Palazzo di Pietro
Travel Blogs from Chania
This morning we set off for a little beach just outside Chania for a few hours of relaxation before a late lunch at Johnny's aunt's house. Lunch was in the village, and again under a beautiful canopy of grape vines that kept you very cool and comfortable. On the menu was an octopus casserole type dish with olives and a slight BBQ flavored sauce, some grilled octopus, ...
... and after much indecision) we decided to just drive back to Chania and I'd bunk with Nick and Lisa in a spare bed in their room. This caused an impromptu dinner put on by Johnny's cousin Evanthia, and her husband Efthisi did the grilling. At least 2 dozen pork chops were grilled, lamb chops, pilafi, salad, and I can't even remember the rest. So much food. So good. And most of the family joined ...
... 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 ...
... western coast, with a mountain range running along the middle with most of the villages along the coastline. It's mainly limestone not volcanic, and the small shrubs/vegetation looks more like the leeward side of the island. I've been told there's more of a rainy season here rather than a true rainy side of the island. Elafonisi is a pink sand beach with crystal clear water and all sorts of shades of blue. But the water was FREEZING. We ...
... on the streets rejoicing while we enjoyed our dinner at another lovely seaside restaurant.
Plakias is the prototypical beach town, lined along the waterfront with all kinds of dining options, small markets, beachy souvenirs and toys, and a real laid-back attitude. It would be about as ideal a place to come for the picture-perfect weeklong beach holiday as I've ever seen anywhere. Pack your swimsuit, some flip-flops, a pair of shorts and a nice shirt or two and you're good to ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo di Pietro Chania
Winter in Chania
Spending time in Chania during the winter is a treat: nice temperatures and not too many tourists. We spent three afternoons during the new-years-week 2004-2005 that we stayed in the Palazzo, on the well-situated terrace sitting in the sun, sipping wine and raki that was manifactured by the family and having lunch that we prepared in the small kitchen of our appartment: over the right shoulder the Lybian sea, over the left shoulder the white mountains! A great place with a warm welcome and spacious rooms with excellent beds!
Tim/ Ana - Rotterdam
The rooms are clean and spacious with four poster beds! Upon my arrival there was complimentary wine, a bottle of champagne and a bowl of fruit! My hosts were so considerate that they left a vase of roses and a box of chocolates for me on my birthday (and I didn't even tell them in advance!) I cannot praise them enough - especially Christine! Will definitely return! Would recommend!
Welcome relief at Palazzo
Family owned, family run. The place is heavenly - offering private baths and refrig/stovetop/sink in room! Beautifully decorated and located right where you want to be. Chania is a wonderful town - so relaxed and soooo beautiful. The local cafe Remezzo treated us like kings and queens - Mike is the owner and bent over backwards to make sure our trip was going well. If you are allergic to cats - bring the claritin - because cats nearly outnumber the people in Chania. We had two seperate rooms with one bathroom - which worked well for three of us.
A special place in Chania
While in Crete celebrating our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary I decided to treat my wife to the honeymoon suite at Palazzo di Pietro. My wife was so pleased with my choice. Christina greeted us with a warm welcome and showered us with wine, fruit, candies and olive oil from her family's farm. Our room was lovely and we truly enjoyed the large tub for bathing. I encourage you to see the rooms on the web site as they are well displayed. The location was perfect, just off the main streets on a quiet, quaint side street. Christina and her family are charming and we soon felt like old friends.
A wonderful find!
We loved staying here on our honeymoon! The hotel is small, quaint and beautifully refurbished with an eye to quality workmanship. The owners couldn't have been nicer -- they suggested great daytrips and local restaurants that treated us very well. We highly recommend this place!
Old World Charm and Graciuos Hospitality
I too can echo previous comments about this wonderful family and beautiful lodgings of this quaint hotel/inn. We stayed here in Oct 2004 and we were also treated like royalty. Petros upgraded us to a large suite with balcony without even asking and we were also given a great welcome with champagne, chocolates and fresh fruit without him even knowing that we were honeymooners. Unfortunately we only had 1 night to stay here but truly appreciated the gracious attitudes of our hosts. On leaving we were also given another souvnir of a bottle of Raki ( a liquor drink like grappa in Crete) from the hotel owners. A special place in Chania with a great location in the old port area. Thanks !
Romantic hotel in Chania
We stayed in this hotel for our honeymoon and they treated us like kings! It was the best hotel and hospitality. Donīt look any further and go there if you want to spend a very good time in Crete. The advise and hospitality of the family business is the best of this hotel. The rooms are extremely clean, spacious and traditionally stylish (see website -------). We had a great welcome with champagne, chocolates and fresh fruit without knowing that we were honeymooners!
Don't look any further!
We honeymooned in Crete and spent seven nights at the Palazzo Di Pietro. Christina and the Bitzanaki
family who own the hotel are wonderful. We stayed in room No. 2 which was huge, had a four poster bed, A/C and a great little balcony overlooking a quiet pedestrian street.
The hotel is in the old town a few moments from the harbour which is ideal as it is quiet at night, but less than a minute away from the restuarants and bars.
The hotel itself is quite an amazing building, built around 1200 and restored by the Bitzanaki family, we felt privileged to stay there.
My husband and I recently spent 4 nights in Hania, Crete, at Palazzo di Pietro as part of our honeymoon trip. Our stay there was definitely the HIGHLIGHT of our time in Greece. The location of the hotel was perfect---near the old Venetian harbour, near tons of great restaurants and cafes and near the bus station if your're interested in doing any day trips, to the Samarian Gorge for example. The hotel itself was beautiful---an exquisetely restored 12th century building. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful (lots of great suggestions regarding things to do/see, where to eat, etc.)--we really enjoyed chatting with them. If we return to Hania one day, we'll definitely be staying at Palazzo di Pietro....I guarantee, you'll love it too!!!!
Just returned from 4 days at Palazzo di Pietro in Chania. It's a gem on a narrow pedestrian street, run by the loving and friendly Bitnakis family, who showered us with fruit, raki, homemade olive oil and lots of great conversation. They have rebuilt a 1200-era Venetian palazzo from the ground up. We had the matrimonial suite facing the street, with a big bed, A/C, a separate kitchen room, and a balcony that overlooked everyday life in Crete. Plus, there was a rooftop garden area where we had cocktails at night and watched the evening settle in. It was only a minute's walk to the harbor, less than a minute to tons of restaurants and cafes. The Bitnzki family's goal is to provide personal service and they succeed brilliantly. Great location, beautiful rooms and a real taste of life on Crete. The only downside is that there are quite a few steps to get upstairs, which could be tough for some people. Go - you will not be disappointed!