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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Leone Boutique Hotel Chania
What a fantastic hotel (actually more of a bed and breakfest)!! My wife and I stayed here for two nights and would liked to have stayed longer. We were in the honeymoon sweet (only room of five rooms on the second floor) which had a large balcony with an extraordinary view of the harbor. The service was excellent and the room was clean and very cozy.
We rented a car and were advised by Antonia to take a trip to Elafonisi beach (since we both love the beach) which was about an hour and a half southwest of the hotel. We had minimal trouble actually getting out of the city and once we did, the drive was fairly easy. The drive has amazing views, but includes many turns bordering large cliffs.
Once we arrived at Elafonisi beach, we were pleasantly surprised. We spent our Honeymoon in Tahiti and can honestly say that this beach rivaled all of those that we saw there. It seemed to be endless at times. I would strongly recommend going to this beach if you are a beach person (the length of the trip is worth it)
After spending the day at the beach, we returned to Hania to have dinner. We ate at a restaurant recommended in the travel guides and the food was very good.
Overall, the accomodations and service was exceptional. I would recommend this hotel (and Hania) to anyone traveling to Crete.
I really loved this little and charming hotel
It was a wonderful and unforgettable stay !
This little and charming hotel in Chania is simple wonderful ! It's a dream !
I spent almost ten days there and I had the opportunity of seeing three of the five rooms of the hotel (becouse I was a "single" ) so I can say to know Casa Leone quite well. All the rooms I visited were very, very clean and nice and confortable.
The ospitality was excellent; the staff - especially Antonia - was extremely kind and nice . She gave me a lot of useful information about the island, the day trip and the beaches to see. Antonia made my holiday very special . The owner, Nikos, is also a very nice person.
I believe it was one of my best holiday in these last years.
I hope to go there again and again and I suggest to everybody to spend some days in Casa Leone. It's really worthy !
...See you as soon as I can ! Much love Patrizia (from Rome, Italy)
Loved and enjoyed very much
I and my wife spent a week in Casa Leone, from 17 to 24 august.
It was a lovely week, where we enjoyed the wonderful oval room and the port view from the small but nice terrace. It's alovely hotel with just 5 rooms and Antonia is always ready to give you hints, suggestions and help to visit the Chania area.
Remember to have at least one breakfast!!
Luca and Luisa - Italy
Loved the view and the service
The hotel is in very nice location in the old town of Chania. Our room had a private balcony wich make our honeymoon so romantic. From there, we admire also the view and the diferent kinds of architecture. In the other hand, when we have to buy souvenirs, we just have to go by the hotel and there are plenty as the same as the food.
The service was great!. They really were so helpfull.
I personally recomend this hotel to anyone who is planning to go to Creete.
Beautiful Venetian hotel, excellent staff and fantastic harbor view
We stayed for three days in May in Chania in Casa Leone. We loved the hotel, the venetian style rooms, the huge balcony with a fantastic view over the Chania harbor and the excellent location in the middle of old Chania at the harbor nearby the best restaurants and shops. The setting is very beautifull.
They are very customer friendly, they have even sent an electronic device, I had left in the hotel, to the Netherlands (thanks Antonia).
Next time we will stay longer in Casa Leone, from Chania it is easy to travel to all the interesting sites, excellent beaches, gorges and monasteries in the West of Crete.
Great Boutique Hotel
Stayed here for four nights for my Honeymoon in early August and we loved it. The hotel has a really warm and intimate feel to it, as well as a great location. Its right on the harbor, so you are just a momements walk from everything in Hania.
Antonia, is also extremely helpful was great is pointing us in the right direction as far as various things to do, including setting us up with our trip to Samaria Gorge.
All in all both me and my new wife were extremely happy with our stay at Casa Leone and would definitley recommend it to any of our friends and family who plan on traveling to Hania.
Best location in Chania - Superb little hotel
We loved this hotel and would definitely go back. If you want a hotel with the authentic feel of its surroundings, superb location and views, and excellent service you couldn't do better. The hotel is located at the left hand end of the u-shaped old harbour, which means you get a fantastic view around the harbour and the general buzz of the night life, but have no problems with noisy clubs. The hotel has been recently and superbly restored to it's original venetian grandeur. We booked via their website, which was therefore discounted to Eu102 per night - just search on Casa Leone. There are 5 en suite rooms, two with balconies and the honeymoon suite with a roof terrace. We stayed in the oval room, which had it's own tiny balcony and was spaceous and beautifully appointed. The rooms are air conditioned, which is a must. The bathrooms are small, which is very typical, but perfectly satisfactory. There is also a larger balcony in the main reception area, which we pretty much had to oursleves if we wanted to enjoy the early evening view with a glass on wine. For dinner there are many restaurants along the harbour, but we preferred to try out less touristy Greek restaurants in the back streets of the old town. Many of these are housed in lovely old buildings/coutyards open to the sky - Ela was a particular favourite, and Veneto is a superb Italian restaurant just off the harbour. Antonia, who manages the hotel, was absolutely lovely. She couldn't do enough to make our stay perfect, and was very helpful loaning guide books, maps and giving advice. All in all we had a lovely relaxing holiday. Point to note - you can't drive through the streets of the old town, which means for Casa Leone as for most of the hotels there is a short walk from the taxi drop off to the hotel. It is literally a couple of minutes, but easier with trolley luggage obviously. Hot tip - if you're fit and happy to hire a 4 wheel drive take a trip along the coast to Balos. It's a fair drive in, followed by a 2k walk over the peninsula, but well worth it. I believe there's also a boat trip from Kastelli
Balcony at the harbor
Chania Hotel Casa Leone June 30, 2006..
We spent 4 nights at Casa Leone, situated in one of the most beautiful houses at the harbor, and had a great room ( nr. 2) with balcony, just next the naval museum at a quiet part of the boulevard. We got the feeling we lived there in 5-room Venetian house, every day coming home in a perfect airconditioned stylisch room. Antonia did al the best to keep us well informed about shopping, restaurants and the nearby selected beaches of Chania.
Perfect breakfast. if you wish, and a very special place to stay. We miss our daily glass of rose, at the bacony, looking over the harbor. And with an "internet-discount of 15%" @ 102 euro per night, much value for money.
Loved it, stayed an extra night
My wife and I loved Casa Leone. It's extremely charming with incredible views of the harbor. It's location is ideal because it's in the corner of the harbor allowing you to view all the goings-on from end to end (and there's a great energy to this harbor). It's also near free parking. The room was nice, air-conditioned all day, ours had a balcony. The one complaint I have is that the bed was not only very hard, but also we could feel the springs pressing against us. Nothing a fluffy mattress cover couldn't fix. Not sure what the other hotels were charging, but at 102 Euros we thought this was a good value as well
Antonia, who runs the place in the morning, was of great help to us with directions and suggestions on how to spend our days. She helped rent a car for us which was seemless. She had a warm, friendly attitude.
Quaint Inn, Good Location, Excellent Staff
We just got back from Crete where we spent 5 nights at the Casa Leone and then a night at the Elounda Mare Hotel before going back to Athens. Casa Leone was more than welcoming...Antonia offers fabulous advice and knowledge about the area/beaches. Our room had a giant terrace that overlooked the harbor. On many occasions we got food at the market and ate dinner on the terrace watching the sunset---it was perfect! (Although it can get a bit hot midday.)
The canopied bed was a nice touch and the room is air-conditioned. It's a great place to stay while exploring western Crete.
The only reason why Casa Leone did not get an Excellent (5 dot) review was because we felt the bathroom needed a little updating. However, it was clean and functionable.,..which is all you really need at the end of a long day at the beach.