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Peloponnese Hotels

$400 or more
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Amphitryon
Spilliadou St.
Nafplio
Greece
Tel: 30 27520 70700
reservations@amphitryon.gr
www.amphitryon.gr

The decor here is minimalist chic—why detract from the stunning views of the sea and the tiny island of Bourtzi? Rooms are decorated in soothing tones of cream and blue, and some have "Aero spa" tubs with skylights and private decks. Suites also feature Jacuzzis and living rooms. As for food and drink, the Circle restaurant serves upscale Mediterranean cuisine, while the Onyx Bar offers refreshment and music, courtesy of the house pianist and singer. The hotel's one drawback? There's no pool. Guests may, however, take the plunge at the Amphitryon's sister hotel, the Nafplia Palace.

$199 or less
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Best Western Hotel Europa
1 Drouva
Olympia
Greece
Tel: 30 26240 22650
Fax: 30 26240 23166

A few minutes' drive out of town, the hillside Europa offers a lovely view of the surrounding mountains and the sea. All of the 80 rooms (including two suites) feature sliding glass doors that open onto balconies—some even look across to ancient Olympia. Modern touches include satellite TV and Internet access. A generous buffet breakfast is included. Aside from a tennis court, the Europa has a pretty garden.

$199 or less
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Ilion Hotel
4 Efthimiopoulou & 6 Kapodistriou
Nafplio
Greece
Tel: 30 27520 25114
Tel: 30 27520 22010
Ilionhot@otenet.gr
www.ilionhotel.gr

Set in a restored town house on a pedestrian-only stairway street, this little boutique hotel has exceedingly rococo decor. Cupids frolic on the ceilings, and mythological heroes do battle on the walls, which are bordered with fruit and flowers. The rooms, in shades of rose and gold, feature soft beds draped with thin curtains, and in keeping with the over-the-top aesthetic, have more of those murals on the ceilings. Three suites boast Jacuzzis; try the "Suite of the Sun," with its gigantic bathroom and tiled balcony with a view of the bay. Service is efficient but not intrusive. Couples—provided they're not die-hard minimalists—should find the place the perfect little hideaway. Breakfast included.

$199 or less
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Kalamitsi Hotel
240 22
Kardamili
Greece
Tel: 30 27210 73131
info@kalamitsi-hotel.gr
www.kalamitsi-hotel.gr

The hotel itself is pleasant enough—stone walls, terra-cotta roof, simply furnished rooms, but the picturesque location is the real draw. The Kalamitsi sits in an olive and cypress grove, and a narrow staircase leads down to a virtually private pebbled beach. Ask for an upper room—most offer a sea view. To get to the hotel, drive out of town (away from Kalamata). You'll pass the Voulas taverna (the sign is spelled half in Greek, half in English), and the entrance for the Kalamitsi is on the right immediately thereafter.

$200-$299
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Kinsterna Hotel and Spa
Agios Stefanos
Monemvasia
Greece 23070
Tel: 30 27320 66300
info@kinsternahotel.gr
www.kinsternahotel.gr

One of Greece's most romantic destinations, Monemvassia village is the site of a medieval castle marooned on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by a tangle of stone houses. Camouflaged in the citrus-scented hills, the 27-room Kinsterna is only about four miles away, and equally romantic. Immaculately restored, the 500-year-old mansion is named for a Byzantine cistern system that still snakes through the property, sidestepping a lone orange tree and spilling springwater into an angular pool. Lounge chairs set up in stone alcoves welcome guests to bask in the stillness and gaze at the sea (only a 15-minute walk away). Interiors subtly bridge the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian phases of the building's checkered history. Soothing pale grays are jazzed up by a mix of old and modern: richly textured kilims and antique chests, gold Kartell lamps and transparent Ghost chairs. Treats abound: Champagne is standard at breakfast, the first raid of the minibar is free, and there's a hot tub outside the sultry little spa. If you can muster the energy, explore the hiking trails on the grounds; the likable staff will pack you a picnic.

$199 or less
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Omorfi Poli Pension
5 Sofroni
Nafplio
Greece
Tel: 30 27520 21565
sofroni5@otenet.gr
www.omorfipoli-pension.com

Situated near the harbor and above a café of the same name, this tiny seven-room pension occupies an early 1900s building that once housed the police department. The clean, homey rooms (with showers only) have tile floors and comfortable beds; some have balconies. It's a great choice for families, as the rooms have fridges, there are sleeping lofts for children, and the owners are friendly and accommodating. The fine breakfast includes fresh bread and thick Greek yogurt with honey.

$300-$399
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The Romanos
Navarino Dunes
Costa Navarino , Messinia
Greece 24001
Tel: 30 27230 96000
info.navarino@luxurycollection.com
www.romanoscostanavarino.com

Messinia is a ravishingly remote corner of the southwest Peloponnese that's a four-hour drive from Athens (or one hour from tiny Kalamata airport). It was well under the radar until the advent of Navarino Dunes, a 320-acre Mediterranean-hugging resort that's part of the ambitious Costa Navarino development—a modern take on a classic agora of shops, restaurants, cafés, and a cavernous spa flanked by two hotels. The 321-room Romanos is more exclusive than the neighboring Westin Resort, with low-slung buildings wrapped around a series of seductively lit lagoons. It's aimed squarely at couples, with poolside cabanas and plunge pools in nearly all its ground-floor rooms. Dark wood and polished marble interiors are quietly understated relative to the glitzy clientele. The range of activities at both properties is exhaustive, but the main attractions are the half-mile sandy beach and 18-hole golf course. Food at the various multi-ethnic restaurants (which include Greek, Italian, and even American diner fare) is fine, but breakfasts make a bigger impression—a smorgasbord of local produce, perfect cappuccinos, and eggs any way you'd like. Though occasionally out of their depth, staff are always enthusiastic.

$300-$399
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Westin Resort, Costa Navarino
Navarino Dunes
Costa Navarino , Messinia
Greece 24001
Tel: 30 27230 95000
info.navarino@westin.com
www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3289

Messinia is a ravishingly remote corner of the southwest Peloponnese that's a four-hour drive from Athens (or one hour from tiny Kalamata airport). It was well under the radar until the advent of Navarino Dunes, a 320-acre Mediterranean-hugging resort that's part of the ambitious Costa Navarino development—a modern take on a classic agora of shops, restaurants, cafés, and a cavernous spa flanked by two hotels. The family-friendly Westin Resort is livelier and more laid-back than The Romanos next door. Its 445 rooms are done in pale wood and exposed stone, with blissful tubs positioned to make the most of pool, golf, or sea views. Frazzled parents unwind at the swim-up bar, while the little ones run amok in the spiffy waterpark, bowling alley, and giant sand castle equipped for sleepovers. The range of activities at both properties is exhaustive, but the main attractions are the half-mile sandy beach and 18-hole golf course. Food at the various multi-ethnic restaurants (which include Greek, Italian, and even American diner fare) is fine, but breakfasts make a bigger impression—a smorgasbord of local produce, perfect cappuccinos, and eggs any way you'd like. Though occasionally out of their depth, staff are always enthusiastic.

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