Initially, we had a reservation at another place in Naxos. At the last minute, though, the owner had to back out and she checked us in to this hotel. Turns out, the owner of Panorama was the Aunt of the owner of the place we'd initially reserved. We had no clue what to expect, but upon arriving we were blown away. The place has got to be the nicest place to stay in Naxos, run by some of the nicest people you'll find in Greece.
We arrived at the port and walked into the center of town to try and navigate the labyrinthine streets of the city (note: you can actually see the hotel from the port, jutting out from the hill. Big white building with arched windows and a blue sign reading "Hotel Panorama". This would have been nice to have realized when we arrived as the center of the old city is fairly confusing). After finally finding a sign towards the hotel, we ascended the steps up toward the castle. The climb is worth it, let me tell you. We arrived to a smiling owner holding two glasses of ice water ushering us to sit down and catch our breath. She then led us upstairs to our room. Down the hallway, you approach a veranda (with a table and two chairs...which were always free and available) with a breathtaking view of the water, city, and portera. Our room itself was beautifully lit and spotless. There is loads of space, a tv, a/c, fridge, and a table. The bed itself was two very comfortable twins pushed together. The bathroom looks recently renovated. Plenty of room with a nice shower and plenty of hot water. Rooms were cleaned and made-up daily.
Breakfast is 5 euro/p and is great. Consists of bread/butter/jam, biscuits, an egg, coffee, yoghurt with honey (so delicious), and orange juice. We tried to get breakfast elsewhere one morning, but found that 5 euro just got you coffee, orange juice, and bread at most places. Just remember to let them know you want breakfast the night before. We made that mistake the first day and had Markos running to get everything ready. Sorry!
Speaking of Markos, he deserves special mention. On your stay you will surely meet him and be thankful for it. On our first day he spent a while suggesting places to see and eat around Naxos Town. He explained how best to get around the island and which towns and areas are worth visiting. He also helped set us up with a rental car (25 euro/day; fiat panda). Finally, he brought us up to the rooftop terrace (which we didn't even realize existed until then--our last night!) for the sunset. We enjoyed the view, the conversation, and the citron (delicious!) he brought us.
During writing this I've been trying to think of any negative points of our stay, and I...simply can't think of a thing. Everything was absolutely fantastic: the room, the view, the people, the breakfast. We would not hesitate to stay here again and would highly recommend it to anyone planning on visiting Naxos.
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