Journey through time
As soon as I traverse the threshold of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a hot morning in the early summer, I feel like time travelers transported back to the era of the hotel's birth, in the late 19th century. In the classic style interior decoration, I am impressed with the rich curtains, the hand-carved decorations on the stairs and the elevator, the majestic chandeliers, and especially the wonderful roof paintings, hand-painted, giving the feeling of being in a palace.
In the lobby area
While sitting in the large, comfortable sofas in the hotel lobby, I notice the works of art and decorative objects, all in harmony with the classic style of the hotel. Very soon, I get another pleasant surprise: the staff that is welcoming me is so relaxed, unpretentious. They make me feel totally comfortable, like having visited the house of a friend.
Fairytale aura stay
I wander in the hotel's twenty fabulous rooms, each one with a different style. The beds have a "sky" or wood-carved headboards, there are stylish painted "secretaires" and bedside tables, floor lamps with hats, sofas and armchairs dressed in luxurious fabrics, fine porcelain, every decorative element, up to the smallest detail, underlines the emphasis has been given in luxury and high aesthetics. Especially the three fairy lofts with the wooden sloping ceiling and skylights, immediately put in my mind the scene of a dreamy stay in Nafplio.
Meanwhile, the hotel manager highlights an additional advantage of Grande Bretagne hotel that impresses its visitors: the particular pedantry in cleanliness. The cleaning staff, as the manager adds, is in charge of much less rooms than in other hotels even of a similar class, so that the cleanliness reaches perfection every day.
Begin your day with a great breakfast
Breakfast served in the hotel is the American style buffet, with a huge variety of sweet and savory tastes. You could also taste the amazing desserts that is occasionally preparing the buffet assistant, like the carrot cake with cream cheese, the lemon pie or the cheese cake. The Grande Bretagne offers visitors the opportunity to be served their breakfast anywhere they wish, whether within the breakfast area, or outside in the Hotel's café on the Philellinon square, or else in their room.
A flavor of hospitality
Personally, I choose to sit in the lounge with its red curtains and armchairs. Drinking a coffee together with a delicious, homemade vanilla cake, I try to extend as much as I can my visit to Grande Bretagne hotel. I do not wish this journey in time to end yet...
Did you know that?
The history of the Grande Bretagne hotel begins with the construction of the building in 1878, at a time when Nafplio was still holding the title of the first capital of Greece. As a luxury hotel, then welcomes eminent personalities, such as the Schliemann couple during their excavations at Mycenae, King Gustav Adolf, grandfather of the present King of Sweden, and the leading actress of the theater of Ancient Epidaurus, Helen Papadakis. A period follows of obsolescence and abandonment until 2003, when the building almost collapsed, it then changes ownership and being restored with full respect to the history and its neoclassical style. A new era of glory for the Grande Bretagne hotel has begun.
The verandas in the front rooms offer a lovely view of the sea and Bourtzi castle. Make sure, however, to reserve in advance, because they are very popular.
For one, Double, Suites
Public parking at 50 m.
Distance from beach
The nearest beach is Arvanitia at 600 m.