“Simple, characterful studio rooms tucked inside the Venetian citadel of Naxos Town - a lovely base for a budget Greek island holiday”
You enter the studios through a typically Greek little salon - a decorative sofa and chair guarded by 2 family portraits - and emerge onto a lovely terrace, with wooden table and deck chairs for all the guests. The views over the town and coast are suitably regal, though the prevailing north wind sometimes disturbs your siesta here.
Off the terrace is the downstairs studio, which consists of a long, thin double bedroom with a simple kitchen unit at the other end; and, through a deep archway, a windowless bathroom with curtained shower and earthy tiles. Curly brass lamps, old prints of steamships, marble-topped commodes and exposed squares of stone wall add character, though we found it a little cramped.
Up a steep flight of steps from the reception salon is the upstairs studio, a much lighter and more spacious option. There is a small hall with the same kitchen unit, a double-bedroom with mosquito net, a bathroom with shower, and a tiny covered balcony with fabulous views over town and coast - a lovely breakfast or reading spot. A motley collection of miniature statues, figurines, bottles, lamps, mirrors and other ornaments sits on the bedroom niches, making it feel very homely. It’s definitely worth the extra money if you can get this studio.
Both studios have air-con, reliable hot water, a TV, daily cleaning and twice-weekly linen change. There is no central heating, but the air-con doubles up as convection heating in winter. There is a phone in the reception room for incoming and toll-free calls only.
If all those are full, Castro Residence also owns the Chateau Zevgoli, a charming small hotel below the citadel walls, which we can recommend as a decent fallback - though some rooms are quite small.
The kitchen units contain a sink, 2 electric rings, a small fridge, kettle, coffee machine and basic cutlery / crockery - enough for breakfast or salad lunches, but not for hot dinners.
For that, you've a wealth of choice on your doorstep, from the beachside tavernas of Agios Georgios, where the sea practically laps at the table-legs; to the superb home-cooking of restaurants like Lucullus hidden amongst the alleys. For a pre-prandial snack à la Cyclade, stop at the most mouth-watering of the waterfront grills for some octopus legs washed down with an ouzo.
A short drive away are more recommended tavernas, including the Axiotissa in Kastraki, and the village taverna in Halki. For the full list, see our Naxos guide.