The name of this ‘apartment hotel’ is a little misleading, it really is not an inn but it is a first class and very hospitable place to stay in lovely Nafplio, Greece.
The rooms are really apartments, plenty of space, very luxurious and a pleasure to stay in. The decor and furniture is tasteful and of a high standard, with a great big bed and a top of the range home entertainment system. If enjoying television or listening to music is your thing, this is the place to stay, could have spent hours just browsing the multitude of channels.
Those that enjoy a bath will not be disappointed either because it includes an excellent jacuzzi which I tried out, as it seemed appropriate to be thorough in reviewing the hotel. It was a pleasure relaxing and having the powerful jets provide a comfortable massage once the control system was worked out. The bathroom itself is huge, I have stayed in smaller bedrooms in other luxury hotels!
Situated in the old port area of the Greek city overlooking the main square, it may not be the best view in the world. It is however interesting to sit on the balcony and watch the bustling square full of tourists and locals enjoying the cafe culture of the numerous restaurants and coffee shops.
The hotel also sits above its own coffee bar/bistro which sells excellent coffee, something a little stronger if required and is where breakfast is served in the morning. This is ordered directly from the menu and offers a decent selection to fill up on for a day of exploration.
One of the most striking memories for me was the people that run the hotel and bar. From the moment I met the manager they made me feel right at home. Friendly and eager to help or advise, nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble for them and always carried out with a smile.
It is often difficult to find serious fault with luxury accommodation, the standards are often so high that only the picky can find much to complain about. In these cases the difference between a good stay and an excellent one is the staff. The accommodation here was outstanding, but the welcome and subsequent way I was treated throughout made it special.
Nafplio (which we often call Nafplion) is a lovely city which is very popular with Greek visitors and it is easy to see why, plenty to see, impressive fortifications, a pretty harbour area and lots of shops, bars and restaurants to browse and enjoy.
There is a great deal to recommend the Xenon Inn, and if visiting the Peloponnese city and have a large wad of spare cash available, it will provide a touch of luxury and a heap of hospitality for those that need it.