There are no giant hotels
in Hydra because of the island's traditional
nature which makes it against the law to build
anything new. You can only restore existing
buildings. But there are a number of smallish
hotels in historical buildings. The Cotommatae Hydra 1810 (photo) is housed in a 19th century mansion with a stone-paved courtyard, it offers traditional accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Originally a wealthy sea captainís mansion built in 1810, the Hotel Miranda is a fine example of characteristic
local architecture. It is close to the port and features uniquely styled rooms, some with old hand-painted ceilings made by Venetian artists. They are all air conditioned and offer garden or sea views. The
Bratsera is a converted sponge
factory in the middle of town. The hotel is like a
sponge museum and is full of antiques,
photographs and yes... even some sponges. It
has a beautiful swimming pool that looks like
it came straight out of ancient Greece and a
cafe-restaurant and a large room that can be
used for workshops, dance, yoga or small
conventions. Of course it has air-conditioning
which is very helpful in August.
There are several other hotels and all of them
are nice and you will be just as happy in any of them. It just depends on how much you want to spend. The family-run, traditionally built Kirki Hydra (photo)is in the center of town, just 150 feet from the port and offers air-conditioned accommodations with a private balcony overlooking the town or the garden. Boasting magnificent views overlooking Hydra, the recently renovated Hotel Hydra offers guests the choice of 8 tastefully decorated rooms, most of which have panoramic views of the island. The Sidra Hotel is a family run hotel in an old mansion conveniently located just 50 meters from the port. Another old mansion, the Hotel
Mistral is just a 3 minute walk to the port and the swimming rocks and has a beautiful view of the sea. The Hotel Angelica is a VIP Boutique Hotel with a lovely garden and spectacular rooms decorated in the historic Hydra style. For more economy minded travelers the Hotel Hydroussa
have doubles for under 100 euros as does Katerina's Home. Situated 150 metres from the port and the centre of Hydra Town, the refurbished Hydra Icons features themed rooms of world famous artists and a terrific view. Set in an historic house on a hill above the harbour, Hydras Chromata offers a garden and air-conditioned apartments or a villa with furnished terraces and free WiFi access. The 18th Century. Artist's Villa is exactly what it sounds like, an air-conditioned, traditionally decorated vacation home for those with deeper pockets.
If you want to be outside of town the very highly rated Four Seasons Luxury Suites Hotel is
on the beach at Vlichos and has a very nice taverna so you don't even need to go into town, though I don't know why you would not want to. The hotel has free wifi, satelite TV and the rooms have the options of sea or mountain view. And half the fun is getting there by boat, foot or donkey since the port is about 2 miles away. Another option for those who want to stay outside of town are Kiki's
Houses, just a few steps from the beach. The Villa Mandraki has self-catering accommodations with furnished verandas and magnificent views of Mandraki cove. The beach is a few steps away and the town of Hydra is a 25-minute walk.
For more Hotels in Hydra see Booking.com's Hydra Page where you can see photos, prices, reviews and book in many cases with no cancellation fee.
Also see Matt's Suggested Hotels on Hydra
Those combining Hydra with other islands, especially those not in the Saronic may want to use a Greek Travel agency to book hotels and coordinate ferries. For reliable travel agencies in Athens who book Hydra and the Saronic Islands see my Greek Travel Agents Page
By the way...if
you are coming to Hydra in June, July or August or over Easter book
early because since there are few hotels and they
fill up quickly. If you try any of the above hotels and you find most of them are full on the dates you need and finally find one, book it. Chances are next time you look it won't be available.