Domus Renier Boutique Hotel

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Discover the Domus Renier Boutique Hotel, which was once private residence for the Renier family during the 17th century.

A member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2017, the Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is one of the best holiday destinations in Chania, Greece. An architectural masterpiece originally built as a private residence for a noble family in 1608, the Domus Renier Boutique Hotel first opened as a hotel in 2016. Beautifully restored and renovated, the hotel still retains the classic architectural elements that reflect an era in which members of the Renier family lived for several hundred years. The hotel’s beautiful seafront location gives guests a glimpse into the city’s fabled past, where it served as the first defense against invading armies from ancient Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire.

The Dukedom of Crete was given as a fiefdom to Dandolo Renier by the Venetians in 1207. His new overlords instructed that Renier could keep his noble titles, so long as he maintained his own army to protect the island from marauding bands of pirates. The Renier Mansion, part of which is within the Domus Renier Boutique Hotel, was founded some four centuries later in 1608, as evidenced by the inscription on the impressive entrance arch. Then in 1644, a year before Chania succumbed to the Turks, only 27 families still possessed titles of Venetian Nobility. The Reniers were the only members of that prestigious group to persevere, retaining their surname to this very day. And their namesake residence exists as well, currently maintained as the "Domus Renier Boutique Hotel." Hotel historians say that: “doges, politicians, diplomats, army commanders, and countesses have lived and died, loved and hated, pulled political strings, and ruled from the rooms of this very townhouse.”

The mansion's transformation into a wonderful holiday destination occurred in late 2013 and lasted for three years (June 2016). Overseen by architects Aristomenis and Giorgos Varoudakis, the project brilliantly mophed the building's fine guestrooms into world-renwoned accommodations. Yet, the Varoudakis' endeavored to ensure that its rich architectural heritage was conserved for future generations to appreciate. Today, the Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is a small luxury hotel of nine guestrooms and suites, which are all different from one another in both size and identity. The hotel’s accommodations also feature the names of key figures that once played a part in the establishment of Crete. They cleverly serve as the “room numbers” for those spectacular spaces. Guests can even observe period frescoes inside the entrance lounge. The Domus Renier Boutique Hotel is truly where culture and charm meld together seamlessly within a historical setting.

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    According to modern scholars, the Venetians bought Crete in 1204. They subsequently presided over the domain for the next four centuries, until their rule came to an end with the arrival of the Ottomans during the 17th century. To establish its hold over the island, though, the Serenissima had to fight for eight years against the Genoan Count of Malta. When they finally took control, the Venetians named the island Regno Di Candia (Kingdom of Crete). Cretans, being Greek Orthodox Christians, did not voluntarily accept Venetian domination. For almost two centuries they fought for their country, claiming their freedom with 27 successive revolutions. In 1252, the Venetians crushed the last of them by use of brutal military force and subsequently set about leaving their mark on the island, in various ways.

    Construction on this massive fortified city commenced in 1538 by the Venetians, but ceased with the Ottoman conquest of the city. Some parts of the Venetian fortifications were expanded, strengthened, and restructured amid that period of Ottoman occupation. Some distinguished aspects of the ancient city include the statuesque Egyptian Lighthouse, which stands guard over Chania harbor. The entire area, including its classic architecture, spectacular towers, awe-inspiring gates, tranquil monasteries, opulent palaces, clandestine underground exits and entrances, and historic fortifications are pending designation as a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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