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SanSal Boutique Hotel, Chania

Modern hotel near Chania's Old Town, offering luxury rooms, a rooftop infinity pool, sea views, and local cuisine

Overview

The clean and modern SanSal Boutique Hotel is located on the outskirts of Chania's Old Town. The 23 rooms all have balconies, but only the higher rooms have sea views. This wheelchair-accessible hotel welcomes kids over 11, so it's mostly geared to couples and business travelers, but it's a good option for families too (and those with limited mobility). If you're looking for a centrally located quality hotel close to Old Town, the SanSal is a great option.

Kimkim's Take

Olivia
Olivia Typaldos kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, February 2023 (Learn more)
Pros
  • The SanSal has a stellar view of the sea from its rooftop, which features a bar and a pool.
  • The entire hotel is wheelchair-accessible. 
  • The hotel is open year-round, which makes it a great option for travelers heading to Crete in the off-season or winter.
Cons
  • The hotel isn't located in the Old Town, a location some travelers prefer. 
  • While the hotel is open year-round, the rooftop pool is only open seasonally.

Authenticity

The SanSal was built in 2020 and opened that same year, so while it doesn’t have the historical charm of some other Chania hotels, it does have authentic Cretan hospitality. While Greeks generally are known for their hospitality or philoxenia ("friend of the stranger," which dates back to ancient Greece—the idea is that one should be nice to the stranger because he may be Zeus in disguise), Cretans are known to take it to the next level. As SanSal's manager noted, this hotel offers "more than 5-star service" because hospitality is what guests remember as much as a nice room or view. So, if you're taking a late flight, feel free to leave your bags with reception and take a shower in the business center, or talk to anyone at the front desk to see what local tips and insights they can give you.

Location

The SanSal Boutique Hotel is located just outside the western edge of Old Town, five minutes by foot from the start of the Venetian Harbor. Walk to the Firka Fortress in five minutes and be in the cobblestoned streets of Old Town in the same amount of time. The start of the Chania Lighthouse path is 20 minutes away by foot, or if you're in a beachy mood, head in the other direction to get to Nea Chora Beach in just 10 minutes walking (or five driving).

Rooms & Bathrooms

The 23 rooms of the SanSal are all clean, modern, light, and open. All of the rooms have balconies that are the same size and while they all do face the sea, they don't all have sea views due to the tree line just in front of the hotel. Book a room on a higher floor to ensure you have a clear view of the nearby water. The rooms are all spacious and comfortably sleep up to two people. There are sofabeds in some suites. Those looking to soak in a tub can check out the junior suite, while the premium suite has wraparound windows. There's one deluxe suite with a private pool and one ADA-compliant room for travelers with wheelchairs.

Amenities

The hotel's rooftop infinity pool is a major plus. The same space features a natural grass lawn, a bar, and a lounge, all with sea views. Be sure to grab a spot in the pool or at the bar for sunset, as the SanSal offers one of the best sunset views around. There's no gym or spa, but the hotel is outfitted to welcome travelers with limited mobility.

Family-Friendliness

The hotel isn't the best option for families with kids, as the minimum required age is 11 years old. Most rooms only accommodate two people.

Other Highlights

Breakfast is included, and guests can choose between an a la carte menu or a breakfast buffet. The hotel's modern restaurant focuses on local Cretan cuisine for lunch and dinner. Drinks are available from both the restaurant and the poolside bar.

Hotel Information

Hotel stars icon 4-star Hotel
Hotel phone icon +30 2821070755
Hotel address icon Chania Old Town district
Free wifi

Traveler Reviews

6 total ratings, 4 with reviews
4.8 out of 5
Feature ratings
Authenticity & Character
4.7
Location
4.8
Staff
4.8
Cleanliness & Comfort
5.0
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Helen O.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023
Great location, walking distance to Old Town. Read more

Great location, walking distance to Old Town.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy walking distance to attractions, restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in October 2023
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Stephen W.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2023
Great location with awesome rooftop bar and infinite pool. Read more

Great location with awesome rooftop bar and infinite pool.

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Stayed in June 2023
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Elizabeth S.
Columbus, OH | Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023
This is a nice, modern hotel. It does not have a ton of charm, but it is clean and pleasantly furnished, with comfortable beds and nice toiletries. Staff was pleasant and helpful. It is located right outside the old city of Chania, on the sea. We had a nice big terrace, with lovely views. Read more

This is a nice, modern hotel. It does not have a ton of charm, but it is clean and pleasantly furnished, with comfortable beds and nice toiletries. Staff was pleasant and helpful. It is located right outside the old city of Chania, on the sea. We had a nice big terrace, with lovely views.

Authenticity & Character
It is perfectly fine, but modern, so not a lot of "character."
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in March 2023
Cindy
Cindy S.
Erlanger, KY | Reviewed on Sep 02, 2022
Clean with the most amazing views! Read more

Clean with the most amazing views!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stayed in August 2022