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Dorothy's Dream: a historic residence ovelooking the Venetian Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Enjoy a luxury stay in ample space with magnficent views and exclusive terrace

Dorothy’s Dream is located in one of Chania’s most exquisite national monuments. The 200 sqm residence is on the top floor of the “Palazzo del Rettore”, a building dating from the 14th century with spectacular views of the Chania Venetian Harbour.

Set high on the fortified hill at the heart of the old town, the residence offers spectacular views to the Chania Venetian Harbour including the famous lighthouse, the Maritime Museum of Crete and the Giali Tzami Mosque as well as to the “Big Blue” Aegean Sea from all its northern rooms. Its south and east oriented rooms offer views to the old city and the small “piazza” with the lemon trees connecting the rest of the traditional residences. Its large rooftop terrace enjoys a bird’s eye, 360º unobstructed view to the “White Mountains” of Chania, the Old Harbour and the nearby beaches at the horizon.

There are four rooms:

1. The Rector’s Suite which sleeps 2-4 persons with a king size bed and a bed-sofa which can be converted into two separate single beds. It includes an en-suite bathroom and a private balcony with a superb view of the Venetian Harbour.

2. Dorothy’s Room sleeps 3 persons with one double and one single bed. It has a private balcony and views towards both the Harbor and the White Mountains. It shares a bathroom with the Red Room.

3. The Romantic Room is a spacious room that sleeps 2-4 persons, with a double bed and a single bed that unfolds into two separate single beds. It has an en-suite bathroom and a view to the White Mountains and the Palazzo yard.

4. Need more space? We have one more room which we call the Red Room due to the Sienna colour of its walls. It is a smaller yet very cosy room. With one double bed it can accommodate up to two persons and offers views to the Venetian Harbour, the small backstreets of the old town and the White Mountains. It shares the main bathroom with Dorothy’s Room.

The residence includes a fully equipped kitchen, a living/dining room and exclusive access to the terrace.

More Details

Alexandros Melengovits
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Greek
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2017

About Alexandros Melengovits

We are a family living between Crete and Athens. We acquired Dorothy's Dream in 2008 and, following a major renovation, we used it as our holiday home for several years. Since 2014 we have turned Dorothy's Dream into a for-hire residence hoping to give the opportunity to guests from all over the world to enjoy this magnificent historic location with all the modern amenities.

Why Alexandros Melengovits chose Old Town

This is a unique property because of its unparalleled location, magnificent views, spacious rooms, classic decoration and exclusive terrace.

What makes this apartment unique

If you are looking for a place for a sizeable group of people (up to 13 persons) because you are travelling with your extended family or group of friends and you are looking for taste, comfort, beauty in a city environment and the best possible view, this is the right place for you!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Old Town in Chania

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Rector's Suite bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Romantic Room bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Dorothy's & Red Room bathrom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • The Rector's Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Dorothy's Room - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    The Romantic room - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    The Red room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming


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Dorothy's Dream: a historic residence ovelooking the Venetian Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This home is spectacular!!! Very convenient location in Chania, close to everything with an easy walk. This four bedroom, three bath home has everything you need and much more. Fully equipped kitchen and beautiful bedrooms with king beds in the two master bedrooms. Beautiful small balconies facing the port of Chania with a huge rooftop oasis (fully furnished) with 360 views of all of Chania including the sea and mountains plus the city itself. The owner, Alexandros was very, very thoughtful and helpful about his home and provided helpful hints throughout making our stay perfect. In addition, he had his concierge, Zoe, meet us at our van (we had six adults and a 3 Y/O with lots of luggage) with a porter, Matthew, to transfer our bags to the apartment since it is up a long flight of stairs. Zoe then gave us a terrific overview of the house and Chania over Greek hors d’oeuvres and a special Raki toast for all. Zoe again met us on our departure and transferred (with porter Constantin) us and our luggage to our airport can. Alexandros provided maid service each day with two wonderful people, Diana and Eleni who were super and also made our 3 Y/O feel welcome as they cleaned for us. Wonderful vacation made very special by Alexandros and his amazing staff.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Thank you so much for your kind words! This is the kind of feedback that inspires to do our best! Sincerely, Alex
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South Florida

This is a beautiful Apt in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay here. We had plans to explore the area but as soon as we saw the Apt we decided to stay put! Zoe met us and made a wonderful spread. She was so hospitable, explaining the tradition of the Dakos she made for us and explaining the wonderful history of the building. We bought supplies at the local market and cooked on the roof as the sunset over beautiful chania. I hope to come back here some day soon with my family and stay longer so we can explore beautiful Crete. Thank you Alex, Zoe, and Diana for a perfect stay!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Beautiful property! Would love to visit again.

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in Dorothy's Dream for 3 nights while on vacation in Greece. There were only 4 of us and my daughters loved the super spacious rooms. Beautiful property with amazing views and really nice rooftop outdoor space with fantastic views of old town. Definitely recommend this property. There are a lot of steps to get up to the apartment but manager had porter to help with bags. Loved meeting Zoe and appreciated all of the recommendations for things to do and see. My family loved Chania!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing! Once in a lifetime.

  • 5 of 5

This property is a jewel! Sits just one block off the Venetian port on quiet street. Perfect location for dinners, and nightlife to enjoy the harbor and lighthouse area. The property is large, easily shared with multiple couples or families. Everything is very clean in this 17th century property. The daily housekeeping is an added advantage. This is the only way to go for a large group wanting to enjoy all the Chania has to offer. The views from this property are breathtaking!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredibly charming home in the heart of Chania with beautiful harbor views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly wonderful stay at Dorothy's Dream! Zoe our hostess was very helpful and always available for questions...she even gave us a Greek cell phone to reach her if needed. The location is ideal and views could not be more spectacular. The kitchen was fully stocked with MORE than we could ask for as well as any amenities. Dorothy's dream truly set a high bar as far as what can be expected when renting through homeaway. Next year if all goes as planned, I hope to be returning again with my family.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Huge apartment, with the best view in town

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how wonderful this place is. I visited with my extended family, 6 adults and two small children, and there was plenty of room for us to all feel comfortable. Communication with the owner and local host was so easy, and we felt very well cared for. The apartment itself is stunning-- big rooms, tall ceilings, balconies overlooking the harbor, and the most amazing roof terrace. This is a first-class accommodation in the very center of a wonderfully interesting town. We felt so lucky to have spent a week there. Book it! Right now!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and the recognition! We are happy to have contributed to your family memories!
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Chania International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Chania port bars
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Souda Port
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Chania-Rethymno National Road
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Chania port restaurants
Nearest Beach
1.6 Kilometres
Nea Hora
Car: recommended

There are many museums in the vicinity of Dorothy's Dream, several archeological sites and a beautiful port promenade with shops, bars and restaurants all within walking distance.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Old Town, Chania area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Dec 17 - Mar 18
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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