A glorious historical mansion in the port of Hydra is the setting for this quiet and charming little hotel. It was built around 1820 to house the staff of a local shipping company and later became the island’s school building. Today the old classrooms are comfortable and spacious bedrooms (they are more like suites actually, but the hotel modestly calls them rooms), and the courtyard where the schoolchildren used to play is a peaceful spot to have your breakfast or enjoy the quiet with a drink. All rooms are done in a fresh, modern style that combines beautifully with the old features of the house. Walls, wooden floors and ceilings are painted in soft hues; sofas, plenty of pillows, and art on the walls add colour; bathrooms are modern and efficient, and, most important, beds are superbly comfortable. One of the ground-floor rooms still has the original marble-tiled floors and the old well. I liked the three rooms on the first floor most – they have a wide view over the port and the sea – and I was lucky to stay in the (only) one that has a small balcony. I was also impressed by the welcome of young and friendly caretaker Katerina; her charm matches that of the hotel.