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
It is a beautiful mansion build in the 1870's by French architecture. It is very impressive until the moment you start to peer into the details. I don’t know how hotels in Greece get 5 star status, but I’m absolutely sure that any shack can call itself a luxury hotel here in Santorini, the island with such high demand among tourists all over the world. Unfortunately, it is a very common situation here in Santorini where the hotels do not correspond to the status and value in which they position themselves on the sales channel or in social networks. I consider it simply necessary to write this review, so that everyone who is going to spend their holidays in Santorini could choose a hotel relying on actual reviews and do not believe to those photos that have been taken 15 years ago. In addition, to the beauty of the mansion itself, the authenticity of the village with its rich historical past, stunning views and good nearby restaurants, this hotel has nothing to pay 200- 500 euros per night. It could be 3 star hotel with the average price 120Euros depending on the season and the room type of course. I feel very sad that beautiful property in possession of such terrible owners who have no idea how to run the business. This hotel could be really piece of hospitality art.
Zannos Melathron hotel was on top of the mountain. It took around 10 minutes to claim up. The view is just the city lights at night, during the day, there is no much of a view. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very friendly. The breakfast was fantastic. However, the hotel rooms itself are caves, there is no ventilation in the toilet. They did not have a shower area but an antique bath tab with no shower curtains, so the whole toilet floor filled with water when you shower. The water did not go down the drain, as the floor was flat and did not have a bit of slop for the water to go down the drain, and of course, there is no window so the water cannot dry. It was a bit of a mass I almost fall twice, but we managed. In one of the other room, there was a long tunnel on top of the bed with a window at the top area to stay in Santorini is Fira, where everything is around, shops, restaurants, and sea view. If you want the view then you have Oia, but very expensive, or Imerovigli. The area that we stayed in, Pyrgos, is a mountain area. The public transportation is a bit slow and from one bus to another you need to wait for a minimum of an hour and they run until 11:00pm only. They also have very few taxis and you need to wait for a while until you get one.
We had our honeymoon ruined! We’ve book a honeymoon suite with panoramic pool that of course was not what we got once we arrived there.
The room was over 500 euros/ night with no room service at all. No cleaning, the towels were old and terrible. The shower in our bathroom was dirty. The pillows were horrible. There we’re cockroach and dead flies on the breakfast room area. Last night the air conditioner crashed and no solution was provided. The hot water is coming from just one center boiler in a different building, so to have a hot shower we would take more than 15 min waiting for the water to come. A waist of water. We asked for a honest 50% refund but received no answer from the management.
Don’t waist your money and time there.