“Protessilaos Hotel” firstly operated in the summer of 1979 under the name “Nefeli”.
The present name was established by 1982, when a hotel guest, Mr Pavlos Lazarides (former director of the Byzantine Museum of Athens and director of the local archaeological excavations) proposed the name “Protessilaos” Despite the difficulty of the word, our guests adopted the name with pleasure due to its unique character.
But who was «Protessilaos» ?
Protessilaos was a hero of the mythological cycle, son of Diomedia and Iphilkos, king of Phylace in Thessalia.
Protessilaos left Laodamia (his wife) shortly after their wedding to fight in Troy. He commanded forty ships from Phylace and the neighboring regions. According to Oracle prediction the first of Greeks who would step in Troy land will die. So that happened and Protessilaos died from Hector’s hands.
Laodamia Hotel firstly operated the 1st April 2002. The name choice was difficult, as we wanted to marry our first hotel “Protessilaos” with our new establishment. By searching, we found many names among them “Laodamia” one but we could not find something emotional to be related with.
Apparently, we found the erotic letter that Laodamia wrote to Protessilaos while he was in Troy. We had a great sentimental load by reading it, therefore we concluded to the name “Laodamia”.
Despite the difficulty of the word, our guests adopted the name with pleasure due to its unique character.