We spent two Weeks at the Doma Hotel in Chania (Xania, Hainia or several other spellings and pronounced high-n-ya).... We had only booked three nights but we immediately knew everything was so excellent about the hotel and location for day trips around Crete that we opted to stay. They were quite surprised as I suspect there are not throngs of Americans that actually stay in Hania and especially for two weeks! The hotel is owned by an extraordinary lady named Irini (Irene) who is 86 with the energies of one half her age. Volumes can be written about her as she has experienced so much. The hotel is charming comfortable, the staff beyond helpful human knowledgeable and reachable. They made our two weeks excellent and we found ourselves referring to it as going home after our daily adventures. The hotel has a wonderful / interesting history having at one time being a private residence, then occupied by the Germans, an embassy, then purchased by a Greek family who added a few floors, a roof top garden / luxury suite more more. Memorabilia everywhere and a dining / breakfast area overlooking the very blue Agenan Sea is complete icing on the cake.
At the Doma we met people from around the globe including Lisa & Aaron who became quick great compadres probably due to their being far more mature than we. It can only be explained that they are in their early / mid twenties and we are 70. Life is strange, the younger ones somehow seem to be much more seasoned than we non sophisticates. Anyway, they were traveling from Israel, She from Australia, He from Ohio. We truly enjoyed each other's company and they are doing a travel blog which can be linked to anyone interested. They are a tribute to the old Greek word, "chutzpah" which in some countries can require a month to pronounce.
Others at the hotel were Panyos, Anna, Spiridula, The older lady that made breakfast (constantly teaching and correcting our attempt to speak Greek) and the younger Romainian woman who filled in and was glib, bright, well educated. Someday that young lady will find herself and probably end up running a country.
The Doma is forever embedded in our very fond memories. It is "The Place"
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- Doma Hotel Chania, Crete