The Poseidonion Grand Hotel has been a landmark on the Spetses skyline for the past 100 years with its exceptional architecture echoing hotels of Côte d’Azur style.
Can’t believe it’s already been a year, since I first visited this jewel of a hotel. And, as you can imagine, I was smitten with it. But not only with the architecture, the interior, or the history behind it. Even more so with every single one of the personnel. Never had I experienced this before: feeling home – only difference being that this “home” is actually a living piece of history (a symbol of the island’s proud heritage) and a five-star hotel at the same time. A beacon of understated luxury and warm hospitality. Which is exactly why I visited it for the second time, last September. And plan to do so again, soon.
Poseidonion Grand Hotel, which first opened in 1914, was the brainchild of Sotirios Anargiros, a visionary benefactor who was responsible for much of Spetses’ development. Furthermore, it represented the cosmopolitan face of the island and soon became one of its famous landmarks, a favourite destination for the high society, royalty and the wealthy Athenians.
Following a meticulous five-year restoration programme which has brought the hotel fully up to date with the finest facilities, fixtures, and fittings while carefully preserving the original architecture of the building, Poseidonion Grand Hotel, fully refurbished, re-opened its doors in the summer of 2009, ready to welcome new visitors.
The majestic hotel comprises of two buildings with superior and deluxe rooms and suites, several with private gardens or balconies offering spectacular views of the Dapia Port area and the sparkling blue-turquoise Sea. Situated in Spetses, a picturesque island, near Athens with rich naval history and lovely beaches, and what is more a destination for jet-setters all year long, Poseidonion Grand Hotel offers moments of luxury and relaxation. Yes. more than you could even begin to imagine.
“On The Verandah” – restaurant, twice a winner this year with the Greek Cuisine Award and the New Talented Chef Award for the restaurant’s chef Stamatis Marmarinos, offers creative contemporary Greek cuisine infused with local gastronomic traditions and ingredients. Yes, this is another splendid reason to visit this jewel again, and again.
Mr. Marmarinos is not only an exceptionally talented, young chef, but he is also eager to please your mouth with every bite, every time, surprising your taste buds to the mental state of well-being. Which is happiness. Nothing less than exactly that. And I simply refuse to name my favourite dishes, you have to try absolutely everything, once there.
Adding to the maximum of pleasure: the sea-front dining room that is steeped in the old-world grace with soaring ceilings and soft curve-backed chairs that complement the wrought iron balustrades on the magnificent terrace… Soft lighting enhances the understated elegance, indoors and out, as the stunning setting both competes with and complements the superb cuisine. See, a great dining experience is the perfect blend of food and setting, a shared journey of culinary magic.
Have never before felt the need to say thank you, to a hotel manager and director. But I simply feel the need to do so right now. And that would be Maria Strati. A strong, stubborn, extremely talented and intelligent, beautiful woman, I have had the honour of getting to know better and in depth (an interview with her will follow). The Maestro of this masterpiece, called Poseidonion Grand Hotel.
Thank you, for the incomparable hospitality, the smiles, the warmth. That made this hotel not only my absolute favourite – by very far- but also my winters forever sweeter – waiting in anticipation for the profound pleasure of indulging into your world again. And again.
[Images shot with my Olympus Pen EPL-7.]