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Review: Casa Cook Chania, Crete, Greece

There are many reasons to love the Casa Cook Chania, the latest property to join the impeccably styled Casa Cook Hotels collection, is putting the ancient Cretan city of Chania front and centre, rivalling other Mediterranean islands like Ibiza and Santorini for boho chic.

The rule here, at both International Traveller and Australian Traveller magazines, is that we have to pay our own way and visit in secret if we plan to write a hotel review.

Our opinion is not for sale. And, inevitably, when hotels know that someone from a travel magazine is staying the night, they really turn it on, give us the out-of-the-ordinary royal treatment, which clearly could bias a review (the crux is: what does a ‘regular’ customer experience?).

In saying that, here are few things that will have you flocking to the Casa Cook Chania (apart from their island-chic design and rustic, textural interiors).

1. Its 14th-century Venetian harbour is utterly gorgeous, lined with buildings of Venetian and Turkish design and buzzing tavernas.
2. The Academy-Award winning Zorba the Greek was filmed around Chania; Nikos Kazantzakis, author of the novel the movie was based on, was from Crete. You can recreate the famous dance scene from the movie at Stavros Beach, a short drive from town.
3. Wandering Chania’s narrow streets and alleys is like walking through history: the Minoans, Venetians and Ottomans have all stamped their mark here. The best place to get a feel for these layers is at the Archaeological Museum of Chania, housed in the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis.
4. Another telling legacy of Chania’s rich history is its mix of synagogues, mosques and Orthodox churches dotted throughout town.

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