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  • AVA Hotel & Suites (Athens): Excellent location, clean and spacious grounds and a highly personable and helpful staff, the AVA has stolen our hearts. This no-smoking hotel is in actuality 46 self-contained apartments all equipped with their own kitchenettes and balconies -- several of them (on the higher floors) are quite large and feature jaw-dropping city and Acropolis views.
  • Grande Bretagne (Athens): Back for a return engagement and better than ever, Athens's premiere hotel still overlooks the best view in town if you have the right room: Syntagma Square, the Houses of Parliament, and, in case you wondered, the Acropolis.
  • Malvasia (Monemvassia, Peloponnese): The Malvasia brought the concept of the boutique hotel to the Peloponnese. Each room in the Malvasia is different, with some of the best overlooking the sea; all are tastefully furnished with hand-loomed rugs and antiques. A visit here gives you the illusion of staying in the home of wealthy Greek friends who have enormously good taste -- and who just happen to be away and have left the staff behind to tend to your needs.
  • Lato Boutique Hotel (Iraklion, Crete): There may be more luxurious hotels in Crete, but few can beat the Lato's attractions: a central location, modern facilities, views over a busy harbor, and perhaps most important, the always helpful staff. With its newly renovated bathrooms, Wi-Fi throughout, and a superb restaurant attached, this modestly sized hotel can now stand with the best.
  • ASTRA Suites (Santorini, Cyclades): This small hotel with 27 handsomely appointed suites and an excellent restaurant looks like a miniature whitewashed village -- and has spectacular views over Santorini's famous caldera. The sunsets are not to be believed, the staff is incredibly helpful, and the village of Imerovigli itself offers an escape from the tourist madness that overwhelms the island each summer. This is a spot to get married at -- or celebrate any special occasion.
  • Anemomilos Apartments (Folegandros, Cyclades) and Castro Hotel (Folegandros, Cyclades): The small island of Folegandros has two of the nicest hotels in the Cyclades, both with cliff-top locations. The Anemomilos has all the creature comforts, traditional decor, and a good location (it's just out of town), with a pool and sea views that seem to stretch forever. The Castro, built into the walls of the 12th-century Venetian castle that encircles the village, has lots of character; it closed for a complete renovation in 2011, but promises to be back in 2012.
  • Hotel Dina (Parikia, Tinos): This cozy little eight-room hotel combines traditional Greek hospitality with up-to-date comforts (air-conditioning, minifridge flatscreen TV, good bathrooms). Step from busy Market Street into the Dina's courtyard and you can feel yourself relax as you inhale the aroma of gardenias, roses, and pine trees. The Patelis, who run the Dina, are courteous, helpful, and delightful.
  • Hotel Nireus (Simi, Dodecanese): Perfect island, perfect location, unpretentious, and tasteful. The views from the sea-facing rooms, framed by the fluid swirls of the wrought-iron balcony, define the spell of this little gem of an island. You'll never regret one more night on Simi, and here's the place to spend it.
  • White Rocks Hotel & Bungalows (Kefalonia, Ionian Islands): For those who appreciate understated elegance, a shady retreat from all that sunshine, a private beach, and quiet but attentive service, this hotel, 3.2km (2 miles) outside Argostoli, can be paradise.
  • Mediterranean Palace Hotel (Thessaloniki). This hotel has it all: location (overlooking the harbor, in the trendy Ladadika district) and luxury. The lobby is, as you might expect, seriously glitzy -- but the really pleasant surprise is the comfort and elegance of the guest rooms. The service is usually excellent. The two restaurants are good enough to tempt you to dine here at least 1 night rather than explore the hot spots of Ladadika.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.