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“Utterly Amazing - Every road leads to Despina's” 5 of 5 stars
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Venetian Kastle | Chora, Naxos Town 84300, Greece   |  
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Ranked #26 of 60 Hotels in Naxos Town
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Utterly Amazing - Every road leads to Despina's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Easily the peak of our visit to Greece. Naxos Town itself is amazing. Despina's Rooms are perched at the top of the hill, right next to the Kastro. It is nestled into the blue and white jumble that is Naxos Town, but easy to find thanks to the arrows that mark almost every corner. It is very close to everything you will want to see in town. We joked that it never mattered what turn you took because every road led to Despina's.

The roof has a breathtaking view out towards the bay and Portara. During the summer, when the Kastro runs outdoor concerts, you can sit on the roof and hear them perfectly. We stayed on the roof rooms (there are three), which are smaller and more basic than the normal rooms, with two bathrooms to share between the three. No AC up on the roof, but a great breeze.

Everything was perfect, even the fellow visitors were charming (a beautiful German lady gave us peaches!) and Despina and Nina (her younger relative who runs the place) were so kind.

We were very sad we had to leave.

Room Tip: The roof rooms are amazing if you don't mind a shared bathroom, no AC and a weak wifi signal (we...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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BUTTE MT
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132 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was our second visit to DESPINA'S rooms. Very easy to find, you can see the sing from the port area and it is in an excellent location in the old part of town. The first visit we had a view of the castle, this year we had a view of the porta. The rooms are small, but spotlessly clean and there is a common kitchen area to prepare snacks and beverages. One of the best features is the rooftop terrace. There are rooms located here as well, but with shared bath (our rooms had private) Fantastic view and just a lovely place to chill out and watch the sunset if you want to escape the busy Naxos port area. Despina is a beautiful, charming and funny lady, makes you feel so welcome. Reasonable prices, excellent location, everything we wanted for a stay in Naxos port! thank you Despina, and we'll see you on our next visit!!

Room Tip: Rooftop terrace rooms are the bomb if you don't mind to share the bathroom, otherwise, be sure t...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank NSGALBUTTEMT
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Found Despina's place while looking around the old town - Despina is a charming lady with a great heart. We were offered coffee and biscuits while the rooms were made up - the roof terrace is amazing! Rooms were spotless and functional and the communal kitchen is very useful to prepare a salad.

Room Tip: Corner room, number 5, is very recommendable - facing north-west.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank JosefaR
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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

One of the best things on arriving on Naxos is looking for Despinas Rooms, winding your way up and through the narrow alleys looking for the little blue arrows. When we arrived we were welcomed warmly. Shown too our room we initially booked one of the rooftop rooms (there are 3)....the room was perfect but unfortunately the weather not so the next day we moved too a room downstairs. Room 2 is a small but perfectly proportioned double with a small balcony on one side looking onto the sea and the other side the castle, en suite shower room and fridge. Exceptionally clean room with a comfortable bed. The owner Despina and her daughter in law Nina are two beautiful people who will spend quality time with you (including coffee and biscuits) and you never feel like your impeding on there time. The location is peaceful on the outside but corridor noise carries well. We stayed for 4 nights and considering the weather was cold and windy we still found plenty too do.......The rooms are close too everything but far enough too get lost in the wonderful alleys. If ever we ever return we could not return just too say hello as when we left we felt like family......thank you

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank sueseg
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

After an island-hopping holiday, we chose to return to Naxos and find somewhere in the old town. Despina's was the first place we came to. That was 15 years ago and we've never looked back. Despina and her daughter-in-law Nina are unfailingly welcoming and we quickly felt like we'd made friends. The rooms are spotlessly clean and excellent value - despite the change to the Euro, the price has only increased marginally in that period. Although not all the rooms have a balcony, most have a view of the harbour and the Portara. And if you're room doesn't have a view? The flat roof is open to all, and is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Paros before heading out of the evening, just two minutes to the bars and restaurants by the harbour. One thing though: the breeze tends to gust through, so take care not to let the doors slam!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank GerryMule
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

It is worth staying here for the beautiful bedspreads alone. Great location, views optional, but worthwhile - lovely people, neat, clean, in the heart of the old town, a short walk from the port, good wifi, aircon, fine shower, a patio with a killer view and a communal kitchen if you wish... The only drawback I can think of is that the tap-water, which was ok to drink, tasted and smelled slightly brackish - a hint of marshgas or sulphur... Either way, it won't kill you

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank HallifaxBender
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Paris, France
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Loved the place! The owner are really friendly and welcoming! I felt home and I really do recommend this place to stay.
I wish I would have stayed longuer over there. + view from the roof top is really nice.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Despina's Rooms
Address: Venetian Kastle | Chora, Naxos Town 84300 , Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Naxos > Naxos Town
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Naxos Town
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Despina's Rooms Naxos, Greece

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