The history of Castello Hotels is a story of inspiration, dedication and hard work by the chairman of the company, Mr. Charis Kasmirlis.
The word “Castello” which inspired Mr. Kasmirlis is Italian and it means Castle. Along with the fortifications that were built around the city of Heraklion during the Venetian occupation of the island of Crete, the famous castle Rocca a Mare was built at the towns old harbour. The castle which is known today by the name “Koules” was also called “Castel di Candia” which meant the Castle of Candia since Heraklion was called “Candia” at the time.
Mr. Kasmirlis built the first hotel of the group, the Castello City in 1981 in Heraklion, the capital city of Crete. Since then, the Castello City Hotel has become the first choice when it comes to accommodation for anyone travelling to the city either for holidays or for business. After searching through many places on the island, he found Sissi. The charming seaside village was the perfect place for the construction of his second hotel, the Castello Village Resort in 1990.
In 2010, Mr. Kasmirlis decided to expand his business even more and thus Castello Boutique was born. The owners business expertise and innate ability to foresee hospitality trends led him to build a 5 star boutique hotel, smartly designed using the latest in architecture which encompasses modern style, beauty and practicality, successfully blending with classical Crete perspective. Mr. Kasmirlis latest creation is now a proud member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” family.