From the outside, Petres, a family-run hotel close to the little fishing village of Naoussa on Paros looks like typical Cycladic holiday accommodation: cubical shapes interrupted by an occasional arch, white walls, blue shutters and balconies, and a large swimming pool flanked by sun beds. Attractive enough, like so many other hotels in the Cyclades. But there’s actually a lot more to Petres than that. Owners Clea and Sotiris poured so much energy and passion into making their hotel stand out, and it does, in many ways. Common spaces (a small reception room, a dining and a sitting room) are furnished with charming furniture, including several family heirlooms, creating, along with many tasteful details, a warm and inviting atmosphere. Recently revamped bedrooms are all different. Some have a modern look, while others are more romantic in style. Tasteful decorative touches (and antique brass double beds in some rooms) give each its own charm. Full marks go to the atmosphere of relaxed and sincere hospitality. Sotiris will pick you up in the port if you don’t arrive with your own car and shuttle you to Naoussa when you want to go out; Clea will spoil you with a generous breakfast and delicious home-cooked meals. Many guests come back to Petres, year after year. I have stayed several times too, and it always feels like a bit like coming home.
The relaxed family atmosphere is something you usually don't find at hotels like this. Clea and Sotiris are extremely attentive hosts. I also loved the many decorative 'touches' and the large swimming pool.
Both the village of Naoussa, as well as the nearest beaches (very nice ones!) are a bit over 3 km away, so not really easy walking distance...
16 double/twin rooms (extra single bed possible in some of the rooms)
1 suite for up to 6 persons with two bedrooms (2 adults and 4 children)
Prices for two persons from 82 Euro per night, arrival/departure transfers (on the island) and taxes included. Breakfast is complementary. For a full overview of room rates, please contact Sotiris.
En-suite bathroom (shower)
2 rooms are fully equipped for people with special needs
Sitting room with a fireplace
Outdoor swimming pool (with wheelchair access)
Terrace with sun beds
Jacuzzi & sauna
Mini-bus service to Naoussa (free of charge)
Clea is in charge of breakfast (help yourself-style, served from 9.00 to 11.30 am) and she treats her guests to lots of good stuff. Fresh bread, homemade jams, local cheeses, home baked cakes, Greek yoghurt with honey and the list goes on. It’s basically all local, fresh and delicious, and you won’t get bored if you stay many nights: there is a different ‘Clea specialty’ every day. Lunch and (for Greek standards early) lunch and dinner are served at the hotel as well. All meals are home-cooked and the menu varies daily. If you feel like going out for dinner in Naoussa, ask Sotiris for recommendations. If you don’t have a car, he will drive you!
Even though Petres is not designed as a family hotel, children are welcome. There are rooms parents can share with one child, and there are also rooms with twin beds. The suite can sleep two adults and up to four children.
Paros is a nice island for family holidays. (I spent a week when my eldest was two years old.) There are many sandy beaches, and close to Hotel Petres, the little sandy beaches of Kolymbithres, with wonderful rock formations, are the best to go to with children. There also is a water park where you can take your kids to (be brave!) and there’s horseback riding and of course all sorts of water sports.
Hotel Petres is set slightly inland, not far from Naoussa, a postcard-picture fishing village on the northern coast of Paros. Kolymbithres, a stunning natural phenomenon of moon-like stones surrounding perfect little sandy beaches, is only a few kilometres away.
To get to Paros you can either take a ferry from the port of Piraeus (the crossing takes three to five hours, depending on the ferry) or you can fly from Athens. Another possibility is to fly to Mykonos or Santorini, and to take the ferry from there.
Hotel Petres is situated 6 km from the port and 18 km from the airport. Sotiris will pick you up from the harbour or the airport, but if you arrive with your own transport you should take the road from Parikia to Naoussa, and after 6 km turn right at the sign for Petres. If you come from Naoussa, take the coastal road towards Parikia and turn left after 1.5 km.
Lovely, adorable place!
Both Clea and Sotiris are very very nice and friendly people, and they did all their best to make our stay at their house unforgettable!
They teached us what to visit, where to swim, where to eat, when to go here and there and their suggestions were really SUPER!
They also spoiled us: every morning a different, delicious breakfast in a country-side atmosphere…absolutely fantastic!
The room we had asked for (nr. 5) was very romantic (Clea explained me that all furnitures were antique and belonged to her granny!) and quiet and clean!
Also the people working for them are very nice.
When we left, I told Clea and Sotiris that “we had felt home, far from home” and they appreciated it a lot…but this is simply the truth!
We visited a lot and chose every day a different beach, but we also left something to do and to see…so we have an excuse to go back to Paros again and to stay at Petres one more!