Greece › Hydra Hotels
Updated: April 28, 2023
By Santorini Dave
Staying in Hydra
Hydra is a charming Greek island nestled in the Saronic Gulf, characterized by its well-preserved architecture, quaint harbor, and lack of motorized vehicles. The island’s layout revolves around its main town, Hydra Town, which is the primary hub for dining, shopping, and socializing. Hydra Town’s focal point is the horseshoe-shaped harbor, lined with elegant stone mansions, colorful fishing boats, and lively waterfront cafes. As you move away from the harbor, the town expands up the hillsides through a maze of narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, dotted with picturesque homes, historic churches, and small squares boasting breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding landscape.
Beyond Hydra Town, small villages such as Kamini, Vlychos, and Mandraki are scattered along the island’s rugged coastline. These tranquil villages have pebbly beaches with good swimming and are accessible by foot or water taxi.
The 9 Best Hotels in Hydra
1. Hotel Sophia
Historic hotel located right on the port. All rooms are decorated with charm, several have balconies that overlook the harbor. Ideal for couples and honeymooners.
2. Cotommatae Hydra 1810
A wonderful boutique hotel a short walk from the port and close to plenty of shops and restaurants. There are only 7 rooms (3 of them are larger suites that sleep a family of 4 to 6). The friendly staff are excellent.
3. Hydroussa Hotel Hydra
A two-hundred year old mansion that once belonged to a sea captain and is now loaded with charm. Central location less than a 3-minute walk from the Athens ferry.
4. Hotel Leto Hydra
Up the hill and a little removed from the busyish port area but still an easy walk to shops and restaurants. Tranquil vibe. Locals say it’s the only hotel on Hydra that was originally built as a hotel. Several rooms are perfect for families.
5. Douskos Guesthouse
Good value, friendly, family-owned hotel. Great rooftop views and dining area. Central location close to the ferry port.
6. Bratsera Traditional Hotel
A former sponge factory with an industrial chic vibe. Beautiful pool, garden, and courtyard. Fantastic breakfasts. Hotel is an easy 5 minute walk from the ferry/hydrofoil port.
7. Angelica Traditional Boutique Hotel
Great hotel with a friendly charm. Two different family suites sleep families of four and five. About an 8-minute uphill walk from the port (which is a little more than the other hotels mentioned here).
8. Four Seasons Hydra Luxury Suites
Great romantic getaway located a 10 minute boat ride or 50 minute walk south of the port. Pebble beach and one of the island’s best swimming spots. Only 6 suites. The restaurant is exceptional. (This hotel is not part of the Four Seasons chain.)
9. Mandraki Beach Resort
Fantastic location and beach a 20 minute walk or 10 minute boat ride north of the port. Restaurant and beach club are great. Wonderful choice for both families and couples.
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