Poseidonion Grand, Spetses, Greece
If you’re going to visit Spetses – which I highly recommend (to read more about it, check out my Spetses blog) – there is only one place you can stay: the Poseidonion Grand. It stands proudly on the sea front in Dapia, the new harbour, with incredible views of the sea, the harbour and Greek mainland.
This stunning hotel, built in 1914 in Belle Epoch style, is the perfect retreat. While grand on the outside it retains a chic but simple interior. The lobby and sitting rooms are painted white with a nautical touch. A vase of lillies stands by the reception, filling the hall with a heavenly smell. This year the hotel will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, a special mile stone. And yet while the hotel is steeped in history, thanks to a serious five year refurbishment, the hotel has been brought completely up to date, with all the latest facilities and fittings. Importantly though, they have kept the architecture and special features like the beautiful tiled floors as before.
Our room was the Deluxe Garden View (from €200 a night). The room was light and airy – large windows with views of the swimming pool, gardens and the town of Spetses. While small, the room fitted our needs perfectly. A comfortable bed, a power shower and delightful bath products from Etro were the highlights. The green colours gave it a summery feel.
The charming sales representative showed us around the hotel, allowing us to see some of the other rooms and suites in the Old Wing. The Deluxe Sea View room was much like ours, but with a blue instead of a green interior and with views of the sea rather than the garden. The Suites were huge, in light calming shades and with large bathrooms.
When they did the refurbishment they added a New Wing, which is set behind the main building. These rooms are a bit larger, all with either a terrace or a balcony. There is even a Pool Suite which has a living room, dining room, two bathrooms and a beautiful pool. Since this was fully booked while we were there we sadly didn’t get to see them.
The hotel has three restaurants. The Library Brasserie is the more casual one, where you can have lunch on the terrace overlooking the sea or cocktails as the sun sets. Inside, the Library looks a little like an apothecary, with it’s mint green cabins and tiled floors.
Their On the Verandah restaurant specialises in Greek fine dining, and, like the Library, occupies a beautiful spot on the terrace of the hotel with lovely views. This is also where breakfast is served, which is one of the nicest ways to wake up in the morning. I did not experience their Freud Oriental restaurant, which serves Asian food, as the name suggests. The sashimi here is meant to be excellent.
I loved their swimming pool, which is located behind the main building. It is really quiet and laid back. The lovely staff make sure they keep you hydrated by bringing glass of cold water. The only negative thing is that I fear there aren’t enough sun loungers around the pool. We didn’t have a problem as we were not there in high season, but I can imagine it getting quite crowded in July and August. This might not be the biggest problem though, as I am sure a lot of guests will prefer to explore the beaches instead of lie by the pool.
Bottom line, this is a very special place on a very beautiful island. Prices are good too, if you book ahead you can get some attractive deals. I’m already thinking about when I can go back…
Dapia, Spetses 180 50, Greece