This intimate boutique hotel is located in the seafront of the 700 years old Venetian harbour of Chania and embodies the very essence of chic comfort and a modern luxury feeling in a historical neoclassical building in Crete.
The building used to be the private residence of Ambassador R. Krüger and his wife Wilhelmine, who built it during 1890 when he first came to the island. Krüger was a very complex personality, as he had studied archeology, fine arts and economics. He was a lover of photography and created a lot of post cards referring to the city, that have been saved until today. He reopened, with the help of Wilhelmine, the Pet Rescue Association and rescued a lot of antiques found neglected in the villages nearby. He influenced a lot the historical events of his time as a diplomat but also the economy and technology of the first years of the Greek Cretan people. He cofounded the first factories of cement tiles and oil refinement and he influenced the use and elaboration of many materials that he imported and exported. (metal, fabric, ceramics, glass, paper, wood, fertilizer for planting, cigars ,leather, soda, beer, soap etc.)
So as a reference to these material benefits he made in the local economy, the design concept was that each room will be unique and depict in a contemporary way Krügers benefits to the island.
Each of the nine rooms is a representative of wood, glass, fabric, cement, ceramic, paper, mosaic, porcelain and metal. The common element, that combines the different materials, as to have an overall consistent language, is the contemporary translation of a pattern we found in the existing building, a cement tile, made in Krügers factory last century. So this pattern emerges in each room in different scales and material.
The design concept is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic Cretan soul. Its sleek, modern lines are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings, an eco-friendly approach and the reuse of old materials. The Mediterranean sun is filling all the rooms of the building through big windows and skylights.
Its 360 view of the sea and the Old Harbour of Chania would leave the guests astonished.