Three of us stayed at Grotta for three nights in April, which is the off-season in Naxos.
What makes Grotta special is simple: the owners care. They care about the property; they care about the guests; they love Naxos. And this shows. When we arrived, several rooms were being repainted for the new season. We had to wait a few minutes for our room, sipping Kitron from the bar area overlooking the sea and chatting with Marine an employee who makes a guests feel very welcome.
The rooms are comfortable and the ones with the balconies overlooking Naxos and the sea are beautiful. For a two-star hotel, it checks all the boxes and then some. The breakfasts have a wealth of home-made pastries and quiches, along with more typical fare. The rooms and bathrooms are comfortable. The Wifi works everywhere.
As for service: When I inquired about renting a car for a day, the car appeared at the hotel within 15 minutes. When we needed wine glasses to finish a bottle of wine on the balcony, they were quickly found. The restaurant recommendations were very good.
The location may be an issue for some people. It is within easy walking distance of the old town, but it is a walk nonetheless. (Our friend, a sprightly 86 year-old had no problem with the street, but the short-cut path was not easy for him.) It is not near the beaches, unless you count the tiny cove about 20 meters below the hotel. It is an easy base for exploration, particularly if you like walking.
A nit-picker can always find a few quibbles and room for improvement. In this case, the biggest issue would be the need for a larger coffee maker at breakfast. Their current drip-coffee maker isn't quite up-to-the task.
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- Also Known As:
- Grotta Hotel Naxos City
- Hotel Grotta Naxos, Greece