When people say this hotel is perfect, they really mean this hotel is perfect. We had an absolutely wonderful stay here because of the terrific design, excellent food, and amazing service. It was our first time in Chania and Crete and wanted to stay at the beach rather than in the city. I’m glad we did it this way. The hotel itself was fairly newly renovated so you get the advantage of modern conveniences in an “older town”. I loved the design. It was contemporary and atypical, but definitely gave nods to its Cretan and Greek roots. Everything was well maintained and clean. I couldn’t believe we got such an amazing hotel at such a great price point.
Old Town Chania is easily accessible from the hotel by bus. The hotel even sells bus tickets so you can be ready at the bus stop and on your return. The bus stop is about 2 blocks away and a 15-20 minute bus ride. It comes pretty frequently as the road and area is a little on the dense side. I was actually a little surprised on how residential and populated the area felt, but in all, if you can look past all of the buildings around you, the scenery was just wonderful. The beach has loungers for guests only, and you look out to the beautiful sea. We never had a problem getting chairs. We were able to get a sea view room and it was utterly fantastic waking up and sitting on our balcony in the mornings. The restaurant was very reasonable for what you got, and the food delicious. It felt like someone’s mother was cooking in the kitchen that is how authentic the food tasted. The dinner menu changed very regularly so you won’t have to eat the same thing twice on your stay. I didn’t think we would use the kitchen very much, but there were a couple times when we had leftovers and just warmed it up for either breakfast or lunch the next day. The kitchen does come with a handful of essentials so you don’t have to worry about buying much. And if you do, there are several bodegas within walking distance. There is also a large grocery store about a mile away if you need it. The hotel is family friendly. While children do not and did not bother me, this was definitely not an adults only or sandals type of experience. You will see kids and their parents.
The Ammos is a small hotel amongst bigger ones that line the beach, however, I much prefer staying in boutique hotels where the staff get to know you. As for the staff, they will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and you are spending your vacation how you want. My luggage did not make the connection in New York and the front desk took the time to follow up with the airlines while I relaxed on the beach to make sure it arrived ok. They also gave me updates so I had peace of mind that it was in fact in transit. (One travelers tip – pack a small day bag of stuff in case your luggage does not make the connection. There are only a handful of flights to Chania so it took my bag just over a day to catch up to me. Luckily I packed my bathing suit in my carry on along with a change of clothes so I was set.) I had signed up for a cooking class that was canceled upon my arrival and the front desk tried to book me on another class, and when that didn’t work, they spent time with me and my husband to work out another day trip and excursion. They listened to what type of restaurants we liked and pointed us in the right direction. They really deserve an A +++ in service.
In all, our stay was very relaxing, comfortable, and fresh. If that is the experience you are looking for, stay at the Ammos. You will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ammos Hotel is a small stylish hotel located on the best spot of the city of Chania, right on the water front at the bay of Agii Apostoli, 4km away from the Venetian Harbor and the picturesque old city. In an idyllic setting by the water, wake up listening to the sound of the waves and indulge into our vast palette of vivid colors, from light green to the turquoise of the sea water and from beige to the bright fuchsia of bougainvillea. This is your private escape... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ammos Hotel Chania
- Ammos Hotel Crete/Agii Apostoli, Chania