Alcanea Boutique Hotel

Old town, Chania, Crete


Welcome to Alcanea Boutique Hotel

Welcome to Alcanea, a boutique Hotel in the Old Town of Chania on the beautiful island of Crete in the southern Aegean! Designed for travellers who wish to experience the authentic spirit of an ancient town in an environment that offers peace and tranquillity, this intimate and exclusive hotel on the waterfront has eight carefully designed rooms ranging from beautifully appointed doubles to a spacious family room with space for five people.

Chania has a rich cultural history which echoes throughout the architecture of the town. A stay at the Alcanea will connect you with Chania's colourful history and draw you into all that the town has to offer. Speak to our concierge about planning your perfect holiday or short break.

The building

The building that now forms Alcanea dates from the Venetian period and was the office of the Greek revolutionary and statesman, Eleftherios Venizelos, for 24 years. It was fully restored during spring 2011 with great sensitivity to the preservation and conservation of the building's architectural heritage. The enchanting complex of terraces and patios, the well-preserved hand-carved stone facades, the colourful ceramics, the elaborate woodwork and decorative elements all maintain a perfect balance between tradition and modern comforts.

The name

From ancient times, the city of Chania has been subject to numerousconquerors and the influences of many civilizations. All are evident in the city's architecture and monuments. In 828 AD, a seminal date in Cretan history, Chania and the whole island fell into the hands of Saracens from Cordoba in Spain, who razed the city to the ground. The Saracens are thought to be responsible for the change of the city name from Kydonia to Chania. According to the eminent archaeologist Nikolaos Platon, Chania had a suburb called "Alchania Kome", after the God Velchanos or 'Vulcan'. The Saracens applied the name "Al Chanea" to the whole city. After the Arabs left, the Byzantines removed the prefix "Al" and kept the word "Chanea", from which were derived the Greek Chania and Latin (La) Canea.



The Alcanea experience reflects the luxury and elegance of bygone eras. The hotel's staff provide a service that is both attentive and discreet. They guarantee a calm atmosphere and ensure that your every need is catered for. The Reception is open daily from 8 am to midnight. Housekeeping and laundry services are offered on a daily basis. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel as well as a small business centre on the mezzanine floor.

Alcanea Breakfast

Breakfast is served from 8 am to 12 (noon) at the Alcanea's lounge area, situated on the mezzanine interior floor or at the exterior terrace of the hotel with magnificent views of the Old Port. Alcanea's Signature Breakfast is created to stimulate the senses using Cretan organic products – unique in flavour and quality – adding surprising combinations of fruits, herbs and spices to classic breakfast items, leading to a colourful, tasteful morning experience of high nutritional value.

Interior Courtyard

The interior courtyard of the Alcanea Boutique Hotel enfolds you in the elegant atmosphere of bygone eras. A place where you can relax surrounded by colours and the scent of local flowers while enjoying an attractive variety of nargile flavours accompanied with traditional Greek coffee and varieties of Cretan herbal teas.


Eight elegant, contemporary rooms with impressive terraces – all equipped with modern facilities and amenities – invite you to enjoy spectacular views of the Lighthouse, the Venetian Port, the Old Town of Chania and the Venetian Fortress. The blend of traditional, sophisticated interior design with subtle Arabic touches transports you into a different era. The luxurious mattresses, pillows and linens invoke relaxation and tranquillity. All bathrooms are provided with bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and branded natural products.


Alcanea Boutique Hotel is magnificently positioned on the waterfront of the Old Port, right next to the Nautical Museum by the entrance to the Venetian Fortress of Firkas. It offers spectacular views of the Egyptian Lighthouse, the Venetian Port, the Old Town of Chania and the Venetian Fortress. The closest beach, Nea Chora, is a ten-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is 17-km from Chania airport and 7-km from the port of Souda.

Directions & Parking

Parking in the Old Town of Chania, which is largely pedestrianised, is limited. If you have a car, please park at the public parking spaces and enter the old city through Theotokopoulou Str. The third street/passage on the left is Aggelou Str. and at its end you will find the Alcanea Boutique Hotel. When you reach the parking space, please contact us so we can assist you with your luggage. Taxis are allowed to bring you to the entrance of our hotel until 11 am. After that, they will drop you off at the end of Theotokopoulou Street.


The beautiful city of Chania has preserved its original colours and historical character, throughout time. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Greece and the most picturesque city of Crete. The Venetian, Turkish and modern architectures all combine harmoniously to create a unique attraction for visitors. The town also features archaeological sites, temples, and numerous cultural attractions. The city of Chania is also characterized by a rich cultural life. With yearly festivities, music festivals and galleries that are home to all kinds of art, the visitor is easily enchanted. The Venetian port provides pleasant promenades and attracts many visitors throughout the year with many seafront bars and restaurants. The districts of the city outside the walls still preserve the architectural style of their Venetian nobility. Narrow passages surrounded by elegant houses from various periods abound. Chania makes the ideal base to explore gorgeous beaches, mountain villages and the hiking trails of Western Crete.