Greece offers an endless choice of accommodation for all types of customers, from small family-run boutique hotels to studios, guesthouses and larger international resorts. We’ve asked our members to share their favorite hotels in Greece.
Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel
Amber of Provocolate
To provide the ultimate hospitality experience, a hotel needs to be personal. It also helps – a lot – to have history. This is what separates the merely convenient and luxurious from the truly memorable. There are many superb hotels in Greece, but just a handful of them are actually venerable historic institutions. Thermae Sylla Spa and Wellness Hotel tops that list. This storied late 19th-century beauty has been a destination for decades of illustrious guests – including Greta Garbo, Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Omar Sharif, and Aristotle Onasis. But the story starts even earlier – the thermal springs that feed Therme Sylla have been famous since antiquity. According to mythology, these miraculous waters sprung from the earth at the strike of Hephaestus’ hammer – the Goddess Athina wanted them to protect the strength of Hercules. Aristotle mentions them in his Theories of Earth Sciences. Centuries later, Roman general Syllas was healed here, and emperors Hadrian and Augustus then also came to “take the waters.”
The owners of Thermae Sylla stress that this is not a hotel with a spa, but rather a spa with a hotel attached. But seriously, what a hotel! Perched directly at the sea’s edge, with a view of Mt. Parnassus in the distance, the supremely elegant and well-appointed rooms unite classic style with a chic, modern touch (the marble baths are heavenly). The cuisine is on-point – like the hotel, classic with innovative touches of modernity. And the locally sourced fresh ingredients are in keeping with the spa philosophy – health and indulgence here go hand in hand. This is one of Europe’s finest destination hotels, offering a state-of-the-art spa experience in a historic luxury building.
Domes of Elounda
Rania of Bachelor of Travel
A luxurious five-star property, Domes of Elounda combines the picturesque destination of Elounda on Crete island and its rich history with world-class amenities and accommodation. Unapologetically glamorous, at Domes of Elounda you will find options for upscale villas and suites, a unique natural beauty in the landscape and amazing curated experiences.
The views are of the expansive Aegean Sea and of course Spinalonga island, a visit to which is much recommended if you seek to unravel the history and secrets of this small troubled island.
In Domes of Elounda, the rich culinary flavours of Cretan island combine with international trends to offer four distinct and diverse restaurants. From Asian-Peruvian fusion flavours at Yosai, gourmet seafood by the beach at Topos or the new pop-up area of CORE focusing on street food, urban spaces and wellness, there is great attention to detail and customer experience and amazing food on offer.
Family friendly, customer focused, and with boundless activities for adults and little adventurers, Domes of Elounda is perfect for couples with children and anyone seeking to unwind and relax.
Bill & Coo Coast, Mykonos
Elena of Passion for Greece
The Bill and Coo Coast on Mykonos boasts a serene location, breathtaking views and refined hospitality. This elegant resort is one of the finest destinations in the Mediterranean. Located in the area of Agios Ioannis this holiday sanctuary overlooks the sacred island of Delos.
An adults only property featuring 15 gorgeous suites, some of which have their own private pools offer the privacy and intimacy required for the perfect stay.
Nothing is left to chance here and the minimalistic yet comfortable, relaxing decor offers guests a homey feeling.
Exceptional meals play a major role at this intimate resort. There are several option available for a memorable meal including the international BeefBar. For an exclusive dining experience we recommend booking the Under the stars experience — where in the most secluded location right under the moonlight, with your feet touching the sand —you will savour the eclectic degustation menu.
At Bill & Coo Coast time stands still, and for those who value the luxury of simplicity, will find this hotel perfect in every way.
Kamares Boutique Hotel & Spa
Tzina of Love for Travel
“Kamares Boutique Hotel & Spa” in Ioannina is housed in one of the most famous mansions in the city, the Krapsiti mansion. Built-in the late 18th century, it was one of the few buildings that survived the fire of 1820. It was rebuilt and converted into a Boutique Hotel with absolute respect for all elements of tradition and is an excellent example of Epirus architecture.
Staying at the “Kamares Boutique Hotel & Spa” is a unique experience worth living. From the entrance, the small beautiful inner courtyard, to the wooden staircase leading to the rooms, everything was very delicate and the attention to detail while preserving the tradition was impeccable. Even in the hallway or lobby, every section of the wall was beautifully decorated either with a traditional outfit or with an accessory like a handkerchief or a silver buckle.
“Kamares Boutique Hotel & Spa” has 9 uniquely decorated rooms, each of them has the name of a national benefactor of Epirus. Decorated with classic touches and traditional finishings, each of the rooms and suites reflects not only the history of the mansion in which it is located, but also the overall area of Epirus.
Chrysoula of Travelpassionate
The Hilton in Athens is one of my all-time favourite hotels in the capital as not only does it offer all the comforts and facilities that you would expect of a high-end chain hotel, but it also boasts one of the best rooftop bars in the city!
Located in central Athens just a few yards away from the Evangelismos Metro Station, the Hilton Hotel gives visitors easy access to the main city sights while also being a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle. Guests can be at Syntagma Square and Monastiraki in just 10 minutes and Plaka and the Acropolis are just 10 minutes further.
With three on-site swimming pools, four restaurants and the amazing aforementioned rooftop bar, travellers with longer in Athens could easily spend a relaxing day within the hotel without even having to worry about going out sight-seeing. The Galaxy Bar serves up tasty snacks and signature cocktails and with one of the best views of the Acropolis on offer, it’s hard to see why you’d want to be anywhere else.
Rooms at the Hilton are bright, modern, spacious and comfortable and the marble bathrooms and private balconies add little touches of luxury. There is also an on-site gym and fitness studio as well as massage treatments being available daily.
The Hilton is a favourite among local celebrities and socialites thanks to its quality bars and restaurants, so much so that the whole area around the hotel is now simply referred to as “Χίλτον”/”Hilton”.
Somewhere Hotel in Athens
Mansoureh of Travel With Mansoureh
When you plan a trip to Athens, you might end up rushing from place to place and don’t get rough rest. That is why you need to spend a night somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Somewhere Hotel in Vouliagmeni in Athens is where you can get the celebrity treatment with world-class service. The hotel is located around 16 miles from the airport and offers free airport transfers for all its guests.
The rooms in this boutique hotels are modern, bright and spacious, and all come with a cute private balcony and a great view of the swimming pool and the garden. The big windows keep the room bright during the day and but the electric blinds and blackout curtains come handy when you want to make the room dark to rest.
The gorgeous outdoor space of the hotel is one where you can sunbathe, relax or take some fantastic photos.
Kimolia Gi, Kimolos
Callie & Kathy of Anthomeli
Kimolos is one of the lesser known islands in Greece. As a result of less tourism, it is still quite authentic and tranquil. So when we visited it, we did not know what to expect as far as accommodation is concerned. However, we had a huge surprise as Kimolia Gi was one of the most quality and pretty houses we had ever stayed in.
Small houses in the area of Prassa are waiting to accommodate you and help you relax offering you one of the best sea views of the island. Actually there were days that the view was breathtaking, the breeze was so rejuvenating and the moonlight was kissing the sea like I had never seen before.
The interior decor of the houses is really cute as the colors and the furniture offer a more romantic atmosphere. There are other houses that offer a more of an island and nautical feel.
Breakfast is included in the accommodation and you have to try it as you are going to taste the true tastes of Kimolos with a variety of local ingredients and recipes. Of course the breakfast area can also host you throughout the day for coffer or a drink at night!
Tip: If you are a couple, don’t hesitate to ask for the secluded house on the beach front.
Herodion Hotel, Athens
Amber of Provocolate
For making the most of a stay in Athens, there is no finer choice than the Herodion. In the middle of Athens historic center, this chic and lovely hotel is steps from both the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. Although so central, this is a pocket of serenity in bustling Athens – the ideal place to return to after a day on your feet under the Mediterranean sun. The Herodion is in the heart of one of Athens’ most popular neighborhoods of the moment. Koukaki is where Athenians come to enjoy the quiet cafes and restaurants along shady streets – just the right mix of urdan and low-key.
But, apart from the stellar location, one thing really makes the Herodion stand out.
The hotel’s rooftop restaurant Point A would be a great destination even if it were in a basement. With a menu that employs molecular cuisine to delightfully interpret classic dishes, a dinner here is an experience. The food has to be sactacular though, because otherwise it would have no chance competing with the view. This is one of the city’s best views of the Acropolis, so breathtakingly close you could blow it a kiss. The Herodion offers an ideal mix – an up-close experience of Classical Antiquity with the buzz of contemporary Athens.
Our favorite all-inclusive beach resorts with kids
Family Experiences Blog by Celeste Tat
Booking an all-inclusive when you’re travelling with kids is a no-brainer.
All-inclusive hotels relieve some of the pressure to entertain little ones, feed them, and even make it easier to decide what to do next during a family vacation.
Greece’s stretched coastline hosts some amazing all-inclusive resorts. Here, we break down our favourite family-tested Grecotel hotspots.
Olympia Riviera & Aqua Park – Peloponnese
Situated at the West Coast of the Peloponnese at Kyllini, this all-inclusive is characterized by its stretched golden beach and its one of a kind Aqua Park, the largest in a resort in Greece. Easy to reach from Athens by car, Olympia Riviera Resort is our family favorite because of its many spectacular swimming pools, its gourmet dining and nearby Ancient Olympia.
Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia – Corfu island
Daphnila Bay Dassia is located on the private Kommeno peninsula in Corfu, one of the most beautiful islands of Greece. The resort has captured our hearts forever because of its beautiful green surroundings, turquoise sea and tropical flowers. Safe swimming with the kids, romantic sunset dining on the beach, and a visit to the film set of The Durrell’s TV series at Danilia Village are just some highlights of our stay there.
Grecotel Cape Sounio – Athens Riviera
If you want to combine a visit to Athens and its archaeological sites with a luxurious beach vacation, Grecotel Cape Sounio is your best pick, especially with kids in tow. This luxury beach resort is located at its private bay on the cosmopolitan Athenian Riviera with dramatic views of the ancient Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio.
Casa Marron – Lakopetra beach
We loved our stay at Casa Marron with our tiny tourists for its laid back ambience and spacious set up. This beach resort was truly designed with little kids in mind. Spacious family friendly sea front bungalows on large grass areas, al fresco dining options (with a Tasty Corner junior buffet) and relaxed paddle pools for babies and tots. Happy kids = happy parents!
The above described hotels will be opening in July 2020. You can find a tried and tested review of each resort at Family Experiences Blog.
Costa Navarino – a real paradise in Greece
Katerina of Limitlesstravelling
Costa Navarino is an extra-high class resort on the picturesque coast of the Messinia region in the southwest of the Peloponnese. A first-class, environmentally friendly resort famous for its pristine and breathtaking scenery.
Costa Navarino has two premium hotels and villas – The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort Costa Navarino 5 *, positioning itself as a hotel for a luxurious romantic vacations, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino 5 * – also luxurious, but simpler and designed primarily for families with children.
The concept of Costa Navarino is to help develop and support local farms by providing environmentally friendly products to their guests. The resort is surrounded by orchards and olive groves.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams, virgin olive oil are used by local chefs daily for preparing various dishes.
Costa Navarino is perfect for a romantic getaway for both couples and families with children. With beautiful landscapes, warm and clean seas, healthy food and chic rooms is by itself attractive enough to lure new visitors. However, adults who come with children on vacation need a break and free time. Therefore, Costa Navarino has invested in entertainment and educational programs for the children. This is also Christiano Ronaldo’s favorite resort, where he brings his family everytime when he visits Greece.