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Nikos Verikokos Studios
Reviewed 9 January 2013

perfect location - close to everything (harbour, castle, new town), recently refurbished, clean, well equipped with a quite big balcony overlooking a part of a town with a see view; the apartments are maybe not very big but nevertheless not too smallvery; nice host can take you by car from the harbour for free; excellent value for money!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

I visited the Verikokos Studios with my boyfriend in August 2012,
The location of the studios is perfect, just a few minutes walk from the busy streets with lots of bars and restaurants. Our room was great and very spacious and a nice balcony with a view to the harbour. We really enjoyed having breakfast in our balcony. Mr Verikokos was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend it for a nice and quiet holiday in the beautiful island of Naxos!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

We stayed at Nikos Verikokos Studios for two weeks in May 2012. It was ideal for our purposes and for a modest budget. We highly recommend it, provided that it suits your preferences.

The Studios consist of about a dozen apartments on several floors, some facing west and some facing north. The higher apartments have better views, and the northern apartments are less exposed to the heat and glare of the afternoon sun. All the apartments that we saw have small balconies. A new penthouse apartment, with a spectacular view, was completed while we were there.

We were offered a choice of several apartments. They are scrupulously clean, well lighted, and airy, with plenty of elbow room. Some have a single bedroom, some have two. The furnishings are plain and adequate. The single beds are very firm, which is wonderful for us, but may be too firm for some. Each apartment has air conditioning, a strong WiFi signal, and a television set, with channels in various languages.

The kitchen facilities consist of a marble sink (Naxos is famous for its marble), a small refrigerator, an electric cooktop, and a small dining table. Basic tableware is provided.

The bathrooms are modern and roomy enough. Except, the shower consists of a small square base and no enclosure. You need to spray the telephone shower toward the wall, and water still gets on the floor. This arrangement is probably standard issue on Naxos. Water is solar heated everywhere, so you won’t be taking long showers anyway.

This is essentially an apartment, not a hotel. The exception is that the rooms are made up every day, like a hotel. Otherwise, don’t look for hotel amenities. There is no exercise room, no spa, no concierge, no desk staff.

Judging from a Web site of Naxos lodging facilities, the interior appointments are apparently similar to those of many other Naxos lodgings.

As with most lodgings in this class, no meals are served. Greeks apparently do not eat breakfast beyond “a cigarette and a cup of coffee.” If you feel the need for breakfast out, many of the nearby restaurants offer various levels of American style breakfast.

The outstanding advantage of Nikos Verikokos Studios is its location, in a quiet residential area that is connected to a tangle of pathways of the kind that make the Greek islands so wonderful. The upper apartments have a nice view of the harbor. The shortest path to the harbor is only 100 meters downhill. Or, you can follow one of several alleys that angle down toward the port area, with many tavernas and art shops along the way.

The Studios are only about 600 meters from the ferry dock, with only a short uphill walk from the harbor. (Almost everywhere in the Greek islands is uphill from the water’s edge, sometimes extremely so.) The nearby harbor is ringed with restaurants, and has several car rental agencies, banks, and shops. A major commercial street is nearby, offering two grocery stores within 200 meters. Within 500 meters are many more grocery stores, car rentals, and specialty shops.

A bakery around the corner offers excellent bread for a pittance, with which you can concoct a good breakfast and make sandwiches for day trips. The Venetian kastro, the main feature of historical interest in Naxos Town, is only a short walk uphill. (In Greek, Naxos Town is called Chora, a generic term that is used for the main town on all the Greek islands).

It is easy to navigate the alleys because they either parallel the harbor front or drop down to it. If you get lost, simply go downhill to the harbor and start over.

The nearby restaurants are uniformly good. A typical meal costs somewhat less than a comparable meal in the Unites States (except breakfast, which is relatively more expensive).

The Studios are operated by Manos Pano and his wife Georgia, who live in the building. Both have jobs elsewhere, undoubtedly like most other proprietors. If you need help, you can call Manos on his cell phone. Often, you can catch him or Georgia in the office.

Manos and Georgia know enough English to communicate easily. They are friendly and very accommodating. For example, Manos made a relentless and successful effort to find electrical adapters for us, and he rustled up a fancy frying pan and some additional cutlery for us.

We were picked up at the ferry dock by Nikos Pano, the father of Manos. He is an older Greek with little grasp of English, but was extravagantly friendly and accommodating. In the short drive from the dock to the Studios, he engaged in several shouting matches with other Greek drivers, apparently standard procedure, and exchanged greetings with everyone he saw. Manos took us to the ferry dock for our departure in a more sedate manner.

Nikos Verikokos Studios was ideal for our purposes, which were relaxing, seeing the island, getting a feel for the local culture, and being within easy walking distance of amenities. We did NOT come for the beaches or for swimming. (The water is not very warm around the Greek islands, and certainly not in May.)

If you want to walk to a nearby beach in your swim suit, this is not the place. There are many beach lodgings that are specifically intended for bathers. The best are clustered along the beaches on the southwest side of the island. At the more developed beach areas, you will find restaurants and grocery stores, but not the depth of infrastructure that is available in Chora.

Most other lodgings in Chora are located farther south in a dense collection of hotels. These apparently are oriented toward the beach area there, although only the front rank of these hotels are actually within bathing suit distance of the beach.

The location of Nikos Verikokos Studios is ideal for walking around Naxos Town and its environs. If you are spending only a couple of days on Naxos, you probably won’t want to wander any farther afield.

However, if you are staying longer, plan to a rent vehicle to explore the island. Rental of cars and mopeds is inexpensive. We rented a car for 25 euros per day, and a moped for 10 euros per day. The vehicles are provided with nearly empty tanks, and you return them empty, which takes some planning. Fuel is very expensive, costing almost as much as the rental.

Contrary to the statements of the guide books, we found that bus service to the villages and beaches outside Chora was sporadic, at least in May.

On the island roads outside Chora, we experienced very little traffic. (The peak season had not commenced.) The drive is well worth the time. The island is geologically spectacular, with a tall, spiky mountain range that runs along the east size, traversed by roads with many switchbacks. Marble is visible everywhere in the rock formations, and there are some enormous quarries. There are many small villages along the roads. The perimeter has a variety of beaches, of variable quality, including white sand, brown sand, stones, and rock ledges. The water is crystal clear and beautifully blue.

The island is covered with ruins, apparently most of which date to the Venetian occupation. Only the larger or better preserved are marked. I recommend a hike to the top of Pano Kastro, which probably has the most remaining structure. It will take a couple of hours. There is no clearly marked path, but you can navigate along the old walls and find a path by sight. Wear long pants to protect your legs from the brush.

You can fly to Naxos, but don’t. Instead, fly to Athens, where you buy tickets for the Blue Star Ferry, which is huge and luxurious. The ferry departs from the port of Piraeus, which is connected to Athens by a modern subway system. The subway ride takes less than 30 minutes. The ferry ride to Naxos takes a little more than five hours, and it is a wonderful way to start your vacation. If you have any heavy luggage, stow it in the racks on the lowest deck, where the vehicles park. Then, take the escalator to the passenger levels.

Room Tip: Rooms on the upper floor have a good view of the harbor. Rooms on the north side are less exposed t...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: Naxos Town 84300, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Naxos > Naxos Town
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Ranked #18 of 81 Speciality Lodging in Naxos Town
Price Range: £25 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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