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Review: Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

To the point Check out our review of the Domes Noruz Chania Hotel, Autograph Collection located in Crete (Greece) near the city of Chania. Obtained with Marriott Bonvoy points.

An affordable hotel with Marriott Bonvoy points

The Domes Noruz Chania Hotel, Autograph Collection is category 7.

This means it costs 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to stay overnight. At the time of our stay, in the middle of summer, it cost nearly CA$ 850 for one night…!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - rates

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The Domes Noruz Chania Hotel, Autograph Collection is for adults only. It is particularly appreciated because of its exceptional location, but also because of the luxury of its facilities.

Whether you choose to pay in cash... or points, this one will be very expensive!

This hotel is the kind of little pleasure you get for a couple getaway for example!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

If you redeem your points to stay 5 nights at this hotel, you will only pay 4 nights! This is the case in all Marriott Bonvoy hotels, read more here.

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Each one offers a nice welcome bonus and the ability to earn Marriott Bonvoy points on each of your purchases.

You could have both Marriott Bonvoy cards and collect your points in your Marriott Bonvoy account!

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This means that the 5 points-privilege accumulated per dollar of purchases in certain categories:

  • grocery stores
  • restaurants and bars
  • convenience stores
  • delivery of food at home

… allow you to get the equivalent of 6 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar of purchases!

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Our review of Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

As part of our one-week trip to Crete – without the kids – we stayed 2 nights at this Domes Noruz Chania hotel, Autograph Collection.

Location

The Domes Noruz Chania Hotel, Autograph Collection is conveniently located on the northwest coast of Crete, close to the city of La Canée / Chania.

His address: 5 Strati Pantelaki Street, Agioi Apostoloi Chania-Crete, Greece 73100

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - location

Arrival

About a 25-minute drive from Chania Airport, domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection is located at the end of an alleyway overlooking the beaches.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

If you are in a rental car, a valet will take care of your car. Our luggage is taken care of too, and we will see them back in our room.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

The Domes Noruz Chania Hotel, Autograph Collection had agreed to an early arrival at 2pm due to our Titanium Elite status.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

During check-in at the reception, we were offered a welcome cocktail to enjoy on the sofas of the adjoining bar.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

It must be said that this cocktail bar is rather original!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

After some formalities, we are invited by one of the receptionists to visit all the hotel facilities: swimming pools, beach, spa, gym, restaurant… before finally reaching our room.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

Anecdote of blogger’s spouse/travel hacker: it is usually necessary to allow “time” to take all photos and videos BEFORE you can enter the room.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

The living room

Our room is“Wellness Loft”type … i.e. 3 categories above the standard room, reserved with points. Thanks to Titanium Elite status for this new upgrade!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

At the entrance to our room, a welcome gift awaited us:

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Cadeau de bienvenue - Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

In the evening, another welcome gift offered by the hotel manager with a handwritten note. Always very appreciated!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

We are on the 1st level of our Loft which consists of a living room and a bathroom, as well as access to the terrace.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

We appreciate the shades of colour chosen!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Under the stairs – watch your head… – is a Nespresso coffee machine:

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

As well as a well-stocked mini-bar!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

Wall storage is practical and well hidden! These include toiletries, as well as sweet treats.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Here is an overview of this first floor.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

The bedroom

Our room is upstairs. Surprise: our king bed is “encapsulated” by windows, with a large-screen TV hanging from the ceiling.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

We also appreciate the colour shades chosen.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

2 bathrobes are placed on our bed. Which is the norm… but weird here considering that the shower – and the bubbling bath – lie down.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

It is possible to choose your pillow from different types.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Always appreciated: USB sockets at our bedside tables.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Behind the bed, a sink and toilets.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Finally, a view of the living room from the bedroom. I must admit that I did not necessarily like this bed layout. This forced us to play with air conditioning for lack of air because of the windows.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

The bathroom

The bathroom is made up of a large shower and toilets.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

The sink is actually… in the living room. With a very common water inflow system in Greece – especially in Chania – coming from the ceiling. Original!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

The terrace

The centerpiece of this loft is its terrace.

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Marriott Bonvoy - Domes Noruz Chania Autograph Collection

It consists of a sofa and a lounge chair…

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

… and a bubbling bath (for one person).

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Our loft overlooked the “relaxation pool.” Suffice to say that the terrace was quiet.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Here’s a picture of the loft from the terrace.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Anecdote: Sir has finished his photos! I can enter the room…

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

… and enjoy the bath on the terrace!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - chambre

Hotel amenities

The relaxation pool

Coming down from our room, we immediately access the “relaxation” pool.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

The hotel is reserved for adults, so there are no children playing, shouting, jumping in the water (our daily life ;)).

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

However, it is nice to relax by a swimming pool without any music or noise.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

The pool with music

Towards the beach is the hotel’s largest swimming pool.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

As you can see, even in the middle of summer, few people to disturb us.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

Different types of sun chairs are available.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

Different spaces allow you to relax by the pool, while admiring the landscape/beach.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

And there’s a bar with great cocktails!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Plage

The beach

Let’s go to the beach now!

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Plage

The beach is not private as such. Public beaches surround it.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Plage
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Plage

However, the configuration is such that only those staying at the hotel benefit from it.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Plage

We appreciate the boxes to leave our precious objects / phones.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Plage

The gym

The gym is located under the main pool, close to the spa.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Gym
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Gym

The facilities are modern and few people use it.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Gym
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Gym
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Gym

There is also an outdoor area for training.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Piscine

The spa

See you now at the spa! This one is free and it is possible to access it at will (unlike the Domes of Elounda – Autograph Collection).

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Spa
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Spa

A large pool heated to 30 degrees is present. At the bottom are sauna and steam room.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Spa

Drinks/fruit are also available.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Spa

Breakfast

Thanks to Titanium Elite (also possible with Platinum Elite) status, we were entitled to a free breakfast each morning.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner

This is a restaurant with indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner

It’s a buffet, but it’s possible to get eggs served your way.

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner

The sweet part:

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner

The salty part:

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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner
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Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection - Petit-déjeuner

This buffet was perfect, as was the table-service.

Conclusion

This hotel was opened in 2016 and is therefore very new.

Gradually, its points rate increased according to the evolution of Starwood Preferred Guest to Marriott Rewards, and finally to Marriott Bonvoy.

In our view, it is worth the 60,000 points requested per night (compared to the other “Domes” hotel on the Island, charged 85,000 points per night now), especially in the summer when rates are particularly high.

However, off-season, it would not be uncommon to find rates around $250-300 per night, which does not justify the use of points in this case.

If you are travelling to Greece as a couple/without children, I highly recommend this hotel, especially for:

  • The quality of its facilities
  • proximity to Chania
  • the professionalism of the staff
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