Embrace the Old World Charm of Casa dei Delfini

Discover the enchanting Casa dei Delfini, a boutique hotel elegantly perched within the historic heart of Rethymno, Crete. This architectural marvel, nestled at 66-70 Nikiforou Foka Street, is where the Renaissance meets the Orient amidst the cobblestoned charm of Crete’s jewel, the old town.

The meticulous restoration of two venerable buildings from the Venetian and Ottoman eras has given birth to a destination that boasts not just a façade with Renaissance and Ottoman masterpieces but also a living testament to the town’s rich history.

Casa dei Delfini is more than a hotel; it’s a museum-like sanctuary where every corner tells a story. The inner courtyard reveals a stunning stone dolphin mosaic, ancient wells, and a majestic dining hall adorned with five stone columns and arches, each with tales spanning centuries.

Here, the past and present fuse seamlessly, offering guests an unforgettable stay where authentic Cretan hospitality and modern comforts blend beautifully. Experience a slice of history, a touch of elegance, and a heartfelt appreciation of Crete’s timeless beauty at Casa dei Delfini, the perfect retreat for those seeking a unique getaway in Rethymno.

Casa dei Delfini
Based on 190 reviews
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Keith ChicquenKeith Chicquen
14:31 27 Dec 23
Stayed in the penthouse (2 people). Was large and the patio was superb. Excellent location in the heart of old town. Daily cleaning service and small kitchen, which was appreciated although we didn’t cook. Constantinos was very helpful and responses to all our requests plus provided sound recommendations. Rethymno is a fantastic place and with a rental car, it was easy to cross the island. One issue with hot water on our last day, which we didn’t mention. We would stay there again.
Anali DishmeyAnali Dishmey
16:57 18 Jul 23
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Rethymno. It's very close to stores and restaurants and located in the old town. Breakfast was delicious, staff was very friendly, and Konstantino and his mother were very kind and helpful all the time. The room was very comfortable, and we had everything we needed.
Yu LiuYu Liu
04:38 18 Jun 23
One of the cutest hotels in the heart of old town with a lot of vintage charm. The hotel is located on one of the Cutest street in town, quiet but also steps away from all the actions. We booked the penthouse with a private balcony which was beyond amazing. The stuff is super friendly and knowledgeable. Their dinner recommendations were def some of the best meals we had during our trip to Crete’s
Zoe RyanZoe Ryan
07:01 24 Apr 23
Location: perfect for exploring the old town, about a 5min walk from the fortress, shops and restaurants on your doorstep, about 10-15min from the bus station.Breakfast: very tasty continental section including a great yoghurt toppings, they also make you eggs to your liking.Room: our room was perfect for a couple with our needs, room is small but we didn’t spend much time there as we were out most of the time, useful there is a little kitchenette, love the venetian history of the room. Only niggle is that the shower temperature was a little temperamental.Would highly recommend if your staying in the area, great value for money.
14:58 03 Apr 23
The hotel is in an old building built in venetian style. It is absolutely stunning, modern but at the same time full of history. We loved everything...from our room to the food at breakfast. Location is perfect, right in the old town. The only thing we would improve is the temperature of hot water. We like it a little bit higher..but thats just our preference. Konstantin and his mother were friendly and helpful, and the two women at the restaurant were also very nice. The atmosphere here is just perfect for a relaxed vacation. Strongly recommend them.
Boutique Hotel
9 Rooms

What we liked the most

  • Majestic Renaissance and Ottoman architectural fusion
  • Intriguing museum-like interior courtyards
  • Luxurious rooms blending tradition with modernity
  • Impressive hall with ancient stone columns
  • Cutting-edge amenities for effortless comfort
  • Authentic Cretan hospitality, warmth in every greeting



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Rooms Overview

At Casa dei Delfini, each room unfolds its story through elegant decor and fine furnishings set against the timeless beauty of wood beam ceilings and stone walls. Air-conditioned for comfort, these units come with all modern conveniences, including flat-screen satellite TVs and safes. Selected rooms feature inviting seating and dining areas, crafting a perfect blend of luxury and homeliness. Whether for families or couples, it’s an idyllic haven for relaxation and romance.

Superior Studio Ground Floor

3 guests Kitchenette View into the courtyard

Stepping into the Superior Studio on the ground floor, guests are enveloped in the charm of an ancient Venetian mansion, its entrance guarded by the iconic “dolphin pebble” of the inner courtyard. Earthy tones and cool, welcoming spaces blend seamlessly, crafting an immersive Old Town Rethymno experience. This studio, accommodating up to three guests, promises a unique blend of history and comfort.

Standard Studio Ground Floor

2 guests Equipped kitchen Private terrace View into the courtyard

With its sensual ambiance, the Standard Studio on the ground floor features a captivating stone well and an arch cradling the double bed, illuminated by atmospheric lighting to accentuate its architectural heritage. Entering from the courtyard, marked by the “dolphin pebble,” guests find themselves in a romantic setting ideal for two, embodying the spirit of Old Town Rethymno.

Standard Studio First Floor

2 guests Balcony Equipped kitchen View into the courtyard

Once the heart of the mansion, the “museum” room on the first floor invites guests into living history with its preserved oven, fireplace, and hammam, all stone-crafted relics of a bygone era. Gazing out from the quaint balcony, the view of the “dolphin pebble” in the courtyard below weaves a connection to the storied past, offering guests an immersive, historical retreat.

Superior Studio First Floor

2-3 guests Balcony Kitchenette View into the courtyard

The Superior Studio on the first floor, once the grand “portego” welcoming visitors in the Venetian era, now offers a tranquil sanctuary bathed in natural light. Decorated in soothing earthy shades and framed by openings that embrace the day, its balcony overlooks the enchanting courtyard and “dolphin pebble.” A serene retreat for two, this space harmoniously blends history with contemporary comfort.

Superior Maisonette

4-5 guests Equipped kitchen Private terrace View into the city

The Superior Maisonettes at Casa dei Delfini, perched atop the historic building, offer a majestic two-story retreat with lofty ceilings and an airy open-plan layout leading to an interior patio and veranda. Bathed in sunlight through expansive windows, these spaces, once the heart of noble life and zenana, promise a unique and luminous stay steeped in the rich tapestry of Rethymno’s Old Town.

Junior Suite

3 guests Balcony Kitchenette One-bedroom suite View into the courtyard

The Junior Suites at Casa dei Delfini grace the first floor of an Ottoman mansion, transforming historical day-care rooms into havens of light and elegance. Large windows invite the sun to play on stone walls, marrying the old with the new in a selective design. Each suite, whether with a patio or balcony, offers a distinctive retreat in the heart of Old Town Rethymno.

Penthouse Suite

2 guests Jacuzzi One-bedroom suite Panoramic View Private terrace View into the city

Perched atop the Ottoman edifice, the Penthouse Suite offers unparalleled panoramic views, capturing the castle and mountain silhouettes against the Old City’s skyline. It is a realm of luxury divided into sleeping and living areas, bathed in light from numerous windows and featuring an indoor jacuzzi. It’s a sanctuary designed for sublime relaxation and enjoyment, providing a unique vantage point over Rethymno.

Services and facilities

Winter sun
Air conditioning
Airport / Port Transfer - Upon Request
Family rooms
Laundry Service
Non smoking rooms
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Taste the flavors


Begin each day at Casa dei Delfini with a delightful breakfast buffet, offering an array of choices to suit every palate. From continental to vegan and gluten-free options, the spread is wonderful and accommodating. Indulge in various fresh, flavorful selections that promise to energize and inspire your explorations in the heart of Rethymno.

About Sustainability


Citrus, the fruit of Promise, indicates that the property is noticeably eco-conscious as many areas of sustainability are addressed.

  • Eco-Friendly Practices: Casa dei Delfini champions recycling and eschewing single-use plastics and employs water-efficient fixtures to conserve resources.
  • Sustainable Dining: Offers predominantly locally sourced, organic food, including vegetarian and vegan options, reducing its carbon footprint.
  • Energy Efficiency: Utilizes LED lighting, double-glazed windows, and motion-controlled electricity for energy conservation.
  • Community Support: Invests in local community projects, promotes local artists, and prioritizes activities led by local guides.
  • Educational Initiatives: Provides guests valuable insights into local culture, ecosystems, and sustainable practices.

Explore the location

Nestled in the heart of Rethymno's historic old town, Casa dei Delfini offers a gateway to a world where Venetian elegance meets Ottoman charm. The narrow streets, lined with buildings that boast wooden parapets stretching out over the pathways, tell stories of a bygone era. Just a stone's throw away, the Historical and Folklore Museum, Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, and the Centre of Byzantine Art invite guests to delve deeper into the island's rich cultural tapestry.

Explore Rethymno like a local!

A short stroll leads to the lush Municipal Garden, a serene escape, and the imposing Fortezza Castle, perched majestically at 450 m, offering panoramic views of the city's past and present. For those seeking to explore beyond, the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna reveals the mysteries of ancient civilizations.

Rethymno Beach and nearby Koumbes and Platanes Beach provide sun-drenched sands just moments away, perfect for basking in the Cretan sun or diving into crystal-clear waters.

With Chania and Heraklion airports within easy reach, Casa dei Delfini is not just a retreat but a launchpad for exploring the enchanting island of Crete, where every corner is steeped in history and every view is a canvas.

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