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“The Contessa checked out years ago!”
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Contessa Hotel
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Contessa Hotel
Ranked #75 of 98 Chania Town B&B and Inns
Edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“The Contessa checked out years ago!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

The hour was waining & I was tired from driving when I arrived at Chania Old Town. Armed with my travel guide I first asked about rooms at the nice looking Madonna studios.

They were full - so the Madonna lady 'kindly' lead me to near the harbour front to the empty Hotel Contessa.

The manager Bertha showed me room 5 - all very dated but clean with air conditioning hence I gave in to the €50 per night for 2 nights rate. After all, I did need a place & Chania seemed booked up.

I always travel with a good eye mask & quality earplugs - but they were no defence for the long night ahead.

The next morning I needed to be fresh and up early to catch the 6am bus to the Samaria Gorge.

What you're not advised of at check in is that a few metres away there is a port side nightclub that thumps out the heavy bass and loud chatter from midnight to sunrise.

The excellent earplugs were well and truly defeated by The Killers et al & noisy harbor front. As I set off for the bus at 5.45am the young & carefree were still arriving at the club!

Not a wink of sleep was had - poor preparation for a long 18km gorge hike.

Shame, as the initial welcome at the hotel seemed ok too - fresh orange and 'home made' cinnamon biscuits.

Upon returning to Chania after the Samaria walk I was determined to check out of the crumbling Hotel Contessa and seek a quiet and peaceful place for much needed sleep.

I asked Bertha the manager to please wait as I needed to pay & check out after 1 night & she seemed to understand. I packed within 5 minutes - but when I made it down the many stairs with heavy luggage in hand, Bertha (who feared losing her only paying guest 1 night early) had done a runner, turned the lights off & left for the night! Over and out!

All is fair in love & war- but she had my Passport & I was flying out to Rhodes next day!

Apart from the noisy setting, Hotel Contessa hasn't had a lick of paint since the '50s. If you want authenticity - poor shower, dodgy plumbing, bad electrics (manual hot water) – complete with a stale smell - this is the place for you. As highly recommended by the Madonna Studios after all! Don't take their word for it - stay well clear of this unmanned dump.

They took me for the full €100 for 2 nights. Poor value - but I had to pay to escape and retrieve my passport.

Bertha turned on the water works and I felt bad - but took the cash for 2 nights. Upon leaving, fake tears in eyes, as a gift she gave me the unfinished packet of supermarket cinnamon biscuits. The ‘home baking’ not so homely after all. €100 is lot for biscuits.

In the end, the nearby Ifigenia Studios saved the day with a nice ground floor studio room (complete with Jacuzzi bath) and excellent breakfast.

I'll be back to lovely Chania - but will give the Hotel Contessa the body swerve it deserves.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 8, 2006

Booked this place after a review in the Rough Guide, a mistake. Very noisy at night, with a busy bar pumping out music until 4 am. The room itself was large with a great view, but felt basic. The bathroom was terrible, a leaking toilet and a shower head that couldn't be fastened to the wall and had to be held. The staff were very welcoming and sweet and it's probably OK for a overnight stay if you are going out to party but otherwise the Casa Delfino next door is much nicer . . . (we moved after one night!).

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  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2006

Hotel Contessa is one of the most beautiful romantic places to stay. The staff were wonderful, the views are great and I love the fact that each room is set up as a suite so you didn't have to pay the extra cost to get the best. Oh and one other thing - the Food was excellant!!!!

Thank you Hotel Contessa for a memorable moment. You made the list of "Best Places to Stay". I give this place a 5+ star rating....

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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Property: Contessa Hotel
Address: 15 Theofanous, Chania Town, Crete 731 31, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Chania Town
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Ranked #75 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Chania Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Contessa Hotel Chania, Crete

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