Whether you're looking for luxury in a 17th-century mansion in the Venetian quarter of Chania or quiet elegance at a boutique hotel in Rethymnon's quaint old town, you're sure to find the experience for you on this hand-selected list of Experts' Choice award-winners.
One of the island's most distinctive and luxurious hotels, with dramatically decorated guest rooms entered through graceful stone archways surrounding a courtyard paved in pebble mosaic.
This comfortable, rather than luxurious, five-star spa resort with it’s own strip of sandy beach mainly attracts young families.
This upscale Minoa Palace Resort & Spa is a beachfront resort in Patanias, near a few restaurants and shops but farther from popular tourist sites.
Akti Enoseos & Glafkou
This three-star hotel, which is open all year round, easily merits an extra star for comfort, situation and service.
3 N. Patelarou
This charismatic Venetian-era hotel has eight quietly elegant rooms mixing exposed stone and wood and wrapped around a peaceful courtyard where breakfast is served beneath the vine-covered pergola.
The aromas from herb bushes, lemon and lime trees and Crete’s largest olive grove make Kapsaliana Village Hotel smell like heaven on earth.
Xanthoudidou 22 & Radamanthios
This flagship member of the prestigious Yades Hotels chain has set a high bar for boutique lodgings in Réthymno old town.
32 Parodos Kanevaro
La Maison Ottomane is an upscale, boutique bed and breakfast with just three rooms, ideally located for exploring the historic Venetian Harbor of Chania.
5 Padelaki Strati
There’s nothing square about Domes Noruz Chania.