Agios Prokopios Hotel
in Naxos Island
Resort-style hostel: I couldn't believe my eyes
I couldn't really believe my eyes either. VT member SWFC_Fan (aka Jonathan) had pushed for this hostel with the highest of praises. (Are you on commission, mate?) The pictures on its website really does not do it enough justice. The place is gorgeous for its price!
The young host (Kavouras Vagelis) and his Mrs. were gregarious, helpful and cheery. For good reasons - the place was almost fully packed! He actually run 3 setups together, all gathered in one location and this is the most economical of the 3.
The first thing that struck me was gosh, I must have stepped into the wrong place, for it felt more like a resort, than a hostel. Plush gardens of figs, bougainvilleas and cannas surround the compounds. The swimming pool was stunning, despite the slightly petite size of it. The grounds are immaculate and meticulous and you are just a 10 minutes walk from groceries, restaurants, tour agencies and of course, Agio Prokopios Beach.
For a price, you can also use the small Internet station and include in a buffet breakfast of cereals, eggs, toast, ham, yoghurt and coffee/tea.
Plus port transfer was part of the package.
What more can a cheapskate ask for? (GRIN)
Unique Quality: Even the room was probably one of the best rooms I ever had for the price of a hostel room. You get your own washroom/toilet. Very comfortable, bright and clean and you get your own (satelite) TV! (Amen!)
MY ONLY NOTE OF WARNING:
WATCH OUT FOR THE MOZZIES!! Kamikaze grade!!
Please lock up all windows and doors after 6pm and turn on the air con! The night belongs to these critters and unless you love the idea of donating blood to the needy, don't allow yourself to be sucked dry!
Directions: Off Agio Prokopios Beach, 15 minutes car/bus ride from Naxos Town
Secret only the Swedes seem to know about
This is a hidden treasure. Family run by Vaggelis Kavuras and fiancee, who tirelessly look after all the needs of the hotel guests. All email correspondence regarding reservations and questions were personally (and cheerfully) replied too. He shuttles all guests to and from the port and he is always very friendly.
Rooms have basic kitchens or you can get breakfast (made by Vaggelis' mother) for 4 Euros.
5 minutes walk to Ag. Prokopis beach and bus stop to town or other beaches. Agios Prokopis has an abundance of cafes, restaurants and grocery shops.
Hotel guests were primarily from Sweden or Norway. There were no other guest that English was there first language.
Unique Quality: Has a fabulous large,deep(deep end 2m) swimming pool.
60Euros/night for 2 adults and a child.
Directions: South of the port at Naxos
Excellent value hotel near superb beach!
The Agios Prokopios hotel, in the beach resort of Agios Prokopios (about 6km from Naxos Town) is an excellent, laid-back hotel and is an absolute bargain at the price!
I stayed at this hotel during a month long island-hopping trip in September 2005. I booked the hotel in advance (via www.hostelbookers.com) at a price of just 18 Euros per night. Given the price I had paid, I didn't expect too much. I assumed the glossy photos on the hotel's website (www.prokopis.com) were digitally-enhanced to give a more favourable impression of the hotel. But they weren't!! The hotel is every bit as good as its website suggests.
I stayed in the middle season and the room rate displayed on the inside of my room was 90 Euros per night. Even if I had paid that price, I'd still have thought that the hotel was good value. So, having paid just 20% of this price, I was very impressed!
The hotel is actually a complex of low-rise, white-washed apartments built around a swimming pool and a number of gardens. All rooms have either a blue wooden balcony or, if on the ground floor, a terrace.
The reception is staffed by friendly, helpful staff and contains a wealth of information and guidebooks for the island of Naxos and neighbouring islands, including hotel and restaurant recommendations. The reception also includes a large bookshelf full of books left by previous guests and a computer terminal from which you can access the internet (at a small cost).
A buffet breakfast is served in the mornings and you can enjoy your breakfast at one of the many tables around the swimming pool or in the shade. The breakfast is not included in the price (it costs an additional 4 Euros per day), but it seemed to be good value for money from what I saw, with guests able to eat and drink as much as they like.
Unique Quality: Rooms are spotlessly clean, well-furnished and air-conditioned. All rooms are en-suite and have satellite TV, direct dial telephones and safety deposit boxes. Rooms also have a kitchenette – and the cold fridge is particularly useful. Maid service is daily.
The hotel is a mere 5 minute walk from the excellent beach and the restaurants and shops that make up this peaceful resort.
The hotel also offers the following services and facilities (according to the brochure I picked up from reception) which I never needed to use:
- children's pool
- hydro-massage in the main pool
- poolside snack bar
- table games
- children's playground
- tour bookings
- laundry service
- private parking
Upon checking out, the manager transferred me to the port at Naxos Town in the hotel's minibus to catch my ferry to Paros. The transfer costs 2 Euros which is significantly cheaper than the 8 Euro taxi charge for the same journey.
If you're staying in Naxos I would very strongly recommend this hotel, especially at the price I paid. During the course of my month of island-hopping this was the best hotel I stayed at and (apart from a cheap room in Tinos) also the cheapest place I stayed.
Excellent location, excellent value!!!
Directions: Leaving the beach, walk inland along the resort's main street and you will find this hotel (along with some other apartment complexes) on the right hand side. You need to take the right hand turn opposite the pharmacy - the hotel is signposted from here.
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Amenities at Agios Prokopios Hotel
- Swimming Pool
- Shuttle Service
- Room Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free Parking
- Pets Allowed
- Kids Activities
- Free High Speed Internet
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