Having experienced a week in Symi and the Old Markets in 2017 we knew we would be back and we did for 2 weeks in September Sadly the owner, Andrew, was in hospital London but thankfully well on the way to recovery. We were met of the ferry by his young nephew Ben, who was an exceptional host throughout our stay. Charming, comfortable and clean rooms, very friendly staff, excellent breakfast on the terrace with a view looking down onto Symi harbour which converted into an honestly bar in the evening.
We returned to The Old Markets recently following our amazing trip last year. Everything was jus as wonderful, It was a delight to reacquaint ourselves with Ben, our charming and helpful host, as well as the regular staff Mikey, Anniq Anna, and Aghura ?spelling) who all looked after us so well. We missed Anna from France who returned home early - hope your papa is recovering well Anna. We stayed in the Symi Suite, the most gorgeous room overlooking the harbour. Breakfasts on the terrace were delicious with top class service. Taking evening drinks with some of the other guests each day was a treat. Although The Old Markets is siyuted in the harbour it is tranquil, due to being about 100 steps up. One evening there was a drinks party with a tape recording from Andrew Davies, the owner. Andrew has been away from the island for a couple of years due to health problems. Wherever we went on the island people spoke so warmly and highly of Andrew so it was good to here his strong voice. We hope to return to The Old Markets again in 2022 and meet Andrew in person. Rest assured Andrew, Ben with his natural charm and innate kindness is taking good care of The Old Markets and your guests.…
I'm an avid traveller but I haven't been to many places that would strike me with the natural charm of the settings, the impeccable quality of the accommodation and the easy-going, caring attitude of the staff. If you want to travel you Symi, you must absolutely stay at the Old Markets where rooms overlook the houses perched on the other side of the harbour, beds are comfy and breakfast are to die for. I wish I could come up with some constructive criticism but I really can't.
The Old Markets is an utterly lovely place in one of my favourite spots on earth. It’s hard to know which is more exquisite, the island or the hotel. Both are magical. I have so many happy memories from the terrace at the Old Markets - excellent breakfasts, generous evening drinks, sunsets overlooking the harbour, the staff always warm, gracious and extremely attentive. Then there are the rooms, each with their own particular charm and character, all decorated with the utmost elegance - an abundance of style, complete with ancient figurines and exquisite art. I have kept the little notes left by my pillow each evening as a memento of beautiful times. A huge thank you to Ben for looking after us so well. Truly a wonderful hotel, understated, refined, effortlessly elegant.
Although the room was stunning and the location picturesque, that wasn't even the best part of our stay at The Old Markets. The staff were so kind and accommodating, they really made our stay feel extra special. If you're considering visiting Symi, do yourself a favour and book here.