It finally feels like spring – hallelujah! I can’t wait to spend a little time outdoors this weekend relaxing. I’ve managed to sneak out for a few bits here and there but at this time of year I’m always anxious for some sun on my face. (Please please please)
The Ammos Hotel is a offbeat yet upscale choice west of Chania. The relatively small 33-room hotel was initially constructed in the 80s and was given a full revamp in 2008. The owner, Nikos Tsepetis and the designer, Elisa Manola, kept a firm hand on the overall design which included both the interiors and furnishings.
The white exteriors seems pretty par for the course but the interiors reveal bright colors and details that set this hotel well apart from the average in the area. Rooms feature large bathrooms with Corian countertops, custom teak furniture and subtle art deco-inspired details. Gooms feature balconies or terraces with ocean views while suites also offer kitchenettes.
Surprisingly though, the shining star of the hotel is the food. The Ammos has garnered a reputation as something of a foodie destination in the area for serving up amazing Greek dishes like meatballs and calamari for dinner along with wonderful wine from the local monasteries. For breakfast, expect mizithra cheese, yogurt, tiropita pies, alongside with eggs and bacon.
The restaurant itself is breezy and open concept, featuring a wild collection of mismatched designer dining chairs. A Bisazza wall mosaic, arabesque tiled floors and a glass curio cabinet filled with treasures from local flea markets enhance the eclectic feel.
The tiny onsite spa offers a rather large range of treatments including salt scrubs and Thai massage.
Irakli Avgoula Str. Chania
T. +30 28210 33003-25
Rooms from 120€.
Happy weekend you guys! It’s raining here and despite that I’m filled with energy and optimism. I have a bunch of things on the go and I guess I’m rather excited about it all. I also am so glad I took some time to be outside on Monday when it was still sunny out because it looks like that’s not happening again for a while. There’s a seize the moment lesson in there right? Anyways, whatever you have planned, I hope it’s great and hopefully rain free! xx
In the hotel world, budget usually means kinda icky in one way or another. But thankfully I think that is fast changing. The Student Hotel Amsterdam in Amsterdam is a great example of what can be done with a small price tag. The hotel caters to students and “flashpackers” (someone please kill that word) it looks wonderfully modern, relaxed and fun – things that are well out of reach even for some hotel chains.
The 707 room is mostly reserved for private student accommodation but rooms are always earmarked for the casual traveller. Room rates include full use of the facilities and communal kitchens. Room design is spartan but efficient and serve as an excellent foil for the bright quirky touches in the public spaces.
It doesn’t skimp on amenities either. A games room, gym and restaurant are all available for guests. The hotel also offers VANMOOF bikes for the use of long-stay guests. Gatherings like barbecues and film screenings are regularly held throughout various hotel areas, giving the place a lively feel.
Hi! I'm Jenn - an interior designer and writer in the throes of an ongoing love affair with everything design-related. This blog is where I explore my various passions - mainly interior design, fashion, travel and food. Let's go for a ride.