The Anthemion Guesthouse is challenging to find. It is located on a dirt road that angles off from a main road that winds up a hill from the city center. There is a sign to the right, but the dirt road rakes off to the left. This boutique hotel, however, was worth the search from the point of view of its setting and a second story creative suite with a small kitchen area.
When we finally arrived we were greeted by a small, friendly resident dog who was omnipresent throughout our four day stay. A person---sans English speaking---appeared, assisted us with luggage, handed us a key, then departed. No typical check-in occurred. As a matter of fact, we did not check-in during our entire stay. The day of our departure, an individual---again sans English speaking---wrote the amount due on a small paper and charged our credit card to complete the transaction. The final charge was as originally agreed upon via e-mails.
We truly enjoyed the suite or small apartment within the restored complex. The main living area sported lofty ceilings, colorful decor, a working fireplace and small, though complete kitchen. A door opened onto a porch from which sweeping views incorporated farms and pastures and sunrises and sunsets. The furnished porch doubled as an exterior dining room permitting guests to savor meals while overlooking nature. The technical was not ignored: wi-fi was excellent and free.
The bedroom was also topped with a beamed ceiling and contained an exterior door. The bath was small, though complete and immaculate. Housekeeping standards were high.
This boutique hotel, however, did not cater to guests. Peculiar features from our point of view were the absence of check-in procedures, the infrequent presence of anyone to answer questions and the inconsistent breakfast offerings. The Anthemion Guesthouse was more of a self-catering environment for the self-sufficient traveler. That we were. The lack of typical hotel features did not detract from our stay.
We selected the Anthemion for its central location for day tripping to Argos, Epidarus, Mycenae, Tiyrns and, of course, Old Town Nafplion with its museums and fortress. Our selection was also based on the kitchen. This region was the final portion of a driving trip off-the-beaten-track Greece. We intended to cook using local ingredients. However, as the ruin visits took precedence over shopping, the fresh fish market was closed each time we wanted to shop. The extensive farmer's market did not occur until the Saturday of our departure. Thusly, our fresh fish dinner was one paid for in a small eatery patronized by locals doing the same as ourselves: selecting a fish from a drawer and dictating its preparation. Not quite, but almost as fine as using one's own rented kitchen.
Our final recommendation for the Anthemion Guesthouse is for the self-sufficient traveler who will enjoy a quiet country stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anthemion Hotel, Nafplion, Argolida - double rooms and family suites a few minutes from the centre of Nafplio old city. A great choice for accommodation in Nafplio (Nafplion, Anapli, Nauplio, Nauplia, Nafplia) is Anthemion Traditional Pension/Guest House. Within walking distance of Nafplion's centre in a quiet area makes Anthemion's location a more relaxing, rustic alternative with private parking and a swimming pool. Anthemion double rooms are decorated with each their own style and the suites, which are ideal for families, have kitchen facilities and fireplaces making a cosy atmosphere for couples during the winter months. Breakfast is served to our guests either room service or in our kiosk in the gardens with a view of the pool. Enjoy the short walk to Karathona beach during the spring, summer & autumn or hire a car to explore the local areas of beauty and historical interest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anthemion Hotel Nauplion