- Carbonaki Hotel, Mykonos: On Greece’s most expensive island, there’s no need to break the bank or sacrifice style and comfort. Just about all of these simply furnished but stylish rooms surround a beautiful, multilevel courtyard garden with a plunge pool, ensuring quiet (especially welcome at night, when late-night revelers make their way home along the little lane out front).
- Fresh Hotel, Athens: Soothing minimalist design, along with a rooftop pool, sun deck, and Zen-like spa, put a fresh face on the capital’s gritty Omonia neighborhood. The youthful staff is helpful, and the laid-back ambiance is soothing. Among many modern amenities in the stylish, colorful rooms are window blinds that can be controlled from the beds—perfect for night owls not ready to face the morning sun.
- Hotel Perivoli, Nafplion: A hillside planted with citrus and olive groves is a magical setting for this smart, comfortable little Peloponnese resort where handsome rooms all open to terraces and balconies facing a pool and, glistening in the distance, the Gulf of Argos.
- Kalimera Archanes Village, Crete: Fresh whitewash and lots of blooming flowerboxes give Archanes’ lively lanes and squares of neoclassical houses an usually tidy appearance. Tucked away among them in a lush walled garden are four 19th-century, meticulously restored stone houses, tastefully and traditionally furnished and accented with stone and beams.
- Kapsaliana Village Hotel, Crete: A rustic hamlet of honey-colored stone in hilly countryside above Rethymnon was once part the holdings of the Arkadi monastery; it has now been shaped into a distinctive and relaxing country getaway. Village houses along the old lanes have been redone with designer flair, with contemporary furnishings in terraced guest rooms offset by stone walls, arches, and wood beams.
- Marco Polo Mansion, Rhodes City: A 15th-century Ottoman mansion set in a lush garden is positively transcending. Each room is distinctive—one was a harem, another a hamam, another is lined with kilims—and all are decorated in deep hues that show off low-lying couches and stunning antiques. Excellent meals are served in the garden; non-guests are welcome to share in one of the island’s nicest dining experiences.
- Medieval Inn, Rhodes City: No medieval gloom and doom here: This whitewashed old house surrounding a flower-filled courtyard is full of bright colors, while rooms are small and fairly basic but an excellent value given the comfort and ambiance and such amenities as a sunny roof terrace that invites long hours of lounging.
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.