We’ve been travelling more than five months now, and have stayed in all sorts of budget hotels, hostels, and apartments, but this is the first time we’ve stayed in a place with the toilet in the shower. To say our hotel has character is an understatement. It’s located right in the old town of Chania, Crete (Greece) in a building that is probably four or five hundred years old.
Old town Chania is very old – middle ages – but most of the construction seems to be from venetian fortification in the 16 and 1700s – like the lighthouse below.
The lighthouse is at the end of a causeway that frames in the port of the old town – a cobble-stoned, quaint town center (filled with tourists) in the middle of spawling Chania.
Behind the boardwalk, like any great old town, it’s a bit of a maze. Not as bad as Rhodes – where the streets are designed to intentionally get invaders lost – but there are all sorts of alleys and dead ends. When we arrived, dragging our luggage through the tiny streets with a map on the phone – we were a little stumped trying to find the hotel. We found the street, but the number didn’t seem to exist – of course none of the hotels are large – most only have a half dozen rooms so you have to look carefully to find them.
Fortunately, this place is filled with friendly, helpful people, and a few men directed us to a parallel alley – with exact same name as our street. As we were walking down the alley looking for our hotel, another man – sitting on a scooter – asked us what hotel we were looking for. Once we said the name, he asked me my name, looked on a piece of paper and said he’d show us to our room – pointing to another building and saying that’s where the reception was – if we needed it. We’ve stayed in a lot of places, but we’ve never been met by a guy sitting on a scooter in a alley waiting for us!
We didn’t really check in – he just showed up our room – and pointed out that part of the terrace was for our room. That’s our terrace in the photo below – the one with the two umbrellas (ours is the one to the left in the photo).
He had to tell us that – because there is no door to the terrace from our room. We have to crawl through the window. He muttered something about not being able to get a building permit to make a door.
I guess the also couldn’t get a building permit to create a proper bathroom, because I am not exaggerating when I say there is a toilet in the shower. If you sit on the toilet – your feet are in the shower. I think we’re going to start reading the reviews on trip adviser a little more carefully; we couldn’t figure out why this place either had great or terrible reviews. Now we know. It all depends if people find it quirky and unusual, or just disgusting. I’m not sure which way I’m leaning. The terrace sure is nice – and the location can’t be beat. If you’re wondering what this bathroom looks like, I’ve include a photo – because it is just that unbelievable.