Upon arrival in Naplion, after a long and rather un-glamorous bus ride for Athens, I took our bags and proceeded to walk up the steep hill that is the foundation for the nice part of this idyllic Greek village. I walked into the hotel we had confirmed on the phone and thought it to be a bit tacky and overpriced so, as I had not left a deposit, and it looked quite vacant, I walked out before checking in. My friend and I then walked around Naplion, heavy bags in hand, going to every hotel and pension around looking for the perfect room. Aside from the luggage, it was my idea of a perfect afternoon, and a great way to learn our way around. After a while, my friend got tired, and I took it upon myself to leave her at a cafe with the bags and continue the quest.
I arrived at the steep steps of the Ilion and saw the side of the building had many plaques and citations. It looked like someone's front porch, with humble little potted flowers and herbs scattered about. I was greeted by Madame Mimi, an adorable greek woman with very good english who owns the place with her husband. I didn't have much money, and it was the off season, so I asked her if she had anything for €50. She showed us to a beautiful little bungalow, overlooking the courtyard. I gladly accepted her offer and walked around labryinthine Naplion for an hour looking for my friend. She just about died when she saw the room. So kitschy, but gorgeous, antique furniture, murals, drapes around the bed, steam shower. A really one of a kind place. Breakfast was traditional greek hotel fare, very good fresh yogurt and honey, breads and jams and some cold cuts and cheeses. Hardly enough to leave an American full, but very good nonetheless. We stayed a few days and left missing the place. I've recommended it to many others since. I know the other rooms are more expensive, but the doors were open on the unnocupied ones, and they looked charming. I'll be going back soon. The restaurant they recommended (name escapes me) was great and affordable too, make sure to ask mimi, she said she eats there all the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ilion, in the heart of Nafplion, is housed in a 300-year-old building, which was once the residence of the Mayor of the city. Exceptional hospitality and an environment to liven the senses are awaiting you at the Ilion Hotel in Nafplion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilion Hotel Nauplion