The Poseidonion Grand, Spetses
Dapia, Spetses 180 50, Greece
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Sun - Sat 12am - 11:30pm
The Poseidonion Grand, SpetsesOriginally owned by Sotirios Anargyros, a local success story revered as a sort of godfather of Spetses (he saved the island’s large pine forest from deforestation), the 100-year-old Poseidonion Grand Hotel is to Spetses what the Plaza Hotel is to New York: a much beloved landmark. Left to decay, it would eventually be saved by the Vordonis family, who made their fortune in Greek shipping. A passion project for the father, Manolis, and his children Antonis and Katerina, the revitalization took five years. But they brought the waterfront Belle Époque building back to life. Not long after the property reopened in 2009, it hosted a wedding party for Prince Nikolaos of Greece. The revival of the Poseidonion is sometimes given credit for the general renaissance of Spetses, a car-free island popular with elite visitors.
The restoration modernized the hotel while simultaneously restoring and maintaining the building’s distinctive architectural elements. Restaurants have also been a big focus. The property owns its own organic farm, which supplies much of the produce and eggs. What it doesn't grow, it carefully sources from other local farmers. You can often find the Vordonises on site, welcoming guests as if they were arriving at the family home. It's a relaxed place where you might meet an artist at the bar who ends up being the daughter of an important Greek shipping magnate, or a local who is about to meet a member of the Dutch royal family for a swim.