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Pension Isabo
Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Nafplio
Reviewed June 4, 2008

I worried plenty before arriving in Nauplio about whether I'd made the right choice. Budget was a prime concern, but I worried that the low rate I'd found would translate to low quality. I worried that I'd regret not paying more for a place higher up the hill. (My husband had no such worries; he was sick of steps.) I arrived and all my worries disappeared. I knew what sort of service we could expect when we called to say we were lost. Yiannis, the owners' son walked down to our location (only 3 blocks from the pension-were we embarrassed!), hopped in the back seat and directed us to the pension, sticking around long enough to make sure my husband's WiFi connection worked. Yes, there was WiFi; my husband was in hog heaven. Street parking is a rare animal in Nauplio, so we parked at the port, just a 2 - 3 minute walk away. The room and bathroom were both quite small, but beautifully decorated, with plenty of natural light from the long, tall windows. And the shower was enclosed with a fixed anchor overheard and plenty of hot water. Heaven! The room had it's own control for it's own hot water heater, so hot water was never an issue.

There are only 4 rooms at Isabo and the price varies with the size of the room along with length of stay and season. We were in one of the two small rooms, and ours had no balcony. I briefly saw the room across the way: quite spacious, with a nice balcony. I believe the rate was 10 Euro over what we paid. (I might spring for the larger room were I to return.) The two top rooms would give you lovely views, but involve a short, but steep climb up the stairs.

The disadvantages to Isabo (neither of which would stop me returning) include the lack of a public area to relax in (though when you've got the whole of Nauplio, who needs a hotel lobby?) and the lack of a sea view (though my husband gladly gave that up not to have to climb to his room and I simply went out wandering the higher haunts while he stayed home with his internet). Positives included several services not usually found in a budget place: the WiFi that made my husband so happy, fresh towels daily, a small package of amenties including a sewing kit, and the ability to pay by credit card.

A simple self-serve breakfast is provided at no extra charge in a small landing with a refrigerator, sink, and kitchen supplies, but no seating area. Those in rooms with balconies would eat on their balconies; we ate off a folding tray provided in the room. Always available were bread from a local bakery with typical Greek spreads (honey, butter, marmalade, tomato paste, and olive oil and oregano), cookies, cake, packaged juices, bottled water, packaged yoghurt or cheese, and all the makings and equipment for several types of coffee and tea. Written, illustrated instructions were provided for making mountain tea, Greek coffee, and frappe. I loved starting my day with a mountain tea and bread with olive oil and oregano or tomato paste. A few pieces of cheese rounded out with some oranges I'd purchased at a road side stand and I was fine. My husband loved 24 hour access to free caffeine. (Our last day, I even managed to make him a half decent cup of Greek coffee.) Given a choice, I would probably prefer this sort of 24 hour access to light snacks to a larger, one shot breakfas, but others might want something more substantial.

And of course, there were the owners themselves. Yiannis had already proved himself a hero by finding us and connecting us to the net. Kostas, his father, was one of the most effusive men I met in Greece, always glad to offer help and advice. The morning we left for Delphi, he called to find out what times the ferry would be crossing the gulf. He and his wife operate two shops just around the corner from the pension, so while there is no desk staff (and no desk!) at Isabo, help is literally just around the corner.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank snullr
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Reviewed June 11, 2007

We arrived in the late afternoon and walked around in the lovely old part of Nafplio looking for a cheap pension. The owner of Isabo Pension was sitting in front of his pension with some friends, and saw us searching for a hotel. He asked us, if we would like to see his pension. It was located in the historical center of Nafplio. The house itself is a very beautiful neoclassical house of the 19th century. His wife has a shop on the first floor, while the rooms are located on the second and third floor. There is not much space inside the house, but it is very original greek. Our room was small but beautiful decorated. The bathroom was also fine. It was very clean everywhere. There is even a small kitchen, that all guests share. The owners were very polite, and we met them every day outside the house. Take a look at their homepage[--]. There is a small local beach only 10 minutes walk from the pension, and there are restaurants on every corner in the historical center. The bakery is only 2 minutes down the street. We only paid about 45 Euros, but it was low season - June. We enjoyed our stay very much and would like to come back.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with friends
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9  Thank KirstineDenmark
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Reviewed September 12, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
Thank Martina B
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Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled with friends
Thank MarilenaLampraki
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Reviewed May 22, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Natalie S
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Address: Plapouta 2 & Aggelou Terzaki | Nafplio, Nafplio, Greece
Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Argolis Region > Nafplio
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Nafplio
Price Range: $48 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pension Isabo 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Information about Pension Isabo :Pension Isabo is a neoclassical house of the 19th century which is located in the historical center of Nafplio City (the old town). The building has been recently restored and converted into a family run Guest House. It provides the comfort and luxury of first class accommodation. ... more   less 
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