them here, but I will mention that our room had a very comfortable queen sized bed, a separate sitting room, a three piece bathroom and a very quiet and effective air conditioner. The balcony overlooking the square was a wonderful place to sit in the evening with a glass of wine and watch the tourists making their way along Halidhon, down to the harbour or up to the square or the bus station for the crowded bus trips back to their hotels.
On the main floor is a dining/bar area where breakfast is served in the morning and where guests can enjoy a drink in the evening. For travelers who want or need to stay connected to the internet there is wireless internet access.
Our room was very comfortable and spacious, but it was the hospitality of Antonis and his family that made our stay really memorable. We truly felt that we were guests of the hotel and the family. We highly recommend the Vilelmine Hotel for any travelers looking for good value and excellent accommodation in Chania.
A friendly place in Crete
hotel vilelmine: a friendly place
Excellent place for budget-minded travellers.Well kept place in a cosy old house fully renovated with great taste and well situated in the old town (five minutes walk to the harbour).The owners greet you with a warm welcome and are very helpfull and eager to satisfy your needs. Great example of cretan hospitality.Our best stay during our summer vacations in Greece.
Vilelmine Hotel, Chania, Crete. After six weeks travelling round Europe, my wife and I wanted a great location to relax and prepare for all the mundane things that must happen at the end of a holiday, like going back to work, and receiving credit card statements. We spent six nights here. It is a small family run hotel, we found Antonis and his family, freindly and attentive. The rooms are very large, well furnished and comfortable, ours had a small balcony overlooking the square, with a view to the lighthouse and the Cretan Sea. The place was always very clean and presentable.
Located a mere two minute walk to the old harbour which is surrounded in eateries. Set amoungst the old town with its market type atmosphere.
We enjoyed our time there and would definitely stay there again if we get back to Crete.
Nice hotel in old city
It is nice cosy hotel in old city. The hotel is situated in several steps from a quarter of old pedestrian streets and in several minutes by walk from the old Venetian harbor.
My husband and I stayed in Vilelmine hotel in September. We liked a friendly atmosphere and good service, and also excellent spacious room in which there is even an Internet.
Iren, Budapest, Hungary