Dorothy’s Dream

Old town, Chania, Crete

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Dorothy's Dream is an ample, historic, four-bedroom residence located in the “Palazzo del Rettore”, one of Chania’s oldest and most exquisite national monuments.
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  • Bedrooms


  • Bathrooms


  • Area

    200 m²

  • No Smoking except in outdoor areas

  • No pets allowed

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  • Air Conditioning

  • Central Heating (for the winter months)

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • WiFi Internet

  • Private Chef

Overview & Facilities

About Dorothy’s Dream

Dorothy's Dream is a grand historic, four-bedroom residence located in the “Palazzo del Rettore”, one of Chania’s oldest and most exquisite national monuments. Rising above the Byzantine walls of Kastelli, this amazing property overlooks the beautifully preserved Chania Old Venetian Harbour.

This large and exquisite residence of 200 square meters covers the entire top floor of the “Palazzo del Rettore”, a building dating from the 14th century. It overlooks the heart of the old town and offers incredible views over the Chania Venetian Harbour, including the famous lighthouse, the Maritime Museum and the Giali Tzami Mosque. The endless sea views are also well covered from all of the northern facing rooms in this property. The rooms facing the south and east offers views towards the charming old town and the private “piazza” below. This charming piazza with its lemon trees welcomes the guests at its entrance.

Dorothy’s Dream also features one of the most spectacular rooftop terraces in Chania. It provides guests with a 360º unobstructed bird’s eye view to the “White Mountains” of Chania, the Old Harbour and the nearby beaches. The terrace is the perfect place to dine for breakfast during the mornings, with only swifts and swallows obstructing the views. The same applies for evening meals when the harbor and its lights come to life.

Dorothy's Dream offers true relaxation, comfort, elegance and history – all wrapped into one. It’s a one of its kind and undoubtedly the most interesting accommodation options we offer in the city centre of Chania. With this beautiful city on your doorstep, the cafes and restaurants are just meters away, whether you decide to proceed to the harbor or through the quaint and characteristic streets of the old town.

“Palazzo del Rettore” was built on the Byzantine wall overlooking the port of Chania. The Venetian archives were part of this residence and it also accommodated the Venetian ruler of Chania until 1645, before Chania surrendered to the Ottoman Turks. The building then became the residence of the Turkish Pasha. The building miraculously survived the heavy bombing of the Kastelli hill during the Second World War, and has since been restored and renovated to become the residence we know as Dorothy’s Dream.

Dorothy Andrews was an American painter who visited Chania after the war, and fell in love with the house. She used it as her residence as well as art studio until she passed away in 2008. To honour Dorothy and her significant contribution to the town of Chania, the residence was named Dorothy's Dream.

The breakfast can be enjoyed ‘al fresco’ on the terrace most days of the year and we would strongly recommend this if you stay at Dorothy’s Dream. A setting you will not be able to find anywhere else in Chania. The terrace offers sufficient tables and chairs, but also a BBQ and rooftop canopies for shade during the middle of the day. Many take advantage of hiring a private chef, transforming the terrace into an exquisite private restaurant overlooking the harbor of Chania. Whether you would like dine or simply enjoy a glass of wine during the evening, the terrace must not be missed.

The kitchen is of course a focal point in itself and offers all the necessary appliances and a round large table next to the fireplace. Make use of the kitchen as a way to experience the authentic taste of the Cretan gastronomic treasures, and seek locally produced fruits, vegetables and items from the nearby shops. The Old City Market is just a short stroll away, and local food markets can also be found at certain days in town, to that of conventional supermarkets.

GNTO Licence Number: 1042K113K2943601
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  • Closets
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linen: Luxury linen
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Towels: High quality towels
  • Hair Dryer: In all bathrooms
  • Central Heating (for the winter months)
  • Elevator: Dorothy’s Dream is not equipped with an elevator and thus not suitable for people with restricted mobility
  • Balcony
  • Roof Terrace: Οffering spectacular views of the entire town and its surroundings
Kitchen & Dining
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven: Electric
  • Microwave Oven
  • Stone fireplace
  • Hob / Stove: gas-fired
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Fridge: Large, with Freezer
  • Coffee maker: Nespresso machine
  • Complete kitchen & Dining Equipment: 8
Cleaning Service
  • Cleaning Service: Daily
  • Change of Sheets : Twice a week
Included Services Upon Request
  • Later Check Out
  • City Guide & Map
  • Earlier Check In
Additional Services available at Extra Cost
  • Taxi Hire
  • Car Rental
  • Private Chef
  • Private Yachting & Sailing
  • Pre arrival Request & Shopping Service
  • Transfer / Guide from the Port / Airport
Included Services
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries
  • Personal Welcome / Introduction by the Hostess
  • Welcome Pack: With seasonal fruits, local delicacies and a bottle of Cretan wine
Entertainment / Media / Recreation
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • WiFi Internet
  • Music / Radio System
  • TV: In the Living Room
  • Collection of: CDs and DVDs
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Location & Details


Haniá, or as it is widely spelled Chaniá is situated to the west of the island and is arguably the most picturesque and characterful city of Crete. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70km west of Rethymnon and 145km west of Heraklion.

Despite being heavily bombed during World War II, Chania’s Old Town is considered to be the most beautiful urban district in Crete. The fascinating labyrinth of little streets creates a unique ambient atmosphere, which leads to the impressive Venetian harbour with the characteristic lighthouse, Chania’s long–standing emblem.

Numerous restored Venetian townhouses have now been converted into boutique hotels full of character, while other partly restored roofless Venetian buildings house sophisticated restaurants and lavish bars. This creates an unspeakable atmosphere at night when the only roof is a few stars in sky. The city is said to be lively, colourful and cosmopolitan in the summer; romantic, cozy and nostalgic during the winter.

Chania Old Town is also vibrant during daytime, yet small enough to be explored within a day or two. Walking through the ancient narrow streets, you might easily forget the sense of time. The historical feel is not only treasured, but also taken care of and nourished here. The old town is still being accommodated by locals as well as visitors, it’s renovated and rejuvenated year by year. The vast amount of shops, cafes, tavernas and restaurants is an obvious draw to this vibrant centre, but it manages to blend, locals with those from nearby villages, overseas visitors and local pupils, market traders with Athenian businessmen. There is a healthy vibe to the place and it becomes more apparent in the afternoon, when local families and tourists stroll along the harbor to take in the same amazing views and sea breeze.

Chania is a place where history is both being displayed and lived though, every day of the year.

  • Marathi Beach: 17 Km
  • Balos Beach: 53.00 Km
  • Stavros Beach: 16.00 Km
  • Nea Chora Beach: 2.5 Km
  • Kalathas Beach: 10.00 Km
  • Chrisi Akti Beach: 4.50
  • Tersanas Beach: 13.00 Km
  • Falasarna Beach: 53.00 Km
  • Elafonisi Beach: 73.00 Km
  • Nearest Car Park: 0.85 Km
  • Agii Apostoli Beach: 5.50
  • Agora Marketplace: 0.50 Km
  • Nearest Supermarket: 0.45 Km
  • Nearest Mini-Market: 0.12 Km
  • Seitan Limania Beach: 21.00 Km
  • Distance to Rethymno City: 60.00 Km
  • Distance to Chania Airport: 15.00 Km
  • Chania Archaeological Museum: 0.26 Km
  • Distance to Heraklion Airport: 142.00 Km
Please note that the above distances are measured with the use of Google Maps - a credible and trusted provider of Geographic Information Services (GIS)

Dorothy's Dream has an individual entrance accessed through the enclosed yard of the Venetian Palazzo. An internal wooden staircase leads to a large entrance hall. This is surrounded by a spacious living/dining room, a traditionally styled and fully equipped modern kitchen and the residence’s bedrooms. Each room is unique in style, tastefully decorated with antique furniture.

An internal staircase leads to the roof terrace offering spectacular views of the entire town and its surroundings. The terrace features a collection of outdoor furniture for lounging while watching the stunning sunset and a dining area for a delicious breakfast or romantic dinner al fresco. It is equipped with comfortable chaise longues, a built-in sofa, an outdoor shower and sun beds. The small herbal terrace garden just adds to the charm of this unique and breathtaking setting.

Dorothy's Dream is not equipped with an elevator. Thus, it is not suitable for persons of restricted mobility who would not be able to use the staircase.

Sleeping Arrangements
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
Third Floor Layout
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Dining area
  • Living Room
Home Office Facilities
  • Working desk
  • Open all year
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
  • No pets allowed
  • Rates are per night in Euro
  • Not Accessible by Wheelchair
  • No Smoking except in outdoor areas
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  • Rates Include: Water, electricity, wi-fi

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