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15 May ’14

It’s a very common thing in Greece: you see a fantastic small and affordable hotel, so charming, so white and blue, so inviting with all the bougainvillea flowers and shady terraces… But then you step into the rooms. They are dark, gloomy, there are grey, plain, cold tiles on the floor, the bed is as hard as a brick, the bathroom is as uninviting as well, a Greek bathroom, and the room screams get out of here, just sleep in me and that’s it. But, things can be done differently. Take for example the newly outfitted rooms of Kostas and Anna from Taverna Mersini. They transformed those old and style-less guest rooms from the seventies into bright and great spaces, in beige-white, with a big, comfy bed and fresh, new linen. A small espresso machine (for free), a mosquito window, airco, a silent fridge with a free bottle of water, a bathroom with a comfy sink plus a good shower AND a balcony with a table and chairs and views over the garden and Mersini Bay in the distance. If you look at the picture below, you can see the rooms behind the fantastic palm tree in that green and lush garden. All this for 30 euro a night (in low season, without breakie). If you ask me this is the new style (or should be) of Greek, affordable guest houses. It only needs a bit of paint and vision to turn bland and uncomfortable bedrooms or studios into something inviting and fresh. Spaces you actually like to stay in rather than feel depressed when inside. I would love to come here again, definitely in low season before the 15th of July and after the end of August. I would sit and read on the balcony, grab a bite with Kostas and Anna in their lovely taverna (go for the grilled and fried calamari) and then explore the island or walk up to Chora to have a drink at night.

Mersini Guesthouse - Shinoussa Island


  1. This looks lush! Like the place I love to go to. I’ll put this on my go-to list. Loved the Cyclades, and can recommend you the island Folegandros, where we had a lovely stay at Coral appartments.

  2. Budi Mulyono

    For me though important small hotel and her hotel was clean and comfortable enough to rest.

    Figure beaches so tempting me. It’s beautiful, really hope to get there someday

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