An air of grandeur surrounds the Casa Delfino, from its Venetian-style courtyard with fountain and mosaics secluded behind decorative wrought-iron gates to its marble floors and decorative antiques. It’s quite the most exclusive address in Chania, set within a 17thC Venetian mansion that has been restored with an eye for luxury. That said, the Casa Delfino is not snooty: the atmosphere is informal and the staff are friendly and helpful. It is close to the busy harbourside, but set back in a quiet alley so it doesn’t suffer from noise pollution at night, and it has fine rooftop views over the castle, the old quarter, and the mountains beyond. The suites are extremely luxurious and are individually designed, with seperate living and sleeping areas; the colour scheme, in creamy hues that echo the marble public areas and exterior, is neutral. Facilities are up to the minute – dataports and modem connections are available, but unfortunately there is no swimming pool.