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“Glaros - great joy”

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Boutique Hotel Glaros
Ranked #6 of 57 Hotels in Naxos Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 October 2013

We stayed at Glaros hotel for three nights and we can highly recommend the hotel. It has a great location, only 2 minutes from St George's beach and an easy walk to the town centre. The room we had booked - a junior suite, was just about the right size and we found ourselves enjoying the view from the balcony over the sea.

The best part is definitely the location and closeness to all amenities such as restaurants, transport and beaches. But there is also a calmness and subtle touches of brilliance with all what is around which makes this place a truly remarkable place to stay.

The only minus, if any is the lack of on-site facilities such as pool, common shower and perhaps an open bar.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The hotel is located some 10min from the port and they even covered the 7 euros for the taxi that was waiting for me to pick me up from my delayed Santorini ship. As Naxos is not as touristic as the other islands, despite being the largest Cycladic island, I found this a blessing. The port is dominated by the massive Temple of Apollo ‘door’ and you can even walk from the hotel the 20-30min walk if you do not have lots of luggage.

The hotels itself is located in the best location, metres away from the sea that surely must ‘flood’ sometimes the restaurants located right on the beach and despite booking a double room which I thought is going to be on the top floor, they upgraded me to this corner suite which looked over a small street that turned out to be quiet (with only a motorcycle rider leaving in the morning and coming back in the evening) and the sea as seen between the 2 beach restaurants. This suite was so gorgeous and the hotel so chic, I would highly recommend it not only to everyone but even to honeymooners!!!!!

My first impression was ‘these guys really went to town’ with the top end bathroom with temperature modified shower end, very thick bathrobes and towels, toiletries then the living area with unique pieces of furniture and furnishings, continuing the same exclusive line of design the owner of the hotel chose for the reception area.

Compared to Santorini where you do not get such things, in Glaros you simply feel you are in a top boutique hotel and you conned them: welcomed in the evening with a glass of wine to share with Alexander, the receptionist or discovering little chocolates everywhere in the suite (even strategically placed in the bathroom cabinets). Or Edi, the other receptionist who offered me more chocolates upon my departure despite tasting several unique types upon my arrival, who patiently waited with my bath gown at reception after having a good swim in the very warm sea - James Bond, eat your heart out!!!!!

To top it up, you can check everything at the PC terminal located in the reception area or you can get one of the five notebooks they keep for guests to check their emails in the tranquillity of their room.

Tips:
- everything is walking distance in Naxos town and you can walk all the way up to the Temple of Apollo (you will pat yourself on the shoulder if you do that, trust me) near the sea and stop in any of the cafes or cake shops, then you can head up the Kastro to the Archeological Museum and the Catholic Mitropolis which was empty in the early October morning but oh, so romantic: the keeper of the Mitropolis came running after me on the stairs offering me a bright pink flower…… If you took the northern entrance to the Kastro, descend the same way to then turn to the Orthodox Mitropolis and Mitropoleus Museum, which, just like in Santorini they do not have much but they give you a great insight into the life on Naxos.
- booking a taxi to take you back to port is very easy and the hotel even checks for you how late your ship is going to be (as they normally are very late, they should change their time by up to one hour!!!!)
- I highly recommend the restaurants located on the back streets of Naxos: I found the service to be fast and excellent, plus great value for money. Naxos is nothing like the super expensive Santorini.

I was so relaxed in Glaros, I did not even check their top floor terrace which looked amazing in their pictures. Although I could hear the noises from the next door neighbours and the noises from the loud tourists in the next hotel, I had such a deep sleep with the balcony door open!!!!!! Their ‘pillow menu’ covering a choice of different type of pillows is most original and the bed sheets are simply divine.

I am only surprised this hotel is not number 1 in Naxos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank TERRAvelista
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We could not have been more satisfied with our stay at Hotel Glaros in Naxos. Firstly, it is perfectly situated right by a beach (Agios Georgios, definitely not the prettiest in Naxos, but very convenient) and just a 10 minute leisurely walk from the town's centre. We didn't even have to arrange transport to the port to catch our ferry. We walked instead!

Secondly, the hotel offers first-rate service. Alex and Eddie were very helpful in helping us get settled into our room, oriented to town, arranging a rental car - highly recommended on this large island - and catering to our needs. We even got a free bottle of wine as a welcome gift for our honeymoon!

Thirdly, the rooms at Hotel Glaros are all modern and well appointed. They are on the smaller-side, but every aspect of them is up-to-date and uniquely designed. For the price it charges, this hotel offers seriously good value to travellers!

On a side note, we tried the breakfast there on our last day and it was fine. A nice selection of hot and cold items, and for 8 euros, you won't feel overcharged. Note though, that we had other breakfasts in Naxos that were just as nice for a few euros less, so the hotel's breakfast is not the best deal around.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Glaros for two nights and couldn't have been happier. Alex, the owner, was very helpful and communicative before our stay. When we arrived, Eddie was wonderful helping us get settled, orienting us to Naxos town, recommended a few great restaurants, helping us rent a car, etc. The hotel is modern, top notch in every respect - very artistically and tastefully done in public and private room areas. Great location right on St. George's Bay/beach and an easy 5 minute walk to the Old Town. We got the breakfast for 7 euros every morning which was fresh, great variety and quality, and a wonderful experience sitting on their outside patio overlooking the Bay. Alex indicated he doesn't read Trip Advisor because he's 'old-fashioned' and just believes in providing the best experience and excellent service all the time, regardless of what others say. He's spot on in describing the experience he and his staff provide for customers, but still deserves the highest praise in TA for those of us who DO read it to make informed choices when we travel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank maka1205
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed at the Glaros hotel in September this year and booked direct with them through their website, and booked a superior room on the 3rd floor and were given room 13 which was very modern had a good amount of space and was pristine – you can tell the hotel has been refurbished recently.

Positives +
Alex the owner, was very helpful – helped us organise an itinerary and gave excellent restaurant recommendations (ones that he visits as he lives on the island) Eddie was also always very helpful and always happy to answer any queries we had. Thankyou to both of you for making our stay so enjoyable!
Wifi – very good wifi in our room
Cleanliness – this hotel is spotless.
Location – Located right on Agios Georgios, 2 min walk into Naxos old town & the portara and easy to get anywhere from here. The actual beach has watersport facilities and the sea is quite shallow till you go far out.
Breakfast buffet – Plenty of variety, we didn’t eat here every morning but when we did we were more than satisfied with the selection and variety on offer and the quality as well. It represents very good value.
Arranging transfers – When we got off the ferry we were met by a driver who took us to the hotel (if you do not have much luggage, you could probably walk to the hotel)

Although the room is by no means small - we would have preferred a slightly bigger room and would book a suite next time & I’m not sure if its already available but the option to have breakfast on our terrace would have been nice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

My husband and I were both very impressed by our experience at Hotel Glaros. We stayed in a superior double room on the third floor, with access to a large semi-private terrace overlooking the St. George Bay. Our room, like the rest of the hotel, was beautifully decorated with designer finishings, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. (They even provided a "pillow menu" in case you wish to sleep on a different type of pillow!) The hotel's central location--just steps away from St. George Beach and several taverns, and a short 5-10 minute walk from the heart of Naxos Town--is extremely convenient. We visited in mid-September so the level of activity in that area was just perfect -- lively but not unpleasantly crowded. St. George Beach was so pleasant to swim in that the lack of a pool is not a big deal at all. The management and staff were extremely courteous, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Alex and Eddie were amazing hosts at this great hotel. Very friendly and helpful with anything we needed including a suggested driving route around the island. Rooms were very clean and looked to have been renovated recently. The location of the hotel was great, right near the beach and 5 - 10 minutes walk to the main part of town. Breakfast for EUR 8 each morning was a great way to go and I would highly recommend this place for anyone staying in Naxos.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Saint George Street | Saint George Beach, Naxos Town 843 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Naxos > Naxos Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Naxos Town
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Naxos Town
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel Glaros is a beautiful beach hotel consisting of 13 rooms. It is ideally located right on sandy Saint George beach and just 300m from Naxos town centre. ... more   less 
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