Old Markets: an extravagant boutique hotel in aristocratic Symi

May 18, 2012
A brand new boutique hotel highlights Dodecanesean architecture in Symi in the once famous 18th century market, where sponge and silver merchants used to peddle their wares.

Old Markets is not only another member of the flourishing family of Greek boutique hotels. Last year they were only open for half the season so this is their first year proper.  Its landmark location is Kali Strata where you can get a great view of the hundreds of beautifully preserved, multi-coloured captains’ houses. More or less straight after opening, it managed to join Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “Best New Hotels”.  The English and Italian owners have not only shown the utmost respect to the local architecture but they’re also true purveyors of good taste. The already beautiful Symi, through Old Markets, has given us another 5 reasons to visit her shores:

The Venetian suite is full of Italian furniture and antiques. The Arabian suite takes us on a journey on the Silk Road with its many Persian details. The Alexandrian suite is painted in gold and copper tones and is full of African touches and period antiques. The Ottoman suite was built in the place of an old cyclical Symi oven, which has been turned into a very special bathroom/ steam room. The top suite, in position and quality, is called Symi; it’s bigger than the others and you get amazing views towards the rest of the island and the Aegean from every one of its big windows. 

If you’re looking for more reasons to visit, here you go:

You can recline on the roof top terrace’s day beds or enjoy a breakfast made with local products.  Available until 1pm, it’s open to guests and non-guests alike so that everyone can enjoy the 5* service. 

Prices: from €195 per suite, including breakfast

P.S. If you don’t feel like leaving the room, you can ask for a Mediterranean inspired meal to be brought to you. 

Symi, tel: 22460 71440  

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