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Kythnos Accommodation Greece Greek Hotels

You won't find a huge range of hotels on Kythnos as the island is largely overlooked by international tourists. But there are plenty of rooms to let and studio apartments available in high season to cater for the Athenian visitors who come here to take advantage of the curative thermal springs in the north of the island.

Domatia owners often wait at the quayside to greet visitors arriving off the ferries during July and August. If you haven't booked in advance your best bet is to either check out what these owners have to offer or scout around the waterfront and back streets of the port of Merihas for "rooms to let" signs. The owners may not be on the premises, especially if you're visiting out of season, but you'll find their phone numbers advertised in the windows or on the walls outside.

If you don't fancy trudging around the port in search of accommodation, pop along to Milos Express or Larentzakis Travel who will probably be able to help you.

Good choices include Paradise Rooms at the top of the town it's a hard climb up the steps to get to it but you'll be rewarded with fabulous views of the bay. Panayiota, behind the small bridge on the seafront, offers reasonably priced clean and spacious rooms with 2 3 beds, private bathroom, kitchenette and fridge.

Kythnos Hotel is the only proper hotel in town but you'll need to book well in advance if you want to stay here in high season. It's near the ferry dock, up the first set of steps on your way into town. The rooms are fairly basic but comfortable with air conditioning, TV and fridges. The hotel's rather limited facilities include a downstairs café.

There are plenty of places to stay in the small seaside resort of Loutra, in the north east corner of the island, which has grown up around the famous thermal springs. The increasing interest in alternative medicine brings visitors from far and wide to bathe in the radioactive waters which are rich in iron and sulphur. The waters are widely believed to ease a variety of ailments ranging from rheumatism and arthritis to heart and gynaecological problems.

You can stay in the state run Xenia baths complex and have a soak in the springs together with a basic health check (heart rate, blood pressure and weight).

The well equipped Kythnos Bay Hotel in Loutra is just 30 metres from the beach and 300 metres from the springs. All rooms have a fridge, TV, air conditioning and private balcony with either sea or mountain views. The hotel has a restaurant, a beachside taverna serving traditional Greek food, a spacious lounge and indoor and outdoor bars.

One of the most upmarket places to stay is the Porto Klaras Hotel which offers 20 studios and apartments a few metres from the beach at Loutra. The hotel has been built in the traditional Cycladic style and has wonderful panoramic views of the bay. All rooms have a private bathroom, fridge, TV, telephone and a veranda.

You can sometimes find rooms to rent in the picturesque inland town of Dryopida, especially in high season when islanders open their homes to visitors.

Kanala, in the south east corner of the island, has a small selection of pensions and studio apartments and you can also find rooms to rent around the double bay of Agio Dimitriou in the south west during the summer months.