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“Our Two Weeks at the Doma Hotel Hania”
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Doma Hotel
Ranked #27 of 102 Chania Town B&B and Inns
Cumming,GA
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“Our Two Weeks at the Doma Hotel Hania”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

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"

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

In these days of creeping uniformity, it is a pleasure to find a hotel which reflects the style and character of the country you are visiting. If you like to find all the amenities and comforts of home when you go on holiday then the Doma is probably not for you, but if you like to feel that you have actually travelled to somewhere else, then you will love it. The owners and the staff were friendly, hospitable and informative with a cold drink on arrival, help with the bags and occasional surprises of fruit and wine in our room. We had several chats with one of the owners about the history of the building and the three generations of the family who owned the hotel, which were fascinating to anyone with an interest in how things used to be. When we asked at reception about the location of specific shops or restaurants, the time taken to drive to different places and the opening times of museums or sites, the staff were always helpful; telephoning to find out precise details for us if they didn't know themselves.

Our room and balcony overlooked the garden so we weren't bothered by road noise and woke each morning to a blast of bird song from the trees outside - neither of us being much of a gardener we didn't know what the shrunbs and flowering trees were but something smelt wonderful. The room wasn't over large but we only used it to sleep in and get changed; it was simply furnished and the beds were firm and comfortable. In my book, the absence of a shower curtain is a plus; there are few things worse than the clammy clutches of one on a wet body?

We are great walkers, so a walk of 15 minutes to the east port or 20 to the old town along the seadide was a bonus. If you like everything on your doorstep then the Doma may be a bit far out of town for you, but having heard the happy noise coming out of the bars and restaurants round the port on weekend nights, the quarter of an hour's separation seemed like a good idea to us.

No matter how many people and scooters and cars crowded the streets you never felt threatened by it and we were met everywhere by friendly people eager to help you. Ok, so a lot of them do make their living from the tourist industry, but they do it so well you never feel you are being 'had'. There are so many restaurants and tavernas at the ports and in the old town it would be hard to go down any street without finding a couple and we sought out ones which seemed to have at least some local people eating there. The food is fabulous - we stuffed ourselves at every meal even after we had promised ourselves that, this time, we weren't going to over-order, and if it wasn't for the walk home we may have laid on the pavement like over filled pillows until the morning.

In conclusion; if you like somewhere a bit different and value character over luxury, if you spend your holiday going out and about a lot and if you like to feel you have spent a little time feeling part of a different culture, the we would strongly recommend you stay at the Doma. We loved it and hope you do too.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

I don't know that we would stay here again. The traffic noise was considerable. It was a very long walk to the center of things in Chania...and very hard to find anything to eat around town but an interesting long walk nonetheless. We bumped into a charming farmers market we may have missed but if walking is an issue I'd stay more in the port area.

The folks were very very nice and it was a very interesting hotel with a lot of history. We had no difficulty parking. The breakfast was the typical one we found at other Greek hotels and very good. A little disappointed that the Easter bread on Easter morning did not have the traditional spices we are used to - Mastic and Mhelep. The room was perfect with a divided room, one full bed and one day bed.... with a view of the sea, a terrace (the only one) and the grounds around the house were very interesting. The beds were not great but typical of other hotels where we stayed. Service was very good. The breakfast room had a spectacular view of the sea.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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plymouth
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two weeks in October as we were house hunting in the area and needed somewhere central. Having been delayed by our flight we didn't arrive until 12.30 in the morning. All credit to them that when we phoned to inform them that we would arrive way after their 11pm deadline they were courteous and explained that there would be no problem. We had difficulty finding the hotel and I had emailed previously to find out about parking so already knew about the street parking.
On being presented with our 'suite' I have to say I was very disappointed...and quite clearly they use pictures for their website of particular areas that will attract the eye (false advertising?) It was a very basic suite but reasonably comfortable non the less. It was clean and tidy and was kept so for the remainder of our stay. There were no facilities to make our own drinks in the suite and I may be fussy but if I have paid for a suite I do expect that I can make a coffee for myself at any time and not be charged extra for it. Consequently we had quite an additional charge to pay at the end of the stay which the owner wanted us to pay seperately in cash for rather than incorporated into our total bill, she became quite obviously disgruntled with us when we explained that we would be paying the full total for everything on our card. Hot water for the shower was a bit slow in coming but otherwise no complaints about the bathroom. Double bed was two singles pushed together and quite hard mattresses. Our window didn't close fully in the bedroom and when we had a night of rain I found myself being sprayed. We reported it the following morning but there was no repair made whilst we were there. The window to the front was facing the main road which was extremely noisy. I didn't mind the walk into town or the harbour but was quite fed up with having to go out every lunch time and/or evening to eat. There is a local Italian which the staff will phone for you and the food delivered.
The breakfast was plentiful and we had no complaints.
The Doma Hotel is a charming place with a lot of history that it's owner and staff are quite rightly proud of but a boutique hotel it isn't. It is shabby chic that could do with tidying up a bit without losing its individuality.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Crete, Greece
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

This is a unique, quirky, small hotel that caters to a very specific niche in the market, it is for people who appreciate old fashioned chic!

It has retained the same ambiance since the 70s, with the beautiful antiques and inspired decoration (done by 1 of the 2 owners).

The top roof breakfast room with the breathtaking room and the small garden in the back of the hotel are the 2 highlights.

Service is simple and polite.

Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed 4 nights in mid-September at the Doma Hotel. Our arrival in Chania was marred by a taxi strike, which resulted in a bus ride into town from the airport and then a mile or two walk pulling luggage on a very warm night to the Doma, which I'd known was outside of town but hadn't expected to have to walk to on our first night after approximately 26 hours of travel from our home on the West Coast of the US! One lovely grace note: the charming innkeeper, upon hearing our saga, disappeared briefly before returning with glasses of a cool, refreshing cinnamon tea.
The hotel was as I'd expected from my research, a old, beautiful former embassy- turned-hotel. The surprise was that our room, while simple and very clean, boasted two twin beds (so much for asking when reserving for the largest bed available as my husband is quite tall!) So the beds were pushed together- thankfully we've been married for 35 years so this was not a honeymoon occasion... The bath was adequate, and the closet was indeed covered by a curtain. However, comments made by an earlier poster surprise me, because showers w/o curtains, thin toilet paper, funky closets have been common among our experiences in Europe. Unless one stays in 4 star or better hotels, this seems to often be the norm. The reasonable price of the Doma more than compensates, in my opinion.
Other plusses: the breakfast room on the top floor boasts enormous open windows with a spectacular view of the ocean. We found the breakfast adequate- fresh orange juice, the ubiquitous Greek yogurt, etc. We usually don't take hotel breakfasts unless they are included in the room tariff, so this breakfast was fine with us as it was included. Again, more often than not our European hotel breakfasts are about on this level.
The staff was very accomodating, providing extra towels for us to take on beach excursions, etc. W-Fi was available in the main floor living room but not in our room.
The location outside of town was ultimately a plus, in our opinion. We found the walk in and out of town quite manageable, taking about 15 minutes, and we always felt safe even at night. We loved Chania, and found it to be the most beautiful city on Crete, having visited Rythemnon and Irakion also on this trip. Parking was always available near the hotel on the street, while hotels in town might have been a nightmare for parking as well as for nighttime noise, given the density of restaurants, shops, etc.
While the Doma was funky and quirky, we loved it's unique personality. It's why we usually try to find locally-owned hotels with history. Don't stay here unless you're flexible. We, however, would return here in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

I simply do not understand the positive reviews of this hotel. I'm just going to list the flaws - and no, my objections are nothing to do with wanting a big characterless resort hotel... I love a small independent hotel that does things right, but being small isn't a license to get away with murder. The following are basic flaws which cannot be excused:

No double beds - just singles pushed together with a large gap
No screen around the shower - just a tray and a shower head
Only a very dim light above the mirror in the bathroom - no other lights
Single ply toilet paper (! where do you even get this from?)
Incredibly uncomfortable chair
Dingy lighting throughout common areas
Wardrobe is just a curtain across an alcove

The following are problems with the hotel which might affect any other, but you should be aware of:
No reserved parking - street parking only - although this is quite common in city hotels here, in my experience.
Next to a very busy, noisy road
A very basic breakfast - this might be a Greek-style breakfast, that's fine. But I have to ask for orange juice? And bread? Just stick it in with the buffet! And I'd like to see some other things - pastries and so on. It all looks a bit sad when you go to the breakfast room.
Extremely basic decor - it is like staying in a monastery. The photos on their website are nothing like what you get in the rooms, for the most part.
Very far from the interesting bit of town - a fair walk, at least 15 minutes

Positives:
Nice view from the front windows, although you'll be very uncomfortable when you're enjoying it

There are many, many other hotels in Chania, and they look lovely after a short wander around: go elsewhere first, unless you're looking for an austere trip to days gone by.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Doma Hotel
Address: 124 Venizelou Str, Chania Town, Crete 731 33, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Chania Town
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