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Last updated: 26 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rachel Howard

Hidden behind whitewashed walls, this small hotel is a peaceful oasis set back from Hydra’s bustling port.

A converted sponge factory built in 1860, Bratsera brims with character. Colonial-style furniture and nautical antiques decorate the lobby. Shabby-chic rooms in pastel shades are simply but strikingly furnished, with wooden floors, antique prints, and linen drapes. Most overlook the lovely pool and restaurant, set in a courtyard draped in wisteria. For old-fashioned charm, Bratsera is unrivalled on Hydra.

It’s set on a quiet alley surrounded by traditional stone houses with tiled roofs and flower-filled courtyards. It’s only two minutes’ stroll to the port with its lively cafés, shops, bars and restaurants.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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