There is a belief that first appearances are important. I used to be sceptical about this, but over the years I have discovered that this really is true.
We knew that from the moment that Dimitris, our host at Hotel Grotta, met us at the ferry port in Naxos, and welcomed us with a huge smile and welcomed us to 'his' island......that we would enjoy our stay.
He insisted that we get into his car, and loaded our luggage into the boot himself.. Tall, dark and handsome- he had already won us over- before even stepping into his establishment.
Painted a sunny shade of pale yellow, the hotel stands atop a hill, overlooking the port, with view over the sea, 5 minute walk from restuarants, port and the 'old' historical area of Naxos.
On arrival, we were directed into the cosy lounge area, before even checking in. Refreshments (tea, coffee, ouzo??) were offered, and Dimitri sat us down and placed a huge map of the island on the table. He then asked us what our interests were, and proceeded to point out various things and places that would interest us. It was a tremendous help, knowing a bit about the geography and history of the island so soon after arrival.
We then checked in, and were taken upstairs to our 2nd floor room. Perfect. Sunny, with a balcony that had a breathtaking view of the sea, and the famous Portara monument- standing proud on its own little island.
The room was not very large- but perfectly adequate- comfortable bed, clean soft linen, a dressing table, TV, minibar, fridge and sparkling clean bathroom. Plenty of packing space. Large doors lead onto the sunny balcony, which had a table and two comfortable chairs. We spent a lot of time here, enjoying the view- especially at sunset.
Food- ahhhhh! The breakfasts! I can't remember enjoying breakfast as much as we did here.
The hotel is family owned & run- so Mama cooks, and daughter Nicoletta serves. Buffet style- the choice was ...difficult. So much, so delicious, so perfectly presented. The dining room is bright and cheery, with checked table cloths & fresh flowers.
There is a sauna & spa in the basement- all very clean and modern.
The ambiance of this little hotel is very special. I believe that because it is family owned they take special pride in knowing that the guests feel appreciated. Mama & Papa are there to provide interesting stories about the island, and Dimitri & his sister were so helpful, providing us with any information that we needed. Dimitri organized a car for us- it was delivered within the hour.
The Hotel Grotta (Caves) is a wonderful choice if you are looking for comfort, good service, excellent food and very relaxed and friendly management. I recommend it without hesitation.
The views are very special-magnificent at sunset.
Proximity to main attractions (Venetian Castle, Archeological Museum,Old Market, port & tavernas) and a short seaside walk to Apollo temple.
Friendly family atmosphere.
We stayed here for 10 days with a group of six people. We each had a room and the rooms all came out on a common but lovely designed patio with each room a french door leading out to this patio.
I found the people running the hotel very nice, it is a family business and the care is excellent. Personal attention asurred.
The breakfast was lovely and plentiful.
The breakfast room looks out at the sea and over to the hill which has the Chora or Naxos town on it. It also looks out on the Portara and the foundations of the unfinished temple of Apollo on a little islet off the shore of the Chora. My first view of all this on the first morning was of such an overwhelming blue (of the sea)and white (of the houses) that I could not believe my eyes. The walk down from the hotel to the town is along the cliffs on a sandy path, the special thing about it is that the path is lying full of potsherds of ancient Naxos.
But beware travellers, if the Greek authorities catch one out with some of this stuff in your rucksack one would be in very bad trouble!
If you want an affordable, clean, friendly, quiet and convenient place to sleep while visiting Naxos, I highly recommend this little group of rooms.
Al Mare is located just 50 metres from the centre of Naxos town and only 10 meters from the sandy beach of Saint George. All rooms of Al Mare are fully equipped with fridge, air conditioning, TV, hair dryer, wireless internet connection and balconies or verandas with panoramic view to the sea. Al Mare also disposes a reception area, sitting room with Satellite TV, cafeteria, lobby with wireless internet access, parking space and mini bus service. The blue-flag awarded beach of St George offers visitors not only a variety of water sports facilities, but also a choice of sea-side taverns and beach bars.
The owner, Vaggelis Katsaras will be waiting to take you to your room, no matter what time of the day or night your ship arrives! If you need anything, Vaggelis will be there to help make your holiday special.
The rooms are small, but clean and comfortable. There is air conditioning and a fridge, hairdryer and private bathroom. My room had two single beds.
Breakfast is served in the cosy dining room by polite and friendly staff.
After breakfast, the beach is just a few metres away and the town of "Hora" is only 10 minutes walk.
l Mare is the perfect place for anyone who wants to be centrally located, but in a quiet and convenient spot.
Just tell Vagellis that Janet told you about his hotel!
In a high location in the town of Chora there are these studios, with very comfortable rooms and balconies with wonderful view at the Aegean sea and islands of Paros and Mykonos.
Victoria studios are situated in one of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos, Mikri Vigla. The 25 studios are A' class and thay have cuisine, private bathroom, and big balconies with view at the sea. They are ideal for family quiet vacation, and also for windsurfers, because sea is almost always windy.
We spent three nights at this beautiful, casual yet elegant, friendly hotel that opened in 1998. George, the owner, and Julie, the manager (I think) are both friendly, helpful, pleasant people who truly want everyone to be as comfortable as possible. The rooms are comfortable, the meals delicious, and George and Julie can help you with just about anything you might need (car rental, taxi, etc.). In case you forgot yours, the hotel lobby with its comfy couches has guidebooks and maps for you to look over.
I can't recommend Villa Marandi highly enough!
George, whose background is in computer consulting and engineering, told us he wanted to design a hotel based on what he and his employees would like to find when they went on vacation. He has done a fine job creating that, and I'm sure it will only get better as time passes. They have a small beach a stone's throw from the villas, an excellent restaurant where they feature local foods and wines, and a lovely pool/bar area. But perhaps the truly unique feature of Villa Marandi is its extended family of cats. They number about 35 now and while not exactly pets, niether are they the wild creatures you find elsewhere in Greece. We loved them all!
See my other accomodation tip for the hotel details. I just wanted to share this view of the pool area -- and one veeeeeery relaxed kitty cat!
Check out the cat on the wall, and tell me if you think this place can erase your cares . . .
This was the view from the porch of our hotel room at Colosseo, showing the beach of St. George. We paid something like 25 or 30 Euros per night, which seems pretty amazing considering how close we were to the beach. I never saw any hotels on Naxos that were right on the beach. This was about as close as they got, but I'm certainly not complaining.
I have been at Glaros Hotel for 12 days in 2008 summer.
It is a very nice and well kept hotel, the owner Alexander is very friendly and totally helpful. He gave us lots of good advices to make our stay better and better.
They arranged to come to take us for free at the ferry port as we were arriving at night from Athens.
Room was big enaugh and furnished with nice blue furniture, fully equipped with TV, safe box, air conditioning and a small fridge. All was very clean.
Breakfast consisted in a good variety of food: boiled eggs, bread, cheese, ham, jam, honey, fresh fruit, cake, tea or coffee and orange juice. It is served in the terrace at the first floor or in your own balcony.
I would raccomend you to choose the top floor room as the lower ones have some short building in front that keep you to see well the beach, but i had a second floor one and the view was still very very nice.
The walk to the center was about 5 minutes and on a easy paved road.
Great view and helpful staff. Very quiet location.
Colosseo is a small hotel with eight rooms just across the street from the beach at St. George. The location is great because it's far enough away from town that it's not loud, but still close enough that it's an easy walk. The room was quite large. Our only real complaints were that there wasn't good ventilation in the room because there were no windows other than the one on the door, so it was a bit musty. It was very inexpensive though, so we didn't complain much.
OK so while we were on Tinos we had a very bad storm but it had only really been for two days and by the tme we got to axos we had really not thought about it again. So when we were taken to our hoelon Naxos we were surrised that the room was not ready for us. They told us to wait and then they got on the phone. Well we decided to nip out to the supermarket next door and get things for a picnic lunch. We hada good lok around the shop and then went back to the hotel. The travel agent who should have met us at the harbour was there waiting for us. The hotel was closed because of water damage from the storm and he had arranged an upgrade to another hotel. He had his car there and took us to the new hotel - The Naxos Royal Beach Hotel.
It is a 4 star hotel wih buildings arranged around lovel pool and beautiful gardens. We had 3 nights of luxury there, the roo waslarge with a huge bed, a big balcony overlooking te gardens and pool. Breakfast was in the main building and was fantastic - so much choice. The people at reception were so friendly and helpful - especially Despina who was fantastic. It was a 10 minute walk from the town centre, acouple of minutes from St George Bay and easy to get out of town with the hire car.
Hotel Glaros is almost right on Agia Georgios. It's about 20 meters from the beach. It's a pretty basic hotel. The rooms are small, but they have a great view over the bay. The location is perfect for walking into Naxos Town. The hotel is clean, and the staff is great! Very friendly and helpful. Our rate was 44 Euros/night. Breakfast is included.
Breakfast is included, and there are 3 internet-ready computers downstairs.
We rented this flat thanks to some italian friends who live on the island. The owner didn't mind adding some beds when we arrived and joined our three friends. So we slept in six in a big room... but it was ok ! In the flat there were cooking facilities and a daily cleaning service.
You can access easily one of the most beautiful beaches on Naxos Island just by walking. There is also a smaller and desert beach nearby.
We got picked up at the harbour by a representative from The Windmill. We had had such a good luck in Paros by participating in the accommodation lottery that we decided to have a go again in Naxos.
Well we didn´t get as lucky this time around. The Windmill had the right price (20€) but that was about it. It is located in the south part of Hora, up from Agios Georgios beach. The room we got was tiny, to say the least. I didn´t even fit on the balcony, there was no way. Kitchen utensils were poor and no place you could sit down except on the bed. To find something positive the room was clean.
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone, at least not in June when there is a lot of better accommodation available for the same price.
We only stayed there for one night and found another accommodation for the other three nights.
I would recommend anyone not to choose accommodation at the touts by the harbour. A much better way is to leave your luggage at the travel agencies located by the harbour and walk around. There are plenty of nice accommodations available in June.
After the disappointment with The Windmill we started searching for another acccommodation. We checked out a few and decided to move to Litza´s.
The room was probably three times bigger than the one at Windmill and the kitchen very well equipped. The bathroom was big and the room looked very neat.
The only con was that it was located at a kind of square and the next neighbour was a church so therefore a little disturbance.
Litza, the owner, was very nice and helpful. It was remarkable how much communication we could have despite here limited English knowledge. She even gave us some eggs for breakfast.
It was also a great fun to watch the cat familiy that lived in an abandoned shed right across the square.
The price was the same as at The Windmill, 20€ per night per room.
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