There is something about the Kouros Hotel in Apollonas that causes interesting people to gravitate towards it, and to keep coming, year after year: Arthur, the Greek-Australian sculptor, Marcia, the special needs teacher from North Carolina, Tracy, the media-geek and his wife Toni the TV presenter, Stuart, the photographer, Elizabeth, social researcher, Meta, the masseuse, Conor and Gervaise, both doctors, a Russian journalist (whose name escapes me) to mention a few. It is the sort of place where writers, artists and musicians feel at home. This is a place of conversation, relaxation, plus some serious partying. One feels more like a visiting family member than a hotel guest.
Just mention history (in English, Greek or German) to Christos, your host, and be prepared for a most enlightening afternoon learning about Naxos from the stone age to now. Christos is about to publish an academic work on the subject. If that is not to your taste, he is also a DJ of note with a penchant for punk rock. After a few hours, if the discussion slows, freshen up with a quick swim on the beach and return to the bar for an ouzo.
Be prepared for one of our host's 'special dinners': though the hotel does not operate as a restaurant, these occur with unpredictable regularity. There are also excellent tavernas in the village, a few minutes walk away.
The hotel offers a generous breakfast, individually served, featuring produce mostly from the garden or locally sourced.
Most people go to Apollonas as a day trip from Chora, to view the Kouros of Apollonas (6th century BC), have lunch, experience the spectacular scenery of the Naxos hinterland and return. But it is worth stopping a few days.
Rooms are a bit plain, but well kept, all are en-suite with a balcony and everything works. Choose your room with a sea view of the port of Apollonas and looking out to Ikaria, or a mountain view if you don't like to go to bed with the sound of the sea (and possibly the sound of the bar).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apollon is in a small fishing village in the northeast area of Naxos island. The village has touristic infrastructure, restaurants, cafe, bars etc and a very nice beach.Hotel Kouros is a family hotel with 24 double rooms with satelite TV, mini bar, air condition, toilet, shower with hot water, telephone and parking place for your car. It is near by the beach (30m) and very close to the village (200m). Every room has a balcony with fantastic view to the sea or the mountains.In Apollon village you can find the ancient statue of Dionysos (12 meter long - 7th century bc), the longest in Greece. Also the ancient minor from which originated all the ancient marbles that the Naxians sent to Delos (Naxian Sphix - Kori Nikandris). Also, up on Kalogeros mountain you can find an medieval castle.Within a few words, Apollon is a beautiful village and hotel Kouros is the right place for your accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kouros Naxos/Apollon, Greece