Bratsera Hotel Description
On car-free Hydra, just a short boat ride from Athens, is the Bratsera Hotel. Originally a sponge factory established in 1860, it has been lovingly restored and turned into one of the most charming boutique hotels in Greece. The architect of the hotel was awarded a the 'Europa Nostra' award in 1996 for the outstanding renovation of the Bratsera. Bratsera was a charmed word of Greek sponge divers of the last century, being the mother ship where they relaxed after solitary hours on the seafloor.
Hydra stands out as it hasn't been marred by mass tourism. Hydra is a perfectly charming cluster of traditional houses hugging an old horseshoe-shaped harbour with the odd windmill and some remote monasteries in the barren hills beyond.
The hotel surrounds a secluded court yard only two minutes walk from the port. A pepple beach can be found in 1km. The courtyard hosts a magnificent garden with a crystal clear pool.
Bratsera´s rooms are all individually designed, fusing the new with antique tiles and furniture, whitewashed walls and nautical memorabilia. All rooms include a private shower/bath, direct dial telephone, air-conditioning/heating, TV, and a mini fridge. Higher up rooms have a view of the sea, most rooms overlook the traffic-free streets or the impressive courtyard. The Virani suite occupies the top floor of a separate building dating from 1750, with a ceiling bordered by gilded and hand painted friezes.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in Bratsera's comfortable dining room or around the pool where you can taste the chef´s excellent specialities and enjoy a fine selection of wines. With its nautical lamps and rugged character, the bar is what you would expect from a taverna on the edge of the town's old port.
• free Wi-Fi • massage sessions • stretching and pilates classes • laundry services • facilities for events up to 100 persons
Your host: Christina Nevros