Chania's best—and affordable—standard hotels reflect the city's diverse past and culture with landmark buildings, prime locations, and Cretan hospitality and cuisine. Whatever your budget, you can experience the best that Chania has to offer from a hotel that captures one or more parts of the city's distinct character.

Mosaic Urban Rooms

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Book your room based on the patterned floor you like (photo courtesy of Mosaic Hotel)

Located in Chania's modern city center, less than 10 minutes by foot from Old Town, Mosaic Urban Rooms brings Chania's more recent history to life in its 18 rooms. This 1937 building was first erected as an English school, and the hotel retains its original details, such as colorful patterned tiled floors. These tiles give the hotel its name and bring a welcome sense of history and authenticity to this ideal space for couples, families, and friends.

Each room has a different floor design, so pick one based on what speaks to you. Several rooms have sofabeds for an extra guest, and connecting options are available for larger parties. All except for the economy feel spacious and roomy, and several have balconies overlooking the city. Folks with mobility issues should be aware that while there is an elevator, the rooms all have steps up into bathrooms. 

A bar on the ground floor serves coffee and refreshments, and while there's no restaurant, the hotel's central location gives you access to various food and drink options in both the new and old city. Walk to Old Town and the Venetian Harbor in 10 minutes or drive there in five and reach the start of the lighthouse path in 15. The hotel works with a nearby private parking lot for guests to use and is located just a few blocks from KTEL, the bus station of Chania, for those who want to explore other parts of the island.

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Porto Veneziano hotel

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Larger suites offer lounge space and sea views (photo courtesy of Porto Veneziano)

It's impossible to miss the Porto Veneziano from its prime location on the east end of Chania's harbor, where it has stood for 50 years. This family-run hotel offers 57 simple rooms with sea views and shines in its waterfront location next to the start of the lighthouse path. Facilities include a restaurant with Cretan cuisine and a parking lot, which is a big plus since parking near the car-free Old Town during the high season can be challenging.

Standard rooms have space just for a bed and small desk, so check out larger rooms for a bit more comfort. All rooms have balconies that face either the city or the sea, and since the harbor can get quite busy during the summer, book a higher floor for more quiet. There are triples with sofabeds for extra guests, but generally, the rooms most comfortably sleep up to two people. The staff is hospitable, and the hotel has maintained the warmth of a family-run business in this space just five minutes from Old Town.

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Elia Bettolo Hotel

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Relax with a harbor and lighthouse view (photo courtesy of Elia Bettolo)

Standing on the border of Old Town and Chania's new city, the Elia Bettolo has 20 rooms best suited for solo travelers or couples. The hotel has an elevator—less common in Old Town—and a breakfast area for guests to have refreshments and homemade treats. 

All rooms have balconies, and those looking for something extra can book the one-bedroom suite, which has a sweeping panoramic view of Chania's harbor and the lighthouse. The one-bedroom suite has a sofa bed for additional guests, but overall, the rooms most comfortably sleep up to two people. The rooms are more spacious than a typical city hotel, featuring nice design elements like bespoke olive wood furnishings and a splash of color on the walls. The area below the hotel gets busy in the high season, so book a room higher up if you're a light sleeper.

Walk down Skrydlof Street or "Stivanadika," Chania's street of leather-makers, into the heart of Old Town or head in the other direction to explore the new city with its various restaurants, bars, and galleries. The Venetian harbor and waterfront restaurants are just five minutes away, while sites like the Firka Fortress and lighthouse path are all less than 10.

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