Where to Stay in Nafplio, Greece

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Updated: February 13, 2024
By Santorini Dave

Our Favorite Hotels in Nafplio

• 4-Star: 3 Sixty
• Pension: Aetoma
• For Families: Omorfi Poli
• For Couples: 3 Sixty
• Best Views: Marianna
• Best Pool: Nafplia PalaceIppoliti
• Near Marina: Carpe Diem
• With Harbor Views: Gambello
• Near Bus Station: Regno di Morea
• Near Acronafplia Castle: Grand Sarai
• On Central Square: Castellano

View of an island castle from the beginning of a harbor pier

View of Bourtzi Castle from the Nafplio Harbor pier.

Nafplio Basics

  • Nafplio (also spelled Nafplion) is a charming, romantic, and compact harbor town, easily traversed on foot. Most of Old Town Nafplio is pedestrianized, and parking can be scarce on the outskirts. A car isn’t necessary while staying in town. If you have a car, the largest and most accessible parking area is adjacent to the marina, at the roundabout.
  • Nafplio lacks a train station, but it’s conveniently accessible from Athens by bus. Daily services link Nafplio to Athens’ KTEL Central Bus Station (Kifissos), located approximately 15 minutes west of the city center by taxi. Tickets are available online around 10 days before your journey — recommended during peak season — or at the bus station. In summer, arrive early at the bus station; a ticket does not ensure a seat on a full bus. The journey lasts just over 2 hours.
  • In general, northern hotels near the marina are located on flat, even terrain; hotels south of Staikopoulou Street are set on a steep hillside with many stairs, in the shadow of Acronafplia Castle.
  • Best Restaurants in Nafplio: Alaloum (traditional taverna, two locations) • 3Sixty (upscale gourmet) • Pidalio Mezedopoleio (specializing in meze and super-fresh seafood) • Mitato (best souvlaki) • Koustenis (best ice cream)
  • Best Nafplio Tour: Nafplio: City Walking Tour

Staying in Nafplio

Nafplio, one of mainland Greece’s most charming and romantic towns, is located in the Argolid Peninsula of the eastern Peloponnese, easily accessible from Athens and an ideal base for exploring nearby archaeological sites like Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Tyrins. As Greece’s first modern capital before Athens, Nafplio now boasts a variety of attractions, including several museums, three medieval castles, numerous excellent restaurants and boutique shops, and a picturesque palm-lined harbor.

Nafplio’s charming and pedestrianized Old Town is easy to get around on foot and a delightful place to stay. When considering hotels, a good general rule of thumb is that northern hotels near the marina are on flat, even terrain, while those in southern Old Town sit in the shadow of Acronafplia Castle and are set on a steep hillside with many stairs – a bit more removed and harder to get to, but many of these offer fantastic views.

The 14 Best Hotels in Nafplio

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1. 3Sixty Hotel & Suites

Gray neoclassical building with white trim and balconies
Hotel phone: +30 2752 500501
Opulent and sophisticated all-suite hotel in a central location near Old Town nightlife. This modern but neoclassically-designed hotel has spacious guest rooms that include luxe extras like fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, Versace linens, in-mirror televisions, and hydromassage showers or jetted tubs. All are air-conditioned. The Luxury Family Room sleeps four, and Room 107 includes a private rooftop terrace with a hot tub. Excellent and award-winning restaurant/wine bar attached.
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2. Gambello Luxury Rooms

Luxurious bed in a high-ceilinged room, with sconce lamps, a large draped window, and a mauve slipper chair
Hotel phone: +30 2752 023009
In a converted neoclassical mansion near the waterfront, Gambello Luxury Rooms offers classically-chic accommodation with modern amenities. Spacious guest rooms feature parquet wood floors, high ceilings, and elegant furnishings – some offer balconies with great views of Bourtzi Castle and the sea. Bathrooms are modern, with walk-in rain showers. All rooms are accessed via a beautiful winding staircase; there is no elevator. A traditional breakfast is served inside or out on the charming patio, as weather permits.
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3. Regno di Morea

Open doorway of a hotel in a powder blue neoclassical building, looking in to a lit stairway.
Hotel phone: +30 27520 22232
Modern and beautifully-appointed hotel on a quiet pedestrian street in the heart of Old Town. All room categories sleep two and feature oak flooring and warm mid-century-meets-modern styling, as well as high-tech extras like Marshall bluetooth speakers, tablet controls, and Nespresso machines. Upper categories add sitting/work areas or balconies. An exceptional breakfast is served daily in the hotel’s ground floor wine bar and lounge.
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Map showing the locations of the best hotels in Old Town Nafplio

4. Grand Sarai Nafplio

Pink Venetian facade of Grand Sarai hotel in Nafplio, Greece
Hotel phone: +30 2752 022563
5-star boutique hotel tucked into a quiet, yet central, location under Acronafplia Castle. In a charming historic building that once housed the first Court of Modern Greece, you’ll now find comfortable guest rooms that feature Cocomat beds, well-appointed modern bathrooms, and wonderful views from higher floors. An excellent breakfast is served daily, and there’s a lounge/bar on-site. Grand Sarai has a small elevator, but stairs are required to access the hotel. Junior suites sleep up to four.
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5. Aetoma Hotel

View of Palamidi castle from a furnished hotel balcony
Hotel phone: +30 2752 027373
Excellent and traditional family-run pension in the heart of Old Town. This charming 18th-century mansion has been converted to five double guest rooms, each with air-conditioning, balconies, and en-suite bathrooms that feature either a jacuzzi bathtub or hydro massage shower. The deluxe top-floor Akrokeramo Room has wonderful views of Acronafplia and Palamidi Castle. Mother/son duo, Akis and Panatoya, are exceptionally kind and generous hosts; guests are treated as family and a fantastic breakfast is served each day until noon. No elevator.
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6. Castellano Hotel & Suites

Luxury hotel room with gold-accesnted walls, a large plush bed, and red velvet chairs
Hotel phone: +30 27520 96300
Posh lodging overlooking Syntagma Square, perfect for couples. Gold-accented walls and jewel-toned velvet furnishings add to the lavish vibe here, combined with luxe entras like in-mirror TVs and marble-clad bathrooms. Upper-level rooms add balconies with views to Palamidi or over the square. A smart wine bar is located on the ground floor; guests can take their breakfast here, or al fresco at their neighboring Syntagma Square cafe.
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7. Carpe Diem Boutique Hotel

Exterior of a boutique hotel with cafe tables in front
Hotel phone: +30 2752 029449
Excellent new family-run hotel located just a block from the harbor. Rooms are on the small side but very stylish, well-appointed, and comfortable. All room classes have modern, natural styling and feature private balconies; some sleep four and have spacious furnished verandas with town or Palamidi views. A delicious made-to-order breakfast is served in their ground-floor indoor/outdoor café and bar.
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8. Pension Dafni

Doorway of a traditional Greek pension in a cobbled walkway, flanked with vines and potted plants
Hotel phone: +30 2752 029856
Delightful family-run hotel on the very edge of Old Town, at the foot of Acronafplia hill. Twenty guest rooms and suites are spread over three buildings, connected by cobbled, plant-lined alleyways. Elegant neoclassical furnishings and crystal chandeliers feature in recently renovated guest rooms, some of which also have balconies or kitchenettes. Breakfast can be served in-room or in the hotel lounge; the Deluxe Family Room can sleep up to six people.
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9. Xenon Inn

View down over marble-paved Syntagma Square in Nafplio, from a balcony in Xenon Inn in Nafplio
Hotel phone: +30 697 700 7271
Charming 19th-century restored guesthouse set right on Nafplio’s main square. Each of the seven rooms and suites are different, with some featuring stone walls, kitchenettes, or balconies overlooking Syntagma Square; all are romantic and elegantly-decorated with traditional furnishings. Breakfast is served on the square below in Xenon Café, which becomes a lively bar in the evenings. No elevator.
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10. Marianna

tone courtyard with potted plants and views out to Palamidi fortress in Nafplio
Hotel phone: +30 2752 024256
Sweet, quiet, family-run hotel with great views. Its 28 distinct rooms are set over many levels on Acronafplia Hill, almost abutting the fortress. Rooms are romantic (some with stone walls and timber ceilings), and views are incredible – of Palamidi Fortress above, and over the town below. An excellent breakfast is served on a view terrace, with homemade delicacies and fresh lemon juice from their own trees. Its hillside position requires that guests traverse many flights of stairs; those with any mobility issues would do better elsewhere.
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11. Hotel Ippoliti

Small kidney-shaped outdoor pool, with tiled pool deck and cafe tables
Hotel phone: +30 2752 096088
Lovely boutique hotel in a quiet corner near the harbor – and one of the few in Nafplio with a swimming pool. Decor here is elegant and Tuscan-themed, and the large guest rooms and suites have luxe extras like in-room fireplaces, hydrotherapy showers, and whirlpool tubs. Aside from the pleasant pool patio, there’s a small fitness center and a comfortable communal lounge with a fireplace. Most suites are split over two levels; family suites sleep four. An excellent breakfast buffet is served daily, pool or fireside.
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12. Leto Nuevo

Colorful hotel room with open balcony doors
Hotel phone: +30 2752 028093
Newly-refurbished and comfortable property located on Acronafplia Hill. Its 18 rooms and suites are on the small side but bright and stylishly-decorated; all have mini-fridges and air conditioning, many have balconies with outstanding views over Old Town. Most rooms are double or triple occupancy, but the Family Suite sleeps four (on one double bed and two twins). Set high on the hill; a short walk to the center of Old Town, but with many steps.
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13. Omorfi Poli

Exterior of a charming pink hotel with cafe tables and potted plants in front
Hotel phone: +30 2752 021565
A great choice for families near the Marina, three of Omorfi Poli’s seven guest rooms are split-level and sleep up to 5 people. All rooms are spacious and have air conditioning as well as ceiling fans. Excellent central location amid shops and restaurants of Old Town and across from the Peloponnese Folkloric Society Museum, though double-glazed windows keep rooms quiet and private. Service is friendly and attentive, and a delicious breakfast is served daily.
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14. Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas

Blue swimming pool with sun loungers overlooking the blue sea and mountains
Hotel phone: +30 2752 070800
The one-time Grand Dame of Nafplio, set high atop Acronafplia Hill, is now very in need of a facelift but still worth a recommendation for its amazing sea views and private villas. The main building has an impressively large lobby, though its decor has grown somewhat shabby. It’s worth a splurge for one of the modern and newly-renovated villas, many of which include a private plunge pool and/or sleep four. The large communal pool features a snack bar, alongside two restaurants and a cool lobby lounge. Ample parking is available, and an elevator connects this hilltop hotel to the streets of Old Town below.
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