This romantic seaport town, on the Peloponnese peninsula, is less than a two-hour drive from Athens with a storied history that dates back to ancient times. Today, it’s a rich tapestry of ruins, narrow laneways, medieval castles, Ottoman fountains and Neoclassical architecture. Planning a trip to Nafplio? Read on to discover the best hotels for every kind of traveller – including affordable luxury and family-run bed and breakfasts.
These sleek contemporary apartments, in the centre of Nafplio, are just as suited to holidaying families as they are to those travelling for business. There are three room types – suite, family apartment and ground-floor apartment – and all are decorated in elegant monochrome and neutrals with views over the town and Palamidi Castle. Each room also has a kitchen fully equipped with a cooker, fridge and oven, making these apartments ideal for longer stays.
This affordable hotel is set in a traditional 19th-century building in Psaromachalas, also known as the “fisherman’s neighbourhood” and one of the oldest and most picturesque areas of the city. The colourful, eclectically decorated rooms range from cosy economy double rooms to quadruple rooms with a double and two single beds. Meanwhile, guests also have access to a large courtyard garden that is planted with fragrant orange and lemon trees and offers views over the city.
Looking for a designer getaway in this historic city? Book a room at the Amfitriti Palazzo, a boutique hotel in a Neoclassical building, tucked away in the Old Town below the Acronafplia Castle, and within walking distance to most of the major attractions in Nafplio. The rooms feature colourful accent walls and statement lighting and have views over the Old Town and the Bay of Nafplio. The Greek-inspired breakfast is served on the outdoor terrace – think natural yoghurt, honey, fresh fruit and homemade pastries and cakes.
In search of a friendly bed and breakfast-style hotel? Book a room at this family-run pension in a building originally constructed in 1850 in Nafplio’s Old Town. The interiors of the high-ceilinged rooms are inspired by “royal luxury”, with richly hued bedding and traditional, dark timber furniture. Opt for the Athena Junior Suite in the attic, with its bright orange walls, bedding and curtains and a romantic king-size bed with a quilted velvet bedhead. Most rooms also have small balconies with seating that overlook the town’s pedestrian laneways.
This luxurious resort, surrounded by orange and olive groves, makes an ideal romantic getaway for couples. Located in the hillside village of Pyrgiotika, just 8km (5mi) from Nafplio, there’s the opportunity for outdoor adventure, with cycling, hiking, sailing and horse riding, as well as serious relaxation around the outdoor pool. The hotel can also organise massages or personalised yoga, pilates and aqua aerobics classes. Want to experience the local cuisine? Head to the Perivoli Farm-to-Table Restaurant, which has a menu celebrating organic ingredients from local growers – think trahanoto (a traditional Greek soup) with wild mushrooms, or Santorini fava (split peas) with marinated anchovies.
Luxury doesn’t always come at a high price. This hotel in Nafplio prides itself on offering high-end accommodation at affordable rates. The rooms feature a richly textured palette of materials – think characterful stone walls, timber floors and black-tiled bathrooms – and breakfast is always included in the room rate, with freshly made omelettes, eggs and pastries on the menu. Book for three nights or longer and enjoy a complimentary one-hour hot tub experience.
The tone for this lushly appointed hotel, in a refurbished Neoclassical residence, is set as soon you step foot in the impressive reception, which boasts crystal chandeliers, palatial mirrors and a majestic staircase. Choose to stay in either a Deluxe Junior Suite or a two-roomed Deluxe Queen Suite, featuring a living room and cosy fireplace. The on-site restaurant, 3SIXTY Grill Dining, serves a menu with a focus on premium cuts of meat from around the world – from Australian Wagyu to Japanese Kobe beef – and it has been rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in Greece. Want to get out on the water? The hotel can also organise private cruises for 8-10 guests.
This centrally located hotel, directly opposite the Archaeological Museum, boasts 14 simple yet comfortable rooms overlooking Syntagma Square, Palamidi or Akronafplia. Most rooms have a balcony and feature luxurious Coco-Mat beds to ensure a good night’s sleep. The traditional breakfast here is a highlight – it’s served on the sun terrace and includes homemade pies and cakes, local cheese and honey, and fresh juice. For a small additional charge, guests can rent bicycles to explore the city.
This 19th-century Neoclassical mansion, in the heart of Nafplio, has been transformed into a luxurious hotel. The spacious rooms and suites have retained their Neoclassical charm, with authentic Tuscan furniture, leather accents and an earthy palette. The buffet breakfast – which is served in the garden, on the terrace, around the pool or in front of the fireplace in the stately sitting room – includes homemade pies, fresh omelettes, sausages and bacon, house preserves and an assortment of local cheeses. There’s also a well-equipped gym.