On a quick note, we recommend you to start your research for hotels in Chania in the areas of the town. If you want a seaside resort then Agia Marina, Platanias and Georgioupoli are villages with many tourist facilities. If you want something more authentic, check Palaiochora in the south of the island which is an ideal location.
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WHERE TO STAY? FIND THE BEST PLACES
Below, you will discover more information about the best places to stay in Chania.
The seafront Chania Town is the most popular place to stay and the safest option.
This is one of the most picturesque towns in Greece, with a traditional architecture and numerous well-preserved historic buildings with an original architecture that dates back to the Venetian or Ottoman periods.
Many old stone-built mansions have been fully restored to be turned into stylish restaurants or boutique hotels.
The town also has a photogenic Old Port with a Venetian lighthouse.
A central location comes with the benefit of always having various facilities within a short distance, although the streets may be somewhat busy and noisy.
The nearest beaches to the town are Koum Kapi and Nea Chora, but keep in mind that the island has much better alternatives to offer just a short minute drive such as Agioi Apostoli (20'), Loutraki (40'), Marathi (40'), and Stavros (aka Zorbas Beach - 40') and more.
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❤ Our recommendations:
• Amalthia Beach Resort
Situated on the touristy northern coast of Crete, Agia Marina offers many tourist resorts and all-inclusive hotel units with a beachfront location.
Agia Marina is located around 23 km away from the airport of Chania and it is a great option for visitors who want to invest in excellent hotel facilities above everything.
Chania Town is a short drive away as well.
The recently-built village does not have a traditional atmosphere and it is mostly recommended for visitors who want to have access to clubs, beach bars, restaurants and other facilities.
The area can get quite crowded during the summer season, since a long sandy beach is located there. Although the beach is decent, it is a good idea to visit other seashores of Chania for the ultimate seaside experience.
When looking for a place to stay, remember that although most all-inclusive resorts have luxurious undertones, it is also possible to find budget options that are usually older and less posh.
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❤ Our recommendations:
• Louis Creta Princess Aquapark and Spa
Platanias offers a scenery much similar to that of Agia Marina.
The area is known to be a big touristic resort, full of hotels, many of which provide all-inclusive services.
The settlement is newly-built and it is mainly designed to accommodate the hordes of visitors that arrive every summer. It lacks traditional color and it is only suitable for visitors who set high-quality hotel facilities as a top priority.
For visitors on a tight budget, cheaper lodging is also available in Platanias, as long as you're willing to give up sea views and opt for a smaller hotel without ultra-modern facilities.
In this area, you will find numerous beach bars, clubs, restaurants and other facilities that make it suitable for travelers who enjoy a lively background.
A long sandy beach is located there but if you are able to travel around, we recommend visiting some of the more impressive beaches of Chania.
Platanias is also conveniently located, within a short driving distance from Chania Town (10 km) and Chania International Airport (21 km).
Georgioupoli is one of the most popular seafront resorts in Crete, with a sandy bay that is 9 kilometers long.
The coastal settlement of Georgioupoli is mostly made up of large beach resorts and all-inclusive hotels.
This location is ideal for those who want to find lodging that combines all kinds of facilities, while at the same time being only a few steps away from the seashore.
Georgioupoli is very easy to reach by car and is near the National Road which connects Chania to Rethymno.
By renting a car, you will be able to explore the coastlines of both regions and discover many amazing beaches along the way.
❤ Our recommendations:
• Endless Blue
The coastal town of Paleochora is located on the southern part of Crete.
This is an excellent location for families and groups of friends who prefer a more relaxing kind of holiday, away from busier places.
Paleochora has some of the best beaches in the region to offer, as well as several non-touristy bars and restaurants that offer high-quality services in an authentic setting.
Generally, this town is much different compared to the touristy settlements on the northern coast of Crete.
From Paleochora, you will also be able to take a ferry and go directly to Gavdos Island, Sfakia, Sougia, Loutro Village, and Agia Roumeli (where the Gorge of Samaria leads) and other traditional villages, as a day trip.
CHANIA, ONE OF THE MOST DEVELOPED REGIONS
Crete is the largest island in Greece and it is one of the most touristically developed islands. It is divided into 4 prefectures: Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lassithi.
The region of Chania covers the western part of the island and the capital of this prefecture is Chania Town.
The main port of Chania is Souda, located 6km away from the Town and the Chania International Airport is located 14km away. The rest of the region is full of smaller towns, villages and coastal settlements.
When looking for accommodation, keep in mind that the hotel units are scattered around in the whole region, including the Town, the coastline and the villages of the countryside.
Of all these areas, the northern coast is probably the most touristically developed zone, with numerous luxury beach resorts, as well as smaller boutique hotels, studios and apartments or other budget facilities.
The coastline of Chania is highly recommended if having access to the beach is a priority for you. The sea views are also amazing in this area.
For those interested in central locations, the Old Town of Chania is highly recommended as the city's most picturesque spot.
In its neighborhoods, you will discover historic mansions that have been turned into charming boutique hotels. Some of them offer lovely views of the old port and its famous lighthouse.
Another advantage of a central location is that you will be staying near various shops, restaurants and other facilities.
Finding a place to stay in this region should not cause any issues, since most hotels are in excellent condition, no matter whether they are newly built or renovated.
Luxurious 5-star resorts are also some of the best complexes that one can find in Greece.
In areas that are more touristy, a few tourist traps may exist but they are easy to avoid if you book your lodging ahead of time. Generally, it is a good idea to book a hotel around 4-5 months in advance and browsing through our recommended hotels will surely be helpful during your research.
Visitors who would like to stay in lively places with a cosmopolitan atmosphere that attract many tourists and are located near the beach, Georgioupoli, Agia Marina, Platanias and Kalives are some of the most popular options.
On the other hand, for those who appreciate the tranquility and peace of more secluded areas, there are various locations with an authentic atmosphere and a traditional color, such as the beachfront Paleochora (that also has a port), Sfakia and Frangokastello. In these areas, you will find mostly small family-owned units.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), no facilities are available at the most spectacular beaches of Crete, since places such as Elafonissi, Falassarna and Balos have been listed as protected natural areas.
However, they are easy to access by car.
No matter which location you choose, a car rental is strongly recommended for anyone staying in this region as it gives you the freedom to travel around as much as you want.
Crete is a huge island and distances between destinations are usually quite long.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
When should I book my hotel?
Chania is visited by thousands of tourists every year so booking your hotel early is recommended.
Especially if you are travelling during the high season (June- August) and want to stay in a convenient location, it is safer to have completed your reservation 4-5 months in advance.
When is the best time to visit?
Crete in general and Chania specifically, are almost a year-round destination since the winter is mild. Nevertheless, the tourist season, when most restaurants and hotels are open, starts in mid-April and finishes in early November.
July- September are the busiest months on the island.
Where should I book my hotel?
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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?
You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
Will I find last-minute availability?
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your lodging if you are travelling from July to September. Chania is a popular destination and hotel rooms get sold out quickly. Booking your stay 4-5 months in advance is safe.
How many days should I spend in Chania?
A week in Chania is enough time to visit the main attractions, the beaches and villages of the wider region of Chania.
What types of accommodation are available?
You can basically find all kind of types. More specifically there are boutique hotels, rooms to let, bnbs, luxury hotels and suites.
Is accommodation expensive?
It depends on the period and the type of hotel. Lower rates are found during April- May and October. Higher rates are found during the summer months. Also, it depends on the location.
How much does accommodation cost?
It depends on many factors. An average estimation without including Luxury options, for 2 persons would be around 80-120 euros/per night in high season.
Where is the best place to stay if you are travelling on a budget?
You can find cheap options (50 euros) in the town of Chania.
Where is the best place to stay for a family with children?
Chania is a family-friendly destination. Any hotel with family rooms and close to a beach is ideal for travelling with kids.