What a wonderful discovery! I've traveled to 25+ countries and make a point of seeking out boutique hotels and B&Bs, but rarely have I come across such a combination of modern elegance and an almost soulful love of the local art and history. The artful eye, passion, perfectionism, and "meraki" of its creator are evident everywhere.
I had the pleasure of meeting her, the architect Ourania Diamatopoulou, during a 4-day stay at the Crossroads Inn with my two children, 15 and 10 years old. (They wanted a pool, but when the saw the suite and the interior balcony-bedroom, they too were charmed into wanting to stay.)
Ms. Diamantopoulou has not only created an exceptional B&B by perfectly restoring two old stone houses; she has also improved surrounding areas and breathed new life into the fairytale-beautiful village of Tripotamos, which she so obviously loves. Cultured, discrete, warm and genuine; ask and she'll happily share photos of local customs and history.
Her care and attention are apparent in countless small touches; - from personally complied historical summaries, a website that greets the visitor with a high resolution old map of the island, an abundant supply of eco-friendly fragrant toiletries, and a welcome package of cake and cookies from one of the island's best bakeries. The rooms themselves are a delight to the eye and very comfortable. Ours had extremely high ceilings, fans that created ample breeze on hot days, modern functionality, beautiful art, comfortable antique furniture, and not a synthetic fiber in sight.
Overall: a labor of love and cultural appreciation, perfectly executed. Exemplary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Crossroads Inn" is a B' class (3 stars) hotel of the type "Traditional lodgings", that consists of labeled Traditional buildings, which are integrated into the connective tissue of the settlement and its society, combining traditional with modern style of life. The main goal of the restoration of these Traditional buildings was their preservation and the promotion of their ability to receive a new use, in order to operate as traditional accommodation of comfortable stay in the inland of the island. The aim of the "Crossroads Inn" traditional homes is the enrichment of the guests' choice to live their holidays in the peaceful and unique environment of Tripotamos village, gaining a sense of residence, "at their own home in a Cycladic village". ... more less
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