What We Love
- Rate includes daily breakfast, a bottle of wine and fruit basket on arrival, a VIP welcome with a drink and a history tour of the hotel from the host, a wine tasting in a local winery, a daily sunset champagne cocktail on the veranda and one spa treatment per couple at Zannos spa
- The romance factor, from the pool to the architecture
- Above Pyrgos village, it has mesmerizing 360-degree views
- There's a resident donkey for rides into town
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What To Know
- This is not a typical cliffside property; Pyrgos is inland
- There are fabulous views of the island and caldera, but they're not your classic Santorini views
- About 30 minutes from the island’s main tourist attractions; renting a car is recommended
- The restaurant is well known in Santorini but open only to guests
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched above Santorini’s highest (and least touristy) town, Pyrgos, this boutique hotel, fashioned from 18th- and 19th-century manor houses, seduces visitors at first sight with promises of swank seclusion. A luxurious approach and personalized service are as much part of the Zannos experience as ethereal blue-on-white beauty. From the sunny patios and verandas to the cobblestone corridors, it provides a visual testament to the opulence of Old World Greece. High vaulted ceilings, lovingly restored stucco walls, and columns are the norm here.
Bed and Bath
Designed by Yannis Tseklenis, one of Greece’s best-known fashion designers, the 10 suites are decorated to preserve the richness, warmth and grandeur of the hotel’s elegant beginnings, and they seamlessly blend original antiques with modern expectations. Most of the suites are cut wholly or partly into the soft rock, and they’re dressed with pale wooden floors, mustard-yellow or terra-cotta-hued walls and magnificently painted ceilings. But guests will likely spend most of their time by the pool. Cut into rock and overlooking the city, it is especially beautiful at sunset, when the sky bleeds orange and red, then pink and purple.
If you have an evening when you’re not lounging poolside, reserve a table on the veranda of Zannos’s restaurant. Recognized as one of Santorini’s best, it’s made all the more exclusive by being open only to guests. The food is as impressive as the view, with robust yet delicate flavors that draw inspiration from Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Built by a Santorini wine magnate, the hotel continues to grow and bottle its own grapes. House wines can be sampled at evening tastings or chosen from the impressive wine list, with recommendations at dinner from the sommelier.
How to Get There
We passed by while in Pyrgos to explore the property and have refreshments. We did not book a room at the property as we were already engaged in another. While the restaurant was closed when we arrived, the hosts went all the away to accommodate us. We chose the outside setting area. What a breathtaking view of all of Santorini.
We were here in July for our anniversary. The staff were very attentive and gave us a complimentary room upgrade. You get amazing views from everywhere. There are shops down below the hotel which are open until late. Also if you want stay in a more relaxed and quiet place Pyrgos is that place. Can’t wait to come back soon
To get there you have to walk uphill, there is no way to get there by car, so get ready for a good cardio.
We stayed in a "master suite" - a house with two floors, two rooms, which were very outdated and lack illumination or charm, not to mention the bathrooms from 1900's. Literally felt like staying in an old house that has been abandoned for some time. The top floor room has a very steep ladder, so leave your luggage downstairs.
The living room was really cold and uninviting.
The worst came at night when someone knocked on the door and didn't even give us time to stand up and open the door when she was already running inside bringing towels and things we did not ask for and definitely did not need. Very impolite and definitely not a "5-star hotel" behaviour.
Pool area felt abandon as well, pool looked like has not been cleaned for days and towels were left on chairs the entire day during the rain until the next morning.
The driver this hotel uses for guest transfers is the most unfriendly and rudest person we encountered in Greece, not to mention that he apparently runs illegal transportation business as he charges a flat fee of 30EUR from anywhere to anywhere and straight up refuses to give you a ticket/bill/invoice of any kind. Avoid in-house driver. Just take a taxi on the main square.
Breakfast was good. The selection of pastries and the a la carte menu was very complete.
House donkey helped with our luggage.
We arrived at the hotel and decided to upgrade to the honeymoon suite. It was just beautiful, very spacious, traditional cave style room, with outdoor hot tub and lovely views.
The room was very modernly decorated but with old, unique bits of furniture. The air con unit was the best we had in Greece - makes the room the temperature you want it almost instantly !
The staff were all lovely and welcoming. Breakfast was made to order and lovely. In general we stuck to freshly made omelettes, bacon, and the basket of mixed pastries and breads. Other options like fruit, Greek yoghurt, cereal etc.
Downsides were only small and not enough to make us not want to come back. The bath was lovely but only had a handheld shower head, which is quite annoying. Hot tub was not particularly hot, so on the windy days it was too cold to use.
Yes the hotel is right at the top of the hill but that’s what gives it it’s great views. The staff are incredibly helpful with taking you to the top and bottom of the hill with your luggage, but if you have an extreme mobility issue I would probably avoid.
Hotel is minutes walk away from the main square, and right on the doorstep of the church, and the beautiful buildings of Pyrgos. Thanks for a nice stay.
My husband and I stayed here to celebrate our honeymoon! The hotel sits in an amazing location with stunning views. The staff was extraordinarily helpful and polite taking care of handling your luggage and going out of their way to please their guests. If you are looking for things to do just ask any of the friendly staff members and you will get a list of things to keep you busy for the entire day. Food was always prepared fresh and drinks served around the clock. In summary we would highly recommend this hotel being that the staff went above and beyond to.exceed our expectations. We will be reserving this property the next trip we take to Greece.