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“A Fabulous Stay in Hydra”

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Nereids Guest House
Ranked #4 of 34 Hydra B&B and Inns
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“A Fabulous Stay in Hydra”
Reviewed 9 May 2011

We spent 5 days at this lovely place. The walk to the guesthouse was easy and worth it to find such beautiful surroundings. The owners were welcoming and helpful often taking the time to share their knowledge of their island. We loved our time on Hydra.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

After 2 days in Athens, I chose Hydra island, hearing that it is car-free and a good retreat for hiking and chilling out. I selected Nereids Guest House from the internet as their price was reasonable and the owner could communicate in English. I heard about the cobbled streets and hilly steps, so being 350 m away from the port on a flat route was also comforting.

Arriving after dark at 7pm, I was surprised to be greeted by the owner's father at the Hydra Port. Of course, being low season, it was not difficult to spot an Asian tourist embarking off the Flying Dolphin but kudos to him for picking me up as I was prepared with my compass to tab all the way through the cobbled streets. The walk was not far but be mindful that the cobbled streets do not go easy on wheeled luggage. So make sure either backpacks are in order or sturdy wheels are ready for a rough troll through the quaint Hydra lanes.

The guest house looked very well kept and most rooms are located on a patio a few steps up but overlooking a beautiful view of the bay and mountain side. Great for al-fresco breakfast or sunset drinks on this terrace. My room had a warm feel with wooden beams and stone walls. It felt like being in a medieval mansion but without the dust and cobwebs! There was a small empty fridge available with 1 litre of mineral water for immediate consumption. I did ask if the tap water was drinkable and the owner said it is fine though there is some after-taste. I was fine with this as I boil my water and use it for tea and coffee.

Though some shops and restaurants are open, the winter season is quiet and some retailers are closed for their own vacation. So word of advice - bring your own snacks, tea bags, instant coffee and whatever fresh fruit or milk that you need from Athens.

This guest house does not have a reception, so it is not like a hotel but the owner is usually around in the mornings or evenings and their family lives just next door if you need any assistance. Share your idea with the owner about your stay in Hydra and he might offer some good advise, such as hiking trails and where to eat. Overall, it was a very discreet environment and no one came to bother me.

One minor thing - though the wireless internet is free, the signal could not be received from inside my room. I had to take my laptop into the patio to surf the internet. It's not a problem but it can be chilly in the winter evenings and you need to have a laptop with strong battery life or a long power cable with a two prong plug. If it rains, I guess your laptop needs to be "waterproof" !!

It is a standing shower, which is hot and powerful. Shampoo and shower gel is provided but bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste. The towels are plentiful but quite coarse..not the fluffy kind. Good for exfoliating your body, I guess...

The double bed is good and firm for a single person but can be a tight fit for two large-size persons. Television may not be important but the signal is poor with fuzzy picture. It did encouraged me to look at the night stars instead. Overall, I had a great sleep, especially after the coastal walks and fresh air. There is a friendly Greek restaurant just 20 meters from the house and ask for their fish selection for a good grill. Meal for one person came up to about 25 Euros.(Starter/Main/Drink/Dessert)

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

Really cozy rooms with a good aesthetic. Very friendly owner.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

Nereids Guest House is by far one of the nicest guest houses I have visited. A converted old house, done up to a very high standard and with great taste, it combines the comforts of a modern room while maintaining the traditional feel. The guest house is at a great quiet location, not too far from the main port. We would highly recommend this guest house and gladly go back again and again. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Athens
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

The relation between price and quality for this Guesthouse is more than excellent, taking into account other hotels in Hydra-and i have seen and searched a lot of them. I have been there 3 times, stayed in 3 different rooms and all of them had their own "character". The first time i thought that the rooms would be very average because of the low price, but i was surprised a lot when i saw these gems.Made from wood and stone mostly, with space for terrace and chairs for every room in order to enjoy the view to the harbour of Hydra,its location is close enough in order to carry the luggage easily from the port-because Hydra has no vehicles except from donkeys- and away enough in order to have a great sleep. Its not in the center of the town, but it is a good location that offers also great views.Very clean also.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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samos, greece
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

I totally found this guest house by chance, in a time when it was really hard to find accomodation in the island of Hydra, due to a massive number of people travelling there. I was pleased to find out it was one of the best choices I could have made!
The hotel is situated only 10 min. walking distance from the island's port, without having to climb up any steps (that is important because the island is full of them, and this could be annoying if you have a lot of luggage).
It is stone-built, both outside as well as inside the rooms and it consists of a number of rooms on different levels, some of them with their own patio.
The room we had was a double room, fortunately with a double bed (you're lucky to find one, cause many double rooms in hotels or guest houses have two single beds instead of a double one!), fully-equipped (TV, A/C, hair-dryer, etc), very clean and very cute.
You also get a view of the sea from the guest house(but maybe not from all rooms), though a little bit far away.
The guest house is situated in a very quiet area (though very very close to the town centre - remember, Hydra's capital is a really small place), so it's perfect for relaxing. I confess that I'm glad I didn't book one of the other guest houses which were exactly at the port, because the streets are swarming with tourists and people throughout the day, and I wouldn't find this particularly pleasant.
Finally, the rates were surpisigly low for the quality of the place - 65 euros per night, for a doule room (summer 2010). I've been to guest houses of equal quality and they were double the price!
Last, but not least, the guest house had a very pleasant and friendly owner.
So, all in all, the Nereids is a beautiful and extremely good value for money guest house, and I would strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2009

We stayed in one of the rooms shown in the photographs on their website (www.nereids-hydra.com - it felt positively palatial. My only very minor concern is that the marble integrated bathroom, in this particular room, does rather compromise any privacy from your room mate - but looks great! The other room we booked for others in our party had a more traditional arrangement, ie private bathroom. Both rooms were scrupulously clean, fabulous furniture and fittings, equipped with a TV, hairdryer, fridge and fully functioning air-conditioning. The cleaner came in daily, replacing towels and the complimentary soap and shampoo etc. The patio areas were beautifully designed and were a joy to relax by in the evening. The propiretors lit candles round the tables every evening and lovingly cared for the plants. The house is quite tricky to find initially, but the very friendly propriator will meet you near the port and show the way. I really couldn't recommend Nerieds more highly. It felt very luxurious for a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nereids Guest House
Address: Greece
Region: Greece > Saronic Gulf Islands > Hydra
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Ranked #4 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Hydra
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Number of rooms: 8
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