Room with a view
Here's what I was looking for my stay in Nafplio: A simple and tidy place to stay with a nice view of Palamidi castle. And I found it in Asimoni pension!
The truth is, that in the first capital of Greece the choice on accommodation is very wide and of course you can find a room with a view - only that it usually costs quite a bit. And this is a difference to notice about this very friendly pension: the perfect balance between quality and price.
Very central, yet quiet
That afternoon, I arrived in the city by public bus and walking just a few steps towards Fotomara street, I am facing a delightful combination of sweet pomegranate and pale green color on the building at number 14. An old house from the '70s, which was converted from 2016 into a pension of 9 rooms.
At the reception I was welcomed by Nikos, the owner of Asimoni, a man overflowed with positive energy -as so I immediately thought this job fits him like a glove! Once he told me not that his father was also a hotel owner and that he actually grew up in hotels and among tourists, I was confirmed. We agreed that this job either you love it, or you hate it; there is no intermediate situation...
In the reception area, my eyes focused on a handmade art-work on the wall and on two black and white representations of the old Nafplio on canvas. Nick was constantly talking to me about the history of the city -no matter how much you know about its past, there is always something new to learn -and that is what fascinates me.
Especially and ideally for families
After taking a cinnamon cookie, made by Nikos' mom, we went to see the only family-type room, since Asimoni is mainly addressed to couples. The family room has its own entrance from Moutzouridou street and is an elevated ground floor, just steps away from the street. Spacious and comfortable, a double bed and a bunk bed, but also an opening sofa, I immediately created in my mind pictures of a happy family with 2 or 3 children staying here.
Details that make the difference
Returning to the main entrance, we begin to climb the stairs (mark that there is no elevator) and I notice in some recesses on the wall the foreign books, that have been left here by the visitors of the pension -small libraries that carry not only knowledge but also personal stories.
The magnificent framed pictures of the city's paintings blend in well with Greek and foreign readings and while Nikos was explaining to me how he made the framing, I didn't even realize how we got on the terrace.
Lucky No 31
There, on the 3rd floor, is the high-up and to me most beautiful room of the pension: room No. 31. Well-appointed, modern in décor, equipped with all comforts, kind of small like some other rooms, but what makes it huge to my eyes is the large terrace with the stunning view of Palamidi castle! In the afternoons you sit in the small living room and enjoy your coffee, as the sun plays hide and seek with the Venetian fortress, which in few minutes will be illuminated and will enchant you.
With or without view
Of course, in no way I underestimate the rest of the rooms -especially those on the second floor, where you open your eyes in the morning and lie on your bed admiring Palamidi from your window and the green Land Gate -really amazing!
But these are personal tastes, as there are many -as Nikos explains to me- who choose a room without view, either because it is more cheap, or because they just care for a night's sleep (and a good wi-fi) and nothing more.
Places are mainly their people
Talking with Nick about all sorts of stuff, I realize that my initial impression of Asimoni was probably wrong. O.K., view is fine, Palamidi castle is impressive, prices are good, decoration is nice, but -let's admit it- the thing that really conquers you is the owner himself! The friendly host, who is there for you at any time, who waits for you in the evening when you return from your walk, to treat you with a zip of mastic liqueur for good night.
Personally, I would come back to Asimoni, even if I were to stay in a room without view. Because beautiful people open for you the biggest windows in life!
Did you know that?
Asimoni does not serve breakfast, but if you wish, you can enjoy it at "Propolis", beside the Land Gate, under the shade of the large trees or in its cozy interior: there is a special arrangement, breakfast there is rich and prices are reasonable.
Do not hesitate to ask Nikos whatever you want for your stay in the city. It is no coincidence that there is a large city map right next to the entrance!
You have to consider that the pension has no elevator (of course Nikos is always helping with that) and no private parking -you just leave your car at the port a few meters down or park it somewhere around the nearby streets and move it again when you leave.
Cleanliness is an important asset of Asimoni and so it is done on a daily basis.
If "Asimoni" brings in mind to you "Amimoni", do not consider it accidental, as so was called the historic hotel that Nikos' family used to have. It was located at the end of "Amalia" Street, in the characteristic building that has housed Alpha Bank and its showroom in the recent years.
"Asimoni" is the one who brings the good, but not so important news, the inferior ones. A name that fits perfectly this pension, the one that encloses you warmly in its arms, with no so called luxury or fancy stuff...
Licence number: 1245Κ133Κ0392701