Casa Leone is a hotel we've wanted to stay in for a while but never managed until now, as we don't usually plan our trips well enough in advance to find an available room (the hotel has only five guest rooms). This time we were way out of season, so we managed it!
Let's start with the location, which for me is unbeatable. The hotel is in a beautifully restored fifteenth century building right on the waterfront of Chania's old Venetian harbour (but see note below **). There are only five guest rooms, each one different. Two of the guest rooms, as well as the reception area, have small balconies that overlook the harbour - amazing view!!! Another room has a bigger terrace, again overlooking the harbour, which must be very nice in summer though the terrace was not too comfortable in February.
Our room was beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean, kept so by the ever-helpful Maria who also provides a breakfast that seems to just keep coming - too much for my small appetite actually, though one can't complain about that! The bed was very comfortable, which I find unusual in hotels.
If you are lucky enough to stay here, it's worth spending a few minutes to read the history of the building, and its renovation by the family that owns the hotel. It is kept in a small folder at the reception.
We have stayed at several hotels in Chania over the years, and I have even given a five star review to one of those, the Splanzia hotel. I still think Splanzia is worth those five stars but then Casa Leone deserves at least five and a half because of its exquisite location.
** Note: the hotel IS on the waterfront but the entrance, like those of most of the waterfront hotels, is hidden away in the maze of tiny back streets in the old town behind the harbour.
To complicate things further, at the time of writing (February 2015), Google maps shows Casa Leone in the wrong location. Google locates the hotel on Theotokopoulou street, which is not on the sea front. In fact the entrance to Casa Leone is on a side street of Theotokopoulou (shown as Par 1 Theotokopoulou on the map: par is an abbreviation of parodos, the Greek for side street). Booking.com shows it in the correct position, the actual location is approximately 35°31′03.86″N 24°00′57.27″E. I have submitted a problem report to Google about this so hopefully this will be fixed soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to "Casa Leone" Hotel in the heart of the Venetian port of Hania. The entrance to the hotel is from number 18 Theotokopoulou the first side street you meet. The building, erected 600 years ago, has been restored in order to regain its original Venetian look with impressive results. The romantic atmosphere which prevails everywhere transports you far back in time. The Casa Leone Hotel is available the whole year. The rooms, double, triple and suites, are comfortable and luxurious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Leone Hotel Chania Town
- Casa Leone Chania
- Casa Leone Boutique Hotel Chania, Crete