Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese Guidebook
Best and worst accommodations:
Best: Pithon Rooms in Delphi and Hotel Pelops in Olympia.
Why: the rooms were comfortable, the locations perfect for the sites, and the hosts were warm and informative. We also loved Hotel Anniske in Kardamyli.
Tamsel Tack in Rainier, OR USA 10/05/2012
Best: Kalamitsi Hotel in Kardamyli
Why: Peaceful, beautiful, comfortable, welcoming; the beach at the bottom of the vineyard, or another one just down the path. Good WiFi connection.
Ellie Stratton in Malvern, PA USA 09/28/2012
Best: Hotel Marianna in Napflio
Why: Beautiful room, beautiful view, quiet, very kind and attentive staff and excellent breakfast. The owner even made me a glass of fresh lemonade from the lemons grown on the property when we asked if there was any available in the afternoon (it is available at breakfast).,
Cheryl Foote in Albuquerque, NM USA 06/14/2012
Best: Pension Marianna
Why: We found Nafplio lovely and this hotel was the best of all we stayed at in Greece. GREAT beds, and fabulous view. The view from the terrace at breakfast was incredible. The friendly Zoto brothers were fabulous hosts, warm and so hospitable giving good travel advice. Sweet and juicy oranges at breakfast! NOTE: free parking is available just above the Marianna by the fort. Old town Nafplio is charming!
Lisa M. in Amman, Jordan 04/15/2012
Worst: Niki Hotel..
Why: It was centrally located which made up for it's lack of charm. The bed was hard. The breakfast was meager and the staff were unfriendly. Luckily we only stayed for three nights.
Cheryl Weir in Vancouver, WA USA 08/19/2011
Best: Kalimitsi Hotel
Why: That beach was heaven. Nice people. Wonderful breakfast.
Jan Grantham in Redding, CA USA 07/26/2011
Best: KARDAMYLI: 1) page 348 – Hotel Liakoto:
Why: 1) Our studio w/kitchenette overlooked the sea w/2 firmly cushioned chairs & a table for the balcony, where we spent most of our time when in the studio. Each floor has covered areas w/tables, chairs, & full bookshelves of diverse offerings. The pool is clean & large enuff to accommodate the guests w/lounge chairs & umbrellas. The Free Wi-Fi & 3 computers for guest use in lobby is amazingly generous. In winter, only the Liakoto is open, so rates for the Liakoto were lowered to Anniska's. A welcome gift of freshly baked cookies, milk, & 2 bottles of water from the extremely friendly owners, & we had multiple conversations that covered Greece, politics, economics, etc plus they resolved questions or issues quickly. Daily maid service. The studio was well lit by natural light & plenty of bright lamps inside, 2 firm mattress twin beds, supported by wooden slats, were pushed together w/a queen-sized pillow top cushion, very comfortable sleeping. The kitchenette area seated 4 around the table, had an electric water pot, tea/coffee supplies, 2 stove top burners, small fridge w/freezer, coffee maker, plate ware/utensils for 6, fry pan & 2 pots, large sink, & cabinet space for food; perfect for staying a couple weeks and cooking in. They also supplied us w/2 nice bathrobes & 2 pool towels. Door opened w/key card that supplied the electricity, inconvenient when leaving since there was no electricity. Bathroom had towel sets for 2, good sized corner shower w/a folding curtain, a little corner shelf for soap, etc, & the shower head could be hand-held or hung above, not enuff towel racks tho. The complimentary toiletries included lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, & sewing kit.
Worst: Hotel Leto - pg221, Hotel Pelops pg332
Why: 4) The large hotel lobby had a bar area & multiple sofas & chairs; but was occupied by the staff on smoking breaks. The smoke leaked under our hotel room door, even tho we were down the hall, around the corner, the bed was firm, but had an unfitted too small bottom sheet, & all furniture veneer was stained & peeling. Room lighting was poor. The shower had a leaky glass barrier only on one side, so that towels on the rack were sprayed. Towel rack had 3 bars, but only held 1 towel, b/c it wasn't fixed into the wall correctly. Overall, it was fine, but of the 4 we stayed in that were in your book, this one was our least favorite, altho the Hotel Pelops in Olympia had 2 twin beds w/worn-out spring mattresses supported by wooden slats. The springs could be felt thru the mattresses & made sleeping quite uncomfortable & a small corner shower (larger people will have problems), a shower head that could be hand held or put in a rack above, 1 towel rack & 2 hooks by the toilet. The shower doors didn't close completely, & water pressure & temp fluctuated as others guests showered.
Kip Freytag in Shingle Springs, CA USA 06/06/2011
Best: Gorgones in Kardamyli
Why: The rooms were clean, cheap (40 euro), and offered a fantastic view. The owner (I forget her name) was extraordinarily friendly, and she even gave us a bottle of ouzo when we were leaving. We only ate breakfasts in her restaurant, but they were good.
Dave Kendle in Lincoln, NE USA 04/14/2011
Best: Hotel Ippoliti in Napflio
Why: Comfortable, beautiful, good location and well-appointed.
Joan Barnes in Portland, OR USA 04/01/2011
Best: Hotel Tempi
Why: It's location to the Monastiraki train station was super close, as was all the action! We walked up a bunch of flights, but that's no big deal for us. Our luggage and the skinny halls though were a challenge. We requested a room with a view of the Acropolis and got it. It was beautiful at night and we enjoyed a bottle of wine on that balcony watching the action below and staring in awe at the Acropolis.
Shannon Fonferko in Schaumburg, IL USA 03/20/2011