This is a 5 start review of the amazing Hotel Galini and Sofia. This review is also a travel advisory for anyone travelling on to Santorini after Naxos as I did.
I came to Naxos for 4 days not really expecting anything other than a continuation of my amazing Greek island hopping trip. George, the owner along with his wonderful extended family, is your host and he greets you on arrival. From the start he invited me to site down with a refreshing welcome drink. I love a welcome drinks. Why don't more people do this? It's time to relax. Congratulations, you've arrived in a Grecian island paradise.- Naxos.
You stay here because, like me, you're looking to immerse yourself into Greek culture, that means food, ancient sites, amazing landscapes, fabulous architecture, friendly people. Greeks just seem to enjoy life more than everyone else. George's place is home base for your authentically Greek experience.
The breakfast included with our room was absolutely first rate. Great coffee, fruit and all the basics are all there. I'd come to expect these things but then I discovered that the Greek yogurt of your dreams awaits you each morning along with umpteen different kinds of preserves, most (if not all), are home made by George and/or his family. I tried to linger each morning with a book or visit with the other guests on the terrace so that breakfast would last a little longer. In fact my whole stay I just wanted to linger a little bit longer. Just squeeze out a little more out of each day. In retrospect it was all over way too quickly.
I rented a car for 2 days and visited the countryside, mountains, ancient monuments and remote beaches of Naxos. If you have 3 days in Naxos, make sure you take advantage of your time here and visit these treasures.
A few basics - The location of the hotel is perfect, just a bit out of town, easy walking distance, but really close to the square, and St. George's beach (perfect for small kids) is spread out before you. The room is functional and includes all the basics - WIFI, a normal bathroom and a generous space to occupy. At 55 euros a night, my room was a tremendous value. Like a few other hotels I'd seen on this trip to Greece, guests return to Hotl Galini & Sofia year after year. One Norwegian lady I met during my stay has been staying here every year since the 1970's.
I was in Naxos for the last week of September. Things were definitely slow, but in a wonderful way, A happy flow of tourists and locals amble their way along the friendly lanes and streets around town, There was always a table at any of the best restaurants. What a luxury this turned out to be: plenty of space for strolling around anytime night or day, popping into this place or that. So nice.
This was not the case for my next destination - Santorini, which sadly was a big regret. I am here now, and even though it's the first week of October, it's elbow to elbow in Oia and Imerovigli with hordes of tourists and their cameras in your face. People knock each other down just to take pictures of the sunset (which is amazing) but arguably no better than the one from the terrace of my room at George's place. I write this now only because I just wish someone had warned me before coming here. Had I known, I would have skipped this tourist ghetto and stayed longer at George's place in Naxos.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Galini Sofia Latina
- Galini Sofia Latina Hotel
- Hotel Galini Naxos, Greece