Stunning views from the bedrooms, restaurants and bar overlooking the mountains and the village. There is an extensive bar menu and a very delicious breakfast. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, I can not wait to go back again.
For those who love and need an unspoiled contact with mountain landscape in a clean, very nice hotel. Superb breakfast, polite and discrete owners and staff and a very good restaraunt reminds you that unforgetable holidays does not need to be expensive!
I have stayed a couple of times at the Pritanio and both times very satisfied with the amenities as well as the location. The location on a quiet road provides a sweeping view of the village below and the mountain peaks facing it. The guesthouse is built on several levels and adjacent buildings, so that the rooms are spaced apart, with a connecting central area comprising the reception, main lounge, taverna terrace and breakfast room serving as hub. Natural materials are the focus of the interior with predominately wood and stone complemented by cane basketry and loom-weave rugs. The rooms are functional and spacious, and most offer a view of the village below. Names of rooms follow an academic theme, with chalkboard signs and old tomes decorating the passageways. The only drawback to the guesthouse is that it is not handicapped accessible. For elderly persons that cannot manage too many stairs, best to ask for the Physics room which can be entered from its own terrace instead of via the main entrance of the building that requires additional staircases to be traversed. Several rooms include a bunk level useful for families with children. The lounge is spacious yet cozy, featuring a bar area, fireplace nook, and a terrace for outdoor seating. In the evening it is perfect for a dessert or drink, to enjoy the crisp mountain air. Though be advised that the temperature even in mid-summer is typically "Alpine" in keeping with the altitude and surroundings, so a warm jacket and long pants are definitely required. One level below, there is another terrace for a more traditional 'taverna' style meal, shade provided by a lush vine awning that must have been cultivated and tended with much care to grow this natural protection from the sun. The breakfast area doesn't offer a view, but it is a bright and cozy dining area with a glass panel separating it from the kitchen. In addition to the breakfast buffet, there are daily specials ranging from ovenbaked cheese or wild herb flaky crust pies to lukumades (deep fried doughballs with honey syrup). Service is professional and friendly, you will be well taken care of. The meals - breakfast or a la carte lunch and dinner - emphasize locally sourced ingredients. Honey, olive oil, olives, cheeses, fruit preserves, handmade made pasta, and a native sage that is made into an invigorating "mountain tea." The tap water is sourced from a local spring (which you can visit) and its crisp freshness is delightful, thus there is no need for refrigerated bottled water. Sadly though the value of the village's spring water is lost on most visitors, and the proprietor was at the time of my second visit making arrangements to install mini-fridges in the rooms per guests' requests. Most guests come by car, as there is no public transport to the village. One option is to hire a taxi from Sparta, or contact the Pritanio management for transfer options.. The village of Tsintzina, as it is known locally (Polydroso being the official name on maps and road signs) is built amphiteatrically along the curving slope of the mountain so there is no central square and no shops. During the summertime there is one cafe, and one taverna. A second taverna is expected to open next season. The guesthouse in fact is favored by younger locals or Spartans that come for the mountain vista view from the Pritanio's terrace. There are several churches in the village, one of which is a Byzantine-era treasure, and the marked trails lead to a former monastery built on the rock surface, a couple more churches, and the aforementioned natural spring. Several more trails lead away from Tsintzina to Ag. Anargyroi monastery (still in use) and nearby villages.…
Pritanio Guesthouse is an amazing place to stay! It offers more than one expects and more than it promises! warm, clean, lovely decorated rooms! friendly and helpful personnel (though we did not need anything extra, since everything was already provided!) The breakfast is a real surprise!!!
A beautifully designed guesthouse. Very clean and all the stuff were very friendly and helpful. It was snowing and the room and common rooms were very well heated. There was fireplace in the living room and bedroom. The restaurant serves good traditional food.