My husband and I stayed at the Aetoma Hotel for three days while using Nafplion as a base for exploring Corinth, Mycenae and Epidavrus. When we arrived, we were greeted by an amazing staff that assisted us in finding a nearby parking space by returning to the port to retrieve our car and then riding back to the hotel with us. Then the owner gave us his own parking space! This was amazing and a nice touch given the small roads to the interior of the Old City can be confusing and difficult to find parking. After a lovely introduction to our room and an explanation of the city of Nafplion, my husband and I were served with cakes and hot drinks and allowed to simply enjoy the lovely accomodations.
Our room was equipped with all the conveniences you could imagine and had what I can only describe as the fanciest shower I have ever seen (four jets, shower head and mobile shower head - wow)! Yet, since the hotel is a converted home from the 17th Century (I believe this is accurate) you can almost imagine yourself living and breathing in a bygone era. The room had a lovely balcony overlooking an easy going street and the bathroom window looked out directly to the Palamidi Fortress - excellent! The room itself was beautiful - shades of gold, burgundy and dark cherry, with a nice flat panel TV and a hidden refrigerator in the entertainment center. Classy decor with all the touches of modernity we have come to expect. The bed was the most comfortable we slept in during our stay in Greece and definately one of the nicest we've slept in while on our many travels.
Breakfast was OVERWHELMINGLY great! Hot baked breads, delicious Greek yogurt and marmalades, omelettes, bacon, cake, coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juice - a feast! My husband and I filled up on breakfast and were able to plow through our days without another bite to eat until some very late dinners. I don't think I've ever had breakfast at any hotel, inn or B&B that was as good as those we had at Aetoma.
The owner gave us some great tips on area restaurants, including 360, a very swank wine bar that my husband and I really enjoyed. Good Tip!
The second day of our stay we came home from a long day of exploring to find a complimentary bottle of wine waiting for us - lovely!
On our last night in Nafplio we needed to make arrangements for an early check out. We were able to arrange an early breakfast and pay that evening rather than having to finish final details in the morning - again, Top Notch Service!
Nafplion, or Nafplio (among many other spellings) is a lovely little sea side town - lots of nice restaurants, shoppes, a couple of nice museums and some great walks. I would suggest splitting up your days between exploring the city, exploring nearby Archeological sites and simply enjoying the comfort of your room (you'll need it with all the walking you'll do)!
Corinth is approximately 1 hour away, Mycenae is 30 minutes, and Epidavrus is about 25 minutes. This hotel makes a great base for exploring these sites.
I would HIGHLY recommend the Aetoma and hope that when my husband and I find ourselves back in Greece we can visit again. A BIG thank you to this hotel and the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Nafplion, a city of magical breeze and unique history, a revamped mansion of the 18th century combines the beauty of the past with the comforts of the present and creates the ideal environment for relaxation and exceptional holidays. The neoclassical luxury appears in each of the 5 hospitable rooms, one of which seems like it slipped silently and took its place in the loft. Visitors feel immediately that they have found both a familiar and unique place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aetoma Hotel Nauplion