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... city. After an afternoon rest at the hotel, we went to the Ancient theatre of Epidaurus to watch a Greek comedy called The Frogs in Greek. The show is part of a annual theatrical and musical festival. Two tickets in the 10th row (center) costed $120. The 2 hour play was dramatic with nice set design, lighting and creative costumes. It appeared to be funny to the crowd and seemed worth the money because we were sitting in an open air stone-based stadium. ...
The British built the sewerage system here after the war but and sewage pipe diameter is small, so no paper in the loo.. it goes in a bin! OH . . . the smell. Greek bathrooms . . . . they have to be the smallest on the world! . . . well wait till we've seen the rest. Duno how the Greeks fit in them because . . . . they (the Greeks), aren't fading away to a shadow. Architectural hardware is solid and high quality, windows, external shutters, solid doors. ...
... It was very relaxing walking the streets and ************e around. There is a fortress and a castle up on the hills overlooking the town which we walked past and headed for yet another beach. This one was covered in large white pebbles. Drew said the pebbles through the water looked like a windows screen saver - cant get the nerd out of him anywhere!. Again, the beach had impossibly blue impossibly clear water for us ...
Before going onto/into the site proper, CYA surprised us by feeding us lunch. It was pretty horrible, except for the chocolate muffin. That was good.
There was a massive temple of Zeus there with a crazy-long altar that we took pictures at and explored. Aaand then Tom wandered off and told us to follow him, but we were still taking pictures. We’ve determined that he’s ...
... center stage!
From Epidaurus, we wound our way through the countryside and ended for the afternoon in Nauplion, a beautiful seaside town. We enjoyed very fresh seafood in a taverna by the sea, followed by a much-needed nap, in preparation for one more adventure on this day.
The kids had heard stories of the Castle of Palimidi, with its 999 step ascent to the top. Can you say, "Challenge accepted?" Even in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aetoma Hotel Nauplion
Absolut empfehlenswertes Stadthotel
Ich komme gerade von einem dreitägigen Aufenthalt im Hotel Aetoma/Nafplio zurück. Ich bin noch immer begeistert von der persönlichen Betreuung durch die Besitzerfamilie. Von der zentralen Lage, über das individuelle Frühstück (von der Besitzern selbst hergestellte Marmeladen) bis zu den gemütlichen, individuell ausgestatteten Zimmern - es war absolute Sptzenklasse zu einem fairen Preis. Als guter Tipp: parken Sie den PKW am Hafen, da die Parkplätze vor dem Hotel sehr begrenzt sind.
Aetoma Hotel - An absolute gem
I stayed during a business trip at the Aetoma Hotel and absolutely loved it. I was there from May 13, 2007 through May 23rd, 2007. I actually got delayed and needed to stay longer, but my room had already been booked online, and I'm not surprised.
My room was a "double" room with a balcony overlooking the city street behind it, which was lovely, completely picturesque. The view from there IS a postcard, it's that nice.
The bed was big and comfortable. I had a cousin visit me there while in Greece and we both were very comfortable in the room for three days together. The bathroom is beautiful, and the shower massage -- all I can say is I want to get me one!!!
The owner is a woman named Panayota (don't even ask me the last name, I had trouble with her first name!). She was so accommodating and truly cared about my comfort. As I said, I was there for work, so I would be up very early and needed to leave by 8 am. Most of the people who stayed here were on vacation, so there was a lovely "traditional" breakfast served in the common room from 9 am onward (which is warm and inviting and just really pretty) or she was happy to bring it all in so you could eat breakfast on your balcony. Now, I only had the traditional breakfast once, but one person, not even two, can eat all that is offered. But knowing that I was working there, Panayota would bring me my coffee or tea and cereal and fresh-squeezed orange juice at 7:15 every morning. All I did was open my door, and she was there with anything I needed.
Also, Carrie, her assistant, who spoke great English (being from England originally) was of great help and assistance. She actually even secured lodging for me for the rest of my stay in Nafplion after I had to leave the Aetoma. I honestly don't think there was one thing I could have asked for that they would not have tried to give to me.
I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The town is a beautiful little, charming, old country town and it's great for strolling around. This hotel is directly in the heart of the little village. I felt safe walking around at night and early in the morning.
And the attorneys who I worked with on this case stayed in the Amphitrion Hotel and Nafplia Palace, and I went to both places. Believe me, I made the right decision. And did I mention it has wireless internet? high speed! Yes, I know, you're on vacation, but for those who like to stay in touch, it's there at your fingertips.
I can't say enough about this place. It was just great.
Wow! A very special place.
We stayed at the Hotel Aetoma for 3 nights in mid April and had a truly wonderful experience.
It is a beautiful, small family run hotel in the centre of Nafplion. We were given the very warmest of welcomes and were looked after during our stay as though we were friends rather than guests. The hotel has 5 guest rooms and our lovely room was at the top of the house: the AKROKERAMO suite. It was just beautiful and not expensive!
The room was spacious and beautifully decorated. We had our own balcony overlooking the rooftops of surrounding houses, the Palamidi Castle and the little square at the front of the hotel.
The room also has its own terrace with comfortable furniture where we could relax and enjoy the afternoon sun.
Each morning breakfast was brought up to our terrace (there is a separate door to the terrace to maintain guests privacy). Breakfast was very substantial indeed with a variety of freshly home made breads and cakes, fresh fruit and juice, cheeses, as well as the usual cooked meats etc.
The hotel is in a perfect location with shops, cafes and restaurants on its doorstep and only a few minutes to the harbour.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this hotel. It was one of our most romantic times.
Penny and Jim Pettman
A real find
By chance we happened upon the Aetoma, and sometimes that is when the best things happen. From our greeting upon arrival, and throughout our stay, everyone at the hotel made the stay memorable. The hotel is decorated to a high standard, and if by chance you stay on the top floor room, you will be awed by the views and the terrace that come with that room. We are very noise averse, and were happy to have such quiet accomodations. I think one would have to be extraordinarily harsh not to give this hotel a very high rating. We would definitely stay again, (and tried to at the end of our Peloppenese trip, but Aetoma was full, but did find us a place for the night, how gracious!). Thank you Aetoma for making such a wonderful memory in Napflio, not only for your beautiful hotel but also for your genuinely gracious and generous hospitality.
Dave and Lew
Superb in every way...a magical memory
I happened across this beautiful bed and breakfast and it only added to the magic and beauty for which I remember Nafplio.
I was treated with excellent service that far surpassed any other throughout my travels in Greece. The rooms are out of a dream, decorated with personal touches that make each uniquely warm and comfortable.
I will surely return to Aetoma someday (and encourage all traveling to Nafplio) to meet again the owners that treated me with such kindness and genorosity. Thank you!
Best Bed & Breakfast Ever
This is quite simply the best bed & breakfast I've ever stayed at anywhere. The service is exceptional, the value is astounding--we paid half of what we paid on the islands for terrible dives. The property couldn't be more lovely--an old family home completely refurbished with all the modern amenities you might want, but in a historical syle that suits the house and the town. The location is perfect--midway between the main square and the small but pleasant town beach. And did I mention the service? The hostess cooks an enormous breakfast with homemade jam, and is happy to leave you alone or sit and talk with you.
It is deceiving to call it a hotel, as it has only five rooms and is family-run, and lacks some of the services of a larger hotel. However, they are happy to try to accomadate you--they even took my laundry to a local launderer, not one of their listed services, and only charged me what the launderer charged.
Recommend the room on the top floor, where you have a private balcony/terrace. They will bring your enourmous breakfast up to the terrace for you.
Great place, friendly people!
I had an exceptionally pleasant stay at Aetoma with my wife and 14 yo daughter between Dec. 26 and Dec. 29.
We booked based on the positive recommendations of previous guests in Tripadvisor. The property is a tastefully renovated neoclassical 18th century building right at the center of the old town of Nauplion, very close to many attractions, shops, restaurants and cafes. And yet, strange as it may sound, I confirm what one of the previous guests-reviewers wrote: The hotel is very quiet.
The owners renovated the building in 2006 and converted it to a small luxury hotel with 5 rooms. Although the renovation has not affected the 18th century aura of the building, it has been made with high quality materials creating a luxurious environment with modern amenities.
We had the room on the top floor which was spacious and very elegantly decorated with Italian furnishings. We had a spendid view to the two castles of Nauplion and to the old town. Amenities included independently controlled air conditioning, flat screen TV, mini bar and hydromassage equipment in the bathroom . Both the room and bathroom were immaculately clean and the homemade breakfast was one of the highlights of our stay.
Add to all these the hospitality of the owners who made us feel really at home and always made sure that we had everything we needed. All in all, the Aetoma is excellent value for money, and warm hospitality for money too! We will certainly visit again.
One of the best hotels ever stayed at - 5 star quality
One of the best hotels we every stayed at. Definetely has the class of a small and cosy 5 star hotel.
We stayed there for 3 nights thanks to the recommendation in TripAdvisor from previous guests at the hotel. We received a very warm welcome and were helped throghout the stay with a lot of good advice. The hotel is situated in the old city of Nafplia and at a very quiet spot. Since I am very sensitive to noise I definitely can confirm that the rooms and its surroundings are very quiet. Espcially the rooms overlooking the very small piazza behind the hotel.
The first 2 nights we stayed in the room on the top floor which is also the biggest room with a large balcony overlooking Palamidi castle. The last night we stayed in one of the rooms on the lower floor which also had a balcony. The rooms are very spacious and astethic. The landlady has drafted the interieur of the rooms all by herself and one can see the love for the detail she has put into it. Everything is brandnew, very clean and cosy and we felt like staying at an italian palazzo. During breakfast the landlady even took some time to chat with us. Since the hotel is family run this makes all the difference. The whole hotel is radiating a very warm atmosphere thanks to the landlady and her husband. More details to the hotel can be found under
We chose Napflia as our base to visit the archeological sites such as Epidaurus, Mykene, Korinth etc.
Since we were so impressed with the hotel we can very much recommend it. Before we came to Nafplia we stayed at a 5 star hotel in Athens which had room amenities, roome size and atomospere well below with what we encountered here in Hotel Aetoma. As it is usual in Greece smoking is almost nowhere restricted thus every hotel room has its ashtray. This is also the case at Aetoma maybe as an encouragement for the owner of the hotel I am shure people would still come and make the best out of it even when smoking in the rooms are not allowed since this is such a great hotel.
Ursula & RK
Great personal service
Stayed here in the off season (early Nov). The hotel was still quite busy but with only 5 rooms you feel like you have the place to yourself. We took a 7 month old baby and the proprietor became her surrogate grandmother. They really made us feel at home, and couldn't do enough to help out. The hotel itself is well decorated, clean and of good quality but above all we felt that calm ambience that you just don't get because everywhere.
The location is set back a little way from the harbour in a small piazza but it makes it quiter. Go for the room at the top for a little more space and better views.
More then just a hotel...
Have stayed for 4 days in September 2006. This is something more then just a hotel! The hospitality of the family who owns and manages this hotel is something, difficult to find words for... You feel there not like you are staying in the hotel - you are staying with your friends! One of your best friends! Building is more then 180 years old, Antanopolou family owns this building for about 100 years. And they do care for it. Its maintained in top condition. Difficult to find any better location. Old town - one of the central squares (St. Spiridon square). - This is a very tiny square - probably about 30 sq. m. only. Only maximum 5-6 cars can be parked there, however there is a huge parking area within 3 minutes of walk. Right behind the corner you'll find lots of restorants, cafes, bars, souvernir shops, etc. And hard to beleive - it's calm there. I was plesently surprized.
Highly recommend to stay with this hotel! You pay your money for accomodation which is more then worth it! Plus you have such a warm hospitality - it's priceless!!!
If I have a chance to get back to Greece for vacation - I know the place to stay - Aetoma.