Azade Boutique Hotel: Serenity in the Heart of Old Town in Chania
Tucked away within the timeless embrace of Chania’s Venetian walls, Azade Boutique Hotel whispers tales of a bygone era. This 17th-century gem carries a storied past, having once sheltered an enigmatic Ottoman Pasha, his name obscured by history’s relentless passage. Subsequently, it became the sanctuary of the charismatic American poet and artist Charles Henri Ford, who gave birth to poetic masterpieces within these hallowed walls.
Azade, derived from Persian, encapsulates the essence of nobility, kindness, and free-spiritedness. Just as Chania itself wears the vestiges of countless cultures, Azade reveres the rich tapestry of traditions that have woven its intricate fabric.
Step into this architectural marvel, where centuries-old materials entwine with artful decor, ushering you into an era of elegance. Venture out into the heart of Old Town Chania, a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, cafes exuding echoes of history, and quaint shops brimming with hidden treasures.
In the heart of the boutique hotel lies an open courtyard, a serene oasis where you can indulge in al fresco breakfasts, tempting snacks, and evening libations by the tranquil waters.
The hotel unveils nine private suites, each adorned with lofty ceilings and sprawling spaces, providing a haven for your senses. Here, you’ll seize your personal freedom – the freedom to unwind, explore, contemplate, and love. Azade is your refuge, where the past and present converge, inviting you to script your extraordinary narrative. Your unforgettable vacation awaits in the heart of Chania’s Old Town, where history, poetry, and serenity unite under the banner of Azade Boutique Hotel.
What we liked the most
- A 380-year-old legacy, home to an Ottoman Pasha and poet
- Time-travel through 17th-century aesthetics and decor
- High-ceilinged, spacious suites for unwinding in tranquility
- Al fresco dining in the charming, serene courtyard
- Private balconies and terraces with breathtaking town and sea views
- The perfect base to explore Chania and Western Crete
Indulge in Azade's exclusive retreat, where each of the nine suites offers a personal haven. From private balconies, you'll gaze upon the enchanting panorama of the Historical town, the Old Harbor, and the vast expanse of the sea. These spacious accommodations, ranging from 40 to 90 sq.m, blend modern elegance and historical charm. Unwind in the serene luxury of high ceilings and enjoy a dining table, a mini refrigerator, and your own tailored wine cooler.
Elevate your escape in the Superior Double Room. A private veranda opens to breathtaking Chania’s Old Harbor vistas, a picturesque canvas for your stay. The 40m² space, adorned with a luxurious king-size bed and a pristine bathroom, offers a tranquil retreat that encapsulates the timeless beauty of the Old Port.
Discover the charm of the 59m2 Maisonette. Upstairs, a master bedroom with an en-suite rainshower bathroom awaits, while downstairs, a secondary ‘oda’ sofa bed with a private bathroom provides comfort. The semi-private terrace offers enchanting views of the Old Town, providing the perfect setting for a unique Chania experience. An experience that blends history and modern luxury awaits.
Step into the One-Bedroom Suite, a spacious 41-66m2 haven. Wake up to views of Old Town and the Venetian Harbor from your façade balcony. With a comfortable king-size bed and an inviting ‘oda’ sofa bed, this suite offers an unforgettable retreat. Your Azade experience begins here.
Immerse yourself in the essence of Chania with the One-bedroom Suite featuring Old Harbor views. This spacious 63m2 retreat on the 3rd floor offers an open bedroom with a king-size bed, a generous living area, and a bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and separate toilet. But the real showstopper is the corner balcony, providing breathtaking vistas of the Old Venetian Harbor. Surrender to the charm of Chania from your private oasis.
The enchanting, unique Cretan Living Suite on the 3rd floor is a timeless retreat with a one-of-a-kind design. This 58.12m² suite offers an open-space bedroom, separate shower and toilet, and an ‘odas’ sofa bed in the attic. The pièce de résistance is the private veranda, an open-air sanctuary with an external shower. Immerse yourself in the unique 1640 AD ambiance of AZADE’s origins.
Introducing the Two-Bedroom Suite (97m2) – a masterpiece of comfort and Cretan charm. A king-size bed in the master bedroom offers restful nights, while the secondary bedroom accommodates your dreams with an ‘oda’ queen-size sofa bed. Two en-suite bathrooms and unique Cretan architectural accents define the experience. Designed for accessibility, this suite ensures every guest finds serenity within its elegant embrace.
With access to the serene shared al fresco yard.
Azade’s Grand Suite, a top-floor haven at 63m², redefines luxury. Featuring two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a chic living area, it immerses you in stunning aesthetics. Step onto your private terrace with an outdoor shower, seating, and sun loungers, revealing captivating views of the Old Venetian Harbor and Chania’s historic town. Experience an elevated escape where memories are crafted.
The Azade Residence, a captivating 85.35m² suite, beckons with two bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, and the warm embrace of a fireplace. Cretan architectural authenticity meets contemporary luxury on the 2nd floor of the main building, with a private entrance offering glimpses of the charming neighborhood street above. Discover a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, an experience that will linger in your memory.
With access to the serene shared al fresco yard.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Azade’s breakfast is an exquisite journey into the heart of Crete. Savor a delicious, homemade breakfast, cooked to order, featuring the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy it in the privacy of your room or amidst the serene charm of the Al Fresco Dining area.
Breakfast is served from 08:00 am to 11:00 am.
Azade’s restaurant is a culinary sanctuary on the ground floor overlooking one of the city’s beloved passages. Embrace the flavors and heritage of Crete with carefully selected ingredients sourced from local farmers. From refreshing Cretan salads to artisanal cheese rusks and more, savor the region’s essence in every bite, all while supporting the local community.
Olive Tree is often a symbol of success, as sustainability seems embedded into the property’s identity and DNA.
- Historical Preservation: Azade's story begins with its historical significance, dating back to 1680 AD, once graced by the Ottoman Pasha and renowned American Poet Charles Henri Ford. Its restoration focused on preserving its original aesthetics and materials, a sustainable approach rooted in history.
- Heritage Building Materials: Most of the building materials are meticulously retained from the Venetian and Ottoman eras, respecting the history of the place and reducing the ecological footprint.
- Eco-conscious Amenities: Wooden reusable key cards exemplify the commitment to eco-friendliness. In partnership with the Greek brand MYRRO, Azade offers bio-organic refillable amenities that reduce waste and promote sustainable living.
- Local Sourcing: Azade's sustainable ethos extends to its culinary experience, supporting local farm-to-table producers, connecting guests with the region's finest, and boosting the local economy.
- Recycling Initiative: With a well-structured recycling process, Azade minimizes waste, contributing to a cleaner, greener environment.
- Digital Solutions: Introducing an in-room app minimizes paper usage and encourages eco-conscious habits, promoting a paperless environment.
Explore the location
Azade Boutique Hotel stands as a time-honored sentinel in the historic Venetian Harbor of Chania, where the whispers of the past blend seamlessly with the lively spirit of the present. This vibrant neighborhood, dating back to the 14th century, houses the iconic Venetian lighthouse, a striking beacon of history lovingly preserved.
Strolling through the cobbled streets will lead you to captivating cafes, enchanting restaurants with live music, and charming boutiques. You can effortlessly indulge in retail therapy, taste Cretan delicacies, and relish the embrace of local culture.
Venture further into the heart of Crete, where the secrets of antiquity come to life. Explore the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, where Europe's first city and civilization were born. Wander the charming lanes of Rethymno's Old Town on your way back.
For the culturally inclined, delve into the world of art and religion. Visit a local ceramist's workshop to discover the craft of pottery and the Monastery of Chrysopigi to understand the daily life of monks. For a unique gastronomic adventure, journey through the picturesque villages at the foot of the White Mountains, savoring traditional Cretan cuisine.
Azade Boutique Hotel invites you to explore the rich tapestry of Chania's history, the breathtaking landscapes, and the warm embrace of Cretan culture, all within your reach, ensuring an unforgettable journey through this timeless location.
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