Anyone reading this review will also look at the other highly positive comments, so I will add another perspective when considering Hotel Grotta as a place to stay in Naxos. I came for four nights and ended up staying nine for the simple reason that this hotel (thanks to Nicoletta, Dimitris, and their staff) knows what travelers need. I chose the word "grace" for my title because it evokes "a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward." The staff and hotel function flawlessly, with rooms that are clean, well-designed, comfortable and quiet. Breakfasts are amazing, including home-made bread, quiches, cakes, and of course Greek yogurt, fruit and so on. Those qualities are the basics. What elevates Hotel Grotta in my mind is another meaning of the word "grace," which has a spiritual quality. Guests at the hotel have the chance to fully engage the beauty, history, and cultures of Naxos from their room's balcony or a short walk along the shoreline to town. The view (facing west and north primarily) from the hotel is sublime, with the old town of Hora to the left, a 5th century BC doorway to a temple to Apollo to the right, and the Aegean Sea to the far right. The location is about 400 meters from the port up a slight hill that drops off to the sea below. One can sleep with balcony doors open and hear little but the sound of the waves, passing breezes, an occasional ship tooting its horn, and that's about it. The combined effect of the hotel's setting, services, staff, and Nicoletta's endearing enthusiasm for helping everyone enjoy Naxos is to provide its guests with inspiration, rest, and a rejuvenation of body and soul. Hotel Grotta is without doubt among the top three hotels I stayed at during a six month sojourn through Japan, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Turkey and Greece. Why anyone would opt for accommodations in Naxos that are in densely touristed areas with compromised views is beyond my understanding. As one young visitor wrote in the book for comments at the front desk, "Hotel Grotta rocks!"
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- Also Known As:
- Grotta Hotel Naxos City
- Hotel Grotta Naxos, Greece