We arrived at Hydra's Phaedra Hotel after dark on October 29, 2013, and its owner/operator Hilda was up waiting for us (after we'd called and told her our approximate arrival time). She welcomed us warmly to her clean, quiet and pleasant small hotel, which appeared to be several guest rooms with separate entrances on the two levels of what was once a single large house and courtyard. Hilda proved to be a very nice and helpful host, preparing an excellent morning breakfast (by all means partake of her yogurt and honey offering) and orienting us with the layout of Hydra Town and the entire island. The tall-ceilinged room we had on the ground floor was safe and ensconced within the locked courtyard (big doors with a big wall ... not that I can imagine anyone would ever feel unsafe on Hyrda, it's simply a quiet island doing its tourist-driven daily life thing), large windows that open up to breezes, small kitchenette and large bathroom with a stall shower. The bed was a bit hard – a minor quibble, though. The cleanliness and peacefulness are the real main draw. Also, the neighborhood the hotel is in is lovely and perfect -- just off a wide tree-canopied street that zigs and zags but otherwise comes up directly from the port, and other back lanes that wind through the residential district but are fairly easy to figure out once you've walked them a few times. Tall mountain cliffs and the town's homes rise up the hillsides, which are visible all-around you. You have the sounds of birds, roosters, burros occasionally braying, cats. And NO motorized vehicles (a couple work-trucks here and there, actually)!!!! So the overall natural silence of the island is the biggest and most welcoming draw. We wandered Hydra Town and loved the waterfront and the cafes and the creperie, but our favorite experience was walking the waterside road/trail to nearby village Kamini, having lunch there in the tavern that overlooks the little harbor, then hanging out at the pebble beach Vlychos a little further on down the coast. Perfect island experience. And traveling in late October was perfectly doable, pleasant warm weather, sunny, people were still swimming in the comfortable water. Do it and get yourself there! You won't regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a quiet, picturesque part of the old city but only a few minutes gentle walk along level streets from the port, the Phaedra Hotel (class 4 stars) offers an intimate and charming atmosphere with rooms that have been sympathetically renovated to a very high standard ensuring superb comfort and convenience while retaining all the character of a bygone era. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phaedra Hotel Hydra