Metohi Georgila Boutique Hotel was built in 1908 with a neo-classical design and is quietly located in the resort of Pyrgos Psilonerou and less than 2km from the resort of Maleme on the north coast of western Crete. The area has hundreds of olive trees, oranges, tangerines and lemon trees and the locals are known for their Cretan hospitality and willingness to help. Nearby Maleme has a well organized tourism infrastructure but is a quieter resort than nearby lively Platanias. Having said that, there are plentiful bars and restaurants, especially by the sea where you can have a lunch after a swim, or enjoy dinner watching the beautiful sunset. There is also a chemist, a supermarket and a mini market, a bakery and a souvenir shop so basic needs are covered by a few shops. The beach at Maleme is part pebble and part shingle is far less crowded than the beaches of Agia Marina and Platanias. It is one of the beaches of Municipality of Platanias which have been awarded Blue Flag, the official certificate for clean and safe beaches. There is an excellent pedestrian road that runs along the beach and is perfect for an evening stroll. From the beach you can see Agioi Theodoroi, an uninhabited island and a preservation area for the Cretan wild goat.
Chania is only 17km away and is the capital city of the region. It has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the Venetian harbour is a sight to behold with little fishing boats bobbing up and down on the water on the eastern side, while the waterfront on the western side has an abundance of cafes and restaurants ranging from local to chic. Narrow, picturesque and characteristic streets with a splendid array of shops, boutiques, small cafes and tavernas lead off behind the waterfront. Theotokopoulou St. is one not to be missed with its characteristic Venetian buildings and ornate balconies. A visit to Chania should be near the top of any list of things to see and do whilst in the area.
This property certainly has a story to tell. The original stone house was built by Dr. Styliano Georgila who was a personal friend of Eleftherios Venizelos who is credited as being the the maker of modern Greece. This house was not only a home, but also a haven where hospitality was shared with friends over a period of three generations. Later the building was reconstructed to create five suites and was not so much a business adventure but more the family’s desire to continue the Cretan hospitality and pleasure of giving and sharing. Great joy is taken from offering seasonal produce from the garden as well as mother Ourania’s homemade preserves which are lovingly made from fruit which is picked by hand from the garden’s fruit trees.
The suites enjoy some modern day amenities but the former ambience is preserved as the suites retain some pieces of original family furniture and ornaments. The building is set in beautiful gardens with seasonal changes of colour and fragrance. The pool opens at 09.00 and the poolside and elevated patio which used to be the old wine press is furnished with sun chairs.