Restored mansions, village houses, sophisticated hotels, and budget accommodations are all options. Reserve early in high season for better-category hotels, especially in Pythagorio on Samos and Molyvos on Lesvos. Off-season you can usually bargain down the official prices and you may be able to avoid paying for a compulsory breakfast. Lodging in general is cheaper here than elsewhere in Greece, but many hotel rooms are basic, with simple pine furniture and sparse, locally built furnishings. Happily, islanders are extremely friendly hosts, and while they may become more standoffish when the multitudes descend in August, they treat you as a guest rather than a billfold. On Lesvos, stay in Mytilini if you like a busy, city-like ambience, in Molyvos for its dramatic medieval beauty, or in Skala Eressou for its laid-back beach style. On Chios avoid staying in the main town unless you're just stopping over briefly, as it lacks in beauty and style, and opt to stay in the picturesque mastic village of Mesta instead. Vathi (Samos town), the main town, is a good central option in Samos, but even more ideal is the atmospheric Pythagorio.
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Grecian Castle Hotel
Less than 300 meters from the beachfront "action," this lovely option is set in a delightfully peaceful and lovingly maintained large garden, cared for by delightful hosts Patrick and Debbie. Heliotopos is made up of four guest buildings with five clean and amiably decorated studios and three apartments, each with a kitchen and balcony shaded by lush greenery. Guests can wander around the sunny garden of pines, palm trees, and brightly colored flowers and pick organic fruit off the trees or borrow bicycles.
Grecian Castle Hotel
With spacious guest rooms, a pretty pool, and carefully landscaped grounds this sophisticated hotel sets a high standard for Chios, as you'll see once you pass the the impressive stone gateway and head up a regal avenue to arrive at the main building—a grandly proprotioned building whose stone facade is echoic of Chios's medieval castle. This exterior is beautifully complemented by the elegant wood furnishings of the lobby and breakfast room. Upstairs, guest rooms are plainly furnished but bathed in warm, neutral tones. The hotel is near the sea, toward the airport.
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