We really cannot fault our stay at Panorama! It was absolutely fantastic and we fully plan to stay there again if we ever return to Naxos (which we hope to one day!)
We did a mini island hop around some of the Cyclades over 11days – starting in Santorini, then Naxos before finishing in Mykonos, and our stay in Naxos was by far our favourite, despite being a lesser known island. This was partly down to our hotel and where on the island we were staying.
Usually ones for a nice sea view room along the beach, we opted for Panorama because of its close proximity to the port (you can only get there via ferry,) and we we’re so happy we did that! Completely changed our perception on hotels based in towns. It is about a 10 minute walk from the port (a bit faster when you are walking TO the port, because you’re walking downhill.) The walk to the hotel is part of its charm, as it’s a windy walk through the majestic labyrinth-like alleyways of the Old Town. It’s not difficult to navigate – it isn’t as big as an old town like Mykonos and unlike there, it actually still retains an authentic Greek vibe, with locals littering the streets. There are lots of little boutiques, shops, bars and taverns along the way – of course, some of them are your classic souvenir shops, but not very tacky. It is unbelievably picturesque and enchanting!
Panorama is at the top of the hill, right next to the Venetian Castle (which is always a great way to figure out what direction to go in if you’re lost, just look for the castle poking out above the alleyways!) The uphill climb is worth it because the hotel boasts incredible views across the coast and of the ‘Temple of the Apollo’ (the famous stone arch you would see if you googled. Naxos for any newbies.)
Our room was especially brilliant, as we were given the room on the top of the hotel (quite literally a single room on top of the rooftop) so we had our own private access to Panorama’s 360 panoramic view.
The only negatives were the fact that although the safe worked fine… It wasn’t attached to the wardrobe! So you could just pick it up haha. Not exactly fool proof but didn’t faze us too much.
Also, the hotel is near some kind of church or chapel and unfortunately they like to ring their bells very early in the morning! Not an issue for early risers or heavy sleepers, but it did tend to wake us up. It can also be quite windy if you’re in the rooftop room and you can hear it on the walls. However, I really wouldn’t let this phase you. It’s in such a peaceful, beautiful area otherwise.