If you are visiting the island of Hydra, this charming little hotel is like having a front row seat. All the activity of the island is contained in the small harbor--a short row of open-air tavernas, small shops, an old church, and the water taxi stand. And the Hotel Sophia is smack-dab in the center of it all. From your balcony, you can sip coffee every morning and watch the donkeys being loaded with whatever was shipped over from the mainland...as well as people-watch as locals and tourists meander the cobblestone harbor. This theatre entertained us for hours.
The hotel itself is charming. Clean, modern bathroom, comfortable beds, very good free wi-fi, and a very good breakfast that is included in the room rate. The ladies that own Hotel Sophia make you feel very much like guests in their home.
There are a dozen or so other places to stay on Hydra--we saw them all in our 2 weeks we spend there. And honestly, all of them are probably comparable in the quality basic facilities (the room). This is a small island--nothing here is "4 star." This isn't that kind of place. The difference between the others and Hotel Sophia is entirely about the location. If you want to feel like you're really a part of what's going on here, this is the only hotel that can offer you this kind of harbor-front view. The rest of the accommodations will all be tucked back in the town, or a water-taxi ride away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The building that is preservable is dated from 1930 it was renovated and it functions again from the end 2005, maintaining the all elements of delivery harmonised completely with the all modern comforts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sophia Hydra, Greece