At the Akali, Mediterranean hospitality is enhanced by the very generous breakfast buffet that offers continental favorites and a delicious variety of Cretan breakfast specialties. The hotel’s public spaces are embellished with local stone, traditional pieces of furniture and a distinct Cretan design element that adds personality and character.
The hotel’s rooms are equipped with mini bar, double-glazed windows, free wireless internet access, hairdryer and satellite television. There are a number of completely renovated suites that offer more space and luxury, featuring designer bathrooms with large shower spaces, sophisticated bedding, attractive art and view of the city.
Yet the best part of this experience is that the Akali is only a few minutes’ walk from the beach of Nea Chora and its traditional restaurants. It is also a 10-minute walk to the old harbor of Chania, a true jewel on the Mediterranean that mixes Greek, Venetian and Ottoman styles. You are indeed just minutes away by foot from one of the most beautiful harbors in the country, and just a drive away from some of the most amazing beaches in the world.
The comfort rooms at the Akali hotel are among the most comfortable in the Downtown Area of Chania, just minutes from the idyllic port and picturesque Koum Kapi area. These rooms offer either a town view to immerse you in the spirit of Chania or a pool view which is perfect if you want to keep an eye on the children or if you seek quieter accommodation.
In addition, the rooms either come with one large bed or two single beds, depending on your needs and on availability. In-room amenities include minibar, flat screen TV, safety deposit box, hair dryer, bedside lighting and control, double glazed windows, air-conditioning, sun-blocking shutters and bathroom toiletries. All the rooms have been renovated recently with new bedding, soothing colors and enhanced technology such as free high-speed wireless internet. These rooms offer excellent value for money and are a very short distance away from town, making them an ideal place to relax after exploring the island or participating in a conference.
There are several room types to choose from, such as town view for a genuine feel of Mediterranean life or pool view to keep an eye on children. Another important feature for families or business partners is the connecting rooms that provide easy and private access for up to five people without having to step outside their quarters. All the rooms boast free wireless internet access for unmatched connectivity 24 hours a day.
For families of four or five people, the interconnecting rooms represent an excellent choice, giving parents and children the convenience and privacy in unified accommodation with two rooms and two bathrooms. The family rooms are also popular with groups of friends or with businesspeople who desire quick access to each others’ rooms. These rooms offer all the comforts of the standard rooms.
Cretan cuisine is famous for its health benefits, and enjoying one’s food is a very important part of Greek and Cretan hospitality. The Akali Hotel invites you to ‘eat breakfast like a king’, as the saying goes. To be precise, like a Minoan king who used to feast on all the goods of the land. Fresh local fruit, ripe olives from the trees, sweet cheese pies (kalitsounia) and honey-topped donut balls (loukoumades) are just some of the breakfast favorites available for you to enjoy.
Once you enter the breakfast area in the lobby, you’ll be spoiled for choice from both eastern and western traditions. Try a more Cretan breakfast with white cheese, egg, olives, tomatoes, cucumber and local biscuits (koulourakia), or sample more continental favorites such as jam, butter, cake, toast and omelet. Different types of coffee, from American to Greek, in addition to a selection of teas, will render your morning a superb one. Worthy of note is the traditional Cretan coffee heated in a small pit of coal (Hovoli), right on the breakfast buffet. Prepare yourself for a superb breakfast.
Throughout the day, you can also order from a light and fresh room service menu with plenty of choices based on local ingredients. In the warmer months, you can also enjoy these favorites by the pool and its delightful snack bar, under the blue skies of Crete. In the meantime, all year round the cozy central bar off the lobby is popular with guests and their friends for a leisurely get-together, especially before going out or after a day at the beach. Enjoy a splendid hot coffee or cold Frappe coffee – a famous Greek specialty – in addition to a variety of snack items and sandwiches.