Hotels in Greece
Hotels in Greece vary in price depending on the location and the season with rates spiking at Easter and in the high season of July and August. While they are slowly introducing a star rating system, most hotels are categorized under a letter grade – L standing for luxury and the rest denoted from A-E. However, it should be noted that the letter doesn’t always reflect the quality of the accommodation with many C listed hotels surpassing their B counterparts in terms of cleanliness and comfort.
For a low budget alternative to Greece Hotels check for signs indicating a “Room for Rent”. These can range from a spare bed in someone’s house to relatively upmarket facilities with en-suite bathrooms. Renting a luxurious villa is a cheaper alternative to staying in the best hotels in Greece for those travelers spending a significant length of time in one place.
Whether staying on the islands, a remote village or big city there are hotels in Greece for every pocket and preference.
A short walk from the Venetian harbor in western Crete, Ammos Hotel is a sanctuary of cool. Owner Nikos Tsepetis personalized the 33 minimalist rooms with Marimekko fabrics, hand-painted pottery, unvarnished woods, and smooth concrete floors.
The dramatic geography of Santorini means that many hotels trade lots of space for Aegean views. But both are on offer at the new Astro Palace, located above the main clifftop town of Fira and its winding pedestrian streets.
Stone walls surround this luxury hotel atop Rodari hill, and the boutique property is a hot spot for parties around the asymmetrical outdoor swimming pool. The mostly white rooms in the 1850 mansion, one of the oldest in the area, echo the white townscape below.
The 10 rooms here have balconies overlooking a pavestone-covered square below, scene to many a panegyri, or Greek holiday festival.
Near Mykonos’ iconic windmills on the west coast, this hilltop hotel maintains 22 whiter-than-white rooms and suites across five villas accented with light touches of pastel fabrics, wrought-iron beds, and wood furniture.
Stay in a stone-turreted fortress, once used to fend off Turks, Venetians, and pirates, on the shore of a private bay. Athenians make the 3 1/2-hour drive to this castle by the sea, drawn by the oceanfront pool and unparalleled views of the Mediterranean sunset from the terrace.
There’s a nautical theme at Anemomilos Apartments, on a cliff with easy access to the village of Hora. Whitewashed walls, private patios, and vistas of the Aegean more than make up for the sparsely decorated rooms. The real draw, however, is the lovely stone-terraced pool and pergola lounge.
Once the home of a sea captain, La Maltese Estate Hotel is now an impeccable six-room Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel in the village of Imerovigli, a quiet area sandwiched between the two main tourist towns of Fira and Oia on Santorini’s steep western edge.
Naxos is a private slice of Greek Isles paradise, with far less bikini-clad bustle than busier Mykonos and Santorini. And here, in your own two-story villa, with its own 340-square-foot pool and terrace open to unobstructed Aegean Sea views, you might never see another soul if you so choose.