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The best of western Crete: 9 Experts' Choice hotels

These 9 expert-vetted hotels and resorts are the crème de la crème of Greece's biggest island.

by Michael Carl Budd

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.

- Fodor's

This comfortable, rather than luxurious, five-star spa resort with it’s own strip of sandy beach mainly attracts young families.

- The Telegraph

Minoa Palace Resort & Spa 82

Platanias, Chania

This upscale Minoa Palace Resort & Spa is a beachfront resort in Patanias, near a few restaurants and shops but farther from popular tourist sites.

- Oyster

Porto Veneziano Hotel 89

Akti Enoseos & Glafkou

This three-star hotel, which is open all year round, easily merits an extra star for comfort, situation and service.

- The Telegraph

Casa Vitae Hotel 83

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.

- Lonely Planet

The aromas from herb bushes, lemon and lime trees and Crete’s largest olive grove make Kapsaliana Village Hotel smell like heaven on earth.

- Mr & Mrs Smith

Avli Lounge Apartments 87

Xanthoudidou 22 & Radamanthios

This flagship member of the prestigious Yades Hotels chain has set a high bar for boutique lodgings in Réthymno old town.

- The Telegraph

La Maison Ottomane 83

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.

- Oyster

Domes Noruz Chania 80

5 Padelaki Strati

There’s nothing square about Domes Noruz Chania.

- Mr & Mrs Smith

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