The magic in Nafplio is, that no matter how many times you visit, it always has something new to reveal to you. Points-custodians of history and corners of the city, stoically waiting for you to discover them or new places, which attract the eye and interest, such as Silo Luxury Rooms, one of the most original and elegant hotels I have seen...
Walking along the idyllic Akti Miaouli coastal road, with the cluster of exotic palm trees on one side and the ever-magnificent Bourtzi on the other, I turn onto the picturesque Aristidou pedestrian street and in just a few steps, I arrive outside Silo Luxury Rooms.
The head of the Trojan Horse at its entrance, a unique work of Art made with wood and metal, is the element that rightly impresses. But what does it remind me of... Yes, of course: the oversized Trojan Horse, which I stare at every time I drive past the Silo Art Factory, on the Nafplio-Corinth's provincial road! The artist Stelios D. Maragos and his wife Georgia, owners of Silo Art Factory for a number of years, decided in March 2022 to open a place to stay in the heart of the old town, which combines authentic hospitality with modern minimal aesthetics and the uniqueness of handmade works of art - as so... “Silo Luxury Rooms” was created!
In the yard of wonders
Georgia is already in the courtyard of the three-storied mansion, waiting for me with a smile, to show me around the luxurious rooms. As much as I can't wait to see the interior, the courtyard keeps me in it a little longer, with its marble bench covered in rag cushions, the elaborate marble fountain, the impressively large jar and the tasteful caspases, home to all manner of cacti and plants -a courtyard as a welcome, in a world that glorifies high aesthetic criteria.
I follow Georgia a few steps up and can't help but admire the little corner with the cast-iron set - table and chair - on the mosaic floor. Passing the entrance door (a precious piece of past decades), to my right, a wooden table with two antique armchairs form the place of a small lobby. On the table, maps of Argolis, information leaflets and pots with green plants stand next to decorative items from another era, while on paper coaters the guests have written words of thanks for Georgia, for her warm hospitality...
Affordable luxury embellished by Art
A corridor covered with tiles in black and white shades leads you to the six rooms. You can almost see your reflection walking in - the place smells of musk and sparkles with cleanliness!
In room No1, my glance immediately falls on the extraordinary bronze sculpture above the bed called "Wreck", crafted in Greece by a Greek artist, inspired by the shipwreck of Zakynthos (1980) -as I read in the display case, which also comes with explanatory notes for every piece of art at Silo Luxury Rooms. The headboard, made from an 18th century mule-door, from a stable in Argos, is also extremely impressive.
On the bed, the folded fluffy towels with the hotel's logo await the guests, who will find welcome treats, such as exquisite cookies from Kosmos Bakery, chocolates and a bottle of "Akres" Skouras wine, with two stemmed glasses! Although -between us- the best welcome is done by Georgia, who welcomes you having even found where to park your car, so that when you come here you can get rid of any worries and let yourself be enchanted by an unforgettable stay.
In the room, I notice how Stelio's wooden hand-made constructions (like the original open closet) and Art objects (like the vintage mirror) coexist with the abstract mood in the decoration, in a balanced harmony. At this point, let me tell you that I did see all the rooms, one by one, but right now I'm wondering: Should I reveal to you the "hidden asset" of each one or let you discover them yourself by coming here? I'll give you just a small highlight, elements that personally made me stop, and I'm sure you will do your own "reading" of the place.
In room No2, an old Athenian front door serves as an imaginary partition in the two rooms (between the double bed and the sofa-bed), while the mule doors for a headboard, the antique wooden washing machine as a bedside table and the sculpture with Alexander and Olympiad in the bathroom will steal your heart!
In room No3, the neoclassical 19th century doors frame the double bed on the left and right, while a tasteful decorative railing visually separates the bedroom from the living room with the opening sofa that becomes a bed, to accommodate more than two people.
In room No4, the impressions steel the iron headboard, the large French antique Louis Seize mirror, the dark wood antique bedside tables, the bathroom with the gold details, in contrast with the black tiles and the small balcony overlooking the charming Spiliadou street.
The sensual blue-purple shade on the velvet headboard and the large painting give a special artistic dimension to room No5, while in No6, you don't know where to look first! At the really impressive "messandra" in the wall (note: the famous "messandras" in Kastoria city looked like wardrobes on the outside, but inside there was a secret hatch, which led to the roof of the mansion and functioned as a hiding place during the Turkish occupation)? At the headboard draped in colored striped velenza blanket? At the ornate antique mirror, which has been cleverly turned into a cupboard for plates and cups, or perhaps at the handmade wooden structures, to leave your luggage and clothes? Out on the room’s balcony, you can enjoy your coffee on the wrought iron chairs and on the table of marble, while from your window you can see a restored mansion in Spiliadou street.
Whichever room you choose for your stay at Silo Luxury Rooms, it is objectively sure that it will impress you with its originality and… you might be tempted: although you will be in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from all the attractions and the hangouts, the welcoming and stylish spaces in Silo Luxury Rooms may make you not want to leave your room!
Did you know that?
Silo means "granaries" and is the word that characterizes the Silo Art Factory (on the site of which a large poultry farm used to operate), while it also gave its name to the hotel.
The building, where Silo Luxury Rooms is now located, housed the First Ministry of the Navy of Greece back in 1824, as revealed by the marble plaque on the wall on Spiliadou Street.
Ask Georgia to tell you the story of the house and its owner... What, of course, she will sure tell you with absolute enthusiasm, is how her four children (two boys and a two girls!) with their father Stelios Maragos put their "souls and backs" in these family businesses, providing the motivation and "soul" in each of their parents' creations!
For your breakfast, you will find in your room a coffee maker, a kettle, toast and jars of delicious handmade jam from local oranges of Argolis!
There is the possibility of self-check-in anytime, as there are safe boxes at the entrance. Georgia will give you the code and you can enter the hotel and your room at any time you arrive in Nafplio - there is also a relevant explanation video!
All vintage items and works of art, that you see in Silo Luxury Rooms, are created by the owner and artist Mr. Stelios Maragos, in his immense laboratory /factory, the Silo Art Factory. A visit there is truly worthwhile -beyond imagination!...
Single - Double (6), Triple (2), Quadruple (2), Two-room (2), Suites (2)
12 months / All year
License No.: 00001375085