Kinsterna Hotel & Spa is in an 800-year-old mansion. Guestrooms feature such details as original fireplaces and Byzantine domes. The hammamlike spa was inspired by the natural springs that flow through the property.
From $234. 30/273-206-6300. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
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Sleep in a Byzantine Mansion
You go to Greece to see ruins but the Kinsterna is kind of like sleeping in one. The old property has details maintained from Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman ownership with comfortable additions like fireplaces; an infinity pool; and a cozy, subterranean spa. It's crazy affordable (often under 200 Euro a night) and a quick drive to Monemvasia, a Medieval city build into a giant island rock.
At Kinsterna Restaurant, you'll find plenty of classic Greek staples (Greek salad, lamb, a few different local-caught fishes) but don't overlook one in particular: the goggles pasta (pronounced in local Greekish English as "gohg-less"). It's basically a bowl of gnocchi dumplings made from pasta instead of potato and topped with Greek olive oil and a roasted cheese that is similar to parmesan.