Mat Barett's Guide / Loriet Hotel

It is not often that you can afford to stay in a hotel that anywhere else would be a museum. The Hotel Loriet is an impressive example of the 19th century architecture of the upper class Mytilinians. This grand old mansion was built in the 1880s as a summer residence at a time when Mytilini was a more important city than Athens. With a marble staircase, murals and painted ceilings and antique furniture from the period, staying here is like a trip back in time, (except they have FREE-Wireless). The hotel is run by a Greek-Australian brother and sister who do a great job of making their guests feel comfortable. The Cottage, once the stable and servants quarters, has been cleverly restored and converted to three beautiful suites. The Apartments include a kitchenette, Mini Bar, full size baths and hair driers, TV and internet access. But if you want a real treat stay in the main building. The Loriet has a salt-water swimming pool (with a waterfall) and the pine-shaded garden is a place you won't want to leave. You can take a bus into town and there is a small beach in front of the hotel (though it is unspectacular to put it nicely). However, if you have a car and plan to explore this part of the island the Loriet is a wonderful place to come back to each day. In the summer they have yoga seminars and other interesting things. Daily breakfast includes cakes and pastries, jams and fresh fruit from the garden. I stayed here and loved it. I am guessing you will too and it is not expensive either.

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