It is worth making a detour to the pretty little port of Nafplion just to spend a night or two in this delightful small hotel. Housed in traditional buildings in a street below the 11thC Venetian fortress and painted pink with pale-blue woodwork and shutters, the Byron looks charming from the outside. The rooms are simple but very pretty and immaculately maintained, with polished wooden floors, painted shutters and some authentic, traditional antique furniture.
Most of the rooms have fine views over the pantiled roofs of the old town and out over the bay, and some have sunny private terraces. The Byron also has a very attractive cafe terrace on the ground floor, for breakfast, snacks and afternoon ice-cream or evening drinks. The hotel is managed by its owner and the large number of guests who return again and again is a tribute to his professionalism. For once (and all too rarely) the standards of service match the good looks of this boutique hotel.
Sadly, there is no evidence that Lord Byron ever stayed here during his sojourns in Greece, but it is certainly romantic enough to have satisfied him. The Byron is an excellent base from which to explore the sights of the Argolid, including ancient Mycenae.