Arthur Groeneveld & Bamboo van Kampen

The Old Markets & Emporio

  • Where:Symi, Greece
  • Why:Work & leisure
  • When:June 2017
  • Who:Bamboo & Arthur.
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The townhouse entrance of The Old Markets.

Our room.

A nice sitting area.

Exploring the art books in the living room area.

The beautiful colours of the building.

Enjoying the fresh fruit on our balcony.

The best way to wake up!

Delicious breakfast on the terrace.

The terrace where you have the breakfast and sundowner drinks from the honesty bar!

On our way to the beach.

Our beach room at the Emporio villa right at the waterfront. Great to wake up just with the sound of the ocean.

Our view from the new Emporio villa! Time for a morning swim in the quiet bay.

very cute swimming pool in one of the old buildings of the The Old Markets.

Afternoon rest after a long lunch in the harbour.


The Old Market of Symi renovated to become what is now the Hotel.

Strolling around the property.

Highs & Lows

  • The combination of a central townhouse in the busy port and a new, out of town waterfront boutique hotel (and soon beachclub!), connected by its own little boat - this must be one of the most unique places to stay in Greece.

  • The social aspect of it all: with so little room (and the honesty bar!) you meet other guests so easily, in a very relaxed way. You see each other at one of the beaches and then for an aperitivo on the terrace.

  • Both places don’t feel like staying at a hotel, but more like you’re a local: they consist of smaller buildings connected together. Almost like a little village in the village.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury townhouse hotel + a new waterfront hideaway.

  • Vibe

    Laid-back island chic.

  • Location

    Set in the centre in the prettiest port of Greece: Symi.

  • Rooms

    10 in The Old Markets & 6 in the waterfront boutique hotel Emporio.

  • Music

    Relaxed tunes.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Andrew Davies

  • Pool/Gym

    A pool hidden away in a colourful townhouse.

  • Restaurant

    Yes

  • Bar

    Yes - The Old Markets has a great ‘honesty-bar’: make your drink, get your snack and just write it down.

  • Minibar

    Free water, all other stuff is available at the honesty bar.

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    Medium expensive.

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The Old Markets & Emporio

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