We saw the reviews and booked Grotta Hotel, thinking there’s no way a hotel can be this perfect. We started following them on Instagram, and we drooled over the breakfast photos for weeks in anticipation. It did not disappoint, and the hotel actually exceeded our high expectations.
The positive attitudes and spectacular hospitality of the staff were greatly appreciated. Marine, Penny, and Sofia were especially fabulous, kind, and helpful.
The stay included pick up and drop off to the ferry and airport, and that made arrival and departure very easy.
The hotel was spotless and well-appointed.
It’s nice to have to sea view from the balcony, but don’t worry if a sea view room is not available to book. You will be enjoying the spectacular view every morning at breakfast as the waves crash against the rocks near Apollo’s door.
We visited during October, near the end of the season. There was quite a bit of wind, but the breakfast/dining area shields you from it so you can enjoy the views in peace while drinking their homemade wine, some say the best in the universe.
And the breakfast…Mama‘s breakfast. A mix of the most delicious savory dishes and sweet. The espresso machine yields as many cappuccinos as you can handle with the touch of a button. A nice, tasty treat also magically showed up in the room every afternoon.
Dinner is available at the hotel if you want a cozy night in and don’t want to do the short walk to town. We were pleasantly surprised with the occasional complimentary little dessert, including homemade ice cream and other deliciousness.
The indoor spa area was available to reserve for 30 minutes at a time (more if no one has reserved after you). It was very private and cozy. It consisted of a very warm plunge pool, a hot jacuzzi, a steam room, and a toasty sauna.
Other highlights of the stay in Naxos included a cooking class with Anna at Basiliko Tavern near a little village. Don’t worry if google says the tavern is closed - just send her an email to coordinate. The meal we made with vegetables picked from the garden was delicious. We opted not to rent a car and just took a taxi there for 25 euro each way. The hotel staff were kind to coordinate the taxi for us.
Hotel Grotta - Highly recommend.
Nothing. They are fabulous! Although, it would help if they could turn the dial down on the wind a bit.